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ericambler

Cinema Addict - 1821 Film Rankings

Member Since: Mar 30, 2011

Location: USA

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74 T6 Call Me by Your Name (2017) - Feb 21, 2018
"Warm, sensual, and delicate, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME builds on a strong foundation of terrific performances and assured direction. While not necessarily among cinema's greatest love affairs--the drama is too subdued and the sparks don't appear as bright as director Luca Guadagnino thinks they do, while Hammer and Chalamet's age gap seems wider than advertised--there is a daring personal dimension to film's sexuality. This is a movie absolutely bursting with love."
58 T3 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) - Feb 21, 2018
"A big, confounding misfire like VALERIAN may not deserve adulation, but it certainly deserves respect. Luc Besson's weird little space opera does not have a coherent plot, or consistent visual effects, or any kind of chemistry between its leads. However, it does have the type of total commitment to risky, harebrained ideas that is sorely lacking in today's blockbusters. Maybe that's not enough to recommend it, but the curiosity of experienced schlock-lovers will be modestly rewarded."
66 T4 Snatched (2017) - Feb 21, 2018
"While far from an instant classic, SNATCHED is a perfectly watchable comedy with a meandering, easygoing charm. It possesses just the right amount of story without taking any of it too seriously, as its subplots--including a running feud with a government employee and an absurd turn from Christopher Meloni as a deluded adventurer--often outshine the main event. It also has the good sense not to overstay its welcome: drop in, get the laughs, peace out. More clinical than cinematic, but it works."
42 T2 The Fate of the Furious (2017) - Feb 21, 2018
"A snapshot of a franchise that is beyond tired, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS can barely bother to muster any sort of genuine enthusiasm or originality, which is reflected in the film's raft of phoned-in performances. The cast has nearly zero chemistry during their obligatory adventures, while still peddling the same themes about being a family or some bullshit. The second unit and stunt crews deserve all the praise in the world, but their work is nearly squandered in yet another forgettable movie."
67 T4 American Made (2017) - Feb 15, 2018
"AMERICAN MADE walks a well-trodden path through the boom and bust of '80s narco-culture, stylishly swaggering through events that devastated Central American nations, accelerated the decline of inner cities, and corrupted numerous American institutions. The film surprisingly attempts to compensate for this with a simultaneously paranoid and bittersweet coda that belies all the formulaic, freewheeling action that precedes it. I find it all begrudgingly entertaining. "
60 T3 Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) - Feb 11, 2018
"The second KINGSMAN film exhibits all the best and worst indulgences of big-budget sequels. It's still a kinetic riff on a more indulgent era of spy flicks and explores more of the genre's moral failings. However, it's lost a significant chunk of its devilish charm, and the tone comes across as much more strident. The conflict, while featuring a weird and charismatic villain, is ultimately a jumbled misfire, while the inclusion of American counterparts gives the film a license to pander."
75 T6 The Post (2017) - Feb 11, 2018
"THE POST is a well-crafted, virtuous piece of filmmaking. It's also sort of benign, though in a manner that enables Streep's relatively understated performance--and the importance of her character's arc--to slowly sink in. Now, it's also stated outright by another character, but the interplay between Hanks and Streep, as well as the wonky yet fascinating political dimensions of the story, prove the Spielbergian axiom that the past is always present, especially in the movies. "
79 T8 Beach Rats (2017) - Feb 10, 2018
"A New York summer has rarely felt lonelier and bleaker than in BEACH RATS. Eliza Hittman's atmospheric filmmaking makes everything--the block, the house, an identity--feel like a prison for the movie's closeted protagonist. It also carries a lunkheaded verisimilitude that mirrors the blankness and indecisiveness of youth, where everything feels so lively and new yet, in retrospect, was mostly a slow burn of wasted time. "
58 T3 The Commuter (2018) - Feb 09, 2018
"A claustrophobic thriller that never rises above the level of dependability, THE COMMUTER delivers the kind of vaguely mysterious suspense plot that we've come to expect from this director-star pairing. It's as surprising as the average TV crime procedural, but you can still appreciate the magnitude of Liam Neeson's pissed-off everyman charisma. It shows little interest in connecting the dots of its suggested conspiracy, but it's hard not to respect a movie that literally jumps off the rails."
75 T6 Logan Lucky (2017) - Feb 04, 2018
"The arty flourishes and narrative cul-de-sacs sprinkled throughout LOGAN LUCKY give the impression that the film's central heist is secondary to its sense of time and place. The movie delights in turning away from the conventional pleasures of its genre to examine the rhythms of its richly drawn Southern-fried setting. Though it comes off as more caricature than portrait, there's enough heart in LOGAN LUCKY to nicely balance the cool formality of its direction. "