J. Olson

J. Olson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Cinemixtape

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) No sequence is a better analog for the pic's ups and downs than its climactic, supersized fight scene, one that amazes one moment and baffles the next. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 90% Shazam! (2019) What "Shazam!" does really, really well is pummel us with more aggressive versions of well-worn blockbuster tropes. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) It's a wasted opportunity to kick up some dirt on a well traveled but fruitful horror playground. Instead it plays out like so many neutered genre films before it. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4.5/5 94% Us (2019) Most frightening of all is how the film's use of mirrors extends to the audience, holding one up to each and every one of us. What you see just might scare you to death. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Where DC's "Wonder Woman" movie had intelligence and verve to spare, "Captain Marvel" slumps down comfortably into tired origin story clichés. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Surprises in its own way, on its own terms, bringing some surprisingly sophisticated storytelling to the table. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) A niche drama fated to fade away amongst Netflix's perpetually ballooning catalogue. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Audiences would be better served to watch the Skarsgård version. Or, for prime twenty-first century black comedy, Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges." - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The story - a dead man's paintings plague glib art hounds - allows for a few nifty effects-driven scares, but the upshot is nearly as superficial as the world it's lampooning. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Perfectly cast and surprisingly touching. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 38% Glass (2019) Jackson's unfailing screen presence is just the kick in the pants Shyamalan's uneven screenplay requires to come to life. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) One of the most revitalizing moviegoing experiences of 2018. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
1/5 67% Vice (2018) Swerves indeterminately between the white lines, swaying like the bar know-it-all after a particularly lusty night of talking down to everyone in earshot. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
1.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Its infrequent shots of fun aren't worth the headache. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) Very dumb and occasionally very funny. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 92% Bumblebee (2018) A significant course correction for the series but only a modest success. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) A few more knockout songs might've gone a long way, but as is, the movie passes a tough test. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) The kind of spark plug period piece that only comes around once in a queen's reign. Don't miss it. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Directors Persichetti, Ramsey, and Rothman wield their animators' wild talent like a flamethrower, leaving retinas pleasantly singed and optic nerves well-traveled. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
1/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) Squint and perhaps you'll see the faint outline of a delectably dark piece of pop art. Open your eyes and they'll roll until Corbet mercifully fades to black. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3.5/5 78% Green Book (2018) Ali and Mortensen are both spectacular. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4.5/5 96% Roma (2018) "Roma" is magnificent. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Gets by on the quality of its animation and a few moments of true inspiration. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 84% Creed II (2018) The dramatic pull of Adonis fighting the son of his father's killer is obvious but riveting all the same, made even more engrossing by the shadow of Rocky Balboa. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
2/5 91% Widows (2018) It's hardly the pulse-pounding thriller suggested by its trailers. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
2.5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Its six disparate chapters - one hysterically funny, most doggedly grim - would be better apart than together, each gnawed on and digested on its own terms. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
1.5/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Foy's real screen presence stands no chance against the banalities of the movie she's in. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) No thanks to disgraced director Bryan Singer, whose terrible fingerprints are all over the project's biggest defects, star Rami Malek makes for an impeccable Freddie Mercury. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) A Christmas turkey. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
1.5/5 66% Suspiria (2018) If "Suspiria" 1977 was the world's most decadent Cherries Jubilee, "Suspiria" 2018 is an oversized glob of gray mystery dessert. Dig in at your own peril. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) One of cinema's more mesmeric murder mystery parties. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Admittedly low-impact, but moviegoers willing to saddle up will be compensated with the company of one of the year's finest casts. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) If [Cooper] was going for middlebrow musical melodrama in the vein of "The Rose" and "The Bodyguard," bullseye. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
1.5/5 72% Hold the Dark (2018) If "Green Room" was a thrash masterpiece, "Hold The Dark" is bad prog rock: cold, soupy, faux-philosophical miscellany, wielding a few good ideas and oozing bad ones. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/5 29% Venom (2018) The expression "I'd listen to him read the phone book" might as well be rewritten forthwith: "I'd watch him in a Venom movie." - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 87% First Man (2018) Too muted to elicit the kind of glowing takes that play on social media. But let it grow in mind and it will leave its mark on you. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
3.5/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Lively's take-no-prisoners performance is an absolute triumph. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 32% The Predator (2018) A waist-high muck of studio meddling that contains some franchise high-points. Wade through and be rewarded accordingly. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
1.5/5 91% Mandy (2018) Only midnight movie completists need apply. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/5 26% The Nun (2018) Plays like a tired game of horror movie bingo where the stakes are spare change and candy corn. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) David Gordon Green's "Halloween" may not be perfect, but it's exactly the rough-and-tumble twenty-first century sequel that Carpenter's film deserves. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 92% Searching (2018) David's tech-based search for his daughter keeps us engaged until the bitter or not-so-bitter end, Cho's performance exposing layers the actor has only begun to access. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4.5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee's extraordinary film doubles as a visceral entertainment and an urgent reminder of a past we haven't been able to shake. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
1.5/5 46% The Meg (2018) That a concept as high as "Jason Statham versus a giant shark" results in not a single memorable one-liner is borderline actionable. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2018
3/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) The likability of the animals is a good tonic for just how curmudgeonly and then saccharine Christopher is; Pooh saves the day and finally the film from itself. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4.5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) The best film of 2018 to date. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Tom Cruise fantasy camp. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) A marked improvement over its predecessor, packing in a handful of moments of legitimately spine-straightening suspense and, thank goodness, a sense of purpose for its lead. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A gleaming signpost of an attention-worthy filmmaker that we didn't know we had. Now we know. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) After a shaky first act, it becomes the bright, buoyant action-comedy "Ant-Man" should have been. - Cinemixtape EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018