Matt Oakes

Matt Oakes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
When not whetting his thirst with an exotic ale, Matt can be found holed up in his Seattle apartment or hidden amongst the mountains. Started blogging about film in college when the college paper wouldn?Äôt have him. Watcher of far too many films annually. Regular attendee @ Sundance, SXSW, SIFF. Editor-in-chief of Silver Screen Riot.
Publications: Silver Screen Riot

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C 63% Yesterday (2019) A rom-com Trojan-horsed in a concept comedy. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B+ 100% Toy Story 4 (2019) Woody's search for purpose can be taken as a meta-textual commentary on the film itself - how to stretch a franchise that's already ended perfectly into another dollar or billion? - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
D+ 24% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black: International has more in common with the widely panned R.I.P.D. than it does with the film that helped launch Will Smith to superstardom. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B+ 81% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Playing out like a demented Nickelback-version of Fargo, so begins the most incompetent criminal coverup of all time. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
A 95% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Talbot invents a style all his own: the authentic whimsicalist, the poetic pragmatist, the grounded surrealist...and the sheer confidence exuded in this film is simply magical. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C- 53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) As if struck with rigor mortis, Jim Jarmusch's take on zombies is a DOA satire of sorts, one that's much too self-aware for its own good. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
A- 93% Logan (2017) In an age where superhero films blindly follow the doctrine that more is more, Logan simplifies. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B- 84% Deadpool (2016) Beneath the vulgar facade and low-budg sheen lies a very self-safe origin story skeleton, one that lives and breathes by the beats of that whence came before it. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
A- 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) If X-Men was about coming out of the closet, X2 about unity, X3 about fear-mongering, and First Class about brotherhood, X:Men Days of Future Past is all about course correction. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B- 71% The Wolverine (2013) Caught in a time warp where wounds heal and faces never age, Logan is haunted not by death but by life. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
D+ 47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "Everyone knows the third one is always the worst," a young Jean Grey ironically reports. X-Men: Apocalypse proves Jean Grey's point. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
C- 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Mo' monsters, mo' problems. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
B 89% Wild Rose (2019) Eyes will be superglued to Buckley who brings ragged life to a complicated deadbeat momma aspiring to be a country star. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B 75% Godzilla (2014) Like Honda's film, Godzilla is no malevolent presence but a force of nature. In his notes, Evans has likened Godzilla to a God. Part the seas, for He is coming. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
A- 95% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) 'Fight Club' by way of Yorgos Lanthimos, Riley Stearns' screed on "might is right" toxic masculinity is a giggly black comedy that cowers down a twisty-turny rabbit hole. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
A- 78% The Nightingale (2019) Luminous and ruminant, even through the darkness. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B- 80% Late Night (2019) 'Late Night' millennial-splains entertainment to baby boomers - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B- 57% Brightburn (2019) 'Man of Steel' meets 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' in 'Brightburn', [which] attempts to do justice to its juicy premise to mixed results. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
C+ 91% Blinded by the Light (2019) "It all feels cliché, despite its unwavering earnestness and nagging personal touch" - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
D 57% Aladdin (2019) This is "filmmaking" as black magic - the result of someone burying the original Aladdin V/H/S in a Pet Sematary. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B 100% The Farewell (2019) A rare family film that genuinely speaks to the deep, historied, and complicated bonds that tie while remaining thematically viable and content appropriate for practically all ages. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 92% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The seriocomic account of seizing power from dark instincts is laced with the ripe reality of self-destruction and lifted by the hopefulness of finding self-love. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
A- 97% Booksmart (2019) This is a broad appeal comedy that realistically captures the weird idiosyncrasies of female friendship, bottles it up and sells it for the price of a movie ticket. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's hardcore porn with guns and blades and anyone who's here for this third John Wick movie has knowingly come to wank at its altar. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C+ 89% Sword of Trust (2019) Stands upon the mumblecore tenement of character reigning supreme above plot - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
B- 86% John Wick (2014) Once the wick is lit (pun, unfortunately, intended), the candle of vengeance burns for the entirety of the film. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
C+ 88% Frances Ferguson (2019) A quirky bureaucratic procedural from the POV of [a] sex offender that somewhat jumbles its satirical take on the monotony of punishment. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
C+ 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Dedicated fans of the series will get much more mileage than the Pokemon uninitiated... Me? I could take it or leave it. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
C 31% The Intruder (2019) 'The Intruder' is the dad bod of psychosexual thrillers, past its prime and flailing for relevance, maintaining its rangy charm by sheer force of will. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B+ 81% Long Shot (2019) You won't regret casting a ballot for this Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron political rom-com, whose odd-couple chemistry allows for a wholly ingratiating, if politically muddled, night at the theater. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
A 84% Her Smell (2019) Awesomely poisonous 'Her Smell' turns Elisabeth Moss' punk-rock stardom into an absolute horror show. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
C 22% Need For Speed (2014) Dumb but technically competent. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
A- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame feels simply massive. In scale. In scope. In story. In cast list. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
D 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) If La Llorona were a bingo card of bad horror movie tropes, audience members are privy to a quick win. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B 96% Little Woods (2019) It's your average uplifting tale about a woman illegally smuggling OxyContin across the American-Canadian border to raise money for her adoptive sister's abortion kind of story. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B 83% High Life (2019) Challenging in form and function, this humanist sci-fi places character and plot secondary to tone and obscured questions about meaning and destiny. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
B+ 89% Missing Link (2019) Breathtaking proof about the evils of consolidating style: in the age of selfsame CGI-animation, something this devilishly detailed bears fruit of singularly unique beauty. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
B+ 57% Pet Sematary (2019) As a remake, Pet Sematary succeeds by virtue of retooling what's already been served; slicing it up and playing around in the guts. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B- 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! continues DC's newfound grove as the weirdo cousin of the superhero movie multiverse. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
B- 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) This isn't quite movie as memorializing; it's something between a meditation on extremism and a cheer for cross-cultural camaraderie. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
C- 47% Dumbo (2019) Artificial Banana Flavor: The Movie - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
C- 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) No one even gets dragged across concrete. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
A 94% Us (2019) Screams and laughs are the wine and cheese of any good horror movie and Jordan Peele's uncompromisingly cool 'Us' comes boasting a delicious vintage of both. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
B- 56% The Hummingbird Project (2019) To honor its subjects with as brief a description as possible, it's a movie about men chasing milliseconds. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
B 92% Gloria Bell (2019) Come for Julianne Moore's effortlessly jubilant performance, stay for the complicated middle-aged tryst. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B- 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Makes the blending of its first leading female superhero into its male-dominated stable seem as natural and effortless as it ought to have always been. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
A- 71% Climax (2019) A party movie of the most disturbing and disorienting degree, Climax is an exercise in exhausting style, that manages a troubling message about the fragility of civilization. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
B- 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) There is admitted elegance to the simplicity of this story but that's stolen away with so much witless, cloying comedy. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
B 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) A go-for-broke dump of meta-jokes, pop culture cameos, intentionally irritating jingles, and Lite-Brit-colored visual effects. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
C+ 74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Decidedly less pulpy and more sobering than its grindhouse name implies, 'Man' stuffs existential drama into a B-movie premise to mixed results. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019