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+ 73% 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 73% 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- 20% 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+ 52% 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+ 81% 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 40% 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 84% 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+ 83% Official Secrets (2019) A powerful, character-driven film that's relevant, thought-provoking, and engrossing. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- 88% Ready or Not (2019) The writing's clever, the humor's sharp, and the acting is outstanding all around. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
B 53% The Lion King (2019) Those of us who can still remember the words to "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" might have a (...) difficult time understanding the point of a remake. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
D+ 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The superhero genre's run of first-rate entertainment just hit a brick wall, and an "X" marks the spot of the accident. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
A 89% Rocketman (2019) Taron Egerton delivers a flawless performance and steers clear of attempting to mimic Elton. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B+ 57% Aladdin (2019) The musical numbers are spectacular, the costumes are stunning, and the CGI work is flawless. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
A 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The most impressive aspect of what's sure to be one of the biggest blockbusters in history is how intimate and personal so much of the story is and how quieter character moments aren't lost in the shuffle. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B- 64% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Gilliam's films can confound and frustrate, but they're rarely boring or ordinary. His Don Quixote project is definitely not the latter. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
C+ 58% Pet Sematary (2019) In many ways this version feels like a CliffsNotes take on the central characters, with the exception of Ellie. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 90% Shazam! (2019) This is a campy, over-the-top, action comedy with heart, and not a comic book-inspired deep dive into the conflicted minds of flawed human beings. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
B- 47% Dumbo (2019) No one should ever put baby Dumbo in a corner, especially not in his own film. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
A 93% Us (2019) A film you're likely to think about in your sleepless hours of the night. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
A- 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel has a playful vibe and yet nails the full-on female-empowerment/empowering action thriller aspect as well. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
C+ 60% Greta (2019) [Isabelle] Huppert delivers a captivating performance, even as the film's shift in tone slides toward the absurd. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
B- 66% Aquaman (2018) [Jason] Momoa's made for this sort of over-the-top action role and if we can't have him back romancing Khaleesi and leading the Dothraki, then an Aquaman outing will just have to suffice. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Disney's long-awaited return of Mary Poppins to the big screen is a delightful family-friendly film and a sweet trip down memory lane for older audiences. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
B- 44% Write When You Get Work (2018) Write When You Get Work has the bones of a good story but gets bogged down by playing too loosey-goosey with logic while staging the theft of millions. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B 89% A Private War (2018) The film's an effective, poignant tribute to not only Marie Colvin, but also by every journalist who's ever risked their life or laid everything on the line to cover a story. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
C- 36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) A series of disjointed events surrounded by some wild special effects and scrambled together into a two-hour running time. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C 79% Halloween (2018) There's not a single supporting player you'll be sad to see come to a bloody end the way you were when P.J. Soles bit the dust in 1978's Halloween. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
D 32% The Predator (2018) A lazy script - this incarnation uses disabilities for laughs - makes The Predator a bit of a soul-sucking experience to sit through. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
A 92% Searching (2018) Searching is a fresh, relevant take on the genre that pulls off telling a story in a new manner yet never stoops to gimmickry or tricks to enthrall the audience. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B 52% Papillon (2018) There's a truth to Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam's take on these characters, and Hunnam in particular delivers an engaging performance, bringing an underlying vulnerability to Papi that makes him accessible to the audience. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B+ 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It's worth noting that while Ant-Man's listed first, this sequel is really all about the sting of the Wasp. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
C+ 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The plot's generic and there's too much time spent on the human villain who if he had a mustache would have been twirling it. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
B+ 89% American Animals (2018) We know the outcome of the heist, yet [Bart] Layton's film makes it difficult not to root for the foursome to emerge from this episode unscathed. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
B 56% Tag (2018) The actors are all terrific, but it's Isla Fisher who pretty much steals this male-dominated comedy. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
B- 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Two-time Oscar winner [Jodie] Foster delivers a quirky yet mesmerizing performance as the head of a secret members-only emergency clinic for criminals. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
C- 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It's telling to note the most compelling characters are Donald Glover's Lando and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra in a film that's supposed to be spotlighting Han Solo. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
A 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 is bold, audacious, outrageous, and wickedly funny. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
B No Score Yet Creedmoria (2016) Writer/director Alicia Slimmer's feature film directorial debut, Creedmoria, is a quirky coming of age film filled with weirdly wonderful characters. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B 94% RBG (2018) This surprisingly moving documentary on Justice Ginsburg's personal and public life is both enlightening and entertaining. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
B 86% Class Rank (2018) ['Class Rank'] is populated with well-written, realistic characters who are dealing with complex issues while treading the awkward stage between childhood and adulthood. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
B 51% Rampage (2018) We all need a little mindless entertainment every now and then, and Rampage certainly fits the bill. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
B 83% Beirut (2018) A captivating thriller filled with complex, flawed, and relatable characters. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
A- 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Even those turned off by the very thought of watching anything political at this point in time will find themselves caught up in this clever political farce. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
A- 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is a two-hour joyful pop culture celebration, a non-stop but not exhausting visual extravaganza that feels fresh and old-school at the same time. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018