Sam Watermeier

Sam Watermeier
Sam Watermeier's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): NUVO Newsweekly

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Host (2020) Like the best horror films, Host captures contemporary fears, but it's also one hell of a haunted hayride - well, a socially distanced and virtual hayride. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 41% You Should Have Left (2020) The third act of the film unfortunately turns into a mere funhouse ride, but until then it sizzles with suspense beyond the supernatural. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Punctuating drama with comedy rather than the other way around, this is Judd Apatow's boldest film yet. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 87% The Trip to Greece (2020) If you've tagged along with these goobers for the past three films in The Trip series, you'll likely find this entry the richest and most personal. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/5 39% Capone (2020) A greasy carnival ride under the guise of a polished prestige picture. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4.5/5 94% Bad Education (2019) A film that offers both a refreshing narrative in which the corrupt actually suffer consequences for their wicked ways and a forum for Hugh Jackman's career-best performance. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
4/5 83% The Way Back (2020) The film soars thanks to Ben Affleck's poignant performance, which parallels his personal life. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3/5 35% Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020) This feature-length adaptation of the truTV series struggles a bit in its transition to the big screen, but it still has heart and hearty laughs. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
4.5/5 68% Joker (2019) Sparse on special features save one that offers on-set glimpses into Joaquin Phoenix's unpredictable performance, which carries the intimate, intoxicating character study. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 68% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell tells an important, timely story about women in a clumsy way, likely because it's written and directed by men. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 89% Dark Waters (2019) Despite delivering a vital, relevant message about corruption, it ultimately falls flat as an entertaining but safe Oscar-bait drama. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 95% The Irishman (2019) A painfully intimate fly-on-the-wall look at the banality of evil and the practice of murder as a simple means to an end. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 100% Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story (2020) A beautiful portrait of a basketball legend's humility. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) Rather than swinging for big scares to haunt your dreams, this film is more of a horror adventure in which the characters' compassion lights the way through the darkness. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) The film isn't exactly a new horror classic, but it's certainly a fun time at the movies. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 77% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories probably won't scar you forever like the book series. But this tender, nostalgic embrace of horror makes for perfect viewing on a crisp autumn evening. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Sword of Trust is grounded, raw and relatable, sweeping us away with the simple magic of people connecting. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4.5/5 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) This twisted takedown of toxic masculinity is the funniest film of the year thus far. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Like the other Conjuring films, this one never loses sight of the human drama amid the supernatural horror. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3.5/5 63% Child's Play (2019) As Chucky terrorizes the kids through voice and video messages, the film emerges as a sly commentary on how our cloud-connected devices are ultimately controlling us. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
2.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) A clever, charming high-concept comedy that should've just let it be on the lame love story. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The film has a delightfully dry sense of humor, but it's also a lovingly crafted tribute to the eerie beauty of the zombie genre. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/5 74% Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) It's the kind of thriller you can curl up with on a cold, cloudy afternoon. Watch it with a loved one so you can have someone to turn to in disbelief. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 13% Winchester (2018) A deliberately paced drama sprinkled with elegantly spooky elements rather than gory spectacles and jump scares. It plays like a vehicle for Vincent Price or Peter Cushing. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
5/5 88% The Post (2018) A sharp period piece that cuts through the core of contemporary American conflicts. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 54% Book Club (2018) Each star makes their character's fear and frustration our own as they timidly traverse the battlefield of love. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2/5 65% Vice (2018) The film is supposed to feel like a punch to the gut, but nothing about it is particularly surprising except for Christian Bale's transformational turn as Dick Cheney. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Impersonators (2014) It's Hull's best work yet - an audacious ensemble comedy that feels like the best film the Farrelly Brothers never made. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet 70 Acres In Chicago: Cabrini Green (2014) 70 Acres in Chicago chronicles an urban redevelopment disaster and the community that stood strong amid the destruction. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4.5/5 95% Night School (2017) Nothing seems staged or manipulative here. All of these moments emerge organically and feel achingly real, reminding us of the magic in documentary filmmaking. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Plank Face (2016) It's safe to say you haven't seen anything quite like Plank Face. This film is a shining example of the movie magic at work right here in Indy. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
5/5 83% Silence (2017) Scorsese grew up as a Catholic, and his intimacy with the subject matter here shines through every frame. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
4/5 81% Patriots Day (2017) Patriots Day is a poignant portrait of heroism in the face of horror. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
4/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) Harrowing yet exhilaratingly imaginative, A Monster Calls is a brilliant fable that sheds a warm, hopeful light on one of life's darkest chapters. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 89% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) A mesmerizing exploration of the magical place we all call home. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
3.5/5 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) The Conjuring 2 won't send the same shiver of movie magic up your spine, but it's a solid sequel with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
4/5 69% Bleed For This (2016) Bleed for This is the kind of film we all need right now. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
2.5/5 23% Inferno (2016) Inferno is a dumb popcorn movie disguised as a smart mystery. It's packed with historical insights and religious iconography, but it ultimately leaves you feeling empty. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
2.5/5 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) If only this film focused more on stirring up empathy from viewers, connecting viewers hearts to the characters' pasts more than dazzling our eyes. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/5 58% Money Monster (2016) Money Monster doesn't fully come alive on screen. It tries too hard to make a statement, losing sight of the people amid the politics. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4.5/5 91% The Nice Guys (2016) Amid countless remakes like Vacation and sequels like Neighbors 2, which doggedly push for crude atmospheres, this film creates a world that's pure and naturally absurd. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4.5/5 77% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Author: The JT LeRoy Story is a testament to the magic of art and how it can make a fantasy feel achingly real. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 79% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Popstar puts its finger firmly on the computerized pulse of contemporary pop music. This is a cathartic satire -- a much-needed roast of the celebrities currently driving the world mad. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane holds a mirror up to the ugliness of the political world. It's a hypnotic, haunting spectacle. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 95% Palio (2015) Like the best sports dramas, this one is a crowd-pleaser. As clichéd as this sounds, it's true; this is the kind of film that will make you want to stand up and cheer. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Maybe it's not an obvious sequel, but this film certainly has the same spirit as Cloverfield, keeping viewers guessing until the last shot. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
3/5 89% The Lady In The Van (2015) The film is funny in a light, wispy sort of way that never cuts as deep as it should. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight is a film full of mesmerizing mystery. As it slowly searches through a young man's conflicted heart, it creates a moment-to-moment feeling of discovery. It leaves you with a sense of pure wonder. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
3/5 24% Bad Santa 2 (2016) If you're a fan of the first film, you'll bask in the warm familiarity of this one. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
5/5 83% Denial (2016) Although it's based on a story that took place in the late '90s/early 2000s, this film holds a hypnotic mirror up to today's America. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016