Hoai-Tran Bui

Hoai-Tran Bui
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Hoai-Tran Bui is a news writer and film and TV critic at SlashFilm.com. She has previously written for USA Today, reporting on TV and movies for its EntertainThis blog.
Publications: Slashfilm, SlashFilmcast

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 90% My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2020) With its clumsy write-off of all the events that occurred over the course of the film, which includes a convenient bit of memory loss, Heroes Rising doesn't add much to its original series or to the overall landscape of anime movies. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
8.5/10 95% Soul (2020) A movie bursting to the seams with wild concepts, twists, and turns, almost to the point of feeling overloaded with them. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
8/10 60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The cartoonishly optimistic charms feel like a direct rebuke of the current landscape in a way that is unquestionably ham-fisted, but is...a much-needed balm for 2020. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
9.5/10 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) A heartfelt tale of love and loss enveloped in the lushly animated storybook from your dreams. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
8.5/10 83% Undine (2020) Undine is a lush, transporting affair whose enigmatic magic laps at your feet and slowly washes over you. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
9/10 91% Tragic Jungle (Selva Trágica) (2020) A searing fable brought to rich, tactile life by cinematographer Sofia Oggioni, Tragic Jungle is a direct reversal of the imperialist tragedy. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
7/10 100% Days (Rizi) (2020) It is eroticism as emotional catharsis, an exceedingly intimate moment of human connection that feels all the more fleeting for how its effects linger on. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
9/10 100% The Woman Who Ran (2020) A gentle, lackadaisical drama that smoothly glides through its slight story and slim 77-minute runtime. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
6/10 50% Isabella (2020) Isabella is intentionally fragmented - a jigsaw puzzle that never feels complete, a daydream too bright and tactile to feel dreamlike. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
7/10 86% On The Rocks (2020) By far Coppola's lightest and most easygoing film, On the Rocks isn't burdened with the crushing weight of ennui that is a typical staple of her movies. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
6/10 73% Mulan (2020) The Mulan remake walks on eggshells the entire time, juggling Caro's attempts to tell a cohesive story about identity with what was decided on by committee. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
8/10 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Bill & Ted Face the Music offers the kind of wholesome, wide-eyed comedy that we desperately need now more than ever. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
6.5/10 53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Peninsula is exactly what it says on the tin: a Mad Max-inspired apocalyptic action flick filled with outsized characters and garish imagery. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
8/10 93% Howard (2020) Howard is an all-too-fleeting snapshot of one of the greatest lyricists in musical history, the tragic circumstances of his death lending an air of melancholy and depth. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
7.5/10 66% The Secret Garden (2020) The Secret Garden doesn't shy away from the implicit "magic" of Burnett's novel, leaning into the whimsy of the story with a hefty dose of magical realism. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
5/10 48% My Spy (2020) My Spy is silly, it's unoriginal, it's tired, but it's a great vehicle for Bautista to show off his leading man chops. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
4/10 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) The farcical Netflix comedy seems to be as much a well-intentioned parody of Eurovision as it is an outlet for Ferrell and Dobkin to try to figure out just what the hell Eurovision is. They never really find out. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
1/10 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Artemis Fowl opts to be a profoundly joyless exercise in generic children's fantasy tropes. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
8.5/10 87% The Trip to Greece (2020) Like the Greek heroes that the two of them are emulating, The Trip to Greece is a bittersweet end to Brydon and Coogan's odyssey. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
6.5/10 77% 12 Hour Shift (2020) 12 Hour Shift has a sick sense of humor that makes its washed-out setting the perfect blank canvas for writer and director Grant to paint her gleefully bloody caper. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
6/10 70% The High Note (2020) The High Note leans into the superficiality...the narrative tropes, the music industry success story...all while Ganatra shoots like a sleek ad for living in California. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
8/10 97% The Half of It (2020) Its unexpected ode to platonic soulmates and its thoughtful depiction of immigrant life in smalltown America is a sweet, refreshing addition to the coming-of-age genre. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
7/10 81% Tigertail (2020) For all its warm, lush stylings and the bittersweet romance at its center, Tigertail holds its audience at a distance. But Yang's passion for this story still shines through. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
7/10 83% The Way Back (2020) It rarely dips into the mawkish, instead offering a quiet, stolid vision of one man's road to recovery, anchored by Affleck's tremendous performance. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
6/10 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) Gone is the savage romance of London's short novel in all its untamed glory, instead, The Call of the Wild is...a schmaltzy celebration of that bond between dog and human. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
7/10 87% Emma. (2020) Just like the punctuation mark in its title...everything about Emma. is precise and pinpoint, down to the every curl of star Anya Taylor-Joy's tightly wound hair, and down to every beat of this rhythmic, impossibly stylish adaptation. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
7.5/10 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) A pulpy, kaleidoscopic funhouse ride that feels simultaneously high-stakes and low-stakes all at once, Birds of Prey is as cheeky, irreverent, and erratic as its central character, Harley Quinn. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
6.5/10 75% The Gentlemen (2020) At times, The Gentlemen feels almost satirical, with characters winking and prodding at the thin membrane of the gangster film, but Ritchie's tongue misses the cheek and instead sticks it out at the audience as if saying, "Remember when I did it best?" - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
8/10 91% Weathering with You (2020) A whimsical supernatural romance with a pointed environmental message that is even more vibrant than Shinkai's 2016 mega-hit, but doesn't quite pack the same emotional wallop. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/10 13% Dolittle (2020) A series of increasingly bizarre acting choices and cringe-worthy anachronisms turn Dolittle into an unwatchable circus. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
5.5/10 21% Like a Boss (2020) The problem with Like a Boss is that it spends so much time being a pale imitation of other female-led comedies that it overlooks what makes the film work: Haddish and Byrne. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
9/10 95% Little Women (2019) Can you make a movie out of a weathered book spine? Compose a lilting score out of a stained page? If you could, it would be Gerwig's Little Women, the Lady Bird director's luminous, gorgeously gauzy adaptation of the coming-of-age classic. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
5/10 20% Cats (2019) There is a thin line between idiocy and genius, and Cats pukes a hairball on it and rubs its ass all over it. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
5/10 69% Bombshell (2019) A surface-level approach to a complicated subject that softballs the entire controversy and miscasts its female anchors as feminist heroes. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
6.5/10 68% White Snake (2019) The level of detail in the film is staggering, with loving attention given to the vibrant environments and the surreal experimental sequences that look like traditional Chinese calligraphy paintings brought to life in eye-popping 3D animation. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
6/10 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Stewart is the scene-stealing star of Charlie's Angels, swaggering through the movie like a pure force of chaotic, extremely Sapphic energy. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
6.5/10 73% Harriet (2019) Erivo is magnificent in the Kasi Lemmons-directed film, channeling a fiery rage and raw vulnerability in a performance that soars above the generic biopic formula that Harriet unfortunately cannot escape. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
5/10 52% Black and Blue (2019) What could be a monumental turn for Harris in a painfully topical film ends up being a B-movie thriller that cops out on any potent sociopolitical messaging in favor of hamfisted platitudes. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
5/10 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) This lofty sequel sacrifices all the storybook whimsy in favor of political intrigue and dark plots that are far too complicated to be wrapped up by a typical Disney happy ending, and end up landing with a thud. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/10 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Despite stunning cosmic visuals and a tour-de-force performance from Portman, Noah Hawley's highly anticipated debut feature is as devoid of meaning as the emptiness of space. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
7/10 81% Abominable (2019) A classic girl-and-her-monster story that recalls the dreamlike whimsy of Studio Ghibli films and features some of the most astonishing animated flying sequences since How to Train Your Dragon. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
7/10 87% Hustlers (2019) With an all-star cast led by a fierce Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers is a glossy crowdpleaser that shatters the male gaze. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
7.5/10 98% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) In his lyrical animated film, director Salvador Simó also lets the art speak for itself, painting an earthy, dreamlike portrait of the surrealist filmmaker. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
6/10 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Where'd You Go, Bernadette? is several films in one, all of which are slightly interesting, but none of which reach a satisfying conclusion. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
6/10 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Predictable and rote, The Art of Racing in the Rain nevertheless has its heart in the right place, even if there is not much art to it and precious little racing. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
7.5/10 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark effectively captures the primal horror of campfire stories while doing justice by Schwartz's creepy designs in a marriage of old-fashioned practical thrills and sleek modern effects. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
6/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw is an action movie as a meme; the entire film is a self-effacing wink at the audience. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
6/10 41% Stuber (2019) Except for the five-star chemistry between the pair, Stuber ends up mostly a middling ride. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
7.5/10 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Everything about the follow-up to the delightful 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming lives up to the web-slinger's "friendly" moniker, delivering an incredibly fun, frequently funny, and sweet sojourn from the soul-crushing grief of April's Avengers: Endgame. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
5.5/10 63% Yesterday (2019) This is a movie as a pop song. Sweet and sentimental, Yesterday gestures toward some greater meaning, only to fall back on lazily written tropes that fail to make anything of its clever concept. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019