FromTheBalcony

FromTheBalcony is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bill Clark
Rating Title/Year Author
C The Commuter (2018) Bill Clark Like many recent entries to Neeson's canon, The Commuter is fairly involving until it comes time to explain what's going on. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2018
F Downsizing (2017) Bill Clark Downsizing thinks it's playing with fire but is really just rubbing two twigs together and hoping for the best. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2017
A- The Disaster Artist (2017) Bill Clark The Disaster Artist is an enormously entertaining look at film making dreams and the legacy that comes with making a truly terrible one. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
B The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Bill Clark While certainly not a new classic, The Man Who Invented Christmas is an enjoyable experience that succeeds in rousing the Christmas spirit. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
A- Lady Bird (2017) Bill Clark The best films of this genre always show a path and provide a takeaway for being a better person. Lady Bird does just that. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
B+ Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Bill Clark No one will ever call this series high art, but it does aim to please and built-in fans will find a lot to like in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2017
B Good Time (2017) Bill Clark Good Time is thematically spare, but the savvy, energetic direction of the Safdie brothers and Pattinson's wide-eyed, intense performance keep it afloat. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2017
C Dunkirk (2017) Bill Clark Given little context and even less character arc, Dunkirk emerges as an emotionally hollow exercise in wartime spectacle. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2017
B- In the Deep (2017) Bill Clark 47 Meters Down is an impressive picture from a technical perspective. It's a shame the dialogue isn't given the same consideration. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2017
B It Comes at Night (2017) Bill Clark It Comes at Night is a relentlessly bleak exercise in paranoia and distrust that taps into some of the deepest fears within the human condition. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2017
A- Jackie (2016) Bill Clark The opening frames of Jackie lead one to believe they're about to see a horror film. One wouldn't be far off. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2016
B- Bad Santa 2 (2016) Bill Clark Fans of the original know what to expect here. If you can't get enough of Bad Santa's mean streak, you'll find plenty to enjoy in Bad Santa 2. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2016
B- The Girl on the Train (2016) Bill Clark It's hardly high art, but director Taylor and screenwriter Wilson make The Girl on the Train work just well enough to warrant a look. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2016
B- Deepwater Horizon (2016) Bill Clark While not nearly as unforgettable as the events on which it's based, Deepwater Horizon works well enough as a spectacle and tribute to the fallen. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C+ The Magnificent Seven (2016) Bill Clark Overlong and often struggling to balance action and comedy, The Magnificent Seven is an uneven effort with some sensational action. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2016
D+ Blair Witch (2016) Bill Clark Padded by too many lame jump scares to count, Blair Witch becomes a near-literal remake of its predecessor once the group enters the fateful woods. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2016
C+ Free State of Jones (2016) Bill Clark Free State of Jones features a handful of moderately powerful moments that don't add up to a powerful overall experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2016
D Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Bill Clark Like most contemporary comedy sequels, Neighbors 2 is essentially the same film as Neighbors, minus the freshness and purpose of existence. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2016
D+ How to Be Single (2016) Bill Clark How To Be Single is unfocused, horrifically shot and edited, and not nearly as raunchy as it thinks it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
B+ Deadpool (2016) Bill Clark Profane, hyper-violent, and never hesitant to take things a step or two beyond overkill, Deadpool is just the swift kick to the junk the genre needs. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2016
D Hail, Caesar! (2016) Bill Clark With Hail, Caesar!, it's baffling to see the Coens deliver something with next to nothing at stake and zero involvement from a character perspective. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2016
B- 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) Bill Clark 13 Hours is a visceral, pounding experience that works as a vintage Bay action film even as it skirts the bigger overall picture. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2016
A- Anomalisa (2015) Bill Clark Anomalisa embodies what we've come to expect from Kaufman: a venture into the strange while somehow staying grounded in reality. Just like life. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015
B- Joy (2015) Bill Clark Joy doesn't resonate as a hard-hitting, memorable biography, but as a lightweight, ultimately charming slice of entrepreneurial spirit, it works. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2015
A- 45 Years (2015) Bill Clark Led by two first-rate performances, 45 Years is an intimate, introspective work that ranks among 2015's best. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2015
B- The Big Short (2015) Bill Clark The Big Short is a crackling, live entertainment that elicits as many laughs as jaws agape that this could happen. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2015
B Sisters (2015) Bill Clark Though light on plot and in need of a runtime haircut, Sisters is as rapid fire, energetic, and raunchy as any comedy this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2015
B Concussion (2015) Bill Clark Though overly melodramatic at times and absent the full details of the toll CTE really takes, Concussion is at its best when operating as an underdog story. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2015
B+ 99 Homes (2014) Bill Clark 99 Homes is a timely topical drama that packs real punch the deeper it goes into the rabbit hole of lawless capitalization on destroyed lives. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2015
B- Where to Invade Next (2015) Bill Clark Though still worth a look, Where to Invade Next falls in the bottom half of the Moore canon, neither as organized or potent as previous offerings. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2015
A Room (2015) Bill Clark Watching Room is essentially the act of barely breathing and nearly crying for two hours. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2015
A- The Revenant (2015) Bill Clark The Revenant is another sweeping accomplishment for Iñárritu and one of 2015's best films. Just make sure you know what you're in for. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2015
A- Amy (2015) Bill Clark Amy is a celebration of all she accomplished as well as a cautionary tale about the grave price to be paid for not getting an addict the help they need. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2015
A Spotlight (2015) Bill Clark Spotlight is one of the great journalism films; compelling, flawlessly acted, and successful in its invitation to join in the hunt for the truth. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2015
B+ Brooklyn (2015) Bill Clark Brooklyn is a fine serving of comfort food, innocent and successfully operating at a deeper level when exploring the difficulties of leaving home. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2015
A- Secret in Their Eyes (2015) Bill Clark Secret in Their Eyes, a remake of the 2009 Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name, is an old-school, taut, and endlessly involving thriller. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2015
D Love the Coopers (2015) Bill Clark Love the Coopers is as much a comedy as a Christmas movie, in that it's neither and more a drama taking place around Christmas that eeks out a few laughs. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2015
B+ Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) Bill Clark Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead serves as the perfect time capsule of National Lampoon's run and the influence it has on comedy to this day. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2015
B+ The Wolfpack (2015) Bill Clark While plenty of questions permeate the air as the end credits roll, The Wolfpack is a compulsively watchable, borderline hypnotic experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2015
C- Spectre (2015) Bill Clark Spectre, despite its lush locales and trademark superb action set pieces, is a mostly downtrodden, robotic exercise in wild goose chase plotting. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2015
B San Andreas (2015) Bill Clark San Andreas is lightweight, crowd-pleasing summer entertainment that knows its place and delivers the goods. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2015
B+ Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Bill Clark What the films have going for them are fun characters and clever writing, both of which keep Pitch Perfect 2 from being a lazy rehash of the original movie. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2015
D Hot Pursuit (2015) Bill Clark There's "paying the bills," then there's something this lazy, uninspired, and hackneyed. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2015
D Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Bill Clark The law of diminishing returns strikes big-time in Avengers: Age of Ultron, an overstuffed mess of one-note characters, gaudy CGI, and bad one-liners. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2015
D+ The Age of Adaline (2015) Bill Clark For all its melodramatic mopey-ness, The Age of Adaline mostly treads water to its anti-climactic conclusion. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2015
C- Unfriended (2014) Bill Clark Unfriended is a by-the-numbers, scare-free slasher package that will likely test your patience for watching people yell at each other on Skype. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2015
B McFarland, USA (2015) Bill Clark McFarland USA won't win any awards for originality, but it's a prime example of a proven formula done right. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2015
F Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Bill Clark Fifty Shades of Grey may be the first film in history made specifically for the purposes of hate-watching. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2015
B Still Alice (2014) Bill Clark As films about people with devastating diseases go, Still Alice is understated, thought-provoking, and written and directed with a steady hand. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2015
D Jupiter Ascending (2015) Bill Clark Jupiter Ascending sure looks nice, but beyond that it's an incomprehensible mess of a story and certainly the last big-budget gasp for the Wachowskis. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2015