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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) 'Sonic the Hedgehog' is more concerned with being a good kid flick that parents will enjoy than it is with being an epic, a blockbuster or a painfully faithful adaptation of its video game source material. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
8/10 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Jumbled plotting aside, Cathy Yan and Christina Hodson's 'Birds of Prey' is a delightfully entertaining showcase for Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and the rest of her anti-heroic gal pals.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
6/10 27% The Rhythm Section (2020) Blake Lively is terrific in this grim and pessimistic character study disguised as a rousing action-adventure. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
7/10 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Viewed alongside GEMINI MAN and SPIES IN DISGUISE, BAD BOYS FOR LIFE is another interesting glimpse into how Will Smith feels about the kind of entertainment he spent his career putting into the world. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
6/10 47% Underwater (2020) It's worth seeing for Stewart's against-type star turn, the impressive production design and immersive sound work. It's just a fun Saturday matinee movie. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
6/10 20% Cats (2019) Look, this is a pretty damn faithful rendition of a famously bonkers and unapologetically ridiculous stage show. It's not quite "good," but it's certainly going for it. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is both much funnier and a lot more "fun" than I expected. It's actually a great date movie, provided your relationship is healthy and both of you share a certain morbid sense of humor.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/10 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) 'The Rise of Skywalker' is a bad movie and a miserable finale that serves no purpose other than to reassure (at least some) adult fans of the original 'Star Wars' that they are still the "chosen ones" of the pop culture galaxy.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
7/10 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Why can't all of Sony's franchise revamps be at least as good as their last two 'Jumanji' movies?!‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/10 70% Bombshell (2019) Its unwillingness to dissect the hypocrisies at play renders it unengaging despite some excellent performances and a kinetic pace.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
10/10 89% 1917 (2020) A visual knockout, a gripping war drama, a relentless action picture, a great "video game movie not based on a video game" and an ironic inversion of the 'Lord of the Rings.'‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
9/10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A fascinating and moving character play which offers the notion that being kind is hard work and, while worth it, a constant effort.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
7/10 97% Knives Out (2019) It's a grand piece of star-studded, old-school studio programming, with a mix of ghoulish comedy and of-the-moment politics. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
8/10 95% Little Women (2019) It subtly interrogates (while still validating) the original novel while existing as a thrillingly enjoyable and cinematically scrumptious movie of its own accord. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
6/10 51% 21 Bridges (2019) Boasting a strong star turn from Chadwick Boseman and a few subtle surprises, '21 Bridges' is a polished and exciting crime actioner that delivers the B-movie goods.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
6/10 77% Frozen II (2019) 'Frozen II' is visually glorious with plenty of amusing character interactions, but it suffers from an abundance of mediocre songs and a deeply generic "dark sequel" narrative.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
6/10 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Noami Scott are terrific together, the film isn't afraid to be a little cynical and it mostly works as a pulpy female-directed action movie that happens to star three women. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
6/10 73% Harriet (2019) Yes, it's a conventional biopic, but that's part of the appeal (considering who it's about) and it's a well-made version of a reliable cinematic formula. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
5/10 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's the 'Force Awakens' of the 'Terminator' series, and I don't mean that as a compliment.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
7/10 96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese's 'Unforgiven,' a slow-burn, relaxing historical drama that plays like a culmination of both his mob movies and his Catholic guilt passion plays. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
7/10 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's better than the first, features strong performances and goes unexpectedly wild in the third act, suggesting the unholy offspring of a union between 'Gargoyles,' 'Avatar' and 'Aquaman.' (Yes, that's a compliment)‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
6/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) It's not a very good movie, but it's absolutely worth seeing for the visuals and for the lead performances. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
6/10 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Natalie Portman is terrific, per usual, and the film feels less sensationalistic and more humane than the media coverage of the story which inspired it. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
6/10 68% Joker (2019) It's gorgeous to look at and splendidly acted, but it works much better as a singular character study than as a broader sociopolitical drama. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
4/10 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It's less a true 'Rambo' movie and more a generic (and small-scale) 'Taken' knock-off with John Rambo arbitrarily thrown into the mix. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
6/10 24% The Goldfinch (2019) It's a gorgeous, thoughtful, well-acted, morally complex and adult-skewing character study from a major studio. Warts and all, it's exactly what we say Hollywood never bothers to make. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
8/10 87% Hustlers (2019) This is terrific (and terrifically-crafted) entertainment. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Ambitions aside, 'It Chapter Two' undercuts its horror and drama with consistent quips, while certain narrative choices undercut its grand themes and grander scope. Meanwhile, the entire second act exists as a way to essentially replay the first film. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
6/10 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) More character development for Gerard Butler's hero, well-staged action/violence and explicitly less toxic politics makes this a more enjoyable adventure flick compared to the first two. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
7/10 88% Ready or Not (2019) A great high concept, a superb ensemble and a terrific starring turn elevate this delightful bit of pitch-black horror-comedy. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
7/10 79% Good Boys (2019) It's not a grotesque celebration of bad behavior, but a gee-whiz comic adventure about nice kids who just happen to use R-rated language. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
6/10 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) It works as a B-movie mash-up of 'Sanctum' and 'The Descent.' ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
6/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) More than even the last few FAST AND FURIOUS movies, HOBBS & SHAW resembles a big, dumb, but enjoyable Saturday morning cartoon. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
7/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino says goodbye to Hollywood, in more ways than one. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
6/10 78% Descendants 3 (2019) Not as good as the second film but better than the first one, 'Descendants 3' ends the series on a solid note of character development and social topicality. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
6/10 83% Crawl (2019) I don't know why Paramount hid this one from most movie critics, but it's a rock-solid genre flick that delivers on its promises. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/10 53% The Lion King (2019) Be prepared for a shockingly dull remake that trades passion, emotion and excitement for "realism." ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
8/10 42% Stuber (2019) This may be the best live-action big studio comedy of the year. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
7/10 83% Midsommar (2019) It's a great date movie, provided you and your significant other share a macabre sense of humor.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
6/10 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) It's like a 'Goosebumps' story set within the 'Conjuring' universe. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
6/10 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It cares a lot more about Peter Parker than Spider-Man (or the overall MCU arc), and that's a good thing. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
7/10 63% Child's Play (2019) This "unneccessary" remake is also quite good on its own merits, existing as a solid horror comedy without slavishly devoting itself to the original 'Child's Play.'‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
10/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) A terrific adventure comedy and an appropriate franchise extension that works as a parable for Pixar's own evolution.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
5/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's not a disaster, but fans of this groundbreaking series deserve a better send-off than this mediocre 'X-Men: Remakes Of Movies Past" sequel. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
6/10 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's not as majestic as 'Godzilla' nor as rough-and-tumble successful as 'Skull Island,' but my son exclaimed that it was the greatest movie he'd ever seen. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
6/10 55% Ma (2019) It's a terrific slow-burn drama for an hour before it becomes a somewhat rushed grindhouse horror flick. Still, it works. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
6/10 57% Aladdin (2019) The screenplay is a mess, but 'Aladdin' gets by on its production values and dynamite star turns. I knew Noami Scott was the real deal, but Mena Massoud is a revelation. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
7/10 97% Booksmart (2019) 'Booksmart' offers a delightful fantasy set in a world where everyone is pretty smart, awfully nice and very funny.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
6/10 57% Brightburn (2019) By reimagining the Superman story as a horror movie, 'Brightburn' ends up returning the myth to its origins as a Moses parable. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
7/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) A rip-roaring (and visually beautiful) action movie that plays like a terrific video game come to life while also dealing with the whole "Why should we care if John survives?" question.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019