Dan Tabor

Dan Tabor
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Dan Tabor has been covering the Philly film scene and reviewing film in the City of Brotherly Love for over a decade now. He's the Film Critic at Phawker.com, a Philly based curated news/culture/commentary site and a staff writer at Cinapse.Co, an Austin, TX based film blog. When not writing about film, he is one of the hosts on the official Philadelphia Film Critics Circle podcast, Film Scribes.
Publications: Cinapse, Phawker

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
49% The Forever Purge (2021) This film offers a fitting conclusion, while also leaving the audience with the final manifesto of this series. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
81% Black Widow (2021) Black Widow was worth the wait and actually does this character and her shadowy world justice, while taking care to finally give her the narrative arc she desperately deserved. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) This entry feels more in line with Kong: Skull Island, its loud, its bombastic and completes the franchise's transition to popcorn tentpole, dropping all the arty pretension of King of Monsters. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
96% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) While curious onlookers and casual fans will no doubt enjoy TWALBB, the super fans - those looking for the source of her midnight-dark narratives - might have to wait a bit longer for the Invisiline-rocking 16 year-old to let us in on the secret. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) The film is both excruciating and exhausting to sit through. Malcolm & Marie makes Marriage Story feel like a Brady Bunch episode, as the couple spends the entire one hour and forty two minute run time at each other's throats. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Kaluuya and Stanfield turn in career-defining performances in this tragic tale that needed to be told. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
99% MLK/FBI (2021) MLK/FBI shuns the sensational and the speculative in favor of verifiable facts and evidence-based conclusions. While the more voyeuristic among us may be disappointed that Pollard chose this course, it's clear he took the high road. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
98% The Dissident (2020) It's simply masterful how Fogel is able to educate through news clips and interviews as he slowly pulls back the focus and the bigger picture finally reveals itself. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) WW84 is a near perfect superhero film that outshines the original with its infectious sense of joy and optimism and nuanced deconstruction of the power of truth and how that can be a tool of good or evil. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
57% Mother Schmuckers (2021) While at times bordering on avant-garde performance art Mother Schmuckers straddles the line of comedic genius and complete insanity as it entertains an audience raised on memes. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
95% CODA (2021) Coda, is a beautifully charming piece of cinema that highlights the differences that make us all unique, even if some may see them as shortcomings. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
76% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Prisoners of the Ghostland is a surreal neon soaked take on the hero's journey infused with a healthy dose of Nic Cage madness that will no doubt become yet another sacred text in the book of Cage. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
88% Censor (2021) Gleefully gory as you'd expect Censor digs into the history and the hysteria of the Video Nasties to deliver a devilishly clever story of one woman's descent into her guilt fueled madness. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
89% The Queen of Black Magic (Ratu ilmu hitam) (2019) The Queen Of Black Magic is the goriest and quite possibly the most disturbing film of 2020, so far, and I mean that in the most affectionate way possible. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
56% Skylines (2020) O'Donnell delivers a spectacular indie sci-fi epic. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
98% Anything for Jackson (2020) Anything For Jackson is a disturbing supernatural thriller with the jump scares and gore you'd expect, but it's also a deeply empathetic and human story as well. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
69% Def by Temptation (1990) Def by Temptation is a sold slice of horror that thanks to a great cast and visual effects that will definitely surprise any genre fan who missed this film the first time around. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
95% The Mortuary Collection (2019) It's smart, it's scary, and it's legitimately got something it's trying to say. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
90% The Stylist (2020) The Stylist is a satisfying yet uncomfortable slow burn, that relies heavily on the performance of its lead to communicate with the audience her constant struggle with her innermost demons and impulses. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
75% How to Deter a Robber (2021) How to Deter a Robber is a confident first time feature that delivers a fresh and hilariously charming take on a well worn genre premise. It's home invasion with a heart. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) Dense and pretentious, Tenet will irritate even the most dedicated Nolan fans with its curiously flawed similarities to Inception. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) It's no easy task to combine two films that are so different in tone as Excellent and Bogus, but it feels natural here as the two stories have an ebb and flow here that calls back to some of the best moments of the previous entries. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) She Dies Tomorrow is the cinematic anthem of 2020, where Paul Thomas Anderson meets Dario Argento in this stylistically dense and emotional dissection of grief and acceptance. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
73% Family Romance, LLC (2020) Herzog isn't simply satisfied in the superficial novelty of his subject matter, but instead digs deep into the emotional core of the principals while exploring philosophical questions such as what makes a family. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
97% Hamilton (2020) Watching Hamilton on Disney+, I have to say it's still pretty damn great. I really hope now that it's been made more accessible more people will discover and be inspired by it . - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Irresistible is as scathing as you'd expect from Stewart, but it's also unexpectedly hopeful in the end. It's not an easy balancing act in today's nihilistic 24 hour news cycle, but blending humor and humanity has always been Stewart's wheelhouse. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Davidson shines here, and is easily the best thing to come out of this convoluted mess of a narrative, littered with lame comedy clichés, tired tropes and plot threads that go nowhere. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da Five Bloods is uncompromising and stark and that is exactly what we need right now. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
100% Fulci for Fake (2019) As the film comes to a close, you're still left with plenty of questions, but you do have more of an understanding to just what made him tick and what drove and inspired him. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
77% Jumbo (2021) Oddly touching and completely sincere is its depiction of this outsider love story, Jumbo is cinema in its purest form. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
88% 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (Number 1 Will Blow Your Mind!) (2021) Director Zach Lamplugh dialed in the tone in perfectly for the modern news organization, while also highlighting the absurdity in some of its more click-bait-esque tactics. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
No Score Yet German Angst (2015) German Angst is a transgressive treat for fans of extreme cinema - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
51% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) It's a rich tapestry of beautifully horrific visuals, intricate production design, and jarring sound design that cohesively deliver an experience that is the purest example of cinema as art as I have ever seen it. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
91% Wetlands (2014) Wetlands is gross, complicated and dysfunctional and honestly I wouldn't want it any other way. The film, much like its protagonist, isn't an easy film to love, but those who look beyond the shock will find it has a heart. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
No Score Yet Dwarves Kingdom (2015) Matthew Salton tells a compelling and thoughtful tale of these little people with big hearts and the strange fantastical world they inhabit. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
92% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012) Electric Boogaloo is a great in-depth look at one of the strangest studios that was not only churning out films, but filling video store shelves, with a brand of insanity or madness that has yet to be seen since. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
87% Kung Fu Elliot (2015) Kung-fu Elliot is equal parts American movie, Gambler and Overnight and a must for filmmakers and genre fans alike. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
43% Open Windows (2014) Open Windows is compelling in a the most voyeuristic way possible as we see Chord's exploitation of Jill through Nick's eyes, which given recent events seems eerily ripped straight from the headlines. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
100% Waiting for August (2014) Waiting for August is gorgeously shot and compelling in its narrative as the director manages to remain completely subjective in her portrayal of this situation, allowing us as an audience to draw our own conclusions. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
90% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse is a dense piece of cinema that's hard to pin down with a simple four paragraph review, and is only complicated by the film's overlapping tone colors and pitch-black, meme worthy humor. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
78% Blood Machines (2019) Simply put, Blood Machines will melt your face off. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
54% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) he Golden Glove was both revolting and remarkable in how it told a brutally true story of one man struggling with the illusions of inadequacy, alcoholism, and his need for violence in an attempt to gain control. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
100% 4x4 (2019) 4X4 is a tense 90 minute white knuckle thrill ride that delivers in almost every way possible. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
63% Satanic Panic (2019) Satanic Panic was a rock-solid horror banger. It's gory, it's hilarious, and it makes you genuinely care about the characters on screen, the good and the bad. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
84% Crawl (2019) Crawl is a nearly perfect horror film. It runs 87 minutes; there isn't a single wasted frame of film in the entire runtime, and every setup gets the payoff you'd expect. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
90% Chiwawa (Chiwawa-chan) (2019) Ken Ninomiya has taken the source material and adapted it into a hybrid of Twin Peaks and Spring Breakers that feels like it's more authentic that it should be. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
78% Porno (2020) The film is unpretentious and a bit unwieldy at times, but is a fun goretastic romp that felt like a mash-up of Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore and Demons if it was directed by a young Lloyd Kaufman. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
23% Sadako (2019) Sadako shows promise and is a return to form for the series, but it ultimately falls short of what you would expect given over 20 years has passed since the director tackled a Ring film. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
82% The Crossing (Guo chun tian) (2019) A nuanced character drama about a young girl who loses and then discovers herself in the gray market world of iPhone smuggling. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
89% Zombie for Sale (2019) I found The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale to be a surprisingly hilarious and moving take on the zombie genre that still traffics in the familiar tropes you'd expect. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020