Sean Axmaker Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
Sean Axmaker's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Queen of Katwe is hardly revolutionary but it defies one defining convention of the familiar Disney underdog/culture clash drama: it presents no white savior or mentor to be inspired by the third world / underprivileged characters as he gives them hope.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
89% Loving (2016) The title is more than just a form of shorthand or a clever double-meaning. It is the core of the film. This is about a marriage, a couple deeply in love and devoted to their family, who just want to live together in their home state.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
89% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) Imagine a cinematic equivalent of a Picasso cubist portrait, but instead of showing multiple perspectives of an object in an image, it presents experiences from different periods in a life in a single narrative.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
No Score Yet Requiescant (Kill and Pray) (1967) Thanks to the power of spaghetti western conventions, you don't need to know the history to get the message, and you don't need to embrace the message to appreciate the brutal justice.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) This is traditional hand-drawn animation with an unconventional visual style, less drawn than painted with big, bold fields of color and details suggested in splashes of shadow or small, simple lines.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
17% The Bodyguard (2016) This is a classic Hong Kong marriage of weepy melodrama and brutal, bone-crunching action, and there's a touching sweetness and tragedy to the story of the quiet, reclusive old man, a career soldier now abandoned by family and by his very mind.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
81% Magic Mike (2012) Matthew McConaughey uses the drawling, at times oily charm to play a low-rent impresario determined to move his weekend enterprise into prime-time Miami and he's superb, and yet it's Tatum who impresses here.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
88% Superbad (2007) The raucous and raunchy comedy Superbad (2007) is the love child of American Pie and Dazed and Confused. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
73% V for Vendetta (2006) Moore wrote the novel as a commentary on Thatcher's England and the film retains the London setting, but it only takes a few key phrases to echo the post-9/11 era and the rhetoric of the current American administration.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
No Score Yet Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946) Gertie gave [Francine Everett] the opportunity to play a glamorous, sexy black woman never seen in Hollywood pictures. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Blood of Jesus (1941) ... an allegorical drama that follows a woman's spiritual odyssey as hovers at the brink of dead... a classic meeting of morality play and folk tale...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
83% I Wake Up Screaming (1941) ... not just one of the great movie titles of classic cinema, it is one of the films that established the distinctive style and attitude of film noir...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
92% Cry of the City (1948) The urban atmosphere of city traffic and the scuffed and worn authenticity of real storefronts and sidewalks gives the film a charge of realism but Siodmak forgoes docurealism for his beloved expressionist style.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
73% Boomerang! (1947) ... Kazan avoids the usual theatrics as Andrews, who loosens up a little under Kazan's direction, methodically works his way through his case with a modesty rare even in today's spate of TV legal dramas. It's more film gray than noir...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
100% On Dangerous Ground (1952) Is there a film noir that spends so much time watching the landscape change from the driver's seat of a moving car, and then find the same fury and intolerance is here in the heartland too?‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
85% Moby Dick (1956) he film was not well received in 1956, much of the criticism leveled at Peck, but his stylized performance is more interesting 60 years later. Huston's treatment is equally compelling.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
77% Nicholas Nickleby (2002) Directed at a sprightly yet smooth pace, [Douglas McGrath's] adaptation packs an astounding amount of complications into just over two hours with deft efficiency.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
100% Pretty Poison (1968) ...He's an older guy, to be sure, and she's a beautiful high school majorette seemingly charmed by his secretive life and acronym-dotted small talk, but behind her schoolgirl smile is a cagey, bored girl with a sociopathic streak ...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
100% I Want to Live! (1958) ... intelligent, adult, and unflinching, making a powerful case against capital punishment while delivering a riveting drama.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
100% Sudden Fear (1952) Director David Miller showcases the San Francisco locations (and the Bunker Hill neighborhood in Los Angeles, with its steep staircases doubling for SF) to great effect. The moody B&W cinematography by Charles Lang takes on an inky beauty...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
No Score Yet The Lodger (1944) This is film noir by way of gothic thriller, a shadowy suspense thriller in the Victorian era of gaslight and horse drawn carriages on cobblestone streets, and director John Brahm gives the film a lively energy. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
96% The Asphalt Jungle (1950) ... essentially launched the heist film as a genre of its own and set the blueprint that all subsequent heist dramas built upon.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) ... has the look of a lavish period drama, the elegance of an arthouse film, the complex plotting of an ingenious caper that only the movies could sustain, and the sex of a classy softcore picture.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
61% Snowden (2016) Stone champions mavericks who challenge the status quo in the name of justice and the ideals of the American experiment and Snowden is his kind of American hero, the moral voice in an amoral world...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
97% Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis) (1946) This tragic romance is about the love of art and theater as much as human love. Forget that it is three hours long; every moment bursts with love and passion...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
No Score Yet I Giorni dell'ira (Blood and Grit) (Day of Anger) (Gunlaw) (Days of Wrath) (1967) This hasn't the operatic flamboyance of Leone but it has a more complex portrait of power and corruption and an ambivalence toward loyalty and justice.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
89% An American Werewolf in London (1981) John Landis teaches us two things in An American Werewolf in London (1981): turning into a werewolf is a very painful process, and the dead are boring! ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
76% Caddyshack (1980) Essentially Animal House on the links, it's neither as raucous nor as outrageous as that definitive college comedy but it has the same rebellious spirit and a great cast of comedy legends showing the young co-stars how it's done.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
100% Pépé le Moko (1937) Gabin is marvelous as the confident yet restless Pépé, a cultured man equal parts elegance and edgy brutality at home in this urban jungle but restless to escape.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
46% Dog Eat Dog (2016) This is a nihilistic film about nasty folks on a self-destructive path, a little too familiar by now but still more interesting than your usual crime-gone-bad films ...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
No Score Yet Hanyo (The Housemaid) (1960) ... a wildly melodramatic story of middle class ambition set almost entirely in a two-story home that becomes something of a prison as the web of desire and anxiety and loathing and social standing closes in on them.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) This is viral horror with an organic purity and a cinematic distinction to it, and in its own bloody, diseased way, it's a thing of beauty.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
100% Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 (2016) It's not necessarily a "good" movie-it's ragged and choppy and scattershot, with broad, cartoonish gags and easy jabs over pointed satire-but it's also fun, unpretentious, cheeky, energetic, gleefully trashy, and filled with junky spectacle.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
79% American Honey (2016) Star is a girl that grew up fast and [actress Sasha] Lane invests her with a mix of survivalist experience and emotional immaturity suddenly let loose without responsibility or oversight. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It would be so easy to make Florence the butt of the joke, the victim of an elaborate prank perpetrated by a slice of New York society feeding her delusions, but her story borders on tragedy...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
100% Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994) ... the rich red color scheme brings a vibrancy to the scenes: it's the color of love, anger, passion, heat, and it warms this into becoming the most forgiving film in the series.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
90% Three Colors: White (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994) [T]his is the comedy of the trilogy, not so much a black comedy as a wicked satire in the cold white light of Polish winter, which (as you would expect) informs the color palette of this film.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
100% Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu) (1993) The saturated hues are calming, protective, but also isolating; the rest of the world fades away when she's enveloped in the blue of the water.‐ GreenCine
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
100% Playtime (1973) ... an accumulation of minor touches, little dissonances, imaginative observations, and pieces of creative business: hundreds of details that erupt with lives of their own but fit together like a clockwork mechanism with a human heartbeat.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
95% A Touch of Zen (1969) King Hu's romantic chivalry adventure is a masterpiece of Chinese cinema, a magnificent epic with grand battles fought with the grace of a ballet with swords, and the most significant cinematic inspiration for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
91% Eraserhead (1977) "In heaven, everything is fine," but in Eraserhead (1977) nothing is fine. David Lynch's debut feature is grim, disturbed, mutated, claustrophobic, a world that appears to be unraveling-or, more accurately, decaying-before our eyes.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
81% Life of Riley (2014) ... a pleasant frivolity, a mix of bedroom farce (without the bedrooms), romantic comedy, and self-aware theater that opens on the first day of rehearsals and ends after closing night.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
84% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) This is the film I will remember as Resnais' final word on love, life, and art.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
97% Gilda (1946) Rita Hayworth's entrance is pure Hollywood starcraft: a perfectly lit close-up as she whips her head into frame, her hair lashing back and revealing her bright face and wide, mischievous grin. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
No Score Yet Wishful Drinking (2010) Carrie Fisher's one-woman show, an autobiographical monologue with video clips and visual aids, is a savagely satirical look back at her life and legacy growing up as the daughter of show-business royalty Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
48% Boxcar Bertha (1972) [Martin] Scorsese was anxious to show his chops on a real Hollywood feature and does so admirably (if impersonally) with rough-and-ready style on a mix of true story and exploitation drama.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
79% Punch-Drunk Love (2002) ... weird in all the best ways, a film of unexpected bounces and unusual shadings.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
94% Iron Man (2008) It's faithful to the comic origins without being slavish, draws ideas from the entire run of the series, and stirs a self-aware sense of humor through the action while still taking the enterprise seriously. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
99% Annie Hall (1977) Allen tosses out the usual romantic comedy conventions for his own brand of humor, but under the gags and self-effacing jokes is the portrait of two people who fall in love and then... fall out of love.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
81% Hellboy (2004) Ron Perlman, performing under a massive ember-red suit... is perfect as the cigar-puffing, wisecracking, kitten-loving demon who covertly battles supernatural monsters.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017