Brian Orndorf Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 97% Black Panther (2018) A wonderful sense of culture and costumed authority, creating a vibrant solo showcase for the world of Wakanda and all the political turbulence and fierceness it contains.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
B- 82% Early Man (2018) Perhaps something of a disappointment in the grand scale of Aardman achievements, it remains pleasant and periodically inspired.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
C 19% Looking Glass (2018) It certainly could be better, but it's mildly impressive to watch Hunter make sure it's not worse. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
C 36% When We First Met (2018) A little DeVine goes a long way, with the feature not nearly as hilarious or meaningful as it aims to be.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
D+ 29% The Female Brain (2018) It's a long road of unfunny business before formula reigns, with Cummings and co-writer Neal Brennan arranging a pedestrian battle of the sexes where only the audience loses. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
D- 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Ends with a whimper and multiple bangs. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
F 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Get these guys a poem, song, or talk show appearance. Putting them in the movies is a bad idea, with Eastwood turning attempted inspirational authenticity into a tortuous, uncomfortably silly viewing experience.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
C 17% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Not helping matters is the DTV quality of the filmmaking, with "The Cloverfield Paradox" offering a wildly inconsistent tone and poor casting.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
B- 59% Peter Rabbit (2018) It's not entirely unpleasant, but purists might find themselves in a permanent state of pearl-clutching with this aggressive carnival of talking animals and bodily harm.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
B 60% Entanglement (2018) A compelling march across a broken heart, examining tricks from the human mind and soulful needs, with James doing his best to balance the enigmatic with the completely relatable. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
B- 74% Permission (2018) When Crano digs into the psychological muck with this premise, he's generally far more effective a storyteller than when he relies on cliché. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
C 69% The Ritual (2017) Bruckner strangely elects to simulate the extremely long and physically draining journey, leaving suspense more of an afterthought than a priority.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
D+ 44% Victor Crowley (2017) Fans might lap it up out of habit, but it's bizarre to watch the "Hatchet" universe get smaller and sillier as it expands, with Green refusing to put a DNR order on his creation. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
C- 11% Winchester (2018) "Winchester" is a drag, and while it retains visual potency, the screenplay never comes together in an exciting manner.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
F 20% Woody Woodpecker (2017) Bad, real bad, and its hunger to scrape the bottom of the barrel for humor is downright depressing to watch.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
D+ 11% Scorched Earth (2018) Howitt loses the battle with his limited budget and inexperience with B-movie ruin, keeping the end of the world flavorless, anticlimactic, and wasteful with the few good ideas that pop up as the story unfolds.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
B- 62% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) While he fails to unearth anything new, Wain gets by on enthusiasm, creating a valentine to the magazine and its love of anarchy. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
C 73% Braven (2018) Engaging at times, giving Momoa a chance to play a normal guy for a change, but the picture is caught between two tonal extremes, lacking a master plan to mix drama and woodsy mayhem. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
C- 58% Please Stand By (2018) Slowly but surely, the feature becomes a sitcom, and while "Star Trek" fandom is utilized well enough, it's largely wasted on strangely directed film.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
D 30% The Clapper (2018) Perhaps Montiel is after something bigger than what "The Clapper" ultimately offers, but it's not an ambitious picture, hitting easy targets with crude screenwriting and bland performances. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
D- 72% 68 Kill (2017) All it does well is numb the senses and inspire an appreciation for the art of the rewrite.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
B 100% Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) Comes the closest to recapturing the wide-eyed, bone-crunching fun of the 1989 hit, inching away from darkness to reclaim the brand name with a lively offering of bodily harm.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
C 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) A creative challenge for Ball, who not only has to mastermind a franchise closer, but also provide a reason for anyone to return to this anemic brand name in the first place.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
B+ 95% The Light of the Moon (2017) Emotional but never manipulative, showcasing Thompson's burgeoning filmmaking gifts, skillfully managing performances, soulful questioning, and unsettled atmosphere.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
B 74% Small Town Crime (2018) "Crime" doesn't add up to much, but the journey is better than the destination, with the Nelms offering a mild ride with interesting characters and modest tensions.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
C 71% Like Me (2018) It's not for everyone, but what's disappointing about the movie is that, at times, it's only really for Mockler. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
B- 78% American Folk (2018) While Heinz gets a little too meandering at times, he's after something kind and soulful with the feature, fighting current political and cultural divides with a reminder that civility and hope is still possible. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
A- 73% 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+ 61% 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+ 86% The Road Movie (2018) It's 3D without the glasses. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
D 39% 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 72% 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- 54% 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- 56% 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 88% 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 26% 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- 67% 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 67% 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+ 58% 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 33% 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+ 61% 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 71% 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 38% 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- 59% 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