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Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 34% Live By Night (2017) There's nothing inherently wrong with Ben Affleck's warmed-over plate of gangland goulash -- it's a gorgeous production, meticulously put together by a team of seasoned Hollywood vets -- but there's also little that's fresh. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 14, 2017
3/4 83% Silence (2017) Silence is an uncomfortable and unsettling watch, better at generating questions than supplying answers -- which, come to think of it, is perhaps the proper outcome for a film of this nature. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 14, 2017
3.5/4 96% Sing Street (2016) One of the year's top 10 movies. Bonus points for including the best line of 2016: "No woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins." ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3.5/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Intelligent, absorbing and erotic. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Individual scenes crackle with flavor, but it's hard to become completely invested in a movie about holding onto life when its creators are so focused on art-directing it to death. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) The film never relinquishes its tight focus on three remarkable individuals who repeatedly demonstrate that they, too, possess the right stuff. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/4 87% Lion (2016) A heartwarming true-life tale. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 24, 2016
3/4 70% Sing (2016) A lively animated effort. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 24, 2016
1.5/4 40% Why Him? (2016) Why Him? Why me? ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 24, 2016
3.5/4 95% Fences (2016) Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are nothing short of remarkable. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 24, 2016
2/4 31% Passengers (2016) It becomes clear before long that the futuristic sci-fi outing Passengers, aka Grab 'Em By the P****: The Movie, could only have been written by a man. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 24, 2016
1/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Assassin's Creed is many things, and none of them good. Visually, it's the ugliest movie of 2016 -- and keep in mind that I saw Robert De Niro's prosthetic penis in Dirty Grandpa. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 24, 2016
3/4 89% Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman delivers a tremendous performance in a movie that marches to its own beat without ever taking its eye off the ball. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 18, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) As effervescent as the finest bottle of champagne, La La Land is an intoxicating motion picture that should particularly please anyone whose heart skips a beat whenever Fred dances on the late show or Judy sings on TCM. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 18, 2016
1/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The closest this train wreck will get to Oscar is if some guy with that name makes the poor choice to go see it during its theatrical run. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 18, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) While Rogue One never comes close to matching the heights of the series at its most dazzling (basically, Episodes IV and V, with honorable mention to Episode VII), it's still a worthy addition to the canon. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 18, 2016
2/4 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Office Christmas Party isn't good; it isn't bad. It's just ... there. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 10, 2016
2.5/4 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Nocturnal Animals matches Tom Ford's A Single Man in terms of its visual vibrancy and solid performances, but it has opted to replace its beating heart with a leaden paperweight. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 10, 2016
3.5/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The sort of understated, under-the-radar drama that can use all the help it can get to stand out in an increasingly overcrowded marketplace. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 5, 2016
2.5/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) While the foul language, misanthropic attitude, and cynical performances still come into focus, even squinting might not pick up much in the way of the first film's clever plotting, genuine wit, and sneaky subversive streak running throughout. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 27, 2016
2.5/4 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Viewers who can get on the film's wavelength will find much to enjoy, but there's no denying the picture is slight in the extreme. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 27, 2016
3/4 95% Moana (2016) Better than Finding Dory but not quite reaching the level of Zootopia, the latest Disney animated effort of 2016 adheres pretty much to the formula we've come to expect in recent years from the storied studio. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 27, 2016
3/4 61% Allied (2016) An elegant and understated movie for adults, one that's as unfussy as it is engaging. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 27, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Woody Harrelson provides the humor, the teens provide the heart, and writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig provides one of the season's must-see movies. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 19, 2016
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It's tempting to warily eye this film and see nothing more than a blatant cash-grab ... But it eventually hits its stride, and the end result proves to be a welcome addition to the fantasy field. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 19, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) A motion picture that turns out to be far more focused on humanity than on otherworldly visitors, it's a transcendent viewing experience that gets under the skin and into the heart. As a bonus, it's also the right movie at the right time. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 12, 2016
3/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Black lives matter in the quiet, contemplative Moonlight, but let's not stop there. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 12, 2016
2.5/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Rote storytelling and pesky politics aside, the film does offer its rewards, particularly in Cumberbatch's fine performance, some twisty visuals (many cribbed from Inception), and the occasional dabs of gentle humor. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 5, 2016
3/4 100% On Dangerous Ground (1952) The performances are potent, the direction by Nicholas Ray is suitably moody, and the score by Bernard Herrmann is terrific. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
2/4 20% Bobby Deerfield (1977) Those who feel that Al Pacino did no wrong during the 1970s obviously never saw Bobby Deerfield. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
2/4 38% Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins (1985) A missed-opportunity exercise that might as well have been called Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins ... and Ends. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
3/4 84% 9 to 5 (1980) A serious subject is given a lively comic sheen in this picture, which hardly seems dated when viewed through the prism of the contemporary workplace. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
3/4 72% Nighthawks (1981) One of Stallone's better efforts. Besides, where else can one find the screen being shared by the who's-who gallery of Rocky Balboa, Lando Calrissian, Roy Batty, the Bionic Woman, and the bald lady from the first Star Trek film? ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
3/4 95% The Cocoanuts (1929) Squeaks by on the top-notch comedy quotient. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
3/4 96% Animal Crackers (1930) Squeaks by on the top-notch comedy quotient. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
3.5/4 94% Monkey Business (1931) Watching each brother try to pass himself off as Maurice Chevalier is a comic highlight. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
3.5/4 96% Horse Feathers (1932) Somehow, the boys manage to incorporate a horse-drawn vehicle into a football game. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
4/4 94% Duck Soup (1933) True movie fans haven't lived until they've caught its nonstop barrage of classic bits. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
3.5/4 97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) It's at once pulpy and profound, a movie that never forgets to have fun even as it's tackling such straight-faced issues as honor, devotion and compassion. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
1.5/4 19% Inferno (2016) As a character, Langdon has even less dimensions than the more animated sleuths Carmen Sandiego and Dora the Explorer, and it's sad seeing Hanks wasting his talents in such a gossamery role. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 29, 2016
3/4 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Like most movies sourced from le Carré, this one heavily favors dialogue over action -- a welcome respite from generic he-man features. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 22, 2016
2/4 70% Café Society (2016) A particularly drowsy effort from the prolific filmmaker. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 22, 2016
2.5/4 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) A picture graced with four bright performances but hampered by a plot that felt recycled even back when Millard Fillmore was president. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 22, 2016
1.5/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) It's a shame Popstar arrived in theaters first, because a better title for the dreary Jack Reacher: Never Go Back would have been Jack Reacher: Never Stop Never Stopping. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 22, 2016
3.5/4 81% The Thing (1982) Far and away the best film of John Carpenter's career. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 17, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet Lured (1947) The plot is wonderfully knotty, Lucille Ball is appropriately spunky, and there's a scene-stealing turn by horror heavy George Zucco, atypically cast as a crossword-loving cop. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 17, 2016
3/4 83% A Scandal in Paris (1946) A Scandal in Paris goes heavy on the comedy, light on the drama, and all-out on the entertainment. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 17, 2016
2.5/4 48% Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) The picture has a smoky, laid-back style that suits it during quieter moments yet feels out of place when the piece's more spiritually tinged escapades are front and center. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 17, 2016
3/4 87% The Devil-Doll (1936) This enjoyable film allows Lionel Barrymore the chance to go the Tootsie route. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 17, 2016
3/4 100% Mad Love (1935) Lorre cuts a striking figure as Doctor Gogol. ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Oct 17, 2016