Geoff Berkshire Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Don't Leave Home (2018) Horror buffs can do a lot worse and thanks to the rise of video on demand, the title perfectly describes the ideal viewing experience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
17% Patient Zero (2018) A post-apocalyptic pandemic movie that's more grade-Z than "World War Z."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
60% Blood Fest (2018) The generally likable performers do what they can with thinly drawn characters whose traits are limited to "virgin" and "ditz," but it's hard to care much about what happens to them even as generic archetypes.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
100% Bending the Arc (2017) For anyone who wants to believe in the promise of Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote "the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice," a film like "Bending the Arc" is downright inspiring.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
8% All Nighter (2017) The part may be tailor-made for Simmons' no-nonsense persona, and his performance reliably rock solid, but the bland execution of director Gavin Wiesen and the uninspired scripting of Seth Owen have no comic zing. It's a night all too easy to forget.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon mine their personal history for laughs, heartache, and hard-earned insight in The Big Sick, a film that's by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) Lovely and tender, marking Kogonada as an auteur to watch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
12% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2018) There are few things more frustrating than a mystery without a satisfying conclusion, unless it's a mystery that didn't need to be a mystery in the first place.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
81% Brigsby Bear (2017) Rather than milking the outre premise for broad comedy, everyone involved strives to keep the characters and situations grounded and warm.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
44% Bushwick (2017) Even if the low budget execution is uneven at times, there's enough snap to the filmmaking, and enough raw power in the premise, to make for solid B-movie excitement.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
69% It Happened in L.A. (2017) The relationship view Morgan appears to be working toward - nobody's perfect, so appreciate what you have - winds up a little pat for the self-inflicted wounds her characters keep trying to emotionally bandage.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
96% Step (2017) This ebullient chronicle of a Baltimore girls step team's senior year matches a fascinating, worthy subject with unabashedly joyful filmmaking.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
80% The Workers Cup (2018) What emerges is a nuanced, if somewhat undernourished, portrait of the poorest inhabitants of the richest country in the world.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
87% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) Some people are born to be movie stars, and "The Incredible Jessica James" successfully makes that case for leading lady Jessica Williams.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
24% The Comedian (2017) There's a fundamental miscalculation to the casting that drags down an already lumpy shaggy dog dramedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) The rare horror sequel made with considerably more wit, craft, and imagination than its predecessor, "Ouija: Origin of Evil" feels less like the continuation of a budding franchise than an apology for what went wrong the first time.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
38% Milton's Secret (2016) Alas, even a prickly pro like Sutherland can't do anything to elevate a hokey self-help lecture disguised as family entertainment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2016
70% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Whether he's playfully interacting with his wife and daughter, or delivering a madman's rant to thin air, Malek has the range to be utterly charming, utterly creepy, or both at once.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
56% Katie Says Goodbye (2016) Even if first-time writer-director Wayne Roberts is sympathetic to the plight he's chosen for the protagonist, his film never burrows deep enough under her skin to make the string of miserable scenarios connect in a meaningful way.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Quietly radical in enough ways to make you cheer despite the cliches.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
68% The Land (2016) There's enough on screen, beyond Lendeborg's confident star turn, to label Caple as a filmmaker to watch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
62% Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (2016) It's a bold choice to devote a solid minute of the running time to the famed "Macbeth" monologue including the line, "a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing." Bold, and like the rest of the movie, a little too self-aware.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
37% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Every bit as noisy, brain-numbing and lowbrow as its predecessor, the Michael Bay production never strays from basic blockbuster formula.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) The final product brings to mind those animated advertisements for iPhone app games.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 24, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Disappointingly [succumbs] to an exhausting case of been-there-done-that-itis.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
70% Little Boxes (2017) Even as some of the supporting players and subplots veer toward caricature, the family dynamics at the film's center remain entirely relatable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) This 14-years-later sequel is every bit as sitcom-ish and saccharine as its predecessor, but considerably less distinctive.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) If there are miracles everywhere we look, who wants to waste time on a movie this middling?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
92% Hush (2016) Silence is golden in "Hush," one of the more inspired concoctions to emerge from the busy Blumhouse horror-thriller assembly line in recent years.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
37% The Other Side of the Door (2016) The type of sporadically silly and patently predictable horror pic that would look like filler on Syfy's weekend lineup, "The Other Side of the Door" brings virtually nothing new to the supernatural genre.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
0% Cabin Fever (2016) This dud sets a new standard for the term 'pointless remake.'‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
100% Under the Gun (2016) "Gun" acknowledges the solutions to this ongoing problem are neither easy nor obvious, while persuasively arguing that more, surely, can be done.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
96% Gleason (2016) Clay Tweel's emotionally wrenching documentary chronicles NFL star Steve Gleason's battle with ALS.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2016
67% As You Are (2017) A promising and impressively self-assured debut for 23-year-old filmmaker Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, "As You Are" is crafted with the confidence and skill of a veteran, but also the youthful eye of someone not far removed from his protagonists.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2016
80% Joshy (2016) One of the saddest comedies ever made about boys behaving badly at a bachelor party, "Joshy" offers a strange mix of elements that never quite add up.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
96% Weiner (2016) A rollicking and never-dull insider's view of a political campaign that leaves fascinating questions unanswered.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
71% Trash Fire (2016) An aggressively unpleasant black comedy with modest horror flourishes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2016
84% Tallulah (2016) Heder's script likely won't please those who prefer their indie dramas naturalistic and event-free. But the freewheeling storytelling enacted here has an excellent anchor in the grounded work of the ensemble cast.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2016
76% The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) With material this familiar, casting is crucial. And Burnett has a pair of aces up his sleeve in Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2016
79% Naz & Maalik (2016) Taken as a whole, "Naz & Maalik" is more of a curiosity piece than a magnet for any sort of discourse, let alone controversy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2016
9% Norm of the North (2016) [Wall's] visually unimaginative style ... may work, barely, in increments of fifteen minutes or less, but fails to engage over 90 minutes on the big screen.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
31% Daddy's Home (2015) The first PG-13 comedy from R-rated laffer auteur Sean Anders ("Horrible Bosses 2," "That's My Boy") winds up an unpalatable mix with little to satisfy families or anyone who likes to laugh.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
25% Condemned (2015) It's hard to be charitable about Gesner's intentions while his contemptible characters are successively obliterated for cheap laughs.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
21% Jem and the Holograms (2015) The film seems inexplicably embarrassed by its roots, instead serving up half-baked and self-consciously contemporary drama that no one in the sure-to-be minimal theatrical audience will remember quite so fondly some 30 years on.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
76% Goosebumps (2015) Turns an endearing collection of silly spooky stories into a busy, noisy, soulless eyesore.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2015
36% The Green Inferno (2015) A project that boasts all the appeal (and aroma) of a carcass rotting in the rainforest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2015
27% Captive (2015) True crime and Christian filmmaking collide with more subtlety than either genre is typically known for in "Captive."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
55% Hyena Road (2016) Alternately detailed and derivative, thesp-filmmaker Paul Gross' third feature has a relatively offbeat point of view that only partially masks its formulaic characters and narrative twists.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
97% Being Evel (2015) Even if Daniel Junge's documentary falls a bit short of its goal, it deserves points for trying.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
100% Two Step (2015) A slow-burn thriller with rich Texas flavor, Two Step reps a promising feature debut for writer-director Alex R. Johnson.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015