Allen Adams


Allen Adams
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Allen Adams is the editor and lead culture critic for The Maine Edge, an arts/entertainment weekly based in Bangor, Maine. He has been reviewing movies for that publication for the past decade. For the past seven years, he has also done a weekly segment - called Pass the Popcorn - on the drive-time radio show Downtown with Rich Kimball. He's an actor and an improviser ... and he has been a contestant on Jeopardy!
Publications: The Maine Edge

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 36% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) It's lewd and loud, laden with cursewords, packed with sexual contentall in all, a good time. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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4/5 74% Ghostbusters (2016) Ghostbusters isn't as good a movie as the original, but there's no shame in failing to reach the level of a classic. It's still a fun and funny film with plenty going for it particularly a wildly talented cast that is pretty obviously having a ball. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 77% Lights Out (2016) Lights Out manages to provide story and scares in roughly equal measure; it's the ideal ratio for creating quality horror and one that rarely gets struck. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) While the hardcore Trekkers might still take issue, they're likely to enjoy it more than the previous installment. And for those who are simply fans of sci-fi action, well they're in for a treat. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 55% Jason Bourne (2016) It seems strange that [Matt] Damon is willing to revisit this character after so many years away, but there's no denying that the role still suits him. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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2.5/5 27% Suicide Squad (2016) This garish and uneven offering has moments of excellence, but they're not enough to overcome the film's thin narrative, character thinness and general inconsistency. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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0/5 14% Nine Lives (2016) [Nine Lives] is a children's movie made by people who not only don't understand children, but may actively hate children. It is unfunny and condescending, a collective collection of paychecks. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) It's a raunchy, curseword-laden cartoon that might also be the closest thing to an art film that we've seen as a major studio summer release in years. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 88% Pete's Dragon (2016) Pete's Dragon is a wonderful blend of adventure and emotion the perfect formula for exceptional family-friendly fare that kids of all ages will adore. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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4/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Florence Foster Jenkins isn't a perfect film there are some tonal inconsistencies and occasional narrative wanderings but the exceptional performances more than make up for those relatively minor flaws. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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4/5 60% War Dogs (2016) War Dogs struggles a bit with its identity, seemingly unsure whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama and thus winding up in a bit of a muddy middle. Still, the dynamic between [Miles] Teller and [Jonah] Hill goes a long way. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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1/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) In essence, this Ben-Hur is an empty husk, a digitally constructed bore that disappoints on just about every possible front. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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2/5 32% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Don't expect quality acting or narrative consistency or anything like that, but if you want to see a bunch of faceless bad guys get thoroughly [Jason] Stathamed... then you'll dig this one. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The Light Between Oceans occasionally pushes too hard in its desire to make you feel, but those moments can be forgiven thanks to the general emotional impact. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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0/5 No Score Yet The Disappointments Room (2016) The Disappointments Room couldn't be more disappointing if it dropped out of medical school and moved back in with its parents. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 85% Sully (2016) [Sully] is a briskly-paced, ultimately uplifting story elevated to excellence by strong direction and a powerfully engaging lead performance. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/5 60% Snowden (2016) While there's intrigue a-plenty and a compelling lead performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the titular Edward Snowden, the director never quite manages to amp the energy up to the level necessary to match reality. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) Sure, the sequel has higher-quality video and more cameras and even some drone shots, but it doesn't have much in the way of soul. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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4/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) The reality is that while some of the subtlety of the original is lost, the bombastic nature of the story and of the characters goes a long way toward creating an engaging and extremely watchable cinematic energy. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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4/5 65% Storks (2016) Storks is a solid animated offering, maybe not high art, but certainly entertaining enough. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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4/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Deepwater Horizon manages to find the sweet spot between taking itself seriously and providing intense, engaging action. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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2.5/5 33% Masterminds (2016) Masterminds isn't a total dud. Yes, it has its share of warts, but some of its faults are concealed nicely by a fun premise and a talented cast led by Zach Galifinakis, Kristin Wiig and Owen Wilson. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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3.5/5 65% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) While there's no disputing the eye-catching splendor of the world that's been created here, it is in service to a story that is ultimately a bit lacking. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 45% The Girl on the Train (2016) The Girl on the Train is pretty clear on the kind of movie that it wants to be. Unfortunately, it doesn't always meet its goal. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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2.5 62% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is fluffy nonsense interspersed with moments of unsubtle emotion and occasional condescension. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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4/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is brutal and sad and difficult to watch at times. However, it also shines a light on a dark time in our nation's history and on a story that too many of us know precious little about. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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1.5/5 49% Mascots (2016) It breaks my heart to say this, but Christopher Guest might have lost his fastball. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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0/5 No Score Yet Max Steel (2016) Max Steel is what happens when the sole rationale for your film is 'People used to like this toy.' - The Maine Edge EDIT
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4/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Despite the strained premise and the narrative inconsistency, there's something oddly enjoyable about the film. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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1/5 38% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) It's the sort of force-of-nature hero that Cruise loves to play, but the unfortunate truth is that the sequel even more than the decent but uneven first film heaps the engagement burden almost entirely on Cruise's shoulders. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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2.5/5 18% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) [Keeping Up with the Joneses] is an uneven movie that relies too heavily on its dynamic cast to its considerable detriment. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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1/5 22% Inferno (2016) [Inferno] hits the ground limping, strewing the narrative with unnecessary confusion right out of the gate. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) [Doctor Strange] could have misfired. Instead, it is visually rich, powerfully performed and surprisingly fun. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 94% Arrival (2016) [Arrival] is a thoughtful and sophisticated take on first contact, a beautifully-made film with dynamite performances that manages to explore some of the more complex questions that might be raised by our species' first close encounter. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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0/5 9% Shut In (2016) There is nothing of redeeming value about this film. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 75% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a worthy addition to the Harry Potter canon, bringing a whole new perspective to a beloved universe. With plenty of humor and heart, it is a delightful cinematic experience. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The Edge of Seventeen checks all the teen movie boxes, but does so in a fashion that feels fresh and engaging in a way that we haven't seen since the heyday of John Hughes. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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2/5 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk might well mark a significant step forward in the evolution of filmmaking. However, important is not necessarily the same as good and this movie, despite its best intentions, is ultimately just not very good. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 95% Moana (2016) Moana is heartfelt and funny, with compelling characters, an adventurous narrative and some excellent songs. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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4/5 61% Allied (2016) With a lush, globe-spanning aesthetic and some compelling wartime action ' not to mention a romance brought to life by two supremely talented and charismatic performers ' there's a lot to like here. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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1.5/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It's nice that Warren Beatty was able to bring his passion project to the big screen. I only wish that it had been something better. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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1.5/5 18% Incarnate (2016) In Incarnate, we get the latest in a fairly long, uneven line of exorcism movies. And while it is far from the worst of the bunch, it also fails to do much with what starts out as a fairly interesting idea. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) What writer/director [Barry] Jenkins has done here is capture a small experience and endow it with a universality while still maintaining its unique perspective. It is an astonishing feat. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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3.5/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane isn't a bad movie. In fact, it's pretty good. It just isn't quite good enough to reach the ambitious heights to which it so transparently aspires. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Office Christmas Party has assembled a hell of a cast but the group proves unable to move beyond the ho-hum work from directing duo of Josh Gordon and Will Speck or the thin-yet-overstuffed, cliché-riddled screenplay to come up with consistent laughs. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) [Rogue One: A Star Wars Story] is a full and engaging addition to the Star Wars canon, the sort of striking cinematic experience that is reminiscent of the reasons we came to love the Star Wars in the first place. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
0/5 14% Collateral Beauty (2016) Collateral Beauty plays like a parody of Oscar bait, with overwrought one-note performances wrapped around an earnest, yet stupid central narrative. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Manchester by the Sea is powerful stuff. No emotional punches are pulled; the blows landed on Lee land just as heavily on the audience. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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1.5/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Decent action and a wildly talented cast mask some of the issues, but they can't fully overcome a story with neither stakes nor sense. - The Maine Edge EDIT
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2/5 39% Why Him? (2016) It's an uninspired take on the classic "father versus fiancé" comedic trope, bringing nothing to the table despite a cast talented enough to give us something a good deal more interesting. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019