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Todd VanDerWerff

Todd VanDerWerff
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) The single best reason to see the new Halloween movie is that it nails the last 20 minutes, when Laurie and Michael finally face off.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
1/5 13% Life Itself (2018) Fogelman's work is a little like listening to James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" while shopping for candles in a Pier One: It never stops to question its economic comfort, its upper-class value system, or its essential whiteness.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
2.5/5 33% The Predator (2018) What's wrong with The Predator goes deeper than a couple of bad cuts, but it still stinks that a promising movie was scuttled by a director's questionable decision-making - both on set and in post.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) What I especially love is how the movie refuses to offer up any pat or easy answers.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 71% Christopher Robin (2018) The only way to completely and totally enjoy Christopher Robin is to not think about the Disney corporation.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
58% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) There's something so fun and goofy about them that it's hard to get too mad.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
63% Uncle Drew (2018) Uncle Drew is a lot of fun, the storytelling is rock solid, and if this were somehow a Saturday Night Live sketch starring Irving, we'd all be saying, "Wow, he's a lot better than most athletes they get on this show!"‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/5 53% Book Club (2018) I would like to rent out a massive theater and invite the mothers of everybody I know to sit and watch this movie with me. I'll provide the blankets and wine.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) In an age when our blockbusters feel more pointlessly busy and somber than ever, [Solo] just might come as a relief. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) As it is, everything feels like a bait and switch.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
4.5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The Death of Stalin is Iannucci's most complex and almost nihilistic rendering of what politics is:‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) As a piece of filmmaking craft, it's competent, if unremarkable...if Love, Simon helps even one gay teen come to terms with their sexuality, in the friendly confines of familiar movie formulas, hey, it was probably worth it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) ... as a movie about being Jennifer Lawrence, about having everyone think they understand you simply because they're looking at you all the time, about trying to hide your real life behind ineffective filters, it's much more compelling.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther asks how we retain our moral compass in the face of people who invite us to give in to our baser instincts.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
3.5/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) ... will appeal to every member of the family with almost scientific precision.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2/5 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) What's interesting about Roman J. Israel, Esq.... is that what doesn't work about it is exactly what did work about Gilroy's earlier film, which was one of my favorites of 2014.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The Golden Circle is two hours and 21 minutes long, and at least half of that feels like clutter. ‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 92% Stronger (2017) Fortunately, almost everything in Stronger works really well.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Sometimes in life, all you want is something that looks super awesome, regardless of whether it makes any sense. Atomic Blonde manages that trick in spades.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/5 48% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Besson doesn't know how to take half measures, a welcome trait in a world increasingly full of cookie-cutter blockbusters. If that means he's often jetting off into deep space without any real plans to return to Earth, by God, give me the stars.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
2/5 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) It has a certain gonzo purity that kept me waiting for the movie to find some other gear it never located.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
1/5 22% The Book of Henry (2017) The Book of Henry is such a good bad movie because all involved really want to do something meaningful but haven't really thought about how to guide the audience to that point. It's a movie that wants to dance but settles for flailing.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) It's not to the level of that first film, but its amiable, ambling nature keeps it from becoming too boxed in by its needlessly contorted plot.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
1.5/5 15% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy doesn't have anywhere near enough adequate bits to get people excited for its own third act -- which unfurls in a gigantic maelstrom of computerized effects -- much less a whole franchise.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3.5/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) I don't think Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie should be as good as it is -- which is to say, light and breezy and solid early-summertime fun -- solely because its name is Captain Underpants.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) How was the movie? It was okay, I guess! Second best Pirates of the Caribbean movie! With a bullet! (For the record, that's not really a compliment.)‐ Vox
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
5/5 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) By the time Your Name reaches its final half-hour or so, the film has moved so far beyond its initial premise that if you think back to the beginning, you'll be astonished by how far it's come.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
1/5 17% CHIPS (2017) "Neither here nor there" is also a great description of CHIPS, which always seems to be on its way somewhere else. It never gets there.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
4/5 91% Raw (2017) In the hands of writer-director Julia Ducournau, the film becomes a fascinating, metaphorical exploration of becoming an adult - or female sexuality, or animal rights, or something like that.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1.5/5 54% The Belko Experiment (2017) Every time Belko gets into a groove, with some fun plot twists or inventively gory moments, it pauses to make some point or another about the modern workplace that feels at least a decade out of date.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) I wish I liked Skull Island as much as I like individual moments in it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2/5 64% Before I Fall (2017) A deeply dull, deeply confused movie.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4.5/5 98% Kedi (2017) This is the kind of movie I love best - one that starts small, then reveals, slowly but surely, that all of life is contained somewhere inside of it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4.5/5 93% Logan (2017) The best X-Men movie since 2003's X2.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The John Wick movies capture, better than any other action movies, the peculiar feeling of being an American in the 21st century: blessed with immense power but always kinda bummed out about it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
1.5/5 14% Collateral Beauty (2016) Lots of good actors sit in front of a locked-down camera and deliver some of the blandest work of their career.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3.5/5 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It's a flawed movie, but a good one, sometimes more interesting as a concept than a story. But, oh, what a concept!‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/5 52% Almost Christmas (2016) Movies where a large family gathers to celebrate Christmas only have to nail one scene, and Almost Christmas does, more or less.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2/5 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) This film struggles to translate Fountain's novel into something with its own strong point of view.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2/5 74% Trolls (2016) It's reasonably entertaining, with some good musical numbers and at least one goofily endearing performance. But it's also just a little bit all over the place, with a story that often seems like a fairy-tale greatest hits album.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
5/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The Handmaiden is a nearly flawless movie. Every frame, every movement of the camera, every performance feels perfectly calibrated for maximum effect.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
66% Lucy (2014) It's a film that takes great delight in her essentially co-opting a long series of tropes and storylines typically reserved for men in stories of this type, which is an old trope in the feminist action movie wheelhouse.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
51% The Interview (2014) Even the film's most ardent champions would likely concede that The Interview is a spectacularly weird film to end up at the center of a free speech brouhaha.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
95% Nightcrawler (2014) Nightcrawler, on its surface, is a relatively straightforward thriller, built around a slightly improbable but very effective main character, a man who starts as an antihero and plunges straight ahead toward villainy.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) One of the year's best films, one of those movies that sneaks up on you and packs a wallop in the end.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
75% Una (2017) Una really wants to make you interrogate some of your deeply held beliefs about the subject matter. And that's going to be tough to stomach for just about anyone.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) It's pretty good! There are places where it rises above the controversy and takes wing under its own power. And there are places where it becomes incredibly difficult to separate the film from the man who made it.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
91% Elle (2016) I'm not sure Elle completely adds up... but I appreciated how epic its scope was for a film that is, ultimately, about a few weeks in the life of a middle-aged woman.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
91% La La Land (2016) My goodness is La La Land magical.‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
2.5/5 37% Morgan (2016) It's rare to be able to pinpoint the exact moment when a movie goes wrong, but it's possible to do so with Morgan‐ Vox
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016