Barry Wurst

Barry Wurst
Barry Wurst's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 37% Glass (2019) a talky, character-driven, and minimalist comic book superhero art movie. It's at odds with every other comic book movie currently playing and offers more perspective, experimentation, and fresh observations than any of them. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) What Jackson has pulled off here is every bit as monumental and visually accomplished as his Tolkien adaptations. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 11% Replicas (2019) Replicas offers a clumsy rendering of a promising set-up and a waste of some intriguing ideas. I'm curious if this would have worked better as a comedy. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) it's great to see McCarthy and the always enjoyable Grant find the core of their sad but fascinating characters. Its best scenes leave a bruise. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 66% Vice (2018) There is outrage in Vice that makes it very 2018 but it lacks fresh, astute observations to make it important. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 80% Carlito's Way (1993) "Scarface" is the more iconic, influential movie but "Carlito's Way" is better. Pacino and De Palma's encore into the world of crime and moral compromise is the much stronger, more emotionally stirring work. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 58% The Gingerbread Man (1997) "The Gingerbread Man" is offbeat and intriguing in a ways that ultimately make it Altman-esque. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 92% True Romance (1993) Like the rollercoaster ride Scott captures at the mid-point, some will thrill to the brazen exhilaration, while others will try not to throw up. At its best, "True Romance" merits Alabama's concluding declaration that, "You are so cool." - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 61% John Dies at the End (2013) However you whittle it down (and really, it can't be summed up neatly, which is a part of its design), this is Coscarelli's masterpiece. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 80% Green Book (2018) Green Book is somehow both tough and subtle, working with a fully developed narrative and two wonderful performances by Mortensen and Ali. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 70% The Mule (2018) The Mule represents the best and worst of Eastwood. This is among Eastwood's most engrossing, if self-indulgent works, - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2.5/5 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Seeing a movie like this, with countless product placements, endless lists of iconic characters who make pop up cameos, and giant franchises existing in the same space, is a numbing, deadening experience. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2.5/5 38% Psycho (1998) A fascinating, one of a kind experiment. This is Andy Warhol's "Psycho." Specifically, a distinctly post-modernist work with a value far more intellectual than surface level. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased likely won't be the last word on the subject matter but, as a portrait of religious abuse and oppression, it's searing. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 98% Free Solo (2018) The excitement of what Honnold is about to do is muted because the danger is immense. The close-ups of the tiny edges that barely hold Honnold up are unsettling. The suspense in Free Solo is real. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 84% Creed II (2018) Creed II is a proper follow up but more attuned to the Rocky saga and the expectations of sequels. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) winds up being this season's The Post, as its just-serviceable enough without being impactful or worth seeing more than once. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3.5/5 91% Widows (2018) It doesn't all come together, as the stuffed two-hour running time is eventful but deserving a much longer cut. Still, it comes this-close to classic status and emerges as an engrossing, vibrant, and angry drama. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2.5/5 94% Wildlife (2018) While not entirely predictable, "Wildlife" goes in the expected directions and doesn't live up to the promise of its powerful early stretches. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2.5/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Foy's work, as well as the cinematography and score, are standouts and Alvarez gives this lots of flash but the web is tangled. Alvarez's film has a lot going for it, except a good story. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2.5/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The best way to enjoy the film is to simply marvel at Malek's transcendent work, soak up the great music and remind oneself that this is unlikely to be the only film made about Mercury. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/5 83% Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993) Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is not merely an impressive offshoot of the milestone animated series that inspired it but a surprisingly engrossing work that stands alone. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) If you can stick the rougher early patches of Welles' film and forgive the slurs, smugness and the awful misuse of little people, there are unearthed treasures to witness here. Some of this is truly jaw dropping. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) David Gordon Green's film is odd and unsteady most of the way but is redeemed by the maximum suspense generated by the third act. There are brilliant touches throughout. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 50% Pet Sematary (1989) Pet Sematary is imperfect but Lambert's uncompromising shaping of King's vision isn't merely frightening, but emotionally crushing. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born may be a fantasy but Cooper invests it with real dramatic power. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
1.5/5 29% Venom (2018) Venom is more interesting for the things it gets wrong than for the few things it does right. Like The Predator, the tone is indecisive and positively haywire. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
5/5 88% First Man (2018) Places the emphasis on the struggles of the astronauts, not the spectacle of their occupation or the triumphant aftermath. This is a dazzling work from beginning to end. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
1.5/5 77% Mid90s (2018) demonstrates how Hill saw Kids and every other awful Larry Clark and Harmony Korine flick like the rest of us. This is Kids-lite. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 50% Dragnet (1987) "Dragnet" is pretty silly but it's much funnier and even smarter than you might remember. Aykroyd's gonzo imagination has its fingerprints all over this one. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 29% Big Kill (2018) There's no sense of scale or grandeur, as "Big Kill" is a TV-ready, low-budget exercise in horse opera clichés. The dialogue and filmmaking remain steadily at a B-movie level. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Feig's return to form is one of the year's nicest surprises: a delicious, sexy, and rather addictive mystery. Kendrick and Lively have never been better. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2.5/5 19% Urban Legend (1998) Urban Legend is more of a violent mystery with a dark sense of humor than what Roger Ebert used to call (not inaccurately) "The Dead Teenager Movie." - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) Shane Black's The Predator, one of the biggest disappointments of 2018, is tonally off and rushed from the very first scene. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 62% Hulk (2003) Lee's genuinely daring, defiant and consistently innovative comic book art movie reveals itself to be horribly misunderstood and a vital work. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) The 1995 documentary, "The Celluloid Closet," is far more valuable and incisive in its exploration of Hollywood's closeted past, both on screen and off. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
1.5/5 26% The Nun (2018) Does it offer anything special for horror fans? Nope. Nun whatsoever. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 45% The Meg (2018) a perfect summer movie. Don't worry about how implausible it is - just buy a ticket, grab some snacks, and take a giant bite. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
1.5/5 50% Down a Dark Hall (2018) It's never a good thing to tout that your film is from a veteran of the "Twilight" series. Neither Robb or Thurman need this movie. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Keepers of the Magic (2016) Even with a brief running time, Sarin's film is essential and un-missable for movie lovers. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) To Lee's credit, BlackkKlansman maintains its bite and entertains mightily, even as the material unsettles. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 96% The Fugitive (1993) This is one of Ford's milestones as an actor and among his best films. - HollywoodInToto.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
1/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) This movie is terrible. What begins as mild and uninspired becomes something truly ugly and embarrassing. This is the kind of movie that could kill someone's career. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
3/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) As exciting as much of this is, I felt bludgeoned by the non-stop acrobatics, which eventually go from Jason Bourne to Wile E. Coyote. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
2/5 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) As much as I like this talented cast and ABBA, this isn't a great musical. Like the prior film, it's forced and occasionally awkward, as many in the cast can't carry a tune or dance. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
5/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Here's a man who made a career out of demonstrating how good we can be, for ourselves and one another. It's impossible not to be moved by this film. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
4/5 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) From start to finish, Sollima's staging of complex sequences and Sheridan's wonderfully terse dialog draw us into a grim, thoroughly intense but utterly engrossing experience. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
2/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom feels implausible and forced every step of the way, with star Chris Pratt's here-we-go-again attitude extremely on-the-nose. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
2/5 49% Superfly (2018) While it has its moments, the new adventures of Priest are neither super, nor fly. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
2.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is strikingly similar to Robert Eggers' The Witch, which was equally impressive production-wise but also unsatisfying and off-putting as a story. - Maui Time EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018