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Russ Fischer

Russ Fischer
Russ Fischer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Playlist, TheWrap, Birth.Movies.Death., Nerdist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Fantasy and whimsy become a lot less fantastic and whimsical when copied and repeated.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
96% Roma (2018) This is an exceptional movie, powerful and stark, and beautiful.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It's the big-screen version of a Netflix series, an ineffective rehash with all the bells and whistles of the Harry Potter movies, but almost none of the magic that made them work.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Larger-than-life performances energize a shallow highlight reel.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
98% Border (Gräns) (2018) Melander's performance is remarkable. Director and co-writer Ali Abbasi brilliantly conjures an unlikely eroticism as Vore literally sniffs out Tina's desire...‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) The cruelty in Quixote often plays as if it is rooted in the director himself. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
80% The Perfection (2018) The Perfection wants to be an indulgent, overripe revenge fantasy, but a rotten core makes it impossible to enjoy.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
95% In Fabric (2018) Sure, tell friends about the wild "killer dress" movie, but only because that trips off the tongue a lot easier than "subversively provocative meta-thriller about the perils of object-based definitions of personal identity in the late stages of capitalism‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
100% Luz (2019) Thanks to Singer's skills and two unwavering performances from Velis and Blurhardt, Luz is a striking, impressive debut.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
86% Climax (2019) This movie performs a mesmerizing dance that drives characters and audience alike straight into a whirling hellscape - and it is incredible.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) David Gordon Green gives Laurie Strode the movie she deserves.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
64% The Little Stranger (2018) Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson dominate a spooky cold war between classes.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
95% The History Of Future Folk (2013) What I found was something better: a gentle and smart film that mines great jokes from the alienation of being a genuine alien, and which tackles relationships and family issues just as easily as it crafts catchy songs.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) The grunty, superficially ruthless realism prized by the filmmakers needs something with more substance, a sturdy frame of 2x4s rather than a wisp of paper and a couple of missing dads.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
44% The Hurricane Heist (2018) A goofy caper almost brisk enough to escape its shortcomings.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Precisely which bits [from the source material] were warped out of shape as the film journeyed to become a Cloverfield pseudo-sequel is difficult to discern, but the end result is a failed experiment.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
A- 92% Mandy (2018) "Mandy" is not for everyone, but for a willing and engaged audience this is a rare artifact, a warped "hearts of darkness" journey into loss and out the other side.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
92% Lords of Chaos (2019) Lords of Chaos puts the tale on a big stage, transforming the early days of "true Norwegian black metal" into an energetically entertaining account of partnership, identity, and betrayal even as it includes all the (very literally) gory details.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
B- 65% Lizzie (2018) While [Sevigny] is commanding and a dedicated set of tough, engaged performances from the ensemble add life to the odd legend, awkward structural choices bleed away the film's emotional punch long before the credits roll.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
C+ 86% Piercing (2019) This film about a sexually and socially dysfunctional guy meeting a woman far more extreme than he is foregoes incisive writing in favor of entertaining but superficial psycho-sexual twists.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
B+ 87% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) The Lure's glitter does not distract from the fact that this is a technically confident and often quite accomplished piece of filmmaking, with a rare ability to dance intuitively between linear plotting and phantasmagoric fantasy.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
33% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) This sequel carries forward only two ideas: that gimmick-y "assassinations that look like accidents" are a valid substitute for story, and that Jason Statham can carry an action movie even when it is propped up on such wobbly legs. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
84% Imperium (2016) Ragussis maintains scene-to-scene tension thanks to Radcliffe's work, yet his characterization of the different extremist groups sometimes slips into the cartoonish.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
88% Morris from America (2016) This rare dramatic performance from Craig Robinson stokes a desire to see the actor given chances like this more often.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
28% Five Nights in Maine (2016) Curran guides the cast to commendable performances across the board, with Oyelowo and Wiest delivering controlled, nuanced work to fill in the script's generous negative space.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
88% Pete's Dragon (2016) Elliot is a triumph, a new ideal for fantasy creatures.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) This episode cuts right to the core of the series's original appeal, giving the terrific cast a chance to play against one another in a straightforward story. It's not exactly bold, but "Beyond" does satisfy.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) There's no falling back on elaborate shots or effects. Any audience knows the road-trip movie and coming-of-age conceits well, and the director makes no attempt to reshape the structure. He trusts the actors and material to do the work.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
D+ 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The film minimizes its own best ideas in a way that undermines its attempt to decontextualize the character.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
D+ 30% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Unremarkable in scope and VFX by today's standards, even this movie barely seems to care about that brand of spectacle as it wipes cities off the map.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2016
C+ 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) This is a film clever enough to scare us but not smart enough to accomplish anything more.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
C 28% Warcraft (2016) Warcraft provides thunderous spectacle, but when performing the alchemy of transforming genre archetypes into characters with soul, the magic fizzles out.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
A- 92% The Nice Guys (2016) There's little else quite like this fast-paced, deeply funny mystery - except Shane Black's other films‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
C+ 58% Money Monster (2016) Never as savage as the first-act anarchy suggests, 'Money Monster's best ideas are subsumed by familiar thriller concepts.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
C- 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) The turgid world-endangering plot points to yet another sequel, offering little reason to believe any of the loud action truly matters.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
B- 95% The Jungle Book (2016) If only the story had the same persuasive command as its impeccable and strikingly realistic scenery.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
A- 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The Russos deftly craft compelling blockbuster entertainment out of moral and emotional conflicts.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
2/5 52% Demolition (2016) The intensity of his destructive tendencies increases, but empathetic ties to Davis are elusive, despite effective and committed work from Gyllenhaal and the rest of the cast.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
C- 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Snyder's movie presents extremist versions of familiar characters in a tonal mishmash that indulges in more thunderous conflict than it can wrestle into coherence.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
2.5/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) I wondered at times whether Malick and Lubezki are as seduced by the glitz and flesh of Los Angeles in very much the same way the film accuses Bale's character of falling for superficial distractions.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
C 66% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Fey's work is strong, yet it's difficult to squash the impression that this could be a more powerful movie, and an even more significant showcase for Tina Fey.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
3.5/5 47% How To Be Single (2016) For the most part, however, the movie strikes its own great tone, mixing the anxious comedy of realistically awkward romantic exchanges with Rebel Wilson's more over-the-top but effectively comic antics.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 96% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) There's no point where Hunt for the Wilderpeople does anything that you've never seen before, but it would be crazy to hold that against a film made with such an effortlessly cultivated tone and an accommodating ear for comedy.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
B 65% The Greasy Strangler (2016) Even with its most off-putting moments, when "The Greasy Strangler" is as disgusting, deviant, and defiant as its title character, there's a real pleasure in having a new event movie for the truly weird at heart.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
B+ 80% The Intervention (2016) "The Intervention" may not offer many new experiences, but its combination of tart and sweet is satisfying.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
B 81% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "Eddie the Eagle" is as appealing and fluffy as a new pile of dry snow. The factual changes may bother the real Eddie, but this movie keeps its eye strictly on the image of achieving a thing no one expects you to achieve.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
B+ 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) In script and performance, the film is an articulate howl of anguish and rage given depth by a discerning comprehension of the ways various communities can rely on faith for very different means.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
D+ 23% Yoga Hosers (2016) Kevin Smith's "Yoga Hosers" is a flabby, goofy, comically inert cartoon that pits two teen clerks against Canadian Nazis and little creatures made of sausage.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
C 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Captain Fantastic" uses bleak but gentle comedy to pinpoint the variety of ways we wrestle with grief, but the film undermines Mortensen's performance and its own thematic ambitions by presenting the character as an idealized fantasy figure.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
B+ 84% Tallulah (2016) Their work together is the vibrant source of the film's appeal, and "Tallulah" is at its best when the plot recedes and we get to see Page and Janney's characters testing their tolerance and eventual affection for one another.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2016