Keith Phipps Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Keith Phipps

Keith Phipps
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 73%

Fedora (1978)

"There's a lot of awkwardness to Fedora, from a sluggish pace to an awful bit of last-minute overdubbing that mars two performances, but there's a lot of fascination in it." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3.5/5 71%

Interstellar (2014)

"The film is at its best when it's unafraid of challenging storytelling, particularly since Interstellar never has trouble finding visuals to match its heady concepts." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Nov 5, 2014
4/5 88%

F for Fake (1974)

"It's a dynamic piece of filmmaking that doubles as a sleight-of-hand act." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Nov 3, 2014
4/5 85%

Watchers of the Sky (2015)

"It isn't a hopeful story, but it is a story of how committed people have fought and struggled to create the possibility for hope in the future." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 100%

The Lusty Men (1952)

" Portrayed with Ray's usual sympathy for outsiders, the central threesome are decent, flawed romantics ." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Oct 13, 2014
2/5 48%

The Judge (2014)

"The emotions underlying the conflicts never seem like the point of the film, only the conflicts themselves, and the possibilities they create for the actors performing them. " ‐The Dissolve
Posted Oct 13, 2014
2.5/5 61%

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

" It's a painfully minor movie that doubles as an accidental study in how pros handle themselves when given less-than-challenging material. " ‐The Dissolve
Posted Oct 13, 2014
2.5/5 29%

Annabelle (2014)

"There's real craftsmanship to the film, but it's in service of a story that can't quite support it. " ‐The Dissolve
Posted Oct 3, 2014
1.5/5 56%

Inner Demons (2014)

"Once those twists have been established, the film has no more tricks as if the writer and director thought a couple of innovations would be enough to keep the movie going." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Oct 1, 2014
4/5 86%

Macbeth (1971)

" It's a model of how to stay true to Shakespeare and film without sacrificing one for the other, and if that wasn't evident in 1971, it ought to be obvious now." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Sep 29, 2014
1.5/5 36%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"The film aims for twee, but lands on torturous - It's narcissism blown up to a global scale, in the guise of a quirky voyage of self-discovery." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3.5/5 67%

Space Station 76 (2014)

"Space Station 76 plays it dry, often a bit too dry. It's a film of many chuckles and few big laughs. When the laughs do come, they're considerable." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/5 95%

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

"20,000 Days On Earth is itself an act of performance, a chance for Nick Cave to offer his own version of Nick Cave to the world." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
5/5 97%

Out of the Past (1947)

"Out Of The Past is undeniably a film noir, and rightly regarded as one of the genre's best. " ‐The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
2.5/5 63%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

"The film feels more thrown-together than thought-through." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

"An action film starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever looks like a video-game promo, has a story that plays like the fifth episode of a struggling syndicated action show, and feels like a headache waiting to happen." ‐AV Club
Posted Sep 15, 2014
3.5/5 95%

Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

"By turning her attention to an underreported chapter in recent history, Kennedy has found a trove rich with unreal imagery and stories of heroism in the face of defeat." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/5 70%

Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) (1990)

"Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! comes from a transitional phase in Almodóvar's career, one in which he was using bigger budgets to hone his aesthetic, create characters with greater depth, but still indulge a punkish urge to shock." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2014
2.0/5.0 35%

If I Stay (2014)

"Even with the supernatural elements, If I Stay is never particularly compelling." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4.0/5.0 95%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Sachs conveys a sense of their entire long relationship and the history around it by depicting a difficult, late chapter whose uncertain outcome underscores what they mean to each other..." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2.0/5.0 7%

Are You Here (2014)

"A film about a couple of lifelong friends in the midst of parallel identity crises, it's almost shockingly formless, underthought, and visually indifferent given those behind it..." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3.5/5.0 72%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"...director Todd Douglas Miller offers a clear, though not exactly objective, look both at what made Sue such an important discovery and at the legal quagmire that followed." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Aug 13, 2014
3/5 68%

Motel Hell (1980)

"...a low-budget shocker that's picked up a sizable cult following over the years, thanks in no small part to Calhoun, whose welcoming smile and aging matinee-idol looks made his turn as a villainous madman fond of human flesh all that more effective." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 80%

Get On Up (2014)

"Yet the energy never flags, the film conveys a deep love of Brown's music (which fills almost every scene), and Boseman remains magnetic whether onstage or in quiet moments..." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/5 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Gunn... has found a way to bring funkiness and humanity to a galaxy-spanning blockbuster, one filled with dogfights and floating fortresses, but also with heroes quick with a quip, fast on the draw, and more than a little beaten up by the universe." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 68%

The Big Chill (1983)

"...even though it's aware of their narcissism, The Big Chill still views its characters sympathetically, even when they do little to invite much sympathy themselves. " ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jul 28, 2014
B+ 72%

The Ring (2002)

"Gore Verbinski creates an air of dread that begins with the first scene and never lets up, subtly incorporating elements from the current wave of Japanese horror films along the way." ‐AV Club
Posted Jul 25, 2014

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

"In the opening segment of I Dreamed Of Africa, Kim Basinger breaks her leg. The rest of the film is so dull, you can almost hear the bone heal." ‐AV Club
Posted Jul 23, 2014
1.5/5 44%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"The film is as phony as they come." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014

Dead Man on Campus (1998)

"It's all handled so poorly that it comes off as more ghoulish than anything else, although those who find the word "bong" instantly entertaining and are easily distracted by the presence of flickering images may be amused." ‐AV Club
Posted Jul 15, 2014

Fathers' Day (1997)

"Add to these problems the fact that Fathers' Day is a comedy starring two reputedly hilarious people who don't make you laugh once, and you have a movie that would be great if everything about it weren't terrible." ‐AV Club
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 80%

Scanners (1981)

"The generous selection of bonus features includes vintage elements, like a trailer made up almost entirely of the exploding-head scene, a handful of radio spots, and a 1981 talk-show appearance in which Cronenberg discusses his work up to that point." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A visceral film, one of movement, action, unexpected developments, and disarming poignance." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jul 10, 2014

The Avengers (1998)

"This big-screen version of the classic '60s TV spy show The Avengers can be added to the ignominious heap of updates, remakes, and adaptations that really didn't need to be made." ‐AV Club
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2/5 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"This brazen summoning of ghosts of Spielberg movies past might have worked if director Dave Green...had the classic technical chops to pull it off." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Projecting the problems of today into a science-fiction tomorrow, [Snowpiercer] also ties them to a compelling story that keeps shifting under its characters' feet." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jun 24, 2014
5/5 94%

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

"Picnic At Hanging Rock is determined to keep its secrets to itself. Yet it's as beguiling as films come." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jun 23, 2014

Batman & Robin (1997)

"The fourth installment of the lucrative Batman series is the weakest yet, but anyone not expecting that after 1995's Batman Forever will probably be too dazed by all the bright lights in the theater lobby to notice anyway." ‐AV Club
Posted Jun 18, 2014
4/5 66%

The Rover (2014)

"The Rover is ultimately less interested in what's driven the world to ruin than it is in life amid the wreckage, a place as dangerous to the soul as the body. " ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/5 22%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"Though the film looks good and is filled with appealing actors doing their best to keep things animated, nobody seems to have noticed that A Long Way Down goes nowhere." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jun 9, 2014

Armageddon (1998)

"Bay directs Armageddon in a way that seems more concerned with constantly assaulting the senses than anything else, hoping perhaps that the quick cuts and constant explosions will distract from his film's many flaws." ‐AV Club
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/5 91%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"It's the rare action film whose quiet moments cut as deep as its fight scenes." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jun 5, 2014
5/5 100%

Red River (1948)

"Hawks directs the film with his typical assurance and seeming lack of fuss, letting scenes play out in long takes, and framing the action against vistas that often dwarf the actors." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2.0/5 42%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"[The] stars can't find the humanity beneath Di Pego's dialogue, generate much romantic chemistry, or make their personal struggles feel like burdens instead of scripted complications they're destined to overcome before the credits roll." ‐The Dissolve
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/5 75%

The Wind and the Lion (1975)

"The Wind And The Lion is a neat mixture of romanticization and realpolitik [...] The film is memorable for its action scenes [...] but also for the reflective moments from which those action scenes are born." ‐The Dissolve
Posted May 19, 2014
3.5/5 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"[A] satisfying monster movie that delivers when it counts. [Director] Edwards provides one jaw-dropping image after another, most of them accompanied by a haze of destruction and a pounding sound design." ‐The Dissolve
Posted May 13, 2014

For Love of the Game (1999)

"For Love Of The Game seems lost, as one overlong melodramatic interlude follows another, each more predictable than the entirely predictable game itself." ‐AV Club
Posted May 8, 2014

Catwoman (2004)

"Relentlessly gaudy and in love with its PG-13 approximation of kink, Catwoman is essentially an excuse to pose Berry in ever-skimpier outfits. It's all too pre-fab to register as sexy, though, and even the fight scenes look like fashion shoots." ‐AV Club
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/5 79%

Sophie's Choice (1982)

"The way Streep inhabits Sophie, and brings her history to life whether she's explicitly talking about the past or carrying herself across the room with wounded grace, can't help but make parts of the rest of the film seem smaller by comparison." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2.5/5 27%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"Whenever it features feet flying through the air, Brick Mansions is a pleasure. Asked to do anything else, it's one stumble after another." ‐The Dissolve
Posted Apr 24, 2014
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