Pamela Powell

Pamela Powell
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 24% Men in Black International (2019) The film is missing heart and consistent humor and becomes a failed attempt to keep the franchise going. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/4 80% Late Night (2019) All rings true of society today and its issues at hand, yet the film somehow still makes us constantly laugh until tears stream down our cheeks. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) It's a fun film with extraordinary special effects and designs as well as an updated vibe, but my heart holds Robin Williams in the role of the Genie and the classic animated version. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
1/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) In the decade-long career of reviewing films, I cannot recall a more disturbingly grotesque display of violence. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 15% The Hustle (2019) The repetitiveness of the story is what weighs the film down, not allowing Wilson or Hathaway out of the box to shine. You're never trying to guess what's going to happen next. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/4 100% Buffaloed (2019) It's a high-paced, quick-witted film that capitalizes on the charisma of its lead actress and a story that is as engaging as it is informative and entertaining. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A wonderful surprise, filling almost each and every minute with excitement, drama, humor and visually interesting and entertaining intrigue. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/4 48% Bel Canto (2018) Avengers: Endgame was a wonderful surprise, filling almost each and every minute with excitement, drama, humor and visually interesting and entertaining intrigue. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/4 60% Breakthrough (2019) At each and every crossroad, it feels as if you hit a brick wall with a red neon message scrolled before you just in case you missed what was happening. With contrived and sometimes stilted situations, the film lost its verve. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/4 46% Little (2019) It's a feel-good movie that reminds us of the importance of connecting and caring for one another. Visually, this is a vibrant film, matching the boldness of the characters and their personalities. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3.5/4 61% The Public (2019) The film has so many stars, many of whom take their smaller, supporting roles and make them shine, helping to create a meaningful and thoughtful story. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/4 100% Find Me (2019) A funny, uniquely charming, and gorgeous film that will inspire you to "be a traveler, not a tourist" in life. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The View from Tall (2015) Drinkall and Thornton are extraordinary in these very complicated and deeply layered roles. Their genuine performances bring authenticity to not only their characters, but to the story itself. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/4 47% Dumbo (2019) While the story isn't uplifting until the very end and is mediocre in telling the story, the performances from Keaton and DeVito help to elevate the entertainment value. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Woman at War is a gorgeously thoughtful, intense thriller filled with just the right touch of comedy throughout to give us an entertaining film that has social relevance to our world today - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/4 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is exactly what a super hero movie is supposed to be -- fun and complete entertaining escapism. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/4 94% Us (2019) "Us" showcases Peele's seemingly innate ability to perfectly blend comedy and horror with the timing of a Swiss watch. Unfortunately, after the initial set up of the premise, the film becomes an exercise in typical horror gore. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/4 79% Juanita (2019) It's a funny, sweet love story that has subtle undertones about life, social issues, and race without being heavy-handed. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1/4 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Five Feet Apart is a heavy-handed and forced romantic drama that may lure in young teens, but is sure to lull adults to sleep. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/4 58% Saint Judy (2019) Monaghan's performance as Wood is clear, strong, and real as she creates a younger yet experienced, but imperfect attorney fighting for what she knows is right. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Those of us who have had our fill of this genre will still enjoy the message it sends, with great character development and interaction connecting us to the characters and creating a strong female lead. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet We Used to Know Each Other (2019) Beautifully filmed and with sublime performances, it's a lush oasis of love and reality perfectly balanced with an ending that mirrors your own reaction. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/4 60% Greta (2019) Greta hits a lot of the right notes, but the sour ones make you want to slam the piano keys. The cinematography, directing and acting are all exactly the caliber that create suspense and anxiety, but the script misses a few key elements. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3.5/4 60% We Are Boats (2019) Developing a complicated and layered story could be overwhelming, but Bird's vision carefully and thoughtfully delves deeply into life with magnetic characters all of whom we can relate on some level - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% Rendezvous in Chicago (2018) Smith blurs the lines of traditional thoughts and storytelling techniques to create a throught-provoking and intriguing montage of love. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
4/4 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) This is a film that is perfectly balanced with humor, drama and heart while it punctuates how a family deals with life's ups and downs -- and picking up the pieces of shattered dreams. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/4 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Isn't It Romantic checks all the rom-com boxes and thanks to Wilson's comedic chops, it's all laugh out funny, even if most of it consists of expected gags. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/4 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit is an oddly gruesome thriller as the comedic elements are continually stitched throughout the story. Unfortunately, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/4 19% Serenity (2019) Doesn't make sense until close to the end and by that time you already have a sour taste in your mouth. There wasn't enough Orbit gum to cover that up and allow you to see the film for what it was trying to be. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/4 91% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) Masterfully detailed, captivating you visually with a subtle yet haunting musical layer to tell a difficult yet necessary story. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
No Score Yet Words from a Bear (2019) This is a film to connect us all and give us a greater understanding of who we are and who we can be. And it is with sincere gratitude that I give to Jeffrey Palmer for bringing this man and his story to everyone. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/4 93% The Favourite (2018) Colman's performance is exquisite in all its raw and sometimes ugly forms. Stone and Weisz create equally complex characters with layers that captivate your attention. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/4 78% Green Book (2018) With great performances and a soundtrack that revs your soul, it's a film well worth your time and money. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) As an animal lover and environmentalist, this film created an insightful and very unique story that is at once engaging, entertaining and informative. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
2.5/4 37% Glass (2019) A fun, escapism film that doesn't always hit the right notes, but it does accomplish the goal of connecting "Split" with "Unbreakable" and setting up another sequel. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 100% Odd Brodsky (2016) [Cindy] Baer's off-beat and engaging writing is swept up by cinematographer [Matthew] Irving's highly stylized eye as each character is allowed to shine in their roles. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
88% Social Animals (2018) Social Animals expertly weaves together a compelling narrative, but more importantly, it allows everyone, no matter their age, to better comprehend the social pressures of today's youth in a digital era. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Funny Tweets (2018) While social media platforms can seem overwhelming and unnecessary, "Funny Tweets" gives Twitter a different spin; one of positivity and acceptance of this digital world. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/4 25% Jake Squared (2014) A fast-paced, comedically intense film which capitalizes on the energy and talent of not only the cast, but also the succinctly written script. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) A standout film with exceptional performances to re-create a time in history that determined the future of women not only today, but tomorrow as well. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/4 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Bathtubs Over Broadway is nothing that you expect and will be everything that you love. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) With brilliant performances from both Robbie and Ronan, as well as the supporting cast, we gain compassion and most importantly, understanding of these women and a time of great inequality and intolerance. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
1/4 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) How could a movie with Ferrell and Reilly not work? These are two incredible actors, but these roles just don't suit them, try as they might. Their over-the-top antics never gel, appearing as if even they know it's not working. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The film is filled with catchy new tunes and remarkably choreographed dance numbers that would be just as pleasing to see in a live theater production as it is on the screen. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
63% Bird Box (2018) A smart, nail-biting psychological horror film that works, thanks to a tight script, a talented cast and stunning cinematography. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) It's visually and auditorily captivating, pushing your emotional understanding to its limits. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
91% Widows (2018) An intense, complex, and exhilarating thriller that takes a chance with women as the lead. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
1.5/4 15% Robin Hood (2018) The cast gives it their best, but with a script that slowly slips down the slope of silliness, there's not much an actor can do. All of the characters are one-dimensional cutouts of men and women in a dark and violent time. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/4 82% Instant Family (2018) This superb balance between drama and humor in the film is present from start to finish. Just as a situation pulls on your heartstrings and you're about to cry, Anders finds a way to put a safety net beneath you and you find yourself laughing. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The story unfolds as if peeling away layers, one supporting another, complicated with subtle tones to bring you into the Israel's life and emotions. The dialogue, richly textured and eloquent, accentuates the delicate artistry of the actors' skills. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018