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 67% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) There's an adjustment factor in how this story is executed under Showalter's direction. He's quick to set up their questionable brand and outward appearances but then he doesn't lose sight of the identity of who Tammy Faye was to herself and her fans. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
3.5/5 79% Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021) Max Harwood is an energetic delight as Jamie. It's his film debut and its clear he'll have a future ahead of him whether it's on the stage or on film. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
4/5 80% Worth (2021) Worth may have a familiar trajectory in how the story unfolds, but it will grab your attention and have you pause to consider the inner complexities that comes with the aftermath of tragedy. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
4/5 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Simu Liu and his character Shang-Chi will have a lasting impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Liu brings a natural presence to the film. He's charming, soulful, and makes for a great pair with Awkwafina. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
2/5 43% Cinderella (2021) it's missing all the magic and chemistry that made the Disney live action remakes with Brandy and Lily James so strong. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
2/5 37% Reminiscence (2021) There's too much going on in Reminiscence when it needs subtlety and a specific focus. Lisa Joy has a grab bag of ideas and genres at play hoping enough stick to make this all come together in the end. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2021
4.5/5 84% Candyman (2021) Nia DaCosta has a strong film on her hands showcasing her strengths as a filmmaker and storyteller. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
2/5 44% Flag Day (2021) The movie is well under two hours, and yet it moves at a glacial place. It almost feels like Jennifer's story would play out better by reading it in memoir form than on screen. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
3/5 61% The Protégé (2021) I could see a follow up to the The Protégé with a John Wick style story for Maggie Q and Anna. At the end of the day, it's a full-force action flick good for a two-hour escape. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
5/5 96% CODA (2021) At first, CODA may seem like a simple little story about a high school girl coming into her own. She finds her voice and talents through music while struggling with pressures at home. It's a lesson in communication and the many forms it takes on. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
3.5/5 67% Respect (2021) It's tricky for biopics to not fall into the trap of trying to cover too much territory. Respect is guilty of that in trying to tell the full picture of Aretha's life. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
2/5 70% Annette (2021) I want to applaud Leos Carax and Adam Driver for fully committing no matter how strange the film gets, but at 2 hours and 20 minutes, it's slow to sit through and something that feels pretentious just for the sake of it. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
3.5/5 91% The Suicide Squad (2021) The Suicide Squad will play well with comic book fans, but casual movie goers may be a harder sell with this material. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
4/5 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) There are plenty of laughs, vibrant images, and escapist fun for the whole family. This could easily be Disney's next franchise. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3.5/5 75% Stillwater (2021) Tom McCarthy's made an engaging think piece asking how far you'd go to prove your child's supposed innocence. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 57% The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) The story sets out to be that whimsical escapist romance with a European setting where love and heartbreak span decades in that mystery format. Director Augustine Frizzell pulls out all the stops at making this film the unabashed epic romance that it is. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
4/5 50% Old (2021) Shyamalan found a way to give this film this constant, unnerving momentum, much like the character's aging problems yet he never rushed the discoveries along the way. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
3.5/5 38% Joe Bell (2021) As Jadin Bell, Reid Miller is a strong young talent who feels like a natural telling Jadin's story. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
4/5 89% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) A satisfying conclusion that not only adds new elements to this urban legend but also brings to a close the story started in Part One 1994. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
4/5 79% Black Widow (2021) As Yelena, Florence Pugh will be your next fan-favorite Marvel character. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
5/5 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) The best movie of the year. It's a celebration of music. You want to get up and dance, but then you learn about the stories that made this music, the pain, the fear that inspired all of this music. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
4/5 88% Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Part Two is an effective slasher flick as director Leigh Janiak takes us back to camp, tells a good ghost story, and still has a few tricks up her sleeve. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
4/5 91% No Sudden Move (2020) There's a playful quality to Soderbergh's film as these characters are all nutty giving the ensemble plenty to play around with. It's a dark comedy right from the very beginning. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2021
1.5/5 52% The Tomorrow War (2021) The script by Zach Dean clearly draws inspiration from The Terminator combined with Independence Day. I can hear that being the pitch of the movie to the studio. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3/5 83% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Fear Street Part 1: 1994 really rests in a state of nostalgia for those who grew up reading the books and watching the movies that director Leigh Janiak draws inspiration from. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3.5/5 59% F9 (2021) You have to buckle up and enjoy the ride. Yes, some of it is laughable - they go to space in this one. They know this and don't take themselves too seriously. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
2.5/5 51% Good on Paper (2021) I couldn't help but wonder if this story would actually work better as a short stand up story instead of being stretched to a 90 minute movie. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
3.5/5 27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ryan Reynolds are back for another wild ride in Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, the rare action comedy sequel that's BETTER than the original. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2021
3.5/5 91% Luca (2021) It wont' break any Pixar ground like Finding Nemo or Inside Out, but it's a sweet fable that kids will like. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2021
4.5/5 94% In the Heights (2021) In the Heights is more than a frothy movie musical. It's a beautiful love letter to culture, community, and family. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
3/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are the heart and soul of this franchise. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/5 49% Spirit Untamed (2021) Spirit Untamed won't be stamped as a new animated classic, but its story and Lucky's spunk make it a worthy recommendation for young ones out there. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
4/5 74% Cruella (2021) Cruella is a tale of two Emmas, and one of the best of these Disney live action remakes thanks to the Oscar winning actresses. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Krasinski has trained his audience to be on edge teeing us up at certain moments, only to pivot, and then pulls the rug out from under us when we least expect it. Get ready to quietly eat your popcorn and muffle your screams. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
3/5 88% Dream Horse (2021) Dream Horse is that small, but sweet, little tale hoping to give you a little inspiration and cheer in your day. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
3.5/5 67% Army Of The Dead (2021) Snyder creates an exciting opening sequence that previews the carnage at hand and there's no shortage of blood involved. This is a zombie movie after all that Snyder pairs with a traditional Las Vegas heist - an Ocean's 11 meets The Walking Dead. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
3/5 62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Those Who Wish Me Dead is a compelling action thriller, but it falls short of being something special and powerful - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4.5/5 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) If you're a parent and feel like you've seen the same movies on repeat, have your kids watch The Mitchells vs the Machines. It's now streaming on Netflix and should become their new favorite without annoying you. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral is engaging and packs a punch. It will no doubt illicit commentary given your stance on police corruption, gore, or Chris Rock's strong performance. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3.5/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) The first half of The Woman in the Window is strong despite the familiarity to its premise, but the second half tries a bit too hard with the twists, turns, and reveals some of which feel a little unnecessary in an attempt to keep the story going. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2.5/5 66% Wrath of Man (2021) Wrath of Man is a step up from some of Guy Ritchie's latest. I still think he's missing that edge, quirk, and artistry that came from some of his earlier films like Snatch or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, both of which starred Jason Statham. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
3.5/5 44% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Without Remorse is not overly convoluted and it comes with the traditional twists and turns often found in this genre. You can see them coming, but that's fine. It's the perfect kind of movie to turn on after a long week with a full bucket of popcorn. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3.5/5 53% Four Good Days (2021) It will be easy to make comparisons to Close's other film Hillbilly Elegy, but Four Good Days is the far better of the two with its focus, the acting is less frantic, and it felt more honest in its portrayal of addiction. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) There's no shortage of blood and guts spewing all over the place as limbs are torn off and hearts are ripped out at a Quentin Tarantino level. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3.5/5 67% Crisis (2021) Nicholas Jarecki explores this from many angles without getting stuck in a box making this solely addiction movie or a drug smuggling movie as we've seen those stories many times before. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
3.5/5 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Concrete Cowboy felt like a fresh new story I hadn't seen in recent years. There's an added layer of authenticity with real members of the Fletcher Street Riders as part of the main cast . - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
2/5 26% Voyagers (2021) It's hard to tell if Neil Burger bit off more than he could chew so he steered this in an easier direction or if the marketing materials make it edgier and sexier than the actual movie. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
1/5 21% Thunder Force (2021) The pairing of real-life besties Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer should be a superhero dream team, yet their new film Thunder Force is a full-fledged super mess. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
3.5/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Director Adam Wingard knows his audience is here to watch these two big monsters tear each other apart. You have to come into this willing to have fun and throw logic and science completely out the window. - KSTP-TV (St. Paul, MN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
2.5/5 63% French Exit (2021) French Exit may work better if director Azazel Jacobs leaned harder into it a being a soap opera or if the script had some more bite and commentary to it, but it doesn't go hard enough in either direction. - Paul's Trip to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021