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Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight
Brent McKnight's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters, Seattle Times, CinemaBlend, Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) "The Hate U Give" succeeds or fails on Stenberg, and she carries the load.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2.5/4 75% Smallfoot (2018) It's harmless and toothless and plays well with the young target demographic.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
3.5/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Harrowing and enthralling in equal measures, it's a challenging and rewarding experience. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
4/4 No Score Yet Supa Modo (2018) I'm glad movie theaters are dark because I ugly-cried my way through all 74 minutes of "Supa Modo." I straight-up bawled my eyes out.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Naples in Veils (Napoli velata) (2017) The sensual, gorgeously filmed psychological thriller roots around in the hidden corners of the titular city, digs into long-buried family secrets, and weaves a tense, noir-inspired narrative trap as Adriana pursues the case and begins to unravel.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3.5/4 83% Doubtful (2018) Think an Israeli "Stand and Deliver." ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3.5/4 81% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) Manic and earnest, the meticulously constructed plot whips by at a breakneck pace. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3.5/4 100% Ruin Me (2018) Around the midway point, "Ruin Me" takes interesting turns with both plot and protagonist, ratchets up the mystery, and treks into unanticipated territory.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/4 91% Killing Jesus (Matar a Jesús) (2017) "Killing Jesus" paints a gritty, raw portrait of grief, revenge, systemic poverty, and inescapable cycles of violence.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/4 90% Bodied (2018) "Bodied" isn't for the easily offended, it'll make you squirm, and it's a total banger best seen with a crowd.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/4 90% We the Animals (2018) Adapting Justin Torres' autobiographical novel, Jerimiah Zagar crafts a haunting, singular coming-of-age story.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) It's best to go in as cold as possible, to try (and likely fail) to guess what comes next, and to prepare for a wild, twisting nonfiction ride.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 92% Revenge (2018) Gore-soaked and transgressive, "Revenge" will test your stomach's mettle - in a variety of ways.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) With a Morricone-inspired score, gorgeous cinematography that screams to be witnessed on a big screen, and bleak humor, this film's tightly executed, meticulously controlled surface barely contains the seething fury within.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Möller squeezes every drop of tension out of the concept, and then finds ways to suck the air from your lungs again.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 78% Breath (2018) A delicate coming-of-age story that explores masculinity and fear, and, like surfing, is equally about what's beneath as on the surface.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3.5/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) More than a treatise or answer key, it's a palpable blast of frustration and rage that shakes you - and should vault Diggs to the top of every casting agent's list.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
2/4 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Old horror franchises don't die, they unspool tepid, uninspired sequels in perpetuity. And with the fourth chapter, "Insidious: The Last Key," this saga is on a familiar path.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/4 70% Happy Death Day (2017) Campy, clever, thrilling and, most important, a delirious amount of horror fun that kicks off with the opening Universal logo and never slows down.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
1.5/5 10% Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015) I have a deep, possibly indefensible love for Joe Dirt. But, 14 years later, this did not need to happen by any stretch of the imagination.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
No Score Yet The Landing (2017) Conspiracy theories, a murder mystery and a central figure who's either a tragic hero or clever villain combine into what would be a mostly engaging documentary. And as a work of fiction, The Landing isn't bad either.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet Knife in the Clear Water (Qingshui li de daozi) (2016) This isn't for everyone. But those with patience may find something lovely. A subdued, somber parable about grief and mortality.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet Come, Together (2017) Everyone is lonely and miserable, but at least we can be lonely and miserable together.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/4 73% The Oath (2016) While the endgame remains blurry, Kormakur's grim, desolate thriller is a gripping dive into the shadows and more emotionally twisted than most sawed-off-shotgun-toting revenge films.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3.5/5 96% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) At times the narrative feels scattered, but this is heartbreaking, powerful and pressing, and an urgent must-see. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
2.5/4 79% American Folk (2018) With quirky characters met along the road, and as a visual love letter to the heartland, the film has a certain charm, and fans of folk music should be more than happy. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet La verità, vi spiego, sull'amore (2017) Light and breezy, and not particularly deep or substantive, it's not without authentic, easy charms as it follows the minor heartbreaks and triumphs of parenting.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Finding Kukan (2016) At 75 minutes, Finding Kukan feels thin in spots, but it's so compelling that's easily forgiven.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/4 87% Band Aid (2017) Full of sarcastic humor, earnest emotion and a phenomenal performance from writer/director/producer/star Zoe Lister-Jones, it hinges on the central relationship. But even with deep-rooted problems, this is a couple worth rooting for.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/4 86% Angry Inuk (2016) Angry Inuk offers much to chew on.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet Struggle for Life (La loi de la jungle) (2016) This is pure farce in the vein of Jerry Lewis and "The Pink Panther," but while there are delirious comic bullseyes, it misses the mark as often as it hits and overstays its welcome. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet Backpack Full of Cash (2016) Occasionally repetitive and sloppy, a fiery passion shines through to highlight this vital, complex, difficult to address topic.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/4 93% Weirdos (2016) The young leads are charming and authentic, and the film reminds us all to embrace our own weirdness.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/4 75% Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) (2016) The measured pace and minimalism isn't for everyone, but the firebug's escalating, evolving motivations keep the film engaging. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3.5/4 87% Moka (2017) Director Frederic Mermoud, working from a script based on a novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, mixes slow-burn tension with devastating emotion. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/4 100% Hello Destroyer (2016) Director Kevan Funk presents an occasionally powerful, if slow-moving and overlong meditation on violence and toxic masculinity. ‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 85% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Deliberately paced, bleak and a touch repetitive, Afterimages is a swan song from one of the greats, who, much like his subject, leaves viewers with a treatise on how to look at the world.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
4/4 98% City of Ghosts (2017) Timely, pressing, important.‐ Seattle Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
5.4/10 30% Criminal (2016) The pace plods along, always on the verge of an action set piece but never quite delivering.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/5 53% Risen (2016) Not perfect by any means, Risen should be a welcome addition for viewers with an affinity for both Christianity and cinema, and has the potential to reach a broad, more mainstream audience.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
2.5/5 47% How To Be Single (2016) A fun enough momentary distraction, though one with relatively little meat or lasting substance.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
2/5 11% The Choice (2016) This is the cinematic equivalent of a box of chocolates and a peck on the cheek, empty calories and not much more, but if that's what you're in the market for, it delivers well enough.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
5.9/10 64% The Finest Hours (2016) Giant waves flinging various vessels around willy-nilly, a crew racing to the rescue, another struggling to stay afloat long enough for them to arrive: All of this works. But whenever the movie does anything else...?‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
1/5 7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) I wasn't the only one in the theater. There were five people, total. Two walked out fifteen minutes in. Another left fifteen minutes after that. When I walked out, a dude saw what movie I was leaving of and laughed at me. That about sums it up.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
4/10 13% Ride Along 2 (2016) The whole film amounts to one tossed-off idea after another.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2016
4/10 10% The Forest (2016) The Forest is plodding and uninspired, not particularly frightening and, worst of all, boring.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/5 26% Anesthesia (2016) If you look too close, you'll see a mess of ideas and themes, random connections, and jagged edges, but if you step back, these splotches form a pleasing enough picture.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
3.7/10 9% Point Break (2015) Despite a number of high-octane action sequences, nothing in Point Break is particularly thrilling. It's a Mountain Dew commercial stretched out to almost two hours.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
4/5 79% Macbeth (2015) Macbeth has never been as bloody, brutal, or ferocious as in director Justin Kurzel's new translation, which is saying something. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
3/5 65% Krampus (2015) Though there's nothing particularly scary, especially for even a moderately seasoned horror fan, there are a handful of eerie practical special effects, and while you're in the middle, it's fun.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015