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
2/5 41% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Ultimately, Maleficent is more a "Mistress of Wronged and Misunderstood." Not quite as catchy. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) "First Love," is the [Takashi Miike] at his most pulpy, entertaining and, well, funny. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) "Joker" is a character study laced with societal commentary, more art-house than blockbuster. And in a world of ready-made superhero franchises, it's so bold, it's shocking. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 83% Judy (2019) The movie itself has more than its share of flaws, but it's worth the ticket just to see Zellweger's commitment to the role. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) Director Michael Engler, working from a script by Julian Fellowes, bathes the whole movie in feel-good nostalgia that is aimed at fans but somehow accessible to a newbie like me. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) "Hustlers" is a familiar rise-and-fall crime caper concept with some layers, and it manages to say a lot without being preachy. In fact, it's so consistently entertaining, funny and flashy, you might not even get some of the messages. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) When you name your movie "The Peanut Butter Falcon" (Zak's planned wrestling name, by the way), you are announcing that you're a quirky indie. But the joys this movie brings will stick to the roof of your mouth. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 89% Ready or Not (2019) I thought I was ready for "Ready or Not." I was not. It's a sharp, bloody and funny thriller that has both pulpy charms and some sneaky satire. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Even with those underpinnings, it's always buoyant and lively - an obvious must for Springsteen fans, but a joy for anyone with a pulse. Tramps like us should run to this movie. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 79% Good Boys (2019) And I can't really complain about how the plot wanders, but it seems they could have gone even more over-the-top for greater comedic potential. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 64% Them That Follow (2019) "Them That Follow" is more promising on paper, and even in the crowded summer, there are better indies to check out this weekend. Go with "The Farewell" instead. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Movies don't get much more personal than this. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The fact that "Once Upon a Time" isn't exactly what you'd expect is a testament to Tarantino's ability to still shock and surprise audiences, even as he's up to his familiar tricks. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/5 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) If you like your humor as dry as unbuttered toast, it's also one of the funniest movies of the summer. Stearns adds violence as both punctuation and commentary. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) "Stuber" is generally unable to lift itself above a decent summer distraction, but if you want 90 minutes in the air-conditioning with some laughs, it'll do. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) ["Midsommar"] is a movie that isn't so much traditionally scary as it is maddeningly unsettling and punctuated with shock. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 62% Yesterday (2019) It's not perfect, but it's hard to resist "Yesterday." - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 97% 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 32% 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 90% 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 58% 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 93% Us (2019) Writer-director Jordan Peele has totally done it again. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 70% 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 90% 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