Matt Brunson

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 72% Climax (2019) It quickly grows flaccid, and it's ultimately as shocking as a fifth grader making armpit noises. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
2/4 50% Captive State (2019) Viewers are introduced to seemingly more characters than were found in the entire 57 seasons of the TV soap opera Guiding Light. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
3/4 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Ignore those imbecilic MRAs, frightened fanboys, and all other insecure man-babies shellacked in misogyny: The truth is that this film is reams of fun and, significantly, no different in quality from past solo superhero flicks produced by Marvel. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
3/4 60% America Adrift (2016) Despite some third-act mistakes, the majority of the film is powerful and thought-provoking. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 71% [REC] 4: Apocalypse (2015) Somewhat gets the series back on track. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2/4 42% [REC] 3 Genesis (2012) Inconsequential. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2/4 68% [Rec] 2 (2010) An explosion of information removes much of the raw terror from the premise. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3.5/4 88% [Rec] (2007) A sterling effort in the eventually overplayed "found footage" genre. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
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. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/4 88% 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. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
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. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3.5/4 61% Shampoo (1975) A savage satire that sets its sights on hypocrisy, superficiality, and sexual mores. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
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. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2.5/4 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Even in this cut, the movie remains mostly a kick. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2.5/4 56% Year of the Dragon (1985) Defenders claim it's a blow against racism and sexism while detractors insist it embraces racism and sexism. One's opinion will perhaps depend on whether the viewing ends with admiration for its technical prowess or annoyance at its narrative ugliness. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/4 50% Wild Rovers (1971) Holden's lived-in performance is a thing of beauty. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/4 86% To Sleep With Anger (1990) Burnett employs a lyrical shooting style that aptly fits the material. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
2.5/4 62% Starsky & Hutch (2004) A hit-and-miss adaptation of the popular TV series. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
2.5/4 64% Kalifornia (1993) What makes Kalifornia intriguing is the manner in which these characters all relate to one another. Where the film suffers is in its obliviousness toward its own obviousness. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/4 82% Instant Family (2018) There's instant gratification to be found with Instant Family, an earnest film whose generosity of spirit enables it to smooth over the rough patches. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
2.5/4 59% Champs (2015) A few talking-head celebrities appear along the way, but nothing any of them have to say is as compelling as hearing the stories -- and seeing the vintage footage -- of the three raging bulls at the center of the film. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/4 54% Greta (2019) A tepid thriller that begins promisingly before simultaneously jumping the tracks, jumping the shark, and jumping off a cliff. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 64% Willard (2003) For all its ickiness, Willard is actually that most exotic of movie creatures: a remake that handily bests the original. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet The Vengeance of She (1968) Olinka Berova is so expressionless that she makes the original's Ursula Andress look like Meryl Streep, but she's hardly the only flaw in this lackluster fantasy flick. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) No punches are pulled in this bruising period piece, from the ofttimes shocking violence to the ugly gender politics that dog Mary at every turn. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/4 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) John C. Reilly delivers the best performance in a movie that also features the noteworthy likes of Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
2.5/4 43% The Mole People (1956) The Mole People is nowhere as distinguished as the likes of such studio stablemates as The Incredible Shrinking Man and Tarantula, but it still qualifies as undemanding entertainment. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
4/4 93% The Little Mermaid (1989) Everything is just right in this cheerful adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale ... In addition to reviving the animated art form, The Little Mermaid also brought melody back to the movies. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
2/4 37% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (2003) There are a few bright spots along the way, but not enough to prevent this from being declared legally bland. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/4 69% Legally Blonde (2001) A cut (and style) above other comedies of this ilk, Legally Blonde mainly succeeds because of Witherspoon's winning performance. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/4 68% Death in Venice (1971) Death in Venice occasionally suffers from Visconti's artistic overindulgence, but the film's strengths are also paradoxically tied up in its helmer's unwavering eye for detail. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The series ends on a high enough note that fans won't be feeling a discernible letdown. In short, this won't come near to stirring memories of The Matrix Revolutions or other trilogy closers that left depressed devotees reaching for the Jack Daniels. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) One need not be a wrestling fan to enjoy this film, a guaranteed crowd-pleaser sure to entertain even those who just always assumed that Hogan was the surname of The Incredible Hulk rather than a lord-of-the-rings superstar in his own right. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/4 100% My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) An unfortunately brief running time (a mere 65 minutes) is the biggest flaw in this nifty thriller that could have benefited from a more generous length. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The Truth (1960) Moves beyond its law-and-order trappings to examine obvious generational differences as well as a woman trying to survive in a patriarchal society. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
2.5/4 71% The Return of the Vampire (1944) Lugosi's fine tackling a variation of his signature role -- even if he was already starting to look frail at this point in his career -- and the wartime setting adds some interesting elements. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
1.5/4 No Score Yet Poison Ivy 4: The Secret Society (2008) Plays out in yawn-inducing ways. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
1.5/4 No Score Yet Poison Ivy - The New Seduction (1997) Susan Tyrrell, an Oscar nominee for her supporting role in 1972's Fat City, offers the most inventive acting as the family's suspicious maid; everything else about this soapy drama is rote and predictable. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
1/4 14% Poison Ivy II (1995) The worst film in the Poison Ivy series. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
1.5/4 36% Poison Ivy (1992) A risible thriller in which people must repeatedly do stupid things for the plot to lurch forward. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/4 81% Overlord (2018) What's interesting about this endeavor is that it could largely be stripped of its horror overtones and still work perfectly well as a more traditional World War II action flick. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet Color Me Blood Red (1964) There's some entertainment value in watching the abysmal acting, listening to the wretched dialogue, and pondering the artless direction in his flicks, but they wear out their welcome far more rapidly than in turkeys by, say, Ed Wood. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy and Grant bring the hard edges necessary to make these folks as infuriating as they are interesting. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/4 71% Backbeat (1994) Despite some meandering moments, this remains a unique experience. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
2/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) There's something both unsettling and absorbing in seeing human faces grafted onto all-hardware bodies, and it's the only instance in which the film feels like it's breaking new ground. Otherwise, there isn't much that warrants attention or excitement. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/4 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) This is one time when (with apologies to Herman's Hermits and that jolly Henry VIII) the second verse -- multi or otherwise -- is not the same as the first. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2.5/4 47% What Men Want (2019) What Women Want undergoes a sex-change operation and emerges as What Men Want, a rousing if rocky remake-of-sorts that proves to be no better and no worse than its predecessor. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/4 90% A Private War (2018) The project's sense of realism is enhanced by the participation of director Matthew Heineman, a documentarian making his feature-film debut. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 75% Kotch (1971) Matthau's warm characterization propels this sweet and earnest movie. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Fans of taut thrillers should warm up to The Guilty. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019