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Matt Brunson

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 67% Schlock (1973) Exactly the sort of low-budget picture one would expect to be the calling card of a young kid weaned on classic movies and tattered issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/4 83% Trick 'r Treat (2007) A cleverly constructed work.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/4 74% Creepshow (1982) A certain measure of generosity and goodwill is necessary to fully enjoy this endeavor from director George Romero, since the stories by Stephen King aren't anything special.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
2.5/4 86% Blood and Black Lace (Sei donne per l'assassino) (1964) While there would be better giallo films arriving in later years, the postmark on this one makes it essential viewing.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
2/4 33% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Even fans of 2003's Johnny English (raising my hand here) and 2011's Johnny English Reborn (raising only a finger here) will be disappointed in this Johnny-come-lately.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
2/4 36% Hunter Killer (2018) If the new motion picture Hunter Killer were real life, it would merit four stars. Unfortunately, the film isn't a striking example of cinema verite but rather a complete piece of fiction. As such, it's a rampaging mediocrity.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/4 92% Trilogy of Terror (1975) This earns its stripes solely for the last story, powered by Black's excellent performance, director Dan Curtis' imaginative staging, and that genuinely freaky doll.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) If Leave No Trace isn't quite as formidable as Debra Granik's Winter's Bone, it's still a potent drama marked by a superlative turn from teenage actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/4 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Starts out as a feel-good human interest story before morphing into something decidedly darker and disturbing.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/4 63% Shampoo (1975) A savage satire that sets its sights on hypocrisy, superficiality, and sexual mores.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2.5/4 71% [REC] 4: Apocalypse (2015) Somewhat gets the series back on track.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/4 40% [REC] 3 Genesis (2012) Inconsequential.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/4 68% [Rec] 2 (2010) An explosion of information removes much of the raw terror from the premise.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3.5/4 88% [Rec] (2007) A sterling effort in the eventually overplayed "found footage" genre.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
4/4 98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) This remains not only the best of the adaptations but also one of the best horror/sci-fi films ever made.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3/4 91% City Slickers (1991) Many of the character exchanges are priceless (including a discussion on how to properly program a VCR), and the performances are uniformly fine.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3/4 60% Bad Ronald (1974) The '70s was a fertile breeding ground for ominous made-for-television movies that continue to stumble around in the minds of those who came of age during that decade. Bad Ronald is one such endeavor.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/4 22% In My Country (2005) Better than its mangy reputation.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Evil (1978) Risible in a few spots but competently presented most of the time.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
1.5/4 11% The Swarm (1978) As an adult, I recognize that The Swarm is, well, not good, but I can now enjoy it as a so-bad-it's-brilliant endeavor.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3.5/4 100% A Raisin in the Sun (1961) A groundbreaking work that manages to be both specific to the African-American experience and universal in its themes of hope, change, and upward mobility.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3.5/4 100% La Historia Oficial (The Official Story) (1985) Simultaneous serves as a crackling political thriller and a deeply moving family drama.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/4 33% The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) It's an irresistible story, but the movie suffers from clunky dialogue and a barrage of mismatched performances that represent just about every school of acting known to man.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3.5/4 90% The Last Hurrah (1958) Terrific entertainment until it's stopped dead in its tracks by a painfully protracted finale.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
1.5/4 28% House on Haunted Hill (1999) The passage of time hasn't improved this version one iota, although at least home viewers don't have to subject themselves to the lobby posters sporting that year's daftest tagline ("Evil Loves To Party").‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) A powerful drama.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/4 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A throwback to the Tarantino days.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/4 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Moderately entertaining.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3/4 88% First Man (2018) Chazelle's approach might keep emotions grounded longer than necessary, but First Man nevertheless takes flight when it matters most.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2/4 79% Halloween (2018) Well, I guess this is what happens when a valuable franchise is entrusted to the guys who foisted Your Highness upon an unsuspecting world.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet The Other Side of Midnight (1977) Hampered by colorless characterizations and extreme overlength.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
3/4 86% The Naked Prey (1966) Brutal in its depictions of both tribal savagery and English arrogance, the film nevertheless avoids lazy stereotyping.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
2/4 28% Looker (1981) Slightly easier to take than such Crichton duds as Runaway and Congo.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
3/4 100% The Farmer's Daughter (1947) Young won the Best Actress Oscar for her charming if hardly award-worthy turn (her win is still considered one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history).‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Cyclops (1957) Even given my own proclivity for '50s fantasy flicks, this one is rough going.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
3/4 100% The Bravados (1958) A hard-hitting Western saga which sports a chilling twist at the end.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born demonstrates that good stories never die; they just patiently rest as filmmakers figure out how to bring back their sparkle.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Scream for Help (1984) It's a buffet of badness.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
2/4 0% Good Times (1967) As for Sonny's acting talents, let's just say he makes Ringo Starr look like Daniel Day-Lewis by comparison.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat) (1976) I can't say that the picture is a success, but fans of bawdy comedies will appreciate at least some of its choices.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
1/4 17% Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) Exorcist II: The Heretic is a perfect mix of tedium and hilarity, and it's easy to understand why audiences back in the day actually threw items at the screen (you'll doubtless fight similar urges).‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
3.5/4 90% The Day of the Jackal (1973) Director Fred Zinnemann, scripter Kenneth Ross, and editor Ralph Kemplen (earning this film's sole Oscar nomination) all deserve high marks.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
2.5/4 18% The Bride (1985) The Bride might be inspired by Mary Shelley, but its nature seems to draw from Robert Louis Stevenson. Aping the latter's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this feels like two separate movies battling for the upper hand, with the end result basically being a tie.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
3/4 93% The Baby (1973) A terrific twist ending is what puts this one over the top.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
3/4 88% American Animals (2018) Here's a movie that takes a tattered genre and manages to add some fresh elements to it.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
2/4 29% Night School (2018) An ideal movie starring Hart and Haddish would make them comedic equals along the lines of Cheech & Chong or Laurel & Hardy. Instead, they're more like Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello and Groucho/Chico/Harpo & Zeppo.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
3.5/4 100% My Man Godfrey (1936) This scintillating comedy was the first film to be Oscar-nominated in all four acting categories.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Gold (1974) Sandwiched between the releases of Roger Moore's initial two outings as 007, this benefits from director Peter Hunt's able handling of the tense mining sequences as well as engaging performances from the entire cast.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
2/4 13% Life Itself (2018) The sort of sprawling saga meant to make audiences laugh, cry, and nod approvingly at moments they might recognize from their own roller coaster lives. Unfortunately, a deep sigh and a dismissive shrug will be all that many folks might be able to muster.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
1.5/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) If this soulless slog is any indication of what to expect from future Amblin wannabes, then we're all in trouble, as it isn't Back to the Future as much as it's bleak for the future.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018