Andrea Chase

Andrea Chase
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) PARABELLUM works beyond being short on story with its stylish, sumptuous visuals and Reeves himself. He is a minimalist in front of the camera, making for a pointed contrast to the other elements in which he works - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 29% Red Joan (2019) More concerned with the dialectic than the drama as Trevor Nunn employs a deliberate, but finely observed pacing, it is still an intriguing film about a woman constantly underestimated by everyone but herself. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The characters, and the actors playing them, make this an exercise in pure popcorn fantasy doused in just enough sentiment to keep us engaged between wisecracks and yet another eye-popping effect. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1/5 16% Hellboy (2019) Monty Python without the humor as it scampers across the British landscape questing in vain for a film worth watching. Keep questing HELLBOY. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) There is a wondrously cheesy sincerity to SHAZAM! that makes its weak spots irrelevant. It is, in many ways, as pure of heart as its champion, and just as giddy about discovering that magic is real. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
4/5 100% Maze (2019) Mixes the suspense of plotting an escape dependent on split-second timing with the psychological games the prisoners play with the guards and with each other. The result is a film that is gripping for reasons not usually associated with suspense films. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
1/5 54% The Beach Bum (2019) Korine might be trying to say something about the self-indulgent decadent excesses of the 1% and of those burn-outs, but what he has created in THE BEACH BUM is a film that is a paean to his own self-indulgent excess - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 92% Giant Little Ones (2019) Reveals the narrowness, and ultimately, the futility of something as finite labels, and asks us why we would ever need to impose them on ourselves. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) The idea of twinned bodies with share souls, the one at the mercy of the unwitting other, is a proposition into which much can, and should, be read. The overlay of a stunning tale of horror is the opposite of a distraction. It is the point. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Full of unexpected compassion and humanity, HOTEL MUMBAI is also a harrowing retelling of the 2008 takeover of the fabled Taj Hotel in Mumbai by terrorists whose zeal for religion had been twisted into something horrifying. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
5/5 77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Using the tropes of a suspense thriller, [Gibney] drops subtle clues about Holmes' personality that are at once troubling and tantalizing. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The final part of the trilogy is the equal of the first two without being a repeat of either installment. Bringing the story of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless, the Night Fury he befriended, to a close takes on the bittersweet reality of growing up - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
3/5 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Fueled by Rebel Wilson's deadpan irony, the thorny path to true love takes just enough unexpected twists (and jabs) to keep the proceedings fresh by keeping us all in on the joke. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 36% Patrick (2019) The film and the eponymous pug who plays him, are sly charmers who take a fairly predictable plot and make it a cozy experience well worth the investment of your time. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The virtues of those who are legally criminals contrasted with the obtuseness of those enforcing the status quo poses a conundrum for the viewer, as well as a bit of cinematic poetry. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
3/5 40% The Upside (2019) ...the unmatchable chemistry between Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart saves this film. I would even go so far as to say that they elevate it. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
2/5 38% Glass (2019) To see McAvoy fully realize each persona with such fluidity, sometimes with nothing more than an expression and a brief sentence, is a thing of wonder to behold. The film in which he shows off this feat of thespian derring-do is anything but. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
0/5 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) The stunning lack of entertainment value in a film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly is almost a body blow, such is its unremitting ineptitude. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Through it all Momoa's muscle ripple as the camera objectifies his beauty in a way that is usually restricted to women. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's a thing of beauty, intelligence, and social consciousness that evokes not just a sense of wonder, but also of infinite the possibilities that changing a point of view can provide. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Just when you thought the Spiderman franchise might have finally run its course of endless reboots comes the film that that reinvigorates both animation and the super-hero origin story. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
1/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) It's all very silly in a spectacularly unengaging way. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) A thoughtful, anarchically lively, film about the obligations of the candidate and the responsibilities of the press that force us to question both. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Not just an intriguing character study of a talented but difficult writer of one New York Time bestseller now on the skids, but also a perceptive consideration of writing as both an art and as a business - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Fortunately, Malek, working with a script that is more a series of standard tropes than compelling story, presents the right mix of outrageous ego, savage wit, languid ennui, & vulnerable insecurity that makes him empathetic even Mercury is being a jerk. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 36% Hunter Killer (2018) A curiously inert attempt at an action film played out in a form reminiscent of a barely competent industrial film rather than a taut suspense flick. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) . . . passionately acted and masterfully told BEAUTIFUL BOY, is a film that is savagely tender in mood and execution - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
4/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) an engrossing thriller punctuated with gunshot blasts and tidy conundrums about both right and wrong and about innocence and guilt. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) The most interesting thing about VENOM is Eddie's phone. It survives punishing battle and a prolonged dip in San Francisco Bay without ill effect. A film about its exploits, now that's a superhero flick that I could have gotten behind. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) it's all a muddle of a script that seems to have been constructed from the cinematic equivalent of baling wire and chewing gum. The cut-rate, generic chewing gum. The kind that doesn't really hold its snap. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) The humor, courtesy of Kendrick's skittish vulnerability resonates as more than mere frippery, while the twists, turns, and screeching switchbacks with which the story abounds makes for a meticulously plotted mystery that engrosses and confounds. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) a film that adheres strictly to the formulas demanded while also being as thorough an indulgent delight as the over-the-top as the antics of the super-rich that it portrays. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
1/5 26% The Nun (2018) To judge by the loud snoring exploding a few seats away from me, I was not the only one who found this lugubrious excrescence less than compelling. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 56% The Bookshop (2018) Nighy has never given a more moving performance, and few others have. There is a melting tenderness in his longing to be at ease with others, and his inability to recover that lost art - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Is there such a thing as a light-hearted slog? There is now. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
5/5 94% Blindspotting (2018) A contemporary fable told in dynamic syncopation and unexpected compassion as it uncovers the farce and tragedy of an Oakland in transition. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
3/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) a love letter to the low-tech reliability, magic even, of duct tape. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2018
4/5 69% Damsel (2018) [Its] most ironic turn is its precise and deliberate lack of sentiment. It has the clinician's eye, and a jester's sensibility as it cleanly dissects that folly leaving it for us to decide who deserves our pity and who our scorn. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
5/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) The debate about nature v nurture plays out as a disquieting subtext that serves to illuminate the human capacity to see what it expects, or worse, wants to see. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2018
5/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) The tension of competing dreams, the palpable affection father and daughter have for each other, and the indisputable desire for theother's happiness makes for a film that is heartbreaking and oddly joyful at the same time. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
2/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) I'll give it this. When it leaps off the rails into utter inanity, it does so with grim determination and the courage of its (misguided) convictions. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Will unhinge you on a primal level starting with the hypocrisy of obituaries and the creepiness of dollhouses, and ending with the stresses of modern family life as reality and madness become interchangeable. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
3/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Suffice to say that there are well-executed jabs at popular culture and a way of celebrating the feminine that has nothing to do with being a lady or sharing the spotlight. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
5/5 88% American Animals (2018) Combining narrative with talking head interviews, and by having them play off each other as the story progresses, Layton has synthesized a scathingly brilliant cinema genre: the non-fiction narrative. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) [H]as its faults, but works fine as a buoyant popcorn flick with a charismatic lead [and his] close calls, barbed quips, and vast swaths of deeply satisfying swagger, the which Eherenreich pulls off with a nifty nonchalance. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
5/5 97% 1945 (2017) This is a film that is wrenching to watch, but totally engrossing as tempers flare, suspense builds, as the series of seemingly small, meticulously observed, vignettes of village life unfold over the course of one pivotal day. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) As in all the best horror films, the tropes address primal fears in ways that are simpler to process, but no less unsettling because of it. It's also got one of the best fade to black moments in recent filmdom. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2018
4/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Feels more like several movies squished together like a cinematic panini. Still, it's easy to be swept along by Banner's Hulkus Interruptus condition that frustrates him mightily. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
1/5 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) ... leaves a very bad taste, not just in the mouth, but in the adjacent olfactory organs. Maybe one of the auditory ones, too. It also made my eyes smart. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
4/5 82% Beirut (2018) Tony Gilroy's script is a literate excursion into chaos. - Killer Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018