Sonny Bunch

Sonny Bunch
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Fun, exciting, a little sweet: the perfect Valentine's Day blockbuster - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 88% Arctic (2019) Arctic is fascinating as a study of the creation of society on a micro level, of the things we do for each other for no reason other than our shared humanity. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 73% Cold Pursuit (2019) There's a weird, wry sense of humor running through Cold Pursuit, an almost aggressively regressive brand of yuks that consistently made me giggle. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/4 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Jake Gyllenhaal is solid as the increasingly unhinged Morf, bringing a weightiness to a part that could have easily devolved into silliness. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 87% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Dogs have often been useful components of American propaganda films ... but Sgt. Stubby kicks it up a notch, placing a pooch in the center of all the action. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
2.5/4 26% Polar (2019) There's something delightfully regressive about the first half or so of Polar. ... Unfortunately, the action-comedy trades madness for melancholy in its closing moments. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/4 37% Glass (2019) Sadly, Glass isn't quite tight enough to drive home its points. In that looseness we find a sin worse than sloppiness or authorial vanity: we find boredom. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) A truly fascinating cinematic document, the sort of thing that shows the power, and the limitations, of the artform to transport audiences through space and time. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is fun. It's a lot of fun! Especially if you are willing to shut your brain off and enjoy the movie on the level it is intended. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/4 66% Vice (2018) Despite the hagiographic elements at play here-really, Cheney should send McKay a nice bottle of scotch for putting together such a paean-Vice, sadly, isn't perfect. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 59% Vox Lux (2018) If Vox Lux is great, its greatness derives in no small part from the voiceover narration of Willem Dafoe. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The best comic book movie released this year, and the only one that should even be considered for a best picture nomination at the Oscars. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs alternates between dark, lunatic humor and darker, depressing morbidity. In other words, it's The Full Coen. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 96% Roma (2018) Roma's not cold, but it is calculating. You can almost feel Cuaron pulling your strings, a jealous deity happy to make you squirm in your seat while you beg for mercy. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 94% The Favourite (2018) Sumptuous period settings and top-notch performances. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) Surprisingly touching treatment of villains makes up for rote boxing action. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/4 91% Widows (2018) One twist too many hobbles compelling crime drama. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) But what about your gaffes, Gary Hart? - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1.5/4 64% Suspiria (2018) The final half hour of Suspiria suggests there's a brash, mad movie buried somewhere under all this pretense, one that could have rivaled Mandy for most-[crazy]-fun movie of the year. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) Green and company's film feels almost like a repudiation of Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of Halloween, which posited Myers as a victim. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 87% First Man (2018) IMAX's superior technical possibilities are often used for spectacle, and that's fine. But Chazelle has done something more important with the large format: He's made a thematic point. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 29% Venom (2018) It feels like it takes forever to get to the fun weirdness, which is odd since this movie is only really about 100 minutes long. But ... I'm kind of interested in seeing a sequel? - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Bradley Cooper outshines Lady Gaga in competent retread. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The plot is threadbare; the story, such as it is, relatively uninteresting. ... As an acting showcase, however, there is much to love. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The House With a Clock in Its Walls has a slick competence and cleverness that will appeal to adults and just enough menace to make the film tense but not terrifying for younger viewers. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 91% Mandy (2018) Mandy is an instant cult classic. ... This is a rock opera as envisioned by the lords of hell. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 32% The Predator (2018) The Predator doesn't quite work because it's never quite clear what it wants to be and, when it finally does snap into focus, it's about the wrong things. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/4 12% Peppermint (2018) You could put Garner in a Taken/John Wick-style high-concept action-thriller annually and I'd show up for each and every one of them. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2.5/4 32% Kin (2018) Intriguing and entertaining, a rare original sci-fi flick that leaves audiences wanting to know more. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
1.5/4 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Puppets? Saying dirty words? Whooooooaaaaaa. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Cluttered and awkward. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/4 23% Mile 22 (2018) Lauren Cohan has real screen presence and looks capable of making the leap from TV to film, rarely an easy chasm to cross. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/4 45% The Meg (2018) The Meg is undoubtedly dumb but it's a fun sort of dumb as most types of fun involving giant, murderous sharks tends to be. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Pooh saves his (possibly crazy) childhood chum from adulthood's doldrums. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Quick pacing and impeccable action scenes compensate for predictability. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/4 58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Unfriended: Dark Web is the best horror movie so far this year: the scariest, most resonant picture of 2018. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
4/4 93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) [2001] endures as a monument to monumental filmmaking not because it's asking big questions or positing big answers, but because it just looks so damn good on the big screen. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2.5/4 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley's dark comedy, which riffs on our substitution of memes for culture and acceptance of reality TV's degradation in exchange for true art, rarely devolves into mere hectoring. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Perfectly disposable pop culture. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2/4 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Sequel looks into the abyss-and flinches away - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Stop trying to save these dinosaurs. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/4 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) There's a lot to love here, first and foremost Bob pulling Mr. Mom duties while Elastigirl is out saving the world. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The best date movie of the summer. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/4 96% Filmworker (2018) Filmworker seems to have a more jaundiced view of Kubrick than Vitali does. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/4 93% First Reformed (2018) Every moment of First Reformed feels perfectly framed and precisely lit. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2.5/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It's ... fine. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2018
2.5/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) An entertainingly nihilistic night out. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/4 54% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) A searing condemnation of the ways in which politics have a tendency to creep into every nook and cranny of life, from artistic endeavors to love affairs to friendships. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2.5/4 97% The Rider (2018) Director Chloe Zhao does an admirable job of introducing us to the rodeo world without being didactic about it. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
2/4 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here doesn't quite work for me ... but it is certainly worth watching once it hits streaming services for Phoenix's performance alone. - Washington Free Beacon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018