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
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 () 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 () 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
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