Louisa Moore

Louisa Moore
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ever since she was a child, Louisa has loved cinema. While other kids would sneak downstairs to watch cartoons on weekend mornings, she was the kid who would secretly watch ?At the Movies with Siskel and Ebert. Subscriptions to film magazines were here favorite gifts, and movie posters her favorite decor. Louisa has continued her love affair with the movies by founding the review site Screen Zealots, where she reviews both wide releases and indies from events like the Sundance Film Festival. She is President of the Online Association of Female Film Critics, member of the Nevada Film Critics Society, and a programming screener for the San Diego Film Festival.
Publications: Screen Zealots

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) Highly intelligent, melancholy science fiction that will leave a lasting impression on those who can appreciate its sadness and beauty. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 93% Luce (2019) It's horrifying in a way, because you have to keep guessing if Luce is a saint or a monster -- and you will likely be wrong. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
1.5/5 44% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The end result is mediocre, even for a mindless throwaway movie. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3.5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) The clash of cultures and tug-of-war over familial connections to the past eventually comes down to one thing: it's the time you spend with your family that really matters in the end. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) It's alarming that "The Art of Self-Defense" isn't as shocking as you'd think, which perhaps says it all. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) A movie with an abundance of mediocrity, from the ludicrous plot to the hackish directing -- but I tip my hat to the filmmakers who understand and play directly to their target audience as well as this. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
1.5/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) This monotonous, lazy movie is a textbook example of why you can't simply pump a film full of beloved music and rely on feel-good nostalgia rather than taking the time to craft a thoughtful screenplay to convey heartfelt emotion. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2.5/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) A sunny, family-friendly adventure that will appeal to most kids and tweens. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) A very funny, authentic, touching, and poignant film that explores what happens when an artist stops creating. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
1/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Sloppy, indifferent, unfunny, and charmless. Having kids spew profanity isn't an acceptable substitute for humor. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) It's short attention span theater, but also one of the rare animated sequels where the entire family can buy a ticket and leave satisfied that they didn't just completely waste a couple of hours of their summer. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The main problem is that both Hobbs and Shaw aren't very good characters, and they certainly aren't interesting enough to carry their own film. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Here is Tarantino, a master at the top of his craft, showcasing his talent in the pure art of making movies. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Like sitting around a recording studio and shooting the breeze with undeniably cool old dudes. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
2/5 82% Crawl (2019) This movie is stuck in a cinematic purgatory between pure camp and too-sincere creature feature. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2.5/5 42% Stuber (2019) The film may not be destined for cult classic status, but it's a fun enough ride that's worth taking. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 53% The Lion King (2019) A show-off of technical prowess rather than a solid example of good storytelling. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Here is a film that's so pretentious, so manipulative, and so full of itself that its powerful message is lost among the chaos. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/5 63% Yesterday (2019) The fantasy elements are intriguing, but the high concept premise is left with the majority of its greatness buried underneath the surface. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2/5 80% Late Night (2019) This misstep of a movie is more of a disservice to unique voices because it's burdened with insincerity. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Think of this as Spidey's superhero coming-of-age-film, an undemanding summer blockbuster that should satisfy those looking for a way to beat the heat for a couple of hours. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A hipster style zom-com that's politically relevant, quirky and spirited, filled with social commentary, and packed with an arthouse cool that will delight brainy cinephiles. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 32% Shaft (2019) There's plenty in Shaft that will leave a bad taste in your mouth, and rightfully so, but it's also a funny, enjoyable romp -- if you don't take it too seriously. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/5 45% Murder Mystery (2019) A mildly amusing whodunit that's just as irrelevant as Netflix's throwaway Adam Sandler comedies that have come before. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 explodes with the very thing on which Pixar built its foundation: a goldmine of creativity. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The film delights in the familiar, and is the perfect outing for those seeking a not-too-challenging family-friendly adventure. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) A cinematic anomaly in that it's wildly entertaining, yet it's not a good movie. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) A delightful, easy-to-like, crowd-pleasing rom-com that is perfectly fine to watch on a Saturday night on the couch. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
1.5/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) When at its best, this feels like a project better suited for a direct to video release. When it's at its worst, it's no better than a second rate mockbuster knockoff in your local Redbox kiosk. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) When put up against other movies, Godzilla: King of the Monsters isn't going to land anywhere near the top of the list. But when compared to similar films in the kaiju genre, it's a grade A effort. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 89% Missing Link (2019) A cut above typical family-friendly entertainment because it's brainy in a way that will please both adults as well as kids. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) The film's fantasy elements help elevate the by-the-numbers rock star trajectory, but the disappointing execution lacks the flamboyance that would better suit Elton's life story. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin truly is animation brought to life, and Disney fans should especially be pleased with the end result. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) There's something about the unexpectedly shrewd beauty and the beast story line that proves as charming as it is thoughtful. This is a smart romantic comedy for smart audiences. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) We don't need to see the kinder, gentler side of a deranged, savage serial killer. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 97% Booksmart (2019) While it's not quite the high school cinematic epiphany you've been led to believe, Booksmart puts a fresh new spin on the coming-of-age comedy. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/5 34% Poms (2019) Cinema catnip for senior citizens and a foolproof chick flick for grandma and her pals. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
1/5 27% UglyDolls (2019) How ironic that a film intended to celebrate our differences is so bland and poorly animated that it, too, becomes a forgettable face in the crowd. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
3.5/5 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Because of the irresistibly charismatic leads, this cliché-riddled love story works despite how superficial (and at times, unbelievable) it may be. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Perhaps my lowered expectations make this movie seem better than it actually is, but the mere fact that it's not thoroughly unwatchable is a feat in itself. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Finally, an American action movie that deserves to be mentioned in the same conversation as The Raid and The Raid 2. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
1/5 66% Wine Country (2019) The movie is so bad that the lack of laughs, especially from a talent-packed cast like this, is shocking. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
1/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Everything about this noisy, shallow mess of a movie is so convoluted and so dreadful that I doubt even die-hard fans of the video game on which its based would find much to enjoy in this cinematic voyage of sloppiness. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Fan theories that have peppered the internet in the last year prove to be more exciting and interesting than the actual movie. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 39% The Dirt (2019) Bolstered by a killer soundtrack and a tornado of craziness, this Netflix original movie still feels sloppy and rushed. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
4/5 91% Shazam! (2019) When's the last time a DC movie ended and you left the theater actually excited to see the story continue? That happens here. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) It's a film that tries your patience to the limit, yet is enthusiastically affable. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Why praise a movie that panders (with a symbolic pat on the head) to the audience it is supposed to empower? - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A bittersweet goodbye with sweeping visuals and a heartfelt ending to one of the best modern animated movie franchises. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
1/5 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Those seeking horror will be frustrated with its wacky, nerdy slant, ensuring this film will irritate both those in search of scares and those bookish enough to appreciate a smarter sci-fi thriller. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019