Damond Fudge

Damond Fudge
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: KCCI (Des Moines, IA)

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T-Meter Title | Year
96% In the Heights (2021) In the Heights is an energetic, stunning and moving feel-good musical. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) The Devil Made Me Do It isn't nearly as frightening or strong as the first two entries...What it delivers is a variety of plotlines that feel more like parts of other, uncompleted scripts the filmmakers couldn't get off the ground. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Was I disappointed by the movie? Certainly not. Despite its flaws, it's still an engrossing piece of entertainment. Do I think they honestly needed to make a sequel? That will remain for time to tell. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) This is an excellent neo-Western that gives you plenty of action without sacrificing the characters. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
36% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) The film attempts to move the franchise in a different direction, with rather mixed results. Still, if you're a fan of the series, like me, Spiral satisfies. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) If you're looking for a fun film the whole family can get behind, peel them away from their devices and sit them down to watch The Mitchells vs. the Machines. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) For fans of the games, or fans of martial arts films with mystical themes, Mortal Kombat wins. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
21% Thunder Force (2021) Despite going in with zero expectations, I found Thunder Force to be a very entertaining comedic take on the superhero genre. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Godzilla vs. Kong gives fans of these two Titans everything they would want, and that is lots of monster mayhem. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
69% Happily (2021) Happily is a darkly humorous thriller filled with some amazingly uncomfortable tension - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) Despite everything that could've gone wrong with it, Coming 2 America got enough right to be entertaining. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) A magnificent achievement in animated entertainment, one of the best of the recent slate of Disney films - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) The Little Things is a taut, slow burn neo-noir...one of those films that is extremely reluctant to give up any answers - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman is equal parts pitch-black comedy, timely morality tale, chilling revenge tale and intriguing examination of mental stability - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
82% Mank (2020) Mank is definitely, and deservedly, headed to the Academy Awards - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
55% The Prom (2020) A fun, upbeat and moving musical with a message...The Prom ends up causing your toes to tap, your heart to break and your spirit to lift all the way to its final scene - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) [Director Antonio Campos] deals out the story's dark sensibilities with a stark brutality, all while wrapping it in a beauty that's lyrically literary. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
29% Antebellum (2020) While the ads had me expecting something akin to a mix of Get Out and the original Jacob's Ladder, what we end up with is more Get Out Lite. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
72% Mulan (2020) Mulan is definitely one of, if not maybe the, best of Disney's live-action adaptations ... Taking the original and breathing a refreshing life into the story so it becomes its own entity. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
83% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) [The] waiting paid off, because Bill & Ted Face the Music is most triumphant! - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
61% Project Power (2020) I don't ask for much more from an action film than a great look, exciting scenes and fun characters, and Project Power delivers. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
74% The Rental (2020) What Franco has created here is an unrelenting horror film, filled with such dread and tension, built up so slowly that it's almost uncomfortable to watch. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
66% World War Z (2013) World War Z could have ended up going down in flames, but it turned out to be one of the more entertaining movies of the summer. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Go see Wonder Woman solely for the fact that it's a fantastic, well made, exciting and emotional film. In fact, I can honestly say, without hyperbole, that this is one of the best superhero movies ever. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
47% Wish I Was Here (2014) Wish I Was Here is heartbreakingly beautiful and touchingly funny...a kind of post-modern Generation X film. Think Reality Bites filtered through the 20/20 hindsight of The Big Chill. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
87% Wind River (2017) Like the land in which it takes place, Wind River is a harsh and relentless film. It's an intense slow burn that leads to a climax that gives up its revelation in a quick and explosive burst. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
13% Winchester (2018) Winchester squanders the potential in its true story inspiration, and not even the ghosts can bring life to this haunted house tale. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
94% Whiplash (2014) Whiplash is exactly why films are made. It's powerful, moving, scary, gripping, thought-provoking, exhausting, inspiring and...in-%*@#ing-tense. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) What We Do in the Shadows is a flat-out hilarious comedy...simultaneously droll and goofy...one of the funniest comedies of the year. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
68% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) This is a fantastic and gritty thriller, and it's definitely a full-on slow burn...a mystery thriller in the classic, film noir sense. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
79% Veronica Mars (2014) The film is an exciting mystery, successfully capturing the fun of the series while blending it with the feel of a classic noir. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
29% Venom (2018) Venom feels like something Sony made so they could retain control over one of the few aspects of the Spider-verse they still owned. Without Spidey to anchor the storyline, though, it just feels adrift. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
84% Trainwreck (2015) Trainwreck is quite raunchy. It's also hilarious and very sweet...I expected the raunchiness and for it to be really funny, but I didn't expect it to have such heart. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
52% Tomb Raider (2018) At times, it's exciting and adventurous...Other times, though, the movie feels like it's treading water, waiting for the next thrilling set-piece to come into Lara's path. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
87% Thoroughbreds (2018) Thoroughbreds is a pitch black dark comedy in the vein of Heathers or Throw Momma from the Train. Think Mean Girls filtered through the bleakly humorous noir lens of the Coen brothers. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok is a prime example of how a complete tonal shift can rejuvenate a film series. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
89% The World's End (2013) The World's End is comedy gold... underscored by heavier themes: What is the true meaning of friendship, how does being overly reliant on technology and consumerism affect us and how much of our inner child should we give up in order to become an adult? - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
90% The Witch (2016) The Witch is a totally messed up movie, in a good way. By the very nature of the story, the film begins at a simmer that slowly builds and builds until it's boiling over with insanity. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
83% The Way Way Back (2013) The Way Way Back will lift your spirits and make you rediscover that part of you that still believes you're capable of anything, no matter how deep down within you it has been buried. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
68% The Visit (2015) The Visit is one freaky found footage frightfest. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Prey by Night...takes everything about the original and feeds it through the Generic Slasher Film meat grinder...an insult to its own predecessor. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
91% The Spectacular Now (2013) The Spectacular Now is a touching, and sometimes funny, coming-of-age drama...one of the most honest and realistic teen films I have ever seen. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
7% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman is dull, uninspired, lifeless, sluggish and boring. I think that about covers it, let me just check my thesaurus a minute, here...oh, yes, meandering and tedious. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
78% The Shallows (2016) The Shallows is solid, B-movie entertainment. It's the kind of movie you would have expected to see on a drive-in double bill back in the 1970s with, say, the original Piranha. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
78% The Revenant (2015) As raw and realistic as survival films come...a brilliant, mesmerizing, harrowing, beautiful, merciless and savage film. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
37% The Quiet Ones (2014) While the movie has all the feel of a classic Hammer production (old buildings, dark shadows, moody set pieces), the story never really has enough oomph. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
56% The Purge: Election Year (2016) After a weak start and a decent sequel, The Purge: Election Year allows the series to finally feel like the genre it wants be: Urban Survival Horror, with the commentary on the side. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) I did enjoy this more than the first, and even more than I thought I would as a whole. By the halfway mark, I actually started caring about the well-being of the main characters in a way I didn't by that point in the first one. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
39% The Purge (2013) While there is a lot of promise in the premise, The Purge just ends up becoming Assault on Suburb 13. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
33% The Predator (2018) The Predator is a violent, explosive and gory action film. In other words, exactly what you expect from a Predator movie. - KCCI (Des Moines, IA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020