Reason Online

Reason Online is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Glenn Garvin, Kurt Loder
Rating Title/Year Author
Hail Satan? (2019) Kurt Loder We've always known God had a sense of humor-how else explain pineapple pizza, Jean-Claude Juncker, or the needle-nosed narwhal? Satan, however, is not often thought to be much of a joker. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
High Life (2018) Kurt Loder The picture is hobbled by its shuffling pace, and by the ship's dim soundstage corridors and hazy colors (brick reds, teals and tans, a cold mortuary blue). EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Glenn Garvin Occasionally funny and often grim, The Highwaymen is sometimes reminiscent of another buddy movie involving a posse in pursuit of a famous outlaw duo, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, with its poles reversed. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Us (2019) Kurt Loder Very scary. And Peele's uber-nerd cinephilia is non-stop fun ("Isn't that the Lost Boys boardwalk?"). But as a writer, he has more ideas than he can fit into one picture, and even his great gifts as a director can't stanch the conceptual overflow. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Amityville Horror (1979) John Hospers One piece of cheap gimmickry follows another, until one finally concludes that continued presence in the theater could be construed as collusion in insulting one's intelligence. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Kurt Loder She had a presence so alien that you expected to see a lizardy tongue flick out from between her lips at any moment. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Kurt Loder This is a terrific little picture, one that checks all the traditional rom-com boxes. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Kurt Loder Although they appear separately for most of the movie, Rona and Robbie are both compelling on their own. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Mapplethorpe (2018) Kurt Loder The movie has the virtue of not fudging anything. Gay sex and affection are casually presented, and Mapplethorpe's hardest-core photographs receive unflinching screen time. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Hole in the Ground (2019) Kurt Loder The world would be a less-stressful place, or at least a less silly one, if clueless people would stop checking into creaky old houses on the edge of dark forbidding forests. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Kurt Loder Acres of action, quite a bit of it brilliant. How f ans will feel about the movie's rather weak pulse (did it really need to be made?) and its overall willingness to be a little bit boring remains to be seen. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) John Hospers Powerful real-life drama with no hint of soap opera. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Kurt Loder The movie numbers among its producers Mr. Dwayne Johnson, himself a wrestler of some renown before falling on hard times and being forced to take a day job (which includes a recurring cameo role here). EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Kurt Loder If you're going to make a movie called The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot - which, as you're about to see, someone has-you'd be well-advised to make it as much unlike this movie as possible. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Lords of Chaos (2018) Kurt Loder It's like a teen-delinquent b-movie from the 1950s, only with more death, more blood, and more church-burnings. Also crazed black-metal concert-goers chewing on a raw pig's head that's been tossed into their midst. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Star Wars (1977) John J. Pierce You've seen dozens of movies pretending to be classic science fiction -- now go out and see the real thing. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Annie Hall (1977) John Hospers In the promotional material for Annie Hall we were promised "a new Woody Allen," with genuine humor and high seriousness rather than just clever comic effects. Although this film is better than Allen's previous ones, the promise is not fulfilled. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Kurt Loder A blend of familiar (but still funny) mockery of the art scene with a really creepy supernatural horror story. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Serenity (2019) Kurt Loder Serenity is actually two different movies, pressed together like a grilled roach and cheese sandwich. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Glass (2019) Kurt Loder The real plot twist in Glass comes not at the end of the movie but about halfway through, when you realize it won't be getting any better. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
The Upside (2018) Kurt Loder Tells a feel-good story with no real surprises, but that's okay. The movie's pleasures lie in its details and its top-drawer performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Kurt Loder In recounting the story of Laurel and Hardy, whose Hollywood career spanned 24 years and more than a hundred films, a good place to begin turns out to be the end. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
The Truth About Killer Robots (2018) Glenn Garvin Eventually Killer Robots dissolves into pure silliness. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Kurt Loder The underwater world is CGI at its most smothering-your eyes cry out for air, for tangibility. Everything is weightless and yet oppressive, like a sheet tangled around a drowning human body. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Mortal Engines (2018) Kurt Loder The movie has some energy and some memorable images. If only it had more of those things, and less of all the clutter and noise that otherwise distinguish it. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
The House That Jack Built (2018) Kurt Loder Blithely vile... EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Kurt Loder Gorgeous in its production design and filled to the brim with heartless people spouting wonderfully wounding dialogue. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Kurt Loder Dark by design, and grim and miserable-looking from end to end. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Overlord (2018) Kurt Loder Russell so strongly recalls his badass dad, Kurt Russell, that you hope he'll start making many more genre movies right away. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Kurt Loder Everybody in this movie seems to live in some sort of grim, gray warehouse. It's like a lifestyle disease. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Kurt Loder Embrace the vintage silliness. It's worth it. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Kurt Loder The picture ends in a really demented blood orgy that's almost worth waiting for. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Kurt Loder When McCarthy is onscreen with costar Richard E. Grant, who plays moth-eaten boulevardier Jack Hock, the movie becomes a study in big-screen comic chemistry. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Halloween (2018) Kurt Loder Effective beyond the call of tribute. It's scary, but in a fun, retro way. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Venom (2018) Kurt Loder Whatever you might have expected this movie to be-not all that bad...not very good...frickin' awful-chances are you'd never have guessed it would be a comedy. But it is! EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Kurt Loder Lady Gaga is a radiant, natural actor, and she knocks her first lead movie performance way-far out of the park. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Kurt Loder Production designer JonHutman should come out and take a bow after the end credits. Everybody else should stay seated. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Mandy (2018) Kurt Loder Available on demand, but you definitely want to see it on a big screen, and loud. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
The Predator (2018) Kurt Loder The machine-gun muzzle flashes might have been imported from 1987, Year Zero in the Predator universe. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Kurt Loder Blake Lively gives a classic Old Hollywood performance, swanning through her scenes in bow ties, faux tuxedos, and slouchy men's fedoras, exuding an air of ambiguous sexuality throughout. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Peppermint (2018) Kurt Loder I can't think what kind of movie would merit the dumb-bunny title of this one, but it's not this one. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
The Nun (2018) Kurt Loder Autopilot horror... EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Kin (2018) Kurt Loder The picture is trying to do something a little different -- a rare thing, as you've probably noticed. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Kurt Loder The movie is not without amusing moments, but there are unconquerable problems. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Kurt Loder Topher Grace plays David Duke as an upwardly mobile nincompoop in a cheap three-piece suit, pathetic in his lunatic convictions but -- as we saw in Charlottesville last year -- still a force for social chaos. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Sugar Town (2018) Glenn Garvin Yet even if you know how it's going to turn out, Sugar Town is an irresistible story, a tale of sordid arrogance told magnificently through surveillance videos and taped depositions. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Kurt Loder Melissa McCarthy's 2015 movie Spy raised the spy-comedy bar way high, but apparently not everyone got the memo. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Kurt Loder There's nothing to think about. You just set your mouth to AGAPE and lean back. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Kurt Loder Does this movie signal the onset of Too Much ABBA? Of course not. There's no such thing as too much ABBA. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Kurt Loder Beyond Jonah Hill and Jack Black (who has one terrific scene toward the end), the movie is mostly about Joaquin Phoenix, who carries the bulk of it while maintaining an illusion of effortlessness. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018