Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Creative Loafing, Film Frenzy
Official Websites: thefilmfrenzy.com/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 56% Shaft in Africa (1973) Includes some of the series' best moments. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2.5/4 64% Shaft's Big Score! (1972) The storyline grows less interesting as it progresses. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/4 88% Shaft (1971) One of the best of all blaxploitation flicks. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/4 64% Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) A solid entry in the Hammer Frankenstein franchise. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
1.5/4 64% The Entity (1982) It's such a daft story that there's no saving those who fell for it. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/4 67% The Andromeda Strain (1971) There's much to admire. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2/4 24% Men in Black International (2019) Inoffensive piffle, the sort one can expect from a preprogrammed summer blockbuster wanna-be. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2.5/4 35% Shaft (2019) Full of the sort of eyebrow-raising antics that only Clint Eastwood is allowed to pull off anymore. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) Choice viewing no matter what time of day. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
1.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) X-Men: The Last Stand? It now looks as accomplished as Batman Begins. X-Men: Apocalypse? It's been elevated to the status of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Even X-Men Origins: Wolverine offers a whiff of Avengers: Endgame quality by comparison. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2/4 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) It has even less bite (comic, not dog) than its predecessor. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
2/4 50% When a Stranger Calls Back (1993) As with its predecessor, the opening set-piece is the best part of the movie. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2.5/4 74% Nixon (1995) Stone's newfound timidity in both style and content -- this appeared after a 10-year stretch that included the high-powered likes of Platoon, JFK and Natural Born Killers -- marked it as the beginning of the end of a remarkable run. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972) The New Scooby-Doo Movies, the second incarnation of the franchise, is arguably the most beloved since it not only ran a full hour (the other Scooby shows were all 30 minutes) but because it featured a special guest star in each episode. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
1.5/4 37% Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) Paul Freeman, unrecognizable from Raiders of the Lost Ark, has a grand old time seemingly patterning his performance after W.C. Fields, and the cheesy effects are enjoyable in a '70s-Saturday-morning-cartoon kind of way. Otherwise, caveat emptor. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/4 92% Gloria Bell (2019) Gloria Bell does a fine job of allowing us access to its protagonist, superbly played by Julianne Moore. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
4/4 100% Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) It may not match Keaton's The General in most respects, but it surpasses it in the number of belly laughs generated. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
4/4 92% The General (1927) Like the train itself, The General rarely ever slows down, barreling from one hair-raising (and frequently hilarious) set-piece to the next. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
1/4 14% Boom! (1968) A pretentious and self-indulgent mess. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2.5/4 33% Black Moon Rising (1986) The film looks good, but it's never as zippy as its plot requires. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2.5/4 65% Bitter Moon (1992) This examination of the perils of obsessive love operates best as a sly, sick joke, with Coyote particularly reveling in his role as the manipulative sadist. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet Arabian Adventure (1979) The live-action Aladdin may boast a larger budget (make that far larger), but the entertainment value is of comparable quality; plus, this one offers Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing (sorry, Will Smith). - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
1.5/4 89% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir is a hermetically sealed piece, not unlike a snow globe. Except instead of soothing white flakes, it displays only timidity and tedium. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2.5/4 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King of the Monsters is comparable to 2014's Godzilla and far superior to 1998's Godzilla vs. Ferris Bueller. When it focuses on the marquee attractions, it roars to life. At all other times, it's merely Godzilla with a zzzz. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Even if it doesn't soar as high as one would like, Rocketman is still a better movie than Bohemian Rhapsody, which suffered in part from its PG-13 designation. Rocketman is a solid R, which is more in line for this sort of warts-and-all biopic. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/4 56% Ma (2019) Ma might be the latest horror show from the omniscient Blumhouse Productions, but it also serves as a particularly effective anti-bullying PSA. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2.5/4 91% A Vigilante (2019) The first half is fascinating, but the picture loses its momentum during the second hour. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2/4 25% Link (1986) Don't miss the scene where Link apes (ouch; sorry) James Cagney in the fiery finale from White Heat. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2.5/4 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Juliette Binoche is typically terrific in what proves to be a middling effort from esteemed writer-director Claire Denis. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2.5/4 40% The Upside (2019) This American remake retains many of the elements that made the original such a smash and, as such, proves to be no better or worse than its mildly engaging predecessor. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2.5/4 40% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) A moderately amusing effort with a marquee-challenging moniker. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2.5/4 50% The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) There's relatable, universal material in this property, but it often gets buried beneath a template that teeters uneasily between awkward pathos and obvious one-liners. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) The Man Who Haunts Himself maintains interest throughout with its intriguing storyline, although the final moments avoid the perfect ending for one that's slightly less satisfying. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/4 90% The Bostonians (1984) Reeve is earnest if not entirely believable in a pivotal role, but Redgrave and Potter are excellent. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/4 94% Blue Velvet (1986) Unlike most great movies, this one loses some of its power with each subsequent viewing. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/4 81% The Bedroom Window (1987) A vastly entertaining thriller that only loses its bearings (and its credibility) during the final half-hour. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2.5/4 57% Aladdin (2019) By providing the former Fresh Prince with fresh material, Smith is able to escape the inevitable comparisons to Robin Williams. But if the film works magic with the Genie, it fails miserably with Jafar. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Whether Booksmart ends up achieving lofty status as a high school classic a la Clueless or The Breakfast Club won't be determined for some time, but for those seeking a worthy movie in a largely parched summer season, this is nothing short of a godsend. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2/4 57% Brightburn (2019) In concept, Brightburn sounds like a DC variation of Marvel's popular What If? line. In execution, it plays like yet another underwhelming adaptation of The Omen. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2.5/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) There's a numbness in watching Wick flip an opponent, punch him, and then fire into his head two or three times -- this occurs with even greater frequency than Gary Coleman quipping, "Whatchu talkin' about, Willis?" over eight years of Diff'rent Strokes. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
1.5/4 47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) My advice: Skip the movie, buy a travel guide. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/4 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) A stale melodrama that doesn't exhibit much bite, much bark, or, really, much of anything. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
1.5/4 40% She-Devils on Wheels (1968) She-Devils on Wheels is as poorly acted and directed as most HGL features, but its off-kilter sensibilities provide it with a modicum of interest. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet The Seduction (1982) This is one dreadful thriller, crippled by a lack of suspense, a lack of originality, and a lack of smarts. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
1.5/4 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Smug and self-satisfied. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/4 87% Broken Flowers (2005) A movie of wry humor and wry observations. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/4 38% Earthquake (1974) Undeniably dopey yet admittedly entertaining. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 89% Bull (2019) What marks the picture as unique is its raw and unforced nature, more slice-of-life than sleight-of-cinema. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3.5/4 93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) This is a visual treat featuring some truly unique creatures -- just check out those oddities that look like an unholy cross between Casper the Friendly Ghost and that chattering demon from the Hellraiser flicks. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
1.5/4 66% Funny Games (1998) What follows is basically Hostel with subtitles, and, given the very nature of Haneke's experiment, it's not hard to figure out exactly how this will end. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019