Julian Roman

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 70% Vivarium (2020) Vivarium turns the idyllic dream of homeownership into an existential nightmare. The premise runs thin. An initially intriguing approach turns into a humdrum climax. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3.5/5 59% Resistance (2020) Resistance is a gripping, heartbreaking remembrance of a dark historical chapter. Jesse Eisenberg has his career best performance as legendary French mime, Marcel Marceau. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
2.5/5 54% The Hunt (2020) The Hunt should not be viewed as social commentary. It's not that smart. Forget the politics. Embrace Betty Gilpin vs Hilary Swank, and mindless carnage. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
2.5/5 29% Bloodshot (2020) Vin Diesel has a few moments of angst, but is nearly robotic throughout. He's almost a Terminator with this performance. Bloodshot is passable sci-fi at best. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3.5/5 71% Escape from Pretoria (2020) Escape from Pretoria has several hold your breath moments to keep the action flowing at a quick pace. Daniel Radcliffe continues to be daring in his acting choices. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3.5/5 83% The Way Back (2020) The Way Back shows how the darkness of tragedy and self-loathing can be overcome. It is a serious, realistic portrayal of human nature. Ben Affleck's most mature performance yet. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/5 87% Onward (2020) Onward teaches children to cope with death in a creative and heartfelt way. The film treads into somber territory, but dazzles with its magical plot. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
4/5 93% Superman: Red Son (2020) Superman: Red Son is breathtakingly good; a sophisticated, thought-provoking, and thrilling new take on DC's most beloved characters. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) A strong lead performance from Elisabeth Moss and several well-timed scares deliver the frightful goods. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
2.5/5 37% The Night Clerk (2020) The Night Clerk is initially compelling, but loses steam considerably as the narrative wanes. A good lead performance can't overcome a weak climax. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2.5/5 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) Every critter and setting is lamentably fake CGI. The result is an entirely unconvincing look that torpedoes every other aspect of the story. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
3.5/5 64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic the Hedgehog triumphantly defies the onslaught of early social media criticism. Everyone who harped at the look of the character will be eating Sonic dust between fits of laughter. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
2.5/5 38% Downhill (2020) Comedy greats Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell look wooden in their performances. Their lack of chemistry turns Downhill into a slow, dry narrative. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey succeeds on the strength of Margot Robbie's giddy performance, despite a paper thin plot and cartoonish execution. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) A strong lead performance can't save The Rhythm Section from molasses slow pacing. The Blake Lively revenge thriller showcases her excellent range, but not much else. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/5 74% The Gentlemen (2020) Guy Ritchie's return to British gangsters lacks the sizzle of previous efforts, but succeeds with standout performances from an all-star cast. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Will Smith and Martin Lawrence continue to be likeable in Bad Boys for Life. The film treads much more seriously than previous installments. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 15% Dolittle (2020) Dolittle is a delightful adventure that will have adults and children roaring with laughter. Every celebrity actor is matched perfectly to their animal counterpart. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/5 47% Underwater (2020) Kristen Stewart does her Sigourney Weaver impersonation in the better than expected Underwater. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 20% Like a Boss (2020) Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne are knockdown hilarious in Like a Boss. The actresses play off each other to great effect. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/5 20% Cats (2019) Cats has unfairly received withering criticism. If you liked the Broadway musical, you will like the film. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a filet mignon of fan service, a film that checks every box. A few cheers will erupt. A tear or two may be shed. You will certainly be glued to the screen for every second. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 70% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell is spectacularly acted, riveting at times, but pulls punches when it could have landed knockout blows. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
2/5 40% Hell on the Border (2019) Legendary frontier marshal Bass Reeves gets a shoddy western. Hell on the Border shines a spotlight on the lawman, but fails in almost every other regard. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Avatar hijinks abound in this hilarious sequel. Audiences will howl as the characters return to the video game, but unexpectedly switch bodies. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2.5/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) The Aeronauts has a decent production value, but is not engaging. The film aims for high-flying adventure, but ends up grounded by a rather dull and predictable narrative. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4.5/5 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 is an astonishing cinematic achievement. Director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins elevate filmmaking artistry through technical brilliance and old fashioned, gritty storytelling. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Rian Johnson takes a stellar ensemble cast, then plunges them headfirst into a mystery that would make Agatha Christie swoon. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim is an unabashed love story, a cultural awakening, and an arrow to the heart of a divisive societal issue. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
2/5 52% 21 Bridges (2019) 21 Bridges has a high and bloody body count. The gruesome action scenes can't cover up the brainless plot. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen 2 is a darker journey, but illuminated with breathtaking animation and stunning action scenes. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is about facing the darkest parts of your soul and becoming cleansed in the process. It is an achingly poignant film. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2.5/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Charlie's Angels is not as fun as the earlier versions. The new cast struggles to be charismatic in a recycled, girl power on steroids plot. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.5/5 53% Noelle (2019) Anna Kendrick is an endearing lady Santa in a ho hum flick. Noelle never lives up to the potential of its premise or star. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/5 66% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Disney's live action version of Lady and the Tramp is a wonderful remake of the classic cartoon. Children and parents will surely by delighted. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari will have you shifting gears in your seat, laughing more than expected, and possibly shedding a few tears. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/5 43% Midway (2019) Blockbuster visual effects, particularly the aerial dogfights, save Midway from being a total clunker. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3.5/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep is a compelling film worthy of classic Stephen King. Excellent lead performances coupled with director Mike Flanagan's visual style sucks you in utterly. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2.5/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Motherless Brooklyn is well-acted, but an absolute chore to sit through. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Terminator: Dark Fate is pretty much a retread of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. While the plot lacks creativity, slick visual effects coupled with monster action scenes deliver the eye-popping wow factor. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 70% The Kill Team (2019) The Kill Team paints a harrowing picture of humanity's worst instincts. Its lean runtime and pragmatic approach reinforcing how easily civilization slips away. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/5 59% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) A fantastic ensemble barrels through the plot like a steam engine of old. The result is a CliffsNotes/Wikipedia portrayal of seminal historical events. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3.5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse immerses you in its disturbing environment and enthralling performances of its two-man cast. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe push the acting craft to the brink. - MovieWeb EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 40% 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 68% 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 26% 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 88% 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 71% 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