Phil Villarreal

Phil Villarreal
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Phil Villarreal has been a film critic since 2001. He wrote for the Arizona Daily Star from 2001 to 2009, where he won several Arizona Press Club awards. He then wrote for OK! Magazine and Coed.com. Then he moved to television and now reviews movies for KWBA and KGUN9.com in Tucson. His reviews are syndicated nationally to Scripps station websites.
Favorites:
Waking Life, Swingers, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs, Rocky, True Romance
Location: Tucson
Official Websites: http://becauseitoldyouso.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 97% Playing with Sharks (2021) An illuminating film that's well worth the deep dive. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
2/4 81% Black Widow (2021) A weak script and low ambition make the movie crumble under the weight. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3.5/4 No Score Yet Clairevoyant (2021) Witty writing and nuances performances. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
2/4 91% Luca (2021) Struggles to dog-paddle to avoid sinking amid the ocean of expectations that come along with the Pixar brand. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
2/4 27% Awake (2021) If you're the sort who uses Netflix as a cinematic lullaby, Awake may be just what you're looking for. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
3/4 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) If you're a Snyder fan, you'll be right at home in the visionary's go-for-broke, testosterone-fueled mindscape. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
1.5/4 62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) The whole production goes down in flames. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3/4 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) There is still plenty of life in these old bones. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3.5/4 100% Paper Spiders (2021) "Paper Spiders" offers no happy endings, no hard-and-fast solutions. All she can do is just survive and keep on trying. Surviving the dark clouds of mental illness to see the light of a new day is a victory unto itself. The movie is just as triumphant. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
1/4 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) The writing is the cinematic equivalent of button-mashing. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/4 21% Thunder Force (2021) A welcome spring breeze that helps sate your superhero jones in between Wonder Woman 1984" and Black Widow. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/4 76% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Beating its chest and roaring to the sky in triumph, it's the master of its crumbled post-pandemic cinematic domain. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/4 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) The Snyder Cut manages to prove filmmaker's epic storytelling mettle while also proving that he needs an editor to whittle down his daydreams to reasonable proportions. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
1.5/4 49% Coming 2 America (2021) It's a relic that should have been left buried in the past. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
1.5/4 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) What might have been an animated short is stretched and warped beyond all recognition to feature length, and it's often agonizing to sit it out until the end. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
3.5/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) A hauntingly intense drama that deserves to be seen, discussed and remembered. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3.5/4 100% More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story (2021) Catalogs Morita's tale of inspiration, mystery and sadness. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) King does an admirable job of orchestrating the combustible talents, giving each a fair voice and share of screen time. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
4/4 95% Soul (2020) A moving think piece that will stick with you long after the credits roll. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Mulligan's performance and a blistering soundtrack make it a must-see. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/4 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Once the leg warmers and shoulder pads get out of the way, the movie finally begins to take flight. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
2/4 30% The Stand In (2020) While Barrymore shows off some range in exploring the two characters, the script doesn't provide enough material for either of them to stand out. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2.5/4 89% Black Bear (2020) The script flips just as the intensity level simmers. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
2.5/4 69% Ammonite (2020) The drawback is that the movie moves so slowly that it's easy to lose interest and drift away. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 84% Let Him Go (2020) A solid, Golden Years revenge fantasy that filled with thrills and sticks to your ribs. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/4 48% The Witches (2020) Consistently funny and loaded with cheeky dialogue and stunning visuals, the film nails a storybook feel, and will no doubt cast a spell over families looking for something new to watch together amid the pandemic. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/4 73% Mulan (2020) At least fans will be able to be mildly disappointed in the comfort of their own homes, and be able to hit pause if they get a little drowsy. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) It's easy to get hopelessly lost amid the barrage of plodding plot developments. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3.5/4 81% Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) Takes an incisive look at the show and proves that the way the sausage was made was often brutal. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/4 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Sorts out the rumors and innuendo that have been bandied about by longtime residents of the area, providing a stark and definitive retelling of its quirky history. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
3/4 50% Song of the South (1946) It's a complicated and challenging film that deserves discussion rather than burial. - COED.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
1.5/4 51% I Still Believe (2020) A bitter twist of faith. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3/4 88% Onward (2020) May not be Pixar's best, but B-level Pixar is still better than just about anything else out there. The studio continues to wield powerful magic. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) A tight and compelling thrill ride for horror fans, who shouldn't let this one slip by them unseen. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/4 11% Brahms: The Boy II (2020) While sometimes too silly for its own good, Brahms: The Boy II gets enough right to make you forget the silliness of its concept. Annabelle and Chucky will have to make room for Brahms on the shelf. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2.5/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) That it even approaches watchability is nothing short of a cinematic miracle. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/4 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The wacky, nearly too-cute action-comedy is crammed with scattershot efforts meant to entertain at all costs. Its story makes no sense, the narrative flow is disconnected and there's little plot and even less payoff. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2/4 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) A loosely patched-together mishmash of action film cliches, it squanders strong lead performances in an aimless morass. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) It's good to have Ritchie back. Now to find a way to keep him away from historical epics or Disney remakes. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/4 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) They don't make 'em like this anymore. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
1.5/4 21% Like a Boss (2020) As worn-out, tired and dated on the meme on which it's based. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2/4 21% The Grudge (2020) Any hope of a terror thrill ride vanish like one of the film's wacky, nonsensical ghosts. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
4/4 91% Uncut Gems (2019) It grabs you by the scruff of the neck, trips you and stomps you in the gut. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
3/4 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Like a ride in the Millennium Falcon: Rickety, often misguided and often seeming like it's about to fall apart at any moment. But the sucker sure does move fast and keep things exciting. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Plays like an irritating video game cut scene you want to hit the X button to skip. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
1/4 18% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) The adventure is tedious, the attempts at humor fall flat, and then there's the music. Oh, the music. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
1/4 23% Playing with Fire (2019) One of the worst movies of the year. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
3/4 97% Knives Out (2019) A heck of a lot of murderous fun. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
2/4 78% Frozen II (2019) A cloying, forgettable follow-up to a far better movie. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/4 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) This is a reboot that deserves the boot. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019