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Joe Gross
Joe Gross's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin American-Statesman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 83% Silence (2017) You want a faith-based film? It gets no more faith-based (and faith-testing) than this slow-moving, 161-minute goliath. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 5, 2017
A- 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) At its best, Rogue One is scrappy and epic in equal measure, aware of the potential to be glorified fan fiction and using exactly what it needs from the Star Wars mythology to create a vibrant, stand-alone adventure. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 13, 2016
A- 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Gorgeously sad and occasionally very funny. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 1, 2016
B-- 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Hhardcore Potter nerds will enjoy the world-building that goes into Fantastic Beasts. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 18, 2016
A- 89% Loving (2016) The beautifully simple final scene elegantly displays the size of the stakes, with are both simple and universal. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 10, 2016
A- 94% Arrival (2016) Villeneuve, cinematographer Bradford Young, composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and editor Joe Walker dole out information and color it in knowing ways, building to third act revelations that make for profoundly moving film-making. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 10, 2016
A 98% Moonlight (2016) All it takes is a moment to change your life. One encounter, a tiny handful of friendships, a few life turns, fewer than you might imagine, this way or that. Barry Jenkins' exquisite character study Moonlight understands this. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange is a solidly enjoyable superhero romp, one with the zippiest effects you are going to see this year. I just wish it was a little... stranger. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B 92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Every frame of this 45-minute Imax film is worth hanging on a wall. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B- 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) There are some lovely visual moments, and Burton renders the kids' powers with wit and verve and a little bit of grace. But the performances and plotting vary wildly. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C+ 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Everyone seems a little too aware that they are Making A Western For A Modern Audience rather than throwing themselves headfirst into making a Western for a modern audience. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 22, 2016
B- 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Don't Breathe does a solid job of dispensing with dialogue in favor of driving the plot via strong, claustrophobic images as the camera snakes in and out of underlit rooms. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 25, 2016
A- 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Most other kids' movies are so frenetic, so manic with lousy jokes and easy gags and visual effluvia that something as calm in spots as Pete's Dragon seems like an outlier. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 11, 2016
C- 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Not even Margot Robbie's enthusiasm nor Viola Davis nor professional movie star Will Smith can save Suicide Squad, written and directed by David Ayer, from somehow being visually unpleasant, tedious and obnoxious all at once. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 4, 2016
B- 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Well, it looked amazing on paper. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 28, 2016
B- 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Ab Fab is still one of the nastiest critiques of boomer self-obsession ever lensed, and Eddie and Pats are still completely devoted to living an absurdly indigent life, no matter what the calendar year. Approach accordingly. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 21, 2016
C 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Is it too early to remake this thing? ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 23, 2016
B 94% Finding Dory (2016) It is a perfectly entertaining film; kids will certainly enjoy it. But that's all it is. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 16, 2016
94% Tikkun (2016) Go for the glorious black and white cinematography - blessed is he who shoots in b&w in the 21st century century. I am sure that is in the Torah somewhere. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 8, 2016
C- 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) The massive cast works against the 147-minute movie -- there are just too many folks to keep track of, and we learn next to nothing about most of them. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 31, 2016
B+ 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Heroes fighting each other over a misunderstanding or ideological conflict is a longtime comic book staple. Batman v Superman is a great example of the exact wrong way to present this sort of conflict. "Civil War" nails it. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 5, 2016
A 90% Green Room (2016) This smart, stomach-turning look at what happens when you find yourself way over your head will go down as a well-deserved, punk rock classic. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 22, 2016
B+ 95% The Jungle Book (2016) On the whole, The Jungle Book is remarkably effective, a canny update of a Disney classic utilizing the best digital storytelling the industry has to offer. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 15, 2016
D+ 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) I'm not sure what Snyder has against these characters, why he is so determined to make them as distasteful as possible. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 24, 2016
100% Tower (2016) Tower has a very clever conceit, combining archival footage and reenactments that have been rotoscope-animated in the manner of Waking Life. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 23, 2016
No Score Yet Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon (2015) Neither entirely a performance film nor a bio-doc about Close, it's a nice introduction to the man and his legacy. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 23, 2016
79% We Are X (2016) We Are X is a sometimes thrilling, not too terribly deep portrait of a band who perform the role of rock n roll messiah about as well as humanly possible. By the end, don't be surprised if you are converted. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 23, 2016
100% Silicon Cowboys (2016) Silicon Cowboys is a fun watch but it struggles to find conflict other than their battle with IBM (which Compaq more or less won) and the ouster of one executive (about which we could have learned a little bit more). ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 23, 2016
82% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) While there are fewer prop-based antics than the other films, the gags and punchlines are spot-on. The bowtie is back. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 18, 2016
93% Newtown (2016) Anything can happen to anyone at any time, and the aftershocks linger and change and peak and valley and peak again. It never leaves. It will never, ever leave. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 15, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) Nichols' restraint is on-point, his pacing measured, his withholding of information wise. That said, it is to his lasting credit that the reveals work, that the coda is pitch perfect, that the haunted melancholy is both familiar and welcome. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 15, 2016
B- 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) [A] very well-acted, well-shot, elegantly edited comedy. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 15, 2016
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) Louis Black and Karen Bernstein's Richard Linklater - dream is destiny is the documentary on Linklater that Linklater nerds have been waiting for. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 15, 2016
B+ 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) Hitchcock's ability to balance art and entertainment seems almost Shakespearean at times, and this thing will have you watching Shadow of a Doubt or The Birds for the first or the 501st time. Nothing wrong with that. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 25, 2016
C+ 70% Touched With Fire (2016) Touched With Fire leaves audiences right where they started: unsure of how to regard the nature of the movie's very subject. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 18, 2016
B- 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) An intermittently effective mash note to Hollywood's post-war golden age. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 4, 2016
56% Lazer Team (2016) Rooster Teeth devotees will likely devour it, but there might not be enough meat on the bones for anyone outside of the cult. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 28, 2016
B 93% Anomalisa (2015) Yes, it often feels like a stunt to cover a story of white-dude navel-gaze. But now and then, something beautiful happens, and you are left wondering how Kaufman pulled it off. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 14, 2016
B+ 81% The Revenant (2015) Alejandro Iñárritu's "The Revenant" is a gnarly, pitiless ode to a time and place in America when was life was nasty, brutish and often short. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 7, 2016
A 88% The Big Short (2015) The Big Short practically backflips on this narrative tightrope, remaining engaging while engaging complicated ideas, forcing the viewer to root for genuinely loathsome folks who are only mildly less awful than everyone else. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 2, 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) For all of its humor and charm and thrilling dogfights and genuinely teary moments (I'm not made of stone, people), The Force Awakens revels in its derivative nature, in its open-armed embrace of warm nostalgia. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 16, 2015
B+ 95% Creed (2015) As fun, stylish and gripping as the actual fights are, the charms in Creed are found in the interaction between Rocky and Adonis. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 24, 2015
B 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Is it a satisfying conclusion to the decade's most iconic franchise? Oddly, yes. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 19, 2015
59% The Program (2016) Frears' movie doesn't offer fresh insights on this still-exceptionally weird tale. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 13, 2015
C 65% Spectre (2015) At nearly 2 1/2 hours, what should be epic (this is the reintroduction of Spectre into the Bond mythos, for Fleming's sake!) just seems interminable. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 12, 2015
81% Man Up (2015) Bell is, as she has proven over and over, almost impossible to dislike and it is sweet and charming to see Pegg playing as close to a regular adult as he possibly can. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 5, 2015
A- 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Though the film he stars in is very much a group effort, it is hard to imagine Steve Jobs without the magnetic Fassbender in the starring role. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 15, 2015
A- 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) This is filmmaking on a powerful, visceral level. From the lithe opening to the emotionally wrenching conclusion, Beasts is an exhausting, brutal journey but compelling and necessary. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 15, 2015
C 61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) Too many bizzaro elements begin to eat away at one's attention span. Even if it's the end times, this Apocalypse didn't need every idea at once. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 8, 2015
B+ 92% The Martian (2015) Make no mistake, at 141 minutes, The Martian is a bit of a hike. But it's a tribute to Scott's command, Damon's charisma and Goddard's script that this two-hour-plus movie about a guy by himself on Mars works as well as it does. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 1, 2015