Wade Major

Wade Major
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film Critic, Boxoffice Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Cleaner (2021) It's not bad. It's not great, but has some good acting and is entertaining. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
80% Convergence: Courage in a Crisis (2021) I appreciated the craft of it. I also felt that we've all been living through this for the last year and a half, so the broad strokes of it were emphasizing things we already know, but I did appreciate a lot of the profile. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
95% Mass (2021) This is like a one act play -- a very well written and conceived one act play. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
100% Jacinta (2021) This is an amazing documentary and one of the most depressing films I've ever seen in my life. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
97% The Rescue (2021) An incredibly accomplished documentary. It is very slick, very thorough. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
42% South of Heaven (2021) It is just a really sloppy, clumsy, and almost insultingly weak screenplay... And yet you forgive it, because the acting is so good. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
84% Lamb (2021) I would describe this as Eraserhead meets Rosemary's Baby as interpreted by Ingmar Bergman. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
3.5/4 84% No Time To Die (2021) ...quite likely the most satisfying Bond film ever made, and it is absolutely the right film - Bond or otherwise - for this moment in time. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2021
65% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) It wasn't quite my cup of tea, but I'm sure it's someones. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
100% Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (2021) It's very low budget, but they've gotten some amazing interviews and clips that more than offset. It's a wonderful tribute, even if it's a conventional tribute. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
100% The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (2021) There's tremendous tension here and some very good writing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
75% Blue Bayou (2021) An absolutely superb film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
79% Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021) It's just so full of it's own righteousness that it doesn't let anything breath. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
86% The Mad Women's Ball (Le bal des folles) (2021) Mélanie Laurent has graduated into a world-class filmmaker. This is an incredible film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
51% Best Sellers (2021) An amazing piece of work. Michael Caine is just flawless here. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
66% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) Not only did I not really care what's going to happen to these characters, but I already know what's going to happen to them -- which is doubly distancing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
59% Cry Macho (2021) It feels like Clint has aged out of even being a mature romantic lead. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) I found it incredibly wonderful how they splice all these genres together. It's faithful to Marvel, but it's also very faithful to the traditions it's importing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
94% Never Gonna Snow Again (2021) I'm not sure what to take from it other than some gorgeous photography. It never goes anywhere. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
71% Annette (2021) Incredibly pretentious and not very entertaining... This is quite a slog. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
82% Whirlybird (2021) The beauty of this is that director Matt Yoka does not judge his characters, but lets them judge themselves. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
88% Nine Days (2021) This is an incredibly brave. You could say that its reach exceeds its grasp, but what it grasps is so much more than what many movies even reach for. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
89% Ailey (2021) That plays almost too much like greatest hits... But it hurts certain beats that are just incredibly powerful. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
90% The Suicide Squad (2021) The Suicide Squad confirms more than ever that Warner Bros. is just completely astray with the DCEU films. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
35% America: The Motion Picture (2021) This is a hot bucket of vomit and one of the worst films I've ever seen in my entire life. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
100% The Ladykillers (1955) It takes all these wonderful twists and turns. It's very funny and clever. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
92% No Sudden Move (2020) This is the Soderbergh film I've been waiting for him to get back to... You may need to see it multiple times to put it all together, but it's a wonderful film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
100% The One and Only Dick Gregory (2021) It's amazing to see all of these lives compressed into one film, and you get this magnificent tapestry of this incredibly complicated but incredibly gifted man. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
52% The Tomorrow War (2021) It mashes up too many movies in a clumsy way, and it ruins a promising premise. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
50% Long Story Short (2021) It's a wonderful trick, and I think [writer-director] Josh Lawson is super clever. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
47% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) It's very impressive to look at, but there's just no story there... It is a lot of effort for something that is ultimately very charmless. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
50% The Forever Purge (2021) It took forever, and I wanted to purge. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
55% Breaking Boundaries: The Science Of Our Planet (2021) The problem is that it spends an hour telling you why we're doomed and then very quickly tries to wrap up in 13 minutes what we can do about it, much of it not sounding realistic. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
No Score Yet Grace and Grit (2021) It's very ambitious, but it doesn't feel like there's a narrative direction to it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
89% Undine (2020) Minor Petzold... Entertaining, but not amazing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
23% Gully (2019) It's very stylish -- it's very impressive in that respect -- but it doesn't seem to go anywhere conclusive or say anything meaningful. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
56% Edge of the World (2021) At long last, Sir James Brooke finally gets his due on film. And it really is a terrific film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
49% Spirit Untamed (2021) A very peculiar and belated sequel to a film that I didn't think was that inspired in the first place... A very misbegotten movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
55% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson have wonderful chemistry, especially after three films now. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
100% The Penny Black (2021) Even though it never really pays off all the intrigue that it sets up, it's still really a fun ride. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
93% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2021) It just feels so authentic and the lives feel so lived-in. It's a really impressive effort. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
92% The Last Days (1999) Still very much one of the most powerful Oscar-winning documentaries of the last quarter century. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
92% Final Account (2021) A superb documentary... It is an amazing collection of voices who sometimes contradict each other. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
75% When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl) (2019) It doesn't go to any great dramatic heights... But it's so beautifully made, and Caroline Link is such an exquisite director. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
61% Into the Darkness (De Forbandede År) (2020) It doesn't end -- it stops... It's as though the two-and-a-half hours you've invested were a complete waste. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
89% The Dry (2021) Eric Bana hasn't been this good in years. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
88% Dream Horse (2021) It's that predictable dish that we've eaten so many times before, but we love it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/4 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) ...the fact that it's so expertly put together makes it a seriously refreshing way to emerge from the pandemic. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
19% The Virtuoso (2021) I'm sorry that it didn't wrap up in a more inventive way, but I really did enjoy it until it got there. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
66% Eat Wheaties! (2021) As dark and icky as this movie seems from the outset, it does win you over. That's entirely to do with Tony Hale. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021