Julian Roman

Julian Roman
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: LRM, BlackFilm.com, MovieWeb

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 41% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil can best be described as Disney's Game of Thrones. It's the infamous "Red Wedding", but with fairy tale characters. Angelina Jolie returns to theaters in a much darker and violent sequel. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 66% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Zombieland Double Tap returns with the same infectious humor and fantastic characters that made the original a hit. The cast continues to be a laugh riot. Their wonderful chemistry amplified by a slew of hysterical new characters. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 25% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man has jaw-dropping moments despite an obvious and predictable narrative. The cutting edge special effects, superb action scenes, and engaging lead performances make up for the inane plot. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/5 83% Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (2019) Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is an origin story with relationship overload. There's action a plenty and fair amount of entertainment value, but takes a melodramatic step back from the greatness of DC's last two years of animated films. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) Mental illness, gun control, society's apathetic decay, the chasm between rich and poor; Joker takes a fatalistic dive into heady issues. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/5 76% Low Tide (2019) Director/writer Kevin McMullin keeps your attention rapt while building slow burn tension. His feature debut thoughtfully explores the characters, but veers into contrivance with a predictable third act. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet 10 Minutes Gone (2019) 10 Minutes Gone wastes the talent of two Hollywood greats. Bruce Willis and Michael Chiklis are just collecting a paycheck here. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
1/5 28% Corporate Animals (2019) Corporate Animals is an absolute chore to sit through. The film's attempt to satirize corporate culture is painfully unfunny. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
3/5 83% Abominable (2019) Stunning animation and a beautiful score rescue Abominable from being a drag. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) The fifth installment in the franchise takes the Taken storyline and ramps up the savagery. Rambo: Last Blood is pure carnage, a bleak and brutal film. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) A blistering account of the infamous lawyer's rise to power and his toxic imprint on American politics. Where's My Roy Cohn? is a fascinating journey that leads directly to the poisoned discourse today. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra's equivalent to two hours of interstellar therapy accompanied by mind-blowing visual effects. Thankfully the superb action scenes rescue the narrative from introspection overload. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Equal parts sultry, humorous, and heartbreaking, Hustlers brings a needed female perspective to an industry poorly portrayed by Hollywood. Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez are a lock for Oscar nominations. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 89% Aquarela (2019) Aquarela can be hypnotic and terrifying at times, but also noisy and overly abstract in long stretches. It is certainly a unique cinema experience. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) IT Chapter Two has flickers of fright, but is ultimately undone by an arduous runtime. The scares that work are overpowered by big-budget CGI theatrics. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Stanley Nelson teaches a historical lesson on the greatness of Miles Davis. His musical legacy, style, and image is explored. Nelson unfortunately glosses over the domestic violence issues. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/5 38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Don't Let Go has good lead performances, but the overall film is lacking. Multiple plot holes and a conspicuous antagonist defangs the murder mystery. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets is brilliantly acted by a top tier cast. The characters are thoughtfully explored as they tangle with the political bombshell and real world consequences of the leaked memo. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
2.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Angel Has Fallen is predictable and nonsensical, but loaded with explosive action scenes. The third installment of the franchise overcomes a weak plot by delivering the action goods. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 89% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not swings from devilishly funny to stomach churning violence in a breathlessly paced runtime. It falls prey to contrivances in the final act, but is highly entertaining until then. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3.5/5 100% ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas (2019) A must see for ZZ Top fans, and anyone who appreciates blues-driven rock and roll. We get real insights into the band's dynamics. The soundtrack is also packed with blues classics and their greatest hits. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Good Boys is absolutely hysterical; ninety glorious minutes of nonstop laughter. It pushes the envelope with adolescent hijinks, but has a sweetness that tempers the raw vulgarity. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Equal parts fantasy musical, somber drama, and uplifting romance, director Gurinder Chadha uses creative filmmaking to explore the yearnings of the human heart. Blinded by the Light is the feel-good movie of the summer. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2.5/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) The Angry Birds Movie 2 is incredibly dumb at times, but the film's absurdity laughs you into submission. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) Having women as crime bosses is refreshing, but a gender swap alone does not make a good movie. The Kitchen is heavy-handed and obvious. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Dora and the Lost City of Gold fully embraces the source material. Kids will howl with laughter. They're the target audience and will be thoroughly entertained. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 100% What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2019) What We Left Behind reunites the original DS9 cast, writers, filmmakers, and studio executives. It also explores a jaw-dropping storyline for season eight. A must see for fans and anyone who appreciates great science fiction. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2.5/5 40% The Operative (2019) The Operative tackles Israel's intelligence efforts against Iran, but fails to resonate or be insightful. A good lead performance from Diane Kruger doesn't overcome the narrative problems. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon is a beautifully uplifting tale of humanity and friendship. It's a true crowd-pleaser from start to finish. Shia LaBeouf's range in this performance is remarkable. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are likeable in a bloated CGI spectacle that's near cartoonish at times. Director David Leitch loses focus in the barrage of fights, chases, and explosions. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/5 59% Brian Banks (2019) The story of Brian Banks is especially pertinent in the #MeToo era. It is a harrowing, insightful look into an appalling miscarriage of justice. Brian Banks reminds us that the pendulum of truth must swing both ways. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino's overindulgent love letter to a bygone era. At two-hours and forty-one minutes, the film becomes too enamored with innocuous details. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 77% Skin (2019) Jamie Bell astonishes in a brutal white supremacist's tale of redemption. Skin serves as a warning to the resurgence of violent, white power groups in the United States. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/5 88% Batman: Hush (2019) Batman gets hot and heavy with Catwoman in an action-packed, intriguing mystery. Batman: Hush is a stellar entry in the DC Animated Universe. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
3.5/5 82% Crawl (2019) Hold on to your popcorn, because Crawl will have you jumping out of your seat. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Director Jon Favreau brings the African savanna to life with stunning realism. A new generation of fans will be wowed by a classic story remade with cutting edge technology. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 42% Stuber (2019) Stuber will have audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter. A twist on the buddy cop genre, the hulking Dave Bautista and hysterically meek Kumail Nanjiani are mismatched gold. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a hauntingly poetic film about loss, friendship, and the starkness of inevitability. It is a story of the American dream's slipping grasp. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home is a supremely entertaining web-slinging sequel. Tom Holland is now the face of the MCU and ready for center stage. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
1.5/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home is a brainless sequel that telegraphs every scare. It never deviates from the standard horror movie formula. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 62% Burn Your Maps (2019) Burn Your Maps is filled with adventure and a whole lot of heart. The plot is a bit too fantastical, but the strength of the performances grounds the narrative when needed. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die is a weaker entry from director Jim Jarmusch. The mocking of the zombie theme gets old quickly. The political satire is humorous at times, but not enough to carry a slow moving film. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Disney and Pixar continue to deliver greatness. Toy Story 4 combines hysterical humor with an abstract, emotionally complex plot. The film is a banner sequel on all fronts. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 32% Shaft (2019) Director Tim Story restores Shaft to his seventies grandeur. Shaft skewers millennial sensitivities and gleefully throws political correctness out of the window. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson lack chemistry in a sluggish MIB installment. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The Secret Life of Pets 2 is that rare sequel that's actually funnier than the original. Snowball, who's been working on his glutes, steals the show. He almost gave me a seizure from laughing so hard. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix has a loose narrative with a predictable plot and cardboard villain. Simon Kinberg's second effort is better than X-Men: The Last Stand, but the bar is admittedly low. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King of the Monsters turbocharges the action on all fronts. It's civilization crushing savagery as Godzilla and his adversaries pummel humanity on a global scale. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is a teen coming-of-age comedy destined to be a classic. Stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever take likeability into the stratosphere. Olivia Wilde delivers greatness in her directorial debut. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) What if Superman was not a benevolent hero, but an evil being with no regard for human life? BrightBurn takes the classic origin story and gives it a fairly entertaining horror, sci-fi spin. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019