Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Rather than a objectified victim, Alita has agency more often than not, and the movie has enough go-for-broke energy to match her determination. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Almost everything is awesome in Mike Mitchell's obligatory sequel... - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) There's a lingering atmosphere of dread permeating Destroyer, and Kidman is in masterful control throughout even -- and especially -- when Bell is in moral freefall. - Lake Highlands Advocate (Texas) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Nevertheless, it's a bubbly concoction that goes down easy, and the adolescent target audience isn't likely to nitpick. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is rough around the edges but nevertheless an enjoyably silly ride that unabashedly embraces the cheesiness and weirdness of its world and runs -- er, swims -- with it at full speed. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
29% Venom (2018) ...the result is a weird, atonal, campy mess. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Let's just say Goddard is adept at setting up viewer expectations just enough to thoroughly undermine them later. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) Sadly, there are indeed no brains to be found in The Nun. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's an above-average, one-viewing wonder that at least manages to be more than a one-joke movie. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Hard-boiled with a dash of absurdist pulp, Sicario: Day of the Soldado lacks the subtle nuances and gritty realism of the original but earns points for taking chances without slipping into spectacle... - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The fan service is strong with this one, dropping easter eggs, deep cuts, and obscure references that touch upon everything from the original movies to the prequels and even some of the Marvel and Dark Horse comic book series. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 'Infinity War' isn't a life-altering experience that changes the language of film, but it is an ass-kicking popcorn superhero flick that delivers the spectacle fans have waited years for. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
51% Rampage (2018) Tellingly, there's a moment in the film when George flips Johnson the bird; by the time it's over, the audience may want to do the same. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) It's a clever, stylish, entertaining blockbuster designed to give one's inner child the cinema equivalent of a sugar rush. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) It's either brilliantly stupid or stupidly brilliant. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The crushing flaw of A Wrinkle In Time: Almost every scene is so saturated with clumsily delivered 'believe in yourself' mantras that it becomes monotonous, meaningless and even creepy. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) It's a mind-bending film, and one that also plays with warping the medium as well, especially during its final act. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) There's a visual richness that expands Marvel's movie universe much the way Doctor Strange and the Guardians movies did, in this case with a beautiful blend of Afro-futurism and African mythical elements. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The series feels like it is truly moving forward for the first time in decades, and that future now looks more promising. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) It's the "Amelie" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon" mash-up you never knew you wanted. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Most days, "it's not great but at least it's coherent" would be a backhanded compliment; in this instance, it's high praise. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It's [its] kind of self-awareness and refusal to take itself too seriously (we're looking at you, DC) that helps Marvel's shtick and comic book movies in general maintain their forward momentum. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
7% The Snowman (2017) It's a story told in patchwork, and most of those involved deserve better. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) It almost works in a 'turn off your brain and watch' kind of way, but there's not enough to sustain its 141 minute running time. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) Fans have been clamoring for one since the 1990s, and versions of it have been in and out of development for a decade. Pity them, for the final product is cheap, shoddy, and bland to a confounding degree. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) Such a meditative movie certainly isn't for everyone, but it is what an indie movie should be: bold, original, quirky, genre-defying, and boundary pushing. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The movie could have skated by if the leads were at least charismatic and fun, but DeHaan and Delevigne are stilted and dead-eyed in just about every scene. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The movie has heart and an ebullience that is infectious. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) It works like a charm, especially when Wright's alchemy is applied to some jaw-dropping chase scenes and in-camera car stunts that make the CGI cheating of the "Fast and Furious" franchise look like amateur night. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
87% It Comes At Night (2017) Writer-director Trey Edward Shults' sophomore feature won't do much to reaffirm faith in humanity under pressure, but it will put the screws to the viewer for a lean, nerve-wracking 90 minutes. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It's all an utter crock, made more insufferable by Ritchie's modernistic go-to moves that just don't mesh with the material. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) The movie becomes more relevant than intended; too bad that it's too oblivious to do anything about. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
67% Life (2017) Having an ostensibly smarter group of victims battle an implacable foe in the claustrophobic confines of a delicate spacecraft is a set-up rife with possibility, but in this instance it goes nowhere fast. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
93% Logan (2017) Jackman's is a revelatory performance that paradoxically works as a worthy send-off yet leaves us wishing for more. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Though it's not as consistently or as unrelentingly hilarious as The LEGO Movie, Chris McKay's comic book spin-off is nevertheless a clever and enjoyable spoof of comic book movies in general, and the Dark Knight in particular. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
35% Live By Night (2017) Live by Night is meant to be an epic tale of crime, prejudice, and opportunism and how they collide with the myth of the American Dream. Too bad it never makes us care. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
83% Silence (2017) Much as he did with The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun, Scorsese reflects upon matters of faith with artistic courage and finesse. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One is one of the best Star Wars flicks to date -- as well as the grittiest, darkest, and most grounded. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
75% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It proves there's still new ground to tred in J.K. Rowling's magical world -- for now, at least. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker's ambitious telling of Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt is a timely movie; it's also a missed opportunity, a tepid tale hamstrung by Parker's limited experience and the constraints of biopic filmmaking. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's a blunt-force, but highly effective treatise on the horrors of war as well as those who rise above the brutality to maintain as much humanity as one can on a battlefield. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
44% The Girl on the Train (2016) Lacking in the tongue-firmly-in-cheek melodrama that made Gone Girl such twisted fun, it telegraphs its handful of twists well before the halfway mark and then proceeds to drag itself to a half-hearted conclusion. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
37% Blair Witch (2016) Adam Wingard's sequel/reboot Blair Witch is really just a remake in disguise, bogged down by a bad case of 'same thing, just more of it'. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
37% Morgan (2016) Scott and company have created tight little throwback to old-school sci-fi and horror movies about the dangers of playing God. It's still a gruesome potboiler at heart, but it's one that strikes some effective chords. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) LAIKA Studios continues its streak of smart, idiosyncratic, and quirky animated features with the stunning Kubo and the Two Strings. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) One of the most effective parables about religion ever filmed. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) There are so few surprises that, frankly, a few vampires would have been a welcome touch. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
27% Suicide Squad (2016) Alas, the result is a surprisingly disjointed mess. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
55% Jason Bourne (2016) The movie is open-ended enough to allow for another installment, but what's the point if our hero has nowhere left to go, no more dark personal secrets to uncover, or nothing left to say? - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
74% Ghostbusters (2016) It's still a fun ride thanks largely to casting. - Dark Horizons EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016