Alex Doenau

Alex Doenau
Alex Doenau's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Trespass
Publications: Trespass

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give may never stop being relative, or it may one day be a quaint reminder of systematic injustice. Regardless of what the future holds, The Hate U Give stands for something worth considering. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) With charismatic leads and some sublime visuals that overpower the ridiculous, Aquaman is DC's second good movie and first real statement piece since 2013. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) Though his hand on the musical cues is heavy, Knight's touch is light on the film as a whole, and Bumblebee breathes. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Showing a flawless understanding of the comic-book aesthetic and storytelling without sacrificing its cinematic qualities, Into the Spider-Verse is a deeply satisfying film for comic fans that has more than enough to offer everyone else. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy is a powerhouse who isn't afraid to teeter between being deeply sympathetic and completely repellent. It's a performance that brings out the essential ambivalence that Israel, as written, feels about herself. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
90% Lean on Pete (2018) This is realism almost too gritty to take, but with just enough light mixed in so that we keep looking to the horizon. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet Love at Least (2018) A drama with many low points, but it allows room for hope. With a well-realised central performance that brings its lead a rare dimensionality, Love at Least is a relationship drama that makes the outlandish credible. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
No Score Yet River's Edge (Ribazu ejji) (2018) A two-hour drudgery that solves a mystery whose answer was never pressing with the silliest possible solution. There's a wide chasm between realism and misanthropy, and River's Edge falls on the wrong side of that gap. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) If you want something fun and slightly cerebral to chew on while your own brains are being chewed on, One Cut of the Dead is the intelligent zombie movie you need. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Redford has said that he wanted to go out on a fun note, and that is an accurate description of this movie. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) A strangely charmless and excessively dingy film. Too long and static for anyone but the most die hard, with neither a richness of tone nor colour, this is a film guaranteed to sell tickets at the cost of its own soul. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web is a frozen techno-thriller that makes sense of all of the movies that were never made before it. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) A drama with credible songs in it that elevates an outré personality into a legitimate actress, a vanity project with none of the vanity. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) An imperfect movie, and one impossible to pigeonhole, but it offers more delights than many bigger films. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) Paul Feig saw the base elements of the mess that was A Simple Favour's original form and reassembled them into a stylish semi-thriller that places a high priority on entertainment, be it mild mystery and intrigue or intentional humour. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) You can celebrate Crazy Rich Asians for many reasons, and all of them are valid - it's an unambiguously well made and well intentioned movie that does not lead the viewer into hell. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
67% On Chesil Beach (2018) On Chesil Beach balances idyllic pastoral scenes with the screaming awkwardness of a honeymoon, but when it catches up with itself it can't quite keep up. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) With only one and a half gadgets on display, there's at least one itch that it doesn't scratch, but McKinnon is so well utilised here that The Spy Who Dumped Me is more worth seeing than its 41-year-old reference gag title would suggest. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Outside of his ambitious sci-fi movies, Cruise knows his Mission: Impossible. 22 years and six films in, he has perfected the art of convoluted international intrigue mixed with over-the-top stunts that he performs himself. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Washington brings nuance to an otherwise black-and-white scenario, which elevates The Equalizer 2 above so many other "nice guy/secret killer" films. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) There is a pain threshold that you must have to survive a movie of this calibre; if you believe you have the endurance, take on Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - at the very least, it is never not fascinating. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp is fun on a bite-sized scale, and it is everything that it wants to be. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
87% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade is pulp, but if we've learned anything from the last 30 years, it's that pulp can be good for you - they keep it in orange juice for a reason. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) Weisz and McAdams are reliable as ever, and their interplay is almost electric enough to bring colour to the screen. Together they plumb unwritten depths to discover a mutual strength that prevents Disobedience from being completely depressing. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Those that need it will never watch it, and those that watch it will most likely already agree with its thesis - but this is quality filmmaking regardless. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Movies are supposed to contain event, and you'll be hard pressed to find any of that in the 110 minutes of Ocean's 8. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
85% Tully (2018) While this isn't a particularly cheery movie for an alleged comedy, it's a finely tuned work that provokes without tipping itself over the edge. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 is everything that it is supposed to rail against: a generic comic book movie that is only a step above the lesser entries in the Marvel/Fox continuum. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Unsane is not much more than potentially dangerous boilerplate designed to make people fear the mental health profession. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) There's a lot to meditate on in this breathlessly told comic book adventure film. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
82% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) This is a sweet, well-shot and well-acted piece drawn from a thoughtful script. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) For fans of the original, Super Troopers 2 has enough of that Broken Lizard flavour that they've been craving for almost two decades. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) You may not quite be able to put a finger on what you're watching, but Isle of Dogs is a hand-crafted adventure through garbage, fire, and bureaucracy. Certainly it has an all-star cast, but more importantly it has a Dog Star heart. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) There is nothing to recommend the film itself, which may as well have been assembled by the soulless corporate drones that it purports to hold in such contempt. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is science fiction that is unashamed to be weird and disturbing. There's a market for that, though it may not be a mass one. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) Tomb Raider is an action adventure movie that is almost okay, but it runs out of steam long before it gets to the time to raid tombs. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
No Score Yet Initiation Love (Inishieshon Rabu) (2015) Initiation Love is one third of a good movie, let down by 80 minutes of consistent frustration and inconsistent meeting of audience expectations. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
No Score Yet La La La at Rock Bottom (Misono Universe) (2015) La La La at Rock Bottom evaporates like so many lost memories. It's not an unpleasant film, but it's missing key elements that would have provided both narrative satisfaction and cohesive characterisation. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is a teen movie written by someone who remembers what it was like to be a teen, and one that understands that a character can be difficult without being irredeemable. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther gives you everything that you want from a Marvel movie, but it goes just that little bit further to sink its claws in and reward its unsuspecting audience. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
95% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country is a landmark work of Australian cinema, even if it lacks commerciality: what it does offer is the diamond hardness of certainty. Few films are as sincere as this one. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
84% Darkest Hour (2017) Ultimately, if you want to hear Churchill talking about fighting them on the beaches, you could just watch Dunkirk again - Oldman's performance is literally transformative, but Darkest Hour is just another pedestrian biopic. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) If Mildred is not a memorable character, the movie isn't being watched correctly. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a decent light-comedy adventure film that forgets much of what distinguished its predecessor, but stands on its own feet. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
49% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing would have been compromised if it had been designed to please everybody; Payne's undiluted vision is admirable, and you almost owe it to him to try it out. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) If you can accept the excess, the weird humour, the entirely inessential subplot, and the fact that it could stand to end a scene earlier, then the series will continue to thrive in a galaxy far, far away. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
100% Paddington 2 (2018) If more writers and directors respected their audiences as King and Farnaby clearly does, the world's entertainment output would be significantly improved. Just like the bear himself, Paddington 2 makes the world a slightly better place. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
No Score Yet Flower And Sword (Hana Ikusa) (2017) Given the span of the film and the capriciousness of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Flower and Sword has an awkward balance to it that one of Senko's creations would probably never suffer. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Wonder Wheel has a fundamentally solid concept and theme, but Allen's approach to heaping on miseries and neuroses becomes exhausting, and the film collapses under its own weight. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet Midnight Diner 2 (Zoku Shinya Shokudô) (2016) Midnight Diner 2 is a pleasant anthology film. It definitely feels like three episodes of a television series, and has only the slightest arc as its outer shell, but it's a nice experience, and if you want more, you can always go home and watch it. - Trespass EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017