Julian Roman

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 54% 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
4/5 100% 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 34% 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 24% 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 57% 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 40% 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
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Filled with dazzling visual effects, magnificently staged musical numbers, and characters that will resonate with all ages. Aladdin is the first big surprise of the summer movie season. I'm still humming Alan Menken's thundering ballad, "Prince Ali." - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman has the feel of a showstopper Broadway musical. Lightning does indeed strike twice for director Dexter Fletcher. It's a wild ride, squarely on the shoulders of Taron Egerton. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 100% Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019) Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a must see for every comic genre and animation fan. It expertly uses slow motion to add sizzle to the awesome fight scenes. This installment ranks as one of the best. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
1.5/5 10% A Violent Separation (2019) A Violent Separation is a painfully slow, poorly acted backwoods melodrama. The characters babble and muck about with zero sizzle to the plot. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Young adult romances tend to lack sophistication on the big screen. The lead characters here actually have depth and just the right amount of chemistry to warm your heart. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Action junkies are going to blissfully overdose. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum ramps up every facet of the ultra-stylized violence. It is a tsunami of gunplay, martial arts, and literally mind-blowing action. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 71% All Creatures Here Below (2019) All Creatures Here Below keeps you on edge, while building sympathy for the characters. Despite their wrongdoing, you root for them to find happiness. Karen Gillan and David Dastmalchian are entirely convincing. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/5 52% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien has a high production value, but is woefully uneven in its narrative. The result is a good-looking film that struggles to be interesting. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Detective Pikachu delivers exactly what's expected to a massive target audience. Pokémon fans are going to love this movie. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
1.5/5 31% The Intruder (2019) Dennis Quaid is wasted in this foolish and predictable thriller. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is a staggering, sweeping epic that touches every corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You could watch the film a dozen times and discover something new. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is an old-fashioned romance with a heavy sprinkling of raunchy fun and vulgarity. Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron strike comedic gold in this hilarious romantic comedy. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 30% Red Joan (2019) Red Joan turns an incredible espionage story into a lethargic and boring film. It's odd to have Judi Dench and underuse her. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Penguins is an endearing, informative, and supremely entertaining look at the beloved flightless aquatic birds. It's the perfect nature doc for younger children. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/5 71% Stockholm (2019) Stockholm works when the lead characters interact in the bank. Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace are magnetic in a volatile situation. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
2.5/5 46% Little (2019) Little is quite silly, but does have laugh out loud moments. Watch Little for its cast, especially young Marsai Martin. She gives a breakthrough performance. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link is a cute adventure with amazing visual effects. But is not on par with Laika Studios classic films. Missing Link feels perfunctory with overly dry humor. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
2.5/5 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) Director Garth Davis portrays Mary Magdalene with the utmost respect, but never establishes a personal connection to the character. There is a paucity of substance to her internal feelings. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary is a solid remake of Stephen King's horror classic. Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer crank up the creepiness with skillful filmmaking techniques. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is a breath of fresh air in the cluttered comic genre. Mixed with heaping spoonfuls of heart, humor, and adventure; Shazam! reminds us how much fun being a superhero can be - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
2.5/5 100% Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019) Justice League vs The Fatal Five has enjoyable throwback elements. Fans of Bruce Timm will love the return of the nineties era characters. It's the new lead heroes and underdeveloped villains that are lacking. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The Highwaymen is dreadfully slow for the majority of its runtime. It has a good cast and dusty depiction of the depression era southwest. But fails to entertain with its painstaking methodology. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3.5/5 94% The Mustang (2019) What better way to discover humanity, than through a connection with a majestic animal. The Mustang is a simple, but powerful film about hope and redemption. Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts holds an acting clinic. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Tim Burton's baby elephant soars. Dumbo hits the same emotional notes as the classic cartoon. It is unabashedly a children's movie; a medley of sorrow, wonder, and eventual triumph. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Dragged Across Concrete is a shockingly violent, slow burn crime thriller. Some aspects are fascinating, while others overindulge in pulp theatrics. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 94% Us (2019) The first act is a masterstroke of suspense and terror. What follows is a confounding resolve that borders on absurd. Us had me initially spellbound, then frankly disappointed by the bewildering reveals. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/5 55% Yardie (2019) The music and cultural elements are striking. Idris Elba vividly depicts ghetto life in the two countries. The faults lie in persistent narration, an uneven script, and a clumsy third act. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 91% Never Grow Old (2019) Never Grow Old is an unforgiving look at human nature. The film is absolutely riveting. John Cusack has his best performance in years. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 45% The Kid (2019) A weak script, patchy editing, and uneven performances take the gunpowder out of the bullets. What should be a gritty coming of age tale ends up boring and forgettable. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel takes the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a bold, fearless new direction. It's a roaring adventure, knockdown funny, and threads together multiple storylines brilliantly. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 42% The Wedding Guest (2019) The Wedding Guest works as a thriller and exploration of Pakistan and India. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 58% Saint Judy (2019) Saint Judy is riveting and heartfelt. It is a pertinent film for the times. Judy Wood and Asefa Ashwari's struggle affected the lives of thousands of women. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 60% Greta (2019) Greta doesn't take into account modern technology. It's premise might have worked in the Hitchcock era, but strains credulity in the twenty-first century. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) An underwhelming villain clouds the narrative, but thankfully isn't too distracting. What works is the maturation of the characters. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2.5/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U is a genre crossing sequel that's clever and funny at times, but registers zero scares. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) There's no denying the merits of the story or its artistic value. The problem is that it's boring. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 45% What Men Want (2019) The low brow humor and healthy sprinkling of F-bombs delivers several laugh out loud moments. Taraji P. Henson shows off her dynamic range with a surprisingly physical performance. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 74% Lords of Chaos (2019) Lords of Chaos is unsparing in its brutality. Sociopaths with little regard for their homogeneous Christian upbringing escalate their rhetoric to violence. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Goofy wordplay, rainbow Skittles visuals, and wholesome family themes are feel-good entertainment. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part continues the winning formula. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is a special effects marvel that raises the 3D bar. It's a big-budget, popcorn spectacle that certainly delivers the wow factor. If only the plot matched the technical excellence. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw is a well crafted horror film that ruthlessly satirizes the modern art industry. The plot wanes considerably by the third act, but Velvet Buzzsaw keeps your attention locked throughout. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019