Julian Roman

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two (2021) Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two brings the epic crime drama and murder mystery to a thrilling conclusion. It continues the masterful character development and riveting narrative without missing a beat. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
1.5/5 10% Twist (2021) Charles Dickens gets a horrendous Gen Z butchering of his classic novel. Twist turns the nineteenth century tale of orphan pickpockets into a Guy Ritchie knockoff about freerunning. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
3/5 63% Jungle Cruise (2021) Great cast chemistry and a surprisingly clever plot twist elevates Jungle Cruise from the standard summer CGI spectacle. The film has no down beats over its swift two hour runtime. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3.5/5 49% Old (2021) M. Night Shyamalan returns to peak filmmaking form with a brilliantly twisted thriller. Old takes a unique premise and runs with it to true existential horror. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
2/5 39% Jolt (2021) Kate Beckinsale takes anger management to the extreme in a mostly forgettable action-comedy. Jolt has interesting characters, but an obvious plot and sloppy direction. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
3.5/5 92% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Anthony Bourdain is remembered fondly in a heartbreaking retrospective of a great adventurer. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/5 27% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) LeBron James soars in a Looney Tunes adventure that will delight generations of fans. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
2.5/5 63% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) Gunpowder Milkshake is a neon lit jumble of bloody beatdowns and choreographed gunplay. An all-star cast of veteran actresses is wasted in a highly stylized, but rote actioner. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
3.5/5 90% Till Death (2021) Megan Fox delivers her career best performance in a diabolically twisted thriller. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
3/5 88% Zola (2021) Zola strikes different nerves. A deeper news dig in the aftermath of this event had horrific consequences for another woman. In that sense, Zola cannot be viewed in a vacuum as just an interesting film about viral tweets. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
3.5/5 81% Black Widow (2021) Black Widow can best be described as The Americans meets 007 in a highly entertaining adventure. Florence Pugh steals the show with her magnetic screen presence. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
4.5/5 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Summer of Soul is a breathtaking musical documentary. It wondrously captures a defining event that marked a tidal shift in Black Americans racial identity. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
2.5/5 53% The Tomorrow War (2021) The Tomorrow War's high concept plot is easily picked apart by common sense and logic. What does work is an emotional core that marries well with the big-budget special effects. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
1.5/5 49% The Forever Purge (2021) The Forever Purge is a ham-fisted statement on immigration, racism, and xenophobia. It also fails as an action horror film. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3.5/5 91% No Sudden Move (2020) Steven Soderbergh returns to peak crime drama form with an all-star cast. No Sudden Move is a riveting tale of theft, murder, and betrayal. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
2/5 53% First Date (2021) First Date has the pieces of a zany adolescent action comedy, but never puts the puzzle together in an interesting way. Amateurish direction and a lack of chemistry from the leads doom the film. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
2.5/5 42% The Ice Road (2021) Long haul truckers race to the rescue in an action-packed, blue-collar thriller. Liam Neeson pulls off the gritty, working class hero. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
3.5/5 86% Werewolves Within (2021) Werewolves Within cleverly mashes up standard horror tropes with slick direction and perfectly-timed, humorous cast reactions. Ubisoft's hit whodunit video game gets an equally successful big screen adaptation. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
4/5 100% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One (2021) Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One reaches a level of storytelling and film noir artistry that surpasses everything we've seen to date in genre animation. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
2.5/5 59% F9 (2021) F9 motors the Fast & Furious franchise on in a convoluted spectacle that's pure fan service, but ably delivers the popcorn cinema action goods. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
3/5 90% Luca (2021) Luca is an endearing, but predictable tale of two teenage sea monsters; who pose as human boys and discover "la dolce vita" in Italy. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
2/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson return in a brainless, foul-mouthed sequel with a sprinkling of slapstick chuckles. Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard embraces silliness to a fault. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
2/5 15% Infinite (2021) Infinite has an intriguing set-up that's fumbled by a poorly written script. Dylan O'Brien and Mark Wahlberg needed to reverse roles as the protagonist. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
3.5/5 95% In the Heights (2021) In the Heights is an absolute joy to behold. It's a heartfelt testament to New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, diversity, and a vibrant immigrant culture. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
3/5 57% Flashback (2020) Flashback is a near constant barrage of quick cut edits, bizarre imagery, and slow motion trail effects. It's enthralling to see, but becomes a casualty of an overly complex storyline in the final act. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2021
2/5 14% American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally (2021) American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally is uneven at best. Al Pacino is fantastic, but there are stretches where the ensemble cast looks uninspired. The film never grips you in its entirety. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
2.5/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Satanic rituals, grotesque deformations, and better than expected character exposition provide pulse-pounding scares in The Conjuring 3. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3.5/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A Quiet Place Part II is a taut, visceral thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The tension flows seamlessly from the first film, a must-see in theaters. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
3/5 74% Cruella (2021) Emma Stone dazzles in Cruella. A classic cartoon villainess gets an ultra hip, haute punk couture origin story. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3.5/5 90% The Dry (2021) The Dry is a meticulously crafted murder mystery set in a scorched and unforgiving landscape. Eric Bana is tremendous, a reminder of his significant talent and screen presence. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
2.5/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral is chock full of the hideous gore that fans expect from the Saw franchise. The pleasant surprise is Chris Rock's lead performance. I never thought I'd be laughing out loud in a Saw movie. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3/5 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Those Who Wish Me Dead is a fiery and intense thriller dominated by a pair of ruthless villains. The film has a simple plot, but hits like a freight train with skilled direction from Neo-Western auteur Taylor Sheridan. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Zack Snyder continues his glorious comeback with a brain-splattering, action-packed new take on the zombie genre. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3.5/5 95% Riders of Justice (2021) Riders of Justice is an absolutely brilliant Danish film that cleverly crosses multiple genres. What begins as a revenge thriller turns into a wicked black comedy with a whole lot of heart. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
2.5/5 25% Above Suspicion (2021) Emilia Clarke single-handedly lifts Above Suspicion with a gritty and brutal performance. She displays significant range in a gutsy role. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
2/5 66% Wrath of Man (2021) Wrath of Man is a leaden jumble of poorly defined characters. Guy Ritchie misfires in his latest action thriller. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
3/5 81% Justice Society: World War II (2021) Justice Society: World War II is a retro adventure with a modern twist that brings the Flash, and his time-traveling abilities, again to the forefront. Classic heroes battle evil Nazis with a few engaging plot twists along the way. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2.5/5 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) The film adaptation of Tom Clancy's Without Remorse bears little resemblance to the source material. Slick action scenes, and the groundwork for a better sequel, save the film from being a huge disappointment. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
2/5 19% The Virtuoso (2021) Anson Mount leads an esteemed ensemble cast to nowhere in a dull and plodding crime thriller. The Virtuoso has a lot of talent on screen, but fails to be compelling in almost every regard. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3.5/5 80% Cliff Walkers (2021) Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou delves into the spy genre with an exquisitely shot, snowy noir thriller. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
3/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Mortal Kombat's reboot is a bloody awesome adaptation of the famed video game franchise. The martial arts choreography, superb visual effects, and insane fatalities are a marked improvement over the previous iterations. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
2/5 33% Trigger Point (2021) Barry Pepper takes more head shots than a high school yearbook photographer in Trigger Point. The ending will either leave audiences infuriated or thirsty for more cranium popping fun. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
2.5/5 26% Voyagers (2021) Voyagers takes an initially intriguing sci-fi premise down a predictable path. A solid lead performance from Tye Sheridan adds the needed gravitas to stave off absurdity. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Godzilla vs. Kong fulfills its promise as a savage monster spectacle on an absolutely colossal scale. The film juggles multiple predictable storylines, but is smart enough to keep the marquee attractions front and center. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
3.5/5 84% Nobody (2021) Hollywood has a new action king, and it's Bob Odenkirk. Nobody is an action bonanza that will delight audiences. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
3/5 86% The Courier (2020) The Courier has moments of spy intrigue and political theater, but feels like a play in its execution. Benedict Cumberbatch is superb as a man torn between his family and civic duty. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3.5/5 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Director Zack Snyder's epic vision of the Justice League delivers the hopes, dreams, and expectations of the dedicated fans that demanded it. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
2.5/5 33% Long Live Rock... Celebrate the Chaos (2021) Long Live Rock: Celebrate the Chaos is a headbanging, crowd surfing, air guitar-playing tribute to the die-hard fans. But the film's loose narrative and lack of structure relegates its approach as superficial. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
4/5 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon is chock full of martial arts combat, swashbuckling sword duels, and a mischievous con baby that nearly steals the show. The well-written plot teaches valuable lessons about trust, friendship, and the divisive nature of tribalism. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
1.5/5 22% Chaos Walking (2021) Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland are poorly matched protagonists in Chaos Walking. The central premise, "Noise", is extremely annoying and persists through the entire film. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021