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Kerry Lengel

Kerry Lengel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 20% Cats (2019) I didn't hate it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Despite a mildly entertaining ostrich stampede, it doesn't even try to one-up the action sequences of "Welcome to the Jungle," which wasn't exactly "The Matrix" in the first place.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2.5/5 79% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) Maybe this is all more entertaining than the real story would have been. But how much more, really?‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 83% Waves (2019) "Waves" is definitely not a film for everyone, but it has hidden depths that will reward the patient. ‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
4.5/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) Either as public relations or as therapy, it looks like a dodge. But as art, "Honey Boy" is kind of brilliant.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Even if the big thematic statements are less than subtle, the story is solid and thought-provoking, and the performances are just stylized enough to match the intensity of Norton's deep-dive performance.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The cuddly creatures and razzle-dazzle action are enough to make two hours disappear, but it's only Jolie's bat-winged charisma that will rattle on in your memory.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) It's a film about cinema, made by and for pop culture sophisticates. It doesn't have to mean anything.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Why would you keep spending time with the Crawleys if you didn't actually like them?‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) When it comes to time-travel plots, it's more surprising and solidly thought through than 90% of sci-fi movies.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) There's a lot to be admired here, and "After the Wedding" certainly gives you a lot to think about. It just doesn't quite make you feel all the feels.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's low-rent James Bond, edging toward the silly sci-fi of the Marvel universe.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4.5/5 97% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) It's hot stuff, and Alayan handles it with the practiced skill of juggler casually flicking torches in the air.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/4 98% Maiden (2019) [Maiden's] a flat-out good yarn.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 98% Maiden (2019) Maiden" celebrates the defiant spirit of all the female athletes who have challenged the sporting world's entrenched sexism.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) "Far From Home" ends up being one of the more exciting and satisfying installments in Marvel's never-ending story cycle.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
2/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) The movie is just a succession of scary stuff happening, haunted-ride-style, until someone manages to lock Annabelle up again.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 31% Shaft (2019) It's not woke, but you can't call it racist. Maybe racist-ish. Misogynistic-ish. Entertaining-ish.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/5 87% Pavarotti (2019) Maybe "Pavarotti" would be even more compelling if Howard had delved deeper into the contradictions and controversies. But the director does achieve the first goal on entertainment: Always leave them wanting more.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Under the perfectly paced direction of Ry Russo-Young, Shahidi and Melton develop an easy chemistry on the way toward a satisfying denouement that's neither tear-jerking tragedy nor fairy-tale wish fulfillment.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Even though "Trial by Fire" is less than a masterpiece, it still came as a gut punch that forced me to examine my own complicated feelings on the issue. In short, it taught me something, and that was a surprise.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The franchise has its ups and downs; the first "Avengers" film is certainly a highlight. But the sequels have the wisecracking-superteam formula on lockdown. They always deliver everything fans could hope for - except maybe any genuine surprise.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
1/5 66% Peterloo (2019) A bit of ruthlessness in editing - a good hour or so - would certainly make "Peterloo" a better film.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 67% The Public (2019) Well-intentioned parable about the plight of the homeless falls flat.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) But turning these tropes into jokes isn't the same thing as deconstructing them, and underneath the laughs, "Shazam!" might just be the purest distillation of the comic-book ethos to come to big screen.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) Sorry, no backstory, no flashbacks. Just Brun's masterful performance as a mask that is starting to crack.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Instead of exploring the cultural dynamics that turned murderers into icons, director Hancock, like Hamer himself, responds to this reality with bewilderment and revulsion.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) It's a movie that maybe tries to do too much, but it does enough of it well to keep you glued to the screen.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 100% The Sower (Le semeur) (2019) "The Sower" is at heart a love story, although one that capitalizes on the fantasy of romance while simultaneously undercutting it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2/5 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The plot is thin and holey and the characters are mostly just a single gag set on repeat.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 37% Glass (2019) The sequel to 'Unbreakable' and 'Split' adds another layer to the glass onion of self-conscious genre riffing.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 50% Escape Room (2019) It was inevitable that "Escape Room" would be a bad movie.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 54% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) OK, maybe they cut a couple seconds out of that scene where Deadpool gets ripped in half, but the movie's sardonically gruesome sensibility remains intact.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) "Border" brings to horror-fantasy the same Swedish sensibility that "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" brought to crime thrillers. Welcome to the land of eternal night.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 75% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) The full story has been sacrificed in the service of maintaining the balance between horror and fascination. And Ferro really has created a fascinating screen character.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 74% The Mercy (2018) An engrossing character study of an ordinary man whose extraordinary ambition proves his undoing.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) What makes the movie compelling, despite the subdued dramatic payoff, is that it is a heightened reflection of our experience - our love affair, really - with our gadgets, our apps and, yes, our brands.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) While it is a perfectly serviceable placeholder in the larger series, its contributions to the Potterverse are disappointingly minor.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coen brothers' greatest trick is balancing the ironic commentary on cinema and storytelling with the dramatic impact of compelling human stories well told. And it's a trick they pull off again and again.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Not quite an instant Christmas, or Disney, classic. But The Nutcracker and Four Realms, just like the Land of Sweets in the ballet, has many delightful diversions.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Bohemian Rhapsody" does deliver what any music biopic must: convincing characters and some kick-butt simulated concert experiences.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 81% Mid90s (2018) Hill isn't offering a sociological treatise. "Mid90s" is all about lived experience. It's about a place and a time and offers little inkling of its characters' futures.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 59% Face (2002) With no access to these women's inner selves, we are left wanting at least a fuller portrait of their outer lives, some way to infer the meaning that the film declines to provide.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 63% The Oath (2018) "The Oath" manages to raise the moral stakes along with the mortal ones, ultimately arriving at some pretty tough questions.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) More than anything, "The Sisters Brothers" is an exploration of how far you can take an anti-Western before it snaps out of the genre's orbit entirely.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/5 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) This brand of gonzo journalism was effective in Moore's 1989 debut about Flint and General Motors, "Roger & Me," but it has long since devolved into self-parody.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 59% White Boy Rick (2018) Purely from a standpoint of craft and storytelling, it's a good flick, although maybe not well attuned to the bombastic times.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 18% God Bless the Broken Road (2018) Like nine out of 10 faith-based films, it lets the message crowd out the other elements of good art: character development, thematic complexity, even basics such as a compelling conflict.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) The acting is great, but screenwriter Matthew Orton's attempts to give the film the philosophical heft that it deserves fall somewhat short.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 80% Alpha (2018) Hughes' efforts to bring emotional drama to the proceedings fall flat... relying on coming-of-age clichés that strip the story of any real surprise.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018