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      The Pop Break

      The Pop Break is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Marisa Carpico, Murjani Rawls.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      The Quiet Girl (2022) Marisa Carpico Indeed, Cáit and the Kinsellas’ relationship is built on small connections like that and while it can leave the movie feeling slight in the moment, it’s in the way the film accumulates those acts of love that it gains its power.
      Posted Feb 24, 2023
      Creed III (2023) Marisa Carpico And while Creed III is certainly operatic in scale, it succeeds because it’s grounded in character dynamics.
      Posted Feb 24, 2023
      Of an Age (2022) Marisa Carpico And while it will take some time before we know if Of an Age will be regarded as one of cinema’s great queer romances, it’s certain that it’s this year’s first great romantic film.
      Posted Feb 13, 2023
      Infinity Pool (2023) Marisa Carpico Everything in <i>Infinity Pool</i> is so outrageous that it eventually becomes boring.
      Posted Jan 29, 2023
      The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (2022) Marisa Carpico The script is so busy trying to put all the pieces of this makeshift family together that it never has time to show us the intimacy that should bind them.
      Posted Oct 07, 2022
      Heathers: The Musical (2022) Marisa Carpico [The audience's] energy is infectious and while some viewers may not love every second of Heathers: The Musical, it’s impossible not to be swept up in its energy just like the audience in the theater.
      Posted Sep 19, 2022
      After Yang (2021) Marisa Carpico ...After Yang manages to explore major ideas like loss and memory in a way that feels profound without also feeling self-important.
      Posted Aug 05, 2022
      Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022) Marisa Carpico Still, while Bodies Bodies Bodies may stumble just before the finish line, it has enough strengths to keep itself from totally imploding.
      Posted Aug 05, 2022
      Nightmare Alley (2021) Marisa Carpico What should be a film about the depths of human depravity and deception becomes a lifeless painting, enthralling to look at but lacking in substance.
      Posted Dec 17, 2021
      Red Rocket (2021) Marisa Carpico Though Red Rocket began production well into the pandemic, it feels like a film made well before it and released well after it would have been most ideologically relevant.
      Posted Dec 17, 2021
      The Lost Daughter (2021) Marisa Carpico Gyllenhaal herself is a thoughtful and complex actress. So, it's unsurprising that she pulls and captures such layered performances from her core trio of actresses.
      Posted Dec 17, 2021
      The Hating Game (2021) Marisa Carpico However, for viewers coming to The Hating Game with an open mind and a desire to see two hot people flirt, the film is easily the best romantic comedy of the year.
      Posted Dec 10, 2021
      Christmas at the Ranch (2021) Marisa Carpico However, because Christmas at the Ranch's central romance can't sweep us up in the way it should, it also can't distract us from the film's other weaknesses.
      Posted Dec 01, 2021
      Belfast (2021) Marisa Carpico For some, the way Belfast breezes over its serious subjects will leave it feeling too slight, even cloying in its constant will to beguile the audience.
      Posted Nov 12, 2021
      Antlers (2021) Marisa Carpico While Antlers is perhaps not the culture-shifting prestige horror film genre fans hoped it could be, it is exactly what it sets out to be: a chilling dark fairy tale.
      Posted Nov 01, 2021
      No Time to Die (2021) Marisa Carpico No Time to Die is not only a fitting last chapter to the Craig era, but a Bond movie that dares to tread wholly new ground for the 59-year-old franchise.
      Posted Oct 06, 2021
      Mayday (2021) Marisa Carpico Still, sticky as some possible readings of Mayday can be, it's perhaps a mistake to ascribe a concrete meaning to what is essentially meant to mimic a dream.
      Posted Oct 06, 2021
      Dating & New York (2021) Marisa Carpico ...while Dating & New York is often funny, it never quite convinces the audience that it's doing anything but going through the motions.
      Posted Sep 10, 2021
      Kate (2021) Marisa Carpico ...a fun and surprisingly thoughtful action romp.
      Posted Sep 10, 2021
      Wild Indian (2021) Marisa Carpico ...the threat of something horrible is constant and Wild Indian is a tense, wholly engrossing modern parable as a result.
      Posted Sep 03, 2021
      John and the Hole (2020) Marisa Carpico John and the Hole is an intriguing film. It just may not be a deep one.
      Posted Aug 06, 2021
      The Green Knight (2021) Marisa Carpico Indeed, Lowery doesn't seem interested in a straightforward, realistic adaptation so much as creating a vibe.
      Posted Jul 30, 2021
      Zola (2020) Marisa Carpico the viral social media that inspired it, Zola is simply meant to be enjoyed while it's happening, to be talked about later, meaning as much or as little as you want.
      Posted Jun 29, 2021
      Occupation: Rainfall (2020) Marisa Carpico Unfortunately, Occupation: Rainfall feels like the outline of a great sci-fi movie instead.
      Posted Jun 12, 2021
      Poser (2021) Marisa Carpico Certainly, [it's] a love letter to underground, local music scenes generally. But [Poser is] also exploring the boundaries of artistic integrity and...the result is thrilling.
      Posted Jun 12, 2021
      In the Heights (2021) Marisa Carpico There is so much life and beauty and truth fueling In the Heights, but Chu and his game cast only infrequently execute the material to its full potential.
      Posted Jun 10, 2021
      Undine (2020) Marisa Carpico While Petzold's film retains much of that fantastic origin, it's far more grounded in reality than the average fairytale-perhaps to its own detriment.
      Posted Jun 04, 2021
      The Get Together (2020) Marisa Carpico ...The Get Together, [is] a movie about a wild party with a streak of genuine melancholy and thoughtfulness at its center.
      Posted May 14, 2021
      Stray (2021) Marisa Carpico's hard to deny that watching the way people react to the dogs followed here reveals something larger about human behavior and compassion.
      Posted Mar 05, 2021
      The Vigil (2019) Marisa Carpico Though some horror fans will likely find the film's emphasis on emotional stakes over scares disappointing, it's Yakov's journey that ultimately makes the film linger.
      Posted Feb 26, 2021
      Little Fish (2020) Marisa Carpico Despite its high-concept and eerily familiar premise, Little Fish is, at its heart, a meditation on love and memory.
      Posted Feb 05, 2021
      The Dig (2021) Marisa Carpico Its success isn't necessarily in dramatizing this single story, but collapsing thousands of years of human experience upon each other to remind us of life's inherent beauty.
      Posted Jan 29, 2021
      Promising Young Woman (2020) Marisa Carpico And while [the film] is still provocative enough to surprise viewers streaming it at home, it does feel like the kind of thriller that works best experienced with a crowd.
      Posted Dec 21, 2020
      Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Marisa Carpico Still, as frustrating as the filmmaking may be, a lot viewers probably won't even notice because the performances are uniformly incredible.
      Posted Dec 18, 2020
      Queer Japan (2019) Marisa Carpico Each interviewee is fascinating and while the constant onslaught of new faces can become tiring by the film's end, it's mostly a thrill to meet them at all.
      Posted Dec 11, 2020
      Songbird (2020) Marisa Carpico ...feels like a first draft, made too much in a vacuum of production restrictions and a need to finish it quickly for anyone involved to notice that it's a little weightless.
      Posted Dec 11, 2020
      I Hate New Year's (2020) Marisa Carpico Indeed, what allows I Hate New Year's to rise above some of the other queer holiday romances this year is that it actually gives the viewer a romance worth rooting for.
      Posted Dec 05, 2020
      Happiest Season (2020) Marisa Carpico In the end, Happiest Season is to holiday movies what the Pillsbury crescent roll is to holiday meals: comfortingly familiar, unsurprising and irrevocably commercial.
      Posted Nov 28, 2020
      Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020) Marisa Carpico ...those hoping Dolly Parton will save this weird Christmas season will likely be disappointed.
      Posted Nov 23, 2020
      The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) Marisa Carpico ...if this sequel proves anything, it's that we should learn to appreciate the Vanessa Hudgens we already have.
      Posted Nov 19, 2020
      I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Marisa Carpico Still, regardless of how aware Kaufman is of his film's failings, it doesn't make them any less disappointing for a viewer.
      Posted Nov 17, 2020
      Sisters with Transistors (2020) Marisa Carpico Rovner's film is stimulating on musical, visual and intellectual levels as well as being a necessary corrective to an art form that wrote women out of its history.
      Posted Nov 17, 2020
      The War With Grandpa (2020) Marisa Carpico Sure, it's not going to blow anyone's mind, but it's fun family entertainment and, really, in 2020, isn't it enough to just have some meaningless fun?
      Posted Nov 17, 2020
      Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Marisa Carpico It may not have been made for a theater experience, but it's big and bright enough that it almost manages to recreate the magic of seeing big screen spectacle.
      Posted Nov 17, 2020
      Fire Will Come (2019) Marisa Carpico It's a fairly simple plot and one that goes exactly where you expect given the title, but Fire Will Come creates meaning through its mood and sense of place rather than its plot.
      Posted Nov 17, 2020
      Akilla's Escape (2020) Marisa Carpico Its relaxed, contemplative take on noir may not excite every viewer, but it certainly captivates.
      Posted Nov 17, 2020
      Residue (2020) Marisa Carpico ...Residue is fiction, but the truth driving it is captivating.
      Posted Sep 17, 2020
      DTF (2020) Marisa Carpico watching a slow-motion train wreck: horrible to look at, but impossible to tear your eyes away.
      Posted Sep 15, 2020
      Epicentro (2020) Marisa Carpico ...regardless of [Sauper's] self-awareness, Epicentro is a really thought-provoking study of modern day Cuba and its history.
      Posted Aug 28, 2020
      The Prey (2018) Marisa Carpico By trying to walk the line between serious and silly, Henderson's film fundamentally fails on both accounts.
      Posted Aug 21, 2020
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