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 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Bell and Colaizzo do a wonderful job of presenting a real person as their protagonist. There's no artifice here, even if there's plenty of silliness. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/4 40% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Admittedly the best of the franchise to date, though still fairly mediocre and dumb as rocks. "Angel Has Fallen" is occasionally fun, but mostly just a bland shoot em up. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 96% American Factory (2019) The first project shepherded by the Obamas is an engaging one, presenting a complicated issue with clarity, maturity, and without the need to spell out an answer. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/4 87% Ready or Not (2019) This is a black comedy, almost more so than it is a horror flick. So much of the comedy is rooted in how bad the family is at this game. It's a riot. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/4 85% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) "The Amazing Johnathan Documentary" ultimately has a lot to say, mainly when the focus moves away from Johnathan himself and centers on director Benjamin Berman. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 66% Driven (2019) This is actually quite a fair amount of fun, due in no small part to the charms of Jason Sudeikis. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/4 90% Blinded by the Light (2019) The best film of 2019, "Blinded by the Light" knows exactly what it's like, internally and externally, to discover Springsteen; how the music makes one feel. It's brilliant. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) The balance of sex-related humor and charming tween innocence is an irresistible combination. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/4 80% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) It's hard not to be stunned by this movie. Even if the conspiracy isn't as far reaching as Brügger suggests, what's discovered is unnerving, unsettling, and a complete horror. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2.5/4 47% After the Wedding (2019) Despite some wonderful acting, "After the Wedding" ends up just an indie version of what happens with most remakes, falling short of the original mark. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 71% Light of My life (2019) "Light of My Life" is an ambitious yet tightly focused tale of survival, proving that Casey Affleck is not just a hell of an actor, but a tremendous filmmaker as well. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 58% Brian Banks (2019) The success of the film is due in large part to Aldis Hodge, who passionately gives life to Banks and his incredible true story. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 50% Ode to Joy (2019) What makes this movie work are the interactions between the quartet of main cast members. Morena Baccarin, Martin Freeman, Jake Lacy, and Melissa Rauch are all a ton of fun. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/4 42% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The more focus is put on Enzo, the better things are here. When Curtis and Bomback concentrate on Denny, Eve, and company the film suffers. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) "The Peanut Butter Falcon" is a fantastic fairy tale of a film. Truly a wonderful/crowd pleasing experience. An absolute delight from start to finish, it's among 2019's best. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 93% Luce (2019) Though it can be a bit repetitive with its central thesis, the emotions and performances throughout are real and urgent enough to pave the way towards success. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Believe it or not, the film is at its best when just being a lark, focusing on the banter between the leads. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 100% Teacher (2019) The anger depicted here, in front of and behind the camera, is something to behold. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 93% Jay Myself (2019) When Maisel implores people to look at the things he finds interesting in life, it's a point that truly resonates. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 85% The Nightingale (2019) Violence is a constant in this movie. Jennifer Kent takes all of the emotions that well up when vengeance is needed and splashes them across the screen. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
2.5/4 76% Skin (2019) "Skin" is a movie with a tremendous lead performance from Jamie Bell, though not quite enough else to warrant a recommendation. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) In a very real way, Quentin Tarantino's whole career has been building up to this moment. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" may be his masterwork. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/4 86% The Great Hack (2019) "The Great Hack" is an important and timely documentary, meant to engage, and jar you from inaction. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/4 59% Astronaut (2019) Pleasant yet paper thin, "Astronaut" winds up being worth the investment due to Richard Dreyfuss and his sympathetic performance. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/4 64% Bottom of the 9th (2019) Joe Manganiello gets a nice showcase here, believably portraying a once can't miss baseball prospect. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
1.5/4 33% Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019) As much as this premise could make for a good time, it's largely a bore and a mess. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) Visually, this is an unparalleled work by Jon Favreau and company. The effects on display are often breathtaking. The opening Circle of Life sequence is a real stunner. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/4 59% Trespassers (2019) Deshon and Oblowitz spend enough time giving you an idea about all four of our main characters, so when the body count starts, you actually care a bit. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/4 65% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) Here's the thing. Bethany Hamilton is an inspiring figure, but she never makes for a fully compelling documentary subject. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) Awkwafina is a true revelation in "The Farewell." There's a ton of heart on display throughout the film, anchored by her star making turn. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 55% Summer Night (2019) There's an undeniable Richard Linklater vibe at play here, and that's not just due to the Ellar Coltrane casting. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/4 42% Stuber (2019) Though hardly groundbreaking, the comic stylings of Kumail Nanjiani help to set this action comedy apart and make it worth a watch. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3.5/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) "The Art of Self-Defense" is the best skewering of masculinity since "Fight Club." The depiction here of how absurd extreme behavior is truly resonates. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Marc Maron is absolutely on his A game here, infusing his character with an edge that's pure personality. He's hypnotically watchable. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Cold Blood (La mémoire du sang) (2019) The presence of Jean Reno in "Cold Blood" is undoubtedly meant to invoke memories of better movies like "Leon" and "Nikita." Sadly, that only exacerbates how poor this is. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
2.5/4 22% Phil (2019) If not for Mazur's script dropping the ball, this might have been just worthy of a mild recommendation. Kinnear, however has a future behind the camera if he wants it. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
3.5/4 83% Midsommar (2019) Ari Aster's version of a breakup movie is fascinating and horrifying. The score/ visuals, plus a fantastic Florence Pugh, make it compelling and haunting in equal measure. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Not only is "Spider-Man: Far From Home" a great Spidey adventure, one that ties into the past and future of the MCU, it's also another tremendous high school story. Loved it. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Boyle and Curtis are at their best when depicting moments where the value of music is emphasized. It doesn't happen as much as one would hope, but when it does, it's charming. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/4 59% Ophelia (2019) Daisy Ridley is quite good here, though ultimately let down by the film's inability to take the inherent curiosity of the premise and do much of anything interesting with it. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/4 72% The Command (Kursk) (2019) What saves this movie is the intrigue of the story. Even with its flaws, it's a compelling tale. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
3/4 77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) What sets "Nightmare Cinema" apart from other anthologies to come out recently is that there really isn't a slog of a segment to be found. They're all equally fun and weird. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
2.5/4 64% Child's Play (2019) Is the movie good? No, definitely not. Is it entertaining? More than it probably has any right to be. As such, the film could be a bit of a guilty pleasure to some. I can't recommend it... - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) You've still got a friend in them. Pixar has beaten the odds with "Toy Story 4," finding a moving and wholly unexpected way to continue Woody and company's adventures. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Deep Murder (2019) Much of the comedy comes from the ridiculousness of porno characters struggling to break out of their predetermined roles. It works better than you might think. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) Considering the talent involved, it's shocking how much of a bore "Men in Black: International" is. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 33% Being Frank (2019) Jim Gaffigan has never been better than he is here in "Being Frank." What starts out as a bleary one-note performance evolves into something complex and fascinating. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet Vault (2019) Despite the unusual setting and unlikely nature of its true story, "Vault" ends up treading very familiar territory. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/4 39% Katie Says Goodbye (2019) "Katie Says Goodbye" is nearly 90 minutes of terrible things happening to the protagonist. Despite strong work from Olivia Cooke, it's painful to sit through. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) Emma Thompson especially shines in "Late Night," displaying blistering comedic chops. The best scenes in the movie feature her harsh humor. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019