Movie reviews of Jeremy Lebens

These are all the movies and series that Jeremy has reviewed. Read more at: The Daily Rotation.

Number of movie reviews: 326 / 326

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Escape Room: Tournament of Champions reeks of sequel as it struggles to continue the narrative in a way that isn't setting up for yet another installment. The rooms are bigger and more inventive, but the plot is thinner and the characters aren't nearly as memorable. Review

6.7

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18 july

18 jul

Suspenseful and well performed, Till Death leverages a simple plot and one primary location to make for a thrilling slice of horror. Megan Fox has proven yet again that she has no problem leading a film with the needed dramatic weight. Review

8.0

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11 july

11 jul

Marvel does a fantastic job making Black Widow feel special, despite lacking any real urgency and landing about 10 years too late. They accomplish this by giving us fun interactions between solid characters played by great actors, including Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz. Review

7.7

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10 july

10 jul

No Sudden Move is familiar Soderbergh in the sense that it's a well-acted crime caper that's full of twists and turns, not to mention a stylistic vision that cannot be matched. Soderbergh has yet again proven that he knows how to make a genre film like no other. Review

8.5

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5 july

5 jul

F9

Director Justin Lin returns to the Fast & Furious franchise for F9: The Fast Saga, which is familiar in plotting, but constantly upping itself in terms of pure cinematic insanity. This is hands down the most over-the-top installment yet, providing longtime fans with enough pure popcorn entertainment to bring them back for more. F9 rotates the tires and realigns the characters to make for grade-A escapism cinema. Review

7.5

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24 june

24 jun

Christopher MacBride's Flashback is a trippy deep into how we perceive time in order to make for a thrilling piece of uneven sci-fi. Think of it as the love child between The Butterfly Effect and Synchronic, but with less structure and more wild imagery. Review

6.7

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14 june

14 jun

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It lacks the organic and skillful direction of James Wan, but director Michael Chaves makes a solid streamlined sequel installment that captures the scares and progresses the characters of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Review

6.7

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5 june

5 jun

Robert Connolly's The Dry is a seedy Outback thriller that unravels with steady build up and a satisfying climax. Eric Bana gives a fantastic performance, layered with guilt and nuance. The Dry is one of the better movies of this year that nobody is talking about. Review

8.5

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31 may

31 may

A Quiet Place Part II is an improvement over the first film in the sense that it expands the mythos and gives the viewer more of just about everything. There's more backstory, more characters, more locations and more monsters creeping around in the background. Emily Blunt is joined by Cillian Murphy this time around, which makes for a unique dynamic and a big enough departure from the first film to warrant its existence. Review

7.3

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27 may

27 may

Those Who Wish Me Dead is minor Taylor Sheridan work in the sense that he gets strong performances out of his more-than-capable cast, but the film is lessened because of an under-cooked script that never escapes from mediocrity. Even Angelina Jolie and Jon Bernthal can't elevate material meant for a middle grounds thriller. Review

6.7

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16 may

16 may

Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead is about 30 minutes too long and 50 million dollars short of the perfect budget. Still, the talented visual director manages to stuff the film full of action and endless bouts with the undead that never seem to grow boring or stale in this heist hybrid/shoot-em-up action flick. I'd say Netflix hit jackpot with this one. Review

7.0

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15 may

15 may

Darren Lynn Bousman's Spiral is without a doubt "same old Saw", but with a fresh coat of paint. Star Chris Rock elevates the material to levels the series has never reached before. The kills are gory, sick and inventive, which more than makes up for the lacking twist ending. If this is Lionsgate's attempt at rebooting the franchise, then by all means, please continue! Review

8.0

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14 may

14 may

Timur Bekmambetov's Profile lacks the urgency needed to make this "shot on a laptop" thriller anything but repetitive and overdone. The editing forces the film to skip tension and character progression in favor of staying "true" to the presentation of the gimmick, which is far more effective in other films that Bekmambetov himself had a producing hand in. Review

5.5

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13 may

13 may

Jason Statham delivers his most terrifying and brutal performance yet in Guy Ritchie's Wrath of Man, which is part heist movie and part revenge flick as Statham wages a one-man war on many with disturbing precision and ultra-violent clarity. Review

8.2

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8 may

8 may

Nikole Beckwith's Together Together is a touching and emotional film that is anchored by undeniable chemistry between its two leads, Ed Helms and Patti Harrison. Together (together ha!), the two bring charm and sincerity to their organic on-screen relationship, which feels wasted and unfulfilled once the film reaches its abrupt ending. Review

6.7

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2 may

2 may

Godzilla vs. Kong is the very definition of a crowd-pleaser, shot with epic size and destruction that delivers on the monster mayhem by the truckload. Director Adam Wingard makes for a worthy MonsterVerse entry, despite the film's plot making zero sense and the human elements being essentially non-existent. Review

7.0

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3 april

3 apr

Nobody is John Wick with a more comedic tone, capitalizing on the talents of star Bob Odenkirk, without ever skipping an action beat. Director Ilya Naishuller delivers on the over-the-top and gruesome action, while writer Derek Kolstad pads the film with colorful characters and a seedy world to live in. Review

8.5

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27 march

27 mar

Zack Snyder's Justice League is his most ambitious film yet, bursting with equal parts of passion and heart. Those unmoved by his work will want to avoid this one as it's 100% one man's unique and full vision without alteration. It's not perfect, but it's a game-changing behemoth of a blockbuster that will unlikely be unmatched for quite some time. Review

9.5

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18 march

18 mar

Robin Wright's Land is a worthwhile directing debut, allowing Wright to focus on her own performance and chemistry with co-star Demian Bichir to make for a tale of redemption by way of nature and kind souls. Review

6.8

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7 march

7 mar

Doug Liman's Chaos Walking is a bonafide sci-fi stinker, squandering the talent assembled in a mediocre adventure flick that's all noise and no focus. Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley have moderate chemistry that carries the film through its endless journey of discovering what it truly means to think freely. Review

5.8

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6 march

6 mar

Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry is an up-close-and-personal documentary, focusing on star Billie Eilish as she navigates the road to stardom and celebrity at such a young age, with the help of her supportive friends and family. Director R.J. Cutler keeps things feeling raw and undistracted as this lengthy film covers all of the bases. Review

7.0

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26 february

26 feb

Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah is an eye-opening look at the betrayal of Black Panthers Chairman Fred Hampton by an FBI informant. Stars LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya give compelling performances in a film that's not just about fighting "the man" or taking down "the system", but instead about how we all become a cog in the never-ending machine of power and injustice. Review

7.3

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13 february

13 feb

Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Our Friend is a touching drama about friendship and perseverance, with three spectacular and deep performances by Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson and Jason Segel. Our Friend will make you both laugh and cry (and cry some more) with ease. Review

8.5

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13 february

13 feb

John Lee Hancock's The Little Things is a slow burn detective drama that gets by on a rock solid performance by Denzel Washington. It's well-lit and feels like a movie from another decade, which makes it an interesting disappointment that we aren't use to seeing these days. Review

6.8

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30 january

30 jan

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