Dom Sinacola

Dom Sinacola
Dom Sinacola's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Paste Magazine
Publications: Paste Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8.1/10 82% Midsommar (2019) As in his debut, Hereditary, writer-director Ari Aster casts Midsommar as a conflagration of grief and no ounce of nuance will keep his characters from gasping, choking and hollering all the way to their bleakly inevitable ends. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
5.5/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix was always destined to fail. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
6.9/10 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Michael Dougherty's Godzilla 2 swells with too many boring human characters, competently sets up some sequels, thrives solely on its (sometimes awe-inspiring) monster fights and makes no sense. So basically: pretty good Godzilla movie! - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
8.5/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) John Wick 3 revels in its ludicrous gore without losing sight of the very real toll of such unmitigated havoc. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
8.4/10 83% High Life (2019) Though its ending is obvious and unresolved, High Life isn't concerned with the surprises or gasping revelations of science-fiction but instead enraptured by the way the genre can push its characters to test the bounds of their own existence. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
6.4/10 91% Shazam! (2019) Leaning real hard into the jokes about horny teenage boys and meta-skewerings of superhero films, Shazam! can't help but comment on its genre ad nauseam, though, unlike Deadpool, it never risks arguing against its own existence. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
8.3/100 94% Us (2019) If Get Out introduced a savvy culture vulture to a moviegoing public starving for original voices and underrepresented perspectives, then Us shapes that introduction with exacting intimacy and humor and a lot of blood. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
6.8 70% Triple Threat (2019) [Triple Threat] fight scenes never as mercilessly satiating as they could get nor its plot as brisk and fatless as it should be. Instead, a muddled narrative about criss-crossing allegiances and noble billionaires and shadowy criminal enterprises. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
8.5/10 95% Transit (2019) Transit is a powerful film, equally celebrating, mourning and fascinated by the ability of people to keep going. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
5.9/10 75% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot is an exquisitely boring movie, a promise of high-concept adventure that only delivers a stiflingly melancholy ode to the unknown soldier. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
7.5/10 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part blasts off into that oblivion, attempting to grow up with the younglings it once courted while shooting for unexpected shades of nuance. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
6/10 71% Piercing (2019) Were it not so seriously bleak, the film's take on its pitch-black subject matter could have reveled in some welcome absurdity. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3.5/10 22% Miss Bala (2019) Miss Bala is wretched, directed by Catherine Hardwicke like a late-'90s music video and written by Gareth Dunnett-Alcocer as a shoddy soap opera. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Without exaggeration: Every frame of this film brims with rending beauty, not denying the grimy shit-scape of 1970s New York, but re-imagining it within the context of our protagonists' love. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) What the film's real failing amounts to is any lack of interest in Ginsburg's true superpower: Her inhuman, sleepless drive to do the work. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
6.9/10 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is dumb and loud and really dumb and too long and dumb but also wonderfully creative and shameless; it's both the superhero film we need, and the one we deserve. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
8.8/10 89% Bodied (2018) [It's] blatantly offensive-racist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ugly, repugnant, vulgar, etc., unapologetically so -- but takes full responsibility for everything that it is, everything that battle rap is, with the delicacy of a wet fart. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
8.1/10 66% Suspiria (2018) It's unforgettable, as ravishing as anything Guadagnino's lazily captured in the italian countryside, as disturbing as any horror film you've seen this year. What Argento only pointed to, Gudagnino covers in viscera. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
6.4/10 81% Mid90s (2018) This is more Hill's world than it's ours, even if he does a magnificent job trying to offer us a way in. He just doesn't give us much of a reason to remember it as fondly as he does. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
7.3/10 62% The Oath (2018) We just don't feel like we have the energy for this shit anymore, and for Barinholtz to capture so well, with only his first film, that specific, quietly universal exhaustion of being alive in 2018 -- that's the film's real feel-good ending. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
7.4/10 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Handsomely, Audiard finds salvation for the brothers via camaraderie and femininity (Carol Kane appears, as if from a half-remembered dream), which isn't so much subversive as it is refreshing. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
9.1 91% Mandy (2018) Cage is heartbreaking, channeling primordial craziness not because that is what he does now, what he is to our stupid culture, but because he is a full-bodied actor who needs to be pulled back from the parodic void. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
7.2/10 32% The Predator (2018) The Predator... is an ode to the success of that first movie, to making movies simply because one can, not because one should. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
6.7/10 52% Papillon (2018) Compelling throughout...Hunnam continuing to be charming despite his ceaselessly dour presence. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2.5/10 22% Mile 22 (2018) Mile 22 gives us absolutely no reason to want to return to the world of Jimmy and his war games, an apocalyptic hellscape protected by a guy who cares about nobody and is fine with it, because nobody cares about him. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
8.5/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It's all so godd---ed beautiful. I love these movies. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
5.5/10 89% Whitney (2018) For every overgeneralization Macdonald leans into or too-obvious historic parallels he lets fly, there is a corresponding performance, ebullient and transcendent -- a purity Macdonald, and his viewers for that matter, can't help but sour. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
8.3/10 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace asserts, with exquisite humanity and a long bittersweet sigh, that the best the broken can do is disappear before they break anyone else. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
8.5/10 89% Hereditary (2018) Aster captures it all with a heart-wrenching sense of everyday horror. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
94% Pumping Iron (1976) Pumping Iron becomes a fascinating glimpse at the kind of sociopathy required of living gods. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
6.4/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Regardless, Solo is a good time at the movies, even if Howard should not have helmed it. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
8.5/10 93% First Reformed (2018) It's a gorgeous film, mourning the impossibility of being alive as it celebrates that which binds us, a conscious-rattling, viscera-stirring piece of art. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
8.4/10 97% The Rider (2018) Chloé Zhao's second film invites social commentary and political dissection... but there's nothing clearer, or more devastating, in The Rider than the bond between cowboy and horse. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
8.5/10 96% Zama (2018) It wants little more than to reach out in all directions, to peer into the void, knowing deep down that the void can't be bothered to peer back. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
7.2/10 83% Blockers (2018) If the film's direction is workmanlike and the writers' plotting flimsy, then the better to focus on the cast. They're a joy to watch together, everyone unironically playing unironic characters packed to the gills with backstories that go nowhere. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
8/10 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The emotional weight of Isle of Dogs depends on knowing exactly what that bond between dog and human can mean, how deeply and irrationally it can go. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
5.9/10 46% Red Sparrow (2018) Lawrence indulges romanticism in the dopiest of places. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
8.2/10 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther might be the first MCU film that could claim to most clearly be an expression of a particular director's voice. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
7.9/10 72% Like Me (2018) Gorgeous and gross in equal measure, propelled by the sense that anything could happen, Like Me is a visual feast. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
5.9/10 75% Mom and Dad (2018) Blair and Cage operate as if not being fully committed to their roles isn't a choice, plus a late cameo care of Lance Henriksen brings the well-needed pain. And yet, none of it ever escalates past a baseline of digestible insanity. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4.1/10 41% Den of Thieves (2018) At no point are we invited to care about any of these people. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
7.7/10 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Which is why Darkest Hour transcends its biopic trappings to work, almost despite itself. It's a beautiful thing, Wright's film. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
5/10 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League isn't funny, because it still believes it has something important to show us. It doesn't. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.3/10 21% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Daddy's Home 2 operates without memory or shame. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
8.1/10 91% Rat Film (2017) This vision is Rat Film, Anthony's brilliant docu-essay chronicling Baltimore's city planning and resultant systemic segregation as a microcosm of the still-failing American Urban Experiment. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
8.4/10 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049, then, is undoubtedly the most gorgeous thing to come out of a major studio in some time. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4.2/10 24% Woodshock (2017) Who is this movie for? The only answer is the saddest, because it's just another question: This movie is for the Mulleavys-can anyone else watch this and think otherwise? - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
7/10 71% Dayveon (2017) It's only in Dayveon's final act that plot contrivances begin to wander away from Abbasi's carefully calibrated realism. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.4/10 46% Bushwick (2017) If the South actually were able to invade Hollywood, whoever was involved in this movie would probably have it coming. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
8.5/10 87% It Comes At Night (2017) Shults's film is many things-heart-wrenching, paced to perfection, a masterclass in visual storytelling and genuinely terrifying-but that nothing about it feels beyond the grasp of what Shults wants it to be, of what he knows it can be. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017