Lauren Damon

Lauren Damon
Lauren Damon's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.
Publications: MediaMikes

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Rourke's take on Mary benefits heavily by opening up its scope to include the simultaneously eventful reign of Queen Elizabeth I - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) And while I'm discussing Young Nic, besides Chalamet-who, at most is meant to play Nic in his twenties-not just one, but three other boys are deployed to play a younger Nic in flashbacks. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
2/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) The pitfall of turning a gothic tale into a feature film seems to be Hollywood's tendency to sell it as a horror film. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 65% Lizzie (2018) As we march on through the final acts, the story does slow down with some time jumps between the murders and the aftermath. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers opens up with its many company credits appearing from the bottom of the screen and appearing upwards. It's an off-kilter way to read them but absolutely fitting when what follows is a distinctly off-kilter western. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) There are number of choices Van Groeningen makes however that jar you right out of the story in drastic ways. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The themes of absolute power corrupting absolutely and the pettiness of men are always ripe for political farce especially from the likes of the man behind "Veep" and this spectacular cast. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
3/5 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) "Trespass Against Us" can be tonally uneven but boasts enough solid performances and pops of quality car chases to recommend it. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
4/5 82% The Founder (2017) "The Founder" zips along on the boundless energy that Keaton infuses into Ray Kroc. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
5/5 96% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Five stars. An unconventional spin on the tried-and-true old mentor meeting his younger match that manages to be action packed, unpredictable and heartfelt without veering into the saccharine territory oft trod by coming of age stories - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 59% High-Rise (2016) From the brutalist production design to a stunning score by Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream), High-Rise is a darkly humorous, sexy, and oftentimes grotesque cinematic experience. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
.5/5 52% Holidays (2016) Horror anthologies thrive on bringing a lot of different things to the table...but if there's one thing they shouldn't be, it's boring. And for seven out of eight of these, I was just plain bored. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 18% I Saw the Light (2016) "The onslaught of darkness in I Saw the Light is it makes Williams's untimely passing at age 29 feel like a foregone conclusion. Still, as a showcase for the versatile Hiddleston and fiery Olsen, I Saw the Light impresses. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
5/5 94% Carol (2015) (director) Haynes once again showcases the 1950s as the backdrop for simmering social tensions and stellar work from his lead actresses. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2015
4.5/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Working from a fast-paced script by Aaron Sorkin (aren't they always?), the film pulls no punches when it comes to Jobs' pseudo-Machiavellian pursuit of his Mac computer. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2015
4/5 72% Crimson Peak (2015) If you're looking for a getaway this Halloween season, you can probably do no better than the red oozing walls of Allerdale Hall. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2015
3.5/5 62% Truth (2015) Perhaps what's most interesting about Truth is to see an internet-powered scandal from over a decade ago and how even in just this short span of time, news has evolved (or devolved? Depends who you ask). - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2015
5/5 91% The Martian (2015) If Saving Private Ryan taught us anything, it's that you can make a damn great film about a Damon in distress. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2015
2.5/5 84% The Walk (2015) The 3D walk is worth the price of admission though the rest of the film is considerably less exciting than the Oscar-winning documentary on the same event. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2015
4/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Age of Ultron" is more of everything, an often wow-inducing spectacle that leaves our heroes on intriguing and unstable grounds. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
2/5 36% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) Star-studded but tedious documentary that lacks the depth suggested by its thesis. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
5/5 81% Man Up (2015) A fantastically wild night out in London with Lake Bell and Simon Pegg - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
4/5 92% Slow West (2015) An unexpectedly quirky entry into the western genre - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
2.5/5 89% Backcountry (2015) A chilling but contrived woodland thriller to do for camping what Open Water did for snorkling trips - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
3/5 81% Deli Man (2015) A likeable lightweight doc about a fading food institution - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
3.5/5 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) Director Michael Cuesta's version of Webb's story skillfully balances the political thriller with the family life of the reporter. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
5/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name is a genuine roller coaster of a film in the best sense of the word with a jaw dropping performance from Rosamund Pike. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
4.5/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) It's a fascinating story that's additionally buoyed by an outstanding performance from Eddie Redmayne as Hawking. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2014
2.5/5 60% My Old Lady (2014) By all accounts "My Old Lady" has had successful runs in its various stage iterations, so how does it hold up as a film? Unfortunately it's something of a mixed bag. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2014
4/5 92% Frank (2014) ("Frank") treats its characters as real humans rather than caricatures. It's a bizarre gem of a film that's worth seeking out. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2014
4/5 74% Happy Christmas (2014) ... there's a genuine sense of warmth within this family unit not often felt in actual holiday films. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2014
5/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) By turns hilarious, repulsive and heart-wrenching, "Snowpiercer" is the ride this summer needs. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2014
4/5 80% Balls Out (2015) Andrew Disney's hilarious send up of the inspirational sports movie is packed with funny performances from a great comedic cast. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2014
2/5 57% Dom Hemingway (2014) A surprising performance from Law; however, it's undercut by an episodic script that doesn't really know what to do with all of its characters. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/5 79% Grand Piano (2014) A fun, stylish thriller that would not be out of place in The Twilight Zone. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
1.5/5 13% Brightest Star (2014) ...as rudderless as its protagonist. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2014
5/5 84% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Such smaller moments are where Hiddleston and Swinton really shine. They have a chemistry that feels lived in without any of the negative connotations so often associated with the "old married couple." - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2014
5/5 92% American Hustle (2013) ...a wildly fast-paced comedy that lives up to the promise of its powerhouse cast. Easily one of the best films of the year. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2014
1.5 7% Paranoia (2013) This emptiness in our hero isn't the only lack of personality in this film, virtually no one here is playing a real human. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2013
5/5 89% The World's End (2013) What a relief that we've made it through so many other apocalyptic films this year unscathed in order to get to Wright's crowning glory - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2013
3/5 51% A Single Shot (2013) ...a tense backwoods cat and mouse game held together by a strong lead in a terrifying setting. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2013
2.5/5 51% Maniac (2013) Despite all the stylish upgrades from the original, Maniac will most likely still appeal to only the most diehard gorehounds. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2013
4/5 65% Byzantium (2013) While not quite reaching the sprawling grandeur of "Interview (With a Vampire"), it manages to create its own lore and is worth a watch for its two powerhouse leading women. - MediaMikes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2013