Movie City News

Movie City News is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David Poland, Douglas Pratt, Kim Voynar, Leonard Klady, Michael Wilmington, Ray Pride
Rating Title/Year Author
Cherry (2021) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
John and the Hole (2020) David Poland For me, the film is an exploration of the mind and soul of a young adolescent male who has not had the good fortune of having natural pleasurable distractions. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) David Poland This is a "Fresh" review of a failed movie. To call it "Rotten" would be to extreme. But this review explains why it doesn't really work to the level of its ambition. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
9/10 Promising Young Woman (2020) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) David Poland What is the message of all this mess? Being with a man makes you weak? Wanting a man makes you murderous? EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Mulan (2020) David Poland There is something about the reality of Mulan being a real-life teenage girl that changes the dynamic of the whole experience. Director Niki Caro never mocks... never goes for the easy gag.... never forgets that her Mulan is a real life young woman. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
War Story (2014) Kim Voynar With War Story, I think it's safe to say Jackson's found the storytelling niche of a rising auteur, and he plans to stay there. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Irresistible (2020) David Poland In Irresistible, it often feels like Carell is just grinding it out. When the moments come where Stewart is going to make a commitment one way or the other, he tends to punt. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Without (2011) Kim Voynar Jackson shows a lot of promise as a director, based on this debut. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
On the Record (2020) David Poland This film speaks to the culture, as much as the act of rape. How did these women see themselves? How much were they willing to withstand? EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
AKA Jane Roe (2020) David Poland McCorvey is, somehow, both Forrest Gump and all the famous people he meets and all the pain that never quite seems to register in him, all in one. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) David Poland There is a dark charm to this film and to Davidson that is winning in an unexpected way. Apatow has become masterful at bringing out the very specific personalities of comics EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
Onward (2020) David Poland I felt, from start to finish, like I was watching a skillfully made film that wasn't magic. Can't throw a rotten tomato... but not a fan. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) David Poland This is post-feminist movie feminism. F*** the guy. He is the a**hole bad guy. He doesn't deserve the screen time. All we need to know is how she feels. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2020
Cats (2019) David Poland I am going to recommend Cats on Rotten Tomatoes because if you like Cats: The Show you are going to like or love Cats The Motion Picture. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) David Poland What made me crazy was three-fold. 1st, the obnoxiously relentless fan servicing. 2nd, the unnecessary complication of EVERYTHING. And 3rd, killing drama with cheap gags. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Little Women (2019) David Poland I was happy to be in the room with this family. I was happy to be bathed in their familial intimacies. I felt my heart break with their heartbreaks. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Frozen II (2019) David Poland A sequel is almost always a lowering of the stakes. It is a very hard hump to get over. Frozen 2 needed some new stakes. Still, the movie is... okay. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) David Poland The Good Liar is the kind of movie for which I have great fondness. Old fashioned in almost every way... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) David Poland After seeing Marriage Story twice & pushing away some of its problems, I still feel like there is a giant hole in the middle of this work. Why is this couple getting divorced? EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) David Poland For me, Motherless Brooklyn is the most frustrating kind of movie. So well made, but missing something. (But "rotten" seems too harsh.) EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Joker (2019) David Poland Watching Joaquin dance and evolve is enough to make this movie worth the time. Unfortunately, the third act that reaches beyond the character is not as successful. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Parasite (2019) David Poland Bong Joon Ho shifts style from one genre to the next throughout the film, but always finds the universal humanity that brings the audience in for more than just laughs and thrills. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) David Poland The pursuit of 120 frames per second and a viable CG 3rd lead character overwhelms any attempt to tell a story well. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) David Poland You willl feel like you are living with two men in a giant phallus in a solitary spot in the middle of the sea. Who's Afraid of Spongebob Squarepants? EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) David Poland Amusing, fun, but it feels like it could have been so much better. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) David Poland A movie trying to do so much that it does nothing. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) David Poland this is the most complex cinematic experience of the year-to-date from a major studio. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
The Devil We Know (2018) Kim Voynar Soechtig again expertly weaves together all the complicated pieces and science to present a compelling case within a documentary structured like a suspense film. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Night Comes On (2018) Kim Voynar Newcomer Tatum Marilyn Hall...makes a startling, powerful debut turn. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) David Poland Have we ever had a relaunch followed immediately by a reboot? EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) David Poland I don't want to ruin a single surprise in this remarkable film. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2017
The Dark Tower (2017) David Poland This movie just made every wrong decision about what it wanted to be when it grew up. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2017
Detroit (2017) David Poland With the BANG of a starter's pistol, a hot snowball of rage and fear starts rolling downhill, gathering speed as all struggle to get out of the way. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2017
Dunkirk (2017) David Poland I wanted to walk out of Dunkirk with my heart beating. And I walked out with my brain humming. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2017
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) David Poland A 2 hour-plus non-stop all-downhill rollercoaster ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2017
The House (2017) David Poland The House would have been quite a good mean-as-hell comedy if they had a third act that worked. That is where the movie really stalls. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) David Poland Sony, who had something to gain from allowing Spider-Man to be part of the MCU Universe, just allowed Marvel to make their superstar into a supporting player. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2017
Rough Night (2017) David Poland As I sat in the theater, I wondered to myself, "Is this the female identification movie that women want to see and I just don't get it?" EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2017
The Mummy (2017) David Poland The Mummy is, in so many ways, everything that is wrong with the IP era of film. So much so, that it is a shocking experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017) David Poland Wonder Woman is a very likable movie. But it was also a very likable movie when Marvel made its kissing cousin, Captain America: The First Avenger. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2017
Baywatch (2017) David Poland Baywatch is taken down by an undertow of overthinking, over-raunching, and generally a complete miss of what made this series so absurdly popular for so long. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2017
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) David Poland I won't bury the lede. This movie SUCKS. King Awful! EDIT
Posted May 11, 2017
Snatched (2017) David Poland So much of the movie feels clear and familiar, only to be sidetracked by someone trying really hard to be funny instead of trusting the storytelling. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
Alien: Covenant (2017) David Poland There is so much right about Alien Covenant that what is wrong at the third act is an incredible frustration. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) David Poland This film is the epitome of a sequel to a somewhat unexpected smash hit. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2017
Beauty and the Beast (2017) David Poland Beauty & The Beast is a true pleasure. In some ways, new material is better than the familiar bits. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2017
The Innocents (2016) Ray Pride The world is transformed by being in it, by being alive to it, Fontaine demonstrates. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2016
Ghostbusters (2016) David Poland Ghostbusters won't define your childhood. But a good summer laugh at the movies? Absolutely. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) David Poland It is big. It is loud. It is violent. But it is a crappy CG blur interrupted by close-ups of this one or that one taking/making an impact or landing. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2016