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Jim Slotek

Jim Slotek
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Halloween (2018) This mighty reboot steered by Blumhouse Productions captures everything that made the original great while adding multiple winning contemporary layers.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B 91% Studio 54 (2018) If there's a weakness to the doc, it's that it has a documentary budget, and must make do with a second-tier disco soundtrack, which does a poorer job of capturing the aural atmosphere of the Me Decade's ultimate shrine.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
B 86% Knuckleball (2018) "Director Michael Peterson hop-scotches genres nicely following his 2011 LARPing comedy Lloyd The Conqueror, constructing a set-piece as reminiscent of The Shining as of Macaulay Culkin stopping bad guys with marbles." ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
C 22% Bigger (2018) After an hour of being a film you endure rather than enjoy, the character of Arnold enters Bigger, played by Australian body-builder/actor Calum Von Moger, and he is a revelation. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
C 31% Venom (2018) The scariest thing about Venom, the new screen iteration of Marvel's alien mostly-villainous symbiote character of Spider-Man fame - is that the movie would be 40 minutes longer if Tom Hardy had his way.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B 68% Hold the Dark (2018) Considering the (pardon the expression) glacial pace of much of the lead-up, Hold the Dark's eruption into massacre-level violence is jarring. Once it takes hold, it is relentless and grueling. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B-minus 70% Assassination Nation (2018) As social satire, it's empty calories. But this over-the-top "slut-shaming"-revenge movie is stylish exploitation, like an expertly done YouTube video whose choppiness is its charm.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
B-minus 33% The Predator (2018) Shane Black brings a glib, often outright comic touch that turns the latest interaction between humans and dreads-wearing alien big-game hunters, into a bloody romp - as inappropriate as that sounds (and often is).‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
B-plus 86% Colette (2018) Knightley winningly portrays the arc of a fighter. Colette is ultimately a feminist tale, but never one that wallows in self-pity or seriousness. It is also carried along lightly by a script with a streak of wit .‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
100% Skin (2018) The real scene-stealer in this violent, well-paced movie is Vera Farmiga as "Mom," the matriarch of the racist-skinhead family, who wields soft-power maternal love and affection for her "lost boys" almost diabolically.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
82% Ever After (Endzeit) (2018) A fresh, beautifully filmed take on the zombie genre from director Hellsgård, adapted from the comic by Olivia Vieweg (who also wrote the script), with women in every key role, both in front of and behind the camera.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
83% Let Me Fall (2018) Baldvin Z abandons all quirk with this straight-ahead tragedy about a teen girl who lets go of conventional life with both hands. Her drug-fueled arc from person to societal object is gritty and believable.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
A 100% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2018) Stunningly, even hypnotically shot - from the world's largest landfill in Kenya, to the most polluted city in Russia (Norilsk, Siberia) to tons of tusks representing 10,000 dead elephants. A hard doc to walk away from unaffected.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
C-minus 26% The Nun (2018) Inadvertently the funniest nun movie since Sister Act.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
B-minus 50% Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle (2017) Believable or subtle, Tulipani is not. But even with its narrative contortions, it is good-hearted and unembarrassed to wield ridiculousness (an explosive fart joke), clichés and anything else it can muster to win over an audience‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
B-minus 65% The Little Stranger (2018) A kind of gothic, ghostly mash-up of Downton Abbey and Grey Gardens, The Little Stranger is as mannered, tattered and morose as that marriage of premises suggests.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B 90% Trench 11 (2017) It's a zombie film, it's a WWI film, it's a science-run-amok film. But mostly it's a claustrophobic thriller about Allied soldiers fleeing a bunker with the ravenous infected below and kill-happy Germans above - 90 gripping minutes of literal escapism.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
B 83% Cardinals (2017) McCarthy's performance literally IS the film. In a script that clues the audience in on a need-to-know basis, she communicates waves of quiet dignity, pain, love, self-sacrifice and resignation.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
A 97% 1945 (2017) As powerful a fable about the relentless thrall of guilt as has ever been put to the screen. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
B-minus 53% Papillon (2018) There is no way a competent director could tell this story without its compelling events shining through. It's no slight to Hunnam and Malek to say they don't carry the wattage of McQueen and Hoffman, but they carry the story.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
C 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Yes, it's cute-funny that the climax of puppet sex involves Silly String. But the best depiction of puppet sex remains Team America: World Police. And there's little of that film's scabrous "nothing is too far" spirit in The Happytime Murders.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B-plus 83% The Last Suit (El último traje) (2018) A story of Holocaust memories repressed by an otherwise irrepressible Argentinian Jew, The Last Suit has narrative flaws and leaps of faith. But the force of its character's untethered voyage of discovery - and the acting behind it - overcomes all.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
A 79% Cielo (2017) A sky-watching doc that could be the most calming 78 minutes of your summer (this side of actually getting out of town and seeing the real thing). ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
C-plus 60% Dog Days (2018) Adorable dogs notwithstanding, Dog Days is like a mash-up of a bunch of romantic comedy/family scripts that sat in a drawer because not one of them had enough story to justify a movie.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
C-plus 72% Christopher Robin (2018) If kids cared about adults's mid-life crises, Hook would be Robin Williams' most beloved movie. Disney's Christopher Robin may make overworked adults verklemt, but it also may bore children stupid.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
D 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) At its best, the first-thing-we-do-in-a-dystopian-world-is-kill-teenagers genre hasn't been a shining moment in filmmaking. But now that genetic drift has set in, it's dead-genre-walking, with The Darkest Minds as Exhibit A.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
A-minus 82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Interestingly, the wives are the sticks that stir the drink in this mordant war of neighbours, with the husbands dutifully forced to carry out the tragic last act, giving the whole thing the tone of a modern Icelandic Macbeth‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) An often achingly-tragic film about a man who gave the world a lot of guilty laughs. But as moving as it is, we get a lot of the venting, but not enough of the work, or the artist behind it.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
C 46% Skyscraper (2018) The kind of action movie that seems as if the script was written after the film was shot, so unimportant are the plot details. And it was likely pitched in about 10 seconds ("Die Hard plus The Towering Inferno plus The Rock").‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
C 53% The First Purge (2018) A franchise that began as a home invasion movie writ large, now ham-handedly explains its premise as a times-of-Trump fever-dream, complete with a last-act race war and a lot of dull build-up. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Turns out there is a plot device more annoying than time travel - quantum. But the make-it-up-as-we-go-along story aside, Reed still has a flair for using toys at his disposal - glitchy shrinking/growing devices, sight gags, Scott's giant ant pals, etc.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
C-plus 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) If Denis Villeneuve's Sicario never existed, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado were a stand-alone, one might be inclined to mildly-recommend it as a fast-moving, improbable action film about Americans killing Mexicans over a little girl.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
B-minus 63% Uncle Drew (2018) Not a great movie, but silly, sentimental and sporadically very funny. You don't have to know the players (under all that latex) to enjoy the game.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B-plus 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) A sweet, slow-burn, the music themed movie never raises its drama level above a six. But without a lot of noise, it allows us into the lives of a father and daughter, who need to break free from each other.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
A 89% The Cleaners (2018) It's jaw-dropping to discover that even censorship has been outsourced in the era of social media. A documentary of remarkable access and food for worrisome thought.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
A 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is a movie that could have been made redundant by time. Instead, it lightens the mood in a world gone super-serious.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
B 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) There's something exhilarating about seeing solid actors chew hard on a preposterous premise. Submitted for your guilty pleasure: Hotel Artemis.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
A-minus 80% Black Cop (2017) Rowe simmers with enough subtlety that his sudden outbreaks of violence seem to burst from somewhere deep. And the almost absurd unlikeliness of the "white profiling" is disturbing when you stop to think of the ordinariness of the reverse.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
C 12% Birthmarked (2018) Effectively a movie about child abuse. There is no sentiment, and as for this being a comedy, there are no laughs. It's not as if this is even a novel idea. As recently as last year, there was Brigsby Bear, which at least had some charm‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
B 84% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) An inspiring documentary about a religious leader with a message of humility, charity, peace and stewardship of the planet. He's also a man with a whole lot of frequent flyer miles. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
B-plus 85% Disobedience (2018) Disobedience contrasts sharply with A Fantastic Woman for its refusal to offer up heroes to cheer for and villains to hate. There are only decisions, repercussions and the pull of tradition that makes freedom traumatic.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
A-minus 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) A superhero version of Airplane! in the frequency of its gags (some of them groaners). With the winky fourth-wall-breaking of a Bob Hope movie, only with explosions and severed limbs. To be clear, this is what I like about it. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
B-plus 92% Revenge (2018) Apparently, peyote is a drug so powerful, it can turn a half-dead rape victim into a vengeful super-soldier.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
100% Pandas (2018) Though dazzling to watch and almost unbearably cute (sorry) Pandas is infuriatingly spare with its facts and will leave kids asking questions.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
B- 53% Rampage (2018) On the plus side, Rampage, having been written by a gorilla (the credits say four humans, but I'm not buying it), is not about to tax any audience's attention span.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
B-plus 92% Lean on Pete (2018) Depending on what you want to read into it, Lean On Pete is about the dangerous ease of hitting rock bottom, about the plight of modern manhood and about the disintegration of the American Dream. Whatever, I liked the horse story best.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
B 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) In the end, we've learned a fair bit from Borg vs McEnroe about what was behind the façade of Bjorn Borg, and very little about John McEnroe that a verbally abused line-judge couldn't already tell us.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
A 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Something this silent and shockingly effective reminds us how barraged with noise we are by most movies, and how essentially empty that noise is. ("THX! The audience is listening!" No, they're not. They're numbed to the experience).‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
B 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Ted Kennedy practically backs away from his own movie. As others take control (and Helms runs away with the film's defining moment), the narrative only leaves him to decide whether or not to do the right thing. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
A 75% The China Hustle (2018) Rothstein, whose film includes Alex Gibney and Mark Cuban as executive producers, tells a story of big time larceny that begs to be made into a feature film a la The Big Short. If anything, it contains even more drama‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018