Dominic Griffin

Dominic Griffin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Dominic Griffin is a pop culture polymath who lives on the internet. He is the host and producer of The Armchair Auteur, a YouTube series of film criticism, and a staff writer at Spectrum Culture. He writes about film, music, television, comics, and professional wrestling at any publication that will support his unhealthy obsessions with Drake, Michael Mann and the X-Men. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd (@allnewdom) probably talking about Carly Rae Jepsen or maybe Mamet.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.75/5 41% Nekrotronic (2019) Every scene is crackling with raw energy in a supremely watchable way. Whether or not the immediately forgettable plot tickles the viewer's fancy, it's difficult to imagine not having a good time watching the ridiculousness on display. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 80% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories winds up an entertaining enough experiment to warrant its own existence, if not the potential existence of future diminishing returns. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.75/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) As a movie, this is an effective genre piece that's more fun than not, more sincere than most, and less self-serious than the marketing materials might have suggested. But it tries a little too hard to have its cake and eat it, too. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's weird that these movies have evolved this far from Vin Diesel stealing Playstations in a re-skinned Point Break, but you won't hear this reviewer complaining. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.75/5 81% Jirga (2019) Benjamin Gilmour's experimental film Jirga breaks that cycle, exploring the grief of the soldier within the context of the foreign land in which he fought. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
8.5/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Is nostalgic indulgence so bad? - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 70% At War (En guerre) (2019) The result is an occasionally fascinating thought experiment about a vital topic brought low by poor storytelling and a dogged adherence to a flawed set-up. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.75/5 97% Rosie (2019) Draws considerable power from a pervasive ignorance on just how thin the barrier is between housing security and absolute free fall. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/10 52% The Lion King (2019) ...it just feels so hollow and so boring and so bland. There's a really strange pace to the film that I just cannot comprehend. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.75/5 99% The Farewell (2019) In tackling the complexity of grief and the nature of reconciling with death, The Farewell finds fertile ground for both tragedy and comedy. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
6.5/10 81% Fast Color (2019) Fast Color, a low-budget, sci-fi indie drama (...) operates within the superhero sub-genre, but without the plastic, toy-selling bombast these films have become known for. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1/10 No Score Yet Loqueesha (2019) ...it's hot garbage, but that doesn't mean it isn't a fascinating exercise and worth delving deep into for analysis! - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
7.5/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) We may not have gotten the John Wick sequel we wanted, but it's entirely possible it's the one we need for now. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/10 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Basically, I watched all 11 Madea movies for no reason... - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
5.5/10 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It doesn't suck! - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 65% Darlin' (2019) Pollyanna McIntosh should stay on your radar, but the actress' directorial debut is underwhelming. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 84% The Brink (2019) The whole affair is as intriguing as it is blood curdling, but the longer the viewer stares, the more difficult it becomes to take it all in as a spectator. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.75/5 70% Triple Threat (2019) The script gets in the way of an easy win by trying, in vain, to actually be a good movie - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.75/5 93% Us (2019) Though not quite as timely or cohesive as his debut, Jordan Peele's Us, the hotly anticipated follow-up to Get Out, is an impressive sophomore effort which expands upon the appeal of his prior film without retracing its steps. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 73% Triple Frontier (2019) A macho, run-and-gun character study about what happens to the men who fight for this country and its interests when they leave the service and how little they're compensated relative to the sacrifices they make - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 93% Starfish (2019) It's difficult to watch a film that doesn't stick the landing despite everyone giving it their all. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The latest Marvel release is being positioned less as an actual film and more a wokeness bargaining chip for social media debate. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 85% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) It's a well-worn tale told better than most, a cut above the rest of Netflix's ilk and a fine debut for Ejiofor. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1.5/5 28% The Iron Orchard (2019) A curious soap opera that nobody outside of Texas will give a [crap] about. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) With Neeson's recent confessions on the Cold Pursuit promotional tour, it's likely his latest foray in the genre may wind up being his last. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 71% Piercing (2019) Piercing is a sharp looking picture with some killer music, but unlike its source material, there's not enough under the hood to keep the viewer guessing, much less actually giving a [crap]. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Is it Gilroy coming to grips with career length anxieties about creating and analyzing fiction? It's hard to say and even harder to care. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 20% Serenity (2019) The paradigm-shifting twist buried in Serenity's saggy second act is certainly a shock, but whether or not it counts as an unavoidable conclusion depends on your personal level of masochism. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 74% Destroyer (2018) A largely thrilling endeavor that'll play well in television reruns, but may never find a stronger audience than that. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 66% Vice (2018) It feels like McKay wishes he could go back and time and make movies like The Big Short when he was making Anchorman, which is sad, given how prescient and important those comedies were without trying so hard to be. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Someone has to find beauty in the prolonged tragedy of Black American life without regurgitating the same pain for the rote spectacle of predominantly white audiences. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 66% Aquaman (2018) Somehow, Warner Bros produced an Aquaman movie wilder and more epic than the one Vinnie Chase starred in on "Entourage," and they didn't even need to get James Cameron to do it. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Verse shows that there are no actual limits to superhero stories on the big screen, so long as they aren't tethered to how many Robert Downey Jr. quips they can fit. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.25/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux begins with fierce momentum, but ultimately succumbs to its own crushing weight, failing to make good on its vast potential. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1/5 17% Blood Brother (2018) Any self-respecting American would rather watch John Cena play a Rambo pastiche than watch Trey Songz do literally anything other than sing "Can't Help But Wait." - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1.5/5 63% Tyrel (2018) A real groaner masquerading as some kind of fascinating woke thriller. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) Only time will tell if the Creed series will last as long as the Rocky films that preceded it, but thus far, they've helped launch careers for two young and talented black filmmakers. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 89% Bodied (2018) Anyone who watched the final act of Eminem pseudo-biopic 8 Mile and wished it had been directed by Edgar Wright is about to find their new favorite film. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) This Halloween posits that we stop questioning so goddamn much, accept the wolves at the door, and fortify our homes with the means to destroy the evil we know wants to end us. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 71% Galveston (2018) Galveston is little more than a pulp weepy with delusions of Cormac McCarthy, bolstered by a solid performance and a truly stirring epilogue, but not much else. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1.5/5 29% Venom (2018) But outside of the odd thrills to be found in his actual portrayal of Venom, the movie is basically trash, a project destined for a home alongside Catwoman and Elektra in every Bad Superhero Movie listicle to be published until the end of time. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A positively rapturous send-off for star Robert Redford's storied career. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 82% Quincy (2018) Two hours doesn't feel like nearly enough time to properly chronicle the life of a giant like Quincy Jones. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) If this is Audiard's first major foray into stateside filmmaking, one can only hope it won't be his last. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 42% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) At least it looks pretty. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1/5 12% Peppermint (2018) At least now we can say Jennifer Garner has made a worse film than Elektra. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 53% Destination Wedding (2018) On-screen chemistry between two magnetic leads can overcome a lot in a film, but it can't mask questionable screenwriting. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.75/5 85% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Schwentke's made one of the best films of his career here, but it still winds up a superficial exercise. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Teen Titans GO! To The Movies is a welcome respite from The House of Mouse's utter dominance. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) King Cohen leaves you wanting to do only two things: see more Larry Cohen films and get the jingle from The Stuff out of your head. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019