Ed Whitfield

Ed Whitfield
Tomatometer-approved critic
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Official Websites: http://theoohtray.com/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
79% Captain Marvel (2019) If Captain Marvel had been lovingly crafted and shot with style, perhaps the void at its heart would have mattered less. But Larson's fighter pilot, turned galactic defender, is the central character a characterless movie deserves. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) It's lip curling in places...but there's not enough brutality or absurdity to make Cold Pursuit anything other than evocative of better movies. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Great fun. Part 3 anyone? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The canvas is colourful and detailed, the characters likable but after a promising first act, the film gets bogged down in world building, punctuated by setpiece fights that advance the story not one inch. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Hell, make a few more like this, Melissa, and you might be forgiven. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
66% Vice (2018) A biopic ripe with innuendo and scurrilous incident that asks its audience to join the dots and draw up its own indictment. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Attempts to marry the realist take on the superhero mythos from the first film with the schlock sensibility of the second. This is like putting a cat's head on a raven's body. The creature doesn't live long but while it does it's fascinating to watch. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots works as an exploration of women born to power, struggling to survive in a ruthless patriarchal order. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) The mordant characterisation and precision staging make for an unsettling and unkind spectacle. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Marks the moment Disney ceased to become a movie studio in the traditional sense. Pastiche is their game now - cannibalising and regurgitating, in the most perfunctory, mechanistic way possible, their considerable cache of 20th Century hits. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) If the series is going to fully recover from Zack Snyder's early assault, it will have to better marry brains with brawn, resisting the false choice of Wan's salty blow out. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There's a mystery at the heart of this film, but it's not the identity of Ezra Miller's non-descript wizard, or the sparing use of Depp's Hitlerlarian sorcerer, rather why did Rowling think there was enough material to hang an entire second movie on? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) It's an effective sequel to two very different movies grown from the same cinematic DNA. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The movie's saving grace is its leading man, Rami Malek, and his blistering recreation of Mercury's on-stage performances, both of which capture our memories of Queen with comforting fidelity. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
36% Hunter Killer (2018) Gerard, never mind a torpedo, fire your agent. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) It doesn't dare to be different, and consequently it has the distinct feel of a redundant cash in. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
87% First Man (2018) First Man is no crowd pleaser but it's a very fine brain-buster; the kind of movie that audience apathy will consign to history, much like our once funded dreams to explore strange new worlds. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) It has weight and depth, and that, as Cooper seems to intuitively understand, adds heft to the story's melodramatic complications. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
29% Venom (2018) A chaotic, unfocused, assembly edit of a movie, that appears to have had all the vitality and humanity parasitically sucked out of it. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
86% A Simple Favor (2018) A diet thriller, if you will, for when the prospect of full fat murder and intrigue feels like too much of a downer. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Inventive production design and an engaging premise ultimately win out. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
23% Mile 22 (2018) The dark pairing of demented editing and Wahlberg's testosterone shtick...make for an exhausting, sometimes confusing spectacle. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Another nasty, bone dry revenge thriller in which the coming storm of Washington's wrath is literalised as an on screen weather event. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The parallels between the seemingly archaic political climate depicted here and what's subsequently re-emerged in Trump's America, is the polemical bent of Lee's film. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
34% King of Thieves (2019) The audience is asked to settle for a movie that's interested in eliciting nothing more than their titters and pity. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
54% Yardie (2019) Not much to write home about, which is a pity for a film about emigres. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
92% Searching (2018) Proof that gimmickry can work when employed with intelligence. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) The movie's best joke, that the events depicted are based on real events, gets funnier with each elaborate set piece. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) Adding to the sense this is a film that's been gathering dust on a shelf since 1991 is lead lunk Boyd Holbrook, a dead-ringer for that mainstay of cheap Canon action movies, Michael Dudikoff. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) Not so much Deep Blue Sea as large green tea. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Once again Marvel have served up a film with all the edges blunted, where even a little passionate smooching is rendered ridiculous and sexless. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Danny Boyle, Daniel Craig - it's your move. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis never delivers on its promise, instead content to wade through a mire of underdeveloped plot points and underwritten character relationships. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 could be the future; a future in which every movie is polished but beige, beautiful but bland, fun but fawning, amusing but dull. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
47% Skyscraper (2018) Our hero's asked to manoeuver himself out of some precarious positions in a burning building, but he's closer to one of the forlorn guests in The Towering Inferno than Bruce Willis's supercop. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The movie's one long act of misdirection - a story that purports to have a USP, and high stakes, but has neither. It turns out the audience were the marks all along. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Blumhouse with brains. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Though peppered with well-crafted setpiece action, it's a largely perfunctory and senseless retread of Parks past. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The story may be slight but it's propulsive enough and enjoyable enough to be a fine Star Wars movie in its own right - a far cry from the sterile prequels it invokes in a sop to younger fans. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Two years after Ryan Reynolds revived the idea that a mainstream genre film could be violent and mirthful...here's an old fashioned sequel that piles on more and delivers less. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) One has to treat the culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies as a season finale, or at least the first part of a season finale. It's not really a movie in its own right. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
76% Funny Cow (2017) A story where nothing is learned or gained. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
51% Rampage (2018) We don't want to see The Rock trying to reason with these beasts using sign language, we want to see him do all the s*** his gorilla proxy does. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) No Anderson film ever truly made the heart sing. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) The beast that lives in the head of serious filmgoers, that slaughters those who talk, rustle, munch, stomp up and down the aisle and check text messages, is literalised on screen for the first time. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) A fantasy about rejecting fantasy that's built on movie fantasy clichés. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Soderbergh was so enamoured by the core set up that he didn't really give a **** whether it made sense or not. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Here, for once, style delivers substance. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Rich and intriguing, with many memorable tableaus and at least one outstanding sequence, destined to be known henceforth as "the chair and the bear". - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
74% Mom and Dad (2018) Taylor's once again managed to bundle jet black humour and monstrous excess into a terrifically entertaining package. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018