Randall King

Randall King
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) As a director, Dauberman may well be possessed by Castle's ghost. In any case, he infuses the franchise with a touch of old-school showmanship. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
2.5/5 27% Anna (2019) In just about every department - fight choreography, period music, atmosphere and production - Anna registers as a pale also-ran... - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) The script is bluntly by-the-numbers when it comes to plot points, many of which you can safely predict... - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum sees the franchise running out of steam as definitively as the exhausted, wounded Wick himself. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) There is lots to love here: the way Downey balances acerbic wit and heartfelt feeling. The way Ruffalo somehow manages to invest Hulk/Banner with warmth. Evans' all-American sincerity. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 33% Through Black Spruce (2018) Through Black Spruce is less than the sum of its actorly parts. It lacks a feeling of real investment in these characters. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/5 81% Level 16 (2019) While Level 16 may lack the prestige of a Margaret Atwood adaptation such as The Handmaid's Tale, it warrants equal consideration as a work of formidable feminist fury. On a budget. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Yes, this is grim stuff. Fortunately, director Labaki found a natural and charismatic young actor in the untrained Zain Al Rafeea. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Neeson carries the baggage of all his past revenge movies, and thus his presence detracts from the sardonic tone of the piece more than it adds. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 60% Into Invisible Light (2018) Carter tends to err on the side of sombre seriousness. The story may not be the stuff of a rom-com, but that's all the more reason to leaven the proceedings with a touch of humour. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Reilly proves to be especially superb as Hardy. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/5 66% Vice (2018) A true portrait of Cheney should have been modelled after something with the gravitas due its subject. The Godfather, for example. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) All in all, it amounts to the most campy DC outing since Joel Schumacher helmed a couple of Batman movies in the '90s. That's not a recommendation. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) If making the movie was a gamble, seeing the movie is a risk worth taking on the strength of sheer oddball charm. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Blunt is, in the end, perfect enough. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
No Score Yet Schindler's List 25th Anniversary (2018) A great film but a tough watch. But after 25 years, some viewers may decide they're ready to see it again. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) It is largely Viola Davis's show, and she up for the heavy lifting of a heroine who deftly juggles grief, anger and survival instincts with dazzling confidence. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) This is latter-day Disney doing what it does best: simultaneously playing to the kids with big action, slapstick comedy and spectacle while their parents get knowing nods to a more sophisticated adult worldview. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) In taming these Beasts into screenplays, one wishes the novelist Rowling had maintained the services of a good editor. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 88% Room For Rent (2017) With a supporting cast of local actors - Tom Anniko, John B. Lowe, Ernesto Griffith, Adriana O'Neil among them - the film is a decent quirky comedy that rises above a support-your-local-film-industry rationale to go see it. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet is a very appealing young actor, and he admirably tests the limits of that appeal with a role that acknowledges the addict at his most dishonest and manipulative. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) Yes, the film was made with an understanding that audience expectations have changed since 1978. Still, the film hews admirably close to the edgy thrills of the original. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/4 90% Studio 54 (2018) Tyrnauer offers up Studio 54 as a memorial to that crazy, licentious time. But the film never has the feel of a dirge - at least not while that soundtrack proceeds at 120 beats per minute. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) Gosling, usually at his best in more expressive roles, does credible work as the tightly wound Armstrong. Foy makes for an interesting change of pace from the acquiescent domestic goddess usually portrayed in films like this. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) One can't help being impressed by Cooper's achievement here, making this chestnut of a story feel fresh and vital. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 75% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) This is the kind of story that could be played straight. But Foranzi and Cattet are wholly uninterested in turning this into some rote crime procedural. They layer the action with a kind of orgiastic expressionism that can be highly provocative. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
90% Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring) (1960) A film of terrible beauty. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3.5/5 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Hope, Moore seems to say, is just a word on an old Obama election poster. Something more is required of the American electorate. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 32% The Predator (2018) Black is not afraid to have some major fun with the premise. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/5 22% Mile 22 (2018) Mile 22 fails to hold together on the whole. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Moretz moves her character slowly and confidently from blank slate to self-knowledge. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) With impressive action and some decent laughs, this is a perfectly acceptable August entertainment. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 26% Breaking In (2018) The film has certain old-school pleasures. Director James McTeigue's approach is refreshingly back-to-basics. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
81% The Cat o' Nine Tails (Il gatto a nove code) (1971) Argento tamps down his more extreme stylist instincts to fashion a somewhat more conventional mystery, albeit with unconventional characters. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Director Tim Wardle cleverly blends archival footage with contemporary interviews to fashion a compelling mystery story. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 54% The First Purge (2018) McMurray proves willing to suggest the franchise's dystopian craziness is closer to reality than ever before. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3.5/5 100% The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio) (1968) It is simply, breathtakingly bleak. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 70% Adrift (2018) Woodley is so wisely cast here. She's an actress who has never seemed to be terribly interested in glamour or movie fantasy. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Given the current political climate, the story has undeniable resonance on this hemisphere too. Indeed, this is one of the rare foreign-language films wherein an American remake would be wholly justified. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It's freakishly big. It encompasses dozens of characters. It has a million moving parts. So the good news about Avengers is that this culmination of a 10-year story loop is relatively coherent. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
3.5/5 84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) It makes for an unconventional sports movie, but a satisfying one. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) The movie's heart is in the right place, I suppose. But the execution of the thing is problematic. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/5 52% Rampage (2018) It makes for big, loud spectacle, which marginally compensates for the fact this is terrible science fiction. The premise makes no sense here in the real world and it has nothing significant to say. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3.5/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is big fun, to be sure. But its chances of enduring into 22nd-century pop consciousness seems improbable. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Geek Girls (2017) The film seeks to comfort the afflicted geek more than afflict the comfortable geek. There is social value in that. But one still wishes the film dived deeper. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2/5 52% Tomb Raider (2018) The main relationship is between Lara and her father, and that gets a little icky after a while....Want excitement and suspense? There's more of that in the first seven minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark than there is in the entirety of this movie. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) This particular take on a major studio teen comedy is long overdue, but director Greg Berlanti seems intent on keeping his movie attuned to mainstream sensibilities. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/5 39% Gringo (2018) It's a rare caper comedy where you can never really tell how all this is going to resolve. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2.5/5 88% Annihilation (2018) When it comes to real comic inspiration, it never passes Go and does not collect $200. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3.5/5 81% Early Man (2018) Aardman's secret weapon is the textural warmth of the claymation medium. While stop-motion animation is as slow and exacting an art form as you can get, one still has the sense that the filmmakers are engaged in child's play at a kitchen table. - Winnipeg Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018