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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- No Score Yet 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2020) Last year, Skin, the worst mini-movie I have ever seen, bar none, in my whole entire life won for live-action. I have no idea what these people are actually going to give the nekkid golden guy to this year...‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
A No Score Yet 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2020) There are more women nominated for overseeing documentary short films this year (6) than have ever been nominated for best director (5).‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
A No Score Yet 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) The only thing these shorts have in common is that they will, almost without exception, make your eyes projectile vomit tears.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
F 16% Dolittle (2020) Whether or not you think Dolittle is actually a movie for children depends on one question: Do you hate children? ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
A 89% 1917 (2020) Asking director Sam Mendes's latest film to prevent World War III seems like maybe a bit much, but here we are... Short of dropping average Americans into a war zone, nothing can drive home this unique brand of horror quite as much as movies can.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
A 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Perhaps the most enjoyable film to be this relentlessly unpleasant to watch, Uncut Gems has the sound and feel of a hurried fork stabbing at and missing food while on a blind date your mom set up.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
C 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It is, at best, "fine." And that's really what you want in a conclusion to a beloved, sometimes personality-defining series that has spanned more than 40 years, right? "Fine."‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
B- 40% Black Christmas (2019) A horror movie that leverages the inherent terror of the college rape crisis seems both warranted and potentially catastrophically irresponsible. Black Christmas straddles that line like Frosty doing the splits.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
A 97% Knives Out (2019) Really, the only thing that keeps Knives Out from that most elite tier of renowned cinema is that it is so intentionally anti-elitist. Giving it an A+ would feel like missing the point. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
A- 77% Frozen II (2019) Whatever anyone anticipated from Frozen II: Ice, Ice Baby, it probably wasn't a moral about reparations that warns children that their white grandpa is probably super-duper racist. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
A 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Narcissistic, lying megalomaniacal strongmen, even dead ones, are always wounded by being made to look small. Jojo Rabbit reduces the uni-testicled failure and his entire ideology to cartoonish boobery.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B- 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) King's attempt to reclaim the Shining necessitated a film adaptation, which is why Doctor Sleep is more obsessed with repossessing the most well-known horror iconography of all time than with introducing anything new, other than the world's stupidest hat.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
A 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The bassline of modern art is thumping and pulsating with a fury about inequality. Often, that sound gets understandably but simplistically distilled into "rich bad, poor good" messaging. Parasite absolutely defies a quick synthesizing of its message. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
C+ 42% The Laundromat (2019) Admittedly, 11 million documents that detail how wealthy dinguses around the world use shell corporations to horde their riches in offshore dungeons like dragons who have Jeffrey Epstein's phone number doesn't scream "Adapt me!" ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
C 67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The odds against replicating the chemistry-enhanced breeziness and clever nuggets of the first film kept them from attempting a follow-up for around a decade. But the bible says even Jesus will get a sequel, so here we are.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
D- 26% Gemini Man (2019) It cannot be stressed enough how much of this alleged action movie involves plane rides between locations and the phrase "I just need to talk to him."‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
F 69% Joker (2019) Watching an emaciated creeper do several "kooky underpants dances" is definitely somebody's idea of a good time. It is just not mine. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
A+ 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) A Walt Disney fairy tale about El Chapo told through the language of Gabriel García Márquez and visually painted as if guided by Frida Kahlo's hand, Tigers Are Not Afraid is some kind of special. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A- 84% Ad Astra (2019) Not quite as sophisticated as it thinks itself, the film is still a lurid, pensive argument that the only meaningful thing in the entire universe is our connection with each other. Also: rabid space monkeys!‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B- 87% Hustlers (2019) In the spirit of Hustlers, please imagine a montage of a movie reviewer typing away, tormented by a thwarted masterpiece.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
A+ No Score Yet Out of Omaha (2019) Out of Omaha doesn't put a bow on things, mince words, or offer concrete solutions. It just dares everyone to look where most choose not to peek.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
D 63% It Chapter Two (2019) "It 2: At Least There's No Sewer Orgy" is a start-to-finish misfire, from its insensitive opening to an ending that would make Peter Jackson give the "wrap it up" signal. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
A 98% Before Midnight (2013) Before Midnight is quiet, shrewd and sparse. It is unassuming and unafraid to poke fun at its own sporadic pretentiousness. It is funny. It is heartwarming. It is heartbreaking. It is inspired. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B- 77% The Source Family (2013) It's hard not to be somewhat engrossed by Father Yod, even if the package presented is less enjoyable than it is textbook-designed, which is kind of funny given the bizarre and rebellious nature of the subject. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
A- 56% Man of Steel (2013) Man of Steel is admittedly missing humor and fun, consumed by the seriousness of producer Christopher Nolan's dark overtones and grey color palate. But the tone was a course correction, and the payoff is great.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
C- 66% World War Z (2013) World War Z is not the complete, absolute disaster tales of its production suggested may come to pass (what with an entirely reshot third act). But that's the limpest compliment that can be given.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B 86% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) The take-home message to this retold tale of social grace is this: talented wealthy people apparently stage fairly adorable Shakespearean recreations as a way to blow off steam. Not exactly a beer after a hard day's work, huh?‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
C 59% The Bling Ring (2013) Playing like the slow, dull sister of Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring exchanges neon decadence and teen sinning for vacant crimes of boredom. The take home message here isn't an indictment of modern celebu-worship so much as it is "eh, whatever."‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B+ 75% The East (2013) There are only two choices: either you love Brit Marling or you will love Brit Marling. The proof is The East.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
D- 51% White House Down (2013) The nicest thing that can be said about director Roland Emmerich's White House Down is that it is the second best Die Hard rip-off set in the Presidential estate released in the last four months. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
F 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) Good news, Washington Redskins! For one glorious weekend in the summer of 2013, your unapologetically racist franchise is not the most grotesque pop culture representation of Native Americans! ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B 75% Despicable Me 2 (2013) The best compliment you can give to Despicable Me 2 may also explain why it doesn't get a higher grade here: it's slight, mass-appealing fun.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
C+ 94% Stories We Tell (2013) Stories We Tell ditches the burger and fries and delivers nothing but vegetables.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B+ 71% Pacific Rim (2013) Does the thought of nearly mountain-sized Transformers wailing away on Godzilla's uglier stepsisters with rocket punches and wrist swords excite you or do you have no idea what most of the words in the first half of this question mean?‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
C+ 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) It is a bit ironic that the film we could have seen is somewhere to the side of this one, probably no more than 20 feet away.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
D 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) Based on a comic book that literally had to be better, writers Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi and David Dobkin did director Robert Schwentke no favors, but Schwentke directed The Time Traveler's Wife, so he had it coming.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B- 44% Red 2 (2013) Watching talented folks like this have a genuinely good time is contagious, and given the late-summer tsunami of mediocrity we're swimming in, simply having reason to smile a bit feels like a decent victory.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B 50% Between Us (2013) Between Us is Edward Albee's classic play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" regifted in new wrapping paper. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
A 41% Only God Forgives (2013) Only God Forgives crackles with dense subtext. Even the karaoke, which seems like a joke at first, winds up playing like a prayer for absolution.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
C- 83% The Way Way Back (2013) The Way Way Back is way way unnecessary more than anything else. You could overflow every landfill in New Jersey, a state known for its connection to trash, with the number of literary and cinematic tributes to this particular brand of "coming of age."‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B- 71% The Wolverine (2013) The Wolverine being "pretty good" seems like a miracle. It isn't. But it's watchable, satisfying and a less harmful way to scratch your Jackman itch than his last few offerings.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
C+ 54% The To Do List (2013) The To Do List feels like the first draft of a classic comedy. But plot strands get away, situations are redundant, and the end result is a mixed bag of sexual empowerment and stupidity. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B 65% Elysium (2013) First things first: Jodie Foster is officially no longer a two-time Oscar winner. There's no way anyone can do what she just did in Elysium and get to keep golden bookends. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
C 47% We're The Millers (2013) If you've seen the trailers, you've seen a highlight reel of all We're the Millers has to offer, save for swollen prosthetic genitalia worn by a teenage actor from Chronicles of Narnia.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B 98% Blackfish (2013) Nothing says "family fun" like aquatic murder and animal mistreatment, right SeaWorld?‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
C 32% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Kick-Ass was a clever sneer at "grim and gritty" superhero movies; Kick-Ass 2 really isn't much of anything.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
C- 91% The Spectacular Now (2013) The most startling thing about The Spectacular Now is that people seem to like it. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
A- 96% A Hijacking (2013) A Hijacking is one of those movies that must be recommended even if it's in a way that doesn't suggest that watching it will be much fun at all.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B+ 92% The Hunt (Jagten) (2013) The Hunt is not exactly date movie. In fact, unless you enjoy the feeling of simmering in a warm tub smothered with guilt gravy and stewing in awkward juice, things are going to get uncomfortable. ‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
A 89% The World's End (2013) Shaun of the Dead mocks zombie movies and is a hell of a zombie movie. Hot Fuzz picks on buddy cop movies and is a great buddy cop movie. The World's End ridicules apocalyptic invasion movies and serves as a great apocalyptic invasion movie.‐ The Reader (Omaha, NE)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019