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 38% Outside the Wire (2021) It's a trite criticism but a true one; Outside the Wire would probably be far more enjoyable as a video game than a movie. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/5 33% The Marksman (2021) The Marksman's conventional genre indulgences are elevated by its middle-brow aspirations; some gorgeous Arizona scenery and a Neeson protagonist more keen to embrace - rather than disguise - the actor's longevity. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/5 51% The Midnight Sky (2020) George Clooney's first foray into big-budget genre fare is just successful enough to overcome its numerous dramatic shortcomings - largely due to his impressive two-hander as filmmaker-star. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
2/5 25% Breach (2020) Breach isn't nearly as offensively lazy as most of Bruce Willis' recent direct-to-consumer action flicks... even if you'd be hard-pressed to ever call it genuinely good. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) A dense, poignant, and often painful love letter to black music, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom serves as a stunning - and undeniably bittersweet - showcase for Chadwick Boseman's singular talents. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
4/5 83% Mank (2020) If perhaps a film easier to admire than it is to love, Mank nevertheless re-affirms David Fincher's eye for exacting filmmaking, aided at all times by a crackerjack cast - especially a brilliantly volcanic Gary Oldman. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
1.5/5 30% Jiu Jitsu (2020) A few fun fights notwithstanding, this kitschy B-movie is undermined by both its embarrassingly cheap visual effects and the disappointingly scant presence of Nicolas Cage. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
3/5 86% Dead (2020) Underneath all the ridiculousness, Dead has an honest heart where the matters of life, death, love, and regret are concerned. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2.5/5 52% Skylines (2020) Though the general production is never less than competent, Skylin3s' Syfy-calibre writing too often renders it a low-energy chore. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 100% Slaxx (2020) Slaxx doesn't quite achieve its full gonzo potential, but might give you a moment for pause the next time you slip on a pair of jeans - for more than one reason. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3.5/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) If it took 14 years for Sacha Baron Cohen's most beloved creation to return to our screens, it's tough to imagine a more comically opportune - or politically devastating - time for the reprise. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) A frothier joint than many Coppola fans will surely be expecting, but also quietly defiant in its own way, and performed with spritely glee by Bill Murray in particular. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.5/5 91% African Apocalypse (2020) African Apocalypse wrestles with the savagery of western civilisation in uniquely disquieting fashion, while considering how the sins of the national past can be redressed today. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2.5/5 40% Honest Thief (2020) Honest Thief is fun for a few trashy kicks and unintentional laughs, though struggles to convince with its fundamentally shaky premise and credibility-straining action as a pension-age Neeson barrels through men half his age. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Striding into the Wind (2020) This slight, satirical existential drama has a lot to say about the economics of modern existence, though very nearly falls apart with its glacial third act. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
2.5/5 90% Rose: A Love Story (2020) Though compellingly acted, Rose: A Love Story ultimately feels like an uninspired, self-consciously coy grab-bag of indie-horror cliches. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
3/5 100% If It Were Love (Si c'était de L'amour) (2020) Sensual, sexy, and hypnotic, If It Were Love delivers a wistful, charged tribute to the bygone '90s rave culture, even if it likely won't rouse much interest outside of its firm niche. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
3/5 67% Ammonite (2020) Ammonite is tenaciously acted by its terrific leads as you'd expect, though Lee's stark approach prevents the central romance from fully sticking to the ribs. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
3.5/5 96% The Human Voice (La Voz Humana) (2020) An entrancingly strange one-hander and a fitting paean to the present global vibe of isolation and alienation. And like the very best shorts, it leaves you eager to see more. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
3/5 65% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) It's tough to appreciate exactly what Franco is trying to say here, but New Order's brazenly brutal vision nevertheless lingers in the brainpan for better or worse. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 96% Nomadland (2020) Hopeful and human yet bathed in unmistakable melancholy, Nomadland isn't a film striving to be particularly profound, which is in many ways precisely why it is. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 80% Zanka Contact (2020) Overlong and tonally uneven, Zanka Contact nevertheless bathes in its scuzzy appeal, and is as such far too interesting to be written off, no matter its many issues. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 89% Limbo (2020) Limbo approaches its downcast subject matter with an off-kilter, surprisingly hilarious vibe, and with any luck will put writer-director Ben Sharrock firmly on the map. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 82% Notturno (2021) A grim yet beautiful tableau, if perhaps too spare in presentation - and too obviously arranged for its filmmaker's benefit - to fully satisfy. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/5 77% One Man and His Shoes (2020) An intriguing if hardly authoritative dive into sneaker culture, vaulting from the history of the Air Jordan brand to the dark side of unregulated, irresponsible corporate greed. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) A glorious, slyly affecting call for global connection during one of the strangest, most alienating years in recent human history, as expertly presented by Spike Lee. What more could you want? - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3.5/5 100% Shadow Country (Krajina ve Stínu) (2020) Bohdan Sláma finds a unique through-line for his World War II drama - a searing yet restrained examination of how war taints the souls of everyone it touches. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet A Common Crime (Un crimen común) (2020) Elisa Carricajo's firm acting effort is undermined by this dry-as-a-bone treatment of an intriguing, potential-filled premise. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 80% Ultraviolence (2020) Ultraviolence is truly a polemic for past, present, and probably future - horrifying, infuriating, vital, and eventually hopeful in the power of people to resist. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 92% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) An ingenious, unexpectedly poetic faux-doc experiment which proves no less truthful once its artifice becomes evident. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3.5/5 95% Cicada (2020) An uncommonly frank, slight romance that's overflowing with empathy and brought to vivid life by its two compelling lead actors. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/5 65% Siberia (2020) I can't say with any certainty what Siberia is really about, but as a barmy subconscious sandbox for Willem Dafoe's compellingly unhinged performance, I was never bored. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/5 59% The Intruder (El prófugo) (2020) Érica Rivas' sensational performance rescues an enticing horror film which nevertheless struggles to conjure a satisfying resolution. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3.5/5 83% Undine (2020) This wistful tale of romantic anguish may be too subdued for those craving a dishy supernatural love story, yet derives considerable power from Paula Beer's nuanced central performance. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/5 92% Wildfire (2020) Though deigning to silliness in its third reel, Wildfire presents a searing, well-wrought drama about generational trauma to mostly disarming effect, aided by spectacular performances from its two leads. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
3/5 71% Genus, Pan (Lahi, Hayop) (2020) This grim, oddball treatise on unchecked capitalism won't win Lav Diaz many new fans, but if you can forgive its elongated runtime and technical eccentricities, it's just compelling enough to work. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
4/5 92% Supernova (2021) Conventional on the surface but uncommonly affecting in approach, Supernova is a low-key, painfully human drama elevated by typically excellent performances from Colin Firth and a never-better Stanley Tucci. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
4/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) A deliriously charming, unrelentingly gorgeous tale of friendship between two young girls - which, honestly, couldn't we all use a little more of in our lives? - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
3.5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Regina King's assured directorial debut doesn't fully escape the trappings of stage-to-screen adaptations, but serves as a captivating actors' showcase all the same. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
3.5/5 95% Mogul Mowgli (2020) A superficially familiar story is shot through a less-familiar cultural prism, enlivened by a typically ferocious performance from the excellent Riz Ahmed. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
4/5 97% The Reason I Jump (2021) This is a deeply compassionate and moving call for understanding, lending a loud voice to those living with autism. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
3.5/5 98% Time (2020) Time is a soul-shattering, deeply compassionate documentary which will likely leave you wishing it were a more fleshed-out deep dive into these people and their heart-rending story. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3.5/5 98% Farewell Amor (2020) A compelling document of not only the fraught immigrant experience in America, but the black experience also. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/5 69% 180 Degree Rule (Khate Farzi) (2020) A grim, heart-wrenching, and occasionally ham-handed avalanche of tragedies, which owes a lot to Sahar Dolatshahi's compassionate lead performance. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/5 91% Relic (2020) Like so many great horror films, Relic uses its supernatural footings to accentuate an achingly human character study. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3.5/5 92% Herself (2021) This sentimental yet affecting drama is elevated by sensitive direction and a stonking performance from Clare Dunne in the lead role. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3.5/5 95% The Disciple (2020) If you're able to give yourself over to it, there's a quiet brutality to this tale of dogmatic obsession, shot and performed with simmering intensity as it is. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) A witty, charming, crowd-pleasing courtroom drama that's passionately performed by a terrific ensemble and expertly edited for maximum impact. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
4/5 65% The Devil All the Time (2020) Though not for those of a queasy disposition, this red-blooded, southern-fried thriller soars off the back of a spectacular cast and Antonio Campos' tight formal direction. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3.5/5 98% The Swerve (2020) The Swerve's devastating depiction of domestic depression is elevated by an astonishing, tortured performance from Azura Skye. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020