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 News of the World (2020) Preston Barta It showcases another terrific Tom Hanks performance, an endearing father-daughter type of relationship, and a feel-good story about broken people coming together. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
4.5/5 Soul (2020) Preston Barta 'Soul' offers an adventure that seamlessly balances insight with understanding. It's bright, beautiful, and emotionally affecting. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
2/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Preston Barta As much as Clooney brings a superb level of emotive sensitivity to the central role, 'The Midnight Sky' is a clunky blunder that's one yawn away from inducing a coma. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
2/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Preston Barta That vibrant, kinetic energy that oozed from the first chapter, quickly drains away in the sequel. 'Wonder Woman 1984' lacks the impact of making a superhero movie fly. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
3/5 Hunter Hunter (2020) Preston Barta It'll prey on your mind and leave your mouth almost permanently agape. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
4.5/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Preston Barta Visually sleek, sharply written, and powered by a towering star performance from Carey Mulligan, 'Promising Young Woman' is a different flavor of revenge - one filled with thought-provoking thrills and leaves a lingering effect. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
4/5 I'm Your Woman (2020) Preston Barta Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, 'I'm Your Woman' is a touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child as well as a grand story of survival. I remain struck by both [its] simplicity and tenderness. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
4.5/5 Sound of Metal (2019) Preston Barta With 'Sound of Metal,' filmmaker Darius Marder crafts one of the most compelling, raw, and unforgettable films of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
4/5 Mank (2020) Preston Barta With its stunning black-and-white photography and rhythmic language, 'Mank' is a mighty fine couple of hours of cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/5 Freaky (2020) Preston Barta There's plenty of fun to be had, most notably Vince Vaughn channeling his inner teenage girl, but all that surrounds him lacks the organic flavor of Christopher Landon's previous work. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
3.5/5 Let Him Go (2020) Preston Barta 'Let Him Go' hits like a shotgun blast to the heart. It's as if filmmakers Noah Hawley and Taylor Sheridan got together with author Cormac McCarthy to pen a beautifully tender and suspenseful drama about loss and redemption. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
3/5 Holidate (2020) Preston Barta A feel-good romantic chuckler layered with tasty seasonal schmaltz. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
3.5/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Preston Barta Expect jokes aplenty, moments that'll leave your mouth agape, and incredible heart. Yes. Borat did some growing up, too. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
2/5 Rebecca (2020) Preston Barta As much as the style glows in Wheatley's 'Rebecca,' it's a relatively cold and lifeless interpretation. It's more focused on the overall look and narrative turns, but where's the pulse, eeriness, and chemistry? EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
2/5 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Preston Barta 'The Witches' doesn't have enough vision. It's too safe and doesn't take many risks to feel different. Everything feels artificial, even if it's not. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
5/5 Shithouse (2020) Preston Barta Cooper Raiff is a talent to watch, and 'Shithouse' is his first great work. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/5 Over the Moon (2020) Preston Barta Visually stunning, but so much of the film is borrowed from other works that the bittersweet story it aims to tell comes across as disingenuous. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 Scare Me (2020) Preston Barta Although tonally inconsistent, Shudder original film 'Scare Me' is wonderfully zany. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
3.5/5 Save Yourselves! (2020) Preston Barta It's as if a really solid indie romance and compelling sci-fi horror film collided and formed a giant ball of fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
4/5 On the Rocks (2020) Preston Barta Coppola's stingingly relatable, funny, and heartfelt father-daughter dramedy will not weigh you down. But rather, it offers a cinematic shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold, and an environment to laugh at our struggles and misinterpretations. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
4/5 The Way I See It (2020) Preston Barta 'The Way I See It' is a remarkable examination of human decency and immortalizing moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
4.5/5 Enola Holmes (2020) Preston Barta Filled with compelling adventures and enjoyable twists and performances, 'Enola Holmes' is the movie we need right now! EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 The Devil All the Time (2020) Preston Barta With some career-best performances and a literary feel, all the cinema forces come together in this accomplishment of wickedness and harrowing insight. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 Mulan (2020) Preston Barta While director Niki Caro significantly improves Mulan's classic story with her live-action narrative, the film's tone is inconsistent. It doesn't take enough risks to feel completely fresh. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Preston Barta It's just about as joyous as the 'Paddington' movies. It experiments with the concept of memory in marvelous and inventive ways. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
3.5/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Preston Barta While it may seem absurdly pretentious at times or too left of center to make heads or tails of it, it's also incredibly fascinating to ponder. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
4/5 Boys State (2020) Preston Barta Your emotions will run the gamut, leading to a conclusion that is touching and hopeful of our future leaders. Education is the crucial factor here, and expect to grow from watching these Texas boys. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/5 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Preston Barta Karen Maine makes a refreshingly big splash with her feature film directorial debut. She creates an authentic feeling of the inherent uncertainty that permeates adolescence while capitalizing on the energy of the early aughts. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 The Rental (2020) Preston Barta For the most part, [Dave Franco's] directorial debut succeeds by matching genuine frights with characters who are wrestling with their own unnerving inner demons. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 The Old Guard (2020) Preston Barta As many bullets fly and swords slice through bodies, you may be surprised by how character-driven this movie is. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/5 Greyhound (2020) Preston Barta It's a lot of pushing buttons and moving frantically about the ship, [but 'Greyhound' remains] visually impressive and plays well from the couch. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/5 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Preston Barta You might be surprised by how much you'll be singing its tunes afterwards in between all the "Alexander Hamilton" belting you're doing. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 Relic (2020) Preston Barta Few works of horror have the power to both scare and make your heart swell. 'Relic' is among the class and one of the year's best terrors. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
5/5 Hamilton (2020) Preston Barta Watch as an incredible, diverse cast of talents spin history with rhythm and rhyme to make you clap along and send your jaw to the floor. With its multi-plotted narrative, intimate shots, and explosive word grenades, 'Hamilton' is simply perfect. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
2/5 Artemis Fowl (2020) Preston Barta Although 'Artemis Fowl' never ceases to entertain, there's simply too much to keep up with and too little attention paid to characterization and story structure. It's all over the place and funny for all the wrong reasons. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Preston Barta Spike Lee knows how to make audiences weep and understand their surroundings with a deeper perspective. His film embodies ideas - and after the immediate experiences fade to black, the implications remain and grow. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
4/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Preston Barta 'The King of Staten Island' crowns Judd Apatow with one of his most heartfelt narratives. The film maneuvers through the narrative threads without getting lost in the weeds. It's packed with laughter, heart and lessons to share. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
3.5/5 The Vast of Night (2019) Preston Barta 'The Vast of Night' abducts attention by taking an alien approach to age-old sci-fi. It's a rare breed that experiments with format and technique while also relying on the power of character and conversation to tractor beam your focus. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3.5/5 All Day and a Night (2020) Preston Barta 'All Day and a Night' is an elegy for those struggling to keep their eternal flame alight. It's [also] a film about growth and awakenings, and I both grew and opened my eyes to new lessons about life that I will carry with me and pass on. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
3/5 Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (2020) Preston Barta 'Fantasy Island' is admittedly nothing to dream about, but it's a hell of a lot of fun. If you can prepare yourself for something that feels as if it came out 20 years ago, then you'll have a solid time with it. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
3.5/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Preston Barta Kurzel paints the outback in a thick, demoralizing red coat. However, if you can shake it, the gritty reality he creates extends its hand for unforgettable lessons in human truth. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
4/5 Beastie Boys Story (2020) Preston Barta With its smooth mix of experimentation, offbeat personalities, and rigorous attention to detail, 'Beastie Boys Story' is a stunning portrait that's difficult to imagine ever being bettered. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/5 The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995) Preston Barta A portrait of mythic America that drips with an ambiguous super-realism like a Salvador Dalí painting. While it may not go down smooth, its erratic taste lingers - and it might require a feel-good cinematic chaser. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
3/5 Underwater (2020) Preston Barta It's a man vs. nature film that asks if humankind has overstepped their position, and it has a lot of creepy creatures and claustrophobic situations in it to get the heart rate up. A simple, effective thrill ride. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
2/5 We Summon the Darkness (2019) Preston Barta Sacrificing its solid ensemble cast and fascinating puritanical themes, We Summon the Darkness' potential to matter and amaze get lost in the woods. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
3/5 Sea Fever (2019) Preston Barta Although it may suffer from a watered-down script and powerless characterization, there's hold-fast tension in place to keep it above surface level. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
3/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Preston Barta The results, if not entirely original, are exciting and hilarious. Jim Carrey is a hoot! EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
4/5 Resistance (2020) Preston Barta While 'Jojo Rabbit' helps children to grasp the realities of the Holocaust, 'Resistance' informs parents of how to discuss it with them. Eisenberg gives one of his best performances. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
4.5/5 Wendy (2020) Preston Barta It's a story about not growing up - but 'Wendy' had me doing a lot of it while watching it. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
3.5/5 The Hunt (2020) Preston Barta No one walks away without a target on their back, and that makes 'The Hunt' the riot it is. It's like the malicious kid on an elevator who pushes all the buttons. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020