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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,, Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 71% 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.‐
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 75% 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 80% 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 85% 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
3/4 100% 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 92% 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 86% 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 99% 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 52% 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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
4/10 14% 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 9% 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 28% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
3.7/10 10% 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 80% Macbeth (2015) Macbeth has never been as bloody, brutal, or ferocious as in director Justin Kurzel's new translation, which is saying something. ‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
89% Turbo Kid (2015) Turbo Kid has the makings of a perfect midnight movie, and will be a nostalgic blast in the face for those of us old enough to remember, or at least those who have developed an affinity for, the cheap Mad Max knock offs of the early 1980s.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
5.4/10 46% The 33 (2015) It's a tremendous story of perseverance in the face of immeasurable odds. Told as it is, however -- as incredible as the events are, and given that much more weight for actually happening -- the film plays like an investigative news report.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
3.5/10 44% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) If you aren't a stoned teenage boy, then consider sitting out Christopher "Son of Michael" Landon's new film. This isn't for you.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
2.5/5 29% Burnt (2015) There are too many fumbles, too many missteps, and the most interesting bits of the film are swept off the cutting board and into the trash.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
6/10 17% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) If The Last Witch Hunter was an artifact of the 1970s, it would be a bona fide cult classic among certain segments of horror fanatics.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
4.1/10 34% The Green Inferno (2015) It is simply content to stand next to its ilk, doing exactly what they already did, unwilling to defend its existence past indulging one of filmmaking's most indulgent filmmakers.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
2/5 10% Pay the Ghost (2015) Weird enough to keep it moderately entertaining at times, but only barely.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/5 74% The Keeping Room (2015) A unique, enthralling movie from start to finish.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
6/10 47% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) It can be cheesy and trite and predictable at times, but the sheer breakneck pace and frenetic energy of these Trials are more than enough to whip the movie along the rails of a well-done, generic, teen-centric action flick.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
4.9/10 13% Sinister 2 (2015) Sinister 2 is what its predecessor could have been in the wrong hands: It takes imagery and devices that you've seen before, and makes them feel even more worn down, even more tired, than anything you could have imagined on your own.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/5 77% People Places Things (2015) So rote, so expected and unsurprising, that it never distinguishes itself from the pack of similarly themed dramatic indie comedies.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
4/10 26% Dark Places (2015) Dark Places borders on a caricature of the tense thriller.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
7.9/10 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the latest in the Tom Cruise-starring franchise, sets its hooks quickly and hurtles you forward.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
2.5/5 46% Irrational Man (2015) There are moments where Woody Allen's Irrational Man is compelling and energetic, where the characters find their groove, and the clumsy philosophy fits, but that only makes the rest of the movie that much more frustrating to watch. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
5.4/10 60% Southpaw (2015) Gyllenhall's raw performance is the film's sole highlight, but even the actor, who underwent yet another profound physical transformation for the role, can only support so much on his broad shoulders.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/5 52% Boulevard (2015) A relentlessly dour, mopey character study with little to set it apart.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
1.5/10 16% The Gallows (2015) Please don't go see The Gallows. Please. As someone who passionately, deeply loves movies, especially horror movies, and laments that not nearly enough genre offerings actually land a theatrical release: I beg of you, please don't go see The Gallows.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
5.5/10 45% Ted 2 (2015) Any charm in having such content delivered by a talking teddy bear has officially worn off by now. None of this is really even all that shocking -- just bland.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015