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
2/4 75% 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 93% 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 78% 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 9% 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 78% 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 77% 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 20% 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 92% 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 72% 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 22% 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 77% 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
3.5/4 41% Midway (2019) A well-crafted World War II film that will likely end up being one for the ages. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) This is a film that will stick with you in your waking and sleeping moments alike. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) There's a clear passing of the cybernetic torch at play, which adds an elegiac and resonant tone to what otherwise might have been little more than a rambunctious action flick. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
1.5/4 26% Countdown (2019) A bland, poorly executed mess that ticks away its sluggish running time all too slowly. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/4 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) There's still plenty of life in these old, crusty bones. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) Will Smith could be turning in underwhelming performances in perpetuity. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/4 69% Joker (2019) Phoenix's performance of a lifetime yields a comic book film for the ages. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
1/4 81% Abominable (2019) Wastes the talents of competent animators on a slow, perfunctory story that tries to push all the right emotional buttons but ends up just drawing out the obvious. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/4 83% Ad Astra (2019) Lost its heart and mind somewhere in the asteroid belt. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/4 87% Hustlers (2019) A thrilling, #squadgoals crime caper that gets you cheering for its antiheroes as they haul in mountains of ill-gotten cash. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) There's a nagging sense that it could have been so much more. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Yeah, plot isn't quite the movie's strong point. But don't be surprised if you're laughing too loudly and frequently to care. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) A bad bromance in the best of ways. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Iconic roles are nothing new for DiCaprio or Pitt, but neither has ever approached the sort of rich and layered chemistry with a male lead that they conjure together here. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/4 52% The Lion King (2019) Rises to the challenge with a triumphant roar, but not without overcoming as much strain and conflict as young Simba himself. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/4 83% Crawl (2019) There was potential here for a genre-advancing thrill ride, but that sinks quickly to the bottom of the swamp. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Tom Holland continues to thrive in the lead role, far surpassing his predecessors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/4 63% Yesterday (2019) The stiff, perfunctory structure doesn't rob the movie of its magic. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) A complex and not necessarily entirely cohesive story doesn't stop the plot points from delivering solid impact. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
1/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) This is a series that needs to die, and the listless, droll movie accomplishes that task. This is a series that needs to die, and the listless, droll movie accomplishes that task. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's a film that embraces awkwardness, explores tough questions and isn't afraid to let things get weird and uncomfortable. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) A tragic carpet ride. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) This is a movie comfortable in its own goofy skin, and it's an unadulterated thrill to experience from beginning to end. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
1.5/4 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Reynolds and his fans deserve better. Pokemon fans deserve, well, this. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) One of those movies that makes you sit back and smile. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A masterful bombardment of everything that has made the Marvel Cinematic Universe films so impactful. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019