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Steve Persall

Steve Persall
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 50% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home makes sitting through the first film worthwhile.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
D 9% The Bachelor (1999) O'Donnell's square jaw and clear complexion get plenty of screen time, but not for a second is he believable as a guy with a playboy past.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
D 67% Angus (1995) For all its good intentions, Angus soon becomes tiring, with dingy photography, pedestrian pacing and a central character too lumpish and withdrawn to connect with an audience.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
B+ 83% Begin Again (2014) Begin Again begins like a lot of movies about musicians, but because it comes from John Carney, it isn't ordinary for long.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
B- 57% Absolute Power (1997) Absolute Power is one of those evil-in-high-places thrillers that hums along nicely while the crimes are being committed, and sputters while they're being solved.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
A- 87% Rosewood (1997) The fact that Rosewood takes time to understand its demons is an uncommon touch for any film that addresses such an inflammatory topic.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
B+ 20% Seven Days In Utopia (2011) Seven Days in Utopia possesses a spiritual sincerity that's impossible to shrug off as mere zealotry.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
F 30% Waiting (2005) We can handle anything a prankster like McKittrick can dish out, if he doesn't treat us like the customer in Waiting who sends an undercooked steak back to the kitchen. He thinks comedy is all bodily fluids and cruel gutter talk...‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
B+ 71% Clockers (1995) Strong performances, edgy dialogue and Lee's success in luring an audience into his own tempo and urgent perspective make Clockers tough stuff, indeed.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
C- 26% The Story of Us (1999) If Harry and Sally met and things weren't working out, the result would be The Story of Us, a romantic comedy unable to maintain either half of that description.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
B- 55% Hard Target (1993) With its expert use of dissolves and pans, Hard Target is an arty shot of adrenaline to this overworked genre.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
C 50% A Dangerous Woman (1993) An overstuffed potboiler that strains for an upbeat ending after 95 minutes of angst.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
B 82% Beirut (2018) Hamm makes for a compelling guide, Bogart-weary and mind racing, assessing each situation with a readable face for the camera. Beirut won't make him a bigger movie star, but more interesting actors are tough to find.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
B+ 96% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place isn't revolutionary, relying on enough abrupt shocks and grisly effects to satisfy chronic horror fans. But it works better as a mutation of the genre, placing aural dread ahead of visceral gore.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
B 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Daniela Vega is haunting in the title role. ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
B+ 89% Wait for Your Laugh (2017) A portrait of an indefatigable entertainer emerges, restless when she wasn't working and fearless when she was.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
C+ 72% Ready Player One (2018) It's a theme park ride but not the rollercoaster Spielberg hopes. More like It's a Small Virtual World, careening through gamer nirvana, jerking viewers to and fro among everything Gen X retro.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
A- 95% The Death of Stalin (2018) Kind of like Veep with a hammer and sickle, smart, tart and daftly topical.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
B 80% Unsane (2018) If you think Steven Soderbergh is talented with a movie camera, you should see what he does with a cellphone in Unsane.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
C 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Lara's appealing enough in humor and drive but Vikander brings deeper notes than the script and green screens require, from sorrow and fear to first-kill horror. Tomb Raider isn't a place to expect good acting, but Vikander persists.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
A- 88% Annihilation (2018) Alex Garland's Annihilation is a bracing blend of cerebral sci-fi and grindhouse terror, a genre movie that's more, maybe too much for some viewers.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
B- 84% Game Night (2018) Good movie comedies are in short supply these days, making Game Night more fun than it deserves to be.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
B 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool plays the will-she/won't-she tell him and spoil a lovely romance too long. Yet the revelation is staged wonderfully by McGuigan as part of a breaking point quarrel.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
A 96% Black Panther (2018) Coogler delivers action with frenetic grace, keeping the violence more intimate than usual for a superhero movie. Less soulless metropolis crumbling and more face-to-face combat (although the armored rhinos aren't bad).‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
B 81% Early Man (2018) It's fairly easy to guess where this is heading - well, the giant duck is a bit surprising - and mildly fun getting there.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
D 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The finale is Eastwood at his laziest, allowing news footage to do his job. At least Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler now have the ultimate souvenir of their vacation.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
C 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) More often laughs are unintentional, depending on what Ana and Christian are doing before sex.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
C 50% 12 Strong (2018) Extraordinary heroism deserves a less ordinary movie.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
A 94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call it what you want but this movie is an instantly fond memory.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
41% Den of Thieves (2018) [Gerard] Butler's the same bullet-spewing, order-barking bop bag he always plays in Den of Thieves. ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
C 71% Hostiles (2018) Hostiles is another Western in which Indian characters are props for white man problems. ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
C+ 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread is passionless window-shop cinema, each static tableau lovingly arranged for display and easy dusting. ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
C 56% The Commuter (2018) The inevitable derailment - of the train, not his movie - is a model of ludicrous action. It takes too long for The Commuter to build a head of steam but it's medium speed ahead after that.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 11, 2018
C 88% The Post (2018) [Meryl] Streep doesn't play her as a crusader; twice Kay walks into boardrooms, a lone woman among grim men, making no impression.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Posted Jan 11, 2018
90% I, Tonya (2018) Gillespie's movie glides like a drunken skater, contained but changing direction with each tangent and tantrum.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
83% Silence (2017) Silence is a monumental achievement in Scorsese's career, a project three decades in development, and his passion shows. It's the unofficial conclusion of Scorsese's theological trilogy.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
81% The Founder (2017) Even in repetitive or undernourished moments Keaton, Offerman and Lynch always entertain. Their performances have fallen through the cracks of awards season.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
B- 88% 20th Century Women (2017) By sheer repetition, 20th Century Women becomes Dorothea's coming of age story 40 years late. Mills' movie is ultimately as aimless as her life has been, messy and marked by fleeting pleasures but not enough.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
77% Split (2017) Shyamalan hasn't goosed a crowd this successfully since Signs. As someone who'd written him off, it's fun to have been wrong.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
B+ 83% Julieta (2016) As usual, Almodóvar enjoys toying with dynamics of feminine relationships, friends and foes alike. Deceptions aren't dead ends but doorways to other emotional twists.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
A- 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The Salesman is a quiet revenge tale, in which a husband must decide how to stick up for his wife, or if he should. Tension builds from this gender-unequal culture to a crushing finale.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
C 40% The Last Word (2017) Each move is a telegraphed step away from the movie we started out liking.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
73% Gifted (2017) Webb gets good performances from everyone, particularly Evans, suggesting an acting life for him beyond Captain America.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
C- 86% The Lost City of Z (2017) Lost City of Z is beautifully shot by Darius Khondji yet lacks a dramatic arc matching its length.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
B+ 81% Colossal (2017) Colossal is darkly comical when it isn't being flippantly serious, flawed yet unlike anything you've seen before. ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) Thrills aren't part of the bargain unless Stewart's intense vulnerability counts. Now more than ever, it should.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
B- 46% The Dinner (2017) Moverman's adaptation of Herman Koch's novel is loaded with lacerating dialogue delivered with conviction. Yet as the narrative widens the drama loses steam and we're left recalling performance moments, Bobby Bukowski's camera work and little else.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
B+ 84% The Lovers (2017) Winger's performance is a gem, funny and heartbreaking at once, one to keep in mind for year-end honors.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
78% The Little Hours (2017) The Little Hours is less than the sum of its many comedy parts but some of those many are hilarious.‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
B- 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) Director Dave McCary maintains a suitably goofy tone and inspired casting makes for a pleasantly uneven experience. ‐ Tampa Bay Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017