Allen Almachar

Allen Almachar
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Allen is a Seattle-based film critic whose work can be found at The MacGuffin. He is a member of the Seattle Film Critics Society. Allen can be found @MrAllenAlmachar.
Publications: The MacGuffin

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 38% Things Heard & Seen (2021) This is two thirds of a decent movie, and one third of a bad one. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
C 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) If you're looking for something to fill up two hours of your time without much hassle, then this might be for you. But honestly, don't we want more than that? - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
84% The Age of Innocence (1993) Sometimes, the greatest love stories are the ones that could never be. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
C- 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) For those that are looking to have the same experience as playing the video games, it might be more beneficial to just play the video games. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
C 77% Stowaway (2021) As good as the film looks and as committed as the performances are, the low key tone and slow burn style strips away the pressure of the situation. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
B+ 82% Nobody (2021) A stellar piece of hard-boiled pulp. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
C+ 70% Why Did You Kill Me? (2021) Unless someone is a hardcore true crime fan, this doesn't offer a whole lot outside of being a mild curiosity. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
95% The Night of the Hunter (1955) It is a true original, unable to be categorized in any specific box or genre, existing within parameters set only by itself. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
B 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) The strength of the acting - combined with the warmth given to this community and those that populate it - elevate the material above its recognizable premise. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
B+ 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) In terms of sheer entertainment, this delivers in spades. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
B 75% Bad Trip (2020) It sidesteps the cynical nature of the format to find something shockingly sweeter. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
89% Chungking Express (1996) Chungking Express feels like a blast of youthful energy. It operates like a '90s pop kaleidoscope, mixing romance, music, and melancholy into a noir-ish collage of color and emotion. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
B 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) It validates its existence through sheer scope and force of will. You may or may not like it, but you have to respect it. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
C 37% Cherry (2021) [The Russo Brothers] took the motto 'Less is More' and threw it out the window. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
A- 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Movies of this caliber don't come often, but when they do, cinema is made better because of it. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
D 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) Tom and Jerry is not offensive, mean spirited, or dreadful, but it's also not funny and only slightly charming (and even that's a stretch). - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
C 80% I Care a Lot (2021) These are bad characters doing bad things to each other, while the innocent stand to the side to see which crook will steal from them next. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
B+ 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Kaluuya is an electric force, brimming with tenacity and magnetism. His performance alone is worth the price of admission. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
A- 93% Saint Maud (2020) The most dangerous villains are the ones that believe they are the heroes. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
C 57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Levinson is the third wheel of Malcolm & Marie, coming in with an agenda that doesn't fit. That intrusion sabotages what could have been a very good movie. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B+ 92% The White Tiger (2020) Bahrani makes no compromises - while he goes to unsettling places, his narrative control makes us believe these characters' journeys. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
C+ 46% The Little Things (2021) Compare how strong the film started to how weak it ends - the real mystery is how it got there. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
C- 43% Locked Down (2021) The film's uneven tone, lack of dramatic urgency, uninteresting characters, and lackluster heist drag it down. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
B+ 98% One Night in Miami (2020) While these conversations are set in the past - they are still very much relevant to the present. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
C+ 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Kirby's performance is a highlight, but sadly everything else comes up short. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
C 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Gal Gadot continues to showcase her dynamic screen presence as the Amazonian warrior-princess, but she is burdened with shouldering a story that doesn't keep up with her. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
B+ 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) These are people who have suffered tremendously and use music as their only outlet - to not only fill their pockets with money but to feed their very souls. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
A- 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) We see [the characters] at their highest moments as well as when they hit rock bottom. They are the makers of their own destinies, and Vinterberg forces them to confront the consequences of their actions. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
C 83% Mank (2020) In desperate need of its own Rosebud. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
A 94% Nomadland (2021) Plays like a great American novel - one full of heart, compassion and empathy. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
D 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) There is too much talent in front and behind the camera to make something this overly dramatic, sappy, and emotionally empty. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
B 89% Run (2020) It's quick and clean - it comes in, does what it needs to do, and gets out before it overstays its welcome. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
A- 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Wolfwalkers isn't just a great animated film, it's a great film. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B+ 75% Jungleland (2020) While we may know the notes to this song, the rhythm is something new. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
A 100% His House (2020) This was terrifying, heartbreaking, and utterly captivating - it's one of the best movies of the year. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
96% Psycho (1960) It is the ultimate example of how the medium can sway our thought process ... It is the art form operating at its highest capability. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
C 48% The Witches (2020) [The Witches] has a fast pace energy and is willing to dive into more thematically treacherous waters. But it buckles under a poorly defined world, a cartoonish villain, and a mind-numbingly stupid ending. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
B- 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The Trial of the Chicago 7 is an engaging enough watch, but it feels mechanical. There are plenty of political and courtroom fireworks, but it lacks a beating heart. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
B 62% Nocturne (2020) This is a good - if uneven - psychological thriller. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
C- 47% Evil Eye (2020) This is the kind of material made for daytime soap operas. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
D 43% The Lie (2020) There was plenty of potential here, but whatever promise there was is bogged down by a narrative that just doesn't work. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
B+ 71% Black Box (2020) It can stand up to any big budget counterpart because it knows exactly what it wants to do and accomplishes it well. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
B 86% On The Rocks (2020) When Jones and Murray are onscreen sharing their thoughts and feelings through conversation, that's when the movie truly shines. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
B 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) This is one of those times where I can tell you a movie is good, but I'm not so sure I'd ever want to watch it again. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
D+ 17% Ava (2020) This plays the same old song with such a lack of inventiveness that it almost feels intentional. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
C 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) To simply point out the reality of evil isn't enough. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
C- 29% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum may have started with earnest motivations but betrayed itself by opting for shock and awe instead of significant, thought-provoking drama. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
B- 88% #Alive (2020) There are moments where the potential for something new peeks out from behind the curtain but is quickly pulled back. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
C- 48% The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) This is a classic case of trying to capture lightning in a bottle twice, with the thought that going bigger and louder will somehow equate to repeated success. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
A 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) If you're willing to meet it on its own weird terms, you'll end up finding one of the most exciting cinematic experiences of the year. - The MacGuffin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020