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 Review
B- 65% 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- 78% 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 90% 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- 37% 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+ 88% 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 83% 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 85% 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 82% 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
B- 51% Tomb Raider (2018) If there's a sequel, [Alicia] Vikander deserves a better story to sink her teeth into. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
C- 12% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2018) The Vanishing of Sidney Hall requires the audience to feel for the title character but doesn't provide any reason to truly care about this person. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
A- 88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is a riveting mix of the fantastically beautiful with the horrific and terrifying. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
A- 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther's important and timely, but more than that it's a hugely entertaining film. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
B 66% Permission (2018) Strong performances and an interesting premise combine to make Permission an entertaining adult romance. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
C 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) The Greatest Showman whitewashes P.T. Barnum's story, which is not in the least bit unexpected. What is unexpected is how flat the film is, despite the efforts of its talented cast. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
B+ 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) There are twists you won't see coming and just when you think you've figured everything out, Rian Johnson pulls a rabbit out of his hat. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
A 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It's gorgeous and weird, heart-wrenching and utterly unforgettable. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
B- 79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) The Man Who Invented Christmas is surprisingly sweet and, after a somewhat sluggish start, hits all the right holiday notes. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
A 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The world's gone bonkers and we can all use a two-hour break, and Thor: Ragnarok is the perfect distraction. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
B 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) It's a heart-wrenching, well told story that leaves you wanting to a hug a stuffed bear. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
B 87% 1922 (2017) 1922 is a slow burn, a psychological horror tale that weaves a simple yet captivating story. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
B- No Score Yet The Sandman (2017) Strong performances, a creepy creature, and an interesting premise make The Sandman worth checking out. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
C+ 53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Kingsman: The Golden Circle just can't recapture that wow factor that made 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service worthy of a sequel. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
B+ 85% It (2017) [Bill Skarsgard's] Pennywise the Dancing Clown will haunt your nightmares. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
A 87% Wind River (2017) With 2017's Wind River, [Taylor]Sheridan demonstrates he's just as adept at directing as he is at weaving a complex tale on a page. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
C 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Neither Idris Elba nor Matthew McConaughey can save this flat adaptation from being utterly forgettable. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
A 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) If 20th Century Fox does in fact step away from the franchise with this 2017 entry, then they're sending this captivating series off on a high note by saving the best of the lot for last. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
A 87% Okja (2017) If you don't want to hug [An Seo Hyun], adopt her, or make her your best friend by the end of Okja, you're a heartless human being. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
B+ 86% Band Aid (2017) Lister-Jones wrote believable, flawed characters and then gathered a talented ensemble to create this alternately hilarious and heartbreaking relationship tale. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
A- 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Hopeful, empowering, and enormously entertaining, Warner Bros. Pictures' Wonder Woman is the feature film this iconic female superhero deserves. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
C+ 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) The franchise has grown long in the tooth and the film's final scene would be a satisfying end to the series, if Disney's willing to let their cash cow go before it outstays its welcome. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
C- 68% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The franchise has simply run out of gas (and original ideas) and The Fate of the Furious is one of the weakest offerings of the series. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
A 72% Beauty and the Beast (2017) This live-action musical is astonishingly beautiful and, best of all, provides two solid hours of sheer escapist entertainment. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
C- 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island is basically a prolonged glare-off between the gigantic ape and Samuel L. Jackson as Lieutenant Colonel Packard. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
A- 98% Get Out (2017) Peele's script is smart, original, and timely, addressing the current reality of racism in America in a clever manner and skewering horror movie tropes along the way. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
C- 36% The Great Wall (2017) There's nothing all that interesting about the human actors or their CGI enemies. - Showbiz Junkies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017