Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Born in the Bay. Raised in the Bay. Likes the French New Wave; She-Ra, Jem and the Holograms, and Barbarella; burritos, and dark chocolate; New Jack Swing; and the 1970s. Left ACL is torn. Wears contact lenses.
Favorites:
Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Band of Outsiders, L'Avventura, Pulp Fiction, Newsies, Spaceballs, Barbarella.
Location: Los Angeles

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) "Parabellum" bursts with the series' usual sleek and squishy top-notch action, and the healthy dose of the winking humor that breaks Wick and his cronies out of the bounds of the genre. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
No Score Yet Go for Broke (2017) [T]here are undeniably powerful moments. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The film's impulse to profess a knowing, snarky superiority can become painfully awkward. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
85% It (2017) "It" fills its 135-minute run time with enough impressive visuals to keep its audience rapt, if not as emotionally invested as the source material deserves. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Plaza shines here in her most multifaceted role to date, fearless in her willingness to take Ingrid to cringe-worthy depths with a chameleonic precision. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
17% Baywatch (2017) Not only owns its dumbness, but hurtles itself all the way back around through a flurry of genitalia jokes and F-bombs to splash unapologetically in an R-rated surf of winking postmodernism. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
87% Hounds of Love (2017) What makes the torment worth enduring is the trio of ferocious performances at its center, bare and ugly and unvarnished. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
13% Dead Awake (2017) Despite Donahue's best efforts in a grand finale sleep session with life-or-death stakes, the premise never lives up to its promise. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
84% The Transfiguration (2017) Bold and brutal in shocking spurts, the indie horror drama from writer-director O'Shea is a startling debut that leaves a fresh mark on the genre while celebrating its forbears. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Contained yet expansive, nostalgic yet new, Rogue One introduces striking heroes and villains and fills its two hours and 13 minutes with a narrative that fits snugly into canon. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
96% Moana (2016) There are no princes hanging around, no boys to really think about, no girly hang-ups or thingamabobs to fritter over, and no romantic subplots to distract from what's truly important: survival, independence, identity, self-belief. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
89% Doctor Strange (2016) More mature than its predecessors and the first blockbuster of the modern superhero era ideally viewed on a magic mushroom trip. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) A frequently frustrating but surprisingly entertaining genre mishmash that's at least upfront about its central conceit: Ben Affleck is definitely, 100 percent going for it as Hollywood's first autistic assassin. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
99% Under The Shadow (2016) A ghost story both on its surface and far below it -- a haunted house tale in which the tangible dangers of the war outside are so immediate that no one really sees what's happening within the walls. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
92% Raw (2017) I've heard the patrons felled by Raw's more outré scenes, in a film filled with gaping flesh wounds and at least one sensual eyeball-licking, were men, which only underscores the film's power as a feminist fable. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
50% Mascots (2016) The rewards are subtle but a bit too far in between; much of it feels familiar, which will bring both comfort and frustration to fans. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
83% Amanda Knox (2016) Knox bares her soul for the cameras in Amanda Knox, which achieves what all that media overexposure never tried to do all those years ago: It makes her seem human. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
69% Free Fire (2017) It's relentlessly brutal and surprisingly hilarious, the blackest of black humor seeping from its pores. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
64% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Fuqua's Magnificent Seven is Fast & Furious on horses -- The Wild Bunch for people who will never bother to see The Wild Bunch - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
86% Sully (2016) Sully wants to be life-affirming Oscar bait, but it's more like Clint Eastwood's Book Club For Dads Who Shop In Cargo Pants At Costco. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
70% White Girl (2016) A ferocious debut from writer-director Elizabeth Wood... a bold and brash cautionary tale filled with a lifetime's worth of terrible decisions. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
39% Skiptrace (2016) At times, Skiptrace feels like the most Jackie Chan movie Jackie Chan has made, certainly in recent years, and possibly ever. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
82% Sausage Party (2016) You might find yourself alone one night imagining your dinner screaming with every bite you take, and then wonder: Is that half-eaten slice of pizza plotting cheesy vengeance upon me... or am I the half-eaten slice of pizza? - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
27% Suicide Squad (2016) While it's a bright, grimy, candy-colored mess, at least Suicide Squad is here to lighten up the place, break a few vases, take a few shots, and have some fun. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
55% Jason Bourne (2016) Visceral echoes of real life accidentally make the over-the-top action feel more prescient than anyone could have intended. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
37% Blair Witch (2016) The idea that a secret sequel could bring a long-stale franchise like this back to life is, frankly, the most surprising thing to happen to horror in ages. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2016
85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) When Beyond soars, it hits a sweet spot of perfectly balanced stakes, momentum, character development, callbacks, music, and action, blasting at full power in particular in one memorable space-battle set piece that punches in just the right moments. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
74% Ghostbusters (2016) With a crackling sense of purpose and a surplus of reverence for their predecessors, new Ghostbusters Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones plant their own flag on a beloved sci-fi comedy franchise. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
94% Tickled (2016) One of the strangest and most utterly engrossing documentaries of the year. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
90% The Witness (2016) The Witness takes a heartaching deep dive into a story we already thought we knew. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) 'X-Men: Apocalypse' gives 'X-Men: The Last Stand' a run for its money as the worst entry in the long-running franchise. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
93% The Nice Guys (2016) Shane Black, the buddy action auteur, is back in his wheelhouse-and he's delivered another inspired onscreen pairing in the blundering one-two punch of Gosling and Crowe. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Finally, a big budget superhero sequel that manages to be both effortlessly entertaining and utterly sobering, instead of just one of those things-or, as we've endured too frequently in the past, neither of them. (Looking at you, Batman v Superman.) - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Watching Batman and Superman rage at each other like little boys makes for a pretty tedious two and a half hours. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
51% Hardcore Henry (2016) If you're ready to subject yourself to the most balls-out, bonkers action ride of the year, then you are precisely the maniac for whom the flashy, gory first-person action-thriller Hardcore Henry was made. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) Zoolander 2 death-marches its way through a tiresome succession of espionage movie clichés and cameos. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) Deadpool is at once a welcome antidote to the played out superhero universe and an anomaly, destined to be trapped in its spandexed outliers. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Stirring, soulful, and incendiary. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2016
92% Southside With You (2016) Barack and Michelle's Before Sunrise-esque first date makes for a charming indie romance. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2016
65% The Greasy Strangler (2016) One long feature-length skin-crawl, a comic exercise in visceral discomfort that's all the more entertaining if you can check your gag reflex and lean into the ick. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2016
51% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Bay, never one for subtlety, cranks up the sentimentality in his most patriotic film to date. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Perfectly safe and plenty full of the Force... but leans on geek nostalgia to reboot a beloved property by hitting predictably familiar story beats. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) Even the look of The Good Dinosaur's main character seems outdated, blocky, and out of place in his own world. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2015
82% Chi-Raq (2015) As 'Chi-Raq''s world expands, Lee's true target comes into focus: Chi-Raq is Chicago is America, and we are all, in our own way, responsible. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
97% Mustang (2015) A coming-of-age feminist fairy tale and just the film we need right now. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) A tedious send-off for Katniss Everdeen. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2015
64% Spectre (2015) If you never imagined your mind would wander to tentacle porn while watching a James Bond movie, well, at least Spectre serves up something unexpected. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
92% Anomalisa (2015) The animated film of the year isn't a Pixar pixelfest or a kiddie product pusher, but a deep dive into the soul of a selfish narcissist lost in his own inescapable misery. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) In Bridge Of Spies, Steven Spielberg finds the perfect use for Tom Hanks' squinty dignity. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
90% The Witch (2016) The Witch makes exceptional use of its Puritanical setting to build riveting, slow-burn terror. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015