Brian Shaer

Brian Shaer
Brian Shaer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat
Publications: Film Threat

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T-Meter Title | Year
9/10 100% Writing with Fire (2021) Writing with Fire accomplishes what any good documentary should-it allows the viewer a visit into a world that they might never even have known to exist. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
7/10 96% Jallikattu (2019) Jallikattu is a unique and operatically violent movie. What the plot lacks in narrative cohesion, it certainly makes up for in startling image and thought. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
5/10 No Score Yet Ron Hopper's Misfortune (2020) Writer-director Jaime Falero's stunningly beautiful film has an intriguing and creative foundation. Nevertheless, it moves at such a glacial pace that it's a chore to remain awake and engaged in the story. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
7.5/10 78% Greenland (2020) Greenland is a decent enough addition to the disaster catalog structurally, but it's a comfortable distance from the halls of greatness due to a lack of fun. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
8/10 No Score Yet Some Southern Waters (2020) ...a little ethereal, a little cerebral, and a lot peculiar. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
8.5/10 89% Nasrin (2020) This is fortitude writ large. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
10/10 No Score Yet Noemí Gold (2019) Noemí Gold is a smart and tenderhearted film from an astounding creative team that appreciates the humanity that can come alive through drama. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
8.5/10 No Score Yet Revenge Ride (2020) The film has more depth than a standard genre exercise with its notions of family and sisterhood. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet Treason (2020) Tonal inconsistency, unfortunately, makes finding a point of relativity in the movie a chore and, in the end, meaningless. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
9.5/10 100% Ronnie's (2020) Ronnie's is a sensational window into an era long past and the dedication of a new generation of artists keeping it alive. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet The Terrible Adventure (2020) The Terrible Adventure is a perfectly good movie for the little ones. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2020
5/10 No Score Yet Crucifixion Quake (2020) The film sabotages the allure of its central mystery by substituting style and an intolerable protagonist in place of genuinely riveting content. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
6.5/10 No Score Yet Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot (2019) A technically polished but dramatically idiotic time waster. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
8/10 88% The Phenomenon (2020) This isn't your average episode of Alien Encounters, but an in-depth examination of the experiences of ordinary people and the lengths to which the government will go to block the stories of these experiences from ever getting out. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
8/10 No Score Yet Unthinkable (2020) Unthinkable doesn't especially redefine the thriller in any meaningful way, per se. Rather, it's a quality debut from two talented multi-hyphenates that warrants a watch. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
8.5/10 57% Don't Look Back (2020) Packed with believable acting, dynamic direction, and a nifty twist ending, Don't Look Back emerges as a superb thriller for the viral video generation. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet Chief Zabu (2016) I'm glad this movie exists and is being revisited with an updated perspective. There is a common saying: "You can't make this stuff up!" With Chief Zabu, it looks like they did, and it came true. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
8/10 45% LX 2048 (2020) Some truly thought-provoking concepts, interesting production design, and a knockout performance from James D'Arcy make LX 2048 well worth a look. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
9/10 No Score Yet The Last Conception (2020) The Last Conception skillfully arranges a sweet story along with plenty of heart and soul into a beautiful, well-intended, and entertaining package. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
9/10 86% The Andorra Hustle (2020) Merola does his darndest to pare down the economic mumbo-jumbo and make the story accessible to the average viewer who doesn't hold an MBA, with incredible access to financial memos and banking and court records. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
4/10 No Score Yet The Whispering Man (2019) Sporadically creepy but more often loquacious and uneventful, The Whispering Man attempts to introduce a new horror mythology, but only winds up drawing comparisons to better genre efforts. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
6.5/10 89% The Oak Room (2020) Had Calahan and screenwriter Peter Genoway tightened up the narrative, The Oak Room might have been on par with the most terrifically spooky episodes of The Twilight Zone. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet DieRy (2020) DieRy is a fun contemporary spin on the young adults-in-peril subgenre that maintains the viewer's interest in its inanity until the ridiculous denouement. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
6.5/10 67% Falling (2020) The best thing about Falling, hands down, is the casting. Blood and Burfitt make for an ideal couple. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet The Yousers (2020) With just a little more atmosphere and a little more lewdness, The Yousers could have been a truly trashy guilty pleasure. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
6.5/10 No Score Yet Alone Wolf (2020) The acting in Alone Wolf is far better than the material; all of the actors deserve better opportunities to showcase their various talents. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
8/10 67% Elodie (2019) ...while Elodie is not a perfect movie, I am endeared by the pluck and enthusiasm of Ziegler and his cast in their attempts to produce such a demanding piece of work. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
9.5/10 No Score Yet Remember the Sultana (2018) It is a meticulously produced film and will primarily appeal to history and, in particular, maritime buffs. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
7.5/10 No Score Yet Thorns for Flowers (2016) The crowning achievement of the film is its evocation of mood: eerie, menacing, and peculiar. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
9.5/10 No Score Yet Dantza (2018) Through the spectacular and creative use of locations and revelatory dances, Dantza celebrates the Basque people, an ancient ethnic group deriving from the area where southwestern France meets north-central Spain. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
6.5/10 14% Survive the Night (2020) Not a thinking person's movie. But a perfectly adequate "efficiency movie." - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
6.5/10 No Score Yet Cry for the Bad Man (2019) The few admirable attributes aside, Cry for the Bad Man is purely one-note; no subtext or overarching theme is anywhere to be found. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
8/10 65% The Lovebirds (2020) We need movies like The Lovebirds to remind us that light entertainment provides a necessary function in today's world: carefree diversions that allow us to forget the banalities of our lives for a short while. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
7.5/10 No Score Yet A Nun's Curse (2020) Faircloth has created a wonderfully sinister addition to the pantheon of movie horror bogeymen. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
7.5/10 No Score Yet Bias (2018) Bias proposes some deeply profound questions about human nature and how individuals view the world. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
9/10 No Score Yet Penance Lane (2020) This is a movie Rob Zombie would love. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
9/10 100% Pray Away (2020) Pray Away invites the viewer into a world that many would like to think doesn't exist much anymore, but is in fact, quite prevalent. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
7/10 40% The Perished (2019) While the acting is generally effective all around, interactions can sometimes border on the histrionic. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
9.5/10 No Score Yet Just Sex, Nothing Personal (2018) The best romances instill in the audience the warm and fuzzy feeling that true love will conquer all, and everything will be right with the world. In present times when we need it the most, Just Sex, Nothing Personal gifts us that glorious feeling... - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
8.5/10 69% DOSED (2020) Besides being a document of Adrianne's journey through opioid addiction, Dosed opened up a fascinating area of study that I, for one, had no idea existed. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
9/10 83% One of These Days (2020) One of These Days is a bleak, unnerving, brilliantly acted slice of Americana. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
8/10 64% Tuscaloosa (2020) Harder tries very hard to pack a lot of material and topicality into Tuscaloosa. While he doesn't always succeed in creating a seamless story, at least it's better than the similarly themed American Pastoral. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
9/10 No Score Yet Here On Out (2019) Here On Out offers emotional truth and subtle surprises in a movie designed to make you think it's your usual dead teenager film. The fact that it plays so successfully with that model is a gratifying surprise all its own. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet Suburban Nightmare (2020) Smart location shooting helps tremendously in achieving the "this could happen in your own backyard" feeling that Halpern is going for. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
9/10 83% The Whistlers (2020) The camerawork in The Whistler is smooth, the production design is tight, and the music is used appropriately in the service of supporting the creepy mood. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
5/10 86% Jasper Mall (2020) The storyline feels as though it has drifted in from another movie altogether. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
7/10 56% Young Hearts (2021) However hypnotic Ms. Azhar is, the movie nonetheless relies upon the chemistry between her and Liebling, and there isn't any. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
6/10 No Score Yet The Last Porno Show (2019) The Last Porno Show isn't a movie to seek out. It's not an exceptionally profound piece of storytelling, and, despite the setting, the combined elements are in the service of what is ultimately a sweet but slight story. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
8/10 86% Angelfish (2019) The perceptive and astute script, judicious direction, and affectless acting from a masterfully assembled cast, especially the two leads, make this simple story well worth your time. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
8/10 No Score Yet Inner Ghosts (2019) Yet, even with that stupendous finale, impressive performances from a talented cast, and an effectively minimalist score, Inner Ghosts cannot overcome a sluggish pace that haunts the majority of its running time. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020