Mathew DeKinder

Mathew DeKinder
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 74% Stillwater (2021) "Stillwater" defies expectations at every turn and delivers a movie full of heartbreak, hope and acceptance. - Mat's Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
2.5/5 63% Jungle Cruise (2021) So while "Jungle Cruise" isn't the worst ride you could take, it's probably a better move to just get back in line for Space Mountain again. - Mat's Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/5 49% Old (2021) You don't have to squint to see that "Old" is an allegory for the fleeting nature of life and the movie is certainly ham-fisted at times in trying to drive this point home. - Mat's Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
2.5/5 38% Joe Bell (2021) But aside from documenting the horrors of bullying, "Joe Bell" doesn't portray Joe's journey as doing much of anything other than relieving some of Joe's guilt at not doing more to help his son. - Mat's Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
2.5/5 63% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) "12 Mighty Orphans" winds up being enjoyable and inspiring almost in spite of itself, proving that sometimes you can actually get by on a little pluck and determination. - Mat's Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
3.5/5 100% Steps (2017) While the mega-happy ending may not ring true for everyone, "Steps" works hard to earn it and gives us a redemption story worth cheering for. - Mat's Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
4/5 81% Black Widow (2021) "Black Widow" is essentially Marvel's version of a "Bourne" movie, complete with car chases, exotic locales and fistfights in tiny European apartments. - Mat's Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
3/5 80% Too Late (2021) While it's not exactly going to knock your socks off, "Too Late" winds up being a net positive with its general competency and likeable enough cast. - Mat's Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
3.5/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) While the first one was about the unease of bringing children into this dangerous and unpredictable world, "Part II" is about the even greater unease of trusting those children to navigate that world on their own. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2021
3.5/5 93% Northwood Pie (2020) Salahi proves to be a highly-capable filmmaker, as the movie is incredibly well shot for a film made with less money than the craft-services budget for a Marvel movie. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
2.5/5 88% Fame-ish (2020) Once you get past the fact "Fame-ish" boasts the same level of cinematography as a corporate sexual harassment compliance video, the movie does have its charms. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
100% Chameleon (2019) "Chameleon" won't change your life, but it is a competent glance at the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles' glitz and glamour. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
3/5 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) While there is a nice message of tolerance and embracing differences at the heart of "Trolls World Tour," there does feel like there are some missed opportunities - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
3.5/5 90% Bull (2020) Silverstein is a filmmaker to keep your eye on as the beginning of her feature-film career is off to a roaring start. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) "Onward" shows that Pixar can still cast a spell over audiences that is hard to find in family-friendly entertainment. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
4/5 87% Emma. (2020) "Emma" is a delightful little movie that will more than satisfy Austen fans while being as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the ears. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
1/5 46% Night Sweats (2019) "Night Sweats" tries to be a relationship drama, a corporate thriller and medical procedural all at the same time. What's worse is it fails spectacularly at all three. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3.5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) While this film does have its share of clinks and sputters, once you are able to move beyond the uncanny valley of computer-animated dogs interacting with real actors, you wind up with a top-shelf family film. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
2.5/5 56% Love is Not Love (2020) Even though "Love is Not Love" feels a little overwrought and amateurish around the edges, the heart of the film stays true to the affairs of the heart. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
4.5/5 95% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" is an exceptional film and the final 20-minute coda elevates the movie beyond a historical blow-by-blow of the life and times of Jimmy Hoffa to a meditation on the implications of a lifetime of violence. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
5/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The movie is brilliantly framed like an episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," where Tom Hanks perfectly embodies Fred Rogers and his overwhelming patience and kindness. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It all works out in the end as Damon, Bale and white-knuckle racing make up for any shortcomings making "Ford v Ferrari" an enjoyable turn around the track. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/5 78% Doctor Sleep (2019) "Doctor Sleep" somehow manages to find just enough space outside of the long shadow of "The Shining" to be worthy of your attention and not wind up as just another nostalgic, cinematic cash grab. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.5/5 41% Midway (2019) If all you take away from "Midway" is how terrible and awesome this battle truly was, then I would consider it a success, albeit a heavily qualified one. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.5/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) "Terminator: Dark Fate" has its problems, but for fans of the franchise who like their action relentless and forceful, it more than holds its own. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" doesn't have anything new or interesting to say and feels like it exists only so Disney can wring every last dime out of its intellectual property. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) "Gemini Man" gets by enough on the cast's pluck and charm to be just entertaining enough you won't hate yourself for stumbling into the theater and sitting through it. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 44% The Addams Family (2019) It's nice to have the Addams back in our lives, but it would have been nice if they could have been a little more "ookie." - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) "Aladdin" delivers the goods, especially when the music is playing, and while it may not be exactly what you wished for, it's close enough. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Even though Pokemon implores you to "catch 'em all," this is one you're going to want to release back into the wild. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) This is probably the least comic-book "comic-book movie" ever, as writer/director Todd Phillips (with a writing assist from Scott Silver) shows us a bleak world devoid of heroes of any shape or form. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) While all of the "Toy Story" movies have dealt with themes of friendship and finding your place in the world, "Toy Story 4" drives home the fact the toys are emotional avatars for all of the parents in the audience. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2.5/5 74% Ghost Light (2019) "Ghost Light" is enjoyable enough to be enjoyed by fans of Shakespeare or those who have spent time in the trenches of community theater. As for the rest of us, the movie is nothing more than a slight, inoffensive flicker. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The Avengers as we know them will never reassemble and, in their wake, superhero movies will never be the same again. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 46% Dumbo (2019) It's fun to see an elephant fly, but "Dumbo" never truly soars. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
1/5 50% The Things We've Seen (2017) Again, I applaud the effort, but there's really nothing in "The Things We've Seen" that's worth your time. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 93% Us (2019) And while "Us" may fall victim to heightened expectations, Peele's skill as a filmmaker, especially a horror filmmaker, remains on an upward trajectory. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 83% Streaker (Flitzer) (2017) Much like an actual streaker, it's a movie that comes out of nowhere and you'll probably be a little ashamed to admit how much you enjoyed it. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel looks to feature heavily in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but here in the present, she more than delivers the goods holding down her own film. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Now that we've come to the final film in the trilogy, the series has earned the right to go anywhere it wants and fortunately where it wants to go is a satisfying and endearing conclusion. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3.5/5 84% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Everything's still pretty awesome and "The Lego Movie 2" certainly backs that high-bar up. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Jackson deserves a lot of praise for taking on this effort and doing it in a way that makes these windows into the past a little wider and a little clearer. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/5 37% Glass (2019) The result may only be satisfying for true believers, but in a pop culture awash in tights and capes, maybe it's OK for a little navel-gazing into our collective obsession with superheroes. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
3.5/5 36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) "The Crimes of Grindelwald" is going to leave you with more questions than answers, but for Rowling's fans, this movie is a treat and proves she is still very much on top of her game. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2/5 59% The Grinch (2018) "The Grinch" isn't a travesty, but it is completely and totally unnecessary. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Helmed by Bryan Singer, a highly competent director by any metric, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is about as safe and conventional a musical biopic as you will find. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
5/5 87% First Man (2018) Simply put, "First Man" is a great film and one that deserves to be experienced on the big screen. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) "Bad Times at the El Royale" is a tightly plotted thrill ride that reveals itself with the same measured, clever suspense of a magician turning over his cards. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/5 30% Venom (2018) The takeaway here is the character of Venom plays even if his movie is not so great. The fun of Hardy in this role is what makes this movie just barely recommendable. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) The 2018 version of "A Star Is Born" is notable because it contains some impressive "firsts" for two of our galaxy's brightest performers. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018