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MovieWeb is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chris Cabin, Christopher Null, Devin Faraci, Eric Meyerson, Fred Topel, Jeremiah Kipp, Julian Roman, Matt McKillop, Nick Schager, Rick Kisonak, Sean O'Connell
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Julian Roman The Lighthouse immerses you in its disturbing environment and enthralling performances of its two-man cast. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe push the acting craft to the brink. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Julian Roman Maleficent: Mistress of Evil can best be described as Disney's Game of Thrones. It's the infamous "Red Wedding", but with fairy tale characters. Angelina Jolie returns to theaters in a much darker and violent sequel. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Julian Roman Zombieland Double Tap returns with the same infectious humor and fantastic characters that made the original a hit. The cast continues to be a laugh riot. Their wonderful chemistry amplified by a slew of hysterical new characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 Gemini Man (2019) Julian Roman Gemini Man has jaw-dropping moments despite an obvious and predictable narrative. The cutting edge special effects, superb action scenes, and engaging lead performances make up for the inane plot. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/5 Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (2019) Julian Roman Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is an origin story with relationship overload. There's action a plenty and fair amount of entertainment value, but takes a melodramatic step back from the greatness of DC's last two years of animated films. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Julian Roman Mental illness, gun control, society's apathetic decay, the chasm between rich and poor; Joker takes a fatalistic dive into heady issues. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/5 Low Tide (2019) Julian Roman Director/writer Kevin McMullin keeps your attention rapt while building slow burn tension. His feature debut thoughtfully explores the characters, but veers into contrivance with a predictable third act. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
1.5/5 10 Minutes Gone (2019) Julian Roman 10 Minutes Gone wastes the talent of two Hollywood greats. Bruce Willis and Michael Chiklis are just collecting a paycheck here. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
1/5 Corporate Animals (2019) Julian Roman Corporate Animals is an absolute chore to sit through. The film's attempt to satirize corporate culture is painfully unfunny. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3/5 Abominable (2019) Julian Roman Stunning animation and a beautiful score rescue Abominable from being a drag. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Julian Roman The fifth installment in the franchise takes the Taken storyline and ramps up the savagery. Rambo: Last Blood is pure carnage, a bleak and brutal film. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Julian Roman A blistering account of the infamous lawyer's rise to power and his toxic imprint on American politics. Where's My Roy Cohn? is a fascinating journey that leads directly to the poisoned discourse today. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Julian Roman Ad Astra's equivalent to two hours of interstellar therapy accompanied by mind-blowing visual effects. Thankfully the superb action scenes rescue the narrative from introspection overload. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
3.5/5 Hustlers (2019) Julian Roman Equal parts sultry, humorous, and heartbreaking, Hustlers brings a needed female perspective to an industry poorly portrayed by Hollywood. Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez are a lock for Oscar nominations. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Aquarela (2018) Julian Roman Aquarela can be hypnotic and terrifying at times, but also noisy and overly abstract in long stretches. It is certainly a unique cinema experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Julian Roman IT Chapter Two has flickers of fright, but is ultimately undone by an arduous runtime. The scares that work are overpowered by big-budget CGI theatrics. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Julian Roman Stanley Nelson teaches a historical lesson on the greatness of Miles Davis. His musical legacy, style, and image is explored. Nelson unfortunately glosses over the domestic violence issues. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/5 Don't Let Go (2019) Julian Roman Don't Let Go has good lead performances, but the overall film is lacking. Multiple plot holes and a conspicuous antagonist defangs the murder mystery. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/5 Official Secrets (2019) Julian Roman Official Secrets is brilliantly acted by a top tier cast. The characters are thoughtfully explored as they tangle with the political bombshell and real world consequences of the leaked memo. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
2.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Julian Roman Angel Has Fallen is predictable and nonsensical, but loaded with explosive action scenes. The third installment of the franchise overcomes a weak plot by delivering the action goods. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Julian Roman Ready or Not swings from devilishly funny to stomach churning violence in a breathlessly paced runtime. It falls prey to contrivances in the final act, but is highly entertaining until then. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
3.5/5 ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas (2019) Julian Roman A must see for ZZ Top fans, and anyone who appreciates blues-driven rock and roll. We get real insights into the band's dynamics. The soundtrack is also packed with blues classics and their greatest hits. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/5 Good Boys (2019) Julian Roman Good Boys is absolutely hysterical; ninety glorious minutes of nonstop laughter. It pushes the envelope with adolescent hijinks, but has a sweetness that tempers the raw vulgarity. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Julian Roman Equal parts fantasy musical, somber drama, and uplifting romance, director Gurinder Chadha uses creative filmmaking to explore the yearnings of the human heart. Blinded by the Light is the feel-good movie of the summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
2.5/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Julian Roman The Angry Birds Movie 2 is incredibly dumb at times, but the film's absurdity laughs you into submission. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Julian Roman Having women as crime bosses is refreshing, but a gender swap alone does not make a good movie. The Kitchen is heavy-handed and obvious. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Julian Roman Dora and the Lost City of Gold fully embraces the source material. Kids will howl with laughter. They're the target audience and will be thoroughly entertained. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Deep Space Nine (2018) Julian Roman What We Left Behind reunites the original DS9 cast, writers, filmmakers, and studio executives. It also explores a jaw-dropping storyline for season eight. A must see for fans and anyone who appreciates great science fiction. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
2.5/5 The Operative (2019) Julian Roman The Operative tackles Israel's intelligence efforts against Iran, but fails to resonate or be insightful. A good lead performance from Diane Kruger doesn't overcome the narrative problems. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Julian Roman The Peanut Butter Falcon is a beautifully uplifting tale of humanity and friendship. It's a true crowd-pleaser from start to finish. Shia LaBeouf's range in this performance is remarkable. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Julian Roman Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are likeable in a bloated CGI spectacle that's near cartoonish at times. Director David Leitch loses focus in the barrage of fights, chases, and explosions. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/5 Brian Banks (2018) Julian Roman The story of Brian Banks is especially pertinent in the #MeToo era. It is a harrowing, insightful look into an appalling miscarriage of justice. Brian Banks reminds us that the pendulum of truth must swing both ways. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Julian Roman Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino's overindulgent love letter to a bygone era. At two-hours and forty-one minutes, the film becomes too enamored with innocuous details. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 Skin (2018) Julian Roman Jamie Bell astonishes in a brutal white supremacist's tale of redemption. Skin serves as a warning to the resurgence of violent, white power groups in the United States. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/5 Batman: Hush (2019) Julian Roman Batman gets hot and heavy with Catwoman in an action-packed, intriguing mystery. Batman: Hush is a stellar entry in the DC Animated Universe. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
3.5/5 Crawl (2019) Julian Roman Hold on to your popcorn, because Crawl will have you jumping out of your seat. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Julian Roman Director Jon Favreau brings the African savanna to life with stunning realism. A new generation of fans will be wowed by a classic story remade with cutting edge technology. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Julian Roman Stuber will have audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter. A twist on the buddy cop genre, the hulking Dave Bautista and hysterically meek Kumail Nanjiani are mismatched gold. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Julian Roman The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a hauntingly poetic film about loss, friendship, and the starkness of inevitability. It is a story of the American dream's slipping grasp. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Julian Roman Spider-Man: Far From Home is a supremely entertaining web-slinging sequel. Tom Holland is now the face of the MCU and ready for center stage. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
1.5/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Julian Roman Annabelle Comes Home is a brainless sequel that telegraphs every scare. It never deviates from the standard horror movie formula. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 Burn Your Maps (2016) Julian Roman Burn Your Maps is filled with adventure and a whole lot of heart. The plot is a bit too fantastical, but the strength of the performances grounds the narrative when needed. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Julian Roman The Dead Don't Die is a weaker entry from director Jim Jarmusch. The mocking of the zombie theme gets old quickly. The political satire is humorous at times, but not enough to carry a slow moving film. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Julian Roman Disney and Pixar continue to deliver greatness. Toy Story 4 combines hysterical humor with an abstract, emotionally complex plot. The film is a banner sequel on all fronts. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 Shaft (2019) Julian Roman Director Tim Story restores Shaft to his seventies grandeur. Shaft skewers millennial sensitivities and gleefully throws political correctness out of the window. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Julian Roman Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson lack chemistry in a sluggish MIB installment. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Julian Roman The Secret Life of Pets 2 is that rare sequel that's actually funnier than the original. Snowball, who's been working on his glutes, steals the show. He almost gave me a seizure from laughing so hard. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Julian Roman Dark Phoenix has a loose narrative with a predictable plot and cardboard villain. Simon Kinberg's second effort is better than X-Men: The Last Stand, but the bar is admittedly low. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Julian Roman Godzilla: King of the Monsters turbocharges the action on all fronts. It's civilization crushing savagery as Godzilla and his adversaries pummel humanity on a global scale. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Julian Roman Booksmart is a teen coming-of-age comedy destined to be a classic. Stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever take likeability into the stratosphere. Olivia Wilde delivers greatness in her directorial debut. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019