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John P. McCarthy

John P. McCarthy
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Into The Abyss (2011) Werner Herzog has a well-deserved reputation for tackling difficult, risky subjects. It took courage to enter the Lone Star State and wade into the mire of capital punishment.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
90% The Imitation Game (2014) Cumberbatch brings his immense talent and intelligence -- and not too much glamour -- to the socially awkward, notoriously disheveled protagonist.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
83% Ivory Tower (2014) All in all, Ivory Tower is balanced and comprehensive.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Ejiofor's low-key, naturalistic acting mode is ideal for conveying Northup's self-control and intelligence. And Fassbender avoids turning the malevolent Epps into a one-note nemesis.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014
21% Copperhead (2013) Maxwell and Kauffman merit praise for acknowledging historical complexity, but the film's moral and aesthetic limitations keep Copperhead from entering this realm.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014
68% Wuthering Heights (2012) Intense and imagistic, sensual and rather salacious, this is a wild, fascinatingly bleak adaptation that seizes on the book's more lurid motifs.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Watching Wes Anderson quietly and unsentimentally make Zero the hero of The Grand Budapest Hotel should win over some of the director's detractors.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014
31% The Oranges (2012) There's not enough tension for the humor to diffuse. What we're left with is a bland dramedy featuring a strong cast.‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2012
3/5 60% El Bulli: Cooking In Progress (2011) You can't help but appreciate the food's visual beauty -- and the physical, mental and emotional energy that went into creating it -- but you don't come away feeling you have to taste any of Adrià's food before you die.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 29, 2011
1.5/5 26% The Best and the Brightest (2011) Strictly bush league, save for a few bravura performances.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2011
2/5 20% Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011) This ho-hum offshoot of Megan McDonald's book series earns negative "thrill points" as it chronicles the mirthless backyard shenanigans of a suburban Pippi Longstocking.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2011
2.5/5 33% The Hangover Part II (2011) Its sense of fun-loving camaraderie feels forced and tinged with buzz-killing danger.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 24, 2011
2.5/5 61% The First Grader (2011) Guilt and glossiness form the foundation of the slick production, which, despite the best intentions of all those working under director Justin Chadwick, exudes a mildly patronizing vapor that dampens the emotional affect and any historical incisiveness.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 14, 2011
3.5/5 96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) Is any filmmaker more comfortable moving between the didactic and the lyrical, between quotidian facts and profound speculation?‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2011
0.5/5 41% Footprints (2011) The barely coherent Footprints seems bent on erasing any nostalgia one might have for Hollywood's heyday.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2011
3.5/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) Cary Joji Fukunaga's romantic thriller Jane Eyre is to19th-century literature what Black Swan is to ballet: a thoroughly cinematic, occasionally exhilarating reimagining of a repertoire standard.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2011
2/5 72% We Are What We Are (2011) We Are What We Are is a superficially provocative movie that tries way too hard to be memorable.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2011
0.5/5 5% Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) Big Momma has laid a gigantic egg.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2011
3/5 87% Carancho (2011) Without resorting to sensationalism, gratuitous gore, false spirituality, or any extraneous artificiality, Trapero has fashioned an emotionally involving picture.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 15, 2011
1.5/5 4% The Roommate (2011) What's most memorable about this plodding thriller are the copious amounts of foundation and lip gloss.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2011
3/5 67% Ward No. 6 (2010) The movie's profundity shines through because it gestures at something that might counter its aura of futility and despair.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2010
3/5 100% Con Artist (2010) [Director Michael Sladek] lets Kostabi hang himself and the auto-execution is fully effected about halfway through.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2010
2/5 81% Today's Special (2010) Those with even modestly adventuresome cinematic palates will have their appetites whetted before exiting unsatisfied.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2010
2.5/5 40% Due Date (2010) With its premise so easily established, Due Date is able to be modestly raucous as well as character-driven, which is how it goes astray since it tries to evoke complex moods and feelings that are beyond its ken.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2010
2.5/5 30% The Tempest (2010) The result is cacophonous.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2010
4/5 59% The Kids Grow Up (2010) Ranks as one of the best non-fiction films of the year.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2010
3/5 59% Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) As semi-spooky and splatter-free as its predecessor.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2010
1/5 0% Kalamity (2010) Kalamity is a real klunker.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2010
3.5/5 82% Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010) Although its claims about Hildegard's modernity and relevancy should be taken with a grain of salt, one readily imagines Vision attracting a cross-section of the curious, not limited to feminist cinephiles and true believers.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2010
3/5 51% Devil (2010) A Sunday school parable wrapped in an adequately nail-biting supernatural thriller, Devil uses its triteness to its advantage.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2010
2/5 57% The Freebie (2010) Quote not available.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2010
2/5 85% Our Beloved Month of August (2010) Elliptical and episodic, the hybrid blends music, documentary and narrative elements into an intriguing but frustratingly vague whole.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2010
3.5/5 No Score Yet Honeymoons (Medeni mesec) (2010) You don't want Honeymoons to be over quite so soon, but you know it must end at some point.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2010
3.5/5 72% Machete (2010) How often can you see Cheech Marin nailed to a cross or Lindsay Lohan in a threesome with Trejo and the actress playing her mother?‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2010
3/5 No Score Yet Quote not available.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2010
2.5/5 77% Smash His Camera (2010) Quote not available.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2010
3/5 100% DDR/DDR (2010) Quote not available.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2010
4/5 100% Enemies of the People (2010) As if the subject matter weren't disconcerting enough, Daniel Pemberton's music is positively eerie.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2010
2/5 46% Spoken Word (2010) It takes the Mexican-American melodrama Spoken Word a long time to express myriad sentiments that we've heard uttered many times before in many ethnic settings.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 29, 2010
4/5 91% Alamar (To the Sea) (2010) It's Natan's good fortune to have a father from one place on earth, hence one background, and a mother from a very different set of circumstances. It's our good fortune to catch glimpses of both.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2010
3/5 94% Best Worst Movie (2010) Stephenson acknowledges that, from the cast's perspective at least, this is not a story about delayed success but about disappointment and dashed hopes.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2010
2/5 79% The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2010) Brown's gushing, awkwardly presented liner notes discredit any attempt at objectivity without doing justice to Spector's achievements.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 2, 2010
1/5 10% Killers (2010) After this bomb, Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher may qualify as two of the most attractive and prematurely washed-up screen actors Hollywood has ever produced.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2010
4/5 72% Get Him to the Greek (2010) The Forgetting Sarah Marshall crew-and yes, that includes producer Judd Apatow-have a follow-up gig that's not to be missed.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2010
3.5/5 90% The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010) The idea that movies are a trifle when compared to real life is dangled then shattered by The Father of My Children. Grà (C)goire's love of film lives on, and ours is deepened.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 21, 2010
3.5/5 91% Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009) An entomologist's delight, Jessica Oreck's movie about Japan's insect mania is worth watching even if you're repulsed by creepy-crawlers.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 21, 2010
3/5 50% The Living Wake (2010) An alienating experience up until the final fifteen minutes when, during the titular ceremony, it suddenly seems loveable-like an annoyingly oafish pup that won't stop nuzzling until you break down and scratch its belly.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 21, 2010
3/5 91% Ghost Bird (2009) A story about wish fulfillment and judgment being clouded by hope.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2010
2/5 43% Mercy (2010) Caan's decision to cast real-life pals such as Jane Fonda's son Garity, McDermott and John Boyd (as a blabbering lovesick friend)--not to mention his father--makes sense, but the decision to leave out the heart of his narrative doesn't.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2010
3.5/5 81% Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010) Dover Koshashvili's ambling, eminently accessible film captures the spirit of Chekhov's novella without being overly taxing.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2010