Rain Jokinen

Rain Jokinen
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Downton Abbey (2019) The transfer from television to the cinema has its advantages. There are some nice aerial shots, and the big screen can better convey the sheer size and grandeur of Downton Abbey. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) I may have some issues with the central premise of Brittany Runs a Marathon, but its heart, humor, and central performance from Jillian Bell turn it into something I didn't feel guilty about consuming. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) The film's final stretch, centered in Antarctica ... is definitely beautiful ... It almost had me buying that Bernadette could actually "find" herself there. I could buy it. But I still couldn't feel it. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Is Hobbs & Shaw a good movie? Does it matter? - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
62% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday would have you believe that the songs of the Beatles are such powerful entities apart from their creators that they'd rock the world even if they were just performed by one charismatically challenged and mediocre musician with a guitar. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) While [Toy Story 4] doesn't feel like an addition anyone needed, it's certainly not one that deserves to be thrown in the trash. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) As well as being one of the best movies of the year, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a cinematic anecdote to the recent proliferation of doom and gloom profiles of a supposedly soulless San Francisco past the point of saving. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
54% Ma (2019) By ignoring the topic [of race], the film falls into the camp of unsurprising crazy killer stories, offering no real nuance, commentary, or subversion to the genre. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) [Booksmart is] the teenage comedy I wanted as a teenager, and as a young adult, and now, and forever. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
34% Poms (2019) While Poms would like us to believe the cheerleading is some kind of metaphor for dancing in the face of death, the inspiration falls as flat as a drunken sorority girl on top of a pep squad pyramid. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Rogen is playing a pretty standard Seth Rogen man-child character, but his pairing with Theron as both his straight man and a comedic partner, helps make him more likeable than he has been in years - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) [F]or the first 30 minutes or so ... [t]here's so much gloom, doom, and clinical depression among the remaining team you'd think you were watching a DC movie. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
47% Little (2019) Seeing the movie, its origins make perfect sense, as too often Little feels like a clever concept not fully realized. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) I certainly wouldn't mind seeing [Shazam] teamed up with other DC characters in future films, but as a standalone movie, it had my inner 14-year-old dreaming of the ability to speed up time, or at least hit a magic fast forward button in the IMAX theater. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) [The] 90's is the perfect era for Captain Marvel to land in. It was the last time women could make noise without having to immediately hear a response from a dozen men screaming about their own alleged suppression. (The Internet ruined everything.) - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Greta is a pretty standard stalker-centered horror film that does nothing new, and yet, because of its pedigree, almost feels fresh. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) As long as [Jessica Rothe] returns, I'll gladly repeat the experience for the Happy Death Day 3(D?) that is promised by film's end. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
44% What Men Want (2019) What Men Want follows every comedic beat and plot resolution you'd expect it to; nothing about it is very surprising, including the private inner lives of men. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) [A] powerful reminder that they were indeed real men and boys, and not just silent faces lost to history. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Beware the ides of March, and the films of January, especially if said film comes with the label "from M. Night Shyamalan." - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) [I]n the true story Can You Ever Forgive Me?, McCarthy gets serious, and gives her best and most surprising performance in years. (Yes Melissa, you are forgiven for those previous missteps.) - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Welcome the grandma's house, Michael. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
74% Don't Leave Home (2018) [Manages] to produce some scares, and several very eerie images, culminating in a party scene and art auction that rivals Get Out on the 'white people be hella creepy' scale. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
12% Peppermint (2018) [If] Peppermint were a good movie, it wouldn't be opening in September - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
56% The Bookshop (2018) The Bookshop is classically British, from its salty seaside characters, to its fireplaces and knit shawls, and especially to [its] central conflict. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
24% The Happytime Murders (2018) [W]hile The Happytime Murders didn't retroactively ruin my childhood, god bless the child who accidentally stumbles upon it while flipping cable channels. I hope their parents can afford the therapy. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's next to impossible not to be charmed by Crazy Rich Asians and its version of a...modern fairy tale. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) The Meg is a movie featuring Jason Statham fighting a [giant shark]...For some, that will be all the information you need to know you're going to stay far, far away. For others...it's all you need to know to say, "Oh hell yes. I'm watching that." - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
17% The Darkest Minds (2018) With each passing day our depressing present begins to resemble dystopian future more and more, so The Darkest Minds may benefit from timing more than actual profundity. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) The movie grinds to a halt for [Cher's] performance of "Fernando," as well it should. You may groan at the obviousness of the number. You may role your eyes a bit. But you'll be smiling the whole time - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) At this point in the seemingly never-ending Jurassic film franchise, it can safely be said that humans are idiots and they should just let the dinosaurs have the planet. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
55% Tag (2018) Most of the film is the equivalent of running in circles, which is the epitome of predictable. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 is as good as the first Ocean's film, and better than its previous sequels. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) [At first] we never really know where its going, and ambiguity lends to the terror. But then it decides to stop the ambiguity, landing with a very heavy thud on one side, favoring the kinds of things that ultimately don't keep us up at night. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
54% Book Club (2018) [It's] the moments that feature just them, screen legends, together and talking, away from any men, that elevates the film above your basic rote, multi-storied rom-com. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) I'm sure Melissa McCarthy loves her husband Ben Falcone very much, but the bottom line is she has to stop making movies with him. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
86% Tully (2018) [Tully goes] beyond the experiences of motherhood, and into the pain of losing your youth forever to the curse of irreversible adulthood. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It's ironic that one of Marvel's darkest films is also one of its most fun, with the character banter and personality clashes that have made so many Marvel movies memorable in full abundance. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
36% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty comes so close to doing something unexpected with Renee's transformation, but doesn't have the guts to follow through. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You can never accuse Joaquin Phoenix of phoning in a role; he always throws his entire body weight at a character, and this time that body weight is bulked up, his battered dad bod on full display in several scenes. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) This is a horror movie where instead of wanting to scream at the characters for doing something dumb, you'll want to scream for them, since they can't. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) The lack of any traditional Hollywood glamour, in any aspect of the filming, from the make-up, to the clothing, to the casting, to the sets, gives everything a good feeling of reality, which is countered by our uncertainty over Sawyer's grasp of it. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) [A Wrinkle in Time] is not an unmitigated disaster. It does a lot of things right, the best of which is wearing its heart on its sleeve; it's nice to see a kids movie that isn't bogged down by knowing winks or cynicism. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
45% Red Sparrow (2018) [Red Sparrow] sounds just ridiculous enough to be fun, with the added star power of a kick-ass JLaw. Instead, [it's] is a slow slog that features nary a single pirouette-turned-kick-to-the head. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) The problem with Annihilation isn't that it's too heady; it's that it's not heady enough. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) [H]ype, cultural importance, and expectation aside, Black Panther is an excellent comic book movie. Perhaps one of the best I've ever seen. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Fifty Shades Freed's aim at the sexual thriller genre is (...) clearly filler; something to give the audience in between Ana and Christian's arguing, and the sex, which, after three films, is no longer shocking in any way. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Two viewings of Phantom Thread may not be enough. Like the reaction to a well made dress, first you are taken in by its aesthetic. Then you can appreciate its construction. After that comes the joy in slipping it on again, and again... - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) While The Last Jedi acknowledges the inevitable comparisons to [The Empire Strikes Back] by setting up some similar scenarios, it then does original and surprising things with those moments. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) [A] surprising movie that will make you laugh while your heart breaks a little for Tonya Harding. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017