Joshua Starnes

Joshua Starnes
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/10 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A technically astute scare-by-numbers which risks nothing and offers little. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
7.5/10 81% Long Shot (2019) As political satire Long Shot is pretty light, but as romantic comedy it packs plenty of charm into a straight forward formula. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
7.5/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) "No one is reinventing the wheel here and that's perfectly fine. " - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
5/10 57% Aladdin (2019) Loud, garish and extremely well-intentioned, Aladdin is a shining example of the limits of Disney's attempts to render its greatest animated classics into live action. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
6.5/10 83% High Life (2019) There's a part of High Life which is legitimately unsettling and brilliant, and part which is hopelessly muddled and the dichotomy is deadly. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 89% Missing Link (2019) It may not be the best Laika has ever managed, but it's way up there, showcasing the thought and care everyone involved has put into the film. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
6/10 41% The Upside (2019) The Upside may not have a place in modern cinema and even if it did, its parts don't fit together particularly well. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
7.5/10 67% Vice (2018) It's clever, but beyond drawing attention to itself for its cleverness, it doesn't have enough to offer. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
6.5/10 92% Bumblebee (2018) A necessary course correction but it requires Knight and his crew to spend so much time focused on what the series is not, it never comes up with a good case what it is. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
7.5/10 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) If all that can be said of it is that creates a stage for Ronan and Robbie to bestride and conquer, that's just about worth the price of admission on its own. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
6.5/10 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's a good try and its heart is in the right place; if nothing else it proves Jones can carry almost any material. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
8/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It does work. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
9/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) From top to bottom A Star is Born is a success, the rare remake that proves not only that it has more to say about its subject but that there is more to say. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
7/10 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It is unremarkable, undifferentiated kid-family fun that's actually fun - which may be the most remarkable thing about it. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
6/10 85% A Simple Favor (2018) It's a shame.There's a lot to like about A Simple Favor. Just not enough. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
4/10 26% The Nun (2018) The Nun is predictable modern horror, offering the exact opposite of what horror needs to survive - safe chills. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
6.5/10 32% Kin (2018) Kin's core themes and Elijah's strength as the embodiment of them creates real emotional attachment that even the goofiest character choices cannot undermine. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/10 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) The longest 90 minutes you are ever likely to sit through. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/10 23% Mile 22 (2018) "Mile 22 is a nothing-burger of a film, all build up and no pay off." - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
6/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) If any word sums up Ant-Man and The Wasp it's the one you never want to hear about a sequel: Extraneous. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
7.5/10 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Beyond the shift in perspective there's little willingness to experiment, a reality at stark odds with the sheer creativity on display. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
6.5/10 55% Tag (2018) Like the runner up in a good game of tag, so close but no cigar. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
7.5/10 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) With higher highs and lower lows than Deadpool, the sequel has a lot of the problems all sequels do. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
6.5/10 33% Super Troopers 2 (2018) The Police Academy 2 to the first film's Police Academy, Super Troopers 2 takes what worked the first time and tries to build on it, with mixed success. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/10 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Despite some decent ideas and chances at interesting characters, Truth or Dare opts for lazy storytelling and unconvincing scares. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
7.5/10 75% The Price (2017) Pointed without ever falling into stereotypes, it's a bold statement about modern immigrant life in America and not to be missed. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
6/10 70% Gemini (2018) A slow - and I mean ssslllooowww - murder mystery... - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
7/10 63% Us and Them (2018) Not as sharp as it thinks it is but funnier and better handled than it sounds from its description, Us and Them benefits from a solid sense of humor and a sure hand keeping the tone steady even as it changes direction regularly. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
5/10 84% Mayhem (2017) [Mayhem] lacks the sharpness of fair like Tragedy Girls, but for fans of [Steven] Yuen or business-focused semi-satire like Horrible Bosses, it's got enough adrenaline to carry an audience along. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
6.5/10 82% Tragedy Girls (2017) Very much in the Scream vein but with a sharper sense of humor, slasher fans will enjoy. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
6.5/10 76% M.F.A. (2017) Bravely tackling the dark side of empowerment, it has a very sure sense of what it wants to say, refuses to reduce its topic to easy tropes. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
7.5/10 76% Small Town Crime (2018) Small Town Crime [is] a showcase for the skills of John Hawkes. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
7/10 83% Blockers (2018) Blockers is a hilarious take on the teen sex comedy thanks to its game cast and surprisingly deep focus (for the genre) on its characters. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
8.5/10 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Lyrical, whimsical and strange, Isle of Dogs is a Wes Anderson movie through and through. That's a good thing. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
7/10 45% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow fills a much-needed gap for adult-oriented, thinking thrills even if it loses its nerve at the end. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
7.5/10 81% Early Man (2018) Clever, engaging and warm, Early Man makes up in charm what it lacks in originality. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/10 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) The best that can be said of the whole thing is that there won't be any more. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
7.5/10 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Even when its frayed edges are showing, the film exhibits a sheer joie de vivre so encompassing it's impossible to resist. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
9/10 91% Phantom Thread (2018) A difficult film, coming close to the abyss and always backing off, keeping catharsis out of reach. But in those difficulties it is sublime. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
6.5/10 82% Molly's Game (2018) Even non-fans should admit Sorkin is a skilled craftsman; an architect of beautiful cathedrals. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
8/10 97% Coco (2017) An imaginative, fun, charming trip filled with so much heart it (mostly) makes up for the fact that it's taking us someplace we've been before. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
6/10 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League is in such a rush to prove itself, it trips over its own feet... but keeps getting back up and continuing the race. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
6.5/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) There's a lot to love about The Shape of Water; if only it came together better. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
5/10 27% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon is an epic mess, trying to achieve too much and settling for too little. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
5/10 7% The Snowman (2017) It's easy to see the The Snowman's appeal, but the reality is a hidden hole in the ice, sending talented actors and filmmakers to an icy grave. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
7/10 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Really pretty and intermittently poses interesting questions about where exactly the nature of humanity lies but at the expense of a compelling plot. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
5/10 34% American Assassin (2017) American Assassin is a bland, thoughtless, harmless bit of action fluff despite strong work from Michael Keaton. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
5/10 69% mother! (2017) Exquisitely crafted and boundlessly ambitious, mother!'s reach exceeds its grasp, a failure that impacts both itself and all of its potential progeny. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/10 33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) Despite a strong cast and picturesque visuals, the film can't escape the gravity of its own navel. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
7.5/10 92% Good Time (2017) Good Time is a rousing but shallow bit of grime crime buoyed by Pattinson's performance even as it wallows in cliches. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017