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Joshua Starnes

Joshua Starnes
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) It's a bold and exciting experiment largely wasted on a boring, generic action movie unwilling to go as far narratively as it is with its technology.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
5/10 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Mistress of Evil is simultaneously overdone and undercooked, with a lot of the customary mistakes of giant studio entertainment.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
5/10 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) As well done as the set pieces are... they can't hide how little the characters have been developed.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
8/10 96% The Irishman (2019) Does it give us a clearer insight into Scorsese's view of these films and the individuals in them? Most definitely, and for that if nothing else, it's worth its weight in gold.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
6/10 46% Last Christmas (2019) Still, it's frequently funny and rarely annoying - just sort of genteelly charming.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
5/10 77% Frozen II (2019) The result is just a discombobulated mess.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
9/10 89% 1917 (2020) As a war film, 1917 doesn't have much in the way of new ideas to offer - and maybe there aren't any for the genre now - but it's so elegantly crafted it takes the breath away.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
10/10 93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) It speaks to how timeless A New Hope has become that we take in so much of its art direction as it tends to whiz by so fast it requires multiple views to form an opinion of.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
9/10 94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) If A New Hope is the body of Star Wars, Empire can lay pretty good claim to being its soul.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
7/10 82% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) A premonition of what future Star Wars films would be like, good and bad, and why.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
6/10 53% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) The Phantom Menace instead is a bold announcement that the new films will do their best to try something new every time. They won't always succeed, but even in failure there is glory.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
7/10 65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Probably the most difficult of the Star Wars films to take in (maybe tied with The Last Jedi) but the one with the biggest payoff if you do.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
8/10 80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Revenge of the Sith is the film which puts the opera in space opera; no other Star Wars film has done it better.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
6.5/10 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) It doesn't really do anything wrong, but that is not the same as doing everything right.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
7/10 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Its heart is in the right place, more so than any of the other sequel films, but the conviction is lacking.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
20% Cats (2019) Our best bet is to pack it into a crate lost deep within a warehouse next to all the other dangerous artifacts man was not meant to tamper with, before it kills us all.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
6/10 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It is the definition of derivative which makes The Rise of Skywalker a copy of a copy: faint, transparent, hazy on the details.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
7/10 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The recent ending of the Infinity saga and everything that went with is so large that Far From Home is more of a statement on that than anything else, leaving its main character to tag a long after his class and after his story.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
4/10 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Beyond a delight in mood, there's no attempt to do anything with Annabelle that hasn't been done in the earlier films, and frequently quite a bit less.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
5/10 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Dora and the Lost City of Gold is not edgy, is not funny enough and does not seem to be really about Dora.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Sure it's lighter than air, and will evaporate quickly, but if that's not the definition of the Hollywood action movie, what is?‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 31% Shaft (2019) It's a new way to approach an old character and it tries harder to give its main characters something to do than a lot of its colleagues do, and there is something worthy in that.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Because this is always what Downton was, love it or lump it. And so it is what Downton still is. Continuation. Repetition. Encapsulation.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) It's not going to set the world on fire or produce the sort of startling character insights it seems to be aiming for, but it's not quite settling for the same thing, either. That's not nothing.‐ VitalThrills.com
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
4/10 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A technically astute scare-by-numbers which risks nothing and offers little.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
7.5/10 81% Long Shot (2019) As political satire Long Shot is pretty light, but as romantic comedy it packs plenty of charm into a straight forward formula.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
7.5/10 69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) "No one is reinventing the wheel here and that's perfectly fine. "‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
5/10 57% Aladdin (2019) Loud, garish and extremely well-intentioned, Aladdin is a shining example of the limits of Disney's attempts to render its greatest animated classics into live action.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
6.5/10 82% High Life (2019) There's a part of High Life which is legitimately unsettling and brilliant, and part which is hopelessly muddled and the dichotomy is deadly.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 89% Missing Link (2019) It may not be the best Laika has ever managed, but it's way up there, showcasing the thought and care everyone involved has put into the film.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
6/10 41% The Upside (2019) The Upside may not have a place in modern cinema and even if it did, its parts don't fit together particularly well.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
7.5/10 66% Vice (2018) It's clever, but beyond drawing attention to itself for its cleverness, it doesn't have enough to offer.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
6.5/10 92% Bumblebee (2018) A necessary course correction but it requires Knight and his crew to spend so much time focused on what the series is not, it never comes up with a good case what it is.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
7.5/10 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) If all that can be said of it is that creates a stage for Ronan and Robbie to bestride and conquer, that's just about worth the price of admission on its own.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
6.5/10 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's a good try and its heart is in the right place; if nothing else it proves Jones can carry almost any material.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
8/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It does work.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
9/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) From top to bottom A Star is Born is a success, the rare remake that proves not only that it has more to say about its subject but that there is more to say.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
7/10 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It is unremarkable, undifferentiated kid-family fun that's actually fun - which may be the most remarkable thing about it.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
6/10 85% A Simple Favor (2018) It's a shame.There's a lot to like about A Simple Favor. Just not enough.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
4/10 26% The Nun (2018) The Nun is predictable modern horror, offering the exact opposite of what horror needs to survive - safe chills.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
6.5/10 32% Kin (2018) Kin's core themes and Elijah's strength as the embodiment of them creates real emotional attachment that even the goofiest character choices cannot undermine.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/10 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) The longest 90 minutes you are ever likely to sit through.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/10 23% Mile 22 (2018) "Mile 22 is a nothing-burger of a film, all build up and no pay off."‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
6/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) If any word sums up Ant-Man and The Wasp it's the one you never want to hear about a sequel: Extraneous.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
7.5/10 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Beyond the shift in perspective there's little willingness to experiment, a reality at stark odds with the sheer creativity on display.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
6.5/10 56% Tag (2018) Like the runner up in a good game of tag, so close but no cigar.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
7.5/10 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) With higher highs and lower lows than Deadpool, the sequel has a lot of the problems all sequels do.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
6.5/10 34% Super Troopers 2 (2018) The Police Academy 2 to the first film's Police Academy, Super Troopers 2 takes what worked the first time and tries to build on it, with mixed success.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/10 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Despite some decent ideas and chances at interesting characters, Truth or Dare opts for lazy storytelling and unconvincing scares.‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
7.5/10 75% The Price (2017) Pointed without ever falling into stereotypes, it's a bold statement about modern immigrant life in America and not to be missed. ‐ ComingSoon.net
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018