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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 54% 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
94% 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+ 71% 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- 82% 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 66% 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- 78% 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
73% 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
94% 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- 43% 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+ 85% 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- 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Gorgeously sad and occasionally very funny.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
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 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
Read More | 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
A- 87% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
C- 25% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
B- 55% Jason Bourne (2016) Well, it looked amazing on paper.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
B- 59% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
C 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Is it too early to remake this thing?‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
82% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
84% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
B- 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) [A] very well-acted, well-shot, elegantly edited comedy.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
B+ 96% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016