Denton Record-Chronicle

Denton Record-Chronicle is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Boo Allen, Chase Whale, Preston Barta, Todd Jorgenson
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Just Mercy (2019) Preston Barta 'Just Mercy' coaxes tears, but its force is blunted. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Three Christs (2017) Preston Barta Walton Goggins is Three Christs' saving grace. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Preston Barta '1917' is a fluid marriage of film technique and storytelling. With its lived-in situations, committed performances and creative direction, we witness a war movie that is sure to cement itself among the most decorated line of the genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Preston Barta Adam Sandler gives a career-best performance and turns 'Uncut Gems' into a two-hour panic attack. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
5/5 Little Women (2019) Preston Barta With 'Little Women,' Gerwig delivers an original take that gives this much-adored story the punch that it needs to inspire the next generation of creative minds. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
3.5/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Preston Barta Similar to Martin Scorsese's 'Silence,' 'A Hidden Life' is about the internal and spiritual struggles of fighting for what you believe in. It's a visually arresting contemplation of faith and life. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/5 Cats (2019) Preston Barta This movie is a nightmare you let live out its nine lives alone. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Preston Barta There's a poetic touch to Abrams' conclusion that makes 'Rise of Skywalker' a thematically satisfying finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Preston Barta At the start, 'The Next Level' explores surprising and often tender territories. But it's not too long before Kasdan loses the reins or becomes stuck in gear, especially comedically. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Preston Barta Eastwood holds a mirror up to society and may drop it here and there, but the power of the performances and the search for innocence pack a heartwarming punch to make the film worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4.5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Preston Barta 'Marriage Story' is a relatable series of heartbreaks and joys through the lens of marital disintegration. [Driver and Johansson] should have [their] shelves decorated in gold for their work here. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 Honey Boy (2019) Preston Barta Some may chuckle and solely think of the kid who took pies to the face and screamed his head off around robots, but this cinematic account makes you want to reach through the screen and hug LaBeouf. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Preston Barta 'The Farewell' is a rewarding film for the ages. It has its tears, undoubtedly; but it also has many laughs and uplifting moments to carry you through your own obstacles. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
3.5/5 The Daytrippers (1996) Preston Barta A cautionary tale of sorts that also humorously pokes at the kookiness of family. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
2/5 Noelle (2019) Preston Barta 'Noelle' is reheated egg nog that has lost its joyful flavor. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Preston Barta 'The Irishman' is a marvel to behold. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
3.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Preston Barta There are elements about it that will leave you feeling conflicted. Still, the emotional arc and the balancing act Flanagan pulls off between the physical and metaphysical world is an astonishing feat. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 Harriet (2019) Preston Barta 'Harriet' occasionally has the power to move, but the lens in which it is presented plays like a safely packaged TV production without the raw intensity it needs to move mountains. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 The King (2019) Preston Barta Although it loses some momentum around the midpoint, 'The King' is a harrowing journey worthy of its crown. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Preston Barta A crazy game of poker. It'll keep you on your toes and will have you hunkering down like a moth to a flame. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Preston Barta 'The Lighthouse' is a challenging experience that will make your mind run amok, to the point where you begin to feel it slipping away like its characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
2.5/5 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Preston Barta Despite all [Noah Hawley's] talents and Natalie Portman's fierce performance, 'Lucy in the Sky' is elevated Lifetime movie material that hits significant turbulence due to its lackluster script and visual overload. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 The Laundromat (2019) Preston Barta 'The Laundromat' is endlessly fascinating but also extremely exhausting. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 Fractured (2019) Preston Barta 'Fractured' breaks into many of the thematic elements that are present in Brad Anderson's other works. Some may label it as a lesser 'Shutter Island' (which is fair), but I was still sucked into its tale of parental anxiety. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Preston Barta Eddie Murphy looks like he hasn't had this much fun making a movie in years. He brings all the charm and quick wit from his prime and squeezes it into a portrayal that's equally as affecting on a dramatic level. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Preston Barta What many filmmakers would turn into a monotonous series of self-congratulatory interviews, Alexandre O. Philippe takes the information we may know about 'Alien' and presents it through a unique lens. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4.5/5 Joker (2019) Preston Barta 'Joker' is a film that is simply trying to elicit a response and provoke viewers. It is not what you will be expecting from a big-budget movie with a DC logo slapped on it. How Phillips made something that is on par with 'Taxi Driver' is utterly shocking. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Preston Barta A character-driven story makes 'In the Shadow of the Moon' tick. There's meaning in its quest for truth and the sacrifices we make along the way. It's an entrancing lunar chase across time. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 The Death of Dick Long (2019) Preston Barta In many ways, 'The Death of Dick Long' is like watching a high-anxiety episode of 'The Office.' But instead of including characters like Jim Halpert and Michael Scott, it's a litter of Dwight and Mose Schrutes. It's pure chaos and fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Preston Barta 'Jojo Rabbit' has so much positivity in its narrative that it could warm the iciest of hearts. It's absolutely lovely, and one of the year's very best films. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Preston Barta There's a particular madness to 'Ad Astra' that causes you to look inward and ruminate on your own dealings with pain, shame and regret. It teaches a lot about humanity, fatherhood and masculinity. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 Love, Antosha (2019) Preston Barta It's honest, inspiring and heartbreaking. By the end of the film, whether you were familiar with [Anton Yelchin's] work or not, you will feel like you've lost a great friend. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Preston Barta 'Chapter Two' is an emotional finale that takes a few detours that detract from its overall quality. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Preston Barta Linklater's film is a giant hug about abandoning our routines and finding real happiness. It's absolutely lovely and deserves your discovery. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 Manson: Music From an Unsound Mind (2019) Preston Barta Through talking head interviews with biographers, former Manson family members and associates, and a fat stack of stunning archival footage and photos to punch up the narration, director Tom O'Dell fashions an all-encompassing tour de force. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Preston Barta The screenplay by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz (also the directors) cuts deep. Between the fun interactions of its characters are quiet nuggets of wisdom and truth. Let it carry you to happiness. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
1.5/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Preston Barta It's bad. Like 'Master of Disguise' bad. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 Otherhood (2019) Preston Barta Not every relationship wraps up as well as others, but the film's journey is what gives 'Otherhood' its staying power. Fortunately, thanks to the well-sold drama, performances and truth revelations, it's a cozy Netflix watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) Preston Barta 'Red Sea' undoubtedly has a Hollywood spit shine, with its modern musical score, heavy stylization and story conveniences. That said, the act of heroism and human sincerity at its center keep it sharp and worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Preston Barta 'Hobbs & Shaw' is a glorious beefcake showdown that presses the NOS button on stupidity and revs the entertainment engine to mad levels. It's pure lunacy with all the cheese and zingers to put a smile on your face. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Preston Barta Quentin Tarantino crafts an elegant valentine for 1960s cinema and culture and soaks it in the bong water of 'Dazed and Confused' for a splash of big-time fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
2.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Preston Barta 'The Lion King' finds its strength in the quieter moments. However, much of everything else feels lifeless and doesn't reach its full potential to be unique. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 () Preston Barta The Netflix action-thriller may be the same ol' exposing corrupt cops tale that you've seen many times before, but director Joe Lynch knows how to accelerate the material into territory that makes it exciting. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Preston Barta Just as [Aziz Ansari's] actions caused me to look inward, 'Right Now' has the same effect. Ansari wants people to do what the title of his special suggests: Look at who you are right now and how you live right now. It's an impressive analysis of humanity. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Preston Barta 'Far From Home' has this confidence that's admirable. It gets weird, goofy and keeps you on your toes, which is what you want out of a franchise that has 20-plus movies in it. Go have a blast! EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Preston Barta While it may still feel like a stretch, it's a sweet continuation with fun new characters, lots of laughs and plenty of heart. So, if a fourth movie in the franchise had to be made, 'Toy Story 4' is about as good as it could be. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 Murder Mystery (2019) Preston Barta The first 20 minutes of Netflix's 'Murder Mystery' is some of Adam Sandler's funniest work in years. But then there's the rest of the film, which ranges from OK to silly. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Preston Barta Jarmusch clearly had a blast making this film and he doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks. So, when the odd beat drops, just embrace it. 'The Dead Don't Die' has comedy and characters that are to die for. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4.5/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Preston Barta With its smooth blend of photography, lyrical language and first-rate performances, 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' haunts like a classic poem. The journey of sitting with it and finding new discoveries along the way is going to be remarkable. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 High School High (1996) Preston Barta 'High School High' may push the envelope a little too far at times, but you won't be able to hold back the tears from laughing so hard. The first 30 minutes are pure gold! EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019