Film Monthly

Film Monthly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jason Coffman, Matt Cipolla
Rating Title/Year Author
1/5 Cats (2019) Matt Cipolla Add in the tonal shifts and performances that never feel like they're in the same movie, and out comes a cat scratch fever dream that can only be enjoyed ironically. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Matt Cipolla The Rise of Skywalker is so scared of doing something wrong that, by the end, it doesn't do much at all. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 Little Women (2019) Matt Cipolla It is, like its balance between autonomy and collectivism, a look at ethics that are prescribed and personalized, and most places in between. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2.5/5 Frozen II (2019) Matt Cipolla Frozen II may sing about change, but that progress is what you project onto it. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Matt Cipolla It's a fascinating idea, taking from both Kubrick and King in order to make a composite of events and themes. Flanagan, however, just ends up with a contradiction. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4.5/5 The Irishman (2019) Matt Cipolla Zaillian follows Scorsese; Scorsese follows himself; they both follow Brandt, whose end goal is nothing if not ephemeral. The disconnect shouldn't work, but here it's the crux. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Matt Cipolla This is a satire that's too afraid to put anyone off, and the result is surprisingly anodyne. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4.5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Matt Cipolla Hitchcockian sexuality and Kalatozov-esque atmospherics aside, Robert Eggers is eager to plunge audiences into the fog. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4.5/5 Parasite (2019) Matt Cipolla The most impressive part? That even though this is a crowd-pleaser, it somehow manages to be marvelously depressing in ways that don't hit until after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2.5/5 The Laundromat (2019) Matt Cipolla It's entertaining at a few points, but you know what else can be entertaining? A 'we live in a society'-type op-ed. The Laundromat could have just worked as that. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 Love, Antosha (2019) Matt Cipolla Much of the documentary plays it straight, and its openness to truth is what keeps it from feeling piecemeal. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Matt Cipolla There's little growth here and a curious lack of stakes. For a movie about standing up to fatalism, Chapter Two wallows in it. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
3/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Matt Cipolla It adds up to a climax that . . . ropes in its subplots in hopes to tying everything together. But this isn't a tale that should weave smoothly. It's a folktale. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Matt Cipolla It isn't that Linklater has delivered a disaster, but there's an irascible feeling that someone -- nay, almost everyone -- behind the scenes was phoning it in. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2.5/5 Luce (2019) Matt Cipolla [Onah] and Lee don't have enough of a grasp on melodrama, though, making for an after-school special with tons of untapped potential. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2/5 The Lion King (2019) Matt Cipolla Disney's two-hour revival of an 88-minute classic has its moments that work as a technical demo. But in case it wasn't clear already: Tech demos are not finished movies. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2.5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Matt Cipolla [I]t often lacks purpose, gravitating towards the easiest targets without commenting enough on the times. It just fetishizes nostalgia instead. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Matt Cipolla It's about watching, about waiting. It's when it's at its most natural that The Farewell connects the inside and the outside with an honesty that's hard to resist. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3.5/5 Crawl (2019) Matt Cipolla It never adds up to a great movie or even a movie that's as nutty as it could have been, but at no time did I doubt the modesty on display here. Crawl wants people to have fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Matt Cipolla At least the end result is a fun jaunt. Anything past this would just tug its threads to a fray. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 Ma (2019) Matt Cipolla Where Landes sees satire, Taylor sees trauma. Where Landes sees a sick joke, Taylor sees a sickness. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2.5/5 Child's Play (2019) Matt Cipolla You know how Chucky used to be a supernaturally possessed doll with the soul of a serial killer? Now he's a soulless robot, just like most of the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Matt Cipolla [T]he synthesis between those in front of and behind the camera rarely feels lost. It's perverse, beautiful, and brutal... and it rarely seems to last that long. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Matt Cipolla None of the plots' respective themes cohere with one another, nor do they allude to any true ambitions. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Matt Cipolla It'd be depressing if it weren't so true, but in this watery tableau, director/co-writer Joe Talbot finds the beauty beneath the melancholia. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 Late Night (2019) Matt Cipolla Where Late Night goes off the rails is in its last third, which feels entirely disconnected from what precedes it. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Matt Cipolla What the movie doesn't see is that by exhuming old genre references, its ethos become only as good as whoever's onscreen. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 Booksmart (2019) Matt Cipolla Booksmart succeeds in inclusivity and modernity, but its . . . characters lack context when it comes to teen culture or the funhouse mirror that refracts its many inspirations. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 Rocketman (2019) Matt Cipolla The film works best when it's too fast for its hero. It's frustrating, then, that it's too fast for itself as well. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2/5 Yesterday (2019) Matt Cipolla As a storyteller, Curtis lacks a starting point. He just chips away from a world without establishing it first, rendering this look at pop pantheism as arbitrary. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 The Perfection (2018) Matt Cipolla Its later stretches are as topical as they are confused at points. It's trying something, but by the end, The Perfection's title isn't a reference to the movie itself. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Matt Cipolla [T]he experience isn't so much linear as it is downright circuitous, stranding its nuggets of fuzzy joy in a script that fails to blend world-building with forward momentum. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3.5/5 Missing Link (2019) Matt Cipolla The sound design is synesthetic, the textures are top-notch, and . . . the shot composition anticipates eye movement with an almost hypnotic grace. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 Long Shot (2019) Matt Cipolla It's easy to see why everyone involved wanted to tell this story, but with too many detours and a lost sense of tone, it's up to Theron to make the film seem smarter than it is. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Matt Cipolla Come to think of it, Ask Dr. Ruth isn't really a portrait or a deep dive of her legacy. It's two solid movies smushed together. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
4/5 Her Smell (2018) Matt Cipolla It may crumble under pacing issues and a total cop out of an ending, but Her Smell has more than enough flashes of wonder and a stellar lead performance. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2/5 Red Joan (2018) Matt Cipolla Young Joan, old Joan, Red Joan, blue Joan -- it's all the same here. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matt Cipolla It's that the movie itself is overblown and half-baked, and without the audience, it's something of a glorified in-joke. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 Shazam! (2019) Matt Cipolla The parts in Shazam! are generally at the mercy of their respective actors, but sometimes that doesn't quite tide the film over. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Matt Cipolla [T]here are just as many points when [Olnek's] script tries to cauterize its sadder moments with dry humor that, while successful on the page, feel sloppy. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
4.5/5 High Life (2018) Matt Cipolla Not many filmmakers can pull off such idiosyncrasies without drawing attention to themselves, but Denis makes a cogent meditation on humankind and its ingrown constructs. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2.5/5 Little (2019) Matt Cipolla The script . . . has its heart in the right place aside from some bizarre tonal shifts, but it's too vetted in personifying everyone's arcs to actually move well. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Matt Cipolla [A]s for Dumbo himself? He's cute if the viewer can get past his total lack of presence. For the rest of us, he's just a victim of creative poaching. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
4/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Matt Cipolla Elliott and Buchanan follow [Franklin's] lead instead, framing the footage with a deft, almost invisible hand to make for 87 minutes that are teeming with life. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Matt Cipolla Say what you will about Korine's previous films, but they surely weren't forgettable. It's a shame that he broke that streak here. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2.5/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Matt Cipolla It dives right into the brutality without enough depth, making for an uneasy balance of real-life tragedy and titillating action fare. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2/5 The Aftermath (2019) Matt Cipolla The intentions are clear, but they're too stilted to rise above unintentional parody. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3.5/5 The Mustang (2019) Matt Cipolla Clermont-Tonnerre [pays] close attention to cultural influences and [toys] with -- but [refuses] to commit to -- symbols of American masculinity. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 Us (2019) Matt Cipolla Scenes and set pieces begin to drag on for too long and . . . wear thin, especially once you realize that they're simple diversions from the themes Peele is trying to address. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3.5/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Matt Cipolla [The similarities to the original are] distracting, but with its quiet tension and Moore's performance, Gloria Bell mostly justifies its existence. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020