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
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
The Departed (2006) Ray Pride Screenwriter William Monahan's taut, terse script, minimizes explanations of the many characters' backstory and conflicts, yet his brilliant dialogue crackles with savvy. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2015
Into the Woods (2014) David Poland It's a shame that work as sophisticated as Sondheim's is left badly interpreted by a director who can't keep up with the subtext. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2014
7 Unbroken (2014) David Poland You can't break him. You just can't. And you won't. And by the end, you won't care if he breaks, but if he feels deeply. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2014
The Gambler (2014) David Poland A dark coming-of-age movie about a grown man who can't let himself win. Brilliant performances. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2014
The Interview (2014) David Poland a silly, broad, very funny comedy about a couple of close male friends who represented high and low, going on a profoundly stupid adventure. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2014
Big Eyes (2014) David Poland Big Eyes is a movie of shocking complexity and grace, given how simple it seems on the surface. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2014
Interstellar (2014) David Poland There is an odd shallowness that reduces all the intellectual power of this endeavor to a "you mean, one atom of my fingernail could be an entire universe?" stoner joke. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2014
The Apparition (2012) Michael Wilmington Dull, dreary, pointless and bad, sporting shock scenes that don't shock, a grisly premise that doesn't make sense, and a meager cast of mostly uninterested-looking Hollywood lookers. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) David Poland This film really becomes The Dark Knight to the first film's Batman Begins. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2014
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2014
Jersey Boys (2014) David Poland "WB took the safe road, came in on time and budget (presumably, as Eastwood always does), and made a golem." EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2014
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) David Poland The concept of repetition is quite brilliantly done. It never feels "that gag again?!". EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars (2014) David Poland It's a weepie. It can't be something else... a genre more respected. But it does what it does quite perfectly. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2014
22 Jump Street (2014) David Poland It's really all about how these two build a joke on camera. They get it. They top it. Then they get the hell out before you get stop laughing. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2014