Brad Keefe

Brad Keefe
Brad Keefe's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Columbus Alive
Publications: Columbus Alive

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) "Toy Story 4" isn't in the running for franchise best, it may even be the "worst" of the series, but it's still hard to imagine that anyone would be more disappointed than delighted here. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 31% Shaft (2019) The "Scooby-Doo" plot actually adds to the fun if you don't think about it too much. And this "Shaft" isn't here to be thought about. It's a cool time and great splash of summer action. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) No one will mistake the soft, slow burn of "The Souvenir" as mindless summer fun. It's a novel, not a beach read. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) "Booksmart" marks an outstanding debut by actress Olivia Wilde behind the camera. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) This "Aladdin" knows when to stray and when to give the audience those fond old moments. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) "John Wick 3" often feels like an arthouse Steven Seagal flick, and I mean that as praise. It starts at hyper-violent and over-the-top and then sees where it can go from there. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 51% Tolkien (2019) Still, "Tolkien" is solid if unspectacular. Temper expectations accordingly, but it's a bookish option if superheroes aren't your thing. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) "Endgame" sticks this landing in ways that are thrilling, funny and emotional, and it does it by executing both on story and characters. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 83% High Life (2019) It's a far cry from a crowd-pleaser, but it's an atmospheric, shocking and sometimes confounding film that has been one of the more challenging viewings of the year. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 91% Shazam! (2019) It breaks the formula enough that I felt like I was seeing something I haven't seen before, while also being warmly familiar. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) "The Beach Bum" is far from perfect, but if you're feeling its vibe, it goes a long way. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Ultimately, it's not fair to expect these movies to match the magic of beloved animated classics. But that also makes them feel like is selling out its history. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) Writer-director Jordan Peele has totally done it again. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 71% Climax (2019) If you like a wild ride, here's one. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's not fair to give "Captain Marvel," a perfectly passable popcorn movie, the full weight of the obscenity of this cinematic gender disparity. But after this wait, society deserved better. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/5 60% Greta (2019) Moretz and especially Monroe bear the brunt of dialogue that is often a laughable caricature of how an older man thinks young women speak and think. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Is it a bit of a letdown? Yes. But so is life, kids. Everything is still pretty awesome. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Peter Jackson is not a director who would shy away from a challenge, but "They Shall Not Grow Old" is an impressive feat on several levels. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) "Shoplifters" is complex, funny, joyful, sad and enthralling. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) I can't believe I'm saying this, but you should watch "Bird Box" instead. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 66% Vice (2018) Will your political leanings affect how you view "Vice"? Well, duh. At its best, "Vice" lays out some key events of Cheney's career in a way that makes you laugh while simultaneously leaving you seething. Mission accomplished, indeed. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Three of the best performances of the year. One of the best films. Period. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) A magnificently acted family drama anchored by great performances from Roberts and Hedges' own talented son, Lucas. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) It's among the best work from one of the best filmmakers in the world. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 84% Creed II (2018) The sequel isn't in the same lofty space as the first "Creed," but it's a sure crowd-pleaser with some added emotional punch. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) From the "who cares?" love triangles to some "who is that?" characters, the plot never feels particularly driving. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Dano pulls magnificent performances from his cast. That, along with beautiful cinematography and a patient-but-not-slow pace, makes "Wildlife" a magnificent debut. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) See it for Chalamet alone. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2/5 81% Mid90s (2018) More like Meh-d90s. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) Despite the fact this movie is simply called "Halloween," it's a sequel - a very well-executed one that gets almost everything right in recreating the spirit of John Carpenter's 1978 classic. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) "El Royale" is a pulpy bit of fiction that should certainly please fans of Quentin Tarantino, both in style and plotting. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) It's no surprise that Gaga shines brightest when she's performing, but that's not just because she's got a generational voice. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/5 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) As flawed and sometimes infuriatingly over-simplified as Fahrenheit 11/9 is at times, I can't argue with its emotional impact, or even just its importance in the moment. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
5/5 91% Mandy (2018) It's like "2001" meets splatter gore. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 67% American Chaos (2018) Stern also doesn't seem to question his own beliefs much, and American Chaos is far too ego-driven to be what it could. But there's still vital importance in understanding these voters, and that makes this documentary an important watch. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Uneven storytelling prevents a deeper connection to the characters in this based-on-a-true-story drug tale. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 56% The Bookshop (2018) The Bookshop is a movie that makes me want to read the book it's based on, though I can't quite recommend the film. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) It's a well-acted film that burns slow - the sort of pacing one might expect from a film based on a novel. It's a period piece with a romance and an exploration of class. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) But while Lee keeps things entertaining, often even funny, the director of Do the Right Thing knows answers aren't simple. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's the anti-Fifty Shades of Grey. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 46% The Meg (2018) It delivers more than enough shark thrills that will have you alternating from dropping your jaw, laughing and applauding. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) This is part of the sweet charm of "Eighth Grade," even if it means it doesn't have as much narrative arc as it could. It lives in those small moments that feel big. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) McQuarrie keeps the action sequences, international intrigue, romantic subplots, etc., humming along at the perfect pace - one that doesn't give you too much time to think. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Want to laugh, be shocked, ask "WTF?" and contemplate our dark future? You should bother to see this movie. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/5 50% Equalizer 2 (2018) It's a well-executed popcorn flick with some feeling, and better than the first. I wouldn't even mind a third. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
1/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) Skyscraper is... a loud, dumb action flick that doesn't even tip far enough into its B-movie cheese to pass as silly fun. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Light and breezy, it's a worthwhile superhero sequel. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2/5 61% Uncle Drew (2018) It certainly is passable entertainment that almost feels fresh. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) I want to see dinosaurs smash things and eat people as much anyone. And "Fallen Kingdom" has this. But I also found myself not engaged, and even occasionally bored. And one should never be bored when watching a dinosaur movie. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Bird keeps Incredibles 2 humming along at a great pace, alternating between some really fun and thrilling action sequences, a warm-hearted and relatable family story, and abundant laughs. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018