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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, Nerdist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
31% 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
83% 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
87% 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
25% 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
87% Pete's Dragon (2016) Elliot is a triumph, a new ideal for fantasy creatures.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
84% 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+ 31% 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+ 79% 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+ 57% 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 45% 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 67% 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 97% 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 64% 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+ 81% 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 80% 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+ 19% 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 83% 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
C- 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) This particular weirdness tumbles into juvenile relationship riffs and goofy setpieces, leaving any real grasp of ideas out of reach, as if it is jetting away on a fart-driven corpse. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2016
C- 50% Belgica (2016) "Belgica" may well seem bewitching, at least for a spell, but even then the glitter will fade well before the end.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2016
1/5 13% Ride Along 2 (2016) The terminally listless filmmaking often makes the cast look bad, and it rewards the audience's time investment with mere shreds of disposable, skimpy escapism.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
C+ 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Bay may see the film as a cry of truth; muffled by his own predilections it's only a whisper. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
D 10% Point Break (2015) This "Point Break" doesn't ever connect with anything, even its own desire to celebrate the extreme. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016
C+ 60% Sisters (2015) In the end there's nothing surprising in "Sisters," except for the fact that it isn't anything more than a party movie.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2015
C+ 30% Don Verdean (2015) "Don Verdean" could be more sharp, more focused, and it's easy to be disappointed by the film's low ambitions.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2015
B 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) When 'The Force Awakens' is really cruising, it's a terrific piece of pulp adventure cinema, packed with memorable characters, vicious lightsaber battles, some very smart visual concepts, but its narrative shortcomings can be quite frustrating.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
3.5/5 80% The Revenant (2015) Iñárritu captured The Revenant in the wilds of Canada, Argentina, and the United States, using a blend of raw footage and clever computer-generated effects to create a story of survival and adventure that would curdle Jack London's blood.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
B+ 77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) In "The Good Dinosaur," Pixar appears to be reaching towards a new evolutionary movement while also keeping ties to the history of animation, and that's a true pleasure.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2015
B 66% The Night Before (2015) Always energetic like the wild whoop of a bachelor party, the lights burn brightest when 'The Night Before' indulges in big goofs and kooky tangents.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2015
7.2/10 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) Even dialogue scenes are paced like high-octane setpieces. There's very little downtime in this tale.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
B 71% Crimson Peak (2015) This grandiose film is visually and emotionally ripe, to the point that juices nearly sweat off the screen.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2015
7/10 69% The Man From London (A Londoni Férfi) (2007) Permutations of misery and uncertainty boil under the stone surface of The Man From London, making it a too-clear mirror of dark, hidden corners.‐ CHUD
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2010
8.9/10 90% Coraline (2009) Though Selick's process of painstakingly moving and replacing models should be antithetical to any depiction of wonder and uncertainty, an alchemical process brings the creations to life.‐ CHUD
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2009