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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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
B 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun-sized flick.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
C+ 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Not nearly enough people are eaten by dinosaurs.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B+ 93% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B- 71% 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
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
100% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
B+ 83% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
B+ 100% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
A- 73% Ready Player One (2018) You want total immersion into a fantasy world? Spielberg is definitely your guy.‐ Austin American-Statesman
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
B+ 77% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B 77% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
A- 92% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B- 56% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
B 92% 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
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
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
B- 83% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
C- 67% Life (2017) There is absolutely nothing original about Life. Zero. Nada.‐ Austin American-Statesman
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
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
A- 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Even when it's corny and a wee bit manipulative and you know that is exactly what it's doing, you sort of don't mind.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
56% Lemon (2017) Bravo and Gelman deliver an unnerving and deeply weird portrait of the artist as a middle-aged jerk. We have seen such things before, but maybe never quite like this.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is an ode to those who need a stream of tunes in their heads, everywhere, all the time, and a cinematic high-five to the movies that made Wright the absurdly talented music-n-film dork he is today.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
B+ 93% Logan (2017) With its mix of neo-Western and quasi-samurai tropes, Logan isn't just the best X-Men movie in forever; it's one of the best comic-book-sourced movies we've seen in some time.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B+ 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It's also a totally bonkers Batman yarn, the kind Bats used to have all the time in the Silver Age, back when comics cost a dime and plots followed the dream-logic of a little kid telling a story.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B- 42% Gold (2017) McConaughey is, of course, impossible not to watch... But one almost takes McConaughey's watchability for granted at this point, and he can only do so much with an often annoyingly on-the-nose script.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
B+ 84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
A- 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Gorgeously sad and occasionally very funny.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
B-- 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Hhardcore Potter nerds will enjoy the world-building that goes into Fantastic Beasts.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
A- 90% Loving (2016) The beautifully simple final scene elegantly displays the size of the stakes, with are both simple and universal.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
B 89% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
B 89% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Every frame of this 45-minute Imax film is worth hanging on a wall.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
B- 63% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016