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Steve Crum

Steve Crum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 90% 1917 (2020) Among THE best movies set during WWI ever produced.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
B 83% Just Mercy (2020) This above average movie deals with racism, a corrupt prison system, and determination. Like other films of this ilk, the audience's shock, disgust, and anger grow as the story progresses.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
B 53% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Lacks the outright fun and originality of the previous episodes, but it achieves its goal of providing big scale closure.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
A 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Pistons and torques aside, 'FvF' is really about friendship, love, trust, and risk. It is a balancing act superbly orchestrated.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
C+ 74% Harriet (2019) The film looks and feels more like a well done History Channel reenactment. The facts are solid, but the emotional impact is lacking.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
A- 83% Judy (2019) Zellweger captures Judy Garland's person and-surprisingly-her voice and performance demeanor. She is enough like Judy to convince this longtime Garland fan.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B- 84% Ad Astra (2019) The mundane aspects of space travel are definitely shown, but thankfully broken with some action- space monkeys and moon pirates included.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
A 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A doozy of a story packed with visual surrealism and clever plot surprises. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
C 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) A scattershot story line, covering many years and leaving plot holes and unanswered questions. Coincidences abound to the point of ridiculousness.‐
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
A- 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Julianne Moore's extraordinary performance convinces us that Gloria will not only survive, but conquer.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ 93% Us (2019) You know a movie is really scary when audience members at the preview keep yelling at the screen, "Don't open that door!" and "Look out!" (I didn't say such, but I sure thought it.) ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
C+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The fun of 'Captain Marvel' is not so much Danvers/Marvel, but her pal Nick Fury, portrayed by the ubiquitous Samuel L. Jackson.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
A 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) To play upon Mr. Hardy's catchphrase, 'Stan & Ollie' is quite the opposite of a mess The Boys have gotten us into.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
B+ 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) A fascinating, well crafted, accurate bio-drama about the early life-personal and professional-of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
B+ 66% Vice (2018) Bale's transformation is incredibly uncanny and stunning. This is far from an Alec Baldwin burlesque of Donald Trump-funny as that is.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
B+ 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda are practically and perfectly cast. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
A 90% A Star Is Born (2018) I will go out on a short limb to predict Academy Award nods to Cooper, Gaga and Elliott. Lady Gaga's days of wearing a meat dress are history. A born movie star is she.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B- 66% The Little Stranger (2018) Low on the creepazoid meter, but it tingled a couple of nerves along my spine.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
A- 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) This sequel to 2008's 'Mama Mia!' is a delightfully winning romantic-musical-comedy. In a couple of ways, it outshines the extremely popular original.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
B+ 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Prepare for typical 'Jurassic Park' action, tinged with the dark humor of men and women at risk of losing their limbs and lives. Bring the family. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
B 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) ...A fun and exciting, though imperfect, addition to the Star Wars array. 'Solo' is well worth seeing, particularly for fans. ‐
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
A 86% Tully (2018) Charlize Theron's nothing short of brilliant, and certainly Oscar worthy. Adding Diablo Cody's screenplay and Jason Reitman's direction equals a trifecta supreme. ‐
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
B- 51% Rampage (2018) Essentially turning to formula plotting, we get a hero (or three) versus some mad scientists who have unleashed monsters. We have seen this before, but it works very comfortably here.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
B 72% Ready Player One (2018) Gamers will get a kick out of this nearly non-stop racing movie loaded with familiar pop culture images. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
C+ 97% Black Panther (2018) I had hoped for so much more than what was delivered. The loyal fan base will no doubt think otherwise.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
A- 88% The Post (2018) The cinematic takeaway here is a combination of the factual story, the superb supporting cast (Sarah Paulsen, Bob Odenkirk, Carrie Coon, and Tracy Letts among them), and the film's powerhouse leads, Streep and Hanks.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
A- 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Director/screenwriter Rian Johnson has truly delivered the galaxy goods on this event-the second installment of the sequel trilogy.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
B- 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Though contrived, 'Wonder Wheel' has stunning color and Kate Winslet as pluses.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
B- 79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Compelling? Well, so-so. A unique take on the familiar Charles Dickens tale, 'A Christmas Carol'? Definitely. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B 87% Only the Brave (2017) Two factors elevating 'Only the Brave' above the norm are the film's location photography and realistic forest fire sequences.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
A- 93% Dunkirk (2017) Important to the film's success is Hans Zimmer's unique score, which becomes a living entity unto itself due to pulsating sounds.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
A 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) This one is the best Spider-Man movie ever, and among the best of any in the history of superhero films.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
B 93% Wonder Woman (2017) When 'Wonder Woman' is good, it is compellingly fun. But when the Amazonian warrior is shown for the 37th time in mid-air, slo-mo battle pose, it is a yawner.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
B+ 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) This second volume is pretty terrific, a must-see. It suffers a bit from being a sequel in that characters are already firmly defined. (The revelation of their personas was a plus in the previous film.) ‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
B 63% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Emotionally wrenching in many ways, 'The Zookeeper's Wife' succeeds as a fact-based a story of love and perseverance. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
B+ 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Stereotypical in many ways, 'Kong: Skull Island' is great fun to watch, thanks to a literate, savvy script, fine acting, and visuals that should please the most discriminating monster movie fan.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
B 93% Logan (2017) Combining these two blade runners, working side by side, is a recipe for stunts, special effects, and big box office.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
A- 83% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Stylistic touches and new characters make 'Rogue One' seem fresh, which also invigorates the ongoing franchise.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
B 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The joyful absurdities and frightful images peppering the self-described 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' are reason enough to see this fun flick. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Besides being overlong and having a slapdash ending, 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' is a sensory treat.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
A 86% Sully (2016) It is the totally engrossing in-flight sequence that dominates 'Sully.' Prepare your adrenaline.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
D- 25% Ben-Hur (2016) 'Ben-Hur' looks less like a true movie spectacle, and more like the lackluster 'Christian produced' message movies released over the past decade. Like them, the acting, dialogue, cinematography and score are pedestrian at best.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
A 88% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) 'Florence Foster Jenkins' is undoubtedly the best movie of 2016 so far, and seems out of place in-as usual-a summer of comic book superheroes.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
B+ 74% Ghostbusters (2016) There are enough plot variations and new inclusions to satisfy diehard fans of the original franchise.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
C 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) In this 49th official Tarzan feature, Alexander Skarsgård ranks a tad above average....which is better than the overall film.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
B+ 75% The BFG (2016) As director Steven Spielberg's second fantasy-adventure film, the other being 1991's mediocre 'Hook,' 'The BFG' turns out to be more satisfying but no classic.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
B- 47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It all makes for a fantasy-fun, if not deafening, two hours and 24 minutes.‐
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
A 95% The Jungle Book (2016) The story has never been more captivating.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
C- 28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) After 2-1/2 hours of sitting through relentless CGI violent visuals and deafening sound effects, I was exhausted.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
A- 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) The Coens have laced 'Hail, Caesar!' with enough visuals and double entendres that beg for multiple viewings to appreciate them all. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016