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Piers Marchant

Piers Marchant
Piers Marchant's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88/100 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) It's as if the gifted children of a J.D. Salinger novel all grew up to be crushing disappointments to themselves.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
83/100 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) To be sure, the strange story behind the character is fascinating, but even given the racy possibilities, and the interesting psychological underpinnings, the film is oddly turgid.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
82/100 50% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The film is bombastic and ridiculously breakneck, daring you to look away.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
86/100 96% Stronger (2017) Watching [Jake] Gyllenhaal and [Tatiana] Maslany work together in these scenes is like watching a pair of seasoned mixed-doubles tennis players work in rousing synchronicity, approaching each emotional volley in a kind of smooth tandem.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
89% Good Time (2017) I couldn't help feeling like [Good Time] was a missed opportunity.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
89/100 87% Wind River (2017) It might not get as much Oscar attention as his previous films, but it will still add to his luster.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
82/100 49% The Glass Castle (2017) There's nothing inherently wrong with the film, though it has certainly been made more glossy and smooth than the source text, but there's not much to really resonate, either.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
66/100 35% Kidnap (2017) Much in the abrupt manner of this flimsy excuse of a thriller, let's cut right to the chase: Kidnap might be the worst nonanimated film of the summer (Yes, The Emoji Movie, you can breathe easy).‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
90/100 92% Dunkirk (2017) Despite the curtailed run time, as chaotic as it may seem, it still bears the director's meticulous attention to detail and technical mastery, which pays off over and over in many suitably distressing ways‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
87/100 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) This film is hardly purporting to be a rich character study... rather, it's a study in anxious fear, and to that end, it's brutishly effective.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
85/100 89% It Comes At Night (2017) It's like being on a conveyor belt headed to a darkened doom.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
79/100 16% The Mummy (2017) It's not terrible, but it's also not a particularly auspicious start to a franchised series with so much riding on its hunched, ghoulish shoulders.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
89/100 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Patty Jenkins... working from a surprisingly deft script from Allan Heinberg, has gone and given us a Wonder Woman with a lot more than WW's bulletproof forearm bracelets on its sleeve.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Johnny Depp, has long been afflicted with one of his own: The Curse of the Giant Franchise Movie Series. In his fifth (or is it sixth?) reprise as Captain Jack Sparrow, it's pretty clear this is a marriage of extreme financial convenience and little else.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
73/100 19% Baywatch (2017) It feels like a mishmash of half-baked one-liners with very little to connect them. Lacking a unified core -- like a confused, theme-challenged restaurant that serves cupcakes, fried chicken and hummus -- the film resorts to idiotic spectacle.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
78/100 69% Alien: Covenant (2017) Stylish, but soulless... a good deal of unearned solemnity, along with soggy scripting, poor character development, and, worst of all, an insufferable insistence to keep answering questions nobody was asking in the first place.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
79/100 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) This film is so choked with CGI battles, enormous mastodons, and flaming dark warriors, it gradually loses its grounding, making Arthur little more than yet another "chosen one" with mystical CGI-enhanced supremacy.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
87/100 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) For the sequel, Gunn has stuck to the formula that worked so well in the first film, and even if you can feel the strain of repetition, he has come up with another pert, entertaining yarn about the unshakable bonds between intergalactic families.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
81/100 66% Free Fire (2017) Wheatley, who co-wrote the script with longtime collaborator Amy Jump, has created a perfect vehicle for his brand of hyper-violence and hilarious forays.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
78/100 50% The Promise (2017) As much as the film's humanist politics can be appreciated, you simply cannot ignore the clumsiness of its approach and its ham-fisted way of making its point.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
86/100 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Olivier Assayas, along with his "co-creator" Kristen Stewart, have, in Personal Shopper, forged a thoroughly fascinating film that works on multiple threads and tangents.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
86/100 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The quartet of gifted actors can't possibly match their youthful charisma... but they can find deeper resonance in the characters' emotional lives, a sense of lessons learned and proper amends proffered.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
87/100 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) What this film does remarkably well is give us a full-bodied Kong that moves and acts in a way that seems utterly befitting a giant of this magnitude.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
88/100 93% Logan (2017) There will doubtlessly be other superhero movies to follow this sort of tragic trajectory, but they won't have the luxury of utilizing an actor we've been watching for nearly two decades in the role, finally closing it out his way.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
89/100 99% Get Out (2017) If America's pervasive racial division is ever to be traversed, it will likely be up to humane provocateurs such as Peele to lead the way.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
88/100 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) For all of its obvious corporate ties, the film is still pretty entertaining, and has enough genuinely funny moments to propel you along.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
64% Axolotl Overkill (2017) I get documenting the blase mentality of some teens, but the trumped up apathy just renders the whole thing dull and mostly pointless. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
90% A Ghost Story (2017) It's fabulous movie-making, but would perhaps not make for the best date-night flick, if you had any designs.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
72% Dayveon (2017) This film, for all its strengths, is the first work of a young director still trying to gain mastery of his voice. That will come, and it will be fascinating to see what comes next.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
6/10 90% Raw (2017) Made with precision and care: from a strictly filmmaking perspective, Ducournau has created an effectively visceral experience.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/10 72% XX (2017) An anthology devoid of much in the way of genuine creepiness.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
91/100 92% La La Land (2016) Chazelle's film, with its unfettered embrace of the imperfect, creates nothing less than a vital symphony of the human condition.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
74/100 30% Passengers (2016) Idiotic, dull and intensely laborious.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
80/100 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Suffice it to say, if the filmmakers had actually put up this tangle of a screenplay to K-2SO to rate his opinion, it wouldn't have been encouraging.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
8/10 92% Certain Women (2016) Each story in Certain Women maintains a slow pace, while leading viewers to understand complex emotional depths, as these very different women grapple with loneliness and imminent loss, their hopes for changes they can't quite identify.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
9/10 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The reliably affecting Affleck plays Lee like a prowling animal trapped in a small room.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
7/10 94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) Marielle Heller's adaption of Phoebe Gloeckner's excellent graphic novel captures that specific, lurching dynamic [of 1970s parenting] to the degree that those of us who lived through it might find ourselves dropping our jaws in recognition.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
9/10 91% James White (2015) Josh Mond's movie is an unwavering gaze into an abyss, provided by absolutely stirring performances from his lead performers.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
9/10 97% 45 Years (2015) If Haigh's film relies on the quiet and subtle, there's no mistaking the atomized emotional destruction going on between the characters. In their echoing silence, there contains multitudes.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
6/10 78% The Shallows (2016) The thing is, the more the shark ceases to act like an actual wild animal in favor of like a bitterly obsessive stalker, the less frightening it becomes.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
4/10 40% Wild (2016) In Krebitz's conception, nature is just another app you can plug into in order to gain fulfillment.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
8/10 79% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Years from now, we might see if Albert's literary output holds up to critical scrutiny. Until then, this fascinating documentary allows us to contemplate the very nature of fiction.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
86/100 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) As a piece of visual ephemera, it's a stunning achievement, as an in-depth look at the depravity of the human soul, it's truly only skin deep.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
86/100 75% Miss Sloane (2016) Smartly, the screenplay by Jonathan Perera, making his cinematic debut, doesn't let the audience off the hook for their convictions (at least until the film's too neat final gambit).‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
78/100 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Like a pair of seasoned jazz pros turning a bland ditty into something at least mildly diverting, Bates and Thornton are able to exit this mess with most of their dignity intact. The same cannot be said for the creative team behind it.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
80/100 59% Allied (2016) Despite the star power and what might have been a delightfully confounding premise, Zemeckis is never able to breathe much in the way of life into the proceedings.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
4/10 25% Fear, Inc. (2016) By my count, the film manages at least five ties to wrench the audience from one false sense of certainty to another, but by number three, you just don't care anymore. In this case, familiarity just breeds tedium.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
8/10 89% Always Shine (2016) Horror tropes are also on full display in Sophia Takal's beguiling, twisty psychological thriller, Always Shine, but she has something far more interesting and complex in mind than just playing with an audience's sense of trust.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The film is sincerely funny, but not without its bleaker tinges: The "edge" referenced in the title turns out to be a surprisingly sharp blade.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
77/100 33% Now You See Me 2 (2016) It's a bunch of hocus-pocus.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016