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
38% Halloween Kills (2021) Green's film was shot in autumn of 2019, so he couldn't have been influenced by the rampant stupidity we all experienced during the 2020 pandemic. Yet he captured the chaos and selfishness surrounding people who were dealing with a problem. Poorly. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
55% The Gateway (2021) While a little unsteady, it's a solid film anchored by a strong performance from Shea Wigham. He's an excellent That Guy, and we're lucky to have him. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
84% No Time To Die (2021) Respect should be paid to Fukunaga and his team for taking a risk, doing something that most corporate franchises would scuttle away from. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2021
92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Shang-Chi has been introduced to the MCU by the right people and in the right ways in the very good Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
89% Friend of the World (2020) As I watched Friend of the World, I kept thinking of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Butler's film feels like Romero and David Lynch had a beautiful and terrifying baby. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
80% Worth (2021) At times, the enormity of this aspect of 9/11 is too large for Borenstein's script, and it can do little more than gesture to it. That's understandable. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
97% The Old Ways (2020) There's very little CGI tomfoolery or jump scares going on, and he efficiently wrings scares out of a creepy atmosphere and very impressive use of sound. That makes for a film that's more elegant and more intelligent than your standard horror fare. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
97% Pig (2021) Pig is a special little film, one that Cage should be proud of. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2021
88% The Green Knight (2021) David Lowery has delivered a film that's hallucinogenic, sensual, and spiritual. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
90% The Suicide Squad (2021) Gunn understands that the Squad is a group of misfits and he uses their reduced status to make them effective underdogs. More importantly, his screenplay has a beating heart underneath the gore. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
86% Tailgate (Bumperkleef) (2021) It's good that Tailgate moves like a rocket. No time is wasted as we blast from scene to scene, but it's better that Crijns efficiently weaves in character development alongside the action. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
92% No Sudden Move (2020) Sometimes, directors will make a genre film, and you can almost feel them straining to rise above it. With No Sudden Move, it never feels that Soderbergh is better than the material. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) While Black Widow doesn't represent the pinnacle of the MCU, it's still a worthy installment. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
48% False Positive (2021) The strongest aspect of the screenplay, written by Ilena Glazer and John Lee, is the subtle (and not so subtle) feeling of gaslighting that Lucy experiences. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
89% Sweet Thing (2021) Sweet Thing might look like a fragile thing, an independent film ready to be crushed by a studio juggernaut. Those films are often the strongest, the kinds that stick around long after a blockbuster has faded from memory. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
94% In the Heights (2021) Even while Chu followed in the time-honored tradition of making a musical that's too damn long, he still made a musical that looks, sounds, and feels gorgeous. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
55% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) The bad news is that the third installment, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It lacks both the heart and genuinely creative scares that brought the franchise to life. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
89% The Dry (2021) The Dry is a strong and perceptive film that deserves to be seen and cherished. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
79% Benny Loves You (2021) A stuffed toy killing people is pretty funny initially, and Holt's screenplay is generally content to coast on that surface idea. There are only so many times the sight of Benny wielding a weapon is entertaining. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
76% North Hollywood (2020) The more specific the film, the easier it is to empathize with it. That's why, despite having exactly zero interest in skateboarding, I was so taken with the new film North Hollywood. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) It's a film that starts strong, ends strong, and suffers from second act bloat. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
77% Stowaway (2021) Given this film and his previous film Arctic, director Joe Penna is carving out a niche as the thoughtful survival adventure guy. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
83% Boys from County Hell (2020) As played out as I am with vampire movies, when I was made aware of Boys From County Hell, a horror-comedy set in a remote Irish village, I was into it. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
67% Crisis (2021) Crisis doesn't just deliver an intelligent and thought-provoking drama. It helps to put a face to a few of those people. It reminds us that beyond the headlines are real people caught in a very real trap. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
82% For the Sake of Vicious (2021) When creative and highly trained stunt professionals are part of the alchemy of moviemaking, the results can be magical. A great example of that magic is the action/horror bloodbath For the Sake of Vicious. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) It strictly exists to be fun, to be cool, and that's something I can absolutely work with. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
96% Slaxx (2020) Gomez and Kephart understand that the core concept is ridiculous, yet their creativity allows them to take aim at the business of fashion and how first-world companies cover their exploitation of labor from developing countries. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) ZSJL does an honest to Martha good job at character development. All the major characters have complete arcs. They change, grow, and are fundamentally different people at the end than they were at the beginning. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
74% Boss Level (2021) While Boss Level feels a little derivative and a teensy bit dumb, it gets points for stretching the genre in new directions. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
80% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Sometimes a funny thing can and should be funny simply for the sake of being funny. Barb and Star is unconcerned with the pandemic, political infighting or the uncertainties of life in the 21st century, and that's exactly as it should be. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
93% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland is a film that revels in moments of quiet, yet its power is considerable. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) I appreciated both the realism in King's scenes of violence and the acceptance some of the characters have that their legacies will only ever be viewed as violent. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
88% Sator (2019) If you go into it understanding that it takes its time and its horror is less about jump scares and more of a surreal unknowability, I think you'll get more out of it. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) At the end of the day, The Little Things is fine. It has a twist (but not too much of a twist), it's slick enough to never get too disturbing, and it doesn't require much heavy lifting for viewers. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) I applaud Fennell's filmmaking skill, particularly the final twenty-five or so minutes of the film. She leaves us with one of those too-rare endings that's shocking and indelible. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) There were several moments ranging from the somber to the strange to the flat-out hilarious, and Kemp never misses a beat with keeping the characterization consistent. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
50% The Midnight Sky (2020) It's tough for me to give this film a fair shake when I can't help but be reminded of better work elsewhere. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
95% Soul (2020) I'm not saying that Pixar is telling stories with the thematic complexity of an Ozu or Kubrick. I am saying that Pixar does what Disney does, only with more sophistication and layers. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
58% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) For me, it felt like a middle to a lower-tier superhero movie. It lacks the dynamic energy of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, the imagination of Avengers: Endgame, and the beating heart and hope of the original Wonder Woman. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
64% Cup of Cheer (2020) Cup of Cheer delivers nonstop silliness and gleeful profanity, a movie that feels like your aunt getting hammered, telling off-color jokes, and puking under the Christmas tree. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
83% Mank (2020) For a story about the greatest movie ever made, the movie never gets hung up on reverence for its subject. Even Fincher's darkest films have a playful undercurrent, and this might be his funniest film. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) I like Howard's work a great deal, and I wish he hadn't directed Hillbilly Elegy. This film needed to be made by either someone intimately familiar with life in poverty or someone very comfortable making viewers uncomfortable while asking hard questions. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
73% All Joking Aside (2020) Director Shannon Kohli shows us that the process of crafting and executing an act takes an inhuman level of focus, and the costs can be brutal. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) If you're going to check out a courtroom drama, the best-case scenario is for Aaron Sorkin to write the screenplay. Having Sorkin direct is the third or fourth-best case scenario, however. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Like the first film, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm doesn't just push the boundaries of good taste, it shreds them with a chainsaw. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
95% The Mortuary Collection (2019) Ryan Spindell has lived in the world of horror for years and internalized its lessons. His direction is confident and assured, and along with keeping things moving at a brisk pace, he knows to tweak the tone to fit the story. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
82% Murder in the Woods (2020) While I hoped for a bigger blast of creativity with Murder in the Woods, I'm happy for its professionalism and its inclusion of Latinx moments and references. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) With luck, future installments will have the courage to get weird. If they're also anchored by the star power of Millie Bobby Brown, we'll really have something to look forward to. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) If a movie is a meal, then The Devil All the Time is cinematic turducken. There is an awful lot of movie here, so much so that I wonder if it wouldn't have worked a bit better as a miniseries. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
100% IRL (2019) When a new relationship is complicated with distance and technology, is it destined to be a disaster, or can it function as a lifeline of sorts? The new film IRL gives us an answer, one that's honest, complicated, and hopeful. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020