Lauren Humphries-Brooks

Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Lauren Humphries-Brooks is a writer, editor, and media journalist. She holds a Masters degree in Cinema Studies from New York University, and in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. She regularly contributes to film and pop culture websites, and has written extensively on Classical Hollywood, British horror films, and the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres. She currently works as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader.

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Ganja & Hess (1973) Whether by accident or design, [Gunn's} creating a new kind of artistic expression out of imagery that had been used to titillate and exploit, a sort of pushback against the producers who wanted him to make a "black vampire movie." - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
100% Hummus! The Movie (2019) Despite its occasional lack of focus, Hummus! The Movie is an entertaining, diverting documentary. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
85% A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) It's a special kind of film that can rely on children to drive its story and maintain its charm, but A Boy Called Sailboat pulls it off, evading some of the pitfalls of the quirky indie comedy to deliver something truly wonderful. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
91% Stay Human (2018) It's refreshing and moving to see a film, however subjective, that asks us unironically to be good to one another, to maintain our humanity by seeing others as humans, too. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
73% Adult Life Skills (2019) The film takes on a sometimes clichéd narrative with refreshing frankness, producing a minor but charming comedy that deals with the problems of grief and finally growing up. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
94% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) Hitler's Hollywood is an essential critical work, not least because it shows just how apparently safe propaganda appears. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
74% The Mercy (2018) The Mercy is a limited pleasure, unfortunately, given the cast, the subject, and the director. It's trying to be three different films in three different genres, all of them attempting to follow the same narrative at the same time. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) Whatever you may feel about Luca Guadagnino's remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria - whether you love it or hate it, find bits of it dull and other bits illuminating - you really have never seen anything like it. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma is about memory, not fragmented and venerated, but realized with all its imperfections. As well as being an essential viewing experience, this is probably Cuarón's greatest film to date. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) There is undoubted power and entertainment in these stories, a harkening back to the quintessential American genre that manages to also play with and undercut its own myth-making power. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) What this film is really about is trying to use cinema to approximate the experience of being Vincent Van Gogh. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) It successfully gives the lie to any dude-bro masturbatory fantasies that claim that Wonder Woman is, by design, a thing to be objectified, ogled, and fetishized. There is so much more to her, and so much more to those behind her creation. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) [The ending] was a very romanticized view of what a toxic relationship is, and I wasn't here for it. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
78% Phenomena (Creepers) (1985) Phenomena is something like an amusement park ride that sails along pleasantly but uninterestingly, and then drops you fifty feet down. You know it's coming, but it's still quite a stomach-churning experience. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% The Firemen's Ball (1968) The film is shot through with the darkest of Czech humor-everyone, from the committee to the people to the landscape itself is the butt of a joke, representative of petty rivalries, drunken idiocy, and smug leadership that cannot lead. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
80% Hell House LLC (2015) While not all of its scares work perfectly, it's a damn fine piece of found footage horror. It also has a creepy clown that puts Pennywise to shame. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
87% The House of the Devil (2009) there are times when 80s nostalgia produces something really unique, as is the case with Ti West's The House of the Devil, a deliberate throwback to the decade that immerses its viewer in the chills and thrills of slow-burn violence. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
67% Wonderstruck (2017) Ridden with clichés and overly predictable plot turns, it seems to believe that whimsy can replace emotion and that style can paper over a paucity of script that has all the sentimental honesty of a Hallmark card. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) At another time, on a second or third or fourth watch, I'm sure I will be able to find something to criticize about Lady Bird. But right now, having ruminated on this film for a full day, there is little to nitpick. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
91% Rift (Rökkur) (2017) As an exploration of a dead relationship, it fails to summon emotional resonance. As a horror film, it is not scary. As both, it's simply incoherent. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) I'm almost inclined to write off The Killing of a Sacred Deer as a failed attempt to reconstitute the meaning of tragedy, a very ambitious but ultimately incoherent work of art. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
87% Colette (2018) Colette is ultimately a mixed bag, a film that needs a cohesive narrative arc and a deeper engagement with the concepts it introduces but fails to entirely tease out. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
89% Love, Gilda (2018) Love, Gilda is a wonderfully intimate and generous film, a love letter to a woman whose persona and comedy made the world a little lighter. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Based on the novel by Richard Ford, the film is an ambitious project for Dano and co-screenwriter Zoe Kazan, as they attempt to craft a quiet and intense chamber drama about a family eking out an existence in 1960s Montana. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) "We don't talk about the film," says Huston, biting on a ubiquitous cigar. Maybe The Other Side of the Wind is the film that we never should have talked about. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War is an imperfect work, evoking a sublime beauty despite its clichés, and cliched despite its sublime beauty. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The searching for identity in a world that contains only narrow definitions of it expands the story, giving it heart and understanding and even sympathy for the adults imposing their warped fears on teenagers who actually do know better. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
100% Nigerian Prince (2018) Nigerian Prince pulls you in, charms you, and tells you a complex and powerful story without losing itself. The film draws no clear moral conclusions, no clear solution as to what, or who, is right or wrong. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
38% Mapplethorpe (2019) Mapplethorpe is as much a contradiction as the man himself, a film that wants to investigate both art and artist, and yet can't quite come to terms with either. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee employs all of his considerable skill and filmmaking prowess, developing a narrative that is at once blunt and nuanced, horrifying and funny in the most unexpected ways. - Suddenly A Shot Rang Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) An adaptation of James Baldwin's 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk, Jenkins creates a film that mimics Baldwin's prose in its imagery and cadence without sacrificing one iota of cinematic meaning. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is Lanthimos's most accessible film, shaped by aesthetics but driven by plot and character. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/5 66% Detour (2017) Detour is not quite great, but it is one crazy mile along the road. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
53% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) Woman Walks Ahead doesn't accomplish all that it could, but it's far from a bad film, or even a mediocre one. It avoids over-romanticizing the American West, even as it trades on romance. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
100% Egg (2019) As a chamber piece brimming with vicious humor and barely contained fury, Egg is enduring, frightening, and deeply troubling. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
40% Mary Shelley (2018) This is a CW version of 19th Century Britain, more interested in mediocre aesthetics than in any real exploration of these characters or their age. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) There are moments of exceptional beauty in this film, warmth and affection piercing through repression, love interacting with faith, the need to expand beyond the bounds of an orthodox world. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
89% Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana (2018) The question is not do we like the art, but whether or not that art should be censored and its creator fined and imprisoned for producing it. Can we excuse an attack on First Amendment rights because the art is personally repellant to us? - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% The Vanished (2018) The Vanished is a twisty South Korean psychological thriller, a clever amalgam of classical cinematic influences - especially Diabolique-filtered through a powerful narrative about the nature of perception and guilt. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
60% Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch (2017) Despite its pitfalls, Rokuroku is a fun piece of Japanese horror, the sort of film you watch with your mouth slightly open. Don't expect a coherent structure or payoff. Go into this film as though it's an amusement park funhouse, and enjoy the experience. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed ultimately plays as a personal religious polemic, one steeped in an existential despair over the world and God, that somehow manages to avoid even a remote sense of the spiritual. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
75% The Witch in the Window (2018) The Witch in the Window is unlikely to become the next big sleeper hit, but then it doesn't aspire to be - it aspires to tell a good scary story. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
100% Number 37 (Nommer 37) (2018) Nosipho Dumisa's Number 37 is certainly Hitchcockian and makes no attempt to conceal its influences, instead playing with imagery and plot points to tell a new story that would've made the Master of Suspense proud. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) This is a story about people denied emotional openness, humanity, the freedom to express themselves. It is the horror of lives controlled by an unseen force, and the violence that results. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) Tigers Are Not Afraid is a searing, emotional celebration of children, told through their eyes, in a world in which magic is possible and tigers stalk the night. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) A dive into the complicated psyche of a young woman whose work with an experimental theater troupe begins to blend into her own life, emotional problems, and relationship with her mother. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
6/10 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) Four powerhouse performances cannot quite make Richard Linklater's occasionally moving dramedy, Last Flag Flying, into more than a minor war movie. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
5/10 67% The Pirates of Somalia (2017) Despite an excellent secondary cast and an interesting story, Dabka fails in its aspirations due almost entirely to its own smugness. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/10 15% The Circle (2017) A half-baked thriller with a strong cast and a few good ideas, The Circle lacks originality, immediacy, or basic coherence. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
8/10 25% The Clapper (2018) The Clapper is a sharp combination of sweet romance and biting satire on the cruelties committed in the name of entertainment. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017