Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Francis X. Friel, Ken Hanke, Marcianne Miller
Rating Title/Year Author
.5/5 Ballerina (2016) Francis X. Friel Heavy-handed, hideous and humorless, the talented supporting voice cast can't do much with this tripe that even the little kids in the target audience will assuredly rip to shreds on the way home. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
.5/5 I Do... Until I Don't (2017) Francis X. Friel The new indie rule would seem to be, why have something to say when having nothing to say is just as viable an option. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
.5/5 Home Again (2017) Francis X. Friel Is there anything less relatable than rich, successful white people whining about how hard they have it? EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 The Midwife (2017) Francis X. Friel Provost delivers Ozu by way of Chantal Akerman in this razor-sharp portrait of troubled, dreary, ordinary lives. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
.5/5 American Assassin (2017) Francis X. Friel How on Earth is this from the same guy who gave us L.I.E. and 12 and Holding? EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 Brad's Status (2017) Francis X. Friel A good cast and an OK script are let down by directorial fumbling and an ending that leaves you wondering just what exactly, if anything, the film was ever trying to say. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 The LEGO NINJAGO Movie (2017) Francis X. Friel The low point of the Lego franchise drops the ball hard by being a warmer, fuzzier retread of the first two films. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 Unfriend (2016) Francis X. Friel Sometimes it's fun to just sit back and let a movie jump-scare you for 95 minutes. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
.5/5 Flatliners (2017) Francis X. Friel A heartless remake of already brain-dead material. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
.5/5 My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) Francis X. Friel A dream of dark and troubling things. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 Marshall (2017) Francis X. Friel Young Mr. Lincoln by way of the Hallmark Channel. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 Happy Death Day (2017) Francis X. Friel Turns out being a shameless Groundhog Day rip-off is not the worst thing that can happen to your movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
.5/5 Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017) Francis X. Friel This film is a cinematic hate crime. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 Geostorm (2017) Francis X. Friel At least they tried to go weird with it, which I will always appreciate. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 Jigsaw (2017) Francis X. Friel Fun and gruesome though it may be, it's too little too late to save the now eight-deep Saw series. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 Thank You for Your Service (2017) Francis X. Friel Cold but never heartless and never afraid of how desolate the landscape of mental illness can be. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
1/5 A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Francis X. Friel Every time a cash register rings, a studio executive gets their wings. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4.5/5 Wonderstruck (2017) Francis X. Friel An underrated master delivers one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
1/5 The Star (2017) Francis X. Friel A weird and off-putting story conceit that doesn't add anything new to one of the most often-told stories of modern times. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Francis X. Friel A great supporting cast and beautiful photography capturing a fairy-tale-like 19th-century London. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 Just Getting Started (2017) Francis X. Friel Scripts this bad will sometimes seem fun with enough enthusiasm behind or in front of the camera, but the star power on display isn't enough to make this anything but a (hopefully) forgettable misstep for all involved. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 Ferdinand (2017) Francis X. Friel Loud and raucous while staying gentle and sweet, the film has its heart in the right place and is one of the better releases from animation house Blue Sky. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Francis X. Friel A lot more knife fights and exploding yachts than you might expect. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Francis X. Friel A lot of fumbling over themes of family unity and believing in yourself - and that abusive fathers may not always be the most trustworthy people. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 Proud Mary (2018) Francis X. Friel A striking ineptitude of pacing and motivation. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
.5/5 Forever My Girl (2018) Francis X. Friel Every character in the movie acts like a brainwashed zombie just dying to let this clown walk all over them. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 12 Strong (2018) Francis X. Friel A sprawling and leaden Bruckheimer monster. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Peter Rabbit (2018) Francis X. Friel A breathless, dizzyingly joyous adventure that brings some seriously intelligent skill to these classic hare-brained characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Early Man (2018) Francis X. Friel Serves as a reminder that Aardman is always out there creating worlds just as distinctive in their tone and overall aesthetic as anything Disney or Pixar were producing in their '50s or '90s heydays. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 Every Day (2018) Francis X. Friel A playful, thoughtful film that delves deep into the throes of first love with a decidedly queer bent that lets it stand out from the rest of the teen romance pack. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
1/5 Death Wish (2018) Francis X. Friel Eli Roth has proven consistently that he has a pretty loosey-goosey understanding of human nature, let alone basic cinematic grammar. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 The Hurricane Heist (2018) Francis X. Friel An absurdly over-the-top spectacle that doesn't overcome an overstuffed script and uneven cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Francis X. Friel Ava DuVernay's clunky but big-hearted adaptation is equal parts Madeleine L'Engle, Zack Snyder and David Lynch. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) Francis X. Friel A well-made lean and nasty splatterfest. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
1/5 I Can Only Imagine (2018) Francis X. Friel The film veers so far off-course that I could barely believe my eyes. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Francis X. Friel While stylish in places, the film flops in every conceivable way in tackling weighty philosophical elements against one of the most divisive political situations of the last century. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Love, Simon (2018) Francis X. Friel A sweet, sincere and attentive film about young love and friendship that passes the Howard Hawks test and deserves a longer shelf life than most teen comedies are allowed these days. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
1/5 Midnight Sun (2018) Francis X. Friel Like a live-action and weirdly insensitive version of that sun level from Super Mario Bros. 3. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
1/5 Acrimony (2018) Francis X. Friel A movie that gaslights its own characters at the expense of tricking its audience. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 Chappaquiddick (2017) Francis X. Friel Was Teddy the Fredo of the Kennedy boys? EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
.5/5 Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Francis X. Friel Its fundamental lack of faith in its own story only becomes more and more obvious as the movie goes on. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
1/5 Finding Your Feet (2017) Francis X. Friel Finding Your Feet plays as if it's ripped straight from the Miramax reject pile circa 1994. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 Beirut (2018) Francis X. Friel Gilroy often fares better with more human elements to ground his often too-complex-by-half plotting, and here the solid cast makes the most of it. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 I Feel Pretty (2018) Francis X. Friel Allegedly a self-actualization fairy tale, the film can't resist laughing at its characters for daring to accept themselves. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/5 Bad Samaritan (2018) Francis X. Friel The pretty standard and otherwise forgettable low-budget thriller has only the whacked-out performance by David Tenant going for it, but that's enough (he's worth it). EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
1/5 Life of the Party (2018) Francis X. Friel This must be what it's like to watch movies in hell. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
1.5/5 Breaking In (2018) Francis X. Friel Panic Room knockoff minus all the inventiveness the director of V For Vendetta should have brought to a project like this. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 Book Club (2018) Francis X. Friel The first entry in the 50 Shades Extended Cinematic Universe brings nothing new to the table or the genre but sets up plenty of avenues for the inevitable Book Club 2. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 Adrift (2018) Francis X. Friel Shailene Woodley gives a career-best performance in a film that's both harrowing and strangely life-affirming in equal measure. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 Beast (2017) Francis X. Friel Beast ends up playing things a lot straighter than its twisty, sometimes hallucinatory narrative structure might lead you to believe. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019