Anthony Ray Bench

Anthony Ray Bench
Anthony Ray Bench's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat
Publications: Film Threat

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T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/10 90% The Souvenir (2019) ...aside from a few interesting ideas and performances, this film was a big dud for me. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
6.5/10 88% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) I don't think this is a film I can recommend to a normal audience, this is definitely for fans of trippy and vague films where you are forced into drawing your own conclusions. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
8.5/10 75% Judy & Punch (2019) I had a blast with Judy and Punch, and I think it's probably the most twisted and delightful fairytale film I've seen in quite some time. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
8/10 93% Blinded by the Light (2019) This is a feel-good movie that tackles a bunch of tough topics, from politics, race, family traditions, social frustrations, and romance. It never feels preachy or overly cheesy. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
8/10 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) It has such a magnificent cast, and the story is interesting enough to entertain both wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
9/10 90% Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) It's an engaging documentary with two charming subjects, and I'd recommend it to fans of The Amazing Johnathan and the uninitiated alike. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
7/10 75% Untouchable (2019) Untouchable is a competently made film, there's nothing mind-blowing about the presentation of it, but the timely subject matter makes the aesthetic weaknesses more forgivable. This film is relevant and timely. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
7.5/10 80% The Magic Life of V (2019) Using Live Action Roleplaying as a form of coping therapy is an intriguing subject, but the slow reveal didn't suck me in as much as it could have. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
6/10 82% Liz and the Blue Bird (2018) It's literally just quiet drama between a shy girl and her more outgoing friend accompanied by classical music. I'm sure there's an audience for Liz and the Blue Bird, but I'm just not a part of it. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
7/10 29% Venom (2018) I was entertained and utterly fascinated by every second of it. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
8/10 86% White Rabbit (2018) If you like unconventional indie comedies, this one can't be missed. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
8/10 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) There are a ton of visual effects, but most are very well done and convincing. I can't praise the film enough for feeling fresh and different. The cinematography is well done, and the atmospheric set pieces are gothic and gorgeous. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet The Big Take (2018) I'd recommend this film with the caveat that it's not perfect, but it has some enjoyable performances and an interesting mish-mash of genres that feels fresh and worthwhile. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/10 47% Skyscraper (2018) The Rock scales buildings, leaps over gaps that no human on earth could clear, and holds up collapsing bridges with inhumane brute strength, but there's not enough personality for me to suggest this movie to even the most die-hard fans. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
6/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Turn your brain off, lower your expectations, and you'll survive it just fine. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
7/10 77% I Kill Giants (2018) I Kill Giants might work great for a target audience of misunderstood tween/teenagers who are looking for something more somber and personal than Harry Potter, but I don't think it'll mean much to anyone else. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
7/10 55% The Forgiven (2018) Just alone, the scenes between Bana and Whitaker earn the film a recommendation, but other than that there's just not much else worthy of note. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Funny Story (2018) Funny Story has an incredibly dry sense of humor that the actors execute perfectly. I was really sucked in by everything that was happening on screen. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
7/10 73% Sundowners (2017) Written and directed by Pavan Moondi, this is, unfortunately, an unfocused mess of a story, albeit one with two tremendous leads, beautiful cinematography, and some genuinely laugh out loud moments. And if you're a fan of Tim Heidecker, he kills it. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
6/10 19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) It's not a good movie, and I'd even go as far as saying that it's easily the worst of the Cloverfield flicks so far. Don't get caught up in the marketing hype, there are better things to watch. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Revenge of the Gweilo (2016) This is a movie that has to be seen, and it is an absolute recommendation for all those with a soft spot in their heart for bad, albeit entertaining films. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
8/10 71% Summer of '84 (2018) This isn't a Stranger Things/IT knock-off, it really does do its own thing and has its own tone...and then that tone goes to some ridiculously dark places. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
8/10 76% Bad Reputation (2018) My issues with the film are minor, it's certainly a good film that will entertain hardcore fans and those unfamiliar with Jett's music. Joan Jett truly is a remarkable human being. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
9/10 96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) It's never boring. It is constantly entertaining, inspirational, full of funny stories, and provides a look, if only somewhat superficial one, into the brilliant, lightning-fast mind and kind heart of the great Robin Williams. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
9/10 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) It will make you laugh, and it will certainly make you cry, but better yet it will make you appreciate Fred Rogers and his legacy, as well as hopefully inspiring you to be a little kinder towards the people you meet in life. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
7/10 100% Dead Pigs (2018) Dead Pigs is a weird, weird ride. Weird in a good way? Sure, sometimes. The film is unique. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
7/10 93% Private Life (2018) The film does an exceptional job mixing its humor with melancholy. Serious moments are interrupted by laugh out loud jokes and gags, while levity and warm sentiment are crushed by failure and disappointment. At its core, this is a story about persistence. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
9/10 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) More people should be talking about Brigsby Bear, it's such a well-made film with a great cast, a magnificent lead, and a premise that oozes with charm and originality. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Armstrong (2016) The film features a talented cast and commendable special effects, and it looks amazing and competently shot, but the unfocused script and severe lack of personality in its characters makes the film nearly impossible for me to recommend. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
8/10 100% Creep 2 (2017) The best horror films, in my opinion, forgo the cheap jump scares and aim to make you feel uneasy, vulnerable, and on guard. Creep 2 definitely has that quality in spades. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
72% Happy Death Day (2017) Happy Death Day cannot decide what kind of film it wants to be. It lacks the amount of comedy to be a proper horror comedy, and it lacks the scares and terror necessary to make it an effective horror film. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
8/10 60% The Man From Earth: Holocene (2017) The Man From Earth: Holocene is a sequel that is quite enjoyable, but admittedly not as strong as the first classic film. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Patient 62 (2016) Patient 62 is a terrible movie, but still one that's worth a watch. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
9/10 80% Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two (2017) [Let's Play Two] does it so perfectly. It truly has to be experienced. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
2/5 36% Wetlands (2017) Even great acting cannot save an uninspired story with plot holes. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
9/10 No Score Yet Lightningface (2016) With an easily digestible runtime and an engaging performance by the very talented Oscar Isaac, Lightningface gets a high recommendation from me. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
6/10 50% The Legend of Ben Hall (2016) The Legend of Ben Hall doesn't offer much, especially those not well-versed on legendary Australian bushrangers. It's probably a good idea just to skip this one. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Prom King, 2010 (2017) Consistently naïve characters just do not appeal to me, but you cannot deny the sweet and tender qualities this film possesses, and I do think this film is engaging and an easy watch. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
8/10 40% Chronically Metropolitan (2017) Generally, I enjoyed this film quite a bit. I don't have a lot of issues with this one aside from Addison Timlin's less than stellar acting and her character's useless part in the story. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
8/10 82% Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (2017) Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is stimulating enough to appeal to non-punk rock fans as well. Definitely give it a watch. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
6/10 48% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) It has potential, but it just falls disappointingly short. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Village People (2017) There's a lot to enjoy with this one, so if you're in the mood for an indie twist on something fairly familiar, give Village People a watch. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
9/10 47% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) The film's absurdly strong performances, music, and aesthetics all bring to life a wonderful film you won't want to miss. Do yourselves a favor, and buy a ticket when it comes your way. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq (2017) It's beautiful scenic photography that has its powerful and important message overshadowed by lingering nature shots and a severe lack of focus. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is a frenetic, funky, fast and manic fun time at the movies you won't want to miss this summer. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
79% Infinity Baby (2017) It's unique, absurd, strange, and memorable. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
No Score Yet Deny Everything (2017) The humor is spot on, and the film drew some genuine laughs from me, especially the scene with Richie and the cricket bat. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
9/10 75% Future '38 (2017) Future '38 is, hands down, the most original comedy I've seen in recent memory. Definitely catch this one as soon as you can. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
71% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Buster's Mal Heart is a magnificent film worthy of a Donnie Darko level cult following. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet The Drama Club (2016) Despite its very minor flaws, this film was quite enjoyable, and I'll be strongly recommending it to just about everyone I know. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017