Now Playing Magazine

Now Playing Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brent Simon, Brian Thomas, Eric Moro, Scott Collura
Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 John Dies at the End (2012) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 Love Is All You Need (2012) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
1/5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) Phil Brown Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
4/5 Sightseers (2012) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 The Sapphires (2012) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 A Late Quartet (2012) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) Glenn Sumi Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 Berberian Sound Studio (2012) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 What Richard Did (2012) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 The Bounty Hunter (2010) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2011
5/5 The Kid with a Bike (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2011
2/5 Oscar et la Dame Rose (2009) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2011
3/5 Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2011
3/5 Twixt (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2011
4/5 Kill List (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2011
3/5 The Woman in the Fifth (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2011
4/5 Alps (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3/5 Rampart (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3/5 Volcano (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2/5 Wuthering Heights (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2/5 Trishna (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2011
5/5 This Is Not a Film (2010) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2/5 Albert Nobbs (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2011
4/5 Killer Joe (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2011
2/5 Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2011
4/5 Like Crazy (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2011
4/5 Your Sister's Sister (2011) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2011
D- Eaten Alive (1976) Brent Simon This bayou-set, thinly imagined Psycho knock-off is little more than a derisible piece of slasher mayhem, notable for Tobe Hooper's association and costar Roberta Collins' assertion that star Neville Brand later tried to sexually assault her. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2006
C The King (2005) Brent Simon A Southwestern American pastoral of dormant menace, The King is a film of triple-dipped mood that turns on an act of shocking violence, but still seems to substitute willful indistinctness for insight. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2006
B+ The Break-Up (2006) Brent Simon There's nothing broken about The Break-Up, which turns rom-com conventions on their side in free-wheeling fashion, and in doing so colorfully, wittily celebrates what it is about men and women that both attract one another and drives us crazy. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2006
C Twelve and Holding (2005) Brent Simon A refracted glimpse of American suburbia through the eyes of three pre-teens grappling with grief, reprisal and loneliness, the film boasts some great adolescent performances but can't overcome a rigidly partitioned structure and tonal inconsistency. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2006
C- Scoop (2006) Brent Simon A ramshackle and laboriously whimsical comedic trifle that falls back on Woody Allen's increasingly tired penchant for nattering faux-realism. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2006
A- Monster House (2006) Brent Simon In an era of meticulously muggy, corporate-vetted movies designed to launch possible franchises before the first film has even released, Monster House plays pleasingly to audiences of almost any age, driven by a strong sense of wonderment. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2006
B An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Brent Simon Though generally presented in a fawning, overly obsequious style, the film also has a heartening degree of candor... and its triumph is the manner in which it highlights the notion of political will as a renewable resource. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2006
C+ You, Me and Dupree (2006) Brent Simon Owen Wilson just does what he does, and allows you to take it or leave it. You, Me and Dupree, then, suffers a slow start and trades too frequently in broad, garish strokes before rallying with some late atypical turns. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2006
D- Cavite (2005) Brent Simon Arbitrarily arranged and awfully acted... proof positive that well-meaning creative wishes and savvy, low-fi merging of production means and narrative concept doesn't automatically produce heady results. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2006
A- A Scanner Darkly (2006) Brent Simon A thing of unique beauty and free-floating menace, A Scanner Darkly is also about the transmutation of good into evil and back into good, and the willful surrender of freedom in the name of propagandistic safety and betterment. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2006
D+ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) Brent Simon An empty vessel... bloated beyond all recognition, and [evidencing] absolutely no flow or consistency -- there's nary a human heartbeat here in its two-and-a-half-hour-plus running time. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2006
A Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) Brent Simon Piercingly demonstrates how technological advancement occurs only when it aligns with monied interests, and argues persuasively for the idea that we all deserve better. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2006
B+ Idlewild (2006) Brent Simon An imaginatively rendered and ultimately touching expression of the collision of creativity and responsibility, and the former bursting through the constraints of a small town outlook of diminished expectation. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2006
B Snakes on a Plane (2006) Cindy White Snakes on a Plane delivers exactly what it promises. Nothing more, nothing less. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2006
B+ Clerks II (2006) Arnold T. Blumberg There are some gags that work pretty well, especially if you're in the fanboy mode to which Smith speaks so well... EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2006
B+ Superman Returns (2006) Scott Collura IMAX 3D review: The 3D scenes were disappointing at times, but at other times one could garner an idea of what the technology can offer. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2006
C+ Nacho Libre (2006) Marcus Handley The problem facing Nacho Libre is the same one that plagued Dynamite - the sum of its parts is not equal to the whole. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2006
B Superman Returns (2006) Brent Simon Measured against the relatively high bars of other recent superhero fare, it feels uncomfortably familiar. For those looking for a slice of high-flying entertainment, however, it certainly suffices. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Arnold T. Blumberg Friggin' fantastic... EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2006
B- X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Brent Simon It's ripcord filmmaking, with paint-by-numbers emotionalism. While [Ratner's] preoccupation with surface thrill still makes for a generally pleasing comic book movie, it shortchanges the depth we've come to expect from the X-Men franchise. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Scott Collura It's a mutant smorgasbord, and most of the characters suffer as a result. 'We need more mutants in leather,' I can hear a studio exec yelling. 'And give them tattoos too! That way we know they're bad guys!' EDIT
Posted May 23, 2006