Samuel R. Murrian

Samuel R. Murrian
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
My name is Samuel R. Murrian, and I'm an entertainment journalist based in West Hollywood. I've been writing for Parade Magazine for nearly two years, and before that I wrote for smaller websites. I write one to two film reviews for Parade every week.
Publications: Parade Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 97% Little Woods (2019) Little Woods covers this territory more astutely and thoughtfully than TV's uneven, entertaining Ozark, and it's lightyears better than Clint Eastwood's The Mule, which was at its worst, unintentionally funny. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) The action finale of Shazam! takes place at a carnival. It's clever, and packs a surprising emotional payoff. The same can be said of this whole big goofy irresistible flick. It isn't too soon to call this one of the best superhero movies ever. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
4.5/5 100% Blowin' Up (2018) "Female empowerment" is a phrase that gets tossed around in entertainment a lot. Blowin' Up is an illuminating, moving account of female empowerment in the real world. It's one of the best films of 2019 so far. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 84% Disobedience (2018) Disobedience doesn't reach the rapturous, magic-realism-tinged heights of A Fantastic Woman (an unusual and virtually flawless movie that just gets better with repeat viewings), but it is absolutely another big win for Lelio, a red-hot and unique talent. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 84% Beach Rats (2017) The film is hard to shake and hypnotizing to watch, like a neon dream you never want to leave. It is also, in many ways a nightmare. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Lynch's fellow Disney alum Zac Efron is set to play Ted Bundy in the upcoming drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile... It's anyone's guess as to whether or not that movie will spin as intricate, alluring and unique a web as Meyers's film. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4.5/5 66% Vice (2018) Vice has many virtues, but without the salt-of-the-earth toughness Adams brings to Lynne, whom she clearly doesn't judge and doesn't play for laughs, the picture inevitably would have felt like a 2-plus-hour SNL sketch. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Though it has a touching love story we care about, If Beale Street Could Talk works better as a tribute to the strength of African-American mothers who are the backbones of their families. From that angle, I found it really moving. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 92% Beast (2018) In short, Beast is a psychological thriller with smarts and sharp fangs that is a cut above most takes on a classic, undeniably appealing story. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4.5/5 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) The doc is made with a high level of technical skill and-crucially-compassion. It's another outstanding feature in a rich year for documentary filmmaking. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 92% Searching (2018) Once Searching is over, you might be tempted to nitpick some little plot conveniences, but such things are easy to forgive when the viewing experience delivers like this. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 66% Lizzie (2018) The leading ladies are superb. Sevigny's career has been all about taking risks and experimenting from the beginning, and she's a natural fit for this daring, mostly successful big-screen take on the alleged murderess. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Some may be surprised by the depth of McCarthy's work here, but this really shouldn't be surprising. In her best comedic creations, the actress can deliver a single line that all at once makes you guffaw, scratch your head, wince and feel pathos. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) This is smart, big-hearted entertainment for grown-ups. Beyond that, it's a worthy send-off to one of the greats-if indeed it really is his send-off. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4.5/5 91% Lean on Pete (2018) Quietly brutal, stark and even chilly, Lean on Pete is a spellbinding study of snowballing trauma and its impact on a young boy. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Many will guffaw heartily throughout the increasingly bonkers The Favourite, but there isn't one cheap laugh here. The drama has heft, horror and fathoms of heartbreak below the surface. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 99% Free Solo (2018) In short, don't miss this. It's riveting nonfiction entertainment for the widest general audience. That this movie even exists defies all probability. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
4/5 96% Roma (2018) Roma is in a league of its own in terms of sheer cinematic ambition and prowess, but as a drama it's not as deeply moving as some of this year's very best. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Plain and simple, this movie is scary as hell, one of the most sweaty-palmed suspensers in years. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) If the strikingly handsome, emotionally chilly Wildlife itself occasionally runs the risk of feeling a bit like we're watching a still life, that's ultimately eclipsed by Dano's exceptional work with his actors and the film's wondrous visuals. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
4.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) This entertaining and heartfelt movie will mean a great deal to so many young people and their families. It's not over-reaching to say it could change lives. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 91% Mandy (2018) This is an exceptionally thoughtful, striking horror picture with an all-time great Nicolas Cage performance at its core. Mandy is the reason midnight movies are a thing. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Anna and the Apocalypse has giddy, highly entertaining momentum at the top. It loses some of this as it goes along, but it's directed and performed with a level of exuberance and wit that mostly keep it afloat when it feels like the plot is wearing thin. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Some will say The Miseducation of Cameron Post is too subtle, too quiet, and this really isn't a fair assessment; to say something like this is to overlook wholly remarkable, finely detailed filmmaking craft. It hits hard without ever hammering. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On the Basis of Sex could have used more of its subject's grit and daring, but as a respectful and uplifting tribute, it gets the job done pretty well. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
1.5/5 63% Bird Box (2018) A key sequence at the end of the second act is so unusual, improbable and physically awkward (you'll know it when you see it) that it inspires laughter...this is the point of the story when tension should be the tautest, and it is deflated. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 91% Widows (2018) Steve McQueen has made a movie for multiplexes without sacrificing any of his individuality or greatness as a filmmaker. This is one of the best films of the year. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) It feels like shortchanging to call the filmmaking craft on display here impeccable... This is one of the best, most daring crime movies you will ever see. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018