Preston Barta

Preston Barta
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 99% Booksmart (2019) 'Booksmart' is not another teen movie, it's a new classic. You will love it from cover to cover. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4.5/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) 'John Wick: Chapter 3' is a beautiful symphony of violence and mayhem. It's some of the greatest action you'll ever see and it'll, no doubt, have everyone in your theater moaning like Meg Ryan in the famous scene from 'When Harry Met Sally.' - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 69% Wine Country (2019) WINE COUNTRY gets a little too tipsy on its own supply, but still has big laughs. [Paula Pell] slaps a goofy smile on your face that just won't quit. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
D+ 50% I'll Take Your Dead (2018) I'LL TAKE YOUR DEAD fills its storyline with too much nonsense. The scenes of horror never ring true, and the film buries its potential to be unique. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
B 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) EXTREMELY WICKED may dabble in some cliché drama territory every now and then, but it doesn't detract from delivering the truth of the story, which is: The truth is scary. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ENDGAME is not what you're expecting, yet it's also exactly the impressive epic you're chasing. It takes our central heroes to new places and wraps up Marvel's decade-long journey so beautifully. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
A- 83% High Life (2019) HIGH LIFE is a high concept space thriller that pulls from the darkest, most uncomfortable, and perverted corners of the human mind. If you can stomach it, it's a religious experience to absorb. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
D 16% Hellboy (2019) While David Harbour does his best as our new beefy, red hero, he can't save HELLBOY from collapsing on screen. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
B- 24% The Silence (2019) THE SILENCE may have lost the race to the screen to make a profound impact with its originality, but there are enough whispers of creative intensity and tender performances sprinkled throughout to give it flight. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 80% The Wind (2019) THE WIND is a smart, nuanced and frightful examination of solitude. There's enough groundwork to keep us locked into its frequency and enough creeps to make us sweat. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
C+ 63% Unicorn Store (2019) UNICORN STORE has a stable of ideas that scatter like glitter. It can occasionally be a delightful and charming story of self-discovery, but all too often it'll lose the reins and buck wild. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
C+ 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The Curse of La Llorona is another film in the Conjuring universe that suffers from idiotic characters and a lack of genre innovation. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) A hard true-story drama to watch, harder to let go. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The Highwaymen is a good dad movie. It involves history, actors your dad and grandpa probably grew up loving, and it doesn't get too dark or weird. It's a pleasant and educational way to spend two hours from the comfort of your couch. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
2.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Burton's update is never tedious, but it's his safest creation yet. It lacks the eccentricity, visual flair and heart that make his films so uniquely his own. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 40% The Dirt (2019) The Dirt is an entertaining detailing of the band's adventures from nobodies to somebodies, but ultimately it's just "the same ol' situation." - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
A 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Dragged Across Concrete is a slow burner that leaves scars. Zahler builds up the tension like an EDM DJ ready to drop the proverbial bass. When it hits, the results don't disappoint. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 94% Us (2019) Not everything clicks in Jordan Peele's latest nightmare, but it's wildly entertaining, funny, thoughtful, well acted and well made. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 71% Climax (2019) Climax may not be a film for everyone, but you won't be able to turn away, even at its darkest moments. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
A- 75% Adopt a Highway (2019) By simply opening up the complicated soul of an individual and holding up a mirror to society, we get an emotionally resonant and lyrical tale delivered in the most compassionate of tones. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
A- 94% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense throws all the right punches and has just about everything you could want from a film experience. It's unpredictable, offbeat, and laugh-out-loud funny. But its most impressive facet is what's written between the lines. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is a fun entry weighed down by many issues. I am more excited about the possibilities of her character going forward now that we have her backstory in the books, and I only expect Larson's role to improve from here. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It's a much more cohesive narrative than before, complete with stunning visuals, impressive scope and explosive relatability. Compared to most trilogy-cappers, here we have a goodbye that's going to take some time to heal from. So bittersweet. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U doesn't defeat its predecessor's originality, but there's enough here for it to have its cake and eat it, too. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 44% The Prodigy (2019) It's a bone-chilling blast of a horror film that wakes up the normally sleepy first quarter of the year. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Second Part pierces through its problems by wrapping you up in a snuggly message about family and love. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Though not as electric as his previous work, Gilroy crafts a film that makes for a fascinating watch at home on Netflix, especially with how it examines the life of an artist. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 38% Glass (2019) Glass is a decent sequel to Split but a not-so-good sequel to Unbreakable - and I was wanting more of a sequel to the latter. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 67% Vice (2018) Vice just tells it how it was/is and brings out the worst and best of all sides. You'll be amazed by McKay's inventiveness to tell the film's powerful story. It hits like a shotgun blast to the heart and mind. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 92% Bumblebee (2018) The story is simple, the villain count is low, the camerawork isn't done like a Sports Illustrated shoot, and the characters have actual flesh on them and relatable feelings. It works! - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) As many similarities it has with other properties, Aquaman has this infectious confidence that makes it difficult not to like. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Its simplicity, stunning visual and special effects, beautiful songs, good morals, charm, characters, and humor are all supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, to say the least! - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) As fun-filled as the new Marvel-led adventures with Tom Holland are, Into the Spider-Verse offers a grander sense of adventure and provides a message that casts a wider net. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Though the journey is greater than the destination, The Favourite is still an intoxicating thrill ride to endure. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet will break your heart, too. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
5/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) With so much distortion of information continually circulating, it's refreshing when a movie doesn't glamorize but truthfully captures addiction in the raw, unpleasant, and destructive form it is. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) Creed II has thunderous heart. It may dip into Hallmark card territory from time to time, but the performances are electric and the words of wisdom it passes along are applicable to anyone's life. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 81% Overlord (2018) As fun as Overlord can be at times, you can feel the thread holding these ideas together fraying as it plays it too safe. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Luckily, the performances across the board and Alvarez's camera tricks beef up the run-of-the-mill plot. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody finds a nice middle ground between being an unabashed and safe depiction of Queen. It could have dabbled more into the meaty contents of the band and Mercury's life, but there's enough here to sing about. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 62% The Oath (2018) No matter where you are on the political spectrum, there's enough truth and questions to wrestle with for audiences to get a kick out of watching the absurdity of The Oath unfold. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 78% The Boat (2018) The Boat is a beautifully shot, well performed, and sharply edited thriller. It sails into uncharted territory and proves to be one of the year's best surprises. Hold fast! - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) Like so many other works that milk our nostalgia for original characters from celebrated properties, it doesn't build upon the foundation in any interesting ways. It comes across as fun fan fiction, but you'll be wishing it had more tricks and treats. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 72% Hold the Dark (2018) So much in the film is set up to make you think there's going to be a big showdown by the end - and sure, that would have been satisfying. However, it wouldn't be a new film. It wouldn't be a Saulnier film. It wouldn't be the curious animal that it is. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 83% The Perfection (2019) The Perfection is a genre-subverting erotic thriller that keeps you guessing. It'll have you reducing your fingernails to chewed-up nubs from its gut-wrenching suspense and shocking imagery. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) You don't have to be a bank robber or someone who engages in criminal activity to relate to Tucker's story. It's a human story, and a lovely one at that. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4.5/5 99% Free Solo (2018) There's a lot of depth to the film. It's more than just a man taking on the impossible. We get inside Honnold's headspace, which, in turn, causes us to rethink our approach to our own obstacles in life. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) The message of accepting your past and working toward the path to recovery is one to really take to heart. It's a marvelous film with some of the year's best performances and writing. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 31% Kin (2018) Myles Truitt and Jack Reynor act as real brothers would, and it brings a lot of charm to this otherwise fair movie. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 90% Skate Kitchen (2018) It transcends the common boundaries of Hollywood filmmaking and becomes a living spiritual entity, encompassing the essence and tone of youth. - Denton Record-Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019