Quick takes from Rotten Tomato reviews

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June 8, 2018 by jacklovelace

Quick takes from RottenTomato review site
Overboard(2018)
½

A remake that doesn’t even matchup to the original

Ready Player One

Kind of routine actually, more people, less games, a nice ending.

A Quiet Place

Just about perfect. Great chills and so well done. Ought to win awards

Unsane

Unsane(2018)

Forget the I phone. Who cares. Brilliant movie, big time enjoyable.

7 Days in Entebbe

No real need for a remake but this is competent, except for the decision to introduce Bob Fosse type dancers into crucial action scenes. Maybe the most moronic decision I’ve ever seen in a bigger budget movie.

Small Town Crime

Best movie you have never heard of. A crime this movie didn’t get real release and support. Just watch it and do yourself a favor.

Death Wish

½

A worthy REMAKE of the original. In some ways even better.

Phantom Thread

Good acting and interesting scenes ruined with a stupid story. Poison me with mushrooms but just don’t kill me. What?

I, Tonya

I, Tonya(2018)

I liked how they approached this movie, not claiming a truth, but telling a range of possible truths. Alison Janney is not believable and an irritant, way overplayed.

12 Strong

12 Strong(2018)

Interesting story, unknown story, told well

The Commuter

Maybe the worst Liam Neeson movie ever. What a turkey. You got drive trucks through the plot, we actually moaned at times. How this move got over half good reviews is beyond understanding. That the audience score on a Liam Neeson movie is lower than critics tells you how bad it is and how the critics screwed the pooch.

Just Getting Started

Lame. Terrific actors stuck in a hackneyed vehicle. A shame.

Daddy's Home 2

Really good actors in a creaky vehicle that runs well every now and then and then goes back to sputtering, but still an ok pleasure

Loving Vincent

My favorite movie so far this year.
Beyond being so visually fascinating, the story holds up well enough to offer insights into this incredible man

Happy Death Day

They do everything right. Use Groundhog Day smartly. Turn the shallow sorority inside out. A heroine who has a very rewarding arc. This movie is way ahead of the pack in this genre.

A Ghost Story

This movie is slow and boring I even wanted Casey Affleck to mumble more. Classic critic vs. paying moviegoer disconnect.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

I don’t understand the critics lower scores. I thought this one was actually better than the original. A good story with good villains and a lot of tongue in cheek fun.

Friend Request

A facebook account that can’t be turned off? And maybe the most ridiculous police portrayal ever in the movie.

The Hitman's Bodyguard

½

Mindless action with small bits of banter and a badly written story, what there is of it. Makes American Assassin look like an Oscar movie.

American Assassin

Critics are all wet on this one. Really good action movie and Keaton puts it over the top

Dunkirk

Dunkirk(2017)

Nolan was so determined to not go for cheap emotions, he has created a movie that tells a great, emotional story into a cold almost sour piece for most of the way. What a waste.

The Blackcoat's Daughter (February)

Molasses move faster and mazes make more sense. Yuck!

Going in Style

½

It isn’t all that funny and story is not all that good. But, watching these guys is a pleasure. Alan Arkin is underrated.

The Fate of the Furious

½

Why has Dom become bad? Good enough to move us through this movie and quite well I might add. I could care less about the car chases but the story itself was smart enough to keep this franchise engaging.

The Circle

Emily Watson as the dumbest person in the room? Why would anyone raise their hand as say “excuse me” when an Apple like company not only wants to end all privacy but make voting mandatory? How the hell do these people get money for these scripts, and find quality actors to say the words? A painful insulting movie.

Personal Shopper

Classic dissonance between critics, 81 percent, and viewers, 54 percent.
Murky disguised as meaningful and actually empty. Slow long stretches with a good scene here and there. I was rolling my eyes during the endless text exchanges that led nowhere. And Kristen Stewart unrolls her mumbling, awkward persona that doesn’t make anything better.

The Zookeeper's Wife

Wasted opportunity, long slow boring scenes between lively scenes that are not especially well told or believable. The ending is actually groan worthy, which is a shame since the story is such a potentially good one.

Kong: Skull Island

Not a very creative storyline. The Samuel Jackson character is totally over the top. It barely squeaks out a third star for John C. Reilly.

The Founder

The movie is provocative, fair, and leaves much to think about. Fascinating story. Keaton is terrific.

Miss Sloane

The most depressing two hours and 12 minutes of the year. Spending that much time with a monster is not what I would call entertainment. And she has plenty of company in the despicable category with other characters. Ugh.

Arrival

Arrival(2016)

It certainly gets points for being smarter than the typical alien movie, and I was engrossed until toward the end. When the answers start coming I decided I was either too dumb to appreciate the murk, or two smart to accept it.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

These are fun movies if you can ever get over the fact that the character of Jack Reacher created in the books has absolutely no physical relationship with Cruise and almost no connection with his actual conduct. I can’t.

The Accountant

Critics are too tough on this one. Good story, good acting, keeps you engaged. This is one “setup” movie that has earned the sequel

Florence Foster Jenkins

An offensive movie. Sucking up to a rich woman and pretending like she has talent when she doesn’t, is hard to take. I would rather have not.

Morgan

Morgan(2016)
½

Flawed but watchable. First half really entertaining in the setup.
Kate Mara always interesting. As things unravel in the last half, a character becomes eyerolling unbelievable. Ended strong though.

The Conjuring 2

What I like about this movie is how it avoids a lot of the horror eye roll cliches like disbelievers (well there is one), and the time to make the characters real and let us care about them. Good job.

Independence Day: Resurgence

½

More dumb than good. It wasn’t a painful two hours but it wasn’t much of a thrill. We are offered the promise at the end that the third entry will have our heroes take on the universe to defeat the evil. Pray it doesn’t happen.

Now You See Me 2

Visually it didn’t have me wanting to flee, but storywise it is weak and not particularly engaging. Lizzy Caplan made it more bearable, just as Jesse Eisenberg makes it painful.

The Boss

The Boss(2016)

I cannot believe Melissa McCarthy would make a movie this bad

Eye In The Sky

Aaron Paul was awful. No military outfit would let a wimp like that work their way into the system that far. Not believable

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