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 Review
3.5/5 69% 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 14% 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 66% 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 80% 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 22% 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 30% 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 93% 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 78% 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 88% 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 23% 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
2.5/5 92% Demon (2016) Demon isn't a bad film; it's a disappointing one. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) Unfortunately, this one loses its power as soon as you leave the theater, and it poses no threat of haunting your dreams. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
3.5/5 85% Sully (2016) This isn't Eastwood's best film, and it doesn't completely succeed in translating the true story to the big screen. But it's not without moments of spine-tingling movie magic. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
4/5 13% The Sea of Trees (2016) If you look past the surface, dig deeper and trust its mysterious, supernatural mission, it could make for one of the most emotional experiences you'll have at the movies this year. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
4/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Florence Foster Jenkins is one of the better films of the year. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
4.5/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) It's definitely a tender and insightful comedy, but it's also as crude as they come. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
27% Suicide Squad (2016) Even after years in development hell, Suicide Squad feels half-hearted and unfinished -- like a comic book sketch that hasn't been inked or colored. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/5 55% Jason Bourne (2016) In this age of sequels, reboots and cinematic universes, maybe all that matters is keeping franchises alive, even if some entries are forgettable. But a lot of recent films seem to keep a series going for more compelling reasons than Jason Bourne. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
3.5/5 71% The Infiltrator (2016) The Infiltrator is worth seeing for Cranston alone. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
4/5 78% The Shallows (2016) Lively anchors the film with her tough yet tender performance, which is easily her best work to date. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
4.5/5 96% Weiner (2016) You want a warts-and-all portrait? You want a painful yet uplifting and unforgettable drama? Look no further. This is one of the best films of the year. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/5 78% Keanu (2016) The film is ultimately about more than a kitty. It's about the lengths people are willing to go for friends. It's the best kind of comedy -- humor with heart. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
3.5/5 30% Criminal (2016) It feels like an action thriller straight out of the '90s. And for the most part, its stars of yesteryear deliver the goods. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 was much like visiting relatives. It was irritating and uncomfortable at first, but after a few drinks, I had a jolly good time. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
1/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Batman v Superman is a hot, steaming heap of trash. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
2/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) Terrence Malick is pushing it. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
4/5 81% Eddie The Eagle (2016) This is the kind of film that will send shivers of excitement up your spine and tears of joy down your face. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
3.5/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) Where to Invade Next is enlightening and engaging, but it lacks the thrillingly "cinematic" moments of Moore's other films. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! seems like a lark -- an inessential Coen Brothers film. It's not one of their best, but beneath the surface of this Old Hollywood satire lies a comforting statement from the siblings about their plans for the future. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
41% Jane Got a Gun (2016) Jane Got a Gun is a serviceable, by-the-numbers western. I'm glad it survived the many obstacles of its production, but I'm not sure why the cast and crew fought so hard to save this rather safe, conventional movie. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
2.5/5 11% Dirty Grandpa (2016) Great comedy catches people off guard. It pulls the rug out from under their feet and leaves them gasping for air. Dirty Grandpa does neither. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
3.5/5 51% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) This is one of [Bay's] better films - mostly because the story is grounded in reality. - NUVO Newsweekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016