Wade Major

Wade Major
Tomatometer-approved critic
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Film Critic, Boxoffice Magazine

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T-Meter Title | Year
82% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) It is just an absolute joy to watch. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) It doesn't try to influence your perception of what [the subjects] are saying, and it's really beautiful filmmaking. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
97% The Cave (2019) If you don't completely crumple down and cry, you don't have a heart. It's a devastating film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) An absolutely extraordinary achievement on every conceivable level, even though I think it's a bit of a cheat. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It goes from the absurd to the poignant in a very acute way... It is so unique, so original, and such a refreshing breath of incredibly fresh air. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) I admire it, but I don't particularly love it... Technically, it is an extraordinary achievement, but it's still kind of a mini-Twilight Zone experiment. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It doesn't feel fresh anymore. However, I do appreciate that the cast is still having fun. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) This [sequel] is not only unnecessary, it's a betrayal of the entire lore. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
78% Collisions (2019) What's really good about this is that even though it is very timely... It doesn't wear it on its sleeve. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) There's no Sigourney Weaver and there's no Ridley Scott... Given that caveat, it's really comprehensive and very impressive. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) I like it... [But] I did feel like there was some pulled punches here. Perhaps because [the film] is too personal. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) What an unfortunate mess this is. This is probably what happens when you have a famous newspaper incident that is narratively threadbare and then you wind up with filmmakers who think there's more poetry to the story than is really there. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
69% Joker (2019) A rather extraordinary movie... Ultimately, it is a study of the instability in the mind, the outer instability in the world, and what happens when those two things lay over each other in an extremely volatile way. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
50% American Dreamer (2019) It takes some turns that feel very contributed, but you're watching this basically to watch Jim Gaffigan work and do something we haven't seen him do before. And in that regard, it's very rewarding. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
80% Auggie (2019) This is quite a smart, little independent film... It's sad, touching, and provocative. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
76% Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) It's formula, but it's charming. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) There's a lot [about Roy Cohn] to unpack psychologically. I don't think the film unpacks all of it, but it doesn't need to... It restores him back into the middle of a cultural conversation when we need to talk to him. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) I think this is James [Gray's] best film... Every performance here, every nuance, and every detail is just pitch-perfect. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
69% Three Peaks (2019) It is incredibly effective... [director Jan Zabeil] really sets you up. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
62% Lying and Stealing (2019) It's like they made Ocean's 11, but made it Ocean's 2 and didn't care. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
75% Armstrong (2019) It's not remarkable in terms of craft... but they do get some amazing interviews. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
96% Firecrackers (2019) It does tread familiar territory, but it manages to freshen it in a really exhilarating way. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) What I love most about this movie is that it's the first film since The Joy Luck Club that touches on the collision of Western values and Confucian values... It's such a wonderful film in every conceivable way. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
88% Ladies in Black (2018) I love this film. I absolutely, unabashedly love it... It's a wonderful, pastoral, poetic, melodramatic and oftentimes very funny and touching portrait of 1959 Sydney. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Jessie Buckley is just one of those towering presences who just takes over a movie and owns it. The movie winds up molding itself to her and that's a credit to the director. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It is a bit of a reboot... If you can get past that, I think there are some wonderful, charming things here. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
92% The Serengeti Rules (2019) What an amazing documentary this is -- really extraordinary. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) This doesn't really pioneer any new ground. You're watching because the performances are so good and because [director Joanna] Hogg has a really interesting visual style. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
71% ANIARA (2019) You start going through all the logistical problems inherent in this scenario... [But] once I was able to get past some of that, then I was able to absorb some of the big existential questions. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's really impossible to keep track of all the rules, but you don't really care... because the action scenes are so elaborate, so well-choreographed, and so much fun. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
91% The Most Dangerous Year (2019) It has the same problem I have with most advocacy cinema, regardless of the message, which is that it ultimately winds up one-sided, propagandistic, and perhaps counterproductive. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
100% Mosul (2019) It is harrowing, but if you can stomach it, it's an extraordinary thing to sit through. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) It's a really good doc... I think this would be a really fantastic double feature with "The Brink." - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
85% Nureyev (2019) It is stylistically beautiful... This really gets to the heart of [Nureyev]. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Tells [the story] faithfully, but maybe not bravely. It's a competent film, it's an interesting film... but I don't think it digs as deeply as it could. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
100% American Relapse (2019) There are no happy endings here... It's horrifying. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
40% Unplanned (2019) It's not going to change any minds. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
92% A Vigilante (2019) It's a very impressively-made film. [Writer-director Sarah Daggar-Nickson]'s visual sense of style, her command of an elliptical style is really strong -- for 60 minutes... The last 30 minutes are fine, but it's not on the same level. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) I liked it quite a lot, but I liked it with allowances... It's a bit of a strange adaptation. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
57% Touch Me Not (2019) It tries to be provocative, but it ultimately is just meaningless and rather meandering. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
70% Climax (2019) Look, if you've seen one of [Gaspar Noé's] previous films, you know what to expect, and you know whether you're going to love it or hate it... I hate his films. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
60% Saint Judy (2019) It's a little on the nose, but despite that it has moments and the story... is quite interesting on the merits. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) It ultimately doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it doesn't need to. The scares are there. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
43% The Wedding Guest (2019) Basically, it's Double Indemnity... I thoroughly enjoyed this film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Is this Neil Jordan's best film? No. Is it Isabelle Huppert's best performance? No. But it's a wonderful pastiche. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) Eccentric, funny, shocking, and surprising. It's wonderful. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
44% American Hangman (2019) It starts to feel a little bit phony. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
No Score Yet Mojin: The Worm Valley (2019) It has a 14-minute prologue to explain all the characters and all the rules -- and even then it makes no sense. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
94% Communion (Komunia) (2019) It's very, very effective... Very depressing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
80% A Twelve-Year Night (La noche de 12 años) (2018) A second-tier "Papillon"... It just doesn't add anything. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019