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
1/4 43% The Dirt (2019) It's juvenile, indifferently made, garish in the worst way, and makes just about every other biopic look better by comparison. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
3.5/4 94% Us (2019) Can a film be way overpraised and also be rather terrific? In this case, that's what I found Us to be. Despite not sticking the landing, Peele shows he's a new genre master. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/4 44% Out of Blue (2019) Sadly, this film resides in no man's land. Too somber to be much fun, it's also too dumb to be fully engrossing. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 54% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Nemes is unable to recapture the magic that made Son of Saul such an unforgettable affair. This, by and large, is a chore to sit through. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 76% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) How much you like this film will probably depend on how much you like Zahler's previous outings. For me, it was largely captivating, making over two and a half hours fly by. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/4 73% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The power of this film resides in how visceral it makes the story. Not just in terms of the violence, but the true intensity of the story. It's an exhaustive experience. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
2/4 64% Relaxer (2019) This is an absurd endurance test, one that overstays its welcome by a large margin. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2.5/4 50% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) It's undeniable fun to watch the heist come together. Unfortunately, it doesn't add up to much and the decision to tell the tale in flashback negates some excitement. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
2.5/4 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) There's gorgeous cinematography, a terrific lead performance, and some genuinely moving moments. There's also very odd choices and a bloated running time dragging it down. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
3/4 73% Triple Frontier (2019) Intense and supremely well made, "Triple Frontier" also benefits from nuanced work from Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 91% Never Grow Old (2019) John Cusack and Emile Hirsch anchor this film with some of their best recent work. Cusack is as evil as we've ever seen him, while Hirsch is an old fashioned Western hero. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/4 95% The Mustang (2019) Dern and Schoenaerts are powerhouses here. The former turns in supporting work that is a "Bruce Dern" performance to a T, while the latter is quietly devastating. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2.5/4 54% Yardie (2019) Elba is undercut by a mediocre script, dulling his otherwise solid filmmaking style. It weighs him down and prevents this from being a success. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/4 47% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Jesse Eisenberg And Alexander Skarsgård put the movie on their backs and help make it as good as it ultimately is. They handle the rapid fire dialogue and make it sing. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Avenues (2019) Michael Angarano stars as well as writes and directs this charming New York tale. His work in front of and behind the camera is compelling and steady. It's an assured debut. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2.5/4 42% The Kid (2019) This effort from D'Onofrio is undeniably well made. It just simply comes off as unexceptional and never rouses you from a low gear. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Brie Larson is an inspiration here. It's rare to want to stand up and cheer in a superhero movie, where your protagonist is literally superhuman, but she brings that out. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2.5/4 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Ejiofor showcases all the tools to make a great film in the not too distant future. Here, he just seems too often to be going through the motions, making for a near miss. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
2/4 44% The Wedding Guest (2019) Dev Patel does what he can with this slow burn thriller, but the burn is ultimately far too slow, leading to a dud of an ending. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
2.5/4 93% First Reformed (2018) The film features an incredible turn by Ethan Hawke, but can't get out of its own way. Ponderous, pretentious, and intentionally unsatisfying, it's a frustrating experience. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 61% Saint Judy (2019) The film falls into the trap of needing to show tired problems at home, without ever making it add up to anything. That misstep holds back an otherwise solid story. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) This film manages to both make you laugh and also be about something important. There's an admirable balance. You laugh at Hella's unusual methods, but you root for her cause. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/4 92% Paddleton (2019) What Romano delivers here is unexpected and downright staggering. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/4 100% Wrestle (2019) The documentary presents a world where sports may present an escape, all while the specter of poverty hangs over everything. It's absolutely engrossing. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 40% Donnybrook (2019) This film is as bleak as it gets. There's nothing wrong with that, except Donnybrook never is able to develop an entry point. You're on board with its brutality or not. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
3/4 36% Patrick (2019) A lovely tribute to the impact that a dog can have on your life. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) The movie is funny, heartwarming, and will literally make you stand up and cheer. Usually that's just a cliched critic's quote, but here it's just plain the truth. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Everything visual here is a treat. That's about the only thing to praise. Everything else is mediocre or worse. Plus, it ends right as you're starting to get invested. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3.5/4 93% High Flying Bird (2019) Soderbergh combines McCraney's lyrical script with a directorial immediacy that really makes things soar. It's also easily the best looking film shot on an iPhone to date. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
2.5/4 13% Berlin, I Love You (2019) This anthology effort is too long, offers too little, and seems like a largely wasted opportunity. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Anywhere With You (2019) By keeping the camera close on the protagonists' faces, we quickly become invested in their plight. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/4 75% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) This is a really tremendous movie. From the bold concept to Elliott's performance, it's just a deliciously full cinematic meal. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 62% St. Agatha (2019) For most of the running time, it's an efficient tale of desperation, gaslighting, and trying to find hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/4 47% Under the Eiffel Tower (2019) Matt Walsh does his best to keep the film afloat. He actually fares even better in the more dramatic moments than the comedic ones. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
2/4 9% The Amityville Murders (2019) Filmmakers keep coming back to this murder and its aftermath, but few can find a compelling story to tell. That remains the case here. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/4 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Though not as stunning as the first one, this is still a very fun kids flick that adults can also easily enjoy. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3.5/4 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) There's devilish joy in seeing just how darkly funny this film can get. Creative both in its humor and violence, it's rather delightful, provided you're on the twisted side. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/4 64% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw is not for the easily disturbed. It takes such glee in offing its awful characters that you have to get on its wavelength. If you do, it's a bit of macabre fun. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 90% The Unicorn (2019) A lot of the charm here is in how amusing it makes a particularly tricky situation. The dialogue sparkles and it's hard not to be amused by the turns the story takes. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 71% Piercing (2019) It starts out as a morbid bit of fun. Then, the fun stops, leaving you with a largely nonsensical story. Don't even get me started on the ending, which is absurdly bad. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 58% Then Came You (2019) A lot of what makes this movie work is the performance of Maisie Williams. She brings life, vim, and vigor to what could have just been a cliche. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
1.5/4 19% Serenity (2019) Knight's bizarre bungling of his already strange material mixes with overly broad performances by Hathaway and McConaughey to form one of 2019's worst efforts by far. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/4 34% King of Thieves (2019) Any film that boasts a cast like this, with Michael Caine at the top, should be way better. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/4 91% Fyre (2019) If you were fascinated at all by the whole Fyre situation, prepare to be blown away by the real life insanity of what occurred. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
3/4 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) With a single minded focus, it tells a razor sharp story about as well as it can be told, complete with a hell of an ending, to boot. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
2.5/4 14% An Acceptable Loss (2019) It all ends up feeling like a lesser subplot from a season of "House of Cards." The pacing drags, the payoff is lacking, and the focus is largely wayward. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 80% All These Small Moments (2019) Harley Quinn Smith is a revelation. Her father scratched the surface of her talents, but here she turns in a lived in and quietly beautiful performance. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/4 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan only half-heartedly attempts to build a cinematic universe. Partly making it a twist and partly building a world makes for a wholly unsatisfying experience. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/4 73% Adult Life Skills (2019) Jodie Whittaker is terrifically showcased here, taking an old cinematic premise and giving it a bit of a new spin. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/4 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Manipulative or not, this tale made me cry almost uncontrollably. One specific tragic moment and one of happy release had me openly sobbing. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019