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Leigh Monson

Leigh Monson
Leigh Monson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Birth.Movies.Death.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
58% The Front Runner (2018) It collapses under the weight of its own ambition, painting every player as compromised without any idea of what to say beyond that.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
88% A Private War (2018) Pike's stellar work speaks for itself, and thankfully it also speaks on behalf of the film and on behalf of Marie Colvin.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) It's functional and plods along at a good clip, but it's entirely mechanical and without soul.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Barry Jenkins and James Baldwin are a match made in heaven.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
85% Boy Erased (2018) Writer-director Joel Edgerton has made some quality Oscar bait.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
88% In Search of Greatness (2018) As frustratingly distracting as the actual filmmaking is, In Search of Greatness isn't without its value.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
83% Green Book (2018) A feel-good story if you are somehow able to look past the overbearing reality of today's pervading racism.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
88% First Man (2018) The result is a film that replaces humanity with a cold nothingness, and unfortunately nothing fills that vacuum.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
29% Venom (2018) In terms of narrative and character arc, Venom is an absolute disaster.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet Molly (2018) You won't be blown away by Molly's story, but you might just be impressed with what they were able to make of it.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
67% The Boat (2018) The film is solid, but it feels resigned to the limitations of its premise rather than actively pushing against its boundaries. Is there anything inherently wrong with that? Not really. Does it make for a safer, more boring film as a result? Undoubtedly.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
57% Under the Silver Lake (2019) The pretense of muddling nonsense with intellectual rigor means that it will forever be impossible to consider Under the Silver Lake as anything other than an exercise in smugness from a creative mind that has only the barest grasp on the theses it posits‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
100% The Blood of Wolves (Korou no chi) (2018) You may approach The Blood of Wolves with a sense of nostalgia for yakuza films, but you'll leave with a sense that this pulpy genre has been injected with new life.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart (2018) Your tolerance for such egotism is likely the measuring stick by which you will enjoy it.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
93% CAM (2018) Don't sleep on Cam. It will give you a whole new appreciation for the people on the other side of your screen.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
No Score Yet Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte A Du Fun) (2018) Slut In A Good Way is a slight, feel-good story that still manages to slip in important perspectives on the double standards inherent in modern interactions between genders.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
95% Shadow (2019) Beautiful to look at, with amazing stuntwork, complicated characters, and a story that constantly twists and turns, this is a film that hopefully signals that Zhang Yimou is back to making films of layered complexity and visual splendor.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
100% Chained for Life (2018) This vicious satire of Hollywood disability representation forces you to differentiate empathy and pity.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) Overlord is a loud, intense, Nazi-punching good time.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
50% Between Worlds (2018) Between Worlds is an absolutely bugnuts display of Nicolas Cage's cult appeal, and an experience worth having just for the virtue of being able to say you had it.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
42% Feral (2018) The thought that humanity is the thing worth fearing, whether feral or civilized, is perhaps the most terrifying notion of all.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The film itself is an excellent example of how to treat children with the emotional maturity to handle scary situations without pandering to the idea that they aren't able to grasp intense stakes.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) The darker side of Paul Feig may not be much of a palette shift, but it's an ample demonstration of why Feig doesn't need that much range anyway.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
10% Peppermint (2018) Jennifer Garner's Frank Castle impression needs some work. A lot of work.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
59% Operation Finale (2018) This procedural walks a treacherous line between human complexity and Nazi sympathy.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
81% Alpha (2018) A slow, meditative film, taking full advantage of the natural spectacle of a simulated ice age for an experience that is as much about contemplating humanity as loving the cute doggo.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The adaptation of Kevin Kwan's glamour novel is a glitzy spectacle with a ton of heart.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
76% Never Goin' Back (2018) Never Goin' Back is a breezy eighty-six minutes of absurd hijinks, but it is failed by a lackluster script that doesn't quite have the jokes on the page.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Even though you'll end up remembering the joyous feelings much more than any particular gag by the time you get home, The Spy Who Dumped Me succeeds at being a bloody good time.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
90% Werewolf (2018) Emotionally disturbing and authentic, this is a film that exemplifies the potential of the woman behind the camera by showing the potential of a woman in a harrowing circumstance taking the first steps toward recovery.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
82% Puzzle (2018) It examines the underlying emotions of its story without the flippancy one expects from so many stories of domestic drama.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
17% The Darkest Minds (2018) So far as this particular brand of genre fare is concerned, The Darkest Minds is a middling but almost worthy example.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is first and foremost concerned with making DC superheroes fun again.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
89% Far From the Tree (2018) An emotionally gripping examination of the diversity of human life, particularly in how even families are not homogenized in their life experiences.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Here We Go Again ends up being a film more competently constructed than its forebear but is largely missing the key elements that would have made it as beloved.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
11% Siberia (2018) Siberia is as flat and featureless as its setting, a wasteland of potential and poor decisions that fails less for the plateaus it aims for than for the heights it doesn't. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
63% Uncle Drew (2018) A film based on one joke, but it's a good one.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
64% Animal World (2018) This makes for a pretty fun little film about an absurd underground competition, and Yan Han invests his narrative with some pretty harsh criticism of those who value personal wealth more than human compassion. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
75% Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh (2018) The comedy largely works, though you shouldn't be surprised to find yourself exhausted by the experience once the credits roll.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
52% Boundaries (2018) Boundaries is something of a lesser joy, not exactly funny enough to be a full-blown comedy, not exactly compelling enough to be gripping in its drama. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom is bad. It's really bad. And some of you are going to love it.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
91% Eating Animals (2018) The best of intentions are buried in blatantly manipulative appeals to tradition.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
56% Tag (2018) Tag isn't going to win anyone's recommendation as the best of the year, but as far as studio comedies go, you can do a hell of a lot worse.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) This is a horror film for the ages, a slowly unraveling puzzle of psychological torment that promises an amazing career from freshman feature writer-director Ari Aster.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) There's not a lot here, but what we get is pleasant enough. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
No Score Yet Best F(r)iends, Part 2 (2018) From a storytelling perspective the justification for Volume Two to take up its own feature runtime is misguided at best and purposely milking the audience at worst.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) Bart Layton's tentative foray into fictional narrative is a success in melding the best personal aspects of documentary journalism with the emotional impact of cinematic performance. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
No Score Yet Fags in the Fast Lane (2017) This is little more than a lewd excuse to make displays of queer vulgarity at the expense of anyone who isn't in on the joke. But that's why it works.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
7% I Know Who Killed Me (2007) If you haven't seen it and like things that are terrible, what you have here is a gold mine of bad creative decisions that culminate in one of the most baffling cinematic experiences of the 2000s. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) Nothing really sticks out as notable except the magnetic personalities of the stars.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018