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Michael Esposito

Michael Esposito
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 64% The Cake Eaters (2007) In her first feature film, Masterson creates a slice of life that is very believable (especially if you've ever seen The Jerry Springer Show), and often endearing.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2009
3/4 94% Under the Sea 3D (2009) The images are impressive, and include shots of some cuttlefish 'hey-hey' cleverly set to the song Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (the theme song for the Britcom Coupling).‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 13, 2009
3/4 82% Tôkyô Zankoku Keisatsu (Tokyo Gore Police) (2008) The budget for fake blood for this Tokyo-based festival of slicing, shooting and chomping probably comes in about even with Titanic's budget for seawater.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 12, 2008
3/4 88% Derek (2008) They're interesting tales lovingly rendered.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/4 64% Ping Pong Playa (2007) Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2/4 80% Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean (2008) If it makes some people be more careful about recycling and conservation, great. But filmmakers can't rely on the flash of IMAX 3D for success.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 16, 2008
2/4 69% The First Saturday in May (2008) The horses' quest for the Kentucky Derby is supposed to be the big-picture idea, but there isn't a whole lot of horse footage--too much standing around in stalls waiting.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 18, 2008
3/4 79% Sharkwater (2007) Sharkwater probably ranks as one of the most frightening shark movies ever -- but sharks are the victims.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 1, 2007
3/4 100% Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007) Very cool.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 5, 2007
2/4 37% If I Didn't Care (2007) The ending offers a bit of a surprise, but overall events are pretty much telegraphed, but not as fast in transmission. The running time is not much more than an hour, but it seems much, much longer.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 27, 2007
3/4 96% Deep Water (2006) The documentary effectively blends contemporary and recent interviews with film and tape recordings made by Crowhurst aboard the Electron.‐ Metromix.com
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2/4 30% Marigold (2007) If you enjoy such Bollywood-style numbers, try to tune out the movie when the music drops off and you'll enjoy it more.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 16, 2007
3/4 100% Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (2007) The film reminds us that in birds, dinosaurs 'have left us only their grace and beauty,' for which, as a small mammal (at least in comparison to a 45-foot-long carnivore), I'm grateful.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 14, 2007
2/4 11% Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror (2007) The lessons offered are pretty good -- misuse of power, ego and friendship among them. But the stories are very predictable, and a bit too bloody, and the acting is uneven.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 3, 2007
3/4 89% Darkon (2006) There are lessons to be learned here, not the least of which is that you should never trust elf mercenaries, no matter how much you pay them.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 22, 2007
3/4 34% Reno 911!: Miami (2007) Comedy Central's Reno 911! -- a spoof of the police ride-along show Cops -- takes a shot at stretching the concept into a feature-length film. Unusual for this misfit crew, the shot pretty much hits its intended target.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 22, 2007
1/4 No Score Yet Before We Were Turtles (2007) The stultifying lesson of the picture for you young guys: If you want a woman to remember you, treat her horribly and never apologize. And young ladies: You know you love the bad boys, so shut up and stand by your man.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 8, 2007
2/4 59% Rolling Family (2006) Despite some nice performances ... it never gets out of the predictable low gear.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 12, 2006
3/4 35% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006) It's better than some James Bond movies -- no matter what your age.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 12, 2006
2/4 33% Mad Cowgirl (2006) It gives screenwriter-director Gregory Hatanaka an excuse for a lot of scene jumping -- and a chance to make the case for adopting a vegan diet.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 5, 2006
1/4 69% Room (2006) It ... may be the longest 75-minute film in the history of cinema -- there was a clock check 25 minutes in, after thinking 'this has got to be almost over.'‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2006
2/4 57% Feast (2006) When monsters attack, the camera gets all jerky, creating the horror effect known as motion sickness.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 23, 2006
3/4 83% Wild Safari: A South African Adventure (2005) Director Stassen opts to avoid leaping cats out for blood, instead presenting an interesting depth of field in faraway places, populated by the animals we learned to love as children and living in their natural habitats.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 14, 2006
3/4 91% Deep Sea 3D (2006) A vision of nature that even a strip miner would want to conserve.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 3, 2006
2/4 70% Roving Mars (2006) The sad thing is, even for NASA/space fans, a snooze isn't out of the question despite the film's scant 40-minute running time.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 26, 2006
1/4 6% A Sound of Thunder (2005) One redeeming feature of this picture is that it will make great fodder for those make-fun-of-the-movie TV shows.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 1, 2005
3/4 38% The Great Raid (2005) The action is brilliant, the combat sharp and rattling, and the film follows the historical record more closely than most Hollywood films.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 11, 2005
3/4 28% Madison (2005) Caviezel and McCormack manage to portray the stress-filled lives of the McCormicks with a low-key intensity that underscores the couples' frustrations and anxieties.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2005