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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
77/100 25% Gemini Man (2019) As a Hollywood analogy, Ang Lee's film would seem to have some interesting juice with which to work, but the script largely ignores its own metaphoric possibility, in search of more foolish thrills. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
83/100 68% Joker (2019) There's... a strong sense that Phillips is brandishing this bleakness as a kind of affect, like the rich kid who wears his brand new black leather jacket to a punk show but only after intentionally scuffing it against the grill of his Bentley first. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
79/80 85% Downton Abbey (2019) [Downton Abbey] feels like a singular, lengthy TV episode, only one that must present its myriad plot complications and enact their solutions in one contained vessel. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
88/100 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Fortunately, Blinded by the Light has the talented and extremely charismatic [Viveik] Kalra to carry it through. Because of his geniality, we want the best possible outcome for him, even as the film bends over backward to give it to him by the end. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
90/100 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [Quentin Tarantino] captures so much of that place and era, set very precisely in a seven-month window of 1969, it hearkens back with a nostalgia that feels absolutely earned. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
80/100 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) One potential downside to making a comedy this low-wattage is its stated banality. You might think you've created something underplayed and quirky, but it can just as easily settle into forgettable. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
90/100 42% Stuber (2019) Beyond [Joe] Talbot's studied filmmaking, the real revelation here is [Jimmie] Fails, playing, essentially himself, always more difficult than it sounds. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It might not reach the heights of earlier installments, with little of the madcap inspiration that propelled the earlier films, but it still manages to arrive at a satisfying enough endpoint. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
87/100 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) The ever-smiling Annabelle might seem demur, but that little hostess can throw a hell of a party when she sets her mind to it. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
77/100 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) [Jim] Jarmusch's proclivities have always leaned toward such lightly affecting material which has also endeared him to his faction of fans. For everyone else, though, it doesn't leave much to look at. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
75/100 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) One thing this story should never have been is perfunctory, but here, with [Simon] Kinberg's second miserable attempt, that's exactly what he's accomplished. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
76/100 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Moving at constant breakneck speed, [Michael] Dougherty's film lacks even basic lucidity or continuity. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
78/100 54% Ma (2019) Apart from a truly absurd script, director Tate Taylor's film performs ungainly political gyrations -- asking us to root against a survivor of sexual abuse and humiliation for trying to gain (albeit misplaced) revenge on her attacker. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
90/100 97% Booksmart (2019) [Olivia Wilde] creates a fricative bond between the two young women that feels genuine -- they are each other's biggest and most supportive fans. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
88/100 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) At its best, the [John] Wick films offer a visual, violent fantasia, with the indefatigable Wick dispatching hitman after hitman in often comically creative ways. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) In producing a film as affecting and carefully crafted as this, Marvel is bestowing upon their audience the fulfilling sense that their love of these stories isn't just childish, escapist nerdism. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
75/100 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) In place of anything really unsettling, all we get is the standard, bored tropes: flickering lights, creepy attics, shrieking kids -- and a steady diet of would-be jump scares until you just want Llorona to show up already and get it over with. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
79/100 17% Hellboy (2019) As nonsensical as it is, you get the feeling it's the purest distillation of what [Neil] Marshall wanted the film to be: loud, abrasive, violent, and without the least tendril of narrative beyond killing people in vaguely inventive ways. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
82/100 27% The Aftermath (2019) With its broad strokes and easily identifiable markers, [The Aftermath] plays more like the fabricated film playing on the TV in the background of another, likely much better, movie. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
89/100 93% Us (2019) I'm happy to report [Jordan] Peele has done nothing here to suggest his debut was a lucky flash in the pan. This film continues his uncanny understanding of human interaction, and his flare for visual audaciousness. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
79/100 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Apparently, Hollywood has another dire problem on top of everything else: They are running out of dramatic, life-threatening diseases with which to inflict upon fetching teens falling in love. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
100% Dark Suns (Soleils noirs) (2019) So compelling and encompassing is [Julien] Elie's argument, by the end it's impossible to see any way out of the horrific, crime-infested wormhole the country and its citizens have been sucked into. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) What begins with hope for the newly hired American workers... becomes instead a relief map of exactly the ways the dream of a multicultural workforce gets torn apart by the political reality of the two nations. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
81% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) In the end, the film's (as yet unsupported) claims suggest a much deeper tangle of malfeasance, and the stuff of a conspiracy theorist's worst nightmare come to pass. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) It's difficult to explain how effective it is in re-capturing that sense of wonder and hope that swept over the country that week in an otherwise tumultuous year, but it most certainly does. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
78/100 60% Greta (2019) If you believe the 65-year-old actress can be an intimidating physical force, you might buy in to Neil Jordan's film; if not, and I can hardly blame you if that's the case, the conception quickly becomes ludicrous. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
83/100 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Creating a film this pre-staged, as it were, serving dutiful dual purposes of telling Paige's story and acting as a PR bonanza for the WWE, seems a little out of [Stephen Merchant] wheelhouse, and is more than a little disappointing. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
77/100 37% Glass (2019) If this is indeed the beginning of a Shyamalan Cinematic Universe, God help us all. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
89/100 93% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos makes grand use of wide-angle and low-light lenses, along with the kinds of long-form tracking shots that come directly out of the Kubrickian palette. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
85/100 84% Creed II (2018) It's not entirely without its merits -- as much as seems rote, it's still a far cry from '80s-style cartoon buffoonery -- but just as quickly as Creed sprung up out of nowhere, this revised series already feels more than a little played out. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
85/100 91% Widows (2018) McQueen's film feels hijacked by Flynn's ablutions, sapping it of sustaining power. There's still plenty to like here: The keen performances work seamlessly with the director's audacious filmmaking which, as always, is a marvel. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
89/100 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Even with Chalamet's brilliance, the film grows muted by its own depressing miasma. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
79/100 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bizarrely, the film plays out almost the entire set as a kind of filler, while also trying to cram in enough emotional resonance to fulfill an audience's expectation for sweet-laced closure. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
87/100 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Audiard's resulting egg dish might include a few wayward ingredients too many, but on the whole, it adequately fills your belly. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
88/100 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The first two acts of the film are light and cheerful, echoing the buoyant mood of its protagonist, who never seems happier than in the middle of a caper. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
88/100 79% Halloween (2018) It might not have the actual scares of the original, but its forward-thinking politics still twists the butcher knife in deeply satisfying ways. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
75/100 36% Hunter Killer (2018) It's more than a bit of a mixed message, to be sure, but you can at least appreciate the delicate depths the studio has taken to try and appease both sides. In the era of rabid, Trump-led tribalism, that's some kind of achievement, anyway. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
90/100 87% First Man (2018) Despite the setting, the justly lauded director is after much finer-ground powder: The emotional consciousness and motivation of a man whose countenance might as well be a lunar surface for all he lets out. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
85/100 90% A Star Is Born (2018) The duo have decent chemistry together, it must be said, but it becomes less believable as the film progresses. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
77/100 32% The Predator (2018) The script... plays as if it were written on bubblegum wrappers over the course of single boozy evening. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
86/100 92% Searching (2018) As the human face of the film if often only rendered on smaller screens looking pensively into his phone, Cho has to carry much of the narrative on his back, even as the screen is filled with competing windows filled with vast accumulations of information - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
86/100 No Score Yet Antiquities (2019) There isn't all that much here to stick to your ribs, but its smooth finish goes down like a frigid limeade on a scorching afternoon. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
87/100 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) What should be a devastating strike becomes more of a glancing blow. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
77/100 73% Christopher Robin (2018) You can certainly see what Disney wants you to come away with from this experience: You are never fully grown up, and you must only listen to your heart... but here, it becomes particularly galling. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
88/100 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Despite her awkward delivery, Kayla's actual philosophy is pretty spot on, and, more amazingly, in the course of the film, she actually follows her own edicts, generally to positive effect. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
85/100 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) I guess it depends on what your expectations of these films might be: The action is, as always, formidable, but without the same care given to the storyline, the film is a good deal less satisfying than some of the predecessors. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
89/100 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) There's a good chance the film will make you laugh out loud, but if it doesn't, there's an even better chance it will make you openly sob. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
87/100 47% Skyscraper (2018) It is this unexpected bout with humanity that gives the film at least some sort of emotional grounding, such that the vastly more ridiculous stunts and set-pieces, while exceedingly ludicrous, don't weigh the film down entirely with their CGI silliness. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
87/100 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Director Peyton Reed has a light touch, which works well with Rudd's patented off-kilter comedic delivery. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
83/100 61% Uncle Drew (2018) It's more than a bit shaggy, but, truly, just watching Irving do his electric thing, or Miller's pure jumper again -- it shocked me how much I'd missed seeing it since his retirement in 2005 -- brought a smile to my face. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018