Wendy Shreve

Wendy Shreve
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Writer Wendy Shreve's blogs, short stories, novels and articles have been published on-line as well as in print. She received her BA at Smith College and MA at University of Montana. Along with teaching in schools and universities in Europe, Asia, and the United States, her professional experience has included working as a freelance consultant, publicist, and copy-writer. Wendy's film review blog, www.featuringfilm.com, has a loyal local, national and international following, including indie and mainstream professionals.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
58% Aladdin (2019) [And] no better teacher to aid the waif, Aladdin, on his journey than Will Smith's layered Genie. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
50% Tolkien (2019) Whether you've read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings or not, the viewer can't help be moved by this better than average bio-pic. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) No matter your conviction, after watching Aretha Franklin channel her faith, body and soul, you will believe in the power of music to move, uplift and set your spirit free. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame dazzles, frazzles, exasperates but never relents. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) To become immersed in this talented director's inventiveness, this indie gem should be seen on the big screen. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Woman At War will leave you breathless. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Think Batman's sidekick, a few years younger, in a more outrageous costume with primo superpowers, Shazam! (2019) - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) A movie that allows for considerable plot development becomes stuffed to the brim with zigzagging, quick scene changes that left me sated, not satisfied. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) If we, the audience, recognize that The Greatest Showman's filmmakers want to entertain not explain, then they've succeeded. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
92% The Shape of Water (2017) With welcome details in every frame, the set design and costumes speak their own language. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
88% The Post (2018) The movie's perfect tempo kept this reviewer rapt until the film's end. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Tailoring shears would've come in handy to snip, snip the pregnant pauses. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Its refreshing to watch a movie which embraces the past without sacrificing the present. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
89% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya becomes a study in stupidity by every player. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Maybe its time for the much-admired director to rest on his laurels. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther strikes a chord for humanity. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
84% Game Night (2018) Game Night provides escapist camp, a fun night at the movies. Keep in mind, however, that rationalization should be checked at the door. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Through a quantum lens, A Wrinkle in Time succeeds. With more attention to the particles, the entire picture would be that much clearer. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) [DeKnight] drops the reins in favor of CGI gone amok, minimalizes the humor, and bloats the melodrama. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
72% Ready Player One (2018) If you enjoy gaming, wax lyrical about 80s entertainment... and appreciate action above under-developed personae, you will love Steven Spielberg's interpretation of Ready Player One. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place epitomizes what great horror stories should be. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
82% Beirut (2018) Hamm's nuanced performance elevates the actor to stardom. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The directors demonstrate how to juggle disparate segments while maintaining an emotional thread. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
71% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) Whether you savor wine, value farming rituals, and/or search for character-driven films with fine performances, you will find Back to Burgundy a story which beckons discovery. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Humor deteriorates into nauseating jokes about pedophilia, character-vivisection, border-line racism and crudity. Escalating violence also undercuts the story-line which gets lost in the mayhem. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
54% Book Club (2018) Book Club underscores why the romantic comedy remains a viable genre. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
83% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) Pope Francis - A Man of His Word will restore your faith in benevolence. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) But all the glitz and glamour can't replace a good script--derivative, a combo of Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve--or an engaging story. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) The characters dictate the plot rather than being instruments in never-ending action; the story grabs your attention, keeps its momentum. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The CGI impresses. However, the characters supersede the special effects. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
61% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) It's Adam Sandler's voice talent as Dracula who steals the movie. Never has Dracula been more alluring or funny. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) [Lily James]'s energy infuses every scene in which she appears, and she, unexpectedly as well as thankfully, out-sings Meryl Streep. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
100% Leave No Trace (2018) In essence, Leave No Trace, reinforces why independent filmmaking continues to capture what mainstream films often cannot--human nature exposed to the elements. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Still, there's enough heart amidst the exploits to satisfy, and, indubitably, Mission: Impossible -Fallout belongs to Tom Cruise. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Cultural awareness doesn't qualify as empathy. Director Spike Lee crafts a testament to that without overt finger-pointing. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Those who've lamented the dearth of rom-com films over the last several years will rejoice, for Crazy Rich Asians more than compensates. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
86% The Wife (2018) The Wife has brilliant, memorable scenes, but its Glenn Close who carries the weight of the movie on her shoulders with ease. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
56% The Bookshop (2018) By the destination's end, we have welcomed the journey that is The Bookshop. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Developing Lewis' character and the young actor's performance would have helped the movie reach its potential. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
29% Venom (2018) For those who long for a comic-book alternative that exemplifies often-overlooked comedic elements, Venom will leave you in stitches. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
89% A Star Is Born (2018) I'd like to see Director Cooper take a "road less traveled" in the future. Still, I admire his effort. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
87% First Man (2018) Interspersed amongst the rattling, vibrato, and shaky camera-work, nonetheless, are Oscar-worthy performances. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
79% Halloween (2018) The well-executed performances add depth to the expected formula. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
97% The Hate U Give (2018) All the performers, adults and teenagers, merit recognition. The Hate U Give, though, belongs to Stenberg. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) If the rhapsodic moments blow in and out of the narrative, they don't prevent Bohemian Rhapsody from being entertaining. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy in her best role to date. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
81% Boy Erased (2018) Writer/director Joel Edgerton's confident pacing as well as his control of the plot development contribute to his (and Garrad Conley's) gripping narrative. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Incorporates so many side shows that by the movie's end the audience feels as muddled as the film's story. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore rises above the material to spin her magic. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
94% Us (2019) Frightening as a cautionary tale about human arrogance; unnerving in its doomsday references, Us invites us to walk through the glass darkly. - Featuring Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019