Katey Stoetzel

Katey Stoetzel
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Katey really digs sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural type shows, like Supernatural. In fact, Supernatural takes up most of her life-long word count. Otherwise, she's podcasting about Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Publications: The Young Folks, Film Era

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) As far as the scares go, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark has plenty, though it doesn't necessarily break a lot of ground. Still, Øvredal knows how to work with tension and the claustrophobic fear. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
9/10 83% Midsommar (2019) In Ari Aster's sophomore follow-up to last year's brilliant Hereditary, the horror moves from the claustrophobic space of personal grief and madness to the brightly lit, never ending smiles of well-intentioned Swedish pagan cult members in Midsommar. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
5/10 22% Men in Black International (2019) The market is crowded with sequels of long thought dead franchises. Men In Black: International is just one more that missteps in freshening up a familiar story. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
8/10 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Always Be My Maybe might have moments of strong sentimentality bordering on cliche, but its charm is worth the price. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
8/10 72% The Perfection (2019) It's a film for the era of Me Too. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
7/10 57% Brightburn (2019) It's a super villain origin story, through and through. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
8/10 91% Shazam! (2019) The film takes care to plant the seeds of its world building, making the promise of a return all the more enjoyable. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/10 72% Triple Frontier (2019) We've had this film before. This one just happens to be a more uninspiring and less-than-thrilling version of this particular trope of action films. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
7/10 32% Mapplethorpe (2019) In all this, Smith gives Mapplethorpe an electric vulnerability, breaking down the wall between the artist's personal and public life. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
8/10 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) As someone who wasn't a fan of Happy Death Day, my appreciation for meta commentary on genre tropes found 2U to be a perfect example of how a film can twist its own established rules and give their story a bit more depth. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
8/10 85% The Vast of Night (2019) Everything from the dialogue, the fashion, the small town camaraderie, switchboard operators, and radio DJs gives this film an underlying truth, no matter it's fictional origin, to the events happening on screen. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
8/10 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) A pretty decent follow up to what was a fantastic original idea five years before, with really great new songs that you will definitely not get stuck in your head. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
9/10 85% The Report (2019) Adam Driver spends a lot of time yelling at people in government buildings during The Report. And yet, this dry, simplistic approach to a film based on true events is a great political thriller that dives deep into the CIA's torture. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
90% I Am Mother (2019) For all that the film succeeds in when it comes to technical artistry, there's simply not enough story to convey the large, universal truths I Am Mother goes for. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
8/10 93% Little Monsters (2019) Little Monsters could so easily drop into heavy-handed sentimentality but never does. It's clever humor and complete understanding of its premise allows it to balance those dramatic moments with the often times raunchy humor. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
9/10 86% The Nightingale (2019) Maybe The Nightingale didn't need every one of those scenes. But with them, Jennifer Kent creates a film not easily forgotten. Now, maybe we'll remember our history is ugly, and we won't repeat ourselves. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
6/10 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) If there was more character development, more genuine, thoughtful moments instead of big action sequences, if this all played out as organically as the original films, then there would be no problem. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
9/10 No Score Yet The Wrong Todd (2018) There's great laughs and touching moments, moving performances and downright wacky sci-fi. Ultimately, The Wrong Todd is a small but mighty film with a lot of heart. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) There are moments that feel comical, some horrific, and some downright inspiring but the tonal shifts hardly matter as the end results come to a film that's perfect for this time. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
5/10 43% Hot Summer Nights (2018) Hot Summer Nights is more interested in style over substance, character tropes over character. Without that, the audience is just as lost as the characters on screen. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
7/10 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Once you get past the murky political reasoning the events are taking place, it becomes a much better and enjoyable film. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
7/10 94% Blindspotting (2018) Blindspotting succeeds in the smaller moments more so than with the bigger picture. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
8/10 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Even if the film meanders a bit in the beginning, the wait is worth the final product. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
8/10 94% Wildlife (2018) A confident starting point for Dano's directorial career, it will leave you looking forward for more of his sure to be eclectic career behind the camera. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
8/10 64% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) If apocalypse stories are your thing, don't miss out on I Think We're Alone Now. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
8/10 100% Psych: The Movie (2017) But it's still the same old shenanigans, catchphrases, pop culture references, and lightning fast dialogue that once made Psych so much fun to watch. Psych: The Movie is a pleasant, comforting return. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
7/10 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League lightens up the DCEU, so at least this time, there was some fun to be had. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
6/10 71% Happy Death Day (2017) There's better horror out there. There's better horror-comedy out there, too. What it all really comes down to, though, is if there's going to be another Groundhog Day film attempt, there has to be a better justification for it. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
7/10 52% The Belko Experiment (2017) Survival is human nature. But what happens after that? Belko leaves that up to its audience, but with little evidence to try and make a decent argument. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
6/10 16% The Space Between Us (2017) The Space Between Us certainly had potential. However, it fails to reach the same lengths its very characters already had. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
6.5/10 72% Sing (2016) Sing mostly just checks the boxes, and maybe does enough to be an okay film. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
7/10 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) ... the film only leaves you with a few great moments, but they're hard to cling to when surrounded by a story that lacks the proper substance. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
5/10 15% Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016) Things just weren't as fun this time around. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016