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Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 22% Patch Adams (1998) The worst film of 1998 was also one of the worst films of its entire decade, but it panders so shamelessly in an effort to manipulate every conceivable human emotion that it was instantly embraced by easy-to-please filmgoers.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Zombie Holocaust (1982) Zombie Holocaust could easily have been called Cannibal Holocaust had another Italian gorefest from the same period not already snagged that title.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Psycho IV: The Beginning (1991) A feeble addition to the Norman Bates canon.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3.5/4 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Many have compared Maggie's Plan to earlier works by Woody Allen, though I was reminded more of the output of Noah Baumbach -- at any rate, either comparison works.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) This isn't the usual cine-doc that relies heavily on movie clips -- instead, the screen scenes are more like a couple of minutes from Autumn Sonata, a few seconds from Casablanca, a solitary still from Spellbound.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3.5/4 97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, both gorgeous beyond measure, strike sparks as the sexually unfulfilled Maggie and her tortured husband Brick, while Burl Ives is sensational as the family patriarch Big Daddy.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) So now even social apps are being turned into feature films? At this rate, should we expect Internet Meme: The Movie next?‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3.5/4 96% Midnight Run (1988) An extremely satisfying action-comedy, one that STILL hasn't fully received its due.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2.5/4 70% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984) It's easy to see the appeal, what with its loopy characters, its loopy plot, and its loopy dialogue -- it's just a shame there's not more lurking underneath all that surface quirk.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 65% Wild in the Streets (1968) Even acknowledging it as a sign of the times, it comes off as awfully obvious in its satiric implications, making easy points while limping its way toward a daft denouement.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet The Most Beautiful Wife (1970) Damiano Damiani unfolds the story with patience, laying out the sociopolitical attitudes and class discrepancies before having his brave and strong-willed heroine tackle them head-on.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Chandu the Magician (1932) This programmer benefits from solid production values -- it was shot by the legendary James Wong Howe and co-directed (with Marcel Varnel) by renowned art director William Cameron Menzies -- but the story and acting are strictly amateur hour.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2.5/4 50% Lady in Cement (1968) A mildly diverting watch; the most ingratiating turn comes from Dan Blocker (Hoss on TV's smash show Bonanza) in a rare big-screen appearance.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 60% Tony Rome (1967) Tony Rome features the sort of winding plotline and tough-guy characterizations familiar to fans of '40s film noir, those down-and-dirty classics that usually found someone like Humphrey Bogart smacking around someone like Elisha Cook Jr. ‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 17% American Dreamer (1984) Williams has been just fine in co-starring roles or as part of ensembles, but she struggles mightily to carry this heavy-handed comedy on her shoulders; still, she's better than Conti, whose miscasting is a perpetual distraction.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 86% A Taste of Honey (1961) The actors are all exceptional in a film that's as quietly humorous as it is gently moving.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 98% Love & Friendship (2016) More of a piece with Stillman's other films than with such Austen adaptations as Sense and Sensibility and Emma.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2.5/4 60% The Glory Guys (1965) Fitfully entertaining yet consistently unexceptional Western with a script by no less than Sam Peckinpah.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 93% Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) (1973) Many actors would kill for the opportunity to perform Shakespeare on screen -- here, Vincent Price gets to have his soliloquy and devour it, too.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) A series of comparatively pat resolutions and an abrupt conclusion prevent this from emerging as one of the year's best pictures -- even so, there's still much to recommend.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) Those who dismissed Now You See Me as "dumb" will most likely label Now You See Me 2 as "dumber," as it features the same types of narrative strokes that made that unexpected hit such a dopey undertaking.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 93% Night Train to Munich (Gestapo) (1940) Often described as a film made in the style of Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed's WWII-set Night Train to Munich certainly shares common ground with the Master of Suspense's 1938 gem The Lady Vanishes.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 85% Hardcore (1979) Hardcore is a mess, but it's a fascinating mess, and it's held together by a galvanizing performance from George C. Scott, an actor so perpetually intense that one feels he might bust a blood vessel or 12 right up there on the screen.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2.5/4 38% Road House (1989) This titter-worthy picture is basically like 1988's Cocktail with multiple fractures added for good measure. ‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) Basically a knockoff of both the Mad Max and Star Wars series, with locales straight out of George Miller and characters straight out of George Lucas.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
1/4 55% The Transformers - The Movie (1986) A joyless jumble, this box office dud is almost as wretched as the Michael Bay live-action twofer Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2.5/4 92% The Immortal Story (1968) Minor but not without interest.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3.5/4 97% Chimes at Midnight (1965) Criticized at the time of its release for its low budget, the film is actually enhanced by its down-and-dirty aura, and Welles' performance is nothing short of brilliant.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 92% Snoopy, Come Home (1983) There's a great running gag involving a string of "No Dogs Allowed" signs, and the film is alternately humorous and heart-tugging. ‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 95% A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) It's the humor that carries the day -- that, and the nostalgic twinges at seeing the beloved comic characters going through the usual routines familiar from the long-running strip.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
4/4 98% Aliens (1986) An excellent science fiction, horror, action AND war film.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) It's the best movie Oliver Stone has helmed since the 20th century. While it lacks the emotional wallop or technical prowess of his revered projects from the 1980s and '90s, it at least finds him shakily getting back on his feet.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
2/4 35% Blair Witch (2016) To quote B.B. King, "The thrill is gone."‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) As the plot complications pile up, so do the opportunities for Zellweger and an ace supporting cast (including Emma Thompson, hilariously droll as Bridget's doctor) to strut their stuff.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) Hanks delivers a grounded performance in service of a man whose heroism took flight at the right moment.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
3.5/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) The best movie of the summer season.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
2/4 25% Ben-Hur (2016) The decision to film the major set-pieces in extreme close-up was ill-advised, and these murky and incoherent bits are further crippled by obvious CGI as well as rapid-fire editing that recalls those Ginsu blades in action on late-night infomercials.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
3/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) There's no denying that Streep is one of the greatest actresses of our (all?) time, but there's plenty of room to argue that her recent run hasn't been as astounding as past laps of victory. With Florence Foster Jenkins, she returns in grand fashion.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016
3/4 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) The gentle nature and leisurely pace might cause a few Coked out kids to fidget, but most should react positively to the picture's sense of adventure and discovery.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016
3/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) An outrageous undertaking that's only slightly more kid-friendly than Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016
3.5/4 100% Zelig (1983) Gordon Willis' work on this picture is astounding, as he and writer-director-star Woody Allen work in tandem to create a brilliant faux-documentary.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) Crisp dialogue can't completely disguise the abrupt character transformations and the choppy narrative.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet Rawhide (1951) A vastly underrated Western.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
3.5/4 100% The Mark of Zorro (1940) Tyrone Power is excellent as both fop and fox, and his swordfight with Basil Rathbone is just one of the many highlights in this exciting adventure yarn.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
3.5/4 94% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) The 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers remains the best of the four adaptations, but this second take is similarly noteworthy and continues to grow in stature over the years.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
3/4 100% The Gang's All Here (1943) Whether one views this as a kitschy, campy spectacle or merely another splashy musical from the Dream Factory largely depends on one's tolerance for garish colors, kaleidoscopic set-pieces and the sight of Carmen Miranda and her juicy fruits. ‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
1.5/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) At least the soundtrack is good, with such gems as "Sympathy for the Devil," "Fortunate Son" and "Without Me." But it makes sense that no one thought to include Ozzy Osbourne's "Suicide Solution," since Suicide Squad isn't the answer to anyone's prayers.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2016
3/4 100% Silk Stockings (1957) The picture effectively marked Fred Astaire's retirement from dancing -- it was his last significant on-screen hoofing, and he's as sublime as ever. Yet it's co-star Cyd Charisse who dominates the picture.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2016
3/4 75% The Russia House (1990) Connery and Pfeiffer are excellent, but much of the film's pleasure comes from watching consummate pros filling out the roles of various bureaucrats, among them James Fox, Roy Scheider and director Ken Russell (looking like Bernie Sanders with bedhead).‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2016
2/4 62% The New World (2005) Any ambience created in tandem by Lubezki and Malick repeatedly dissipates in the face of the plodding treatment of fascinating material.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2016