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Paul Chambers

Paul Chambers
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 95% The Cove (2009) It won't be a big hit in Japan, but this film is easily one of the best documentaries I've seen in awhile. Okay, it's one-sided, but who really wants to defend the slaughter of dolphins? I think this film will be a major contender in awards season.‐ CNNRadio
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2009
A+ 98% Up (2009) Pure joy and one of the best films of the year. You gotta have a good story, and this one is a gem. It even made a bit misty-eyed. Good stuff from Pixar. Paul Chambers, CNN.‐ CNNRadio
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2009
A 75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) Michael Moore does it again. He educates and entertains, even if the facts are skewed his way. A great film. Paul Chambers, CNN.‐ CNNRadio
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2009
A+ 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) This film is better than any documentary I've seen on the Iraq war. It's so real, it's scary. Well-written well-acted, well-directed. Multiple Oscars possible. Paul Chambers, CNN.‐ CNNRadio
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2009
A 85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) Less Zac, more Christian would have been nice. As it stands, McKay's performance elevates this film to the stratosphere. Wildly entertaining. Paul Chambers, CNN.‐ CNNRadio
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2009
A+ 91% Up in the Air (2009) Clooney is perfect, nothing more be said. "Up in the Air" is the best film of the year: smart, funny and well-directed. Get connected with this film, it's worth it. Paul Chambers, CNN.‐ CNNRadio
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2009
A 90% Moon (2009) Out of this world. A story that could easily have been from the early days of science fiction. It's a film that has a make-or-break lead role, and Sam Rockwell makes it an incredible journey. Paul Chambers, CNN.‐ CNNRadio
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2010
A 93% Transsiberian (2008) Hitchcock would be proud of this trainbound suspense thriller with Woody Harrelson playing against type. A first-rate story, great action and great direction. Take the trip!‐ CNNRadio
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2010
A 86% Red Riding Trilogy (2010) Three powerful movies about police corruption in Northern England had me squirming in my seat. The only complaint, and it's a small one, is the apparently authentic Yorkshire accents were hard to understand at times. English subtitles would help.‐ CNNRadio
Read More | Posted May 8, 2010
A 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) All the gizmos and technology on display in M:I 4 are probably impossible based on current science. But, wow, do you ever get the feeling that this neat stuff is very doable at some point in the future? I sure do.‐ CNNRadio
Read More | Posted May 16, 2012
A 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) You just have to MARVEL at how Nolan interweaves his characters. And, unlike the second film, I found the last 45 minutes of "The Dark Knight Rises" to be the strongest act. The twists, turns and reveals are first-rate.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2012
A 95% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) Two fans, Stephen Segerman and Craig Bertholomew, made it their business to find out exactly what happened to the singer Rodriguez. And, "Searching for Sugar Man" is the fruits of their labor. The fruit is tasting pretty sweet.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2012
A 99% Finding Nemo (2003) I don't exactly worship Pixar, but "Finding Nemo" is truly a great film.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2012
A 92% Skyfall (2012) The latest James Bond adventure proves, at least in my opinion, that Craig has grasped the role better than any of his predecessors, including Sean Connery.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2012
A 93% Looper (2012) Call it the coolest, most complex sci-fi of 2012 and the best movie of its kind since "Inception." Pow! What a ride!‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2013
A 81% The Impossible (2012) We can only imagine what it must have been like to experience the great Asian tsunami of 2004. Now, "The Impossible" has my imagination working overtime.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2013
A+ 91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal have made an amazing film. It's a mystery, a thriller and finally a stunningly photographed military raid. We know how this movie ends yet we hang on to the edge of our seats.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2013
A 85% Wu xia (Dragon) (2012) A superior martial arts film with excellent cinematography and a story to match.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2013
A 95% The Fly (1958) A bit corny, but mostly a chilling and worthwhile experience. Mother Nature is the bad guy in this tale. The humans are all protagonists. All of them. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
A+ 96% Gravity (2013) A great film, perhaps the best film about space, ever. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2013
A 98% The Wizard of Oz (1939) The classic MGM musical from 1939 has been lovingly restored and up-converted to 3D.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2013
A 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is more than just a gathering of super-heroes. It's a symphony of superbly coordinated action scenes that, as a whole, will appeal to the mainstream, not just the comic book crowd.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
A 91% Dracula (1931) Bela Lugosi gives his greatest performance as the mesmerizing menace from Transylvania. Dracula chilled audiences in the 1930's, and it still gives me goosebumps.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
A 100% Frankenstein (1931) Another undisputed classic from the mind of James Whale.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
A 100% The Invisible Man (1933) One of my favorites, Claude Rains, in the title role. He's only visible at the end, so gaining the audience's favor must have been a challenge using only his voice and plenty of bandages. The invisibility formula drives him insane. Excellent film.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
A 76% Phantom of the Opera (1943) Rains, one of my favorite actors, gives a superb interpretation of the mysterious recluse. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2014
A 89% Wild (2014) Reese Witherspoon gives a raw, masterful performance as a woman coming to terms with her reckless behavior and her mother's death in "Wild." ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2014
A 90% The Imitation Game (2014) Cumberbatch is not that good-looking, folks. And, his farts do NOT smell like roses. But, with that rant out of my system now, I must say he impresses as Turing. The role seems custom-made. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2014
A 97% Mr. Turner (2014) Director Mike Leigh and actor Timothy Spall paint their own masterpiece. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2015
A 95% Nightcrawler (2014) An emaciated Gyllenhaal plays Louis so adroitly, he must have been always intended to have this role. He snares the audience with his character's dark charm and floors you with his inhumanity.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2015
A 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) A well-written, well-directed movie an average person like myself can grasp. If I want a more complicated explanation of the universe, then I can refer to Hawking's book, "A Brief History of Time."‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
A 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" is beautifully hand-drawn and written with the compassion the narrative deserves. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
A 97% Life Itself (2014) My generation will never know a film critic like Roger Ebert again. He brought his noble trade to the people and made us all film critics by celebrating his love of movies at a level we could all understand. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
A 81% The Homesman (2014) "The Homesman" is the kind of film that makes me yearn for the days of John Wayne and Sergio Leone. But, there's one big difference. This is a story that discards nostalgia for cruelty and hardship. It's a western with baggage.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2015
A 87% Foxcatcher (2014) Steve Carell gives a surprising performance in "Foxcatcher." The comic actor shows his dramatic chops in an awesome way. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2015
A 87% Gone Girl (2014) "Gone Girl" is yet another awesome accomplishment by one of the best directors working today. The film excites and entertains with an ending that's surprising to say the least.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2015
A+ 84% Cinderella (2015) Turn back the clock on filmmaking and get ready to be charmed by "Cinderella." Director Kenneth Branagh has outdone himself with this outstanding live-action version of the 1950 Disney animated classic.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
A 94% Wild Tales (2015) Written and directed by Argentina's Damian Szifron, this brilliant black comedy will make you laugh or drive you crazy. Maybe a little of both.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2015
A 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) "Song of the Sea" is the best feature-length animated film of 2014. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2015
A 87% Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014) Under incredibly harsh conditions, Powell captures the outstanding beauty of the ice, the active volcano near McMurdo, the wildlife, the ice-cold water and the amazing night sky with stars so bright, it's almost blinding.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2015
A 98% The Babadook (2014) If you are brave enough to watch this low-budget gem from Australia, then you'll know it's a "special kind" of scary.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2015
A 99% Selma (2014) A treasure trove of outstanding performances, brilliant writing and heartfelt direction.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted May 10, 2015
A 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) I never thought I would enjoy a film that takes place in such a small space for so long. Well, not since Hitchcock's "Lifeboat" anyway.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
A 96% It Follows (2015) A low-octane horror film that gets under your skin and stays there. It's hard to forget "It Follows."‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
A 92% Ex Machina (2015) The movie, written and directed by Alex Garland ("Dredd," "28 Days Later"), is an outstanding example of what true sci-fi is about and the best sci-fi flick since "Predestination" earlier this year.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
A 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Extremely well-written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Let me repeat. Extremely well-written and directed by the man who counseled Cruise in "Jack Reacher." They apparently click.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
A 92% The Gift (2015) "The Gift" is 2015's best low-octane thriller. Just settle down, sit back and let the events unfold. Things are not what they seem. We know.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
A 97% 45 Years (2015) The smartest thing writer/director/producer Andrew Haigh could do would be to pick the two actors he did for the leads in this sensitive, intriguing British drama.‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
A 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) "Where to Invade Next" is one of the year's best documentaries. I just hope Moore isn't going soft on us. I miss those fast jabs to the face. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2016
A 95% A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is a fun learning experience. It was for me and millions of other kids in the early 1970's. It has a great message and an uncompromising way of making its point at the end. Kids need this movie. ‐ Movie Chambers
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016