Marisa Carpico

Marisa Carpico
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/10 10% Replicas (2019) We're not even two weeks into the new year, but Replicas may already be 2019's most fun disaster.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
3.5/10 59% They Remain (2018) ...it eventually delivers on all the darkness it sets up, but the journey up to that moment is such a waste of a good idea and decent actors...‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
6.5/10 84% The Square (2017) Östlund is questioning the very function of art and while we can read the film in myriad ways, its unlikely that we're supposed to choose one interpretation.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
8/10 51% Unbroken (2014) The posters claim the movie is about "Survival. Resilience. Redemption," but it only gives us the first two, and the finished product is less effective because of it.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
9/10 91% The Guest (2014) Perhaps it's a little early to say, but I'm already calling The Guest as the best horror movie of 2014.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
7.5/10 64% Spectre (2015) Spectre is perhaps not as accessible to the average viewer, but it might be more rewarding as an entry in not just the franchise, but Daniel Craig's time in the role.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
3/10 81% The Book of Life (2014) So, if you're looking for a solid family movie this Halloween or Day of the Dead, The Book of Life isn't it.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
4/10 77% St. Vincent (2014) ...St.Vincent is one of the most insincere feel-good movie you'll see this year.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
7/10 83% Beyond the Lights (2014) ...the film is a deeply effective and provocative look at the demands fame makes on women-but then Kaz shows up...and the whole thing turns into a rote love story.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
5/10 56% Peter Pan Live! (2014) I suppose Meron and Zadan can't really be blamed for wanting to make a legitimately good show, but in succeeding, they've also taken all the life out of the experience. ‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
9/10 90% Wild (2014) Wild may just be the best movie of the year.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
1/10 28% Annie (2014) There is a lot of money up on the screen, from the stars...to the sets, but there's absolutely nothing of worth in the movie.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
7/10 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) ...in an awards season filled with existential crises and heavy historical dramas, maybe [The Boy Next Door] exactly the fun, sexy break we all need.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
8.5/10 56% Focus (2015) Despite their 22-year age difference, [Smith and Robbie] connect in that old Hollywood bantering way where a smile and a clever turn of phrase were enough to begin a romance.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
6/10 96% It Follows (2015) It Follows is still good for a few scares, but it's ultimately a little boring because there's nothing interesting between them.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
5/10 16% Serena (2015) Lawrence and Cooper deserved better.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
6/10 81% Furious 7 (2015) While the movie succeeds spectacularly where Walker and his character Brian are concerned, it's far from the franchise's best installment.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
3/10 16% Kill Me Three Times (2015) Kill Me Three Times is part action thriller, part comedy - and neither part is any good.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
8.5/10 66% Magic Mike XXL (2015) ...Magic Mike XXL delivers on the first film's promise...judging by the audience of near-rabid women I saw the movie with, it was a borderline religious experience.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
8.5/10 60% Joy (2015) It almost feels pointless to praise Lawrence's acting after how much great work she's done, but this film is further proof of why she's so highly-regarded.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
7.5/10 92% Grease: Live! (2016) Still, regardless of its flaws, Grease: Live was fantastic television.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
6.5/10 47% How To Be Single (2016) Still, for a movie that's built largely on rom-com tropes, it's actually surprising how much [the characters] avoid cliché.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
6.5/10 66% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Unfortunately, here as so many times before, Fey and her collaborators get distracted from their exploration of womanhood by a bunch of other nonsense.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
9/10 63% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) What Rogen et al. are pointing out is that sometimes, in order to retain some modicum of power, women have to compromise in ways men don't.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
4/10 16% The Space Between Us (2017) And despite the shockingly little screentime said love story gets, it's by far the most compelling thing about the film.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
6.5/10 11% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Like Kristen Stewart in Twilight before her, she is the conduit that lets the audience experience the dream of Christian Grey.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
8.5/10 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Now, the first Walker-less installment, The Fate of the Furious, proves that the series can survive, but that it has to make some big changes to do it.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
5/10 65% The Wall (2017) The Wall isn't a bad film by any means, it's just a victim of the inevitable march of history.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
5/10 76% Becoming Bond (2017) George Lazenby is an interesting guy, but as a complete picture of his life, this movie is woefully inadequate.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
8/10 98% The Big Sick (2017) What follows is an off-beat romance that constantly bucks against rom-com conventions.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
9/10 79% The Beguiled (2017) Though Coppola infamously took a lot of artistic license with 2006's Marie Antoinette, she delivers a serious period piece here.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
6/10 74% Landline (2017) While the [film] takes the same realistic and unconventional approach to committed relationships [as Obvious Child], it also lacks the same focus and depth.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
6.5/10 92% Logan Lucky (2017) What made Soderbergh's previous heist films so enjoyable was the sense that they were meticulously constructed...Logan Lucky...feels like a cheap knockoff.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
3.5/10 56% Lemon (2017) If Lemon is about one thing (and I'm not sure it is), it's about the way people demean each other to make themselves feel better.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
7/10 93% School Life (2017) School Life is a pleasant film about the quiet, pain-staking work of engaged educators.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
9/10 98% Trophy (2017) However, the new documentary, Trophy...suggests that not only is the issue of hunting vs. conservationism not so black-and-white, but that the two [are] intertwined.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
8.5/10 71% Dayveon (2017) Luckily, Dayveon is worth every penny. Quiet and powerful, it's a film that takes a familiar story and makes it feel new. So, take the risk. You won't regret it.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
8.5/10 90% Stronger (2017) Rather than show how Jeff is bolstered by the people of Boston or his family, the film goes for something much darker, more nuanced.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
9/10 57% Bobbi Jene (2017) There's a rawness to [the dances], an intimacy very much like the honest, unfiltered access we get into Smith's life during the film.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
8.5/10 92% Human Flow (2017) Human Flow is not an easy film to watch. It feels like an accusation, a condemnation. ‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
8/10 100% The Departure (2017) Though The Departure's initial draw is the novelty...the film is actually a low-key examination of suicide in Japan.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
6.5/10 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri doesn't give easy answers and every victory-including the ending-is qualified.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
4.5/10 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Despite its pedigree, the film can't quite avoid a degree of Lifetime movie-ness. ‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
9/10 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Regardless of its confused perspective, Wonder Wheel is Allen's best and best-looking film in years. It's far from perfect, but it's hard to ignore.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
7.5/10 98% Quest (2017) [The Raineys are] fascinating subjects to say the least and director Jonathan Olshefski couldn't have made them more interesting if he'd written them.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
6/10 64% Please Stand By (2018) Given that this Please Stand By's climax includes a speech about how important self-expression is and how cruel it is to dismiss it, it's difficult to be so critical....‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
6.5/10 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) None of it makes sense and, to its credit, the film seems to know it. ‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8.5/10 80% The Party (2018) The Party is fueled by fury and passion. While much of its drama is personal, it's also inescapably political.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8.5/10 87% Thoroughbreds (2018) Joy, Cooke and Finley constantly keep us guessing and part of what makes the film so fun is that it's not easy to predict.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
5/10 38% Gringo (2018) Though Gringo's desperation to be loved can grate, it's also hard to argue that some audiences will love its ribald humor and hyper-active energy.‐ The Pop Break
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018