Joey Magidson

Joey Magidson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
For the past decade, I've been writing for The Awards Circuit, writing all manner of reviews, covering the awards race, and injecting my own unique spin into the world of online journalism. When not seeing 300+ films a year, I'm obsessing over my dog, the Jets, or the Mets. There's nothing better than a great movie that whisks you away from reality, if only for two hours or so.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 83% The Assistant (2020) "The Assistant" is a deeply upsetting look at the toll working for a monster can take. Julia Garner is fantastic. The film is languidly paced, but the impact is undeniable. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3/4 61% The Last Full Measure (2020) It's hardly spectacular, but "The Last Full Measure" is better than the January release date suggests, that's for sure. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/4 81% VHYes (2020) Nostalgia mixes with absurdity here, and somehow, it works. In particular, the way Robbins throws in some commentary and satire elevates things. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/4 67% Troop Zero (2020) A cast as strong as this one deserves a slightly better movie than we get here with "Troop Zero." - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
3/4 63% The Wave (2020) There are missteps here, but the combination of Justin Long and the overall vibe wind up saving the day, especially when mixed with some of Klabin's visual stylings. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
3/4 44% Three Christs (2020) Richard Gere anchors "Three Christs" with a vintage performance, though the entire cast is very strong. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/4 49% Underwater (2020) "Underwater" has aims of being deeper (no pun intended) than a creature feature, but the disaster elements are given short shrift. Even Kristen Stewart can't overcome that. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/4 60% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning are unusual choices for Woody Allen dialogue, and though they each have some strong moments, Selena Gomez emerges as the MVP of the film. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2019
2.5/4 92% Clemency (2019) Alfre Woodard, along with Aldis Hodge, do their best to take "Clemency" across the finish line. Both are terrific, but they're ultimately done a disservice by the screenplay. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/4 95% Little Women (2019) Greta Gerwig makes her "Little Women" a lively and modern adaptation of the classic novel. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
3.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) Roger Deakins has long been one of film's all time great cinematographers. "1917" is his finest hour and one of the most stunning technical achievements in ages. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 84% Just Mercy (2020) Earnest, wearing its heart on its sleeve, and fully believing in the power of its story, "Just Mercy" is more than just an eventual feel good movie. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
1.5/4 20% Cats (2019) Meow. Well, I suppose the appropriate term here is woof. "Cats," the adaptation of the smash Broadway musical, is a real dog. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" is clearly fan service, which is fine, but so much of it hammers home that it's the end, it loses some of what makes a great Star Wars film. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/4 37% 6 Underground (2019) Michael Bay's signature mayhem is on full display, but beyond one single concept involving magnets, none of it in "6 Underground" impresses. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
1.5/4 21% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2019) "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan" is a potentially powerful story, though one not successfully told in the slightest by Xavier Dolan. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
3/4 75% Richard Jewell (2019) While hardly a misfire, Clint Eastwood's "Richard Jewell" is only a small scale success, periodically weighed down by the filmmaker's politics. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2.5/4 37% Seberg (2020) Kristen Stewart is phenomenal here, though ultimately not able to save "Seberg" from being a disappointment. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/4 81% A Hidden Life (2019) "A Hidden Life" takes all of Malick's worst instincts, some of his best, and mixes them together in an epic run time that became utterly punishing to endure. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 69% Bombshell (2019) "Bombshell" lives and dies with its acting. Luckily, it's an impeccably acted movie. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Adam Sandler deserves an Oscar for his riveting performance in "Uncut Gems." He's absolutely brilliant here. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3.5/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) It may come as a shock, but, "The Two Popes" is actually one of the funnier movies of the year. McCarten peppers in a ton of humorous lines for Hopkins and Pryce. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) "Knives Out" deftly takes classic elements of the whodunit genre and sees Rian Johnson give it a really clever new spin. Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, and Chris Evans shine. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/4 83% Queen & Slim (2019) "Queen & Slim" is equal parts affecting, angry, clumsy, frustrating, moving, and well acted. Unfortunately, the mixture isn't balanced, leading to a missed opportunity. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) "Dark Waters" is effective, though somewhat workmanlike as well. Haynes and Lachman don't leave much of their imprint on the film, though Ruffalo turns in committed work. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/4 77% Frozen II (2019) "Frozen II" has some incredibly ethereal visuals (what they do with water is astounding), as well as catchy music throughout. It's good, but the first one was great. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is the most important movie of 2019, with a vital message of kindness and understanding. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3/4 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) James Badge Dale and Camila Morrone are achingly real here. The film's script gives them plenty to do, and both ace their difficult roles. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
3.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) "Ford v Ferrari" is a flawless technical achievement, helping to elevate a solid flick to a truly high level. In particular, the sound design is some of the year's best. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 82% The Report (2019) "The Report" is a well executed political procedural/thriller, with another excellent Adam Driver performance that's wholly riveting. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/4 83% Waves (2019) "Waves" is a stunning achievement. Shults' filmmaking, the score from Reznor and Ross, as well as the performances by Brown, Harrison Jr., Hedges, and Russell are exemplary. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/4 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) "Charlie's Angels" is undone by overly extended fight sequences, a generic storyline, plus an inability to focus on the parts that actually generate some goodwill and smiles. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
2/4 43% Midway (2019) Decent action meets a terrible screenplay in "Midway," which is perhaps the best definition of a Roland Emmerich picture you can come up with. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) "Last Christmas" is at its best when it's being simple and just focused on character... - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3.5/4 96% Marriage Story (2019) "Marriage Story" is devastating. Baumbach brilliantly and perceptively digs in to what brings a couple together, as well as what breaks them apart. Driver and Johansson stun. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3.5/4 93% Honey Boy (2019) Shia LaBeouf digs deep to make "Honey Boy" an impressive and cathartic cinematic experience. This is one of the year's biggest and most moving surprises. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/4 68% Adopt a Highway (2019) What a beautiful little surprise "Adopt a Highway" turns out to be. This Ethan Hawke star vehicle is tender, touching, and altogether a moving experience. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
2.5/4 73% Harriet (2019) Cynthia Erivo does her best to rescue the film. She finds the passion in Tubman, though too often the script in "Harriet" lets her down. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" is a masterpiece and one of Martin Scorsese's most ambitious works to date. It's also one of his very best. Believe the hype. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2/4 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) There's an admirable quality to the earnestness with which Edward Norton has tackled "Motherless Brooklyn." A bold move on his part, but ultimately a meandering folly. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Linda Hamilton's inclusion makes all the difference. Her return to the series is a huge boon. She gives it life, making you wish she'd been here the whole time. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2.5/4 62% Paradise Hills (2019) I wish there was more to grab on to here. The cast is solid, though everyone involved has done better work. It's in the third act where things crumble. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
3/4 91% Burning Cane (2019) Pierce helps lead the way, as does the sheer excitement of watching a young filmmaker find their footing. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Portals (2019) Despite an intriguing premise, this film goes absolutely nowhere, opting for random gore as opposed to containing any real ideas. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
2.5/4 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) "The Current War: Director's Cut" starts off pretty engagingly, but that momentum wears off quickly. After the first fifteen minutes or so, the next 90 become a bit of a slog. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 94% In Fabric (2019) "In Fabric" plays by its own rules. Peter Strickland takes an item you rarely think of as horror fodder and not just goes for unsettling terror, but laughs along the way. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/4 90% And Then We Danced (2020) There's enough good within "And Then We Danced" to overcome its flaws, but this is a melodrama that could have used another draft of its script. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2.5/4 81% Greener Grass (2019) You don't have to like "Greener Grass" to appreciate what it attempts to do. At the same time, that doesn't mean it warrants a recommendation either. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/4 90% QT8: The First Eight (2019) If you love Quentin Tarantino, "QT8: The First Eight" is an enjoyable guided tour through most of his unique filmography. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/4 69% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Filmmaker Kevin Smith is delighted to be playing with his old toys again, and it shows in the funny, heartfelt, and meta "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot." - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019