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
3/5 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) It's a history lesson and a rallying cry, solidly executed if not exceptional. But its message couldn't be more timely or important. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Is it the most uplifting experience you'll have? Oh, hell no. But there's beauty in the bleakness as Kaufman uses the source novel as a jumping-off point for his own exploration of aging, death, loneliness and the fragile string of sanity. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
75% Mulan (2020) "Mulan" is visually gorgeous with massive battle sequences and moments that rival most any martial arts epics. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
2/5 60% Tesla (2020) "Tesla" has moments of creative spark, but overall it didn't connect for me. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 94% Boys State (2020) "Boys State" is a great addition to an Apple TV+ service that's still starved for additions to its early library. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Dyer, of "Stranger Things" fame, captures all the hesitance of a young woman navigating the awkwardness of adolescence. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 75% The Rental (2020) It blends in more indie, arthouse vibe than B-movie, but more often than not it works. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 94% Palm Springs (2020) Smart, sharp-witted romantic comedy with two equal leads and a dollop of dark humor. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
5/5 98% Hamilton (2020) "Hamilton" also brings all of the feeling of a live performance in a time when many of us would do anything to be able to experience that right now. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
2/5 40% Irresistible (2020) "Irresistible" hops around and never quite can decide on a tone, but the most surprising thing given the talents involved is that it's just not very funny. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3/5 40% You Should Have Left (2020) This one is not on par with Blumhouse's last release (and one of the last wide theatrical releases this year), "The Invisible Man," but grading on a cabin-fever curve, it's a stylish creeper and probably worth the rental. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
3/5 73% The King of Staten Island (2020) It's still quite touching and warm, with its heart in the right place. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
2/5 70% The High Note (2020) It's a music-industry rom-com that boasts some really good performances but can never quite settle on what it wants to be. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
5/5 95% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Even as a fan, "Beastie Boys Story" is a revelation. From the baseline of their hardcore roots, their discovery of early hip-hop and the evolution of a sound that's still so uniquely their own, it's a musical document. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
4/5 98% Circus of Books (2020) Karen and Barry are so lovable they feel like a work of fiction, with Barry's perpetual grin and Karen's playful awkwardness at her daughter documenting her everyday routines. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/5 88% Onward (2020) In the end, "Onward" ultimately feels like a lesser Pixar effort, an enjoyable movie that won't really stick with viewers. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) This one is a pure crowd-pleaser. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
2/5 70% Olympic Dreams (2020) The plot is thin and light, feeling very improvisational at times. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/5 37% Downhill (2020) Flawed as it is, "Downhill" at least aspires to telling an honest story of married life, but I'm not sure I'd make it my Valentine movie pick. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
3/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The sum of the parts doesn't add up to the potential on paper, unfortunately. Ritchie being Ritchie shows that he's self-indulgent in ways that prove he'll never be a Scorcese or a Tarantino. But for a January movie? Not bad. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) "Bad Boys for Life" is loud, goes on a little too long and tries to wring drama from a plot straight out of a telenovela (a joke that Marcus points out is a little on-the-nose). - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 89% 1917 (2020) In other words, "1917" often seems built more to wow audience than make them feel. And it may well have been a better film set around extended cuts than fully committing to the one-take gimmick. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The twists and turns of "Uncut Gems" are best left untold, but it's a devastating experience. It shows an actor tapping into unexpected depths and establishes the Safdies as true auteurs. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) [T]he last chapter of "Star Wars" will be both deeply, immensely satisfying, and also not everything it could have been. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
0/5 77% Richard Jewell (2019) "Richard Jewell" is a competent piece of filmmaking, but it's also an irresponsible and thinly veiled propaganda piece, and I'm not the least bit cool with that in 2019. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) The backstory is less effective, but the film is, ahem, elevated by the perfect casting and excellent chemistry between Jones and Redmayne. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) In a movie that is almost unendingly entertaining, Johnson also slides in some jokes tied to the family's political views. The whole affair is a commentary on the bizarre world of the ultra-wealthy, as well as a morality tale. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/5 77% Frozen II (2019) If you're expecting this sequel to be on the same level you need to let it go, let it gooooo! - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) A sweeping crime-land epic from the noted director, it stands among his best work in years. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A twisty and uproarious thriller, "Parasite" packs a ton of entertainment around some sharp and timely social satire. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
5/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's a little uneven in places, but the audacity at play here makes it easy for me to overlook some flaws, especially when the unexpected sweetness comes in. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Like "The Witch," not all audiences are going to be buying what Eggers is selling, but "The Lighthouse" isn't lacking in audacity or originality. And I, for one, can't wait to see what the director will do for his next trick. - Columbus Alive EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 40% 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 69% 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 82% 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 84% 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 87% 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 96% 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 88% 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 80% 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 59% 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 98% 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 84% 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 41% 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 63% 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