Amanda Waltz

Amanda Waltz
Amanda Waltz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Film Stage
Publications: The Film Stage

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Rust Creek (2019) But for all its female tenacity and curious potential pairing, Rust Creek proves far too formulaic to generate tension. - Pittsburgh City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
No Score Yet Second Chance Christmas (2017) To call Second Chance Christmas problematic would be putting it very lightly. This is basically Gaslighting: The Movie. - Pittsburgh City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
No Score Yet No Sleep 'Til Christmas (2018) The conceit of No Sleep 'Til Christmas is a stretch. That it actually manages to sell it is nothing short of a miracle. - Pittsburgh City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
No Score Yet A Cinderella Christmas (2016) The film also demonstrates some refreshingly meta humor. - Pittsburgh City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
56% Last Holiday (2006) The main reason I find Last Holiday so charming, despite its corny concept and broad humor, is because I get to see good things happen to a good person. - Pittsburgh City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
No Score Yet A Very Nutty Christmas (2010) Hart executive produced this movie, which means she was cool with all of this. - Pittsburgh City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) As it should be with a film like this, the most fascinating aspect is the examination of Kusama's process, its evolution, and the psychology that drives it. - Pittsburgh City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
95% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) While the film does have its weak spots, including some out-of-place CGI, they're worth ignoring, as Dutra and Rojas deliver a smart, sensitive film with just enough gore to keep it interesting. - Pittsburgh City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
B No Score Yet Nae-ga sal-in-beom-i-da (Confession of Murder) (2013) Despite its inner conflict, Confession of Murder weaves a suspenseful, compelling tale that saves its surprises until the very end. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
A- 81% Stop The Pounding Heart (2014) Stop the Pounding Heart becomes a sensitive, lovingly crafted illustration of the relationship between culture, faith, and identity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
D+ 28% The Family (2013) Full of tone deaf humor and gratuitous violence, The Family marks a miscalculated step for an otherwise fine filmmaker. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
B- 96% Birth Of The Living Dead (2013) Viewers will feel most rewarded by Kuhns' dissecting of Night's production, which provides a colorful and inspiring portrait of guerrilla filmmaking from a pre-digital era. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
C+ 25% The Wait (2014) Visually, Blash does a excellent job portraying the character's quiet desperation, even if the symbolism sometimes verges on the obvious. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
C+ 45% Raze (2014) With plots as flimsy as the one presented here, there's a tendency to favor spectacle over character development, and it's no surprise that Raze struggles to balance the two. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
D 33% Summer in February (2014) The performances are but one eye roll-inducing aspect of a period drama so generic and formulaic that it verges on parody. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
D+ 27% Pompeii (2014) Pompeii's recreated world feels especially hokey as the backdrop for shoddy sets, cheesy costumes and ludicrous dialogue. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
D 78% The Den (2014) The film is neither compelling or innovative enough to justify sitting through its torture porn-y moments. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
B+ 83% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) By showing and not telling, Carbone creates a profoundly tender work made all the more affecting by his young stars' effortless performances. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
D+ 38% In the Blood (2014) In the Blood does fulfill one rite of passage for Carano, who had yet to make her own terrible, B-level movie. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
A- 100% Der Samurai (2014) Der Samurai is an unusual little gem of a film that excites with its own offbeat blend of horror, suspense, and visual elegance. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
B 88% Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona) (1973) Belladonna stands as both an important forebear to a now widely beloved genre, and as a confused, yet earnest tribute to those who dare defy authority in order to elevate themselves. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
B- 50% Holidays (2016) While each entry satisfies in its own unique way, the anthology as a whole makes for an impressive examination of distaff fears and underestimated ferocity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
C 50% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again) (2016) The ineffective quality of the music composition rubs off onto the script, a dragging narrative occasionally punctuated with workable humor. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
B- 67% Rigor Mortis (2014) By combining Chinese and Japanese aesthetics, Rigor Mortis also becomes a sometimes fun, sometimes original shout-out to the East's rich and varied horror film culture. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
B+ 92% Creep (2015) Though lean in running time, scale, and budget, Creep demonstrates its makers' masterful resourcefulness and spirited direction. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
F 24% Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014) A dreary, uninspired, unmotivated lump of putrid dreck. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
B- No Score Yet The Search For Weng Weng (2014) Succeeds in spurring a dialogue on Weng Weng's role as a representation of the Filipino spirit, which, in the grand scheme of things, is more than any film scholar could possibly hope for. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
D+ 47% They're Watching (2016) Tired jokes and uninspired gore abound in what amounts to an unbearable experience, and that's before the climactic bloodbath has a chance to disappoint with its sub-amateur special effects. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
B- No Score Yet Partners In Crime (2014) Tidy and predictable, the film delivers few surprises, but makes for a somewhat attractive, if mediocre, drama about lives and relationships ended too soon. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2016
C+ 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) Its strict adherence to the disaster formula renders the experience far too generic and risk-averse to make it memorable. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
B 73% ABCs of Death 2 (2014) Despite a few missteps, ABCs of Death 2 promises a brighter future for an anthology progressing into sequel territory. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
B- 79% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) Defined by a sanguineous sense of humor and unpretentious spirit, [it] makes for a stylish, self-aware, if somewhat lagging romp about film culture and creative ambitions. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
A- 92% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2014) [It] does the world a service by chronicling and preserving, in a most charming and understated way, Miyazaki-era Ghibli and the human element beneath its creative genius. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
B 96% Appropriate Behavior (2015) Appropriate Behavior marks a strong first-time effort for the director, and establishes her ability as both a filmmaker and as an actress with considerable screen presence. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
D+ 17% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) Deprived of sympathetic characters, thrills, and Edwards' skilled touch, the film makes for a disappointing follow-up to some impressive sci-fi cinema. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
B+ 68% Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015) A dignified tribute to a very provocative figure. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
D- 25% The Stranger (2015) The genre deserves better, audiences deserve better, and the people of Chile deserve better than this lazy, artless nonsense. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
C+ 43% Madame Bovary (2015) The players struggle to inject emotion into the bookish, period-specific dialogue, which often results in clunky, stilted exchanges. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
B- 82% Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015) An enjoyable, but unconvincing look at religious hypocrisy and Christianity's struggle to accept changing social norms. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
C- 25% Bound to Vengeance (2015) Its message remains muddled at best as it tries, and fails, to effectively comment on the consequences of rape culture. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
C+ No Score Yet Chang-baek-han eol-gul-deul (On the White Planet) (2014) Its imaginative, nightmarish look combines well with the grim tone, and makes for a compelling alternative to the meticulous polish of mainstream animated films. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
B- No Score Yet The Interior (2015) It's worth overlooking The Interior's lopsided narrative structure in order to enjoy all the stylish, trippy, genuinely frightening moments it has to offer. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
C- 71% I Am Chris Farley (2015) We're left wondering a lot of things, as I Am Chris Farley scratches the surface of Farley's life and death, but never bothers to dig any deeper. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
C 88% Fort Tilden (2015) [An] unpleasant, unfunny experience with nothing fresh or insightful to say. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2016
B 71% When Animals Dream (2015) A Danish export with a surprisingly tender take on the werewolf myth. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2016
B- 81% The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016) An unflinching look at the unwholesome underbelly that, to the rest of the country's chagrin, defines the Deep South. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2016
B 50% Der Nachtmahr (2015) It's better to just accept the film for the bizarre curiosity that it is rather than examine its intentions. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2016
B+ 83% Uncle John (2015) [Steven Piet] has masterfully interwoven multiple genres into one tightly crafted, surprising little film. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2016
B 76% Goosebumps (2015) [Goosebumps] focuses on keeping the dialogue snappy, the action plentiful, and the CGI convincing as it quickly moves through scenario after scenario. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2016
D No Score Yet Indigenous (2014) [A] wholly unpleasant, ungratifying experience. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2016