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
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
3.5/5 The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) Preston Barta If running up and down the emotional spectrum sounds ideal, allow 'The Prisoner of Second Avenue' to lock you behind its bars for 100 minutes and free you a changed person. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3.5/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Preston Barta While not all the jokes work and some scenes carry on longer than they should, 'Isn't It Romantic' is a feel-good movie with a message to take to heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3.5/5 A Vigilante (2018) Preston Barta Like having a good cry, you will walk away from 'A Vigilante' a more emotionally and mentally enriched person. The awareness it brings and the journey that star Olivia Wilde takes you on (in a career-best performance) make it rewarding. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
2.5/5 I Am Mother (2019) Preston Barta 'I Am Mother' so easily could have breathed the same air of intrigue as Duncan Jones' 'Moon' and Alex Garland's 'Ex Machina.' Its story buildup isn't so far off planet in that regard. In the end, however, it doesn't amount to anything special. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Preston Barta If you can put logic aside, 'Dark Phoenix' is an impressive popcorn spectacle that offers a surprisingly contemplative conclusion to Fox's 20-year run with the characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Preston Barta 'The Souvenir' is essentially like having a conversation about a great book. If you allow yourself to soak up all its subtleties, metaphorical meanings and connections to the truth, it will offer many intellectual and emotional gifts. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
3.5/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Preston Barta 'Always Be My Maybe' is simply a delightful little movie. It may adhere to the romantic comedy playbook, but it remains a lovely experience that makes for a great evening of cuddling on the couch. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Preston Barta 'Booksmart' is not another teen movie, it's a new classic. You will love it from cover to cover. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Preston Barta 'John Wick: Chapter 3' is a beautiful symphony of violence and mayhem. It's some of the greatest action you'll ever see and it'll, no doubt, have everyone in your theater moaning like Meg Ryan in the famous scene from 'When Harry Met Sally.' EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 Wine Country (2019) Preston Barta WINE COUNTRY gets a little too tipsy on its own supply, but still has big laughs. [Paula Pell] slaps a goofy smile on your face that just won't quit. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3.5/5 The Wind (2018) Preston Barta THE WIND is a smart, nuanced and frightful examination of solitude. There's enough groundwork to keep us locked into its frequency and enough creeps to make us sweat. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Preston Barta A hard true-story drama to watch, harder to let go. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 The Highwaymen (2019) Preston Barta The Highwaymen is a good dad movie. It involves history, actors your dad and grandpa probably grew up loving, and it doesn't get too dark or weird. It's a pleasant and educational way to spend two hours from the comfort of your couch. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
2.5/5 Dumbo (2019) Preston Barta Burton's update is never tedious, but it's his safest creation yet. It lacks the eccentricity, visual flair and heart that make his films so uniquely his own. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 The Dirt (2019) Preston Barta The Dirt is an entertaining detailing of the band's adventures from nobodies to somebodies, but ultimately it's just "the same ol' situation." EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 Us (2019) Preston Barta Not everything clicks in Jordan Peele's latest nightmare, but it's wildly entertaining, funny, thoughtful, well acted and well made. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 Climax (2018) Preston Barta Climax may not be a film for everyone, but you won't be able to turn away, even at its darkest moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Preston Barta Captain Marvel is a fun entry weighed down by many issues. I am more excited about the possibilities of her character going forward now that we have her backstory in the books, and I only expect Larson's role to improve from here. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Preston Barta It's a much more cohesive narrative than before, complete with stunning visuals, impressive scope and explosive relatability. Compared to most trilogy-cappers, here we have a goodbye that's going to take some time to heal from. So bittersweet. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Preston Barta Happy Death Day 2U doesn't defeat its predecessor's originality, but there's enough here for it to have its cake and eat it, too. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 The Prodigy (2019) Preston Barta It's a bone-chilling blast of a horror film that wakes up the normally sleepy first quarter of the year. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Preston Barta The Second Part pierces through its problems by wrapping you up in a snuggly message about family and love. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Preston Barta Though not as electric as his previous work, Gilroy crafts a film that makes for a fascinating watch at home on Netflix, especially with how it examines the life of an artist. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Preston Barta Glass is a decent sequel to Split but a not-so-good sequel to Unbreakable - and I was wanting more of a sequel to the latter. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 Vice (2018) Preston Barta Vice just tells it how it was/is and brings out the worst and best of all sides. You'll be amazed by McKay's inventiveness to tell the film's powerful story. It hits like a shotgun blast to the heart and mind. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 Bumblebee (2018) Preston Barta The story is simple, the villain count is low, the camerawork isn't done like a Sports Illustrated shoot, and the characters have actual flesh on them and relatable feelings. It works! EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 Aquaman (2018) Preston Barta As many similarities it has with other properties, Aquaman has this infectious confidence that makes it difficult not to like. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Preston Barta Its simplicity, stunning visual and special effects, beautiful songs, good morals, charm, characters, and humor are all supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, to say the least! EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4.5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Preston Barta As fun-filled as the new Marvel-led adventures with Tom Holland are, Into the Spider-Verse offers a grander sense of adventure and provides a message that casts a wider net. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 The Favourite (2018) Preston Barta Though the journey is greater than the destination, The Favourite is still an intoxicating thrill ride to endure. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Preston Barta Ralph Breaks the Internet will break your heart, too. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
5/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Preston Barta With so much distortion of information continually circulating, it's refreshing when a movie doesn't glamorize but truthfully captures addiction in the raw, unpleasant, and destructive form it is. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 Creed II (2018) Preston Barta Creed II has thunderous heart. It may dip into Hallmark card territory from time to time, but the performances are electric and the words of wisdom it passes along are applicable to anyone's life. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 Overlord (2018) Preston Barta As fun as Overlord can be at times, you can feel the thread holding these ideas together fraying as it plays it too safe. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Preston Barta Luckily, the performances across the board and Alvarez's camera tricks beef up the run-of-the-mill plot. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Preston Barta Bohemian Rhapsody finds a nice middle ground between being an unabashed and safe depiction of Queen. It could have dabbled more into the meaty contents of the band and Mercury's life, but there's enough here to sing about. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 The Oath (2018) Preston Barta No matter where you are on the political spectrum, there's enough truth and questions to wrestle with for audiences to get a kick out of watching the absurdity of The Oath unfold. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 The Boat (2018) Preston Barta The Boat is a beautifully shot, well performed, and sharply edited thriller. It sails into uncharted territory and proves to be one of the year's best surprises. Hold fast! EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 Halloween (2018) Preston Barta Like so many other works that milk our nostalgia for original characters from celebrated properties, it doesn't build upon the foundation in any interesting ways. It comes across as fun fan fiction, but you'll be wishing it had more tricks and treats. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 Hold the Dark (2018) Preston Barta So much in the film is set up to make you think there's going to be a big showdown by the end - and sure, that would have been satisfying. However, it wouldn't be a new film. It wouldn't be a Saulnier film. It wouldn't be the curious animal that it is. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 The Perfection (2018) Preston Barta The Perfection is a genre-subverting erotic thriller that keeps you guessing. It'll have you reducing your fingernails to chewed-up nubs from its gut-wrenching suspense and shocking imagery. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Preston Barta You don't have to be a bank robber or someone who engages in criminal activity to relate to Tucker's story. It's a human story, and a lovely one at that. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4.5/5 Free Solo (2018) Preston Barta There's a lot of depth to the film. It's more than just a man taking on the impossible. We get inside Honnold's headspace, which, in turn, causes us to rethink our approach to our own obstacles in life. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 Juliet, Naked (2018) Preston Barta The message of accepting your past and working toward the path to recovery is one to really take to heart. It's a marvelous film with some of the year's best performances and writing. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 Kin (2018) Preston Barta Myles Truitt and Jack Reynor act as real brothers would, and it brings a lot of charm to this otherwise fair movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019