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Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 67% 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 58% 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 88% 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 50% 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 89% 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 38% 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 15% 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 17% 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 91% 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
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 98% 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 79% 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 15% 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 20% 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 93% 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 60% 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 91% 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 31% The Assignment (2017) Even moving beyond its sticky politics, The Assignment is simply a lousy film.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017