Jeff Meyers Archives
- Film Review: Tim's Vermeer
Tim Jenison plays copycat with revered artist.
- Opening in Orlando: ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’
Movies playing on screens in town this week
- Film Review: Jimmy P (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)
The life of Jimmy P is given the soap opera treatment.
- Film Review: The Bag Man
De Niro and Cusack lower themselves with by-the-numbers crime drama.
- ‘Pompeii’ is a disaster
Campy film’s failure isn’t a big surprise
- Opening in Orlando: ‘Stalingrad’ and ‘Non-Stop’
Movies playing on screens in town this week
- Film Review: The Wind Rises
Review double-header: MT's film critics take on acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki’s final work.
- Film Review: Like Father, Like Son
See this Japanese family drama before the American remake muddies it.
- Film Review: Pompeii
Silly love story is shoe-horned into period disaster movie.
- Film Review: RoboCop
Remake of Detroit-based sci-fi classic falls on its metal ass.
- ‘The Past’ concocts an elegantly woven spell around viewers
Asghar Farhadi’s tale of a complicated divorce is an elegant but knotty family drama
- Film Review: Winter's Tale
Akiva Goldsmith makes a turd out of beloved Mark Helprin novel.
- Film Review: The Past
Human emotions ring true in fierce drama.
- Film Review: The Lego Movie
Brick-based satire hits home amid the chaos.
- A talk With Ed Neumeier, Creator of RoboCop
A Detroit classic.
- Metro Times Goes to Sundance
Our movie reviewer on the indie marketplace.
- Film Review: Labor Day
Stockholm syndrome in reverse.
- Opening in Orlando: ‘I, Frankenstein’
Movies playing in theaters this week
- Film Review: Blue Jasmine
Manhattan 1 percenter is laid low in Woody Allen’s latest.
- ‘Lone Survivor’ focuses too much on action, not enough on character
Americans love their heroes, and this movie about the mission of Operation Red Wings is no exception
- Film Review: Lone Survivor
Americans love their heroes, and this film is no exception.
- Film Review: Her
An emotionally walled-off writer discovers that love need not require a heartbeat.
- 2013 Film Releases In Review
Another year, another damn list.
- Film Review: The Wolf of Wall Street
Scorsese focuses on sleazy Wall Street gangsters for a change.
- Film Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Taking liberties is being generous in this Ben Stiller flick.
- Film Review: Saving Mr. Banks
A sanitized, inaccurate portrayal of how Disney brought Mary Poppins to the big screen.
- Film Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Peter Jackson breathes a little fire back into Middle Earth.
- Film Review: The Armstrong Lie
A Tour de Farce
- Gifts for the Film Lover
- Film Review: Philomena
A journey for the truth takes this mismatched duo from Ireland to Capitol Hill.
- Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs get schooled in 'Kill Your Darlings'
Director John Krokidas and his screenwriting partner Austin Bunn make a savvy choice in their decision to bring the story of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac...
- 'Dallas Buyers Club'
An unsentimental true story is compromised by two-dimensional characters
- Film Review: Kill Your Darlings
Before becoming literary icons, Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs were just freshman at Columbia.
- Film Review: The Book Thief
A wartime coming-of-age drama shoots blanks on the big screen.
- Rough Rider
HIV-infected-cowboy movie can’t quite buck Hollywood sentimentalism
- ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: Juicy for McConaughey, thin for LGBT
Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if all it took for assholes to become angels was a little adversity? Hollywood has a long tradition of advancing the notion...
- Film Review: Detroit Unleaded
Local filmmaker Rola Nashef’s first feature burts with infectious goodwill and charm.
- Film Review: Dallas Buyers Club
How a Texas man in the 1980s went searching for an effective AIDS treatment and wound up saving more than just his own life.
- Film Review: How I Live Now
In a world on the eve of destruction, heroine Daisy goes from saucy to survivalist.
- Opening in Orlando: ‘Thor: The Dark World’
Now playing in Orlando theaters
- 'All is Lost' Except Redford's Good Looks (and Talent)
At 77, Robert Redford doesn’t really have to prove anything to anyone. He had a string of iconic films in the 1970s and early ’80s, won the...
- Film Review: Man of Tai Chi
A five-year labor of love, Keanu Reeves acts and directs in this updated version of 1970s-style martial arts action flicks.
- Film Review: Ender’s Game
An attack on Earth a half-century earlier sets the stage for a Harry Potter-like adventure in space.
- ’12 Years a Slave’ Vividly Depicts Brutal True Story
As Schindler’s List has shown, it is critically difficult to untangle the atrocities of history from the artistry of the director who attempts to bring...
- Film Review: The Counselor
Screenwriter Cormac McCarthy serves up a woman-hating monstrosity packed within a Ridley Scott action motif.
- ‘12 Years a Slave’ is urgent and unsentimental
Steve McQueen creates a savage tale that portrays the brutality of the slave trade in the United States
- Film Review: We Are What We Are
If nothing else, director Jim Mickle (Stake Land) should be commended for his subversive attempt to turn his slow-burn cannibal horror flick into a moody meditation on matriarchal power and the uncompromising demands of tradition.
- Detroit Legend Elmore Leonard
Hollywood does Elmore Leonard —to mixed effect
- Film Review: All Is Lost
Golden Boy and the Sea
With minimal dialogue and harrowing detail, Robert Redford reaffirms his place among the Hollywood legends.
- ‘Runner Runner’ is all frill, no thrill
Ben Affleck’s newest film is quick, slick and empty of style or tension
- Film Review: 12 Years A Slave
A compelling story based on the 1853 memoir of a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, and how he struggles to maintain his humanity.
- Film Review: Escape Plan
Try as it will, this jailbreak flick just can’t escape the action tropes of the ’80s
- Film Review: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
A look at the struggle two boys endure on the streets of Brooklyn speaks to a neglectful society.
- ‘The Fifth Estate’ is Weak on WikiLeaks
In an attempt to make the online world of WikiLeaks more cinematic, director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn I and II) marshals a variety of...
- Film Review: The Fifth Estate
The story of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is told in patterned detail, but fails to capture the drama around his humanity.
- Film Review: Runner Runner
This Ship is Foundering
- 'Gravity' is breathtaking
Film about space might be the most thrilling and unbearably stressful movie you’ve ever seen in a theater
- ‘Gravity’ May Be Film’s Most Thrilling—and Stressful—90 Minutes
The hype is mostly justified. Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity may not have any profound statements to make about the human will to survive, and its...
- FilmReview: Gravity
Two astronauts in a real pickle
- Film Review: Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón establishes the high-water mark for 3-D movies
- Film Review: Enough Said
A wonderful final performance from James Gandolfini is what seals the deal
- Film Review: Thanks for Sharing
Story dwells upon First World problems, but a committed cast makes it all work
- Film Review: Prisoners
Abducted children, a mysterious man-child and lots of torture porn make for tough viewing
- Movies opening in Orlando
What’s playing on screens around town: ‘Riddick,’ ‘The Grandmaster’
- Film Review: Hell Baby
Horror spoofing has run its course, but redemptions can be found here.
- ‘The Grandmaster:’ The Story of the Man Who Trained Bruce Lee
- Film Review: Still Mine
Great performances can’t save this ham-fisted libertarian polemic.
- Opening in Orlando
‘Closed Circuit,’ ‘Getaway,’ ‘One Direction: This Is Us’
- Wong Kar-Wai’s 'The Grandmaster' is packed with resplendent visuals but cursed by chaotic narrative
Film that follows life of legendary Ip Man lacks focus
- Film Review: The Grandmaster
A visual feast with pub grub storytelling makes this near-masterpiece a mixed bag.
- Film Review: The World’s End
A mash-up of iconic films juxtaposed by self-reflective fear makes for a heartrending film.
- Hats off to high school dramedy ‘The Spectacular Now’
Teen romance does a spectacular job of bringing smarts and sensitivity to the high-school dramedy
- Opening in Orlando
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The World’s End and You’re Next
- Film Review: The Spectacular Now
Not since the venerable Say Anything has a movie depicting teen angst done such a remarkable job capturing reality.
- Film Review: The Hunt
In this gripping drama about false accusations, integrity and benefit of the doubt, a town turns on one of its own.
- Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch perfect the art of the slow burn in 'Prince Avalanche'
The key players keep seething emotions in check in this bromance film
- Road to Nowhere: Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch drive ‘Prince Avalanche’
“Can we just enjoy the silence?” screams Paul Rudd's uptight Alvin in David Gordon Greene's minimalist comedy Prince Avalanche. It's shouted...
- Film Review: Prince Avalanche
A spare setting and small cast provide surprising depth in this minimalist comedy.
- Film Review: Elysium
Neill Blomkamp’s new sci-fi spectacle boasts great effects but some may find its social commentary clunky
- Film Review: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Teenage odyssey has a strong cast of adults, and is a fairly enjoyable ride, even if it’s no Potter film
- Playing With Demigods: Percy Jackson ain’t no Harry Potter, but it’s still fun
While it may not have the incredible roster of top-shelf British thespians that graced the Harry Potter films, this second installment in the...
- Film Review: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Ricky Jay will leave viewers spellbound, even if this workmanlike documentary could be tighter
- Film Review: Blackfish
Why performing orcas kill, how the marine theme parks spin it, and what this all says about us
- Film Review: I’m So Excited!
A soft porn Latin version of Airplane! — without the humor — Pedro Almodovar’s film about seizing the moment is more seizure-inducing than inspiring.
- Film review: The Wolverine
This latest take on the mutton-chopped superhero is a renaissance for its actor and the franchise.
- Film Review: Girl Most Likely
A thinly veiled homage to The Wizard of Oz, this movie would have been better off if Dorothy’s house crashed onto it.
- Film Review: Red 2
A decent stab at a sequel, this action flick is saved mainly by its top notch casting.
- 'The Way, Way Back,' A Bland Coming-Of-Age Flick
Why does Toni Collette end up with so many weird wardrobe choices? OK, we get it, she’s an unconventional actress, but enough with the head scarves already...
- Opening in Orlando
‘The Conjuring,’ R.I.P.D.,’ ‘Red 2’ and ‘Turbo’
- Film Review: The Way Way Back
Capitalizing on Gen X nostalgia provides little traction in this lukewarm film about teen angst.
- ‘The East’ lacks direction’
The elements are there, but the execution is wanting
- Film Review: Dirty Wars
A new documentary looks at the U.S. military-industrial complex and highlights the government’s lack of oversight.
- Film Review: White House Down
This new action flick by Roland Emmerich borrows from previous templates, but without much updating.
- Opening in Orlando this week
What’s playing on screens around town
- ‘World War Z’ is a disappointment to zombie-flick genre
Underdeveloped characters and poorly developed plotline make this one a bit of a snoozer
- Film Review: Much Ado About Nothing
Whedon’s stable of actors does a bang-up job of battling like the Bard intended.
- Film Review: World War Z
New zombie flick lacks deep characters, focus, but will probably enjoy lively box office.
- Film Review: At Any Price
Dennis Quaid makes many a Faustian bargain for the American dream and beds Heather Graham too.
- Film Review: The East
The elements are there: espionage, corporate greed and romance, but the execution of The East is a bit wanting.
- 'Man of Steel' is spectacular but empty
Reboot of Superman story lacks soul and character
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