Mathew DeKinder

Mathew DeKinder
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 41% 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 25% 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 43% 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 73% 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 47% 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 80% 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 78% 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 91% 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 85% 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
4/5 100% 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 37% 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 61% 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 75% 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 29% 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
2.5/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) This is a movie that gets a lot of points for trying, but it never really gels and leaves you unsure if you should be laughing, gasping or crying at any given moment. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) Unless you're a devotee of the art of puppetry or mildly funny sex jokes, you can probably just let this one slide. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) But if we have to be sequeled to death as every drop of originality gets drained from every successful franchise, I choose to march down the path to creative extinction with my dino-buddies. They at least know the way. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2.5/5 56% Tag (2018) The result is a mixed bag, but there are just enough laughs from this likeable cast to make this movie a worthwhile summer distraction. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2018
2.5/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Instead, you get a movie that's enjoyable enough, but leaves you feeling like it could have been much, much more. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2018
4/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It turns out there's room for some swashbuckling in a galaxy far, far away as "Solo" shoots first and sweats the details later. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
4/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) "Avengers: Infinity War" is a thrilling, nearly overwhelming cinematic experience that serves as a satisfying culmination of all that's come before it. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
4.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) This is one of those movies that will leave its mark on the genre for years to come and serves as a masterclass in suspense. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) But, once this sucker gets rolling, it becomes a visual thrill ride that is simultaneously a celebration and condemnation of the entertainment industrial complex. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3/5 52% Tomb Raider (2018) "Tomb Raider" doesn't raise video game adaptations completely out of the B-movie depths, but it does make for a fun two-hour distraction at the multiplex, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
4/5 88% Annihilation (2018) "Annihilation" may not leave you satisfied, but if you're not afraid to get a little weird, it's a movie you won't forget. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) "Black Panther" is a cultural landmark, a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster that embraces and celebrates an Afro-centric worldview without shying away from the tensions surrounding race, class and gender in the world today. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
.5/5 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) By trading sexiness for melodrama and then subjecting us to a kidnapping subplot that is exceedingly ridiculous even by Lifetime Network standards, this movie is almost unwatchable. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
3.5/5 85% Wonder (2017) "Wonder" earns every moment and while the result is not earth-shattering, a well-made film with the message "be nice to everyone" feels borderline revolutionary in this day and age. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
2.5 40% Justice League (2017) There's certainly more of a sense of humor this time around with these characters and, while the end result is just a notch above so-so, there at least is a ray of hope for DC moving into the future. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Part "Flash Gordon," part "Guardians of the Galaxy" and part Duran Duran video, "Thor: Ragnarok" is basically a blast. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
2/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) In "Suburbicon," none of it comes together and, in the end, it feels like Clooney is doing his best Coen Brothers impression instead of making this movie his own. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
1.5/5 7% The Snowman (2017) In a lot of ways, "The Snowman" is like IKEA made a movie; and then they asked you to assemble it without any instructions. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
2.5/5 39% The Mountain Between Us (2017) So, if you really want to boil this movie down to its core, it's like two great actors reading out of the phone book in front of an Ansel Adams photo. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3/5 28% Rebel in the Rye (2017) The movie "Rebel in the Rye" is a competently-made and relatively straight-forward bio-pic that is boosted by solid performances and the fascinating details of Salinger's life. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
4/5 86% It (2017) Even though "It" has all the jumps and splatter horror fans crave, it's the movie's heart that leaves the longest impression. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) "The Dark Tower" is just interesting enough to be worth checking out and quite frankly was probably too weird to be given the slow roll and turned into an eight-movie franchise. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3.5 84% Detroit (2017) "Detroit" is a vital movie of our times and while it is far from perfect, it touches an exposed nerve we can no longer afford to ignore. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3.5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) "Atomic Blonde" musters up just enough heat to blow you away. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
3.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) "Dunkirk" is a faithful and well-crafted retelling of an overlooked, but crucial, event in World War II, which is enough to make it worth your time. - Suburban Journals of St. Louis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017