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      The Ooh Tray is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ed Whitfield.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) Ed Whitfield There’s something about the relentlessness of Wick’s ordeal that stands above the generic action pictures that clog up the contemporary market place. These movies are superficial but they have a personality and an intensity that lingers in the memory.
      Posted Mar 26, 2023
      Scream VI (2023) Ed Whitfield One’s left with the sense that the series has some untapped potential.
      Posted Mar 19, 2023
      Creed III (2023) Ed Whitfield You can replicate the character dynamics of the original series & its story beats – you can chuck in an exhilarating montage, and direct the climatic showdown with style. But without the heart that powered the original movies, it’s a mechanical pastiche.
      Posted Mar 19, 2023
      Babylon (2022) Ed Whitfield If anything, Babylon is too good a recreation of late-silent era Hollywood – it’s self-indulgent, overwrought, underwritten, and following a full-frontal assault on the senses, peters out into irrelevance.
      Posted Jan 22, 2023
      Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) Ed Whitfield A fortune has been spent to return the movies to where they were a century ago.
      Posted Dec 31, 2022
      Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) Ed Whitfield It’s a high-end game – a marble chess set.
      Posted Dec 31, 2022
      Blonde (2022) Ed Whitfield An artful – sometimes pretentiously overwrought, and palpably aggressive attack on the male gaze and the portrait of a woman destroyed by the lust she induced in overstimulated males.
      Posted Oct 02, 2022
      Jurassic World Dominion (2022) Ed Whitfield All concerned have made the audacious decision to relegate the dinosaurs – the marquee attractions, to the status of background extras.
      Posted Jun 12, 2022
      Top Gun: Maverick (2022) Ed Whitfield Top Gun’s appeal is built on US exceptionalism, on competitive machismo, on bread and butter heroics. The sequel offers it polished and unreconstructed.
      Posted Jun 06, 2022
      Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) Ed Whitfield Once rampant, the movie cannot be tamed.
      Posted May 07, 2022
      The Batman (2022) Ed Whitfield If the film falls short of greatness, because Reeves didnt know when to cut and run, it is, in its final extended form, a superior comic book adaptation and brooding thriller in its own right.
      Posted Mar 05, 2022
      Scream (2022) Ed Whitfield Signals we've moved into a new era where legacy sequels, in a bid to keep the wolf of audience weariness from the door of indifference, refer to their conception while sticking to the strategy point for point. This, as Scream '22 notes, is fooling no one.
      Posted Jan 16, 2022
      The Matrix Resurrections (2021) Ed Whitfield One of the most passive aggressive mainstream movies of recent years - a film that both mocks the expectations of its imagined audience and the crude franchise revival imperative of its financial backers.
      Posted Dec 23, 2021
      Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) Ed Whitfield It's all part of a knowing scheme that repurposes what came before to create an Endgame sense of anticipation and payoff. It's wholly unearned, but you have to give producer Kevin Feige credit - recycling has never been this profitable.
      Posted Dec 19, 2021
      West Side Story (2021) Ed Whitfield West Side Story's the same old story and the same old tunes. It looks and sounds great - a stylistic upgrade - but it's still a movie struggling to make the case for its existence.
      Posted Dec 11, 2021
      House of Gucci (2021) Ed Whitfield A vulgar picture is painted. Its resemblance to its subjects is a matter of debate.
      Posted Dec 06, 2021
      Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021) Ed Whitfield Fans of the game will say it's an acceptable diversion. For the rest of us there is nothing.
      Posted Dec 06, 2021
      Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) Ed Whitfield Jason Reitman, with the best intentions, has inherited the mantle but misunderstood the appeal of his Dad's film. He's turned Seinfeld into Family Ties.
      Posted Nov 20, 2021
      Eternals (2021) Ed Whitfield What might have been a fascinating interplay of psychologies and ideas, is rendered in broad, lifeless strokes.
      Posted Nov 13, 2021
      Halloween Kills (2021) Ed Whitfield Excess not success.
      Posted Oct 23, 2021
      Dune (2021) Ed Whitfield Put the word out - someone at Warners has a gambling problem.
      Posted Oct 22, 2021
      The Last Duel (2021) Ed Whitfield It's funny that The Last Duel should be a film about bravery...because on the issue the story explores, namely truth, it dare not trust its audience.
      Posted Oct 17, 2021
      No Time to Die (2021) Ed Whitfield A kind of pastiche of the series proper - with Craig's mirthless, fragile Bond, out of place as well as time.
      Posted Sep 30, 2021
      Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Ed Whitfield Shang-Chi, from its flat composition and mechanical editing, to its low-key score, is a curiously muted offering.
      Posted Sep 04, 2021
      The Suicide Squad (2021) Ed Whitfield James Gunn has spiced the broth but it's still thin and no substitute for a decent meal.
      Posted Jul 31, 2021
      F9 The Fast Saga (2021) Ed Whitfield The lack of human interest stalls the engine and flips the vehicle.
      Posted Jul 13, 2021
      Black Widow (2021) Ed Whitfield It's as if someone ripped out the movie's uterus.
      Posted Jul 13, 2021
      Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Ed Whitfield It's barely a movie.
      Posted Apr 04, 2021
      Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Ed Whitfield The irresistible conclusion is that the film didn't need to be restored so much as remade; the first and most important stage in that reimagining being a new screenplay.
      Posted Mar 22, 2021
      Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Ed Whitfield A breezy blockbuster, lacking any edge or character, is unlikely to convince millions to forsake the comfort of their living room and the known irritants in their household, for the unknowns of the multiplex.
      Posted Dec 17, 2020
      The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) Ed Whitfield Its sin, in keeping with the religiosity that permeates it, is that it pulls us in to a psychodrama centred on Michael's autumn years and the ties that bind, only to leave us exactly where Part II did, decades earlier. What then, was the point?
      Posted Dec 11, 2020
      Mank (2020) Ed Whitfield It took a bold impresario, naïve enough to be brave, to make Citizen Kane, but it required the kind of guy who vomits up an expensive dinner and placates his host with the line, "relax, the white wine came up with the fish", to write it.
      Posted Dec 11, 2020
      Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Ed Whitfield Turns out that whatever Rufus told them, or whatever we were led to believe, back when men could be heroes, the Wyld Stallyns' real contribution to history were two lucky acts of ejaculation.
      Posted Sep 19, 2020
      Cuties (2020) Ed Whitfield The audience may have some growing up to do.
      Posted Sep 13, 2020
      Unhinged (2020) Ed Whitfield An unshoed nag with two broken legs that improbably became the star attraction on derby day.
      Posted Aug 29, 2020
      Tenet (2020) Ed Whitfield If big entertainments want to be respected as intelligent entertainments, they must communicate with audiences clearly, not flit between the abstract and pretentious.
      Posted Aug 29, 2020
      Peter's Friends (1992) Ed Whitfield What felt sincere and reassuring in 1992, seems indulgent and stilted today.
      Posted Mar 29, 2020
      The Invisible Man (2020) Ed Whitfield A well-plotted thriller with horror trappings that deserves praise for finding a new and unsettling spin on an old premise.
      Posted Feb 29, 2020
      Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Ed Whitfield Content to be nihilistic and mean-spirited as an end in itself... it gives the audience not one character it can engage with emotionally or psychologically, leaving them adrift in a world of sensory overload and fetishized violence. In short, it's trash.
      Posted Feb 09, 2020
      Bad Boys for Life (2020) Ed Whitfield I preferred the Boys when they were young and care free, and the characters understood it was better to burn out than fade away. Filmmakers used to understand that too. It's that understanding I'm nostalgic for.
      Posted Feb 09, 2020
      The Lighthouse (2019) Ed Whitfield A gloriously bonkers two-hander.
      Posted Feb 09, 2020
      Parasite (2019) Ed Whitfield One's left to wonder who's parasitically living off whom? The Kims off the Parks, or the Americans off their anti-communist allies?
      Posted Feb 09, 2020
      Bombshell (2019) Ed Whitfield Bombshell does a reasonable job of telling the tale like a Fox story - establish the villain, castigate those involved for moral cowardice and political pragmatism, signal righteousness - but that extends to the synthetic ire.
      Posted Jan 06, 2020
      1917 (2019) Ed Whitfield Will have broad appeal and a long afterlife on Sunday afternoon TV, subject to the odd trim for language.
      Posted Jan 06, 2020
      Jojo Rabbit (2019) Ed Whitfield Waititi opts to forego the affected solemnity usually associated with period, substituting it with something closer to the truth; a false consciousness and heightened acceptance of the absurd.
      Posted Jan 06, 2020
      Cats (2019) Ed Whitfield You'll never forget it - though you will try.
      Posted Dec 22, 2019
      Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Ed Whitfield Who'd have thought the filmmakers had so little confidence in their audience? Who'd have imagined the finished film would mirror the creative lethargy underpinning it so perfectly? It's slapped together, half-hearted, cynical and tired.
      Posted Dec 19, 2019
      Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Ed Whitfield Next level breezy.
      Posted Dec 17, 2019
      Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Ed Whitfield A neo-noir with brains and social commentary to boot.
      Posted Dec 09, 2019
      Charlie's Angels (2019) Ed Whitfield Charlie's Angels insults and patronises the built-in audience for this mediocre IP, i.e. men, without having any idea what a woman would want to see instead, assuming she'd be interested at all.
      Posted Dec 01, 2019
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