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Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 47% 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 87% 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 37% 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 81% 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 48% 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
2.5/4 46% Going in Style (2017) There are worse ways to spend time.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/4 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) The Zookeeper's Wife is an accomplished picture, offering a fascinating history lesson even as it remains wholly topical. ‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
3/4 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) For those willing to make the effort to look beneath its surface dazzle, Ghost in the Shell proves to be an unexpectedly intricate and surprisingly humanistic endeavor.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
2/4 42% Wilson (2017) Harrelson, who over the last decade has built himself up into one of our best supporting players, is just fine as Wilson. There's no doubt the actor would have taken the character to greater extremes, but that's not what's asked of him.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
2/4 68% Life (2017) Any forward narrative thrust eventually goes straight out the space station window solely for the sake of an obvious twist ending that should surprise absolutely no one over the age of 10 -- and by 10, I mean 10 months old, not 10 years old.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
3/4 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) The weakest of this year's nine Best Picture Oscar nominees may not deserve its lofty spot, but it's still a fairly effective movie in its own right.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
1.5/4 No Score Yet Ape (A*P*E ) (Attack of the Giant Horny Gorilla) (Hideous Mutant) (1976) Rarely in the annals of cinema has so much plywood and so much lighter fluid been expended in the service of visual effects magic -- be sure to also check out the falling rocks that flake off Styrofoam pieces as they hit the ground.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
1/4 No Score Yet The Klansman (1974) The more gruesome acts against blacks undoubtedly make The Klansman a favorite viewing option in the Trump-Bannon White House, but everyone else will be properly repulsed by this utterly repellent melodrama.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
2/4 79% Colors (1988) Penn and Duvall are two of our greatest actors, but here they're posturing rather than performing, aware that they're in an Important Film.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
1.5/4 48% Red Dawn (1984) The notion that any enemy would concern itself with Red State real estate is only slightly less believable than the notion that beer-guzzling yahoos would ward off such invaders when in reality they would just get drunk and shoot off their own toes.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
3.5/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) In a year in which many of the biggest hits have been little more than sops to fanboys more interested in bloodletting than storytelling, here's a film for everyone ... It manages to return a splash of magic to the movies, even if only momentarily.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
3/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) An action romp that's frequently clever, occasionally inane, and always exciting.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
2.5/4 92% Logan (2017) It's Stan Lee by way of Cormac McCarthy, but the end result -- basically, No Country for Old X-Men -- suffers from its own sense of self-importance.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
3/4 95% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Ultimately a mediation not only on what it means to be human but, more significantly, what it means to be as one with the natural order of the world.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
3/4 83% A United Kingdom (2017) A welcome reminder that, even in the direst of situations and in the most impossible of times, love can indeed trump hate.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
1/4 28% Fist Fight (2017) Aggressive in its insistence on being as awful as possible.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
1.5/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) All in all, it's just another brick in the wall of cinematic stinkers.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
2/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The Raid movies make the John Wick films look like outtakes from Driving Miss Daisy by comparison. But NRA members are best advised not to leave the K-Y at home.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
1/4 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) It's a vanilla picture that fancies itself daring and erotic. Honestly, viewers will likely find more sexual currency in The LEGO Batman Movie than in this picture.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
3/4 25% The Comedian (2017) The Comedian benefits from the nice rapport between De Niro and Mann, the contributions of a knockout supporting cast, and hard-edged humor that isn't afraid to go for the low blow.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
1.5/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) A teen flick that registers less as "YA" and more as "why bother."‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
2/4 42% Gold (2017) The maxim states that all that glitters is not gold, and that's certainly true. In the case of Gold, it's more like a shattered disco ball, promising dazzlement but delivering only a few fleeting glints of illumination.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
3/4 84% The Founder (2017) It's not the feel-good movie of this (or any) year, but it's clear-eyed and concise -- as well as important and informative. Perhaps it's no coincidence it received its national rollout on the same day the ultimate capitalist pig took the Oval Office.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
2.5/4 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Hardcore porn for action junkies, xXx: Return of Xander Cage should also get a rise out of more casual viewers burned out on Oscar bait and looking for a mindless time at the movies.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
2.5/4 34% Live By Night (2017) There's nothing inherently wrong with Ben Affleck's warmed-over plate of gangland goulash -- it's a gorgeous production, meticulously put together by a team of seasoned Hollywood vets -- but there's also little that's fresh.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
3/4 85% Silence (2017) Silence is an uncomfortable and unsettling watch, better at generating questions than supplying answers -- which, come to think of it, is perhaps the proper outcome for a film of this nature.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
3.5/4 96% Sing Street (2016) One of the year's top 10 movies. Bonus points for including the best line of 2016: "No woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins."‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Intelligent, absorbing and erotic.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
2.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Individual scenes crackle with flavor, but it's hard to become completely invested in a movie about holding onto life when its creators are so focused on art-directing it to death.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/4 93% Hidden Figures (2017) The film never relinquishes its tight focus on three remarkable individuals who repeatedly demonstrate that they, too, possess the right stuff.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/4 86% Lion (2016) A heartwarming true-life tale.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
3/4 72% Sing (2016) A lively animated effort.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
1.5/4 40% Why Him? (2016) Why Him? Why me?‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
3.5/4 93% Fences (2016) Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are nothing short of remarkable.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
2/4 31% Passengers (2016) It becomes clear before long that the futuristic sci-fi outing Passengers, aka Grab 'Em By the P****: The Movie, could only have been written by a man.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
1/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Assassin's Creed is many things, and none of them good. Visually, it's the ugliest movie of 2016 -- and keep in mind that I saw Robert De Niro's prosthetic penis in Dirty Grandpa.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
3/4 89% Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman delivers a tremendous performance in a movie that marches to its own beat without ever taking its eye off the ball.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) As effervescent as the finest bottle of champagne, La La Land is an intoxicating motion picture that should particularly please anyone whose heart skips a beat whenever Fred dances on the late show or Judy sings on TCM.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
1/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The closest this train wreck will get to Oscar is if some guy with that name makes the poor choice to go see it during its theatrical run.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016