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Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 88% Girls Trip (2017) Moviegoers who endured a rough night watching the recent Rough Night will fare significantly better with Girls Trip.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2017
2.5/4 54% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The visuals are amazing, but the witless banter recalls Katherine Heigl and Gerald Butler far more than it stirs memories of Stanley Kubrick and Ridley Scott.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2017
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk is being hailed in some quarters as one of the greatest war films ever made and in others as a typically overrated Christopher Nolan endeavor. Neither claim is accurate, although the enthusiasts are closer to the mark than the Nolan naysayers.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2017
2.5/4 36% Species (1995) Imaginatively cast and tautly directed, although the script is frequently more perfunctory (to say nothing of ludicrous) than inspired. Still, the film is better than its mangy reputation.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
3/4 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes follows Spider-Man: Homecoming as an example of how to allow a franchise to continue to expand and breathe rather than trying to keep it mired in by-the-numbers numbness.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
4/4 97% Psycho (1960) The legendary director's best picture.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
4/4 95% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Equally superb as a comedy, a drama and a social critique, the picture sports the added treat of boasting a wide variety of soon-to-be familiar faces in the supporting ranks.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
4/4 94% It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Forget the Christmas connection: This all-timer can be watched any time of the year.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
4/4 98% Chinatown (1974) An enduring masterpiece, with Jack Nicholson giving what ranks as one of his four or five greatest performances (and that's saying something).‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
4/4 97% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The second half isn't quite as compelling as the first, but to paraphrase a comment I once heard regarding another film: The first half is pure perfection, and then it devolves into one of the best movies ever made.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) In most respects, Spider-Man: Homecoming swings and scores.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
3/4 93% The Beguiled (1971) This intriguing drama ranks as one of Eastwood's most atypical pictures.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
3.5/4 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Like the excellent original, this worthy sequel is similarly distinguished by some memorable set-pieces, superb dialogue, and smashing performances.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
2.5/4 44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) While not quite recommendable, it turns out to be surprisingly watchable.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
3/4 96% The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1928) Alfred Hitchcock had already directed a couple of films before helming The Lodger, but this is the movie that was commonly called (even by the Master himself) "the first Alfred Hitchcock picture."‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
1.5/4 16% CHIPS (2017) The crudity flows as easily as the violence in this low-IQ outing, with a special emphasis on gay panic humor and an even greater emphasis on sexist humor (this is the sort of film that suggests that if a woman isn't a 10, she might as well kill herself).‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
1/4 13% The Apple (1980) The Apple is of course awful as a movie but fabulous as a camp classic -- like Ed Wood's output, it's the sort of film that triggers amusement rather than anger at its ineptitude.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
3/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) Between the character dynamics, the vehicular stuntwork, and the carefully chosen soundtrack, Baby Driver clicks on all cylinders -- at least until it hits the homestretch.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
1.5/4 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) A constantly ka-chinging cash register disguised as a major motion picture, the utterly banal and utterly boring Despicable Me 3 is largely the animated equivalent of the current Transformers: The Last Knight.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
2/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) What's baffling is Coppola's decision to strip the piece of all nuance and all complexity.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
1/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) At 7 hours 15 minutes, this sets the record as the longest theatrical feature ever made. (Keep in mind that I did not have a watch on me during the screening, so my estimate of the running time might be slightly off. But it certainly felt that long.)‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
3/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) What initially appears to be a facile (if fun) piece of entertainment actually deepens as it progresses.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
1.5/4 30% The Assignment (2017) Even moving beyond its sticky politics, The Assignment is simply a lousy film.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
2.5/4 67% Cars 3 (2017) Resolutely sweet-natured and marked by some compelling visuals, Cars 3 is still the weakest of the trio.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
2/4 48% Rough Night (2017) Never a Bridesmaids but always a Bridesmaids wannabe.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
3/4 83% Megan Leavey (2017) Occasionally harrowing and always touching.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
3/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) The central mystery of whether Rachel is evil or innocent reverberates throughout both adaptations, but there's no question that Weisz delivers yet another master class in acting.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
1/4 15% The Mummy (2017) A plastic product made by mercenaries, pimps and profiteers rather than filmmakers who give a damn.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman is the right movie at the right time -- and for all the right reasons.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
2.5/4 78% The Paradine Case (1948) Rebecca, the first collaboration between Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick, led to a Best Picture Oscar; The Paradine Case, their final film together, led to a rare failure for Hitchcock and a draining of the studio coffers for Selznick.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Oklahoma! (1999) Foremost among its attributes is the excellent performance by Hugh Jackman, soon to become an overnight movie star thanks to 2000's X-Men.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Inferno (1953) The setting may be the great outdoors and the visuals might be punched across in splashy Technicolor, but the three central characters are ripped from the film noir primer.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3.5/4 92% Ghost World (2001) Ghost World is very funny but also very perceptive, and it offers Steve Buscemi one of the defining roles of his career.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Stone Killer (1973) A middling Bronson effort.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
1/4 No Score Yet Blackenstein (Black Frankenstein)(Return of Blackenstein) (1973) An atrocious effort which forgoes such niceties as competent acting, smooth editing, and efficient direction.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2/4 73% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) Another month, another overhyped horror flick that ultimately represents much ado about nothing.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2.5/4 86% The Lovers (2017) Writer-director Azazel Jacobs does a rather remarkable job of making these colorless and not particularly likable people interesting, but the film grows flaccid in the third act.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
2.5/4 19% Baywatch (2017) Baywatch ain't great, but after such duds as that King Arthur clunker and the latest Jack Sparrow droppings, you could do worse than a day at the beach.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
1.5/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) For a movie that never stops moving, Dead Men Tell No Tales is astoundingly dull, choked to death by expensive CGI, lumbering set-pieces, and a script seemingly cobbled together even after production was underway.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) Get Out is perhaps the best terror tale since the mid-2000s served up The Descent and Pan's Labyrinth, two masterworks that, like this one, have much more on tap than just creeping out audiences.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2.5/4 48% Everything, Everything (2017) It isn't nearly as successful as the lovely The Fault In Our Stars, but it's an agreeable movie with a startling final act that might catch young audiences off-guard.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
3/4 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Norman centers on a man who, by all logic, should be too insufferable and impossible to follow. Yet thanks to Joseph Cedar's writing and Richard Gere's emoting, Norman Oppenheimer is instead a figure worthy of attention and sympathy.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
3/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Working in references to Milton, Michelangelo and Percy Shelley's "Ozymandias" rather than to Marvel, mutants and Depp's Jack Sparrow, it's clear that Alien: Covenant isn't a typical summer blockbuster.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
2/4 35% Snatched (2017) Offers a few offhand chuckles but mostly feels like a journey to nowhere.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
1.5/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) To borrow from a far superior film about this king -- 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, of course -- it would be easier to cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a herring than to willingly watch another entry in this errant enterprise.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The jokey demeanor that informed the first film remains, even if writer-director James Gunn forces too many gags. But the freshness of the characters remains intact, and the actors continue to interact in a manner that supports the narrative spine.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
1.5/4 75% Split (2017) Shyamalan oddly builds toward a climax that ultimately finds a positive side benefit to incest, pedophilia, and physical abuse.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
2/4 50% The Promise (2017) Movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Reds had the ability to sweep viewers away with their passion and grandeur. The only sweeping to be found in this case will be by the theater employee tasked with removing spilled popcorn from the auditorium floor.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
2.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The Fate of the Furious wallows in inanities with about the same frequency as it delivers excitement, and, like the other two films that followed the series-best Fast Five, it largely succeeds as a breezy and engaging lark.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2017
3.5/4 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) A particularly intense and unsettling watch.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017