Rain Jokinen

Rain Jokinen
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman is a gooey romantic comedy wrapped in a pastel colored, hard candy, revenge fantasy shell. It's also my favorite film of 2020. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
86% On The Rocks (2020) The lightness of On the Rocks is the very thing that lifts it. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
59% Tesla (2020) If you've seen any of Almereyda's other movies, particularly the Shakespeare adaptations that also star Ethan Hawke, you'll know not to expect a conventional biopic. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
61% Chemical Hearts (2020) It is said that the writer's role is to observe, but that doesn't make for a riveting romance. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Now I'm wondering if the last four years have crushed [Jon Stewart] too. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) {A] drive-in theater is the perfect venue for this 1950's-set tale about a single night in a small New Mexico town that may or may not be experiencing some UFO visitations. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) [O]f all the Trip films, The Trip to Greece hits a melancholy note that's perfectly befitting these times. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
79% How to Build a Girl (2020) I ... enjoyed watching a story about a teenage girl doing things teenage girls often dream about doing, but rarely get to see themselves doing in the stories they watch. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
74% The Wretched (2020) It may have you longing for warm summer nights outside, while appreciating the comfort and safety of your current shelter. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) [Elisabeth Moss] gives the kind of performance that, were it not in a horror movie, would get all the nominations and awards - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
47% Underwater (2020) It's never a good sign when a film's release is delayed two years, and it's an even worse sign when said film is released in the month of January, the chosen dumping ground for movie garbage. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
20% Cats (2019) I'll skip the obvious first question, which is just an incredulous "Why??" because I know the answer. It's the pervasive idea that anything popular that isn't a movie has to be turned into one. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood isn't a bad movie, it's just a predictable and common one that doesn't do justice to a person who turned out to be one of world's most uncommon heroes. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) [A]nyone who has watched a race, especially a long one, can't deny it can get monotonous. The same holds true for Ford v Ferrari. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
78% Doctor Sleep (2019) The trip back to the haunted Overlook, while certainly fun, in a pandering-to-the-fans kind of way, is just a Halloween attraction compared to the knowledge that you might grow up to be exactly like the person you most loved, feared, and hated. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Noir fans willing to have their patience tried will likely find it worth their time. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) [A]nachronisms...drive home the point that the past is present, and those who cannot laugh at the absurdity inherent in our world's history of hate are perhaps doomed to repeat it. - MullingMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
84% 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
49% 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
63% 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
92% 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
55% 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
96% 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
35% 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
46% 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
79% 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
61% 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
71% 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
42% 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
99% 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
70% 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
45% 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
15% 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
79% 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
47% 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
56% 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