Bennett Campbell Ferguson

Bennett Campbell Ferguson
Bennett Campbell Ferguson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Willamette Week
Publications: Willamette Week

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 27% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Like too many mainstream movies, it adheres to the golden rule of the Ready Player One school of filmmaking -- bludgeon your audience with references until they beg for mercy. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
3/4 47% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) Moviegoers of all ages should enjoy basking in the film's sheer strangeness. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
2/4 80% Black Widow (2021) Black Widow isn't much of an action movie -- it exists mostly to fill the narrative gap between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
4/4 96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It revels in these victories, but it also listens to Moreno's recollections of her most harrowing hours. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
4/4 90% Luca (2021) The real winners are the young moviegoers who will learn that Luca respects and cares about them enough to challenge them while also delivering a good time. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
2/4 86% The Dose (La dosis) (2021) Despite its impressively dark premise, La Dosis doesn't end with a shock. It ends with a shrug. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2/4 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) The Woman in the Window is modeled on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, but Wright doesn't have Hitchcock's patience -- frantic pacing and a pounding score by Danny Elfman combine to create a film that is exhausting instead of exciting. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
3/4 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) It's a bracing adaptation of the novel by Michael Koryta -- and a reminder that Jolie is an indomitable action star. She is the fire. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
4/4 83% RK/RKAY (2021) Mahboob is a fictional character, but that doesn't stop him from making real-life mayhem in this cheeky comedy from Indian filmmaker Rajat Kapoor. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/4 60% Queen Marie (2019) Whether you're obsessed or repulsed by royalty, [Roxana Lupu's] performance will leave you in awe of the power of the crown when it is wielded by the right woman. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
2/4 86% The Courier (2020) Greville Wynne risked his life to prevent nuclear war. The least The Courier could have done was risk being honest. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
1/4 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) The Justice League's more charismatic recruits provide spark and spunk, but not enough to elevate the interminable action scenes, which are clogged with sluggish slow motion. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
3/4 57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) The pleasure of watching godly thespians play characters who make war over everything from film to cigarettes to mac 'n' cheese is too savory to ignore. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/4 91% The White Tiger (2020) The White Tiger is a reminder that the world is filled with men like Balram -- brilliant, exploited and ripe to be seduced by the gospel of greed. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
2/4 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Pieces of a great film don't necessarily make a great film. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/4 95% Soul (2020) After plunging into the human mind in Inside Out and then the afterlife in Coco, Pixar Animation Studios takes us into both in Soul. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
2/4 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) A climactic conversation between Clooney and Felicity Jones... may not be enough to salvage this stale slog of a movie, but it gives us a reason to root for Clooney to succeed the next time he sits in the director's chair. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
1/4 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Romantic, idealistic and ebullient, Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman is one of the most beautiful superhero films ever made. It should have been a springboard for a brilliant series, but that hope dims in Wonder Woman 1984. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/4 No Score Yet The Last Hot Lick (2020) The Last Hot Lick may have been the first and last film that Leopold acted in, but it's a swan song with the weight and beauty of an entire career. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/4 82% Mank (2020) Mank may not be cheery, but no one goes to Fincher for good vibes. Gleeful pessimism is his drug of choice, and for us, it can be an improbable and exhilarating high. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/4 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) A masterpiece that is both cinematic and journalistic. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
2/4 39% Rebecca (2020) The clash between the heroine and the memory of Rebecca was rich with romantic triumph and despair in the novel, but Wheatley settles for the weakest form of romance: niceness. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
4/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) On the Rocks is one of the most intelligent and moving films that writer-director Sofia Coppola has made since her transcendent Tokyo odyssey Lost in Translation. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
4/4 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Angrier, funnier and smarter than the original. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
4/4 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The bravery of the brutalized defendants is justly legendary, but the film is no self-righteous history lesson. The script is stocked with zingers, and Sorkin's depiction of patriotism curdling into fascism is visceral, not didactic. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) While Iannucci revels in the story's goofier episodes -- including the theft of a concertina from a pawnshop -- he captures David's growth with moving sincerity. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
36% Measure for Measure (2020) Their performances can't conceal the film's failure to answer the questions about love, loyalty and religion that it raises. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
88% Onward (2020) The film's elvish antics are mildly amusing, but when a studio known for daring both kids and adults to face the terror and beauty of intense feelings settles for making a mechanically cheery movie like Onward, it isn't just a comedown. It's cowardice. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Imperfect but intensely moving. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) Last Christmas wants to be a crowd-pleasing balm for an England mired in Brexit, but the occasional cruelty of its humor echoes the ignorance and cynicism that gave rise to Britain's stalled break with the EU in the first place. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari is one of Mangold's most entertaining films-and that's saying something, since he directed Cop Land and Walk the Line-but it should have spent more time exploring the hubris under the hood. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/4 64% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) A rich cinematic cake of melodrama and mystery, Motherless Brooklyn proves Edward Norton's directing can be almost as delicious as his acting. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) It's time for Lee to remember the compassionate visionary he once was-and to be that visionary again. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
82% Judy (2019) Even when the film flirts with brilliance, it is hampered by the aura of artificiality that clings to so many biopics. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The tale is cathartic and moving, especially during an impressively mature climax that reminds us we didn't just grow up with the Toy Story series. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
22% Dark Phoenix (2019) While the clash between Xavier's bold idealism and Magneto's brutal pragmatism has been fertile narrative ground for filmmakers in the past, Kinberg-making his directorial debut-fails to infuse the story with momentum or personality. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Detective Pikachu may be too poorly made to be worth the price of a ticket, but you might have fun watching a bootleg copy with your friends from fifth grade... - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
27% UglyDolls (2019) The film may insist that its characters let their "freak flags fly," but it doubles down on safeness and cuddliness, the very things that Kim and Horvath rebelled against when they created Wage. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is a superhero movie that would have been better without superheroics. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 46% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo gets an electric jolt of nastiness from Keaton-whose malicious grin is a character in its own right-and Green, whose regal spunkiness confirms she's the 21st-century equivalent of Grace Kelly. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) This results in a film whose director and protagonist have something in common-they're both pretenders, not the real deal. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/4 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Capernaum is a rare movie that inspires even as it confronts the horrors its characters inflict on one another. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
1/4 87% Tully (2018) Tully quickly becomes condescending and cruel - the script's mean-spirited jokes mocking 21st-century suburbanites are intensely off-putting. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 73% Final Portrait (2018) Final Portrait never feels monotonous or claustrophobic. Using close-ups of Lord's face to capture Giacometti's perspective, Tucci thrillingly ushers us into the creative process. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) has an expansive imagination, but his limitations as a storyteller have created a film that is beautiful but cluttered, visionary but formulaic. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/4 97% Coco (2017) Pixar's transcendent fable Coco is filled with visual wonders - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2/4 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Ragnarok is a glorified commercial for next year's Avengers: Infinity War. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 68% Breathe (2017) Under the confident, compassionate direction of Andy Serkis, the biopic of disability rights advocate Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) blossoms into a rousing survival story. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) Director Sean Baker's luminous odyssey overflows with wit and joy. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 52% The Glass Castle (2017) The Glass Castle has a speed and gloss that seem out of place in a film adaptation of Jeannette Walls' memoir. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017