Grace Randolph

Grace Randolph
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Beyond the Trailer

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
74% Malignant (2021) An instant camp classic. It starts off intentionally bad & then goes nuts - avoid spoilers! The complete opposite of James Wan's two Conjuring movies but just as masterful! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
43% Cinderella (2021) A fantastic, modern take on Cinderella that's a lot of fun for everyone of all ages! Menzel, Porter, Galitzine & Doc Brown are the standouts. Kay Cannon did a great job here. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
84% Candyman (2021) Nia DaCosta is an incredible new director in Hollywood! Very strong cast & important social commentary. Everything about this movie is excellent - except the script. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Top Tier Marvel. One of their best solo films. Lots of great homages to Asian cinema & culture. Leung, Awkwafina & Kingsley are standouts. Cretton knocked it out of the park! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
100% The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021) Great expansion of The Witcher franchise on Netflix. Theo James has become an excellent voice actor & Castlevania fans will also have a fun time with his latest work here. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2021
37% Reminiscence (2021) Blade Runner meets Chinatown meets...a J Crew catalog? Hugh Jackman is a great actor but unfortunately miscast here. Unfortunate misfire from Lisa Joy. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
80% Free Guy (2021) Reynolds' best comedy after the Deadpool movies! Very funny, but also very romantic & a good mystery with interesting questions about A.I. Fantastic cast & VFX. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
62% Jungle Cruise (2021) Nice celebration of the Disney attraction. Like the skippers on the ride, Johnson tells very funny "bad jokes" & has great chemistry with Blunt. A few flaws but a lot of fun! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
50% Old (2021) Once again, M Night has a stupid twist ending but the rest of the film is so well made - so compelling - that it's still worth watching. Also neat 2nd ending. One of his best. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
37% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) Fantastic popcorn flick. Hollywood finally gets it right with Asian characters & setting. Audiences can be cruel today, but anyone with an open mind will have a great time. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
26% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) LeBron James is usually so savvy, it's odd to see him shoot an airball like this. Zendaya is the movie's saving grace. Definitely should be seen on HBO Max if at all. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
58% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) John Wick-Lite, but that's still pretty good. The film is stylized enough to distract from the cliche script, and there are some stand out fight scenes. Perfect for streaming. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
91% No Sudden Move (2020) Amazing cast and well directed but the script is awful. The movie tries to be clever but instead is just impossible to follow, especially as it goes on. Watchable though. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
48% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) The Boss Baby was a lot of fun, but this sequel's all over the place. Sedaris isn't a good match for Baldwin. There's a nice story about dads & brothers in here somewhere. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) Third act is horrible, & Scarlett Johansson deserves better after waiting so long for a solo movie. But Florence Pugh is amazing & the first 2/3rds are interesting enough. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
59% F9 (2021) Just barely fresh. While the movie is way too long, it's still fun and adds some great new characters like John Cena and Vinnie Bennett as "Young Dom". See it in IMAX. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
100% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One (2021) As good as a live action Batman movie! An excellent adaptation of the classic comic book. A treat for comic book fans and movie fans alike. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
91% Luca (2021) Paper thin for Pixar, and totally at home on Disney Plus instead of theaters. But it's a beautiful film that captures the magic of the coast of Italy, and has a strong ending. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Nice locations, some funny jokes. But we've seen all this SO many times before - from these actors, too. A movie to have on in the background at home, not to see in theaters. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) The film is flawed, but when it's good it's SO good! Both Emmas are absolutely fabulous, and the movie screams for a sequel. A lot of fun & very clever. Needs a new director. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
94% In the Heights (2021) This is a serviceable film adaptation of the Broadway musical, but Jon M Chu does nothing to elevate the material. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Shockingly, this is even better than the first film. John Krasinski proves he's a talented writer/director as well as actor. Very slick thriller with Spielberg elements. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
26% The Woman in the Window (2021) A total waste of time. For everyone who made it, and everyone who watches it. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Jolie is in back in top form, but also generously shares her spotlight with a great ensemble cast. Solid modern western from Sheridan, who's ready to direct movies full time. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
67% Army Of The Dead (2021) Aliens meets Oceans 11 - lots of fun & very current. Female characters are particularly good & Tig Notaro was a brilliant last minute addition. And that Zombie Queen & Tiger! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) Not as good as The Gentlemen, but a slick nifty action film nonetheless. Once it gets going it's a lot of fun and definitely one of Statham's best films, as well as Ritchie's. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) Fantastic & funny moments. But terribly unfocused, which is ironic for a movie about someone wanting to go to film school. Rudolph, Bennett, Armisen & Andre do the best work. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
81% Justice Society: World War II (2021) Wonder Woman is depicted really well here, and the voice cast does a great job. Some of the action is also excellent, and the 1940s framing is fun. But the story is awful. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
44% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Third act is a mess, but a cool plane crash sequence plus great performances from Jordan & Turner-Smith make it worth your time. But streaming is the right place for it. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Tan & McNamee are particularly bad, and there's surprisingly little fighting... But some of the characters really work & the VFX are excellent. It's a passable popcorn flick. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
21% Thunder Force (2021) Someone needs to just tell her: while her intentions might be good, Melissa McCarthy must STOP making movies with her husband, Ben Falcone. Another embarrassment. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Very much a "first film" from Ricky Staub, but resonates. The best performance is from a real life Fletcher Street Rider, Jamil Prattis! But the whole cast is excellent. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) The script is just awful, but Godzilla vs Kong delivers what it promises - amazing VFX fights between these two titans. Fun popcorn flick if you turn your brain off. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
84% Nobody (2021) A lot of fun, with great work from both Bob Odenkirk and director Ilya Naishuller. The third act falls apart, but still very much worth seeing. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
86% The Courier (2020) A nifty little political thriller that, better yet, is based on a true story. See the flip side of James Bond as Benedict Cumberbatch channels Jimmy Stewart. Worth seeing. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) A big bold swing that truly vindicates not only Zack Snyder but the idea that DC stories are meant to be dark and dramatic. Wonder Woman, Flash & Cyborg are the standouts. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
52% Yes Day (2021) Great production values, but super annoying. Garner makes the same mistakes as a producer that her "mom" makes in the movie. Ramirez - while talented - is not a comedian. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) Not as edgy or as clever as the original, but still very fun! Eddie Murphy surprisingly takes a step back, although thankfully the whole cast is great. Wesley Snipes is MVP. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
22% Chaos Walking (2021) Not great, but not horrible either. Holland and Ridley have great chemistry, and there are enough interesting ideas here to hold the audience's interest. Should be a series. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Stunning. Kill Bill meets Avatar The Last Airbender meets Aladdin, yet still manages to be its own thing. Under Jennifer Lee, Disney Animation is entering a new renaissance. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
67% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) While Sponge on the Run has its moments and is pretty to look at, way too much time is spent on flashbacks pushing spin-off Kamp Koral. Keanu Reeves does a nice job though. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
31% Tom & Jerry (2020) Tim Story makes this classic cartoon feel both familiar & fresh. The live action cast is committed, and the animation is zany! Great sets, lots of fun! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) Tom Holland is a charismatic actor, but he's horribly miscast here. Meanwhile The Russo Bros go from directing the most successful film of all time to one that's unwatchable. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
72% Flora & Ulysses (2021) While this movie is made specifically for children, it's very well done and adults will find some fun in it too. Charming story, solid VFX and Matilda Lawler is a great find. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) This is a tour de force. Shaka King, with only his 2nd feature, channels Scorsese with this historical drama. Kaluuya, Stanfield & their co-stars are thrilling. A must see. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) I waited the whole movie for a big twist that would make it all worthwhile, and let's just say I was extremely underwhelmed. John Lee Hancock wastes three Oscar winners. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
93% Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021) It's so great to see DC Animation telling original stories, especially when they're this well done. Fantastic directing, writing, voice work & action. A treat for DC fans! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
57% Malcolm & Marie (2021) Clearly modeled on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", this film doesn't quite stand on its own but is still very impressive. Zendaya, actress & producer, has a bright future. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
91% The White Tiger (2020) Like Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, The White Tiger is a fascinating story about a young man clawing his way out of poverty in dramatic fashion. Bahrani's best film. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
45% Monster Hunter (2020) The first 30 minutes are okay, but then it just has nowhere to go. Milla Jovovich, and especially Tony Jaa, deserve better. Probably fans of the video game too... - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020