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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
89/100 94% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
85/100 83% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
85/100 90% 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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
79/100 62% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
87/100 85% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
75/100 37% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
90/100 88% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
77/100 33% The Predator (2018) The script... plays as if it were written on bubblegum wrappers over the course of single boozy evening.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
86/100 No Score Yet Antiquities (2018) 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
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
87/100 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) What should be a devastating strike becomes more of a glancing blow.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
87/100 46% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
87/100 85% 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 34% 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 15% 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 51% 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 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
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 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
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 78% 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 91% 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