Benjamin Gummery

Benjamin Gummery
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Indie Mac User

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 No Score Yet Kringle Time (2021) Lucas explores the often ignored and somewhat tragic real lives of children's entertainers - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/5 63% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) Roberts has achieved a charming, stand-out & feel-good film that has the potential to sit among the best sports underdog stories. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
4/5 69% Caged (2021) his taught psychological thriller further examines the effects on the psyche of incarceration as well wider comment on the justice system in America. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
4/5 100% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two (2021) Taken as a whole The Long Halloween is one the best-executed animated adaptions in DC's history. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
4/5 93% Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury (2019) Hinton shows a flair for the camera and despite being incredibly close to the story still manages to produce a relatively balanced account and perhaps he is perfectly placed to tell this somewhat unbelievable story. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2021
4.5/5 100% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One (2021) Tim Sheridan's script whilst keeping mostly faithful to original does feel like a refreshing of the dialogue with some more current references and humour whilst still feeling fitting to the setting and atmosphere. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
5/5 95% Pray Away (2021) A difficult but important and timely film that should be required viewing for those both within and outside of the LGBTQI+ community. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
3/5 50% Another Gay Movie (2006) Whilst the film is a perfect gay send-up of the super straight American Pie style comedies of the time, it perhaps doesn't age as well with the more enlightened LGBT-led films and series that have followed since. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
4/5 88% He Dreams of Giants (2019) ..the film-makers here have added abstract-style retrospective interviews and interstitials with Gilliam reflecting on the films production as well as his life, career and an artists struggle with his creations through all stages of the process. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 49% Coming 2 America (2021) It was always going to be a tall order to match the comic greatness of the original film; which is widely regarded as one of the best comedies of all time. This sequel never quite matches up to that greatness and the jokes don't land quite as hard. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 65% Wrong Turn (2021) This film is extremely strong on its own merits as a stand alone film and a welcome addition to the franchise. However die hard fans of the original may find this reboot hard to digest... - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 68% The Last Blockbuster (2020) e film-makers passion for the subject matter is clear in the making of this film which was clearly a labour of love; whilst at the same time they are able to poke fun and not take themselves or the subject matter too seriously - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
5/5 100% Wolfman's Got Nards (2018) A great insight into the lasting impact of 'The Monster Squad' and the concept of cult film in general. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
5/5 78% Hail to the Deadites (2020) Overall - we rate this documentary as GROOVY! A must watch of FrightFest/FantasiaFest 2020 - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 90% Peripheral (2018) Building on the premise of a writer struggling to complete the followup to their debut novel it also acts as a meditation on the writers process, fame and the interference of technology and corporations on our lives. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
4.5/5 30% Madness in the Method (2019) The film somehow manages to fulfil its own legacy as we see Mewes take on an unexpected and scene stealing role and you could draw comparison to this recent trend in films challenging stereotypical casting such as Uncut Gems & Mandy. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2020
5/5 91% Parkland Rising (2020) Despite the sombre subject matter, the overall feeling is uplifting; this film is about positive action and moving forward; not dwelling on the past but not ignoring it either. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
4/5 75% Film Hawk (2016) It is clear the influence that Hawk has had on many artists and people throughout his storied career; however perhaps more interestingly we get a peek at the more personal story of the man himself... - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
3/5 86% Batsh*t Bride (2020) For a low-budget comedy the film is fairly well executed and delivers for what it is; a breezy and fun wedding comedy, whilst not breaking much new ground it is an entertaining watch and fun way to pass some time. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Char Man (2019) It does however do a good job of creating it's own mythology for the fictional 'Ojai Vampire' and scarily real 'Char Man'. It's also fun to see the making of the 'movie within a movie' and it even plays with some tropes of genre. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet A Legacy of Whining (2016) Munro is reasonably likeable and entertaining in the lead role but i'm not convinced that alone is enough to carry the film and the dialogue and flow seems a little wooden throughout. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
4/5 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Sokolov delivers a film with a strong, unique style and sensibility which will pull you into it's dark world of revenge despite being subtitled; however it does not hold back on it's more bloody and violent scene's so will not be for the faint hearted! - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
5/5 95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) An incredibly personal and moving account of a failed film; as told by it's creator. A must see for all cinephiles! - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Better Than Love (2019) An interesting exploration of the link between addiction and relationships - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
4/5 100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) As an incredibly personal insight into one mans story the film excels and may leave viewers with food for thought, and perhaps a few new nightmares - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 71% To Your Last Death (2019) Whilst the film has it's share of blood, gore and SAW-style 'games' this is not excessive and the film it more driven by it's plot and characters than the action sequences; the plot even offers a few classic twists and turns that will keep you guessing. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
4/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Margot Robbie once again brings her all to the role of Dr. Harleen Quinzel and provides more layers to her character adding to her excellent performance in Suicide Squad. This film gives the audience what it promised.... The emancipation of Harley Quinn!!!! - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
4/5 66% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) his movie could easily be described as a cavalcade of callbacks and cameos; with many references to Smith' previous films and pop culture in general - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Like most long standing franchises this installment is like Marmite you are either going to love it or hate it....and we loved it. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 75% Long Lost (2019) The plot is in equal parts intriguing, horrifying and revolting ;although ultimately we can guess at the implied danger ahead. All the being said, there is a major shift in the third act that turns the whole film on its head... - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 94% In Search of Darkness (2019) The documentary goes on to explore many different and interesting aspects of the genre such as 'Final Girls', music and the effects of Home Media and 3D on the genre. A must watch for any fans of 80s Horror or Horror in general! - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4.5/5 81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) This insightful documentary written and directed by Alexandre O Philippe (78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene) and produced by Kerry Deignan Roy offers a new insight into the varying inspirations the led to the creation of the iconic film Alien. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Huckleberry (2019) Perfectly captures the lives of young people in a small rural community as well as addressing wider issues. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
3.5/5 100% Ekaj (2015) Ekaj is a hyper-realistic slice of real life; we see into the (often tragic) life of a gay street 'hustler' which is a character we don't often seen portrayed as raw as this on screen. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 100% Chasing the Win (2018) Whilst this film didn't spark an interest in horse racing it did offer a great insight into that world and ultimately I felt a connection to the personal stories show here - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Mandao of the Dead (2018) As a film it offers some interesting ideas but fails to land. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema (2018) a well put together documentary that will entertain FrightFest devotees as well as providing a real insight into the atmosphere of the festival for the un-initiated. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Overall the films pace did derail at times but ultimately is a strong first effort for Marvel's first Female-fronted film and has all the fun and joy we have come to know and love from the MCU. Larson's performance in this film is a high point! - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 71% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) The plot can at times be confusing but the comic scenes are a delight as the film pokes fun at it-self and genre tropes. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 100% Two for Joy (2018) The film perfectly captures the quiet depression of the British seaside and the troubles some young people in less that ideal situations suffer on a daily basis just by existing. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
4/5 100% Mail Order Monster (2018) A poignant, well paced and emotional exploration of grief and more importantly how we continue with our lives that works equally well for adults and children alike; in-fact i would recommend watching this with your kids to help them understand grief. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 23% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) Overall we found this film a worthwhile sequel to the previous film. Although the over use of 'fake' scares seemed distracting at times and became repetitive; taking away from the gripping storyline. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/5 62% Unfriended (2015) ....It's also hard to re-create the same type of tension as other horror films; much like a badly shot found footage film; we don't see enough to truly horrify us. - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
5/5 76% Match (2015) Stewart's performance here is Electric; an in your face and no-holes-bared tour-de-force which gives us a full frontal look into his characters psyche; however some may find it overplayed at times it is a delight to watch none the less. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Death Kiss (2018) the film by no means excels but if treated (as I feel may have been intended) as an out-and-out B-Movie it delivers everything you would except. The scoring adds a very retro feel though I found it a little overpowering at times. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
5/5 100% Chastity Bites (2013) A teen horror/comedy with an interesting twist - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
4/5 93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) An insightful look into one individual's struggle with government information policy that has much wider implications. - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
4/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) David Ayer has made his mark on the DC extended universe in a similar way to what Tim Miller did with 'Deadpool' although DC have held back from going all out with this film and kept a 15 rating - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet A Dozen Summers (2015) Bold, Hopeful British indie comedy/drama at it's best' - Indie Mac User EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Summer House (2014) The subject matter is certainly controversial but I am not sure if this is merely shock cinema (the sex scenes are very graphic) for the sake of it or if there is a deeper story trying to be told here - Battle Royale With Cheese EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018