Brian Orndorf Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 38% Close (2019) Plays out with all the urgency of a cable news special report, missing a shot at genre indulgence as the production chases meaning I doubt few viewers will care about.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
C 36% Glass (2019) Talky, low-energy endeavor that slowly stitches together the worlds of the previous chapters, with Shyamalan unwilling to do anything more with this universe than portion it out in small bites.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B No Score Yet The Bouncer (Lukas) (2019) "The Bouncer" dreams up ways to give audiences what they expect without being too obvious with helpings of formula.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
A- 91% Fyre (2019) A superbly detailed overview of hubris and desperation that's absolutely riveting to watch unfold. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B+ 79% All These Small Moments (2019) It's graceful work and heartfelt, fighting back cliché to concentrate on universal feelings and primal needs, making it all wonderfully human. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B No Score Yet St. Bernard Syndicate (2019) Very funny at times, but also chilling and always interested in weirdness, giving it a unique take on familiar rhythms of improvisational acting and snowballing scenes of discomfort.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B- 50% The Last Laugh (2019) There's a certain level of breeziness that's worth a sit, especially for anyone who's lost their faith in Chase and Dreyfuss in recent years.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B 77% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) It comes alive in fits, finding a way to make monologuing and dead stares compelling as connections between characters are discovered. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
C 13% An Acceptable Loss (2019) Chappelle's effort is laudable, trying to be considerate with delicate world issues, but he can't make up his mind what type of story he wants to tell.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B- 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) Impressively performed and paced, but also too schmaltzy to truly explore the duo and their unusual relationship of creative harmony and professional divide.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B- 10% Replicas (2019) Plays like two different movies crudely stitched together, but the first half provides proper mystery, pain, and irrational behavior, giving the picture enough crisis to hold attention.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B 78% Pledge (2019) "Pledge" bends now and then, but never breaks, staying alert with grotesqueries and panic, presenting a compelling mess of virginal lust, cackling machismo, and fraternity menace.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B+ 85% The Vanishing (2019) While Butler is asked to play up his natural burliness, there's also emotional darkness to manage, becoming part of a hauntingly performed psychological study.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B- 56% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Not short on dewy depictions of animal relationships and the healing powers of pooch presence. What's added here is a layer of darkness that's unexpected.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
C 39% The Upside (2019) There's not much to bungle here, but Burger doesn't push the material with any noticeable creative force. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
D+ 54% Escape Room (2019) More impotent thrills for genre-starved, PG-13-amenable audiences in the cold month of January.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
B 87% Rust Creek (2019) It's not a tightly constructed endeavor, which hurts it in the long run, but the movie has a vision for something different while still tending to expectations. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
C 42% State Like Sleep (2019) Danluck drops a dose of Ambien into her detective fiction, often making the viewing experience frustratingly inert while it deals with potentially fascinating details.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
D 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) There was once a time when Will Ferrell made funny movies.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
A- 71% Destroyer (2018) "Destroyer" doesn't deserve a parade for originality, but Kusama's firm commitment to the revenge movie cause is electrifying.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
A- 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins has a grander vision for the work, examining perceptions of masculinity, the trials of hope, and dread of reality, creating a film that's poetic yet peeled, making a fine companion piece to "Moonlight."‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
B- 40% Leprechaun Returns (2018) Kostanski should really be working with material that matches his imagination and wonderfully silly sense of humor, but this career detour is acceptable fun, and the first Warwick-less installment to ease the pain of the actor's absence.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
B 73% The Party's Just Beginning (2018) Showcases Gillan's strengths with performers and atmosphere, and also her bravery with content.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
D+ 64% Vice (2018) McKay returns to his editorial bag of tricks and honed glibness, but this time the whole things plays like the director is lip-synching to punk rock music instead of trying to ignite a revolution.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
D+ 43% Second Act (2018) The feature goes in all the wrong directions to reach a foregone conclusion.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
B 62% Bird Box (2018) Bier manages to keep it on task and quite tense at times, providing a human touch to best prop up the scares.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
A- 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Sincere and heartbreaking.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B- 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Perhaps it's not Zemeckis's best film, but that "Welcome to Marwen" works at all is fairly impressive.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
A- 96% Roma (2018) A complete experience, merging an offering of love and empathy with the sharpness of large-scale filmmaking, presented in a way few could pull off like Cuaron.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B- 79% Ben is Back (2018) "Ben is Back" has elements that absolutely work, but Hedges doesn't trust himself in the long run. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
D+ 60% The House That Jack Built (2018) Von Trier resembles a needy child lashing out with programmed ugliness because he's not receiving the attention he feels he deserves.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
C 71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The sharpness of "Sex" is only felt when locked in procedural mode, while emotion and antagonism is applied with a paint roller.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
D+ 33% Between Worlds (2018) Weird but not polished, which doesn't encourage full immersion into the depths of this oddity. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
D 67% The Mule (2018) "The Mule" isn't quite as bad as "The 15:17 to Paris," but it's close, adding to Eastwood's gradual disinterest in editing and screen tension.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
B+ 92% Bumblebee (2018) Flavorful popcorn entertainment and does a fine job reclaiming the core appeal of "Transformers," even if it's something as small as an iconic sound effect or character design that's recognizable.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 64% Aquaman (2018) An epic adventure that takes audiences up in the air and down to the depths, offering myth, muscle, and pure big screen scale.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C+ 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) There's room for improvement, and hope for a more interesting director for future Mary Poppins pop ins, as Blunt deserves all the attention she can get in this role.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Into the Spider-Verse" is unexpected, which is a good thing, making a valiant attempt to take the icon on a trippy wave of style, pathos, and identity. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
D+ 26% Mortal Engines (2018) It's a very large movie, but it's hollow, trying to play the potential franchise long game with material that's barely tolerable for a single picture. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C- 59% Vox Lux (2018) It's broadly acted and predictably enigmatic, with Corbet trying to make a movie that's been done before, and by more adventurous helmers. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 83% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) The reunion is unexpected and welcome, with "The Quake" staying patient with characterization and ferocious with calamity, making for proper nail-biting chiller. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Intent is far more interesting than execution, finding Serkis slowly losing control of his vision as the effort drags on, ending up with more of a curiosity than a triumphant reimagining. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C 84% Dumplin' (2018) Fletcher pours on the empowerment message honey-thick, leaving "Dumplin'" only diverting in small doses, with most performances trying to create some sense of organic material in a sea of plastic sentiment. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
D- 13% Backtrace (2018) "Backtrace" is a bore before it becomes a mess.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B- 89% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Bloom doesn't sharpen the movie enough, but she has quite the subject with Ailes and enough insight into Fox News mechanics to secure enough disgust with the ways of powerful men and their obsessive devotion to complete moral and ethical corruption.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B+ 93% The Favourite (2018) The talent is there for the taking, and while Lanthimos dares to make something partially accessible here, he doesn't lose any of his idiosyncrasy.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
B+ 97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Jackson takes an event that is inherently distant and gives it extraordinary closeness and insight, doing wonders to reopen history and find fresh avenues to explore.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
B 72% Clara's Ghost (2018) A pleasingly odd endeavor that, if it doesn't scare you, it will at least provide some insight into how the Elliot household works. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
B+ 55% Asher (2018) Even when revenge doesn't connect, the softer areas of the writing do, delivering a picture that takes some dramatic risks while still delivering moments of blunt trauma.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
B+ 74% Back Roads (2018) Even Pettyfer manages to get something out of Pettyfer, achieving his best screen performance to date. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018