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
68% Joker (2019) Joker is a better film the further writer/director Phillips stays away from the movie's comic book origins and hones in on Arthur's wavering grasp on sanity. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Technically proficient and understated in its beauty, Ad Astra has moments of action grandeur largely obscured by extensive sequences highlighting the vast emptiness of space. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) (Lopez) dominates the screen from start to finish and yet always feels elusively just out of reach, helping audiences to share Dorothy's idolization of Ramona almost to mythicizing her. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) An exceptionally artistic film with high-minded philosophical discussions of criticism, fine art and antiques; and yet the whole affair is remarkably distant and vague. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Raw and unrefined, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a testament to the power of independent filmmaking.....Gottsagen steals scene after scene... - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) Though viewers are likely to take one side or the other, Bognar and Reichert tell the story of Fuyao as impartially as possible which allows their subjects remarkable authenticity. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) A film that doesn't particularly excel at any one aspect but is more than the sum of its parts.... - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) ...the kind of movie that will live on in frat houses eight years from now when the sixth graders this film is actually intended for will be old enough to drink... - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) ...a portrait of an artist struggling to define herself. Whether that portrait is of Julie the character, Joanna the filmmaker or somewhere in between is the unanswerable question. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Bernadette is a quaint, simple movie that will warm hearts over the course of two hours and should have a long shelf life as an easily rewatchable film. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) Powerfully subdued and thoughtful, The Farewell is a terrific independent film that will remain among the year's best . - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Written at a "straight-to-DVD" level but produced on a blockbuster budget, Hobbs and Shaw has its moments, but wavers considerably on the enjoyment level. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The fact that a rare good late-career Al Pacino appearance here is the 17th or 18th best thing about Once Upon A Time says a lot about this film's incredible depth. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Lion King swaps hand drawn cartoon animation for photo realistic computer graphics... Disney and Favreau have excised the soul of the film as a sacrifice to visual innovation. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) ...an interesting, frequently engaging look at a largely forgotten filmmaker whose influence and precedent setting far outweighed her notoriety. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) "Stuber" reeks of a script penned in the wake of buddy cop films that stagnated on a studio executive's shelf until actors could be convinced to sign on. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Although Far From Home may feel like a step or two down from Avengers: Endgame, it's still an impressive summer blockbuster. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco is perfectly imperfect, a singular vision from a soulful first-time feature film director whose technical flaws bring his movie to life. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Kids will watch Toy Story 4 with wide eyes enjoying the whole ride and not fully understanding how good what they're seeing actually is. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
45% Murder Mystery (2019) Watching "Murder Mystery" is a chore to endure and one you wouldn't want to have to sit through in public. Yet somehow, it still isn't the worst film to be released in 2019. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) (Late Night) blends sharp tongues and wide-eyed optimism for an exceptional dramedy with a fresh point of view. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is likely the best film you won't see in theaters but will watch six months from now and kick yourself from not finding it sooner. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman captures the fantasy and majesty of John's enduring legacy in a magical way, cranking up the tunes in a dream-hazed portrait that lives and breathes his identity. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) "Aladdin" is more a star vehicle for Smith than the original was for Robin Williams. Though Smith is energetic, his Genie isn't half as good with twice the on-screen presence. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) For a franchise designed to be a vehicle to watch anonymous bad guys die in creative ways, Parabellum is a huge success. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) Director Chris Addison's film is a rip-off: a beat-for-beat, scene-for-scene copy of a comedy classic, except in the case of The Hustle, everything is about 75 percent worse. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
100% The River and the Wall (2019) Masters' film takes a complex political problem and removes partisanship from the equation, relying a boots-on-the-ground vantage point to provide a fresh perspective. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Casually enjoyable in the moment yet just as forgettable, Long Shot is a perfect date night on the couch, getting drunk off a bottle of cheap wine movie. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) By focusing entirely on the 2018 Democratic primaries, Lears' film is solely about a movement of political outsiders taking on the establishment rather than issue politics. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is a satisfying, expertly made sequel in the franchise and combines with Infinity War to create the MCU's best, most compelling storytelling. - Cinematic Considerations EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
57% 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
93% 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
72% 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
97% 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
61% 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
92% 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
74% 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
11% 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