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 97% The Stranger (1946) Propelled by its intriguing, Oscar-nominated story. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 No Score Yet Kings Go Forth (1958) The wartime material is fairly standard (if well-executed), but the simmering theme of racism is honestly handled, and Sinatra is excellent. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/4 86% Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) (1952) A down and dirty film noir with all the requisite blood, sweat and double-crosses. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 75% Intolerable Cruelty (2003) A vastly underrated Coen Brothers confection. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 77% Gorky Park (1983) The Cold War intrigue works better than the murder-mystery angle. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 100% Mandabi (1969) Casts a wary eye at the remaining traces of colonialism, the rigidity of patriarchal modes of expression, and the casual cruelty of a burdensome bureaucracy. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 95% Filmworker (2018) Filmworker serves as a reminder that it's imperative to thank - or at least remember - all the little people. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 91% The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) A documentary almost as colorful as its subject. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
2.5/4 84% Breach (2007) Cooper works hard to provide any psychological subtext to the story behind the headlines. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 89% Baby Doll (1956) A movie so contentious that it was banned in a few countries, pulled in several U.S. cities, and denounced by Cardinal Francis Spellman, who forbade his flock from seeing it "under pain of sin." - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
1/4 No Score Yet The Allnighter (1987) The Allnighter is so vapid on every level that it makes those 1960s beach party flicks look as deep as The Seventh Seal by comparison. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 No Score Yet The Suspect (1944) This unsung treat is one of those films where - Heaven help us - our sympathies rest entirely with a murderer. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3.5/4 93% A Tale of Two Cities (1935) It's the richly textured screenplay and the slate of stellar performances that drive this film. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/4 100% San Francisco (1936) MacDonald is the weak link in this otherwise bustling film. But the final portion of the movie, when the earthquake comes a-callin', is truly astonishing. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/4 89% The Parallax View (1974) Forget The Exorcist, Alien, and even Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Parallax View might well be the scariest movie of the 1970s. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/4 67% Love Story (1970) The impact of Love Story cannot be overstated. Yet despite its touchstone status, it's not a particularly good film. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/4 28% Elizabethtown (2005) The overriding feeling is that Crowe simply wanted to impress audiences with cuts from his personal music collection. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/4 29% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Goes overboard with the perky quirkiness. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/4 58% Tesla (2020) I'll stick with David Bowie in The Prestige, thanks. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Releasing a pseudo-documentary during a period in which "fake news" and "alternative facts" dominated the news cycle might give some pause, but the manufactured moments are generally the least entertaining parts of this free-wheeling film. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 No Score Yet Dark Intruder (1965) An efficient (if occasionally obvious) chiller. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/4 57% Come Play (2020) Larry, apparently The Babadook's third cousin twice removed, gets his own motion picture with this derivative horror yarn with an interesting premise but an ill-handled approach. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 100% Voskhozhdeniye (The Ascent) (1978) The Christian allegories aren't exactly subtle, but they are effective. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
2.5/4 68% Ammonite (2020) The film is often as chilly as the weather in this English seaside community. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/4 85% The Pajama Game (1957) A major problem with the picture is that all the performers who were apparently so wonderful on stage don't tone down the theatricality one iota for the big screen, resulting in plenty of unchecked and overbearing shrieking. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Don't miss this one. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/4 97% The Court Jester (1956) Nothing can top the fantastic wordplay involving the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace, and the flagon with a dragon ... only one of which holds the brew that is true. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 100% After the Thin Man (1936) The movie gets a lot of mileage out of comic bits that would prove to be recurring gags throughout the series. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Bold, brave, and bracing. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Given the standing of 2017's Wonder Woman as one of the best superhero movies ever made (Top 15, for sure), there's no getting around the fact that the highly anticipated Wonder Woman 1984 registers as a massive disappointment. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 69% Tulsa (2020) Largely succeeds due to its generosity of spirit. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 83% Mank (2020) Too much screen time is given to forced (and fictional) parallels between Mank's life and what ended up in Citizen Kane. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
2/4 45% Rapid Fire (1992) A disposable action yarn. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 88% Last Hunt (1956) Ripe for rediscovery. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 88% Upgrade (2018) With its emphasis on technology, slightly futuristic setting, and fondness for disturbing developments, Upgrade feels like an episode of Black Mirror that somehow managed to break free from its Netflix surroundings and emerge unscathed on the big screen. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
4/4 91% Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ur ett äktenskap) (1974) This raw and uncompromising motion picture has endured as one of Bergman's finest achievements. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
3.5/4 95% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) On a visual level, the movie qualifies as poetry in stop-motion. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 83% The Naked and the Dead (1958) A flawed yet fascinating motion picture, one that traffics in gritty intensity yet also makes room for the expected concessions to convention and cliche. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 64% The Hot Rock (1972) Those seeking something a little more off the beaten path than The Natural or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid should check out this entertaining caper yarn. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
1/4 No Score Yet The Horror of Party Beach (1964) Like Robot Monster, Eegah! and other grade-Z atrocities, it's the sort of mindboggling film that triggers amusement rather than anger at its absolute ineptitude. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
1.5/4 38% Hocus Pocus (1993) More "trick" than "treat." - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
3.5/4 83% The Changeling (1980) Like many a fine film, its stature only grows over the years. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 97% That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) If this sounds rather conventional for Buñuel, be aware that the role of the temptress is played by not one but two actresses. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
3.5/4 98% The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972) Bunuel fearlessly tears into class hypocrisy. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 91% Sudden Fear (1952) A sharp thriller with film noir undercurrents. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
2/4 No Score Yet Giant from the Unknown (1958) The big news regarding this low-budget effort is the participation of Jack Pierce, arguably the greatest makeup artist Hollywood ever produced. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
4/4 90% Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) (1988) The theatrical version is a movie of extraordinary passion. In the Director's Cut, it's still an excellent film, just not a transcendent one. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 90% College (1927) College is no match for Harold Lloyd's similarly themed 1925 masterpiece The Freshman, but it contains no small measure of uproarious sequences. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
2.5/4 100% Go West (1925) With Go West, Buster Keaton attempts to get sweet and sentimental, with decidedly mixed results. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
2.5/4 38% Accepted (2006) Offers a smattering of decent chuckles amidst all the predictable piling on of pilfered plotlines. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021