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
3.5/4 95% Us (2019) This iw a water cooler-worthy experience. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/4 45% Captive State (2019) Shows how resistance is anything but futile. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/4 13% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) If this is the way Perry is going to use Madea, maybe it's best to cut the character loose after all. Rest in peace, Madea. You're off to a better place. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A triumphant continuation- of a series a generation of kids have grown up with. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A fun and exciting romp, Alita does Kishiro's vision proud. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The film is packed with inventive songs, the best of which comes in the end credits. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 22% Miss Bala (2019) More miss than baller. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/4 37% Glass (2019) Momentum can be as fragile as glass, and the cracks are all too apparent in this trilogy. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 41% The Upside (2019) Hand-crafted to make you laugh, wince and cry at intervals. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
1.5/4 48% Escape Room (2019) Your plight is the accumulation of questionable choices, and your price is being stuck in a bizarro, idiotic mess for nearly two hours. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Just plain fun, and manages to establish the franchise as a solid pillar to stand alongside Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The web may be tangled, but the beauty lies in its heedless complexity. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/4 84% Creed II (2018) Like the iconic Rocky statue itself, the film and its series are triumphant, immovable and gleaming in bronzed defiance. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper and Gaga's stars are reborn. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) A fantastic beast indeed. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Mercury turns in the performance of his young career, channeling Mercury's flamboyance, charisma and showmanship. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 36% Hunter Killer (2018) It's a crackling and majestic war movie that navigates rough seas with aplomb, making you realize maybe dad is onto something. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) Slashes through decades of misfires to cut to the core of what makes for a horrifying cinematic gauntlet. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 87% First Man (2018) A ruthless edit could have trimmed away some of the ancillary material and reshaped First Man into a leaner, more economical story. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 28% Night School (2018) A waste of talent and time that makes you remember your own school days, watching the clock as it moves too slowly until it frees you from the classroom doldrums. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Do yourself the simple favor of seeing this sooner rather than later. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1.5/4 26% The Nun (2018) Turns out to be the waste of a perfectly good ghost demon. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/4 31% Kin (2018) The plot is tied together so loosely that just about anything goes. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Plays to the type of viewer who find that the more inappropriate, demented and just plain wrong a joke is, the more likely it is to leave them in stitches. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 80% Alpha (2018) The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 46% The Meg (2018) Has a way of affixing a toothy grin to your face the size of its shark. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) They let you in on the fun, making you feel as though you're giggling as you're getting away with something. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Cruise tumbles through the overly complicated globe-skipping action flick as though he's collecting punches on the Break A Bone On Every Continent Rewards Card. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) This is an action movie in which the action star strives to be, well, inactive. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2.5/4 61% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Toy Story 3 and Cars 3, this is not. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The movie is akin to the last days of school after finals, when everyone is goofing around and having fun. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The new Sicario is S-cary-o. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Subtlety is not this movie's high point. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) A slickly-paced visual dynamo, the family superhero flick is a dynamic crowd-pleaser that gives superfans just about everything they could have bargained for. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The screenplay by Ross and Olivia Milch is every bit as elaborate as the blueprints, whiteboard sketches and hacking maneuvers the team pulls off. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/4 38% Life of the Party (2018) School's in session and McCarthy is teaching a comedic master class. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
1.5/4 24% Overboard (2018) Stupid comedies are often among the funniest, but Overboard is just painful and mean. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3/4 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It lifts, inspires and stings in a raw way that studio blockbusters rarely manage. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2.5/4 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) The sentiment shifts from GET IT GIRL! to JUST GET ON WITH IT ALREADY, GIRL! - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/4 52% Rampage (2018) Don't overthink it. Just sit back, chuckle and gape at the gloriously improbable thrills. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/4 83% Blockers (2018) Whenever you think it can't push the envelope further, it gives it another forceful shove. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) Steven Spielberg doesn't age. He just levels up. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2.5/4 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) You wish you could fast-forward through all the unnecessary talking stuff and get to the battles. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 51% Tomb Raider (2018) By sticking with the lower key, Uthaug manages to forge something resembling genuine tension and drama rather than paint-by-numbers thrills. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
1.5/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Ava DuVernay has gone from Selma to sellout. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) A raw, robust thriller of the sort that doesn't come around often enough. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3.5/4 84% Game Night (2018) You'll find yourself laughing, then laughing at yourself and others for what you laughed at. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3.5/4 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) A joyous accomplishment that succeeds with ample helpings of heart, panache and humor. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
2.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Has more in common with the second-tier Marvel tales on Netflix. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
1/4 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) If only audiences could stop the horrors by shouting RED! at the screen. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018