Matt Ward

Matt Ward
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I am the resident film critic for one of the largest weekly newspapers in Texas, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. My reviews are printed each Wednesday for an audience of 8-10 thousand readers. I also archive all my reviews online at cinematicconsiderations.com. I also serve as a programmer for both the Hill Country Film Festival, held in Fredericksburg each April, as well as the Lone Star Film Festival, held in Fort Worth each November. My personal film criticism style opts to focus on performance and filmmaking rather than the lengthy plot recaps found in many major reviews. A discussion of my criticism style can be found at https://cinematicconsiderations.com/2016/01/29/the-power-of-cinema/
Publications: Cinematic Considerations

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
56% The Highwaymen (2019) A somber, yet relentless film, The Highwaymen perfectly pairs Costner and Harrelson for a classic modern Western worth checking out. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) In a vacuum, Shazam is an exceptionally average film. Among superhero movies, and especially those outside the Marvel brand, there's a lot to like about Shazam. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) ....a clunky mishmash of the 1941 original and an absurd caricature of corporate greed that subtly reeks of a takedown of Disney's business model. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
94% Us (2019) Us is the thinking man's thriller, a film where Peele will point audiences in a direction and then push them to interpret the narrative of Us in their own way. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
71% Triple Frontier (2019) Technically profound, yet dense thematically, it's the kind of film that requires a concentrating, engaged audience, which is a harder sell on Netflix than at a crowded movie theater. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is a good movie that will inspire young girls to strive for the best versions of themselves. It just isn't one audiences have to fight through crowds to see. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
98% Thunder Road (2018) Thunder Road is a striking and poignant piece of independent cinema that will leave audiences wondering how no one made them see it weeks ago. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A mildly entertaining adventure with a lot to see and sequels to set up, Alita: Battle Angel is a better representation of the future of film than a good film itself. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird cuts against the grain at every turn, defying convention with rapid fire, two-handed dialogue and masterful use of place to frame scenes and performers. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) With Beale Street, (director Barry) Jenkins cements his status as this generation's cinematic poet laureate of the American condition. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
66% Vice (2018) It's almost uncanny just how much of a doppelganger Bale becomes as the cinematic version of Cheney, a dry man of few words that exudes a boring outward persona. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) A middling, unexceptional biopic of Ginsburg that drives home equality for all under the law, but with a lack of relentlessness or passion that Ginsburg has been known for. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) Certainly the year's most bombastic, perversely funny feature, The Favourite may be for more open-minded audiences, but it's such a charmingly quirky film. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) While clearly influenced by the original in both tone and plot, Rob Marshall's film is a delightful, charming adventure aimed to be the Mary Poppins for a new generation. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
85% Lion (2016) Lion is as poignant of a film as it is wholly due to Pawar's unique ability to draw audiences in and captivate their hearts, a talent few adults - let alone children - have. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The masterful screenplay comes to life with such vibrancy that it's difficult to remember that viewers are watching a movie rather than peeking on a Boston family's real lives - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
89% Loving (2016) (Loving) is a fractured, painstakingly tedious art-house drama that fails to connect on many levels, in spite of some wonderful moments of intimacy. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
12% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Far too often, the (film) has Johnson acting against a whispering wall of emotionless abs regurgitating lines off a page rather than a composed, professional performer. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
36% The Great Wall (2017) Damon seems to understand just how absurd and misguided the film's plot is and acts accordingly as a man taking a large paycheck to sell his star power. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
93% Logan (2017) Without question, Logan is an instant classic and one of the most intriguing, impactful performances in (Hugh) Jackman's career. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
39% The Last Word (2017) It might take a little bit of extra effort to find The Last Word, but the cinematic experience and Maclaine's wonderful performance is well worth the journey. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
48% Going in Style (2017) The "go big or go home" mentality of the plot doesn't particularly mesh well with the low energy screen adaptation, making Going In Style a largely forgettable movie. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
73% Gifted (2017) Gifted, a film that could easily have been written and produced on the Lifetime Movie Network, is a surprisingly refreshing family dramedy. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
93% Baby Driver (2017) A smooth cinematic adventure, Baby Driver is the kind of film you're going to want to watch over and over again. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Finally, the Spider-Man movie we've all been waiting for is here. And it delivers. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick is one of the most honest, straightforward, quality pieces of American cinema this decade. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
92% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan cements his directorial seal on the historical drama genre with "Dunkirk," a sweeping World War II film unlike anything you've ever seen before. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Leitch's film feels drenched in spray paint... permeates its way into every aspect of "Atomic Blonde" from cinematography to the action sequences to the acting performances. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
83% Detroit (2017) Where Detroit shines the most is in its deep, talented cast that provides knockout performance after knockout performance. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
51% The Glass Castle (2017) A flawed, but promising family drama, The Glass Castle might be fairly accused of playing things too even-handed. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
87% Wind River (2017) When the tone flips on its head later in the film, Wind River becomes something else entirely: a vivid, gripping peek into life on the fringes. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
42% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The Hitman's Bodyguard represents yet another paint-by-numbers, rushed product that seeks to trick viewers with flashy trailers in hopes of quick cash. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
33% Home Again (2017) Something's clearly missing, though it's never quite clear if the extra oomph Home Again needed was left on the cutting room floor or out of the script entirely. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
35% American Assassin (2017) There's nothing particularly ground-breaking or special about American Assassin, but that doesn't mean it's not above average action fodder. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Casual viewers may be left confused as to the film's meaning as The Crimes of Grindlewald ultimately serves as an extended prologue for three movies to come. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) What plays on screen is a caricature of the franchise, a film so loathe to have its own identity that it forgets everything that made previous installments must-see cinema. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
79% Mid90s (2018) Brutal and uncompromising, Mid90s packs more emotional punch than would be expected of a slacker skater movie. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Worth seeing in any format, Roma is best when viewed on the biggest possible screen with the least amount of distractions. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Widows... rewards audiences willing to let themselves be pulled into an interwoven tale of crime and corruption, race and class, politics and prejudice. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) Despite its problematic rose-colored outlook, Green Book still is one of the year's best films thanks to two stellar acting efforts (from Mortensen and Ali). - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
69% mother! (2017) mother! (is) nothing short of a spectacular disaster, beautifully brilliant in a "why would people want to see this" sort of way. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) A solid, yet flawed biopic that does justice to its subject matter without rising to an elite level. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 is a movie drenched in frills, crafted with a discerning eye and a work of art that will be long debated years from now. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
90% Stronger (2017) Stronger hasn't gotten the attention it rightly deserves from audiences who frankly don't know this film exists. It's a movie that people simply need to see. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria and Abdul is a well above average biopic featuring a royal (Dame Judy) Dench at the top of her game. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) A highly emotional, largely effective drama that's going far too underseen. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Nothing short of a total crowd-pleaser with the requisite action sequences, Easter eggs and surprise appearances to keep hardcore Marvel fans excited for films yet to come. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) The Meyerowitz Stories is a game-changer in the slice of life genre dominating independent filmmaking over the past several years . - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
40% Justice League (2017) Justice League often feels weighed down and bloated as it constantly jumps from subplot to subplot in its attempts for fan-service and sequel building. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
97% Mudbound (2017) Attentive audiences may become enthralled and captivated by the film's stunning cinematography and terrific ensemble cast. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018