Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Metro Weekly (Washington, DC) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): André Hereford, Randy Shulman
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) André Hereford For the most part, it's time well-spent in the company of both the adult ensemble and their younger counterparts. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
2.5/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) André Hereford The film finds greater depth and dimension in its side romances than in the one placed front-and-center. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 Hustlers (2019) André Hereford Writer-director Lorene Scafaria finesses the structure smoothly, darting between past and present, comedy and suspense, contrasting the noise and flash of Scores and the peace and quiet of Queens. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) André Hereford Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett craft around their Hitchcock blonde a suspenseful mousetrap that's also a cheeky satire about rich sociopaths who will turn to lawlessly inflicting pain on others, if it keeps their wealth intact. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) André Hereford The casting really pays off in the mother-daughter chemistry between Blanchett and Nelson as Bernadette and Bee. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
1/5 The Kitchen (2019) Randy Shulman The Kitchen won't harm the careers of its stars.... But it should stop the directing career of Andrea Berloff in its tracks. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
5/5 Paris Is Burning (1990) André Hereford Paris Is Burning preserves in cinematic amber a pre-'90s, pre-Giuliani New York City that looks and feels more hard and hostile, and yet seems more innocent. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 Drei Zinnen (2017) André Hereford The harsh, forbidding environment naturally lends an air of danger, and Zabeil confidently, quietly winds the suspense around the potential breaking point... EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) André Hereford Whatever complicated, state-of-the-art methods created this hybrid animation, the results beautifully render colors and scale, from the tallest mountain, to every swaying blade of grass. But much less innovation has gone into the plot. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) André Hereford The movie proves, yet again, that the director of Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds knows how to make a picture big, without the aid of comic book superheroes or CGI behemoths. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) André Hereford The film attempts perhaps one or two too many plot twists... But where Far from Home flows smoothly, with ease and winking humor, is in its sweetly giddy take on young romance, charmingly conveyed by Holland and Zendaya. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Randy Shulman Watching the gang...hide the fact that they're living beings coexisting in our world is exhausting. You want them to exclaim, 'We're here! We're dear! Play with us!' EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) André Hereford The film conveys a strong message of openness, while also presenting the SFGMC's southern tour as a fierce act of resistance. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) André Hereford With the exception of a sharply edited space rescue that generates its own fierce momentum, the film's other choppy action sequences generally devolve into montages of CGI-lit stares and gestures. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 Shaft (2019) André Hereford The best thing the film does, besides nail a nice share of its jokes, is make a genuine story of Shaft learning to care about the example he sets for his son. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/5 Aladdin (2019) Randy Shulman Ritchie is a director in constant search of a top to go over.... You wonder if walking open-mouthed through a sandstorm wouldn't be slightly more enjoyable than Aladdin. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Booksmart (2019) André Hereford Olivia Wilde's debut as director reinvigorates the high-school comedy. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 All Is True (2018) André Hereford Just to bask in the lush tones of Sir Ian McKellen reciting Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 might be enough to coax certain connoisseurs to see All Is True. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 Knock Down the House (2019) André Hereford [It] gets boiled down here to an incomplete, but compelling, play-by-play of three political races, and a stealth bio of, and persuasive mission statement for, the historic candidacy of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) André Hereford It's an epic franchise finale that cuts straight to the heart of what it means to rise from the ashes of defeat. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Shazam! (2019) André Hereford The suits and cheesy hairpieces can go, but Angel, costar of Disney Channel's Andi Mack, will be more than welcome to return as the kid half of this heroic tandem. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) André Hereford Occasional lapses into Hollywood-style hokum can puncture the otherwise airtight pacing, but they're not enough to topple this impressive feature directing debut by Anthony Maras. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) André Hereford Not as wondrously transporting as the original, although the film does render a touching portrait of a family reconnecting post-trauma. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
5/5 Us (2019) Randy Shulman Jordan Peele has more on his mind than to merely offer up a scary ride. He wants audiences engaged on every possible level. He wants his horror films to mean something. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Randy Shulman It's not going out on a limb to say Goose the cat is reason enough to see the movie multiple times. But there are other joys in Captain Marvel. An abundance of them. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) André Hereford The effective score by Tibor Cári helps keep it all on track. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) André Hereford [Neil Jordan] and co-writer Ray Wright don't seem to be interested in reimagining formula here, just executing it solidly. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2/5 What Men Want (2019) André Hereford It's too bad the film isn't funnier. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) André Hereford Stefon or some other SNL character might emerge at any moment to drag Morf off to the hottest club in Miami. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) André Hereford The movie stumbles making it to that finish line, and it digresses from its straightforward tale... EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) André Hereford In roles that might have come off too idealized or cute, Layne and James bring to the screen a charged connection that keeps the characters grounded, and should keep audiences in their corner. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
3.5/5 Vice (2018) André Hereford Amy Adams, as gifted as any actor currently working in cinema, turns in a virtuosic performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 Aquaman (2018) André Hereford Momoa might nail the everyman end of the spectrum, with copious beer guzzling and manly hair flipping, but he doesn't invest this dude with much regal leadership potential. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 Ben Is Back (2018) André Hereford Peter Hedges... benefits from having Julia Roberts, who still can simultaneously deliver charm and knife-edge suspense as if this were the second coming of Sleeping with the Enemy. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) André Hereford The Scottish and English scenery is gorgeous, but one still wonders why bother with action scenes that beget no action. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 Creed II (2018) André Hereford The movie does offer one genuine surprise: the Drago family drama actually eclipses anything going on with the Creeds or Balboas. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 The Favourite (2018) André Hereford Weisz has a field day with the acerbic dialogue, locating the uniquely arch frequency that director Yorgos Lanthimos plies here. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Rhuaridh Marr One of the more awkward aspects of Grindelwald is how far Rowling is stretching her magical/non-magical racism allegory. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/5 Widows (2018) André Hereford Ultimately overcomes its political digressions and gets the job done as a compelling, crowd-pleasing heist flick. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 El Ángel (2018) André Hereford The gang's crimes are unsettling, but the movie's not gruesome. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 Boy Erased (2018) André Hereford Hedges, an Oscar nominee for Manchester By the Sea, continues his multi-year streak of turning up in award-worthy material. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 Studio 54: The Documentary (2018) André Hereford It's a fabulous get for Tyrnauer and for audiences that Schrager... finally felt ready to spill on what made Studio 54 so happening. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) André Hereford McCarthy is a mighty convincing curmudgeon. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/5 Halloween (2018) Randy Shulman It winks at itself so much, you'd think it had something it its eye. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) André Hereford Bad Times is well-crafted, driven by a time-shifting narrative that adds Tarantino-esque flavor to the mix. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/5 First Man (2018) André Hereford A welcome counterpoint to all the buzzcuts and bravado, Claire Foy turns in an incandescent performance as Armstrong's devoted wife Janet. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 Nothing Like a Dame (2018) Rhuaridh Marr Michell keeps an incredibly light touch throughout the movie's 84-minute runtime... There's no artifice employed, egregious effects, or overly emotive music. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 A Star Is Born (2018) André Hereford Lady Gaga delivers a movie musical performance that's fresh, funny, and at times powerful. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/5 Colette (2018) André Hereford Knightley takes command of this story of a woman discovering the full scope of her powers and talents. Moreover, she's well-matched by an incisive script. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) André Hereford Moore has said that this documentary was born not of hope, but of his despair and dispiritedness after the election. Yet, he still entertains and inspires through skillful filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018