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
B- 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Led by a cutesy head-butt of a performance from superstar Margo Robbie, 'Birds of Prey' is a do-over of sorts for the much-maligned Suicide Squad. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
B+ 72% The Lodge (2020) Keough's turn is brittle and tragic, lending the horror film legitimate depth of feeling and a sour depiction of the horrifying tricks humanity plays on the weakest and most vulnerable of their flock. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
C+ 69% The Nowhere Inn (2020) As Annie nosedives deeper into her stage creation, St. Vincent, she untethers from her genuine self into the ether of celebrity. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
B+ 100% Relic (2020) The clever, strange and emotionally-satisfying first film from director Natalie Erika James uses horror to get at the heartache of senility. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
A- 92% Possessor (2020) Visceral and disturbing though it may be, the extreme violence becomes a narrative tool used to propel the story and underscore the character's detachment from her own humanity. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
B 39% Downhill (2020) Faxon and Rash's version gets just off-piste 'Force Majeure' enough without ever truly going into the woods. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
B- 77% Amulet (2020) A deliberately-paced, well-acted, and artful horror chamber piece fastened to a real whopper of an ending. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
C 57% Wendy (2020) Visually, 'Wendy' benefits from being filmed on an actual active Caribbean volcano but like its bubbling-over shoot location spews mostly hot air. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ 82% Ironbark (2020) A moving spy caper that allows the characters to inform the drama and tension rather than allowing historical events to outweigh and overcome the human element. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
A- 86% The Night House (2020) Bruckner is able to perfectly fold the grounding human drama and Hall's exposed-like-a-raw-nerve performance into insanely effective frights, the jump scares amongst the best in the business; disorienting flashbangs that'll throttle you from your seat. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ 70% Scare Me (2020) In its simplicity, 'Scare Me' achieves novelty. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
C+ 67% Come Away (2020) Existing in this unfortunate middle ground between children's cinema and adult sensibilities, Come Away has the distinct misfortune of not catering to either age group. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
C- 71% Summertime (2020) Estrada has bungled almost everything that worked so well in his first outing, delivering an amateurish variety show that leans much too heavily on disparate young voices. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
B- 85% Color Out of Space (2020) Those looking for a horror-adjacent movie where Nic Cage drinks alpaca milk right from the teat and blasts heads off alien-creatures with a shotgun, look no further. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
D 47% Underwater (2020) It's almost like the camerawork and cinematography draw inspiration from snorkeling in a rainstorm. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
B- 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) If the central tenet of Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi was to kill the past to make way for the future, The Rise of Skywalker is all about bringing the dead back to life. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
C 83% Just Mercy (2020) Just Mercy is just meh. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
B 70% Bombshell (2019) Like Adam McKay before him, Jay Roach has shifted from the world of comedy to that of the didactic and politically-tinted American drama. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
A- 89% 1917 (2020) The great strength of 1917 remains in its mixing of craftsmanship and storytelling, Mendes and co. managing to smuggle in meaningful thematic complexities against the backdrop of such a flashy technical masterwork. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
C 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Jewell remains too hostage to predicability to rise above the troubling political undercurrents raging through Eastwood's latest. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
B 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Try to watch and not feel a bit on fire yourself. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
C+ 72% The Aeronauts (2019) Harper proves more than capable of staging invariably tense sequences where life and death hang in the balance, and his crisp direction gets notably better the higher off the ground their balloon gets. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
A- 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The unique genius of the Safdie Bros is that they can put Adam Sandler in one of his best dramatic roles to date and still start the movie with a classic Sandman butthole joke. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B+ 83% Queen & Slim (2019) In spite of the dumbed-down elevator pitch that Queen & Slim is like a black Bonnie and Clyde, Matsoukas brings a timely energy and moral center to her vision that helps it transcend any kind of cheap racial remix. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
A- 95% Little Women (2019) An outstanding ensemble is matched by Gerwig's confident direction, her innate skill as an actor's director matched by an elegant sense of craftsmanship. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
B- 91% Hush (2016) Hush isn't as smart or crafty as Mike Flannigan's last film Oculus but is nevertheless a thoroughly capable experiment in tearing a cliché down to its most basic components and then building it back up with only the finest of ingredients. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- 77% Frozen II (2019) Disney has, in turn, made Elsa into a gorgeous incel; a closed-loop of unfulfilled desire who soaks up the sister cuddles as an alternative next best thing. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
B+ 96% The Irishman (2019) Part of Frank's inhumanity can be laid at the feet of the hugely distracting digital de-aging effect that was used to wind the clock back on Robert DeNiro's weathered visage. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
A 83% Waves (2019) Not even the smallest detail is small enough to overlook in the suburban nightmare that Shults conjures up. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
B+ 94% Honey Boy (2019) Drawing from traumatic personal experience, Honey Boy serves as both a creator's exercise in forgiveness and self-healing and a meta cinematic experience with real dramatic weight. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
B- 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) May not move the dial much in terms of plot, story, or even character but when everything is working in harmony, it's hard to deny the film's pure entertainment value. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
C+ 81% The Report (2019) Seeks to edify, those who are already steadfast consumers of the news likely know the broader story already, if not Daniel Jones' plight specifically. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
A 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) 'FORD V. FERRARI' is an anti-establishment American Western...with race cars. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
A 95% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach has been writing some of the year's best scripts for years and Marriage Story only further solidifies his voice as an essential American storyteller. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
B+ 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep is comfortable philosophizing on the nature of loss and moving on and has perhaps one of the most authentic, meaningful, and assured depictions of that process in any horror film I can think of. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
B 97% Knives Out (2019) Thanks to the killer ensemble, Johnson still deals up a kind of alternative event escapism, one that deals in star-power and smarm that is so often missing from the cineplexes. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
A- 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) By filtering anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry through the lens of a child coming of age in Nazi Germany, Jojo Rabbit becomes a stirring takedown of the very concept of prejudice itself. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
B- 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Miller brings with him a sense of over-the-top bombast... and manages to stage some of the year's most brash and blown-out set pieces. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
C 52% Black and Blue (2019) While it pays lip service to the grandiose idea of "being the change", Taylor's film remains utterly stagnant. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
A 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) [Joon-ho]'s a master of his craft, accounting for the most minute of details while making it look like almost no work at all. His films exert a cool casualness despite their often complicated webs of plots and chameleon-esque tone. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
B+ 80% Greener Grass (2019) As weird as rubbing your tongue over your teeth right after you got your braces off, Greener Grass is like a dream you wake up from and can't quite remember all the details - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
C 67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The humor oddly tries to both appeal to both the stoners in the audience and the grumbling Fox News-watching dads angry over their daughters dating musicians - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
B- 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Where the hell has this Eddie Murphy been the past two decades? - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
D 26% Gemini Man (2019) Double the Will Smith, half the fun. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
A 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers again proves masterful at bringing the impossibilities of antiquity to life. Like the infertile New England woods before it, the ocean is this film's untamable frontier, where men stand at the mercy of nature and dream of salvation. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
B+ 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) First Love is a Japanese take on True Romance, filtered through Miike's signature twisted humor and ultra-violent, splatter tendencies. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
A- 68% Joker (2019) Joker assesses society's fraught structure, the cyclical nature of violence, the damage we allow to be passed onto those less fortunate and more at-risk, and treats it to a punchline. And that's okay. Why so serious? - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B 96% Harpoon (2019) Stranded at sea with no lifelines, the appeal of cannibalism quickens and Grant manages a healthy dose of gallows humor that laces the building sense of dread. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
B- 82% Judy (2019) The film betrays a deep empathy for the titular character, Goold treating Judy to a warmth so often denied her in her personal and professional life. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
A- 87% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is the kind of movie that one might confuse for a guilty pleasure, were it not also borderline great. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019