Brian Orndorf Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 74% Hostiles (2018) Grim but never foul, taking special care of thematic interests and dramatic intensity, with Cooper visiting a volatile genre with a defined vision for antagonism and darkly poetic renewals of spirit.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
B+ 62% The Polka King (2017) Tremendously funny, even while it examines a frightfully corrupt human being.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
B+ 84% The Road Movie (2018) It's 3D without the glasses. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
D 38% Den of Thieves (2018) If one is going to remake "Heat," the resulting feature has to be better than "Heat." ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
C 74% Mom and Dad (2018) Plays like a cross between "Parenthood" and "Dawn of the Dead," chock full of the needlessly quaking camerawork, random editing, and screaming performances Taylor once required a partner to master. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
C- 51% 12 Strong (2018) Ultimately registers as old-fashioned and artificial, like a WWII propaganda movie trying to drum up sales for war bonds.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
D No Score Yet Showdown in Manila (2018) For those who can endure the feature's considerable shortcomings and tone-deaf creative choices, this might be the next "The Room" for action cinema fans.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
F 0% Acts of Violence (2018) It's brutal work, no surprise there, but the production doesn't consider material deeply, going the urban western route, rendering the feature completely useless. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
C- 45% Freak Show (2018) It neglects to address the reality of Billy's universe, which is filled with a lot more behavioral nuance and social and familial struggle than the feature dares to show.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
B 87% Terror at the Opera (1987) Storytelling isn't much of a concern for Argento (it rarely is), but his gonzo interests remain flared up, enjoying one last romp armed with a reasonable budget and creative freedom, clearly relishing his time experimenting with operatic extremes.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
D 24% Proud Mary (2018) Painfully dull stuff, keeping Henson muted and butt-kicking to a bare minimum, under the weird impression that ticket-buyers are more interested in condiment talk than thrilling acts of antihero self-preservation.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
B- 63% Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game (2018) Landau and Sorvino offer wonderfully feeling and funny work, making complex, feisty men out of Abe and Phil.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
F 0% Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2018) A complete waste of time, taking part in what's now become a bad movie tradition: watching dismal filmmakers botch Romero's relatively simple zombie outbreak.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
D 25% Inside (2018) That a new take on "Inside" is unnecessary is a given, but director Miguel Angel Vivas fumbles whatever debatable tension was there the first time around.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
B 71% Humor Me (2018) Hoffman secures success with the pairing of leads Clement and Gould, who pull off an itchy family dynamic with terrific timing, bringing heart and laughs to "Humor Me."‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
D+ 59% The Commuter (2018) A contrived, slapdash, and ultimately useless thriller that has no perceptible interest in pace or surprise. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
B+ 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Enormous heart and energy, smartly building on the previous installment to generate a more precise cute bear attack, keeping the marmalade flowing and the smiles constant.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
C 31% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Whannell struggles to come up with a reason why he's scripting the fourth installment of a series that only really worked once, eight years ago.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
B+ 56% Before I Wake (2018) Has its scary stuff, but it's after something more heartfelt between moments of shock and terror, with Flanagan and co-writer Jeff Howard digging a little deeper with the material.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
B 69% Crooked House (2017) Of the two recent Christie efforts, it's the tighter, more compelling endeavor, providing a jolt of evil to go along with all the psychological gamesmanship. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
C 43% Permanent (2017) "Permanent" isn't particularly funny, and Burson's furiously idiosyncratic approach registers as borderline obnoxious at times.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
C- 58% The Strange Ones (2018) "Ones" isn't much of a puzzle, often too laborious to inspire deep consideration, missing a fundamental screen energy that could help with all the layer-peeling going on.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
C 0% Stratton (2018) While it's far from a bad movie, it's not an inspired one, testing patience as the production tries to pretend it's an original vision. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
C 80% Blame (2018) "Blame" eventually drowns in its shortcomings, but it does offer a clear look at Shephard's potential as a filmmaker.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
B 69% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) "In the Fade" handles frustration properly, asking necessary questions about the vicious cycle of violence. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
B+ 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Guadagnino creates an evocative understanding of time and place, generating a sincere picture, and one that taps into the blur of primal longing. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
D 27% Bright (2017) Ayer certainly likes to do that one thing, but after a 12 years of making urban horror shows with shell-shocked characters, perhaps enough is enough. Even with magic in the mix, this is moldy routine. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
C 77% All the Money in the World (2017) "World" only uses a true incident to inspire lukewarm dramatics, with Scott imaging he's creating an opera with this lifeless foray into Getty dysfunction.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
A 92% Phantom Thread (2018) It's a humdinger of a relationship drama, making slow, defined cuts before it bleeds all over the floor.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
D 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) There are times when "Pitch Perfect 3" is so slapdash, it almost looks like Sie is filming rehearsals.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
D 26% Father Figures (2017) Sher (along with screenwriter Justin Malen) can't decide if they want to hold hands with the audience or slap them across the face with lowbrow jokes.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B+ 81% Molly's Game (2018) Sorkin's firing on all cylinders as he works through the pressure points in the subject's life and technical particulars of poker.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
C 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) The music is appealing and blessedly energetic, the storytelling presented is frustratingly fractured.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
C 50% Downsizing (2017) Payne is uncharacteristically constipated when it comes to securing the whimsy and potent dramatic undercurrent of the material. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
C 73% Beyond Skyline (2017) It's fairly indistinct screenwriting, but hey, at least it's not "Skyline," which appears to be O'Donnell's mantra with the sequel. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
D 6% Hangman (2017) Miller keeps the production frustratingly mild and uneventful, relying on his cast to stir up antagonisms, only they aren't invested in the flaccid case and filmmaking presented.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
D No Score Yet Pottersville (2017) Moronic and unfunny.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
B+ 92% The Shape of Water (2017) del Toro runs with it, delivering his best effort in years, preserving his idiosyncrasies and extremities with an often wonderfully bizarre movie. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
B- 88% The Post (2018) It's noble work, and it's appreciable from start to finish. It's just never remarkable, which seems like a missed opportunity considering the high caliber of this cast and filmmaker.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
D+ 70% Ferdinand (2017) "Ferdinand" goes on and on, and the further it gets away from the source material, the more tedious it becomes, delivering filler for family audiences, not kid lit enchantment.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
B 65% The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017) "Verdes" isn't an upbeat film, but the production doesn't get caught in the undertow of despair, managing to find a level of alarm that keeps the story engrossing while it surveys some desperate emotional issues. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
B 75% Hollow in the Land (2017) Corkle captures a welcome intensity to the unfolding drama, and he finds a terrific lead in Dianna Agron.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
B- 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It's a compelling feature for the most part, but it's too obsessed with surprises, often sacrificing stability just to rattle fans.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) An entertaining romp, wisely avoiding the burden of topping what's come before, with Kasdan mindful of silly business and CGI chaos as he strives to remain true to character.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B- 54% Bullet Head (2017) Your mileage may vary on the potency of the message, but at least Solet preserves his vision, coming through with an unconventional thriller.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
D No Score Yet El Camino Christmas (2017) Dreadful, but it's difficult to tell who's to blame for this mess.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
D- 5% Just Getting Started (2017) Tonally bizarre, lazily performed, and deeply unfunny.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
C+ 89% I, Tonya (2018) "I, Tonya" is a lot of things, but cohesive isn't one of them, and while it entertains in fits, it's a viewing experience that's only skin-deep.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
B+ 94% Gilbert (2017) A fascinating look at a seemingly meek guy who lives to offend, highlighting career experiences and family ties, creating a portrait of a beloved funnyman that's, at its best, eye-opening.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
D+ 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Amazingly unlikable and, periodically, unendurable.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017