Rebecca Murray

Rebecca Murray
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Member of the San Diego Film Critics Society, writer/editor for About.com Hollywood Movies.
Publications: About.com, Showbiz Junkies
Official Websites: showbizjunkies.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) Jungle Cruise is at its best when Johnson and Blunt square off. The chemistry's there and both embrace the absurd while never winking at the audience. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
B+ 74% Stillwater (2021) [Matt] Damon is so damn good at playing nice guys, but what he delivers in Stillwater is much more subtle than his past performances. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
D 49% Old (2021) After sitting through repetitive scenes with horrible dialogue spouted by disposable characters it's difficult to justify sticking around for the twist. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
B 81% Black Widow (2021) It's got a unique vibe that sets it apart from the other MCU films and makes it feel, strangely, more intimate. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
C+ 53% The Tomorrow War (2021) After sitting through two-plus hours, the final act is utter nonsense and a complete letdown. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
B+ 49% The Forever Purge (2021) [James] DeMonaco has taken the gloves off. This is a brutal, unflinching condemnation of racism told without any filters. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
C- 59% F9 (2021) Time to stick a fork in the franchise. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
C+ 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) This latest entry feels disconnected from the other films of the franchise. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
A 95% In the Heights (2021) The uplifting musical's a cinematic treat for the eyes, ears, and soul. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
A- 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A Quiet Place was sneakier, while the sequel no longer hides the threat and plops monsters in every possible scene. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
B+ 74% Cruella (2021) Cruella's a crime caper with canines, couture, and a crazy collection of colorful characters. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
B- 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral affirms there's no shortage of twisted minds behind the camera capable of delivering horrifying images on screen. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
A- 92% Limbo (2021) There's no fluff, no padding, just unique, interesting characters undertaking simple - even ordinary - tasks. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B+ 84% Nobody (2021) [Bob] Odenkirk's such an unlikely but likable action hero that hopefully Nobody is just the first installment of a new must-see action franchise. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
A- 91% Little Fish (2021) It's difficult to capture the impact of memory loss yet Chad Hartigan's done an outstanding job setting up realistic scenarios. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
B- 85% Our Friend (2020) Despite [the] odd narrative decision, Our Friend still manages to weave a poignant tale of friendship, love, and loss. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
C- 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) WW84 makes Diana into a lovesick woman who only truly functions with a man in her life. That's obviously not how the story was supposed to land, but that's how it plays out. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
A 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman is a brutally honest yet completely unexpected twist on the female empowerment/revenge fantasy. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
A 88% News of the World (2020) 2020 can certainly use a dose of Tom Hanks playing a decent man channeling the best of humanity. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
B+ 77% Uncle Frank (2020) Writer/director Alan Ball weaves a beautiful, sometimes funny, often heart-wrenching tale of love, forgiveness, and the quest for acceptance. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
B+ 88% Run (2020) Once the setup's been introduced, the tension continuously ratchets up until it finally reveals the most shocking of twists that you will not see coming. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B+ 84% Freaky (2020) Freaky is a fun, fast-paced horror comedy that hits all the right marks while mowing through tropes and honoring the best of the slasher genre. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
A 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The dialogue's crisp and cutting, the courtroom action is compelling, and the case for speaking truth to power and standing up for what's right springs to life in all its glory on the screen. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
A 97% Spontaneous (2020) Given 2020's extreme weirdness it wouldn't be shocking to discover Spontaneous is based on actual events. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
A- 67% The Glorias (2020) The Glorias is the perfect melding of a visionary filmmaker and subject matter. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
D 63% Blackbird (2020) By the time the "will she or won't she go through with it" moment arrives, it's difficult to genuinely care one way or another. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
B+ 73% Mulan (2020) 2020's the perfect time for the tale of a hero who overcomes arbitrary, unfair restrictions and embraces her inner warrior. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
A 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) [Dev] Patel's easy to embrace in the title role, delivering a clever and charismatic performance. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
B 74% The Rental (2020) Horror/thriller that relies on the characters' declining hold on reality and their increasing fragile minds more than it does jump scares. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
B+ 93% The Outpost (2020) The horrors of war and the ineptitude of those in charge who unnecessarily put soldiers in danger are laid out in great detail in this gritty, gripping action thriller from director Rod Lurie. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
A- 87% Shirley (2020) Director Josephine Decker's Shirley is a riveting glimpse into the complicated life of the acclaimed writer driven by a memorable performance by Elisabeth Moss. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
A- 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Andrew Patterson's sci-fi drama is a riveting, character-driven homage to a bygone era. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
B 58% Valley Girl (2020) 2020's Valley Girl delivers bouncy, bubbly, escapist entertainment. And, like, seriously, don't we all (not just girls) just wanna have a little fun right now? - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
B 87% 1BR (2020) A well-executed thriller that explores the world of crazy cults while dishing up some surprising twists. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
B 57% The Hunt (2020) What's certain is that horror fans of all political persuasions will gleefully celebrate the generous amount of blood, guts, gore, and severed body parts on display in this hard-R violent satire. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
B+ 91% The Invisible Man (2020) [Leigh] Whannell's The Invisible Man doesn't spare the gore nor does it skimp on jump scares. It also doesn't telegraph its every move. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
B+ 76% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) You'd be hard-pressed to find two young actors with better onscreen chemistry in a romantic comedy than Noah Centineo and Lana Condor. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
B 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The Gentlemen has a slick, retro feel to it and it's fun to just let yourself become immersed in this twisted gangster world. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
C- 19% Cats (2019) This musical misfire sets a new low bar for adapting a Broadway hit. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
B+ 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker rises above the current trilogy's biggest mistakes and corrects course enough to deliver a surprisingly hopeful and optimistic finish. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B+ 89% The Two Popes (2019) The Two Popes is a solid character-driven drama powered by two outstanding performances. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
A 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Sometimes we need to be reminded there's good in the world. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood effectively drives that point home, not with a sledgehammer but in the kindest and gentlest of ways. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
B+ 82% The Report (2019) [Scott Z.] Burns' dramatic film is, unfortunately, a timely tale of greed and corruption. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
A 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Stunning, heart-pounding racing sequences complement rather than compete with the character development, and the track itself comes to feel as if it's a living, breathing entity. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
A 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Taika Waititi has somehow managed to make a dark comedy with Hitler as one of the lead characters that's thought-provoking and hugely entertaining. It's also irresistible in all its weirdness. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B+ 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Paramount will probably to the well for another Terminator if the box office take is high enough. But, they shouldn't. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
C 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's a shame the script isn't as sharp as [Angelina Jolie's] cheekbones and instead has taken an everything but the kitchen sink approach to storytelling. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
B 85% Villains (2019) There aren't any real good guys or bad guys in Villains. Instead, writer/directors Berk and Olsen play around in that delicious grey area where the best stories dwell. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
A 84% Downton Abbey (2019) From the first magical notes of the Downton Abbey theme to the brilliant final scenes, Engler and Fellowes do this amazingly talented ensemble justice. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ 82% Official Secrets (2019) A powerful, character-driven film that's relevant, thought-provoking, and engrossing. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019