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Josh Bell

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) As far as the ignominious history of video-game adaptations goes, Sonic is far from the worst, but it never does anything to justify its existence as a live-action feature film.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
B- 96% Come As You Are (2020) Come as You Are is broad and silly and sometimes clumsy, but it's also charming and funny and deceptively sweet, the kind of bumpy journey that's ultimately rewarding.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
C- No Score Yet Camp Cold Brook (2020) It's entirely, deliberately generic, without a single original idea, good or bad.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Love is Not Love (2020) [Mills] seems to have built up decades of Very Important Observations about love, which he imparts in the most self-indulgent manner possible.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3.5/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The engaging, likable characters and the energetic, visually inventive action scenes carry the movie past its narrative lulls and exposition overloads.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
D+ No Score Yet Cupid (2020) There's nothing scary or suspenseful about the movie, and even potential moments of horror are undermined by the unconvincing performances.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B+ 100% The Rest of Us (2020) The nuanced performances from all four leads allow the audience to shift sympathies as the movie goes along, but the filmmakers take care to represent each perspective thoughtfully. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Family Obligations (2019) There's promise in Frank's work, even if Family Obligations is full of cliched plotting and crude, borderline incompetent filmmaking.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
73% The Gentlemen (2020) After more than a decade of Ritchie working as a cog in the studio franchise machine, even a mildly entertaining retread of his past glories counts as something refreshing.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
C- 0% John Henry (2020) Crews steps up to the increased responsibility, and his performance as the stoic, upstanding title character is the best part of Will Forbes' muddled debut feature.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
D+ 0% Get Gone (2020) A laughably inept horror movie with a plot ripped right out of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes and their dozens of imitators, delivered without any suspense.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
1.5/5 15% Dolittle (2020) The inevitable documentary about the behind-the-scenes turmoil will be much more entertaining, and much more coherent, too.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
D+ 17% Disturbing the Peace (2020) Pearce at least seems to be giving it his best effort, but the writing, direction, production values and nearly all of the supporting performances are so dreadful that his efforts are completely wasted.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
C- 65% The Wave (2020) Instead of a kaleidoscopic journey into the mind, though, The Wave turns out to be more like a moralizing After School Special.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
C 43% Three Christs (2020) Avnet wants to give his material the respect he believes it deserves, but he might have been better off turning it into a joke.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
2/5 75% Spies in Disguise (2019) The problem with Spies in Disguise is not so much that it has a dumb premise, but that it doesn't seem to know what to do with that premise, throwing together a bunch of dopey jokes, spy-movie clichés and pigeon facts.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Trying to serve too many competing interests makes The Rise of Skywalker feel tame, but tame is probably what this series calls for as a crowd-pleasing, fan-driven product.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
C- 40% Hell on the Border (2019) Reduces Reeves to a cheap action-movie stereotype, just another generic Western lawman gunning down anonymous henchmen in cowboy hats.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
2.5/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Johnson, Hart, Black and Gillan remain charming, but whatever novelty existed in the refurbished premise has already worn away.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
C- 38% Primal (2019) Despite the "Cage vs. jaguar" hook that is being relied on to sell the movie, there isn't a whole lot of gnarly animal action.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
D No Score Yet Beyond the Law (2019) Seagal spends the majority of his screen time sitting down, and he only rouses himself for a few seconds at the end of the movie for something that could charitably be called an action sequence.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
3.5/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) The movie is full of disappointment and fury at the state of the world, and it expresses that point of view bluntly but with style.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
51% 21 Bridges (2019) There's nothing distinctive about this B-level thriller, other than a star struggling to find his way to the A-list.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II holds on to its artistic vision carefully, honoring its characters and its world while fumbling its way toward their next destination.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2.5/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) Most of the story is too sedate to build up much excitement, and despite the glee with which McKellen and Mirren deliver their juiciest lines, the characters aren't interesting enough to either cheer on or despise.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The movie is slick and crowd-pleasing, a very American story of capitalist-driven ingenuity, and it rarely goes beyond its surface pleasures.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) [Feig] plays this one disappointingly straight, delivering a generic but sometimes charming holiday tale.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 42% Midway (2019) The situation is pretty dire if Emmerich can't even get the explosions right.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Norton's ambition is impressive, and there are just enough intriguing characters, suspenseful sequences and fascinating period details to mostly hold the movie together.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's a consistently entertaining action movie with some solid performances and special effects, and unlike the last two movies, it doesn't do any damage to the franchise.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 75% Sunday Girl (2019) The movie's structure, abruptly shifting into lengthy flashbacks, is disjointed and awkward, and the jarring cuts, while perhaps meant to be funny or surprising, are mostly just confusing.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) The jokey first half lets the more serious second half sneak up on the audience, and some of the most devastating moments work because they immediately follow laughter.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) The story aims to compete with the Jason Bourne or Mission: Impossible franchises, but comes closer to those '90s action movies featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme acting opposite himself.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Phillips' Joker doesn't have the depth or clarity of vision to match up to its star's performance.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 82% Judy (2019) Judy feels raw and real, a messy portrait of a woman who was under constant pressure to embody glamorous perfection.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 81% Abominable (2019) Inoffensive and forgettable, the kind of thing that parents can nap through while their kids spend half the time watching it and half the time fidgeting in their seats.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is stately, meticulous and largely dull, with a kind of stale classicism that replicates the rhythms but not the vitality of past visionaries.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 68% Human Capital (2020) The talented cast does solid work, most of them finding hidden depths in these generally privileged, self-centered people.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/5 61% The Riot Act (2018) Parks aims admirably high, refusing to be constrained by budget or technical limitations, but his ambition consistently outstrips his abilities.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/5 40% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Estes seems almost ashamed of the supernatural elements of his movie, focusing instead on dull crime-solving details, even though the central case is sloppily constructed and full of holes.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) Often suspenseful, turning laughs into tension within the space of a single edit.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3.5/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Javed's unabashed fandom should win over even the most hardened skeptic.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 79% Good Boys (2019) The humor and the heart all fall to the young stars to carry, but the adults behind the camera only give them the bare minimum to work with.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 64% The VelociPastor (2019) A haphazard mess no matter how self-aware it is about its own stupidity.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/5 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The cheap tearjerking ploys are just as phony as the idea of a talking, philosophizing dog.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Struggles to balance its toddler-focused origins with the demands of blockbuster filmmaking, mostly landing in an awkward middle ground.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
23% The Kitchen (2019) Just another derivative crime drama, regardless of its time period or the gender of its lead characters.‐ CBR
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
No Score Yet Chris Hardwick: Mandroid (2012) Mandroid plays like a victory lap rather than the first major special from a cult-favorite comedian, and anyone not already on Hardwick's wavelength will probably find little to draw them in.‐ The Spit Take
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) A CGI-filled behemoth, with little weight or impact to its monotonous action sequences.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 96% Thunder Road (2018) Witnessing [Jim's] struggle is difficult but rewarding.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019