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
75/100 33% 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 14% 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 25% 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 94% 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 55% 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
No Score Yet 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
90% 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
89% Cold Case Hammarskjold (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
98% 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 58% 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 93% 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 68% 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 86% 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 92% 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 80% 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 89% 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
86/100 100% 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 72% 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 63% 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
83/100 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) One thing you can say about this soupy sequel: The filmmakers leave very little to chance. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
87/100 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) In other words, the film is about as iron-clad safe as it could have been, with many reprisals and echoes from the first film... It gives the audience what is most obvious to offer, but doesn't attempt to go any deeper. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
87/100 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) It does have some surprisingly well-drawn characters, with the nearly always fabulous Foster presenting a more indelible portrait. For the rock 'em/sock 'em summer season, that can actually be enough. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
87/100 86% Tully (2018) [Charlize] Theron takes to this role the way she does most of her other ones, by throwing herself headlong into her character's space and inhabiting them as fully three-dimensional people. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
81/100 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) It wouldn't necessarily matter so much that the film allows itself such hackneyed material, but for the creeping feeling that [Amy] Schumer and the filmmakers lost an opportunity to do something that actually challenges the normativeness. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
88/100 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Even as a simple fable, it succeeds as another of Anderson's impeccable visual confections. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
73/100 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) It's not swinging for the fences, in fact it isn't even holding a bat: It's counting on getting plunked in order to get on base. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
86/100 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Despite not bleeding us all the way out, it's still a genuinely eerie experience. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
78/100 72% Ready Player One (2018) To quote from yet another famous '80s reference, go ahead and gag me with a spoon. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
79/100 52% Tomb Raider (2018) Less a film than a two-hour P90X infomercial, Tomb Raider allows us to watch as super-fit Alicia Vikander goes at breakneck pace through her various fitness stations. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
87/100 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) [Olivia] Cooke is the rare bird who can make even a young woman without a discernible conscience come across as oddly sympathetic. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
75/100 84% Game Night (2018) All you can do is cringe and sigh, and huff, and try to remember the actor's names, and happier times you have spent in their celluloid company. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
88/100 97% Black Panther (2018) The world is a constantly evolving place, as the films seem to acknowledge, and to not address that cold reality is to treat the films as mere comic-book fodder than what they have come to be: the narrative epoch of our time. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
90/100 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Theirs is a singular love affair, an arrangement of souls who work like hell to find a place of harmony together, and once nestled in, have no interest in ever turning away. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
82/100 57% The Commuter (2018) I guess we can give it a golf clap or two for trying. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
88/100 84% Darkest Hour (2017) [Oldman] plumbs the depths of Churchill's character in order to give us a three-dimensional take on the iconic, dour-faced politician. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017