Joe Gross

Joe Gross

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " Whedon is still Whedon, and the grace notes -- the snappy patter, the team dynamics, the "man, that was cool" moments -- go a long way. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 30, 2015
C+ 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) " A supernatural romance that thinks itself far more profound than it actually is. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 23, 2015
B- 50% True Story (2015) " To watch "True Story" is to think, "Wait, this insane thing really happened, right?" But, sadly, it is also to think, "Boy, do these two deserve each other." " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B- 82% Furious 7 (2015) " I have never once, not ever, been genuinely disappointed in a The Fast and the Furious movie. It is, by far, the most satisfying franchise in American action cinema... That being said, something is very slightly off in Furious 7. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 3, 2015
98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) " It's a striking portrait of a pivotal figure. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 27, 2015
91% Ex Machina (2015) " A sleek, good-looking meditation on the nature of artificial intelligence, on what happens when we create robots that can pass for human. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 27, 2015
93% The Look of Silence (2015) " How the survivors have kept from going mad is extraordinary, and Adi's calm in the face of true evil is a wonder to behold. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 27, 2015
A- 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) " Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, a cool and ambitious slice of weird from Austin's own Zellner brothers, works best as pure fairy tale, a quest to find a fortune that the audiences knows doesn't actually exist. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 26, 2015
D 29% Get Hard (2015) " Will Ferrell has built his film career on being an everyman or a naïf devoid of self-consciousness. In Etan Cohen's Get Hard, Ferrell goes with the latter, but adds a patina of ultra-rich entitlement. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 26, 2015
81% Love & Mercy (2015) " The period detail, especially in the '60s scenes is sharp and the other Beach Boys, minimal though their roles are, look spot-on (kudos especially to Jake Abel, who both looks exactly like Mike Love and handles an unenviable part with precision). " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 17, 2015
B- 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) " You may be feeling not so charitable about the dream factory. If so, boy howdy, does David Cronenberg have a movie for you. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 26, 2015
D+ 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " Is there now enough evidence to support the idea that [The Matrix's] pop brilliance, its kinetic-yet-smartly-allegorical storytelling, was an anomaly? " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 6, 2015
73% American Sniper (2015) " American Sniper often has a sorrowful immediacy. But director Clint Eastwood's film also bears the weight of a decade spent warring in the Middle East, considering the long, painful view of a generation sacrificed for goals that aren't always clear-cut. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 15, 2015
73% Inherent Vice (2015) " Inherent Vice doesn't seem like a stoner movie in the sense that, say, Up in Smoke is as much as the blue cloud itself. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 8, 2015
A- 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " Ruffalo, well-known as an actor's actor, will get the critical praise, but Tatum is just as strong, moving with the skill of a trained dancer. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 18, 2014
C+ 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " To put it as politely as possible, there simply isn't enough material there to sustain three good features. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 18, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) " It's rare that you get a good, new movie monster. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 4, 2014
B+ 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " Directed by James Marsh, the biopic The Theory of Everything reminds us that Hawking was once a vibrant, able-bodied young man who careened around early '60s Cambridge on his bicycle. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 21, 2014
B 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " Part 1 is the rare adaptation that also solves a bunch of its source material's problems... But frustratingly, Part 1 is very much that: a preface to a final confrontation. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 20, 2014
C- 40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014) " The massively frustrating 21 Years: Richard Linklater is a perfect example of the difference between a great subject and a great (or even a good) documentary. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 14, 2014
B- 75% Rosewater (2014) " While very much a movie made by a first-timer with a modest, $10 million budget, Rosewater is also thoughtful, straightforward and occasionally very funny, with lines and delivery that are pure Stewart. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 14, 2014
A- 92% Force Majeure (2014) " Writer/director Ruben Östlund delivers utterly on an ingeniously simple premise, one that is all the more agonizing and hilarious for its elegance. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 6, 2014
C+ 72% Interstellar (2014) " Interstellar tries to ground its corn-pone mush in quantum theory and paper over its planet-sized plot holes with enormous vistas and the most egregious use of Dylan Thomas ever committed to screen. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 6, 2014
A- 95% Whiplash (2014) " Whiplash is a gripping look at the complicated dynamic between talented students and the abusive teachers who make them thrive (or prey on them, depending on your feelings about this sort of thing). " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 30, 2014
B- 75% ABCs of Death 2 (2014) " The batting average is higher than the first film, but nothing is quite as extreme. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 30, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) " [Gyllenhall] is hypnotic and electrifying as the skull-like Louis Bloom, a strange man in need of steady work who hurls himself into the high-speed, extremely competitive world of "nightcrawlers." " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 30, 2014
A 93% Birdman (2014) " There are many things by which one should be amazed in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, so let's start with the most obvious: Iñárritu and Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have constructed Birdman to look like one continuous, two-hour take. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 23, 2014
B- 85% John Wick (2014) " Go for Reeves as a killing machine, stay for the blood spray and gnarly action, smartly and calmly photographed by Jonathan Sela. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 23, 2014
C 77% St. Vincent (2014) " On the whole, St. Vincent is a jumble of twee, American independent film clichés that felt finished by the time Garden State left theaters. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 16, 2014
B- 77% Fury (2014) " Tank combat and a lot of blood: That's about it to Fury. There's nothing wrong with that, but there are moments where Fury seems to be reaching for gravitas, a weight that the script never quite delivers. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 16, 2014
A- 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " Visual artists and first-time feature directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard have given 20,000 Days a potent mix of the raw and the cooked. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 2, 2014
A 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Gone Girl is the thriller of the year, a master-class in pacing and tension from one of the great American directors. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 39% Tusk (2014) " Even if Smith is preaching to the converted, it's nice to hear his goofy voice once more. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 18, 2014
C+ 89% The Drop (2014) " Where did this frustrating movie go wrong? There are multiple possible choke points. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 11, 2014
A- 100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) " They absolutely, positively don't make 'em like that anymore. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 4, 2014
D 7% The Identical (2014) " There is a powerful movie to be made about Elvis and Jesse, about survivor's guilt and fame.The Identical isn't it. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 4, 2014
B 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The images on-screen hewing ever more closely to Miller's original comics. Streets have rarely looked so mean, yet so removed from reality. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 21, 2014
75% Ragnarok (2014) " An old school Hollywood style action adventure from a country not exactly known for them, director Mikkel Sandemose has packed Ragnarok with good-natured cinematic nods to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and Alien. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 18, 2014
C- 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The Expendables 3 doesn't pretend it's anything other than a vector for action sequences and banter between beefy guys... But it also tries to change the formula enough to make viewers be mildly disappointed that they tried at all. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 14, 2014
B- 80% Get On Up (2014) " The movie is strongest when focusing on the co-dependent-before-that-was-a-term relationship between Byrd and Brown. Byrd worships Brown, but even he has his limits; Brown needs to be worshipped but believes in little but himself. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B- 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " For the most part, director and co-writer James Gunn delivers a solid action/comedy/ CGI spaceship combo, but far too much time is spent describing action and explaining motivations in the most leaden fashion possible. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B+ 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " It's in color, but it feel black-and-white, as washed-out as its hero is burnt-out. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 24, 2014
B 66% Lucy (2014) " Jammed with far-out-dude gobbledygook about brain capacity and violent Asian mobsters, Lucy is easily the summer's most gaga super-powered caper. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 24, 2014
A 98% Boyhood (2014) " Boyhood is a monumental achievement of guts, nerve and thoughtful craft, one of the sharpest films about Texas and Texans ever made and easily one of the year's most important movies. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 17, 2014
A- 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " It's mildly thrilling to report that "Dawn" is the rare franchise sequel that darkens and complicates the story's universe without seeming like a retread. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 10, 2014
D 23% Tammy (2014) " It's closer to full-goofball than heart-of-gold character sketch, so when it tries for poignant, the shift is awkward and uncomfortable. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 6, 2014
C+ 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Go for the robot punching if you like, but don't expect anything more than meets the eye. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 26, 2014
A- 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Snowpiercer balances class metaphor, a nice hunk of comic book strangeness and often-ingeniously choreographed action in equal measure. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B 60% Hellion (2014) " The relationship between Hollis, Jacob and Wes, their fragile interdependence, is the movie's tough heart. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B 86% Borgman (2014) " Borgman stays compelling through sheer strangeness, gorgeous photography and sharp performances. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 20, 2014
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