Greg Maki

Greg Maki
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 35% Glass (2019) ... Looks and feels nothing like the superhero movies that have taken over Hollywood in the past decade.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
B 40% The Upside (2019) Hart and Cranston play off each other nicely, and the movie works to the extent it does because they work so well together.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
B 64% Aquaman (2018) It took a while, but the DC Extended Universe finally has embraced the inherent silliness of superheroes.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
C 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The movie begins and ends with Jack singing about London's skies, and even though Mary Poppins is the magical one, he does more to impact the plot than anyone else.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
C- 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Ronan and Robbie are pros, but everything around them feels like the work of amateurs.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) ... Exactly the superhero movie we need in 2018.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) ... The best zombie musical comedy Christmas movie ever made.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- 83% Creed II (2018) It uses a well-worn formula to create a fresh, invigorating experience.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Rowling knows her audience, and she packs each scene with so much delicious information for her devoted fans.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The movie is at its best when the focus is on the music ...‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
B+ 79% Halloween (2018) ... The film is mighty suspenseful, due in no small part to stronger performances than we're used to getting in slasher films‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
A 88% First Man (2018) ... Reminds us that some things are bigger than what drives us apart. ‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper's best decision was casting Lady Gaga and himself as the leads.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
C- 28% Venom (2018) Though Hardy does his weirdest to keep it entertaining whenever he's on screen, it's hard to see the movie as anything but a missed opportunity.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
D+ 28% Night School (2018) Despite the comedic talent on screen, the writers fall back on not one but two fart jokes and use vomit as a punchline.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
A- 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) ... A wild ride, using visual effects to play with size and scale in absurd and exciting ways.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
D+ 46% Skyscraper (2018) "Skyscraper" - part "Die Hard," part Khalifa Tower sequence from "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," part duct tape commercial - is patently absurd but never climbs to the heights of insanity it needs to transcend that and become something more.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
A 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Even as it's going off the rails, "Sorry to Bother You" remains a remarkably assured, focused and provocative piece of filmmaking.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
A 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) ... A scintillating symphony of stunts, set pieces and action choreography.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
A 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) ... A spectacular piece of entertainment that should be mentioned ... in any conversation of the greatest superhero movies ever made.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
B- 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) ... Embraces its own insanity and runs with it at breakneck speed toward the finish line.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
B 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The movie's greatest strength is its cast, Bullock holding it together with just as much charm and style as George Clooney.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
B- 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It's no minor accomplishment that the movie is making its targeted May 25 release date and borderline miraculous that it isn't a total disaster.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
A- 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) While he's migrated from the dead of winter to prime summer blockbuster season, Deadpool hasn't gone soft with success.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
A 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) ... Unafraid, even eager to take the story and characters in dark, surprising new directions.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
A 95% A Quiet Place (2018) ... Don't call it a silent movie, for sound is the true star here.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
B 72% Ready Player One (2018) Rylance infuses "Ready Player One" with the warmth and spark of humanity it needs to transcend its VR roots and become something meaningful.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
B- 51% Tomb Raider (2018) I wouldn't go as far to say Lara Croft has been redeemed on the big screen, but it's a start.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
C- 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Perhaps book readers will be able to follow the plot and better appreciate the fine craftsmanship and performances. I'm too busy scratching my head.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
B+ 84% Game Night (2018) ... One of the tightest and funniest Hollywood studio comedies of recent years.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
A 97% Black Panther (2018) "Black Panther" is the superhero movie - no, movie, no qualifier necessary - that we need, right here, right now.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
B 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) It may have been a slog to get here, but "The Death Cure" rewards those who see it through.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
A 92% The Shape of Water (2017) ... A testament to the power of love, a force so strong it transcends the human constructs of speech and language ...‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
C- 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) I believe Jackman has a great musical in him, but it's not here right in front of us now.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
A 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman dominates the film, capturing Churchill's outsized, blustery personality, along with a mischievous sense of humor ...‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
A- 88% The Post (2018) ... Plays as a thriller, even though the "action" consists only of people reading, talking and typing.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
C 57% The Commuter (2018) Trading a plane for a train, its closest cousin is "Non-Stop," and just like that airborne thriller, "The Commuter" is two-thirds of a good movie before derailing amid boneheaded predictability in act three.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
B 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It's full of moments both thrilling and poignant, with anticipated reunions and goodbyes, and pulse-pounding action.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
D 40% Justice League (2017) Years from now - or maybe even as you read this - filmmakers are going to use the DC Comics Extended Universe as a prime example of how not to build a movie franchise.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) ... The best thing the movie has going for it is Branagh's performance as world-famous detective Hercule Poirot.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
A 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ... Somehow both irreverent and respectful, and a whole lot of fun.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B- 15% The Mummy (2017) Directed by Alex Kurtzman, this "Mummy" goes darker than the 1999 movie starring Brendan Fraser ... without crossing over into full-on horror.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
A- 93% Wonder Woman (2017) "Wonder Woman" lifts the oppressive darkness that has been the signature of the DC universe since Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy - both tonally and visually.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
B 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Theron is magnetic as the ruthless, taciturn spy, in addition to giving a remarkable physical performance. Like Keanu Reeves in "John Wick" and Liam Neeson in "Taken," this is the kind of role that could help define a career.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
C- 41% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Reynolds and Jackson could play these roles in their sleep, yet they're still entertaining ... Unfortunately for them, and more so for us, it's in service to a movie that is as generic as its title.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
B+ 92% Dunkirk (2017) ... A fresh, innovative take on the war movie and an engrossing, unique experience for the audience.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
A- 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It might lack the freshness of part one - which, quite frankly, is almost impossible to reproduce in a sequel - but the heart and humor are fully intact.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
B 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) On paper, it looks like an incoherent mess. In execution, it's an exhilarating way to spend two and a quarter hours.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
B 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) From the creature design to the cinematography ... to stunning locations in Vietnam, Australia and Hawaii, 'Skull Island' looks amazing ...‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
A 93% Logan (2017) ... It boldly blazes its own trail, refusing to be reined in by what has come before.‐ Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017