Shaun Munro

Shaun Munro
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Shaun was born in South-East England in 1988, and began pursuing a career in film journalism after completing a degree in Film and Literature at the University of Essex in 2009. As of 2017 he writes film reviews for Flickering Myth. <br> Twitter: @DuskTilShaun
Favorites:
Terminator 2, Requiem for a Dream, Pulp Fiction, Toy Story, Fight Club, The Matrix, Goodfellas, Back to the Future, The Thing, Groundhog Day, Network, Happiness
Location: London, UK

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 42% Stuber (2019) Nanjiani and Bautista are clearly having a blast, but their easy chemistry is at the mercy of a depressingly formulaic buddy-actioner script. It's watchable, for sure, but is that really good enough with this much talent involved? - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
2/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Solid performances aren't enough to prop up this deathly dull, shopworn horror film rife with obvious jump scares and...not much else. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 82% Midsommar (2019) Ari Aster pulls no punches with this mighty sophomore effort, which trades the operatic power of his debut for a looser yet more ambitious form. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
1/5 33% Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019) Flabbergastingly lazy bargain basement tosh from Sly and co., and one unlikely to please even the scarce few who enjoyed its rancid predecessor. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Though not the persuasively improved Marvel sequel many will be hoping for, Spider-Man: Far From Home delivers more of the wry humour, kinetic action and well-placed fan service the MCU has built its foundations on. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) A brilliant premise notwithstanding, this broad-to-a-fault musical-comedy feels wasted on both its over-qualified director Danny Boyle and a hugely game cast. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Despite its dubious "necessity", Toy Story 4 adds an emotionally ambitious, tear-jerking post-script to Pixar's flagship franchise. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) Though few were angling for a new Child's Play - sans-Brad Dourif, no less - this unassuming re-do offers a dementedly satirical modern take for the smart tech era. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) If breezy to a fault and failing to fully embrace its mighty promise, Brightburn's uncommonly nasty approach to caped shenanigans will surely win it a legion of enthusiastic fans. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
1.5/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) In a summer jam-packed with low-effort disappointments, the lazy, cynical Men in Black: International represents everything gross about franchise reboot-sequels. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) A rare English-language re-do that doesn't sanitise its inspiration, Gloria Bell uncovers potent humanity through quiet observational drama and adds yet another stonking performance to Julianne Moore's enviable filmography. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Fox's X-Men franchise wraps up with a regrettably listless, mechanical finale that feels neither essential nor satisfying. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4.5/5 97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) 13 years following the show's heartbreaking cancellation, Deadwood: The Movie gives fans the emotional - if certainly not definitive - closure they so thoroughly deserve. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
1/5 33% Domino (2019) Brian De Palma's first film in seven years marks a depressing, even embarrassing career-low for the master filmmaker, extending his losing streak to an entire quarter-century. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 73% The Perfection (2019) The Perfection may be fundamentally imperfect, but it executes gonzo material with intelligence and panache. Just make sure to go in as blind as possible. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
2.5/5 56% Aladdin (2019) Save for an energetic Will Smith performance and some peppy tunes, Guy Ritchie's Aladdin is a soulless, plastic-injected facsimile of the 1992 animated classic. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
2.5/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) More a series of mildly amusing skits stapled together than an actual narrative feature, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is broad and inoffensive to a fault. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
2.5/5 95% See You Yesterday (2019) An extremely promising concept is lent a disappointingly indifferent treatment in this low-fi, low-effort time travel romp. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) If watching Anne Hathaway feed Rebel Wilson a french fry dipped in toilet water is your idea of a good time, The Hustle just might be for you. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
3.5/5 67% Wine Country (2019) Amy Poehler proves herself a natural comedy filmmaker in this laid-back ensemble charmer; it's as comfortably familiar as a glass of chilled white on a hot summer's day. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
3.5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) A smart, authentic and impressively acted entry into a genre that so rarely does justice to young women, Booksmart marks a striking debut for director Olivia Wilde. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A solidly acted but cynically bland squandering of a potential-filled premise; only the most undemanding genre enthusiasts need apply. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Though rather workmanlike as a true crime bio, Berlinger's film serves as a fine platform for Zac Efron's insidiously spellbinding performance. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) The Rogen-Levine dream team strikes again, filtering their brand of smart-dumb heartfelt comedy through the lens of contemporary politics with a terrific Charlize Theron performance in the bargain. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) A competent improvement over the original Pet Sematary, if disappointingly still lacking in atmosphere and a consistent tonality. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
2.5/5 24% Pet Sematary Two (1992) Better-acted than the original and not without its perverse charms - mostly of the Clancy Brown variety - but a shameless cash-in sequel for the most part. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
2.5/5 52% Pet Sematary (1989) One of the stodgier King adaptations of its period, Pet Sematary 1989 squanders much of its promise with cardboard performances, flat direction and a dire lack of both emotional heft and chilly mood. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
3/5 46% Dumbo (2019) Tim Burton's Dumbo falls short of its incredible potential, but between its adorable title character, its semi-successful extension of the original story and its potent animal rights message, it gets just enough right. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 39% The Dirt (2019) A thoroughly standard issue musical biopic, albeit one which captures - and doesn't fully romanticise - the band's dangerous, anarchic spirit. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
3.5/5 94% Us (2019) If markedly less persuasive than Jordan Peele's mesmerising debut, Us nevertheless beguiles with its entrancing mystery and remarkable performances. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
3.5/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Though unevenly scripted, Triple Frontier makes good on its grizzled ensemble cast, led by J.C. Chandor's robust direction. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 79% Juanita (2019) Veteran actress Alfre Woodard clearly deserves a fiercer streaming vehicle than this, but her typically gripping performance elevates Juanita above its many formulaic trappings. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
1.5/5 20% Serenity (2019) Serenity is a rarest of bad movies where it's tough to imagine what anyone involved was thinking. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 89% Paddleton (2019) A sweet - if necessarily heart-rending - indie road movie with terrific performances from a finely-matched Mark Duplass and Ray Romano. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
3.5/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) A broad-skewing but satisfying underdog sports romp for fans and non-fans alike, enlivened by great performances and some surprisingly nuanced writing. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Despite the law of diminishing returns being firmly in effect, The LEGO Movie 2 is an entertaining sequel girded by spritely animation and game vocal performances. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) Yet further proof that Steven Soderbergh is a master of all filmmaking trades, High Flying Bird sacrifices nothing dramatically through its low-fi technical conception. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Too broad as both horror and satire to be truly effective, but worth watching for a mesmeric Jake Gyllenhaal performance and top-notch supporting cast. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
4/5 83% Shadow Dancer (2013) Likely to be one of the year's best thrillers, Marsh's latest is a beautifully composed, wonderfully acted and thoroughly engrossing film. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/5 21% Polar (2019) It's tough to fault Mikkelsen's inexplicable commitment to the part, but the frantic, scattershot Polar is the streaming equivalent of being force-fed a share size bag of Skittles. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
2/5 33% Victim (2011) There is no social realism here despite the clear attempt to say something, and backing it all to a soundtrack of garish British rap ultimately generates more guffaws than thrills. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2.5/5 39% Close (2019) Noomi Rapace tries her best to prop up this flatly generic, offputtingly chintzy action thriller. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
2.5/5 32% Io (2019) It's never fun to dunk on low-key sci-fi this well made, but ultimately the ponderous, overwrought IO is just a bit of a bore. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
2.5/5 37% Glass (2019) James McAvoy's outstanding performance anchors a shockingly unsatisfying conclusion to M. Night Shyamalan's Eastrail 177 Trilogy. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
4/5 90% Fyre (2019) A jaw-dropping look at what happens when ambition collides with a total lack of business nous and, ultimately, desperation both sad and sinister. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
3/5 53% The Last Laugh (2019) Fundamentally generic old codger froth, yet elevated by Richard Dreyfuss' endearing performance. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
3.5/5 80% Brexit (2019) A touch too cartoonish to be truly biting, but a fittingly broad polemic during the current mid-Brexit maelstrom. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Requiem for a Killer (Requiem pour une Tueuse) (2011) Jérôme Le Gris' film -- sumptuously shot though it is -- lazily rehashes previous girl-with-a-gun narratives. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
3.5/5 87% Colette (2018) Keira Knightley does sublime justice to her real-life subject in this lithe, topical ode to female empowerment. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
3.5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) A simple yet warm-hearted and charming film anchored by an incredible John C. Reilly performance. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019