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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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
87/100 58% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
87/100 87% 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
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
81/100 33% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
88/100 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Even as a simple fable, it succeeds as another of Anderson's impeccable visual confections.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
73/100 14% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
78/100 73% Ready Player One (2018) To quote from yet another famous '80s reference, go ahead and gag me with a spoon. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
79/100 48% 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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
75/100 83% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
88/100 85% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
86/100 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro is simply too talented a visual stylist to produce something dull and inanimate, but he goes so overboard, it seems, you either buy in and swoon, or stand there shaking your head.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) However, as much time and energy has been devoted to the goings on of Rey, Ren, and their various friends and enemies, try as the film might, it doesn't generate much in the way of genuine interest in these characters. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
88/100 96% The Florida Project (2017) Notably, however, Baker has no interest in making a screed against neglectful parents, poor-shaming these bedraggled families as somehow the agents of their own destruction. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
85/100 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) Indeed, the ending, somewhat enigmatic and oddly abrupt, brings to bear a peculiar plot element that frankly could have more or less resolved practically everything else in the film had it only come a few days earlier, as it clearly should have.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
88/100 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Seth Rogen steals the show as Sandy Schklair, a continuity expert who seems to be the only person involved with The Room who knows how a set or even real life works.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
89/100 99% Lady Bird (2017) Ronan's chemistry with her castmates is always first rate, but her work here with Metcalf is particularly sharp.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
86/100 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) When it works, it shimmers, but when it doesn't, it yanks you out of the scene completely.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
82/100 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) [Denzel] Washington clearly has a lot of fun inhabiting Roman's shambling gait, his social miscues, and his inability to stay his mouth, even when its clear its to his detriment.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
86/100 97% Coco (2017) As bright and colorful as it is, Coco feels more than a bit cut-and-pasted from previous Pixar efforts.It's not enough that much of Pixar's competition steals its formulas, it's as if the company is left having to pillage itself.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
83/100 40% Justice League (2017) Not only does this film pull back the thick funereal drapes and let in a bit of sunshine, it even offers a couple of warming sunsets to illuminate its crusaders in the basking glow of their heroism.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
88/100 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) It's a respectable, engaging sort of experience that asks little more of you than to spend some time in the parlor room, sizing up a host of agreeably intriguing characters.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
87/100 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The film attempts to break new ground within the rigid confines of its genre.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
88/100 92% 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 52% 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 92% 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
92% 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 50% 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 37% 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 55% 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 88% 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 15% 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
30% 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 18% 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 66% 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 30% 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 83% 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 68% 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 49% 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 80% 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 75% 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