Movie Reviews Only
|Rating||T-Meter||Title | Year||Review|
An aimless two hours where it takes forever for the central mystery to unravel and, by the time it does, you don't really care at all about the "big reveal".‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
The director of EX MACHINA returns, delivering a thrilling, gorgeous bit of big studio pulp filmmaking. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
It's just all so sad, but never actually rings true, a movie about grace in defeat that showcases few discernible grace notes.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
|80%||Night of the Comet (1984)||
The bastard offspring of an entire drive-in era, Night of the Comet is one of the most unique motion pictures from any age, and it's a wonder that more modern filmmakers haven't used it as a cinematic template.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
|No Score Yet||Accident Man (2018)||
While definitely still a treat for fans of the martial arts star and his new English partner in crime, Accident Man is also a mild disappointment, mostly because the film seemingly bit off a touch more than it could chew. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
Granted, there may be some problematic road traversed in regards to mental health issues and power dynamics, but the talent involved is too great to deny Aardvark at least one viewing. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
|71%||Like Me (2018)||
Robert Mockler's directorial debut is a New Media scorcher.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
|54%||12 Strong (2018)||
Chris Hemsworth's post-9/11 horse soldier actioner is a bland attempt at revitalizing a producer's brand.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
|39%||Den of Thieves (2018)||
A real movie that never forgets that it's still playing to a crowd desperately seeking cheap thrills. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
|No Score Yet||Automatic at Sea (2016)||
That's possibly Automatic At Sea's finest quality: a delightful ambiguity toward not only its subjects, but the very thesis of the film, as well.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
|77%||All the Money in the World (2017)||
All the Money In the World is much more American Gangster ('07) than it is Hannibal ('01) - the opulence of its subjects' lavish lifestyles somewhat muted by an oppressive blue color palette.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
|55%||The Greatest Showman (2017)||
Hugh Jackman's big top musical isn't the disaster you've heard it is...but it also isn't good.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
Sam Patton's creepy camping picture boils genre down to its essence.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
|91%||The Disaster Artist (2017)||
Franco transforms Sestero's BTS memoir into a genuinely touching tale of two outsiders.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
|78%||Sweet Virginia (2017)||
Jamie Dagg's overcast neo noir is a sturdy, somber slice of violent pulp.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
|40%||Justice League (2017)||
The DC machine has finally manufactured a product that actually tastes pretty good, even if still feels like a copy overall. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
|57%||Graduation Day (Día de Graduación) (1981)||For a cheap cash-in (which this no doubt is), there's still a solid amount going on under Graduation Day's hood, even as the bodies begin to pile toward the ceiling. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|No Score Yet||Frozen Scream (1980)||Harmon gets to indulge her more hallucinatory tendencies through director Frank Roach.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|No Score Yet||The Severed Arm (1973)||There's an ample amount of blunt brutality on display, and a solid twist on who the killer turns out to be, marking The Severed Arm as a rather intriguing deep cut when discussing the beginnings of horror's more prolific subcategorizations. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|70%||Creepshow (1982)||As fun as Creepshow is, the movie Romero and King crafted is also an act of revenge, as each has recounted in interviews how the EC titles the movie is paying tribute to were frowned upon by many in mainstream society.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|57%||Acts of Vengeance (2017)||
If this all sounds preposterous, it's because it totally is. But Banderas brings such a fiery commitment to the role that we buy into Florentine's world of cleanly choreographed battles and the Russian tough guys who engage in them.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
|86%||Darkest Hour (2017)||
It's unafraid to indulge in cinema's ability to create these fantastical scenarios.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
|93%||Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)||
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a funny, shocking, oddly sobering reminder that people should inform the process, not the other way around.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
|51%||Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)||
Dan Gilroy's NIGHTCRAWLER follow-up is an odd mixed bag with a fascinating central performance.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
|38%||24 Hours to Live (2017)||
Ethan Hawke is no Keanu Reeves, and 24 Hours to Live is no John Wick, no matter how hard its creative forces are trying to position the picture as the next action cinema classic.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
|75%||The Babysitter (2017)||
Perhaps the most infuriating element of The Babysitter is that it feels like a horror movie made by someone who doesn't necessarily like horror movies, and is taking this odd opportunity to sort of laugh at the genre.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
|96%||The Florida Project (2017)||
Sean Baker's latest is a melancholy slice of wonder, viewed through our pint sized protagonist's eyes.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
An utter masterwork of illogic.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
|86%||American Made (2017)||
Tom Cruise's latest is almost subversive in its breezy, anti-US attitude.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
|92%||Super Dark Times (2017)||
Super Dark Times is an unsettling, technically accomplished entry into the recent boom of genre pictures examining losses of innocence through their own unique lenses. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
|100%||Cold Hell (Die Hölle) (2017)||Cold Hell is exactly what you want from this sort of late night trash cinema hybrid - it's a smash and grab assault on the senses, leaving you out of breath and totally exhilarated.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|100%||King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017)||[Larry] Cohen was one of the unsung Princes of NYC Grime, live-shooting his movies in crowds in order to obtain a Hitchcockian sense of authenticity. His productions were often chaotic and unprepared, but that's what lent them such a vital spark.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|40%||Jailbreak (2017)||What's still most impressive about Jailbreak is its sense of playfulness.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|95%||Bodied (2017)||Bodied is a masterwork.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|83%||My Friend Dahmer (2017)||What we're left with is a portrait of the eternal freak, resigned to damnation because he couldn't make friends or lovers out of the young geeks surrounding him, despite his best efforts.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|100%||Revenge (2017)||It's an exploitation movie that knowingly abuses the male gaze and then turns that uncivilized, leering lens on its head, placing us squarely in the shoes of its brutalized angel of vengeance.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|91%||Gerald's Game (2017)||
Mike Flanagan delivers the high water mark in King Cinema.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
|No Score Yet||Applecart (2017)||
Everything is here except the thing that matters most, a good director.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
|92%||Thelma (2017)||Thelma is as much a deft character study as it is a pure genre exercise, with Anja evoking desires in this strange girl she barely recognizes beneath her own cold surface. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|79%||The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)||The Killing of a Sacred Deer will likely prove divisive, as Lanthimos tests the audience's patience with his deliberate pacing, making you feel the same inescapable sense of horror its doomed subjects are suffering through.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|89%||Wheelman (2017)||Wheelman is a movie slightly at war with itself. It's an anti-action picture that still attempts to commit to the genre trappings it's visually toying with.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.|
|34%||American Assassin (2017)||
So beige and unmemorable that this writer struggled to recall any sort of palpable plot details mere hours after the credits rolled.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
|78%||Crown Heights (2017)||
Another standout performance from Lakeith Stanfield. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
A neorealist take on Hasidic life that is fascinating, if slightly repetitive.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
|26%||Birth of the Dragon (2017)||
A poorly conceived film that is interesting enough to be entertaining, but certainly not good enough for a recommendation. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
|41%||Death Note (2017)||
Not without problems, but also not as bad as you've heard.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
|40%||The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)||
The Hitman's Bodyguard acts as the cinematic mimosa you down after a night of tequila, some $3 hair of the dog Cook's and OJ that eases you into the next day without too much hassle.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal return with a ferociously angry social horror movie.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
|74%||Beatriz at Dinner (2017)||
Salma Hayek gives the best performance of '17 (thus far) in this dark comedy of manners. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
|29%||Camera Obscura (2017)||
Koontz's feature debut is a sturdy, adult scare picture, which is a treat unto itself. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017