Joe Gross

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
D 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) As one character puts it about a crucial plot development, "Nobody cares anymore." No kidding. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
C 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Heck, maybe it was appropriate to show us so many monsters, what with the next hurricane, flood and tornado right around the corner, ready to remind us we are all at nature's mercy. But that doesn't make it good storytelling. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
100% The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (2019) "The Gift" is like a lavishly illustrated Bible -- you know the story, but this is a gorgeous version. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
A- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Which is to say, if you think you need to see "Avengers: Endgame," you absolutely, positively need to see "Avengers: Endgame." - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Kolsch and Widmyer either find new takes on old tropes or run into cliche. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) [E]motional-without-being-overly-manipulative documentary. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
55% The Beach Bum (2019) Indeed, McConaughey, who is in virtually every frame, is really the only reason to see "The Beach Bum." McConnanerds will love it, it's likely everyone else will be scratching their heads. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
94% Us (2019) Mixing Cronenberg, Hitchcock and yes, a lot of "Twilight Zone," "Us" mixes rather direct allegories with a mess of images that seems designed to provoke vigorous post-view debate. (I am still trying to figure out all the stuff with the rabbits.) - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
B- 78% Captain Marvel (2019) "Captain Marvel" is a hero that Marvel fans deserve, even if the movie that introduces her isn't everything you want it to be. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Every frame is dense with visual information and even at a svelte-for-blockbusters 122 minutes, "Alita" is A LOT of movie - some of it clumsy, some of it elegant. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
100% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) Rarely has the short film category, especially the features and animated films, been dominated so completely by children in extreme distress and mopey narratives about aging. Some of them are extremely good. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) Rarely has the short film category, especially the features and animated films, been dominated so completely by children in extreme distress and mopey narratives about aging. Some of them are extremely good. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Rarely has the short film category, especially the features and animated films, been dominated so completely by children in extreme distress and mopey narratives about aging. Some of them are extremely good. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
D+ 19% Serenity (2019) The more one thinks about it, the more one can see a cast with this kind of talent reading the script and thinking, "Okay, that's kind of cool and trippy and MIGHT work if it's executed correctly." Alas, it is not. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Spider-Verse" isn't just one of the year's best family movies - it's the canniest, hippest and simply the best comic book movie made to date. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
B 79% Halloween (2018) While not without flaw, Green and Curtis have given the original the bookend it deserves. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B- 85% A Simple Favor (2018) For a while, A Simple Favor hums along with cheesy, thrillery affect, laying in questions-as-subplots that may or may not pay off. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
A 94% Blindspotting (2018) It's in this tension of hyper-reality that Blindspotting lives, saying as much as they can as fast as they can... showing you, per the title, that what you see in front of you is not always all that is there. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun-sized flick. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
C+ 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Not nearly enough people are eaten by dinosaurs. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B+ 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It is the rare animated feature, and the rarer superhero movie, that will leave the audience thinking, "That was a lot of fun, but I wish there was more of the raccoon." - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B- 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo is a space Western, more or less, and the more it leans into that model, the more fun it is. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) About five minutes into Hao Wu's People's Republic of Desire... it hits you: This is a completely bonkers William Gibson sci-fi story come to life. And yet, it is happening right now. Indeed, much of this material is a few years old. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
B+ 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) But on the whole, Infinity War is what fans have been clamoring for - an action movie that puts everyone under one cinematic roof, that pits all of the good guys against the ultimate big bad for all of the marbles in the universe. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
100% Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011) A fascinating, sometimes achingly depressing ride through the potential glories and everyday indignities of a life struggling with the music business. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
B+ 95% Blaze (2018) It's a tour de force of oversized charm and verve, a living ballad of song-writer-as-ramblin'-man (and almost compulsive screw-up). - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
29% PARADOX (2018) The soundtracky bits -- all guitar feedback, vague chordings and massive toms -- are totally great, as is the acoustic ramble that floats around here and there. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
B- 95% A Quiet Place (2018) John Krasinski, directing only his third feature from a script by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and Krasinski, delivers a solid genre picture with a remarkably high concept - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
A- 72% Ready Player One (2018) You want total immersion into a fantasy world? Spielberg is definitely your guy. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
A 97% Black Panther (2018) In Black Panther, Coogler and company have made a superhero picture that's twice as good, twice as smart, twice as fun to look at as any before it. May they get twice the credit and twice the box office. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
A 89% I, Tonya (2018) For the most part, Gillespie's vibrant filmmaking matches the sheer insanity of the story, a tale which combines a sport that (by design) tends towards melodrama, a soupçon of class warfare and the rise of tabloid TV. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
B- 82% Molly's Game (2018) There is much to enjoy about "Molly's Game,"... But if this is Sorkin's idea of a mea culpa to critics who found his sexism tedious even in "the West Wing" days, then, brother, we have some work to do. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
B+ 79% All the Money in the World (2017) Go for the thrill of the chase, go for the excellent yet fictional climax, go for the parallels between Harris' war against the Getty empire and the kidnappers' war on capitalism (a war that is impossible to wage without, yes, money)... - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
B 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) More than anyone else on screen, Driver seems to know exactly how to pitch his character. He is magnetic in his scenes, and his sequences sing with (space) operatic melodrama that, for all its showiness, is absolutely correct for the piece. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
B 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) (James Franco's) team did a terrific job with the re-creation, and The Disaster Artist is a fun look at Hollywood dreams at their woolliest. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
C 40% Justice League (2017) For people who value these characters as symbols of truth, justice and the American way, Justice League never really feels like the start of something truly heroic. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) "Last Flag Flying" reminds us that how we respond to it - the choices we make in response to it - makes us who we are. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
A- 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Visually, Thor: Ragnarok is by far the most Jack Kirby-inspired entry in the MCU films, and thank Odin for it. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B- 57% LBJ (2017) It's solid political drama, but only solid. Nobody will lose any points with me for making a movie under two hours in this day and age, but LBJ could use a little more room. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B+ 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) What makes Professor Marston so impressive and sexy and sweet is how everyday it all seems. Robinson builds a case (a few times a little too directly) that Marston was, more than anything else, paying tribute to the women he adored. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
A- 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) See 2049 on the biggest screen you can possibly find. Let the stunning visuals overwhelm you -- Villeneuve is a brilliant craftsman. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
C 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) It's all massively frustrating; whenever an interesting theme is developed, it is stymied by the writing. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) On the whole, War is both a reasonable possible conclusion to the ape's arc and a solid preparation for whatever comes next. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Holland is incredibly charming, and embodies Spidey's traditional fondness for wisecracks while not seeming smug. The jokes fly fast, but everything hangs together tonally. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
B 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Jenkins and Gadot did their level best to give us, within the confines of an unforgiving superhero universe, the Amazing Amazon that fans deserve. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
C+ 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) It takes Covenant an ungodly amount of time to get to this point. A good half-hour could have been carved out of this thing, making for a much leaner, meaner, meatbag-exploding horror flick. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
B- 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) As with many sequels, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 takes every single thing (and I mean every tiny detail) audiences enjoyed about the first film and turns it up to 11. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
C 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) This is less a Fast movie than A Summer Action Picture, and nobody looks like they're having much fun. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
C- 67% Life (2017) There is absolutely nothing original about Life. Zero. Nada. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
C- 43% Song to Song (2017) Our heroes spend most of the time wandering around a comically underpopulated Austin, voice-overs letting us know their thoughts, bits of dialogue advancing what little plot there is. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017