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Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 87% Wind River (2017) What can pass as a standard murder-mystery instead becomes a remarkably complex exploration of various malaises, including the agony of familial loss, the systematic disenfranchisement of Native Americans, and the ever-present evil of toxic masculinity.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
3.5/4 100% Lady Bird (2017) Coming-of-age movies can often feel as ubiquitous as superhero films, yet Lady Bird turns out to be one of those special efforts that manages to leapfrog over the competition with a single bound.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
2/4 39% Justice League (2017) Justice League defaults to the problems that have plagued all the pre-Wonder Woman DCEU films, and while it offers more pleasures than its detractors would ever admit, it still qualifies as another disappointment from The House That Clark Built.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
2/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The changes that Branagh and Green make to the novel and the remarkably faithful 1974 version are baffling, leading to a film that feels as if it's just skimming the surface of a compelling murder-mystery.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
3/4 78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The Killing of a Sacred Deer should serve as the perfect antidote for those annoyed that the seasonal cheer is already being foisted upon us.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) This is Asgard by way of The Comedy Store, an approach inspired not so much by previous Avengers-related entries but by Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
2.5/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart's subdued turn nicely dovetails with the story's ethereal elements, but the inclusion of an obvious murder-mystery works against the film's eerie appeal.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/4 100% The Old Dark House (1932) Grandly entertaining.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) There's an awful lot of weight for one movie to carry, but the strain really only becomes apparent during the latter passages.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
1/4 26% Suburbicon (2017) Given the ghastly result, perhaps the Coens should sue, since it's almost inconceivable that their original idea bore much resemblance to a debacle that unexpectedly has emerged as one of the year's worst films.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
1.5/4 17% Queen of the Desert (2017) With so many classics to his name, the legendary Werner Herzog need not apologize for helming Queen of the Desert -- it's just shocking that his name is attached to something as arid and uninspired as this stillborn drama.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
1/4 16% The House (2017) Even movies like Requiem for a Dream and Midnight Express contain more laughs than The House.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
3/4 86% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) For those seeking something different in their cinematic diet, look no further than this one-of-a-kind oddity.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
3.5/4 100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) Enormously entertaining, enormously educational, and enormously moving.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
1.5/4 8% The Snowman (2017) A muddled thriller that appears to have been edited by a blind man wildly swinging an ax. ‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
2.5/4 89% Only the Brave (2017) A competent if conventional drama. But who gets the blame for that wince-inducing CGI bear hurtling through the woods like an ursine Human Torch?‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
2.5/4 70% Happy Death Day (2017) Derives a fair amount of mileage out of its canny premise.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2.5/4 59% The Foreigner (2017) Chan often feels like a visitor in his own film, and the script attempts some plot pirouettes that don't always flow gracefully. Yet overall, The Foreigner proves to be a respectable example of a thinking person's action flick.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Is Blade Runner 2049 a masterpiece like its predecessor? Definitely not. It's not even a match for 2016's superb Arrival, the previous film from director Denis Villeneuve. Yet on its own terms, it's a dazzling achievement.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2017
2.5/4 42% The Mountain Between Us (2017) Elba and Winslet are both excellent, and when the saga continues beyond where most other movies would have it end, they provide the glue that holds the increasingly diffuse project together.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2017
3/4 87% American Made (2017) Just when it seemed as if we had lost Tom Cruise to the ranks of paycheck-cashing automatons no longer interested in applying themselves on screen, along comes American Made to show there's still some life left in the maverick actor.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
3/4 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) A highly engaging film that frequently keeps a light touch even as it tackles weighty subjects.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
3.5/4 100% Quest (2017) Filmed over the course of approximately a decade, this powerful and poignant picture moves well beyond its original niche.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
1.5/4 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) If Kingsman: The Secret Service turned out to be the biggest cinematic surprise of 2015, then Kingsman: The Golden Circle might turn out to be the biggest celluloid disappointment of 2017. It's certainly the most depressing.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
3/4 85% It (2017) A respectable addition to the King cinematic canon.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
1/4 66% Free Fire (2017) What was apparently meant to be an exercise in style instead becomes an endurance test for audiences.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Like many other anime features, this one isn't exactly for the kids. Then again, it can't be any more detrimental to young minds than something like The Emoji Movie.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3/4 90% Good Time (2017) What follows is one of those all-night-long odysseys that's taxing for the characters but weirdly fascinating for the viewer (think Martin Scorsese's After Hours or even Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle).‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
2.5/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) There are precious few characters who don't look and sound like they just got back from molesting Ned Beatty alongside the Georgia river. But the movie somewhat works thanks to a solid second half and some sharp performances.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
2.5/4 39% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The Hitman's Bodyguard features at least one tiresome car chase too many, and the final half-hour feels as if it's going to stretch into next week. But even these debits can't completely diminish the bullseye turns by the winsome protagonists.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
1/4 4% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) Even the gang from Mystery Science Theater 3000 would have trouble finding much to riff off in this turkey, which is unremittingly dull more than anything else. ‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 17% What a Way to Go! (1964) The talents of an incredible group of actors are pooled for this effervescent comedy that was originally conceived as a starring vehicle for Marilyn Monroe.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 95% Step (2017) It's not unreasonable to assume that the title doesn't refer to this chosen form of dancing as much as it refers to the steps each girl must take if she wants to break free from her surroundings and escape into the world at large.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/4 68% The Two Jakes (1990) Nicholson's turn as Gittes is enjoyable, but it never quite feels like the same man from Chinatown. Yet The Two Jakes is admirably dense in a manner that's satisfying rather than frustrating.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
1.5/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) This condensation of eight Stephen King books may not be quite as vexing as attempting to place all of Shakespeare's texts onto a single Post-it note, but it nevertheless ranks as an exercise in futility.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
3/4 86% Where the Boys Are (1960) The slang is even more outdated than the sexual politics, but all of the performers shine with colorful characterizations, particularly Hart, Prentiss, and Gorshin.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
3/4 74% Wakefield (2017) Cranston is excellent in the central role, with Garner (who deserves a more vibrant career) offering solid support.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Night People (1954) An intelligent Cold War thriller.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
1.5/4 16% The Circle (2017) The sort of movie that's convinced of its own urgency and importance, even as viewers only see something that's obvious and overbearing.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
3.5/4 90% Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) The film remains one of Woody's most shocking, vulgar and sophomoric efforts, yet there's no denying its potent comic quota.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
2/4 52% The Boss Baby (2017) It becomes less interesting as it grows more convoluted.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
3/4 90% A Ghost Story (2017) Moving at the speed of molasses trying to drip UP a wall, the movie clocks in at just over 90 minutes, yet many fidgety viewers will swear it runs at least four hours. Yet for those who can get attuned to its leisurely approach, it's a fascinating watch.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
3/4 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) The logical companion piece to the summer hit Baby Driver, Atomic Blonde is another movie largely defined by its cool-as-ice characters, its action-packed set-pieces, and its awesome mix tape of classic tunes readily available for iTunes download.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
3/4 89% 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 49% 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 93% 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