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 Brooklyn Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 46% 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
93% 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
75% 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
94% 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 17% 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
22% 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 60% 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
40% 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 90% 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
99% 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 20% 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 74% 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 94% 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 90% 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 98% 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 70% 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
70% 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
71% 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
78% 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
94% 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
79% Apostle (2018) Gareth Evans's long-anticipated project is more 'Safe Haven' than 'The Raid: Redemption,' and that's A-OK. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
4/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) By never talking or shooting down to its young audience, The House With a Clock in Its Walls proves itself to be - against all odds - a thoroughly charming family film. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Danger One (2018) A smarter script might've allowed these missteps to be baked into the film's appeal; instead, the film serves as a welcome reminder that action-comedy is rarely as easy as the best make it look. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 12% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint seems to be an action movie two decades too late. Surely, Garner deserves better than this. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1.5/5 27% A.X.L. (2018) Like its titular character, A.X.L is a pastiche of familiar parts constructed in a lab, a blend of science-fiction and extreme sports tropes that result in little more than an audition reel for the film's young stars. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 80% Alpha (2018) Watching these pockets of pure cinema emerge from a "crowd-pleasing" story of a boy and his dog may just be one of the oddest experiences you have at the movies this summer. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 95% Blaze (2018) You may not always like the man, but Blaze makes sure you'll damn well love his songs. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
87% Wheelman (2017) The most surprising element of Wheelman, however, is the strength of its plotting. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Packed with an equal amount of fart gags and jokes about the modern state of superhero films, Teen Titans is a perfect bit of escapism for families suffering from superhero fatigue. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
1.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The Equalizer 2 tries way too hard to play the action sequences straight. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) Sawyer is no less a demigod among men, but without a sense of humor or a self-aware streak to balance out Johnson's imposing physicality, we're left with an action movie that stars Dwayne Johnson instead of a project tailored to the actor's strengths. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Building on the scope and fantasy sequences of his previous work in A Monster Calls, Bayona proves himself to be a dynamic visual director, something sorely missing from the first entry in the trilogy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 88% American Animals (2018) American Animals offers a truly poignant look at what it costs us to cross an invisible line between right and wrong. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor (2018) The film's quiet confidence in an evolved America only tells half the story; as a result, it already feels like more like a prologue than a happy ending. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 86% Upgrade (2018) [Upgrade] knows what it is, it knows what it isn't, and it plays to its strengths remarkably well. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3.5/5 97% 1945 (2017) 1945 serves as both a reminder of Hungary's complicity in the Holocaust and as an examination of what happens when an entire community is asked to keep one horrible secret. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/5 53% Book Club (2018) What could've been a lazy callback to Hollywood heartthrobs in their prime becomes a more engaging exploration of sex and dating within the 70-plus set. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) In rekindling the Cold War studio film, 'Red Sparrow' brings a little '70s exploitation to the political thriller. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) It may be billed as an adult comedy, but it's in the moments when it becomes a raunchy teenage comedy that Blockers becomes one for the record books. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
84% Fast Color (2018) With 'Fast Color,' Julia Hart encourages women everywhere to create a better world from the broken remains of this one. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Just like in the first Unfriended, Dark Web demonstrates boundless creativity in how it turns a computer screen into a fully realized environment - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
60% Profile (2018) Which makes it all the more frustrating that Profile reduces this interesting premise to its most lurid elements. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is a rare thing: a horror film from a major studio that blends high-concept with jump scares and manages to pull both of them off. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Just when you thought the MCU was out of surprises, director Taika Waititi and company deliver one of the best superhero movies of the decade. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
36% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall does not set out to be an insensitive film, it simply does not know how to put in the effort to not be one. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017