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      Peter Martin

      Peter Martin

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      Born and raised in Los Angeles, seasoned in New York, now editing and writing in Dallas, mostly about movies. Of Mexican and Irish descent.


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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      It Ain't Over (2022) By not calling attention to itself, It Ain’t Over ensures that all interest accrues to Yogi Berra ... It’s a distinguished record that doesn’t need much burnishing, and director Sean Mullin pays tribute in a fleet and fast-moving 98 minutes. -
      Read More | Posted May 25, 2023
      The Little Mermaid (2023) Altogether charming, thoughtful and romantic. -
      Read More | Posted May 22, 2023
      White Men Can't Jump (2023) With a minimum of trash-talking, funny or otherwise, though, and little else to distract, attention inevitably turns to the familiar story, which feels routine, almost rote, as well as the poorly-defined characters. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted May 18, 2023
      Fast X (2023) More does not always mean better, as painfully demonstrated in Fast X. -
      Read More | Posted May 17, 2023
      The Sword in the Stone (1963) The 2D animation looks splendid, if not up to the heights of previous Disney animated affairs. The antics of playful animals appeal to the child in all of us, while the story moves at a good pace and varies pleasantly from Arthur-ian expectations -
      Read More | Posted May 16, 2023
      Crater (2023) Earns its way into the heart as a movie that is aimed at young people without ever talking down to them. Instead, it treats the audience as equals, which is an incredibly rare thing nowadays. -
      Read More | Posted May 12, 2023
      Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) Consistently chaotic and confusing, the film is the kind of mess that only a mother could love. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2023
      Peter Pan & Wendy (2023) The ambition and the beauty of the film is undeniable. Peter Pan & Wendy is definitely not your father’s favorite family film. It distinctly hews an independent path to its intended conclusion. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2023
      Invitation to a Murder (2023) Mischa Barton plays the sleuthing Miranda as a woman who has just found a purpose in her life, a moment when her natural bent toward close observation and analytical talents point her toward her future. ... A pleasant, enjoyable murder mystery. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2023
      Showing Up (2022) Director Kelly Reichardt ... captures great big slabs of life, and then distills them into tasty slices that resonate and echo, like a flat stone skipped on a calm lake, rippling quietly yet memorably. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2023
      To Catch a Killer (2023) Without descending into shrill sloganeering, the implicit anti-gun messages are weaved into the fabric of the narrative, elevating the material from the typical, limited, familiar range of police procedurals. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2023
      Suzume (2022) By gentle turns that appear effortless, the film swerves, swoops and swoons. ... Suzume is very sneaky. I didn't even notice it had stolen my heart until I started to weep uncontrollably. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2023
      Sakra (2023) The action sequences concentrate on overwhelming the viewer with an incredible number of actors, stunt people, ordinary objects, sharp weapons, and visual effects, all flying and crashing through the air. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2023
      The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) Gradually, the very young-skewing aesthetic, which might have been perfectly fine and acceptably silly for its intended audience, gives way to a mess of a movie that becomes increasingly dark and destructive. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Apr 04, 2023
      Air (2023) It’s a key, authorized chapter in the corporate lives of Nike and Michael Jordan, playing out to its finish like a warmly-remembered basketball game with an incredible buzzer-beater. -
      Read More | Posted Apr 04, 2023
      Fist of the Condor (2023) Marko Zaror remains an amazing performer who dazzles with his physical dexterity. ... Beyond the dynamic martial arts sequences, which are reason enough to watch the movie, the story is solid. ... More, please. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Apr 03, 2023
      One Day as a Lion (2023) It's a sour situation that's writer Caan gives a spin so that it sits on the edge of comedy, largely thanks to his own performance ... Sufficiently likable to overcome its evident shortcomings and makes for a roughly criminal B-picture. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Apr 03, 2023
      Tetris (2023) Moves at a pace that slowly picks up speed and resembles a video game. But it’s a good video game, and one that is irresistible. -
      Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2023
      Boston Strangler (2023) It's a crime drama, ticking away softly as events unfold. Some scenes unnerve, slowly, breathing in order to allow the impact to become clear. ... Keira Knightley gives her finest performance to date. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2023
      Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1978) Entirely engaging, if a bit messy, while pointing forward to what John Woo would accomplish in the coming decade as he developed his skills as a director. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Mar 09, 2023
      Luther: The Fallen Sun (2023) A gripping thriller that becomes more ambitiously outlandish as it progresses. Apparently desiring to top himself, though, writer Neil Cross keeps pushing boundaries ... until the film is simply nasty and ridiculous. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2023
      Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (2023) It features a slew of talented actors doing their very best to treat the extremely silly movie as though it were Serious And Actually Meant Something. -
      Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2023
      Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) Feels like a very fitting memorial to a friend who died unexpectedly from a horrible disease, far too young. -
      Read More | Posted Feb 09, 2023
      American Murderer (2022) The film elides many tropes or excesses that might be expected from its title. Instead, it paints a portrait of a murderous character whose poisonous behavior proved to be suffocating for anyone who touched him. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2023
      The Maltese Falcon (1941) The film moves like lightning, without ever appearing to hurry. -
      Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2023
      King Shakir Recycle (2022) I got a kick out of King Shakir Recycle, and appreciated that the film also leans toward its roots in Turkey ... It's a lovely addition to Disney Plus for youngsters, and the movie is worth sampling, especially in its original language. -
      Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2023
      New Gods: Yang Jian (2022) The film looks gorgeous; who doesn't enjoy plenty of eye candy? - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2023
      The Son (2022) What makes The Son difficult to watch is that it evinces no sympathy for its beleaguered characters, and does so in a profoundly straightforward fashion. -
      Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2023
      The Drop (2022) Bitter experience has taught me that there is no such thing as a universal sense of humor. Some things that I find funny might appall and/or disturb you. Nothing in The Drop struck me, personally, as funny, which made watching all 93 minutes a drag. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2023
      Broker (2022) From the premise, it’s easy to expect something routine or tawdry. Hirokazu Kore-eda is not an ordinary filmmaker, however, as the simple yet profound Broker demonstrates yet again. -
      Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2023
      Man in the Wilderness (1971) Rather than people, Man in the Wilderness focuses on how an individual with great respect for the Great Outdoors can survive and thrive. -
      Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2023
      M3GAN (2022) Cleverly scripted and superbly directed, the newest killer doll on the block exceeds expectations. -
      Read More | Posted Jan 06, 2023
      Corsage (2022) Writer/director Marie Kreutzer is less interested in the facts of Elisabeth’s life and/or the year that is dramatized in the film, and much more concerned with the emotional truths that speak to what Elisabeth was likely dealing with at the time. -
      Read More | Posted Jan 04, 2023
      A Man Called Otto (2022) By the merest dampness in his eyes, a stiffening resolve in his face, or an adjustment in his body language, [Tom Hanks shows that he] is, indeed, a very fine dramatic actor who also wrings every last laugh possible out of his familiar comic persona. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2022
      Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) The complexity and pleasures of Glass Onion lies in its ability to maneuver smoothly between genres. ... Features a powerhouse performance by Janelle Monae. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2022
      Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022) Empathetic and respectful to a fault, it smacks of an “authorized biography,” acknowledging her darkest moments and periods of tribulation, but only to the degree that emphasizes her vulnerability to stronger personalities. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2022
      Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) A spectacular must-see in 3D, Avatar: The Way of Water is more like a three-hour amusement park ride than a movie. But what a ride! -
      Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2022
      Cooley High (1975) Moments that ring true and feel like they're borrowed from real life, which is the gift that writer Eric Montes brings ... Michael Schulz directs with consummate ease, building a wonderfully ebullient atmosphere in which the actors can shine. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2022
      Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again (2022) Pleasantly nostalgic, if not particularly engaging, and certainly not compelling. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 09, 2022
      Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022) It is the first time del Toro has made anything resembling a family-friendly film that is made to be devoured by youngsters. ... Sumptuously realized. It's a very dark vision, best seen through adult eyes first, even though it's rated PG. -
      Read More | Posted Dec 09, 2022
      Warriors of Future (2022) An ambitious spectacle that deserves respect for its intention. Its execution is an entirely different matter. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Dec 06, 2022
      Troll (2022) Feels faintly familiar, while refreshingly different, featuring new wrinkles that are well-considered and profoundly satisfying. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Dec 01, 2022
      A Wounded Fawn (2022) Coheres into a beautiful, righteous, if somewhat chaotic painting, driven by the strong, surprisingly complex performances by Josh Ruben, Sarah Lind and Malin Barr. Director Travis Stevens makes it all hang together. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Dec 01, 2022
      Nr. 10 (2021) A freakin' fantastic (?!) film. It begins like a deadpan comedy of sorts about an adulterous affair among actors and their director as they rehearse a new, absurdist stage production. Then it morphs effortlessly into something else entirely, - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2022
      Nanny (2022) As a kind of visual tone poem, Nanny burrows its way under the skin while also mesmerizing with its command of precisely calculated framing and visuals. In its own quiet way, it’s quite stunning. -
      Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2022
      The Fabelmans (2022) Entirely absorbing and eminently entertaining, The Fabelmans is a true marvel to behold, a jewel that will last a lifetime. Or more. -
      Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2022
      Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me (2022) Even if you’re not necessarily a fan of Gomez’ music or other work, the documentary works effectively, in large part because of its emotional intimacy. -
      Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2022
      Disenchanted (2022) Entirely pleasant and an enjoyable watch, even if it's not quite up to the original's reinvention of the Disney princess. In short: it's fun, and that's certainly a good thing. -
      Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2022
      MVP (2022) Empathetic and balanced, Nate Boyer makes the connection between military veterans and retired professional athletes crystal clear. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Nov 09, 2022
      Armageddon Time (2022) For most of his filmmaking career, however, James Gray has defied expectations and created his own path forward. Now it's resulted in what may be his warmest, truest film yet. - ScreenAnarchy
      Read More | Posted Nov 02, 2022
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