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Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
19% Dolittle (2020) Aside from a few broad bouts of animal humor, the whole exercise feels utterly lifeless, and a conspicuous waste of time and, given the special effects, what looks like a ridiculous amount of money.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) A pretty shoot-by-numbers affair, beyond the mild kick of acknowledging that the central duo are getting a bit old for this sort of thing.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
19% Like a Boss (2020) An R-rated gals-night-out comedy that, thanks to the talented cast, delivers a few genuinely amusing moments, but which falls a couple of glasses of chardonnay short of being a good time.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
93% Clemency (2019) It's a small movie, but one that provides considerable food for thought, while being elevated by a performance from Woodard that, often without uttering a word, betrays an inner conflict that cuts to her very core.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
84% Just Mercy (2020) "Just Mercy" has the feel of an old-fashioned studio throwback -- one where the underlying story is more compelling than the film.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) Yet the tale unfolds with considerable sensitivity, offering plenty of haunting images while capturing the chaos and fear of trench warfare -- especially through the eyes of MacKay, in a genuine breakout performance.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) The swings in time, admittedly, can be a tad disorienting at first, but they provide a narrative spine that brings additional resonance to a story that most people likely think they already know.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
96% Togo (2019) A simple movie, but one worthy, on its modest terms, of a "Well done" cheer all around.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
20% Cats (2019) If the goal was to provide a holiday musical event that's fun for the whole family, it's a good idea in theory, packaged in the wrong litter box.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Abrams has made a Star Wars movie aimed at the people who love it best. The Rise of Skywalker isn't perfect, but seen that way, it more than rises to the occasion.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
91% Uncut Gems (2019) The story's unrelenting nature works against it, blunting the lure of seeing Adam Sandler in one of his occasional dramatic performances -- a showy role, yes, but in a movie that proves all that glitters is not gold.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
37% 6 Underground (2019) 6 Underground proves so uneven in its tone and unrelenting in its volume that it's hard to imagine a hole deep enough in which to bury its silliness.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
74% Richard Jewell (2019) The film makes a sobering point about the danger of rushing to judgment and trial by media, but undermines that with its ham-handed approach to key parts of the story. In the balance, Richard Jewell remains worth seeing. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
No Score Yet Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching (2019) Viewers won't learn much from this window into their worlds, mostly because it so fastidiously lets its subjects call the plays.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The primary avatars -- Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black -- seem to be having an awfully good time with all this silliness, which is mildly infectious, even when the movie sags.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
68% Bombshell (2019) Kelly becomes the centerpiece of the story, thanks in large part to the uncanny performance by Theron... It's about as dazzling a portrayal of a living person as you'll see.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
71% The Aeronauts (2019) The Aeronauts never really feels genuinely magical despite its welcome celebration of scientific discovery, and the dialogue is uninspired.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim is one of those increasingly rare movies that should leave audiences discussing it after they exit the theater. Yet if the film derives power from its broader context, there's strength in the journey as well as the destination.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Provides food for thought, and features a pair of world-class actors. But thanks to its dual priorities, the qualities that recommend the film mostly go up in smoke.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out is a whole lot of fun, intended to keep the audience off-balance right up until the finish. It's a razor-sharp throwback from writer-director Rian Johnson.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) Beyond the fundamental horror of corporate greed trumping public-health concerns, the movie -- while often bleak and unsettling -- does find hope in the idea that one ordinary guy can make a difference. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It's hard not to wish that the story was as consistently good as the man -- and performance -- at its center... The temptation is nevertheless simply to give in to the movie, which is perhaps as it should be. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) Because the first movie generated such a bracing gust of enthusiasm, Frozen 2 will inevitably be nitpicked and judged against those lofty standards. Still, there's plenty to enjoy for those willing to chill out, and yes, let the past go.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
96% Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) It's an especially effective look at how such abuses have been allowed to fester, exploiting protective institutions as well as the allegiance and hunger of those involved.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) With a great cast, fascinating story and old-school studio vibe, Ford v. Ferrari nearly clicks on all cylinders.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
81% The Report (2019) The Report tackles a serious topic and turns it into a rather heavy-handed movie, one that nearly buckles under the weight of its own self-importance. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) Even these two knighted performers -- in a rare star vehicle for a pair of senior citizens -- can't elevate this adaptation of Nicholas Searle's book, which clearly wants to be twisty and Hitchcockian but never quite gets there.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Yet if the goal was to breathe life into Charlie's Angels for a new generation, to borrow a line from its old TV era, sorry, Charlie.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% Man Made (2018) Focusing on competitors at different stages, facing a variety of issues, offers a complex, nuanced view, in a way that does a lot of heavy lifting for a small film.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) It's a modest addition to the genre that passes, barely, the "Who's a good family movie?" test.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) When a film with so much going for it -- from the first-rate cast to the meaty premise -- basically unravels and loses steam, it's a reminder that the challenge of wrestling one of King's epic books into a genuinely satisfying movie can be, well, redrum.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) It's hardly new territory, but Baumbach tackles the material with a mix of humor, anguish and absurdity that sustains interest, emphasizing how unpleasant and frustrating much of this can be.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) Clarke is charming and easy to root for, even saddled with elf shoes and slim material, and Yeoh and Thompson enliven a movie that frequently feels as if it's drifting between interludes.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
62% American Dharma (2019) A rather florid, disjointed conversation, one where Morris' attempts to challenge and confront Bannon feels mostly cathartic for the filmmaker, ultimately, without yielding much additional insight to understanding Bannon that hasn't already been said.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
50% American Son (2019) American Son possesses considerable power in its premise, while wrestling with the claustrophobic aspects of transferring a stage play to the screen. Ultimately, the subject matter wins out, yielding a flawed but brisk 90-minute Netflix presentation.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) Harriet is an overdue, mostly worthwhile tribute -- one whose main flaw involves dressing up her story more than its real-life heroism requires.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) No, the movie didn't need to be this long... If the portions are too big, though, at least it's a gourmet meal.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) As constructed by director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the scenes are so short and choppy as to undermine the performances, making the high-wattage actors looking little more than the players in dramatic reenactments.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
94% Western Stars (2019) It is, clearly, a valentine for hardcore "Bruuuuuce" fans, but one that does an effective job of both showcasing the material and connecting the songs in a thematic way.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) "Terminator: Dark Fate" represents a welcome return to the its origins, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprising their roles, adding nostalgia and mythological heft that separates it from everything that has followed "Judgment Day."‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) As is so often the case, Maleficent didn't exactly cry out for another chapter, but if forced to do one with a sharp spindle pointed at your head (or finger), this is about as good as one could have hoped.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Not that there was a pressing need for a return engagement, but just being able to reassemble the old gang -- this once -- was reason enough for Zombielan to rise again.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) An awkward, uneven film, with writer-director Taika Waititi conjuring some touching moments, but unable to pull off the magic act this "Rabbit" trick requires.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
71% The College Admissions Scandal (2019) Obviously, this is a bit of a hasty cut-and-paste job. Yet at its best, the movie effectively illustrates the cynical calculus that these parents made, as well as the rationalizations employed to justify their actions. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) The initial rush from seeing Aaron Paul back in the role -- coupled with an assortment of clever callbacks -- don't fully warrant cooking up this sequel.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) A movie that emphasizes its experiential and 3D qualities but lacks depth on every other front.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
37% In the Tall Grass (2019) Despite an uneven track record, In the Tall Grass gives the lamest King adaptations a run for their money, as writer-director Vincenzo Natali labors to stretch out the story, which takes a wrong turn in more ways than one.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
73% Prayers for Bobby (2009) In Weaver "Prayers for Bobby" has a leading lady whose prayers for a part worthy of her talents have been forcefully answered.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) There's an underdog charm to the bones of the story, and a lot of nifty touches about the era... Still, "Dolemite" bogs down during the making of the film, in a way that even the closing credits can't wholly redeem. ‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
69% Joker (2019) It's not too much to ask -- and more than just being a scold -- for justification of an exercise that places such a villain front and center, especially when there is so little light or goodness to balance the darkness.‐ CNN.com
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019