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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
90/100 93% 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 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 70% 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 67% 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 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 78% 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 90% 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
89% 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
71% 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 31% 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 96% 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 93% 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 77% 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 No Score Yet 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 81% 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 74% 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 60% 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 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) It's a bunch of hocus-pocus.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
78/100 58% Bad Moms (2016) As much of the film's jokes that fall flat,it gets yet another break-out performance from Hahn, who plays the unfiltered, horn-dog divorcee, and Bell, whose clear-eyed manias are many of the film's best moments in the early going.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
88/100 45% Hands of Stone (2016) As far as bio-pics go -- especially of still-living subjects -- we could not hope for anything more candid.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
80/100 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson's continued pouring over the blood-soaked effect of close combat doesn't advance the narrative as much as it announces the continued obsessions of its beleaguered progenitor.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
75/100 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) Whatever inspiration first fed the original film has been bled pretty dry by this point, but what gives this film a special kind of unintentional poignancy is the way in which the comedy zeitgeist has largely passed by the main comic cast.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
82/100 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The tired plot takes us through the senseless gibberish of the standard brainless action-thriller, resulting in yet another film in which Cruise's mandate remains sacrosanct.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
77/100 47% How To Be Single (2016) 98 percent of the film could be written off as a pandering, dopey, female-centric sex comedy, except in the last few minutes, to my shock, it actually does something vaguely commendable.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
83/100 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Shooting for Catch-22 they end up instead with something closer to In the Army Now.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
52% Demolition (2016) You can appreciate the care with which director Jean-Marc Vallee has crafted the film, and the committed emotional constriction of Gyllenhaal... but the thing feels like a con job‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016