Matthew Monagle

Matthew Monagle
Matthew Monagle's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin Chronicle Film School Rejects The Playlist Brooklyn Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 24% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man features strong chemistry between its leads and an undercurrent of regret that makes it surprisingly empathetic for an action movie. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
91% Saint Maud (2019) Saint Maud may move slowly and deliberately, but [Morfydd] Clark makes sure we are always in her character's capable hands -- whether we want to be or not. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
92% Jallikattu (2019) If only more filmmakers could match form to politics with this degree of skill. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
100% After Midnight (Something Else) (2019) Even without a completely balanced relationship at the film's center, After Midnight offers an endearing mixture of humor and thirtysomething ennui. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
65% Fractured (2019) For those in need of casual thrillers to stream, and those in need of additional entries in the Brad Anderson oeuvre to obsess over, Fractured will be a welcome addition to the streaming platform. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
1.5/5 67% The Parts You Lose (2019) The Parts You Lose captures the wintry isolation of North Dakota well, and the actors involved ensure that it's never unwatchable. Yet this is the worst kind of bad movie: a film with absolutely nothing to say. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 87% Depraved (2019) At nearly two hours, Depraved can feel a little long in the tooth... Then again, the performances here are a little too strong for Fessenden's film to be anything other than a treat for fans of independent horror. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B- No Score Yet Random Acts of Violence (2019) It's best to think of the movie as a horror Rorschach test from an artist with enough 'How To Train Your Dragon' money to work through some sh*t onscreen. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) With a refreshingly dynamic soundtrack and impressive costume design, it's fair to say that almost everything about the film works as intended - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) For fans of romantic comedies, one of the biggest pleasures of [Brittany Runs a Marathon] is seeing how a contemporary filmmaker works within the confines of the genre without sacrificing an ounce of body positivity. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) From [Jennifer Kent's] unflinching examination of the dual standards for gender and ethnicity to the film's lush compositions, The Nightingale is a tough watch, but one well worth the ugly brush with sexual violence and trauma. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) This is The Expendables with a younger cast and an A-list pedigree. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4.5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Sometimes, the movie argues, it's the things we don't say that prove how much we care. Billi's path to acceptance of this makes The Farewell one of the most heartfelt homecoming films in years. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense is a good movie -- it may even deserve its place on some mid-year lists -- but it cannot quite figure out how to make the most of its own theatricality. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) 'Midsommar' is the cult-fueled horror film for everyone out there who never learned to take the end of a relationship in stride. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
2.5/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black: International is a peculiar kind of not-good. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/5 54% Ma (2019) See this one with a crowd, and it will undoubtedly be one of the more memorable horror films of 2019. Just don't pretend like Ma is quite as smart as it would like to be. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin descends once more into a mess of spectacle, and it's hard not to wonder what these actors could do with something a bit more original. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle wants to say something about the inherent sexism of the rich... but it never manages to overcome its weak jokes and tired plot points. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
75% The Wandering Earth (2019) Critics well-versed in the relationship between state and cinema will undoubtedly have a lot to say about those themes, but this should not detract from the fact that, as a piece of broad entertainment, there is plenty to enjoy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2/5 38% El Chicano (2019) When your lead actor doesn't seem to be having any fun in an action movie, there's not much left for audiences to cling to. Genre fans will need to look elsewhere for their gunslinger fix. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
32% The Intruder (2019) This is the kind of film that will unironically end up on a prominent scholar's Best of 2019 list. If you can sync up with the film's ridiculous wavelength, you might just find you love it, too. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Feral (2019) In stringing together a few moments in time with Yazmine, Feral asks us to take note of the unnoticeable, and the result is a film that honors its character without turning her into an easily digestible message. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) There's more than enough here to please horror enthusiasts and die-hard King fans alike. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam!, a movie explicitly built around our childhood fascination with superheroes. One wonders how the franchise producers manage to make sense of it all. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 44% Captive State (2019) At its best, Captive State blends imaginative science-fiction with the caliber of detail-oriented espionage you might find in an Alan J. Pakula film. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
84% Villains (2019) Funny, energetic, and acted to perfection, this is the kind of off-the-radar standout you hope to find at any major festival. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
64% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Benjamin's star as a filmmaker may be solidly on the rise, but this is more a stepping stone than a finished product. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
93% Us (2019) With his second film, Jordan Peele proves that the signature blend of horror, humor, and political commentary in 'Get Out' was definitely not a fluke. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 28% The Iron Orchard (2019) What it lacks is a distinct perspective; for all its period details and solid acting, the underlying message about this time in Texas oil history - that it was right, that it was wrong, that it was necessary - is lacking. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
30% Outlaws (2019) 'Outlaws' is an Australian biker throwback that throws back to some of the worst aspects of American exploitation cinema. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2.5/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel wants to frame its futuristic Pinocchio narrative around a story of teenage romance, but the end result is a bunch of pixels falling in love with the first boy they meet. Next time, stick to the parts where you punch. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
38% Donnybrook (2019) A unique, twisted, and not altogether unwelcome thriller. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/5 43% The Prodigy (2019) So while it may not reinvent the wheel, it will give you a nice jump or two for the price of a Sunday matinee. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) A bit of action, a bit of humor, and a whole bunch of teachable moments. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It may not be coherent, but as far as messes go, Aquaman is certainly one of Hollywood's more watchable ones. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty should stand out as one of the best thrillers of the year for those lucky enough to catch it. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2.5/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Too unfocused to be good, too packed full of ideas to be entirely bad, it should become quite the cable television staple in just a few years' time. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
1/5 19% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) The Possession of Hannah Grace isn't the kind of bad movie that warrants midnight screenings and rowdy crowds; it's the kind of bad movie that quietly fades from memory, leaving the world no better and no worse than if it had never existed to begin with. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/5 75% Back Roads (2018) Back Roads may ultimately work better as a book than a movie, but you can't accuse this cast and crew of mailing this movie in. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 95% 1985 (2018) What makes 1985 such a heartbreaking film is its refusal to contextualize Adrian's suffering against the ongoing AIDS epidemic. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/5 89% A Private War (2018) Where A Private War struggles is with its own message. The film wants to shine a light on political apathy, but that message is buried beneath layers of dramatized self-destruction. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
89% Prospect (2018) This is the way world-building should be done. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 96% On Her Shoulders (2018) It would almost be absurd if it weren't so deadly serious. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 72% The Happy Prince (2018) Given a role built exactly to his strengths, Butler also gives maybe his finest performance as Hunter Killer's first-time commander. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/5 22% Big Kill (2018) If you can accept the fact that Big Kill is a film with some rough edges - how I'd love to give them a mulligan on that terrible soundtrack - then you might just be surprised at how far a good location and a solid cast will get you. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
71% Galveston (2018) There may be plenty of familiar beats in Mélanie Laurent's film, but 'Galveston' proves the right performers can make any tune dance. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
72% Hold the Dark (2018) Challenging, dreamlike, and unrelentingly bleak, Hold the Dark is a western - and a Saulnier film - unlike any other. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
81% Mid90s (2018) Hill's understated eye as a director is given its moment to shine... Then the story starts up again, and we're left wondering what Mid90s might have been if it had only had the confidence to do more by saying less. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Steven Yeun brings the full weight of his international star power to bear in this haunting South Korean revenge story. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018