KJ Doughton

KJ Doughton
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Film Threat, Nitrate Online
Official Websites: filmthreat.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 96% The Crash Reel (2013) After screening The Crash Reel, you will never, ever again delight in televised images of skiers and snowboarders wiping out on the slopes. Guaranteed. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2013
4/5 89% Starlet (2012) "Starlet" is achingly sad, shrewdly funny, and shockingly honest. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2013
3.5/5 83% Black Dynamite (2009) Black Dynamite scores brownie points for its brilliant, spot-on recreation of grindhouse-era ambiance. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2009
4/5 70% Grace (2009) Like Bug or Audition, Grace will imprint its uniquely grotesque imagery onto your cerebrum, then dare you to shake it off. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2009
4/5 68% Dead Snow (Død snø) (2009) Director Wirkola obviously knows the zombie genre inside out %u2013 and isn't afraid to pull its innards out farther than they've been pulled before. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2009
4/5 82% We Live in Public (2009) A cinematic shot of Broadband to the brain. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2009
4/4 98% The Life of Reilly (2007) It... holds wrenching emotional power in its naked, warts-and-all history of one man's life... - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2009
3.5/5 35% Young People Fucking (Y.P.F.) (2007) Its willingness to tackle common, yet squirm-inducing sexual predicaments with blunt, sometimes hysterical wordplay will certainly command attention. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2008
3/5 48% Bottle Shock (2008) A gorgeously photographed hybrid of education and entertainment. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2008
4.5/5 98% Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009) He-man headbangers beware: "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" will make you weep like a little girl, or at least tear up like some sissy, emo-band singer. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2008
4.5/5 49% Towelhead (2007) Boasting ten-dimensional characters and the sophisticated juggling of difficult themes, Ball's powerful, complex movie is a must-see. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2008
3/5 71% The Great Buck Howard (2009) "The Great Buck Howard" is lightweight, but in a charming, Capraesque kind of way. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2008
4.5/5 88% Boy A (2007) One of the most gripping, thought provoking dramas ever to ponder crime and punishment. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2008
3/5 93% Transsiberian (2008) A missionary couple with unresolved marital problems falls prey to corrupt cops and horny heroin smugglers in Transsiberian, a decent thriller that derails only during a preposterous finale. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2008
4/5 53% Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) (2007) You'll swear you smell gunpowder during the earthshaking gunfights of "Elite Squad." Forget John Woo's Hong Kong, or Sergio Leone's West. With bullet-slinging gusto, director Jose Padilha ("Bus 174") proudly pronounces Rio de Janeiro the bloodiest onscree - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2008
4/5 98% Let the Right One In (2008) Alfredson has helmed a classic-in-the-making, with a final set piece that uses visuals in a fresh, inventive, and startling combination that will be talked about for years to come. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2008
3/5 61% Newcastle (2008) Taken as sheer sensory spectacle, Dan Castle's colorful flick is a "Top Gun" with waves; a "Rocky" with board fins... - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2008
4/5 96% Chop Shop (2008) The ambiguous fates awaiting Alejandro and Isamar are resonant and unforgettable. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2008
3.5/5 75% Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) (2007) Some might perceive City of Men as a slow film, while others could reasonably argue that Morelli is taking more time to develop characters. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2008
4.5/5 98% For the Bible Tells Me So (2007) A gut-wrenching depiction of what truly defines Family Values. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2007
4.5/5 89% 3:10 to Yuma (2007) 3:10 to Yuma is that rarity -- an action Western pushed into overdrive by its complicated, savvy characters. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2007
3/5 51% Cruising (1980) The movie merits viewing consideration. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2007
4/5 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) It's refreshing to see a thriller in which all of this information makes sense, falling into place as pieces of a coherent puzzle. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2007
94% Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled) (1992) The kinetic action set pieces of Hard-Boiled are so tightly-wound, so intense, that they will either exhilarate or scare off action fans bred on the relatively lame offerings provided by major Hollywood studios. - Nitrate Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2007
3/5 87% Jesus Camp (2006) Jesus Camp will convince you of one thing. Our society is more polarized than ever. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2006
4.5/5 69% Cocaine Cowboys (2006) Cocaine Cowboys is gleefully manipulative -- which is meant as a compliment. Edited for maximum impact, it packs the furious momentum and dramatic punch of a riveting feature film. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2006
3/5 88% Man Push Cart (2006) Man Push Cart is that unique, frustrating film that gains brownie points for its immediate, here-and-now ambiance, while losing momentum by prioritizing realism before dramatic force. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2006
4/5 70% Adam's Apples (2007) Adam's Apples slams together good and evil for maximum black-comedy impact. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2006
4/5 69% Brothers of the Head (2006) With Brothers of the Head, Fulton and Pepe have created a fiction film in the spirit of a rock doc, further blurring... the line between live and Memorex. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2006
3.5/5 84% 13 Tzameti (2005) What a depressing spectacle. But it's the most good-looking, well-acted, tension-filled depressing spectacle you're likely to see any time soon. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
4.5/5 80% District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006) A snazzy, sensational action ride from big-bang guru Luc Besson. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2006
4/5 93% The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006) If you love adventurous cinema, [Cristi] Puiu's transcendent, unique foray into the culture of health care is a must-see. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2006
3/5 73% a/k/a Tommy Chong (2006) A surprisingly clear-eyed, sober account of what it's liked to be embraced by a culture, while loathed by the Powers That Be. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2006
5/5 90% Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005) Dunn effortlessly smashes the cliché of metal-bands-as-Neanderthal-lunkheads. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2006
98% The Killer (1989) [It] makes The Wild Bunch climax look lethargic by comparison. - Nitrate Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2006
3.5/5 68% Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006) Trading decades of muzzled vitality for a new lease on subversive spirit, Laura Henderson proves that it's never too late to live a little. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2006
4.5/5 82% Derailroaded (2005) As with all great documentaries, Derailroaded challenges its audience to do some heavy soul-searching. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) The best example in recent memory of what happens when an independent-minded director is allowed to exercise his talents with the backing and support of a Hollywood support system. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
1/5 78% Bad Santa (2003) The script is grade Z Adam Sandler fare. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 88% Mystic River (2003) A sprawling story that benefits from Eastwood's stripped-down approach. There are no jive talking Tarantino exchanges here, and no crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 77% Sin City (2005) What an electric cast! - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
2.5/5 27% Paycheck (2003) Paycheck is John Woo lite. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
5/5 71% Cold Mountain (2003) As he did with The English Patient, director Minghella performs a miraculous juggling act, balancing his epic, sweeping story with the subtleties of character and detail that make Cold Mountain breathe. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 97% Maria Full of Grace (2004) Deciding whether or not to view this unique glimpse into a seldom seen world should be easy. It's a must-see. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2004
5/5 84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) Kill Bill finds Tarantino at the top of his rebel-rousing game, with both guns blazing and taking no prisoners. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2004
2/5 73% Intermission (2003) Crowley's group isn't much fun to spend time with, making viewers yearn for an intermission as his Dublin train wreck unfolds. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2004
5/5 84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) Kill Bill finds Tarantino at the top of his rebel-rousing game, with both guns blazing and taking no prisoners. - Nitrate Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2004
42% Jersey Girl (2004) Jersey Girl might not be Kevin Smith's most original movie, but it's daring all the same. - Nitrate Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2004
2/5 73% Intermission (2003) Crowley's group isn't much fun to spend time with, making viewers yearn for an intermission as his Dublin train wreck unfolds. - Nitrate Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2004
3/5 81% Monster (2004) For the millions that pick up the newspaper each night and ask, 'How could someone do such a thing,' Monster provides some answers. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2004