Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) As expected - and probably as it should be - the titan fights are the best parts of Godzilla vs. Kong, but the franchise still hasn't quite cracked the code of how to incorporate human characters. But the top-notch ensemble helps! - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3.5/5 82% Nobody (2021) No GoPro? No problem! Ilya Naishuller's latest proves he's a hugely promising action director in any format. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/5 82% The Spine of Night (2021) A hugely ambitious and bizarrely charming display of rotoscoped evil and carnage. The Spine of Night can't quite support its scattershot anthology narrative, but the themes and bold visuals make it engaging enough. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2021
4/5 84% Offseason (2021) One of Mickey Keating's best. Offseason is a lean, beach town chiller with a crushing sense of dread courtesy of atmosphere, measured pacing and a magnetizing lead performance from Jocelin Donahue. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2021
4/5 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) The 2017 cut got away with the characters coming together simply because it was a superhero team-up movie. Here, however, it's earned through sincere beats of coming to understand one another and well conveying that they all had something to fight for. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
3/5 22% Chaos Walking (2021) A narrative mess that coasts on its fascinating core concept and the power of Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley's screen presence. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
2.5/5 No Score Yet Demon Wind (1990) Demon Wind is nonsensical and poorly made from top to bottom, but it's such a delight to watch that it well earns its place in the "so bad it's good pile." - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
4.5/5 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Part delightful romp fueled by Awkwafina's spot-on delivery and part riveting adventure with beautifully captured fight sequences with a strong core focused on the power of unity. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/5 37% Cherry (2021) If you want an example of someone delivering big and singlehandedly upping the quality of a movie, you have to see Tom Holland's work in Cherry. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
4.5/5 80% I Care a Lot (2021) A slick thrill with an undeniable mean streak that's too magnetizing to look away. Romand Pike is fiery, ruthless and pitch-perfect as Marla Grayson. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
1.5/5 62% Willy's Wonderland (2021) Turns out, the premise of Nicolas Cage going head-to-head with bloodthirsty animatronics isn't a sure thing after all. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
4/5 91% The Queen of Black Magic (Ratu ilmu hitam) (2019) Brimming with brutal, haunting visuals that are further amplified by the rock solid ensemble and scare scenes with character history at the core. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
A- 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) A super silly and enjoyable experience. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
4.5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Judas and the Black Messiah brings a sense of urgency to Fred Hampton's efforts as it tells his story. It informs on key events of the past while making you feel like it's possible to do something with that history to change the present. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
A- 95% CODA (2021) An undeniable charmer about juggling obligations to friends, family and self. When CODA hits the right notes in that balancing act, it's euphoric. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
4.5/5 91% The White Tiger (2020) A wild, stylized ride with just the grounded touch needed to infuse this whirlwind with great purpose and heart. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
4.5/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) Riz Ahmed delivers one of the most complex and moving on-screen transformations of the year. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The sequel takes a powerful core concept and digs into it from three primary perspectives. Two don't land, but Diana's journey winds up being the strongest of the bunch, giving Gal Gadot the chance to excel in her strongest emotional scene yet. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 95% Soul (2020) It doesn't coalesce quite as well as some other Pixar films, but Soul is still a stunning, highly imaginative and poignant piece that continues to prove Pixar is one of the boldest and most innovative animation studios out there. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
1.5/5 31% Superintelligence (2019) Yet another bust from McCarthy and Falcone. McCarthy pops doing what she does best every now and then, but it's just not enough to support an unfunny AI romance that doesn't seem to understand how technology works. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
4/5 55% The Prom (2020) A heaping dose of color, heart and joy featuring a whole batch of stellar performances - a best for James Corden and quite the feature debut for Jo Ellen Pellman. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
4/5 88% Run (2020) An extremely effective edge of your seat thrill with a wildly impressive feature debut performance from Kiera Allen. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
4/5 83% Happiest Season (2020) It's film formula used in the best way. DuVall and Holland deliver the heart and laughs you'd hope to get from a holiday comedy, and they do it while saying something meaningful about one's relationship with their family and the pursuit of self-worth. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
1.5/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Blunt emotional manipulation with no valuable takeaway. Hillbilly Elegy is a structural mess with no nuance that reduces its main players to their most basic character descriptions and nothing more. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3.5/5 83% Freaky (2020) Another clever concept for Christopher Landon to run with. While he does deliver a good time mashing up genres here, it does feel like Freaky missed some opportunities to dig deeper into the pillars of the slasher genre. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2/5 39% Rebecca (2020) Dreary and plain old boring. All early interest in the romance withers away as the characters become more and more distant while navigating the tiresome mystery. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) It's Sacha Baron-Cohen using his art and comedic sensibilities to spark change with some pretty extreme tactics, and I'm mighty impressed that his team pulled it all off as well as they did, while stitching those stunts together with a coherent narrative. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 76% Clouds (2020) Clouds continues to prove that director Justin Baldoni has a real passion and knack for sharing challenging true stories while honoring the real people and inspiring others in the process. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) Just the burst of color and energy the Sherlock Holmes film universe needed. A delightful adventure with an infectious charm, energy and rip-roaring pace. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2.5/5 57% Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (2020) Second Born Royals feels like a PG version of Kingsman: The Secret Service with humor and an aesthetic akin to Disney Channel features. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/5 28% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum presents a powerful idea, but then just hands you a surface level presentation of it. While I'm very eager to see what Bush and Renz do next, it's unfortunate that Antebellum had so much potential but failed to add to the conversation. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
A- 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) The Bloom family's willingness to share their story could boost your spirits and serve as a very effective reminder of what we can overcome with the people we love. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
2.5/5 48% The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) Killer Queen isn't nearly as refined as the first film and goes a little too big in many respects, but McG still manages to deliver an entertaining thrill with a stellar ensemble giving every ounce of this mayhem 100%. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
4/5 96% Class Action Park (2020) [Class Action Park] feels like a time capsule, and I'm glad we have that time capsule because Action Park isn't coming back, nor should it. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 72% Mulan (2020) A stunning adaptation that benefits from Niki Caro's eye behind the lens and Yifei Liu's ability to embody a character who's often defined by her actions and how she's internalizing her experience. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) Its heart is very much in the right place and the movie does get its points across clear enough, but it does seem like there was more to mine, especially from Mack's portion of the story. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/5 61% Project Power (2020) A Dominque Fishback showcase. She's the beating heart of a film that merely coasts on the entertainment value of its high concept. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
72% An American Pickle (2020) A pretty enjoyable showcase for Rogen. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/5 75% The Rental (2020) It is a solid watch. it plays with how crazy the idea of renting a home from a complete stranger is. It's got a great ensemble and it uses them well... but it does stop short of having something really groundbreaking to say. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 92% Relic (2020) Relic is a pretty expertly crafted film and an excellent example of how genre storytelling can get at some very hard truths. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
80% The Old Guard (2020) One of my favorite movies of the year so far. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) Hamilton met all of my hopes and expectations. Just what a unique powerful and very high-energy way of telling this story. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) If you're new to the contest like me, this movie is a silly, good time that will probably make you want to give the contest itself a go when it does return, and I really do think that's a big achievement here. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
3.5/5 71% 7500 (2020) This is a very ambitious and impressive first feature for Vollrath. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
1.5/5 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) It really all amounts to one big wasted opportunity filled with kind of unforgivable missteps. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/5 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Apatow builds a world and a group of characters that you genuinely want to spend more time with. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
B- 61% Minamata (2020) It's well paced, beautifully filmed and does have an appealing classic feel to it, but it still lacks that spark to propel it from informative to all-consuming. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
4/5 65% The Lovebirds (2020) The Lovebirds still works because Leilani and Jibran's relationship is a super strong backbone for the whole thing. And Rae and Nanjiani are kind of perfect together in this. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
2.5/5 47% Scoob! (2020) If you're a long time fan of the brand, there might not be enough fun and also depth here to really make it satisfying. - Perri Nemiroff (YouTube) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
B+ 97% The Half of It (2020) What does finding "the one" even mean? It's a big question with a multitude of answers and Alice Wu's examination of just that is powerful enough to encourage one to make a bold step for the better, no matter their definition of "the one." - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020