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Matt Pais

Matt Pais
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 95% Marriage Story (2019) Startling, complex, funny, heartbreaking. The year's best movie.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
C 64% The Day Shall Come (2019) As underwhelming as its predecessor was impressive.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
C 80% Late Night (2019) How devastating for a movie that is meant to be topical to feel like it has been on the shelf for a while. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
D 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) An excruciating, manipulative dose of Lifetime movie emotion delivered through a daily calendar of competitive driving metaphors.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
C+ 90% Paddleton (2019) A more daring movie might have strived to really rock the foundation of this central relationship and see what shakes loose as a result.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
D 62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Feels exhausting before the body count even begins.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B+ 93% High Flying Bird (2019) A reflective, angry wake-up call.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
D 66% Vice (2018) All "what" and no "how" or "why," Vice is the most disappointing movie in I don't know how long. Man, I cannot believe how bad it is.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
C- 60% The Front Runner (2018) Approaches something important and refuses to be interesting.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
A- 91% Support the Girls (2018) The rare movie about really important issues that also manages to be light on its feet and entertaining. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C 85% The Wife (2018) As flimsy as the marriage it depicts.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B- 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Someone would have to be pretty soft to buy the whole thing, and awfully hard not to fall at all.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C 70% Adrift (2018) Does little more than bob alongside every other title in the human vs. sea genre. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C 36% I Feel Pretty (2018) Qualifies as a sort of 100-calorie pack of truth and uplift, with laughs sold separately.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B- 83% Blockers (2018) An obnoxious and embarrassing teen sex comedy that is sometimes a sincere and winning character study of friendship and family.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C- 22% Midnight Sun (2018) It would be nice if movies stopped trying to make young girls aspire to be princesses.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B- 85% Game Night (2018) There are interesting realities just outside the edges of the film, which would rather move the pieces than tip them over.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
D 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) It is safe to say that few heard about this incident and wondered what kind of gelato these guys prefer, or what they talk about when connecting on Skype.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C+ 90% A Star Is Born (2018) You can't be a one-named artist if your name is not something like Beyonce, Rihanna, Prince or Adele. You just can't.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
C 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Labors inside the sort of buffoonery that Burn After Reading achieved with much more cohesive performances and comic richness.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
C+ 81% The Party (2018) No matter how juicy the banter, the strings are always showing.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
C 55% Half Magic (2018) Half Magic has its heart in the right place. Its head needs work.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
B 43% When We First Met (2018) A Netflix-and-chill selection you may watch to the end.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
C+ 67% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) Most biopics are not good, and guess what.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
D 27% Sandy Wexler (2017) Once again, the actor is pathetic, and the movie is gross.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2017
C+ 85% Win It All (2017) Just should've been about the Cubs.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
C 45% The Discovery (2017) You'd think a sci-fi concept like this would take a more nuanced view of suicide than just 'It's not the answer,' but alas.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
D+ 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Not cute. Weird. Really weird.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
B 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) This sequel/reboot/doesitevenmatteranymore preaches about a world in which monsters are real and, crucially, has the visual boom to back it up.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B 98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) A bit like an animated Short Term 12, focused on the residents instead of the staff. But it's also its own lovely little thing.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
D 64% Before I Fall (2017) A story about as wise as a studio that makes a movie set on Valentine's Day weekend that bites from Groundhog Day and then releases it in March.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/4 74% Wiener-Dog (2016) Solondz remains a ruthless, cynical, necessary analyst of follies that maybe only seem obvious when we see other people doing them.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
1/4 No Score Yet How to Tell You're a Douchebag (2016) Total amateur hour.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 81% Joshy (2016) Few movies about groups of male friends do such a strong job with the dynamics between individual people and the collection as a whole.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
2/4 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Did Get on Up (which was disappointing as well) only depict the later years when James Brown faced personal and professional problems? No. It showed him getting on up.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 83% Midnight Special (2016) What lingers most is the many shots of people just outside the light beaming in naturally or artificially, longing to get in on what they hold most important.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
0.5/4 28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Like Tom Hanks' motion capture-animated character in The Polar Express, onscreen Vardalos appears completely dead behind the eyes, chillingly blank as if she's a wood figure who came to life.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
1/4 28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) All so vapidly grand and so serious and so, so dull.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
3.5/4 60% Creative Control (2016) Beautiful, smart, exhilarating and risky, Creative Control is the most satisfyingly ambitious and excitingly fresh movie I've seen in a while. And I don't say that lightly.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) A thoughtful, slow-building thriller.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
1.5/4 36% The Bronze (2016) Main characters don't have to be likable, but there has to be a rooting interest, and I don't mean rooting against them. ‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
1.5/4 11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) By far the worst-made installment of the franchise, all green screen and fake action and bland performances. ‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2016
2.5/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) A movie about fear that's not scary or surprising enough.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
1.5/4 47% Knight of Cups (2016) The way Malick romanticizes that which isn't human while broadly, pointlessly criticizing aspects of suggested human weakness completely separates from the emotional spectrum he should engage.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
1/4 27% London Has Fallen (2016) The worst kind of middle ground for a movie about terrorism, trapped between over-the-top and ridiculous enough to be entertaining and urgent/scary/intimate.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
2.5/4 53% Triple 9 (2016) A murky movie, where that murkiness is both an asset and a limitation.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
2.5/4 82% Eddie The Eagle (2016) The best player on the team is never the fan favorite, and that applies to both Eddie's PR story and Eddie the Eagle as source of undemanding smiles.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 62% Race (2016) Represents more moral ambiguity than found in most stories like this. Necessary stuff.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 90% The Witch (2016) There are moments that will pop into your brain later and send a chill down your spine. And not just as a reminder that running naked through the woods is probably not the smartest.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) There should be some kind of million-dollar prize for people who can watch this without shaking their head, 'cause no one will be able to do it.‐ RedEye
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016