Oktay Ege Kozak

Oktay Ege Kozak
Oktay Ege Kozak's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Paste Magazine The Playlist
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movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
5.8/10 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Considering the talent involved, it's not surprising that the finished product is a frequently fun and kinetic, visually pleasing sci-fi/actioner, albeit one that doesn't have a single new or fresh part embedded in it. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
5.3/10 21% Serenity (2019) Every so often, along comes something like Serenity, a hypnotically bizarre, bug-eyed nuts, deliciously stupid, endlessly entertaining cluster of a schlockfest that you might just hate. Or love. Or simply be confused by. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
8.5/10 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) The Kid Who Would Be Kid hits the family classic trifecta: Spectacular fun for kids and adults, full of important themes, and a rebellious attitude in regard to the wide range of things grownups are messing up. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
No Score Yet Hendi & Hormoz (Hendi va hormoz) (2018) Hendi & Hormoz works best when the camera is the proverbial fly on the wall, flatly showing the audience Hormoz's struggle to find employment and Hendi's yearning to finish school despite everyone around her decrying the uselessness of her education. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet I Want To Dance (Delam mikhad) (2018) It's a bit languidly paced for a comedy, but I Want to Dance oozes with charm and humanity. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Sheeple (2018) Even though the melancholic score sometimes undermines its in-your-face energy, Sheeple is bound to be a genre staple for Iran down the line. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
No Score Yet Sly (Marmouz) (2018) This energetic, "sly," yet uneven political satire is a confusing choice to bring to American film lovers who might not be privy to the ins and outs of Iranian political history. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
80% Pig (2018) Pig is perfect fodder for those who have an image of Iranian cinema as nothing more than melodramatic art-house borefests. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
40% The Upside (2019) The Upside is fairly superficial, but warm enough for the studio dumping ground known as January. One could do a lot worse. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
10% Holmes and Watson (2018) Why shell out ticket money for a movie that was deemed too terrible for a home streaming platform that greenlit The Ridiculous Six? - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) There aren't any surprises here as far as the narrative is concerned, but Alvarez, aided by a solid performance by Foy, again elevates what could otherwise be flat genre material into something that keeps the audience glued to the screen. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
8/10 93% Bumblebee (2018) Paramount actually made a Transformers movie that's a lovely, exciting and wholly engaging gem of a sci-fi adventure for teenagers. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
9.2/10 92% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) The themes of the film are timeless and universal enough that such a direct comparison to the contemporary world isn't particularly necessary. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
5/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It's basically Walk Hard without the parody or the jokes. It takes a particular set of balls to non-ironically string together the same exact formula more than ten years after Jake Kasdan's underrated comedy classic skewered it. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
7.5/10 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Casting Amandla Stenberg to carry the project was an inspirational choice: She's luminous and always captivating in the part, delivering a natural performance that allows easy access to Starr's soul. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
6/10 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) These films are stuck 30 years in the past. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4.6/10 29% Venom (2018) Venom may not be completely terrible, but it's definitely not very good. I suppose Venom can go and stand in line with the Fantastic Four, awaiting a decent Marvel adaptation. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
6/10 28% Night School (2018) As far as holding a cohesive narrative, Night School is a bit of a mess. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
6.5/10 18% A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2018) Greer doesn't rewrite any rules, but though AHOMP might not be a crowning achievement, it's occasionally delightful, frequently funny, and good enough to make me look forward to what Greer will do next behind the camera. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
8/10 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) This is the most engaging and emotionally effective Moore doc since Bowling for Columbine. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
8.4/10 65% The Little Stranger (2018) With great original horror like Get Out, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, mother! and Hereditary attempting to redefine the horror genre over the past couple years, we can count The Little Stranger as yet another welcome, wonderful addition to this new breed - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
7/10 86% A Simple Favor (2018) As messy and predictable as its plot can get, A Simple Favor is an engaging throwback to the aforementioned tongue-in-cheek mysteries, drawing much of its energy from the chemistry between Kendrick and Lively. It need not be any more than that. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
6.5/10 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Overall, Fogel and company have crafted a film that outperforms the more formulaic aspects of its premise and plot. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
6.5/10 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot captures little of how Callahan's art was such a vital part of that whimsy. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
6.5/10 56% Tag (2018) Tag is a bit of a mess, the well-paced runtime not allowing gag-based physical comedy and dramedy to exist equally on the same plain, just barely fun enough to keep an otherwise one-joke premise elevated. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
9.2/10 46% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) As the surface narrative becomes crazier and more unhinged, Mitchell stays focused on the film's many astute themes, including what it truly means to be a parent. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet Dark Crimes (2018) Carrey commits one hundred and ten percent, fluctuating accent notwithstanding. It's only a matter of time before his newfound artistic intensity will be matched to suitable material to create something special. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
7/10 54% Book Club (2018) The natural chemistry between the four leads is what gives this material the energy it needs. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
4/10 26% Traffik (2018) It's too bad how basic and misguided Traffik is, considering that Dante Spinotti's cinematography is genuinely haunting and claustrophobic at times. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4/10 45% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) Friedken explores the origins of The Exorcist. Anyone who's seen even one of the hundreds of documentaries about the making of that classic... will not find anything new here. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/10 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Everything about Truth or Dare is paint-by-numbers, and its existence makes one wonder which middle-school-sleepover-game will become the next PG-13 horror movie Perhaps "spin the bottle"? - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
8/10 95% Foxtrot (2018) With its unflinching and painstaking execution of such grim subject matter, Foxtrot is certainly not an easy watch, but an ultimately rewarding one. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
5/10 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Sherlock Gnomes is the second movie in a kids' franchise that seems to exist solely to make the lamest puns imaginable. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
7.2/10 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) With a deft docudrama approach (that doesn't overdo the usual extra-shaky handheld camera and overtly grainy visual tone), Padilha shows a commendable technical control over that rare movie that could have benefitted from being much longer. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
6/10 45% The Hurricane Heist (2018) In many ways, The Hurricane Heist's lack of self-awareness regarding just how dated it feels plays to its advantage. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
4/10 18% Death Wish (2018) Death Wish is as original as using AC/DC's "Back in Black" during a training montage and then during the end credits. Which is what it does. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
7/10 38% Gringo (2018) Edgerton is sufficiently despicable as a yuppie caricature, but it's Charlize Theron's predatory performance as a woman who will do anything to get ahead that really shines in the antagonist department. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
4/10 84% Game Night (2018) The flatness of their characters leaves no room for relatability. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
5/10 14% Winchester (2018) It could have been a torchbearer for the original Haunting, but ends up a slightly smarter cousin to the crappy 1999 remake instead. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
5.5/10 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The Death Cure's disinterest in saying anything unique and original about its genre's tropes matches perfectly with the obvious low expectations from its release schedule. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
7.5/10 84% The Final Year (2018) It's not the love fest portions of the left might expect. In fact, Barker spends plenty of time on legitimate criticisms of the administration while never shying from showing us that the White House is frequently visited by cockroaches. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
6.5/10 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Insidious: The Last Key certainly doesn't rewrite the rules of the genre, but it's a solid entry in a franchise I thought would have run out of steam by now, and you can certainly do a lot worse when it comes to an early January release. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
4.5/10 77% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It barely gets by as a mediocre genre attempt. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
8/10 88% The Post (2018) The ensemble cast, some of which are unusual but valuable choices, all contribute to the organically evolving manic culture of a metropolitan newsroom. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
6.5/10 89% I, Tonya (2018) [David Gillespie] has no qualms about ridiculing her larger-than-life family members, but portrays Tonya as an innocent victim, which turns out to be a lopsided, even dull take on this fascinating tale. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
8/10 92% Thelma (2017) Thelma is a genre-bender that should be viewed with as little information about its many unexpected twists and turns as possible. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
2/10 34% Home Again (2017) Expectedly, Myers-Sheyer's dialogue consists of characters blurting out inner monologues in as much of a dry and straightforward way as possible. It has no wit or charm. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
8/10 100% Served Like a Girl (2017) Served Like a Girl manages to inform the audience about its important subject matter in an always engaging way while also telling an entertaining story with as many twists and turns as one might find in a fictionalized counterpart. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
7.5/10 94% Gook (2017) Now with Gook, Chon combines his innate talent for building immediately likable and relatable characters with natural chemistry amongst his cast to tell a more socially substantive story. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
2/10 12% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) We know that untold hours were spent by artists in service of a product that even the least discerning child would find tired and useless. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017