Brian Orndorf Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 95% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Smart work, bursting with experimentation, creativity, and vision, but it loses steam as it goes.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
D+ 49% Skyscraper (2018) Thurber doesn't replicate the intensity of "Die Hard" or the heat of "Towering Inferno," keeping things glossy and unthreatening, choosing to celebrate Johnson's umpteenth pass at a likeable hero instead of emphasizing disaster movie suspense. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
C- 8% Siberia (2018) A shapeless viewing event, with Ross fumbling mood and antagonisms as he tries to secure Smith's iffy vision for Russian entanglements.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
B- 70% The King (2018) A complete mess of a movie, but one that's fascinating to watch for most of its run time‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
C+ 33% The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018) Comedy is here, but not always a priority to Hill, who's aiming for more of a character study than a laugh riot, and this picture doesn't benefit from a general muting of silliness.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
B- 52% Boundaries (2018) It's the best thing Feste has made to date, which isn't saying much, but she shows newfound interest in emotional authenticity here.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
C 34% Shock and Awe (2018) Not a strong enough movie to truly strike at the heart of corruption.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
D 11% Kings (2018) "Kings" is a mess, edited with a butter knife and emotionally constipated.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
92% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) It's all very personal and confessional, but it lacks an entry point for outsiders, with Hong's weirdness and structural mischief missing its mark unless one is immersed in the details of the director's life.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
B- 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) While Tartakovsky is attentive to expectations (don't worry, there are fart jokes), he's also going bananas with previously unseen scale and manic animation, making the endeavor the best of the series just by sheer energy alone.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
B+ No Score Yet The Domestics (2018) Delivers B-movie jolts and agony without lingering on ugliness, maintaining enough of a ride to get some oxygen into entertainment that typically suffocates on labored nihilism.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
B 67% Ideal Home (2018) It's also great to see Fleming make a movie with some confidence again, willing to bend reality with silly business and bring it back with a heartfelt message on universal parenting.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
F 53% The First Purge (2018) A cheap-looking and spineless chiller.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
C 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Struggles with mood, shock value, and motivation, inadvertently revealing the limitations of the premise as it tries to expand into a franchise.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
C 75% Damsel (2018) The Zellners are obviously talented men, but their fondness for stillness clouds the highlights of their work.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
D 33% Loving Pablo (2018) I'm not sure what the "Loving" part of the title means to de Aranoa, but he's convinced this is a tale worth two hours of screen time.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
D 13% Distorted (2018) "Distorted" plays one too many tricks, and its casting is abysmal.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
C 48% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) Inches toward melodrama and dramatic overcrowding, weakening a previously intimate study of curiosity.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
B 66% Uncle Drew (2018) Maintains appealing nonsense, striving to be the most audience-pleasing feature of the year. It's not quite there, but the production gets fairly far with very little substance.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
C+ 0% Black Water (2018) Patriki doesn't call down the thunder with his screen mayhem, keeping the effort lively with gunplay but finding little else to separate it from the competition. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
C 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Instantly forgettable and habitually unfunny.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
B+ 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) For those open to the limited storytelling scope of the franchise, the movie captures intensity and escapism with ease, finding Bayona quite skilled at arranging dinosaur and human peril.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
A- 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) It's a loosely defined movie, but its emotions are honest and its observance of child behavior remarkably accurate.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
D+ 11% Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018) Stallone's here, kind of, but "Escape Plan 2" doesn't have much interest in his participation, going the easy-peasy B-movie route to cough up an inexpensive, easily marketable sequel that's led by actor Xiaoming Huang.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B+ 76% Never Steady, Never Still (2018) Henderson completely immerses herself in the character, emerging with a striking performance that gives Hepburn support to create an unusual examination of frustration in the wilds of Canada.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
C 32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Lewin and Rodat show care for the true story origins of "Spy," but their hesitation to awaken its potential turns the film into a museum piece.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
D+ 13% Brain on Fire (2018) "Fire" isn't hardcore journalism or even effective melodrama, remaining in a tedious T.V. movie holding pattern where crisis is everything and character is simplified to help connect the dots. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
C 94% Set It Up (2018) As cheery as it is, "Set It Up" has some truly awful moments.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
C 25% Beach House (2018) While "Beach House" connects in small amounts, it's frustrating to watch the movie remain so passive with screen elements that demand a robust directorial imagination.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
D 0% Gotti (2018) There are 44 credited producers on the picture (good. lord.), and not one person had the nerve to question just what kind of derivative, borderline nonsensical film was being made.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
C 54% Tag (2018) After a semi-active opening half, "Tag" suddenly comes to a stop, wrongly pursuing a case of the feel-goods when it really should stick with madcap tag matches.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
B+ 81% Nancy (2018) Choe finds a way into the strangeness of the situation, finding unexpected empathy in the midst of potentially off-putting predatory conduct. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B+ 100% The Fabulous Allan Carr (2017) Schwarz does an effective job communicating such an extraordinary Hollywood experience with an obsessive, professionally jovial man who wanted to dress as comfortably as possible and run the industry.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B+ 90% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Haley keeps the effort on track, trying to extract as much emotional texture as possible, giving the endeavor a lived-in sense of time, love, and harmony.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
D+ 51% Superfly (2018) A lengthy rap video made up of shorter rap videos, offering little excitement as it stumbles through predictable criminal events. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
D 7% China Salesman (2018) "China Salesman" has many issues, dramatic and otherwise, making it a painful sit instead of a goofily absurd one.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
C- 45% The Yellow Birds (2018) Aims to be poetic and insular, but it's not a particularly compelling feature, slogging through the same old sights and sounds without inspiration to be anything more than disappointingly predictable. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B+ 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) "Incredibles 2" doesn't surpass the 2004 effort, but there's no reason it has to, with Bird returning to this world with care.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
B 59% Hotel Artemis (2018) "Hotel Artemis" is supported in full by its performers, not plotting, helping to make the effort a breezy sit with a fair amount of suspense. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
B 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's slight, on the long side, but Ross gets the machine up and running again, using a talented ensemble to launch the felonious joyride. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
B- 89% Hereditary (2018) "Hereditary" is haunting in stretches, but Aster doesn't know when to quit, threatening to ruin a good thing with needless overkill. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
B- 80% The Jurassic Games (2018) "Games" tries to give viewers an exciting ride with aggressive types and CGI predators, and with lowered expectations, it comes together intermittently.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
D 6% 211 (2018) "211" plays more like a TV pilot than a feature film, slowly losing interest in the gritty aspects of the story.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
C 85% American Animals (2018) There's a psychological examination worth pursuing here, but "American Animals" is too soft on the subjects and the filmmaking draws attention to itself.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
B 89% The Gospel According to AndrĂ© (2018) "Andre" isn't always stuffed with dynamic interactions, but it does manage to isolate Talley's vitality and expertise.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
D 20% Action Point (2018) It's Knoxville, the 1970s, and an amusement park with no rules and no brakes. And yet, "Action Point" is boring, witless, and repetitive.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
B- 56% Cold Skin (2018) "Cold Skin" has similarities to "Shape of Water," and the two films would make a neat double feature one day, highlighting a loopy film year where two directors really wanted to explore the highs and lows of humans having relationships with fishpeople.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
B+ 52% A Kid Like Jake (2018) There's no sensationalism here, just honest feelings and relatable concern, with Pearle making sure to keep challenges realistic, doing whatever he can to shoo away the artificiality of a television movie. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
B 43% Social Animals (2018) "Social Animals" has its funny business and lightness, and the picture's comfort with sexuality is refreshing, but there's realism just underneath the surface that's intriguing.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
D- 0% Future World (2018) There's not much of a resolution for "Future World," but at least it ends, finally concluding an insufferable, disjointed, and unoriginal effort.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018