Tim Brennan

Tim Brennan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Tim has been alarmingly enthusiastic about movies ever since childhood. He grew up in Boulder and, foolishly, left Colorado to study Communications in Washington State. Making matters worse, he moved to Connecticut after meeting his too-good-for-him wife. Drawn by the Rockies and a mild climate, he triumphantly returned and settled down back in Boulder County. He's written numerous screenplays, loves hiking, and embarrassed himself in front of Samuel L. Jackson. True story.
Publications: About Boulder, On Denver

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
72% The Lodge (2020) Franz and Fiala made precisely the movie they wanted to make with skill, and they were backed up by a studio that supported their vision, no matter how bleak and wintry that vision might be. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
85% Game Night (2018) The secret weapon of the film is Jesse Plemons as the unsettling Gary. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
40% Justice League (2017) It sometimes feels a little clunky, and the pacing often feels a bit too rushed. But when Justice League works, it's fast, fun, and funny. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri tells us that anger can have its uses, and it does so in a way that's funny, profound, and heartbreaking. This is one of the best films of the year. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
99% Lady Bird (2017) I am awfully fond of it. This film isn't for me, but it doesn't have to be. Someone out there is going to see this film for the first time. Its heartfelt, goofy, and ever-so-slightly twee wavelength will seem to be made just for them... - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) ...fueled by joy, curiosity, awe, and even a little sadness. God, I love this movie. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Art depends on a specific point of view. The Shape of Water is flawed, but there's no denying it's art. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
82% Molly's Game (2018) There are no Jedi, no Avengers, simply an intelligent story told from a very specific point of view. You feel like Hollywood doesn't make that kind of thing any longer? Go see Molly's Game, and you'll see that they never stopped. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
89% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya understands these people, and does so with sympathy and pitch-black humor. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
88% The Post (2018) ...it's a handsome film that has an economy of storytelling that most other filmmakers simply can't match. Yet it takes a good 45 minutes to build up a real sense of momentum, and we never feel the sense of existential terror... - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
92% Phantom Thread (2018) Like Spielberg or Tarantino, Anderson intuitively understands the language of film. He's made a movie that's not only beautiful, but tactile. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
41% Den of Thieves (2018) Problem number one is the script...problem number two is the punishing length of the film at two hours and twenty minutes. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
13% Winchester (2018) There are some clever set pieces, and occasionally we get a good sense of the strange reality behind the horror artifice. Occasionally isn't enough, though, and we could have had something special. It's not a bad movie, just a disappointing one. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) It will move us forward as a culture and, at some point, we'll shake our heads, laugh at Fifty Shades Freed, and keep going. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
97% Black Panther (2018) Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger is easily one of Marvel's best antagonists. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Ultimately, I feel confident in saying that you'll thoroughly enjoy Thor: Ragnarok. This is precision-engineered entertainment that wants you to have fun... - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
61% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) As a pure mystery, Murder on the Orient Express is just okay. But as a Branagh acting showcase, as a handsomely directed film, and as a nostalgic reminder of more elegant times, it's a triumph. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
87% Only the Brave (2017) Only the Brave is a little broad, a little uneven. Regardless, it's a genuinely good film, one that effectively puts us in the boots of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
7% The Snowman (2017) If only a better film could have been made from the engaging novel. If only, if only. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Angela Robinson's film tells us about an interesting aspect of pop culture and gives us a timely celebration of feminine power. Considering what's happened so far in 2017, that's wonderful. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
16% The Mummy (2017) Did they make a film they can be proud of and that will stand the test of time? No, but they created value for their shareholders. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
87% It Comes At Night (2017) The performances are excellent across the board, with one truly impressive standout. As the 17-year-old Travis, Kelvin Harrison Jr. is the audience identification character. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman stands proudly on its own, and a frankly astonishing sequence of Diana crossing No Man's Land alone pushes a fun blockbuster directly into iconic territory. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
17% Baywatch (2017) At the end of the day, the cast and crew of Baywatch all came together to make something absolutely disposable and utterly forgettable. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is the kind of movie that justifies going to the movies... - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The cast knows exactly what kind of film they're making, and there's not a single performance out of step. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
16% The Dark Tower (2017) If you have a rickety foundation and you build atop it, your structure will collapse. In a movie, the script is your foundation and the script for The Dark Tower is rickety as hell. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
84% Detroit (2017) The rage pulsing throughout this movie is one that can spark conversation, engage brain synapses, even cause change. The question is, how much do we want to change, and how many more Algiers will we endure? - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
79% Atomic Blonde (2017) When it focuses on double and triple-crosses, the film becomes a slog. Forget all that. Watch the impeccably made action scenes, the feel of the film, and the powerful Charlize Theron performance that anchors everything. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes is a great film, and it's the end of one of the best science fiction trilogies made in years. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick is so funny, so smart, so heartfelt that it demands to be seen. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Tom Holland is good. Really damn good. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) It's a film that's unsettling, hilarious, and entirely itself. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
43% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) While Hitman's Bodyguard is cheap-looking and ugly as hell in spots, it plays like gangbusters when it works. I can't imagine any good reason to pay full price for this flick at the theaters. I laughed fairly frequently, and I was moderately entertained. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
92% Logan Lucky (2017) The story itself doesn't matter, and in fact, has never really mattered. It's all about how the story is told. Here, we have a cheerful and frequently funny caper that feels like a tall tale told among friends having a few drinks. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) For a story that's just as depressingly relevant in 2017*** as it was in 1973, this film should be a lot more than simply pleasant. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Apparently, Vaughn is working on a third installment. At this point, I'm not sure whether to be excited or irritated by that. He's a good filmmaker, and he can absolutely do better than this. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
86% It (2017) Overall, however, we've got ourselves a very solid tale of kids going up against an unspeakable horror... - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
69% mother! (2017) ...intelligent, perceptive, and special. Having said all that, while this is a film I profoundly admire, I never want to see this film again. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
14% The Circle (2017) The Circle is absolutely a failure, but it's an interesting one. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
85% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) There are still familiar elements, like the early-80's pop tunes that add to the exuberance of the film; overall the film has a vibrant joy that's infectious. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the antidote for grimdark foolishness... - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
30% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) I think the right cast could have risen above all this nonsense. With one exception, everybody does fine with their underwritten roles... - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) While the film isn't perfect due to issues like the non-development of minor characters and an interesting religious concept that's brought up and subsequently ignored, I quite liked Alien: Covenant. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) They had a great opportunity, and they blew it. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
48% Going in Style (2017) Going in Style absolutely fits into the genre and despite me not being the particular target audience, it was entirely fine. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
81% Colossal (2017) ...if you're one of those people who complains that Hollywood keeps making the same movie, put your money where your mouth is. Go see Colossal. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
68% Free Fire (2017) Wheatley is no idiot, but Free Fire is a tale all about sound and fury, signifying nothing. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
93% Logan (2017) When presented with a superior script, the cast stepped up. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Tom Hiddleston is supremely confident, and Brie Larson wants to take an unforgettable picture. Everybody is fine. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The tale of Beauty and the Beast is one made from magic, and not even soulless commerce can break its spell. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020