Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% Soul (2020) Like the best Pixar efforts, Soul is emotionally complex and life-affirming. It's a major accomplishment not just in animation, but American filmmaking period - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
2/5 92% Happiest Season (2020) Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis are surrounded by coal. Happiest Season certainly feels like it wants to be earnest and sincere, but loses its way among cringe comedy and Christmas clichés that undercut the message - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
2/5 53% Black Beauty (2020) A sloppily edited bore that feels more like it's using the template of A Dog's Purpose than repurposing the actual source material - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
2/5 74% The Croods: A New Age (2020) It's not so much a new age, but rather a retread that looks nice and at least attempts to be thoughtful - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
2/5 29% Stardust (2020) This is one Starman that's coming crashing down to Earth, so better luck for the next lift-off on a David Bowie biopic - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 100% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) In one monologue, Chadwick Boseman taunts God to strike him down with lightning, but the electricity here comes from his role as the cocky and ambitious horn player Levee, cementing a legacy of magnetic performances - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 85% Uncle Frank (2020) Like the family itself, it's best when Frank, Beth, and Wally are only present, especially if accounting for how much of a difference one familial role model can make to a precocious teenager - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
5/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) It's about adapting to one's environment or wallowing in psychological pain. Sound of Metal is a tearjerker regardless, but anyone that can relate on a more personal level is going to be as wrecked as Ruben's ears - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
2/5 29% Vanguard (2020) Comes close to having a few decent set pieces that typically end up bogged down by either terrible CGI, awkward camera angles, or severe disorientation - What Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/5 70% The Last Vermeer (2020) It's informative and holds one's attention with enough of a likable cast and intriguing climactic reveals to recontextualize what we have been looking at the entire time - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/5 84% Freaky (2020) Freaky is another exercise from Christopher Landon that leans into originality and familiarity in equal measure with charm and diabolically funny bloodshed, successfully continuing to update a beloved subgenre of horror for modern times - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
2/5 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Consider it rambunctious hillbilly trauma porn more than an elegy. It's I, Tonya without the crux of examining how these people got to be so zany or the condescending role the rest of America plays in it - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/5 33% Come Away (2020) Come Away doesn't exactly come together smoothly, but there's enough heart, charm, surprisingly dark drama, a firm grasp on tone, and resplendent visuals to forgive the hodgepodge construction - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
4/5 88% Mank (2020) Mank is what happens when nostalgic Rosebud-tinted glasses are shattered, left displaying nothing but ugliness and suppressed dreams; David Fincher's latest is never anything less than scorching - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
2/5 32% Echo Boomers (2020) Underneath the promise of generational and class warfare, Echo Boomers is an exposition-heavy bore that quickly loses sight of its millennial plight, winding up a generic stealing-from-the-rich heist flick - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
2/5 44% Fatman (2020) On paper and as the story develops it's all bonkers, but the execution is dry; it's like a snowflake that dissipates as soon as it lands on your tongue - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
2/5 67% Ammonite (2020) It's to be expected that an 1840s lesbian romance is going to be muted given the societal norms of the time, but Ammonite is muted as a whole and a struggle to invest in - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
3/5 90% The Climb (2020) A window into seven key life points dramatically affecting the friendship in one authentically hilarious way or another, from ice-fishing bachelor parties to chaotic holiday gatherings - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
4/5 68% Dreamland (2019) Dreamland, despite the title, doesn't treat this as a wish-fulfillment but rather a cautionary tale about the dangers of tantalizing fantasy becoming a gritty and morally corrupting reality - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/5 75% Jungleland (2020) Jungleland makes the most of every trope it plays into, using them as building blocks to greater define this trio of complex souls - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
2/5 69% Kindred (2020) Whatever depth Kindred could have had has been discarded for a standard "is she crazy or not crazy" question - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
2/5 79% Let Him Go (2020) Feels confused about whether it wants to be a character study or a generic period piece revenge story - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 50% Triggered (2020) A nonstop adrenaline rush of depravity, an overabundance of gore, and a slick look; It is delightfully sick fun - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 48% Spell (2020) The hex is not particularly strong, but sufficient enough for a brisk 90 minutes of scares within an untapped area of the genre - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
2/5 47% The Craft: Legacy (2020) The Craft: Legacy feels more like it was based on ultra-woke tweets - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
2/5 55% Come Play (2020) Maybe Come Play should have stayed a short film considering Jacob Chase has made no compelling argument to justify this feature-length version - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/5 100% His House (2020) It's a tossup discerning what's more terrifying; war-torn Sudan, the haunted new UK home, or the blatant racism on display from British citizens - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 78% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) A dark fairytale that is not content to regurgitate the same tired "be yourself" PSA without some human pain and majestic pizzazz - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
2/5 49% The Witches (2020) The material is decidedly for kids who might not care much about the poor CGI, but the constant tonal swings probably won't help. It's hard to tell if the movie wants you to laugh at it or pretend to be scared - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/5 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Concludes with a prank roping a major political name into something fairly scandalous and epically obscene. Sacha Baron Cohen still feels passionate about the satire. It's all very nice enough - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/5 78% Radium Girls (2020) Radium Girls is not so much a bore, but more of a scattershot missed opportunity to tell an important story - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
2/5 22% Friendsgiving (2020) Malin Akerman says it best during the ending credits blooper reel: what the **** kind of movie is this - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
2/5 64% Bad Hair (2020) Justin Simien's fatal misstep here is that he spends so much time repeating the same beat of social commentary, that by the time the experience embraces its horror concept and really starts relishing in 1980s slasher tropes, it's a little too late - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
4/5 81% Synchronic (2020) Not out to confuse or blow minds and it doesn't have to, considering Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are confident enough in letting the brainy concept speak for itself with relatable characters grounding the core story into something familiar but moving - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/5 41% Rebecca (2020) Ben Wheatley doesn't quite put his own stamp on the story - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
2/5 91% Love and Monsters (2020) Never actively bad or painful to watch, but the plot does feel awkwardly set into motion and the survival elements are rarely thrilling - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/5 81% The Kid Detective (2020) A curious assortment of genres and messages that's well-acted and not easy to shake - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2/5 40% Honest Thief (2020) It's a tonally confused mess that's neither dramatic, exhilarating, or romantic - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3/5 83% The Opening Act (2020) The humor gets dicey whenever Steve Byrne shifts away from the standup set, but the movie has heart and an endearing cast - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3/5 75% Clouds (2020) It's a sob story indeed, but where Clouds goes right is giving viewers an equal amount of fighting and living with something substantial to take away from all of the schmaltz - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
2/5 33% The Devil Has a Name (2020) The Devil Has a Name has no clear focus or crystallized idea of the story it wants to tell beyond the simplicity of the workingman is good and oil companies are evil - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
2/5 19% 2 Hearts (2020) It only takes half a brain to figure out 2 Hearts, so it's really just a matter of sitting through the inevitable onslaught of emotional manipulation that feels more ripped from a terrible Nicholas Sparks story more than real life - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
5/5 97% Saint Maud (2020) Rose Glass brings more than fine-tuned scares; this is a tragic comedy and a cautionary tale all wrapped up into one devilishly compelling package. If there's any God in this world Rose Glass will single-handedly save cinema - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
1/5 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) Unbelievably lazy hot garbage - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/5 96% Shithouse (2020) Cooper Raiff is breakthrough filmmaker and actor to watch and these are immensely fascinating characters in all of their anxiety, naivety, vulnerability, pain, and palpable growth as human beings - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
2/5 30% American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules (2020) I'm all for turning this franchise upside down, but this movie is bad - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) There are definitely more laughs than scares, but rest assured there's also thoughtfulness on both humanity and law enforcement, even with the addition of a seven-foot werewolf that may or may not be real - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 85% Yellow Rose (2020) Yellow Rose is a coming-of-age musical drama, but with a twist of Rose finding herself within the first 30 or so minutes and then having the rest of her life ripped away. Life gives and it takes, something all of us can relate - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3/5 76% 12 Hour Shift (2020) There are one or two great surprises, the violence is off the charts, it's dumb in all the right places, and it accomplishes the bold goal of making us want to spend time around such horrible people - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
1/5 25% Sno Babies (2020) There is absolutely nothing to Sno Babies aside from forcing its characters into one miserable situation to the next with the force of a freight train, all as alternative rock songs jarringly interrupt nearly every attempt at a serious dramatic scene - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020