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
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
Sembene! (2015) Ray Pride A rich, engaging portrait not only of Africa's great filmmaker, but also of the course (and necessity) of influence, including co-filmmaker Gadjigo's journey while discovering more about the life and work of his late friend. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) David Poland I don't love the film. I don't hate the film. But I was profoundly frustrated by the film because it kept being close to becoming something great. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2015
Listen Up Philip (2014) Kim Voynar With Listen Up Philip [Alex Ross Perry is] certainly speaking a truth, and doing so with a rare, unflinching honesty, even if it's sometimes hard to watch Philip's tragically miserable existence unfold. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2015
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) David Poland The story is clear. The characters are appropriately hyper-real, but grounded and their behavior follows logically. There are mysteries that keep unraveling. And it doesn't choke you with details that can't be deciphered without 27 watchings. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2015
Amy (2015) David Poland Amy is more than a great doc. It is a shot to the solar plexus. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
Magic Mike XXL (2015) David Poland Magic Mike XXL is what a lot of people expected Magic Mike to be when it came out. And I'm pretty sure there's nothing wrong with that. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2015
Inside Out (2015) David Poland It's hard to think of anyone who won't be happy to have had this movie experience. And this is not a middle of the road, safe thing. So that is an enormous achievement. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
Jurassic World (2015) David Poland Jurassic World is not like having your eye poked out with a stick. It is loaded to the gills with Stuff. But the summer analogy is San Andreas, not Max Max: Fury Road. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) David Poland It was like Whedon thought about the 1st film and felt it wasn't deep enough, not realizing that its success was its comic book shallowness. It was just fun for audiences. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2015
The Second Mother (2015) Kim Voynar What makes The Second Mother particularly compelling is that the Muylaert doesn't particularly judge or take sides with her characters, even as she criticizes the social construct within which she places them. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2015
McFarland, USA (2015) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2015
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2015
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2015
7 Focus (2015) David Poland As an audience, we should be having the same kind of fun that we had in the third act of The Sting. Why aren't we? EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2015