Paul McGuire Grimes

Paul McGuire Grimes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Paul McGuire Grimes is a Minneapolis-based film critic and entertainment reporter and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. He runs his website and accompanying YouTube channel "Paul's Trip to the Movies" and is the resident film critic for KSTP-TV's "Twin Cities Live" and on "The Colleen & Bradley Show" on My Talk 107.1. He has had the great fortune to interview a variety of Oscar and Emmy winning actors like Whoopi Goldberg, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, just to name a few.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 71% The Mauritanian (2021) The Mauritanian is a big story with a variety of moving parts. This easily could have gotten out of hand or fallen flat around a different director. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
4.5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) What Zhao accomplishes is a beautiful blend of fictional storytelling and documentary filmmaking. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are a riot with their high-energy, optimistic characters. I was ready to watch it all over again as soon as the final credits ended. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
3.5/5 69% Land (2021) A lovely, touching story about acts of kindness and how the strangers in our lives can have the biggest impact. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4.5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Daniel Kaluuya is a force. I felt like I knew who Fred Hampton was due to his performance. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/5 28% Bliss (2021) It's certainly great to see Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek work outside their norm, but Bliss doesn't fully recover in the end. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
3.5/5 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Levinson has written a great acting piece for Zendaya and John David Washington. Both characters have a rollercoaster of a night offering them each a chance to play against what we've seen from them lately. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
4/5 47% The Little Things (2021) Washington, Malek, and Leto should keep you invested in trying to figure out the whodunnit while watching the mind games their three characters play on each other. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
3.5/5 88% Supernova (2021) Writer/director Harry Macqueen could have made this a morose and depressing film given the sensitive subject matter, but he makes it a tender, beautiful story celebrating life and the little moments we shouldn't take for granted. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
3/5 75% Palmer (2021) This is a redemption story we've seen before but Justin Timberlake and Ryder Allen keep us invested with their heartfelt performances. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
3.5/5 85% Our Friend (2020) Our Friend comes under the smart direction of Gabriela Cowperthwaite who helps keep this weepy drama authentic without resorting to melodrama or overly tugging at the heartstrings for tears too early. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
4.5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) -The chemistry and brotherhood between these four personalities is always present and heats up the screen in some stirring exchanges. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
4.5/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Carey Mulligan gives one of the sharpest performances of the year in Promising Young Woman. It may just be her best performance to date as well. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
4/5 76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Pieces of a Woman isn't meant to be an entertaining Netflix sit down. It's a hard watch, but one that's ultimately engaging given the impactful performances from Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
4/5 95% Soul (2020) It may not be your favorite Pixar, but there's no denying the imagination and lofty vision Pete Docter and Kemp Powers have with this film. And yes, like most Pixar, it very well may make you cry at the end. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
3.5/5 51% The Midnight Sky (2020) It takes some time, but Clooney ends up with an engaging and visually appealing film. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/5 88% News of the World (2020) The western genre may not be your style, but Tom Hanks has a way of making every character or story compelling regardless of genre. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/5 93% Sylvie's Love (2020) An elegant, timeless and traditional love story. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
4.5/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Chadwick Boseman lights up the screen from start to finish - an electric performance. You can feel the musicality within him. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Gadot delivers a powerful monologue in the big climax that feels timely and important especially for the young Diana Princes out there watching the movie. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
4/5 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) I'm Your Woman has that vintage feel and is an unpredictable ride full of revelations and massive discoveries for Jean testing her along the way. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
4/5 55% The Prom (2020) There is so much heart poured into The Prom that its hard to not have a good time and be moved to tears afterwards with its messages. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
3.5/5 89% Let Them All Talk (2020) There's an unpolished feel, but that's not a bad thing for a little movie like this. Frankly, it's pleasant to bask in the simple nature of this like you're another passenger on the Queen Mary 2. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
4.5/5 83% Mank (2020) Mank may not be a Fincher that blows you away on first viewing, but you may come back to it again with a greater appreciation. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
5/5 96% Sound of Metal (2020) Sound of Metal may fly under the radar but will be one of the best movies you'll see this year and you'll be glad you gave it a chance. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/5 68% Ammonite (2020) Ammonite should be a stirring, award-season darling thanks to its two leads, its look at gender roles in society, and a passionate affair, and yet its missing that spark to make it fully come alive. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/5 77% Uncle Frank (2020) Paul Bettany is fantastic. A beautiful, intimate movie. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/5 32% Superintelligence (2019) SuperIntelligence is an endearing rom-com thanks to the sweet and natural chemistry between Melissa McCarthy and Bobby Cannavale. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 82% Happiest Season (2020) Happiest Season is that heartfelt Christmas comedy much like The Family Stone that will have you in tears, and then drop a good one-liner to have you laughing right after that. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
3/5 64% Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020) Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square most likely won't be added into your yearly rotation of Christmas movies, but it may just put a smile on your face as your decorate the tree. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4.5/5 92% The Life Ahead (2020) Rosa has an inner fragility despite her outer demeanor and Sophia Loren beautifully captures all of that. It's a performance that should not be missed by the Academy. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
2/5 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) I don't think Ron Howard or screenwriter Vanessa Taylor ever figure out what story they're trying to tell. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
4/5 83% Freaky (2020) We have seen countless slasher flicks centered around high school kids, yet Freaky is clever, twisted, and a ton of fun. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/5 83% Let Him Go (2020) Seeing Kevin Costner in a western family drama is a familiar and natural fit for him. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
1.5/5 57% Come Play (2020) Come Play is a reminder that effective horror films are quite hard to pull off. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2/5 39% Rebecca (2020) Rebecca may work for those coming in with no context, but I couldn't help but think this was all style with very little substance. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 49% The Witches (2020) The Witches will be easy Halloween fair this year, but I think the original will reign supreme for my generation. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
87% Jackie (2016) The director took a very minimalist approach resulting in a film that feels deeply intimate and personal... - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3.5/5 81% T2 Trainspotting (2017) A surprisingly touching and sincere return to these four unique characters. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
2/5 67% Life (2017) Not a lot of fresh life in Life... - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
2/5 25% Table 19 (2017) Interesting premise, but it takes too long to get the story going... - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford has crafted an exceptional film proving himself as a director to be taken seriously. He has a very specific style much like David Fincher or the Coen Brothers. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/5 93% Logan (2017) James Mangold keeps the movie as grounded in realism as possible. Unlike the other films in the franchises, it doesn't feel overly CGI and effects heavy. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) There may be a lot of action, but it never loses sight of the father/daughter relationship at the heart of the story. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/5 47% Going in Style (2017) Purely made to get a few good chuckles out of the audience who are probably all around the same age as these characters. Will easily appeal to that demographic... - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Rowling knows how to play into the comedy and injects the film with a playful sense of humor... - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
2.5/5 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) While it's fun to look at, it takes a good hour before we can get any sort of emotional content or drive for Major. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) I've seen quite a few animated films this year, and Kubo and the Two Strings ranks as the very best of that list. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
93% Hidden Figures (2017) Bring the whole family to see an uplifting film about three women whose contributions to NASA and space travel should not be ignored. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
4.5/5 92% Baby Driver (2017) A high-octane thrill ride with a fantastic soundtrack. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020