Box Office Prophets

Box Office Prophets is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): J. Don Birnam, Sean Collier
Rating Title/Year Author
4/10 Outside the Wire (2021) Sean Collier Journeyman director Mikael Håfström at least mines some decent Robocop-meets-Jason-Bourne acrobatics out of Leo, but adds little besides. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
9/10 One Night in Miami (2020) Sean Collier King easily overcomes [the script's theatrical roots], teasing movement and grace out of what could easily have been a static story. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
6/10 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Sean Collier It's very rare that a single performance carries a film quite this much. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
6/10 Fatale (2020) Sean Collier If confronted with Fatale on, say, a mid-length domestic flight, it will gamely fill up the time between drink service and a nap. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
5/10 News of the World (2020) Sean Collier It looks great, and James Newton Howard's score works ... however, are good performances and handsome visuals enough to recommend what is ultimately a drab, weary yarn? EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2021
9/10 Soul (2020) Sean Collier Its visual language is nuanced and lovely - particularly in character design - and its approach to the massive questions it poses is deft and moving. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2021
8/10 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Sean Collier It's inelegant, but so what? Patty Jenkins has once again filled a dazzling, kaleidoscopic film with irresistible fun and perfect action sequences. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
9/10 Promising Young Woman (2020) Sean Collier Many films mean to shock and fail. Promising Young Woman will shake you. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
9/10 The Midnight Sky (2020) Sean Collier Clooney performs well in a grizzled, defeated mode; he excels, however, in the director's chair. Midnight Sky is visually perfect and wonderfully restrained. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
7/10 The Mask of Zorro (1998) Sean Collier This Zorro bears more in common with his distant grandson Indiana Jones than he does with his more direct descendant, Batman. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
9/10 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Sean Collier [George C.] Wolfe crafts a world where his performers cannot help but to give raw, honest turns. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
9/10 Let Them All Talk (2020) Sean Collier It's Bergen, however, who distinguishes herself; in a fearless and focused turn, she goes toe-to-toe with the great Meryl and emerges victorious. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
8/10 Wolfwalkers (2020) Sean Collier Whatever is lost in the reliance on a slightly dusty plot, however, is more than made up for in luscious color, sound and movement. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
8/10 The Prom (2020) Sean Collier It's just pleasant. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
4/10 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Sean Collier Flashes of competence are in service of a fundamentally flawed film, one determined to present the author's reality and never once examine it. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
9/10 Sound of Metal (2019) Sean Collier It's an impressive, bordering on dazzling, film in its skill and command of the viewer. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
7/10 Mank (2020) Sean Collier It's a pretty good film. It's enjoyable, well performed and very careful. Mistaking it for greatness, however, is a symptom of enchantment. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
5/10 Police Academy (1984) Sean Collier It's a collection of easy laughs, no brain required. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
6/10 Superintelligence (2020) Sean Collier McCarthy remains a no-nonsense star who carries the film with ease, and a strong supporting cast gets the film where it needs to go. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
8/10 Happiest Season (2020) Sean Collier Perhaps the highest compliment I can deliver to Happiest Season is this: I did not know how it was all going to turn out. Among holiday flicks, that's remarkable. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
7/10 Sneakers (1992) Sean Collier There's plenty to like about Sneakers. There's just a little less than you might expect. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
6/10 Run (2020) Sean Collier Perhaps this is just the right breed of insidious thrills to engage you; it's certainly captivating. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
3/10 Dreamland (2019) Sean Collier Despite Robbie's considerable efforts, boredom is the chief characteristic of Dreamland. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
8/10 The Firm (1993) Sean Collier The first adaptation of a John Grisham novel to top the box office, The Firm successfully feels like a mass-market page-turner. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
6/10 Jungleland (2019) Sean Collier Jungleland wins, by split decision, but it's a shaky bout along the way. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
7/10 Ammonite (2020) Sean Collier Winslet impressively restrains and compacts her trademark fire, while Ronan gives a lusty, demanding performance not yet seen in her career. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
8/10 Let Him Go (2020) Sean Collier A movie like Let Him Go reminds you why the western is a genre unto itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
6/10 The Craft: Legacy (2020) Sean Collier It's like watching the first two episodes of a television series, if the rest of that series had somehow blinked out of existence. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
5/10 Come Play (2020) Sean Collier At its strongest moments, Come Play has a fixation on lonely, empty spaces. Its best scenes take place in a tiny booth amidst a vast parking lot. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
2/10 Friday the 13th -- A New Beginning (1985) Sean Collier Losing its star - and story motivation - was only the beginning of the trouble, though. Most of the rest amounted to poor decisions. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
7/10 The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Sean Collier Despite its playful title, The Witches of Eastwick is a decidedly adult affair and a seasonal curiosity. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/10 Rebecca (2020) Sean Collier They tried. Boy, did they try. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
7/10 On the Rocks (2020) Sean Collier On the Rocks is a remarkably restrained and straightforward movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
9/10 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Sean Collier The headline - okay, one headline - should be that [Maria] Bakalova is a breakout star. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
8/10 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Sean Collier If it's simply [viewed as] a courtroom drama, it's a very good one. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
5/10 The Nun (2018) Sean Collier While The Nun isn't good, it isn't quite as bad as its reputation. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
7/10 The Opening Act (2020) Sean Collier You could make a documentary about modern stand-up comedy and it wouldn't have half the truth of The Opening Act. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
7/10 Halloween II (1981) Sean Collier Most importantly, as the only movie other than the original with all three of Laurie, Loomis and Myers, it has most of the elements that made the classic film so great. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
9/10 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Sean Collier It's very good. Proceed with the utmost caution. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
10/10 The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Sean Collier Written by, directed by and starring Radha Blank, The 40-Year-Old Version is an irresistible tale of early-mid-life reinvention. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/10 Staying Alive (1983) Sean Collier The production as a whole is too disjointed, repetitive and flat to really hang together. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
8/10 The Boys in the Band (2020) Sean Collier It's a powerful and hypnotizing drama, largely thanks to breakneck performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
6/10 Death of Me (2020) Sean Collier Death of Me is effective if repetitive. Q is a natural lead, and the photography is impressive ... It does tend to drag, though. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
9/10 Purple Rain (1984) Sean Collier Not much about Purple Rain should work - and yet everything does. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
9/10 Kajillionaire (2020) Sean Collier Wood's performance is remarkable, as she crafts a character who could easily descend into dull parody and imbues her with a luminous, captivating quality I can't define. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
6/10 Enola Holmes (2020) Sean Collier When Enola is unraveling mysteries ... it's a breezy and right-minded ramble. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
4/10 The Time Machine (2002) Sean Collier Large swaths of the story don't make sense, though there is brilliance in a few minor plot points. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
6/10 The Devil All the Time (2020) Sean Collier The Devil All the Time is an okay film. It is, however, an excellent film for Netflix. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
6/10 10 (1979) Sean Collier It has some gags - some are even quite funny - but not nearly enough. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
8/10 Unpregnant (2020) Sean Collier The breakout star, however, is Ferreira, who is hilarious and raw. She's a future comedy powerhouse. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020