Brandon Katz

Brandon Katz
Brandon Katz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Observer
Publications: Observer

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 60% Cry Macho (2021) A dramatically turgid and thematically thin rumination on [Eastwood's] own iconography in its twilight. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
2.5/4 60% Vacation Friends (2021) Sure, it's a silly R-rated raunchy comedy in which we get both testicle and poop jokes (classic). But it's proudly open hearted and a funny, if absurd, champion of friendship. I can't wait to take my next vacation. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2021
3.5/4 84% Candyman (2021) Candyman feels like a reclamation project of sorts. One that will scare the pants off of you, yes, but also one that adds depth and resonance to the once-static slasher format. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
3/4 88% The Green Knight (2021) Those expecting an Arthurian sword-and-sandals battle epic will be sorely disappointed. Instead, Lowery has delivered a dense, sensual, almost dream-like tale of chivalry, magic, temptation and transformation. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
1/4 36% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) The fight choreography is often impressive. But the script is pockmarked with cliches, tropes and never-ending predictability. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
3/4 74% Cruella (2021) It's the first time in the last decade that one of Disney's reimaginings feels fresh and exciting. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3.5/4 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) En route to a swelling emotional finale that may elicit tears or eyerolls depending on your point of view (definitely the former for me), Raya and the Last Dragon reveals itself to be a briskly paced action adventure fantasy. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
3/4 95% Soul (2020) Soul pushes Pixar further into uncharted territory than ever before. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2.5/4 91% Enola Holmes (2020) Enola Holmes isn't a revolution or revelation that is going to forever alter the course of cinema, but it is enough of a charming and cheerful change to give Netflix a new franchise. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
3/4 72% An American Pickle (2020) An American Pickle is not Rogen's best movie. That is and always will be Superbad. But, in its own ridiculous and crass way, it may very well be his most mature. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
2.5/4 79% Greyhound (2020) Greyhound doesn't move you emotionally the same way a war film like Hanks' own Saving Private Ryan, but it does fulfill its purpose. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
1.5/4 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Why Branagh has devoted his recent career to Disney's sanitized sandbox is a mystery, but the director can still flash from time to time. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/4 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) At no point is the film ever uninteresting and its ambitiously gonzo fluidity is much preferred to the mindless Macguffin-based quests at the center of many superhero flicks from both studios. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker entertains, it elicits laughters, and it makes you feel even as you snicker at some predictably basic and occasionally nonsensical story decisions. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Endgame is a movie that is nothing you'd expect but everything you want. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
93% Us (2019) Thanks to a smart script and great performances from the main cast-notably a prowess-unlocked Lupita Nyong'o and a wonderfully loose Winston Duke-Us is both laugh out loud hilarious and disturbingly eerie all at one. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
36% Glass (2019) It's great that Glass strives for deeper meaning. However, by throwing so much at the audience so quickly, it unravels its own goal. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
91% Widows (2018) It offers everything adults used to love about cinema. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
96% Roma (2018) It's clear how much Cuarón, who also wrote the script, cares for these people, and his passion and empathy immediately become infectious. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) It is a solid movie that further cements Jordan as a star, and that's mostly because of how he portrays Donnie's personal development. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
1/4 33% The Predator (2018) The Predator is a thorough grab bag of averageness, made worse by its distinct lack of distinction. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) With its self-aware meta humor the movie is very much a Deadpool for kids -- with direct nods to Ryan Reynolds' franchise for good measure. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Like the delectable dietary debauchery of a bloomin' onion, the film is coated in layers of different flavors that combine together for an incredible taste-until you remember how sickeningly bad it all is for you. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
95% Little Woods (2019) Little Woods is very personal and very touching, and it makes a compelling argument as to why good people do bad things, a tried-and-true motif that has become a staple of the new westerns emerging today. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
32% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) The depth [of Fahrenheit 451] helps texture everything that is present and brings Ray Bradbury's world to life before your eyes. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
67% The Seagull (2018) The Seagull is both laugh out loud hilarious and tragically sad, sometimes in the same scene - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
69% Song of Back and Neck (2018) Song of Back and Neck is a ridiculous (in a good way), oddly moving portrait of being stuck in a 25-year rut. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
55% Duck Butter (2018) What starts out as a funny, witty and wry examination of being your own worst enemy soon delves too deeply into a repetitive and trying cycle of broken connections that prevents us from caring that much about our two main characters. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
72% The Rachel Divide (2018) Her steadfast refusal to acknowledge the opposing view seems to also be a sore spot with both of her sons, who form a crucial foundation for the story. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
88% Love, Gilda (2018) Love, Gilda is a touching reminder of an iridescent star who shined brightly but for far too short a time. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll leave the theater wanting to dive down the YouTube rabbit hole of Gilda Radner. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
90% I, Tonya (2018) But maybe that point is better served by portraying all of the awfulness in Tonya Harding's life, everything that shaped her, as straightforward tragic happenstance-rather than a gut buster. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017