ScreenAnarchy

ScreenAnarchy is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Anton Bitel, Chase Whale, Eric D. Snider, Ernesto Zelaya Miñaro, Frank Ochieng, J Hurtado, Jason Gorber, Josh Ralske, Scott Weinberg, Sebastian Zavala Kahn, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Simon Abrams
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Breakthrough (2019) Frank Ochieng ...divine and soul-searching. Breakthrough is warmly inviting for its ability to be honest, moving, melancholy, and deliver its truthfulness in profound revelation. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Shelagh Rowan-Legg While there are some entertaining moments in Teen Spirit, its well-traveled route doesn't offer any new insights or profound meditations on this culture of instant success. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Little Woods is an assured debut, tinged with moments of anger, strength, frustration, and a glimmer of hope that comes from doing that you need to do to help those you love, even if it means going against a system that does not want you to hope. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
3/4 Penguins (2019) Frank Ochieng So yes...birds of a feather certainly flock together in this nature-oriented gem. Thoroughly enjoyable and heart-warming, Disneynature Penguins has embracing animal magnetism for all the right kind of festive reasons. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/4 After (2019) Frank Ochieng Gage's tepid teen romancer After plays it safe and never elevates this youth-oriented, pseudo-steamy sudser beyond its pedestrian pauses of passion. One has seen this slushy session of teen sexual angst numerous times before, folks. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Hellboy (2019) J Hurtado This Hellboy May Be Fresh Out Of The Inferno, But He's Still Half-Baked EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/4 The Best of Enemies (2019) Frank Ochieng [An] affecting but flatly received desegregation drama. The Best of Enemies feels unevenly pat and plays it rather safe without exploring the racially charged obstacles with a more pronounced grittiness. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
() Shelagh Rowan-Legg Feral, Andrew Wonder's narrative feature directorial debut, tells one woman's story, a story both filled with beautiful imagination and painful reality of her individual journey, one of both attempted progression and constant pushback. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/4 Five Feet Apart (2019) Frank Ochieng [A] treacly teen romancer... has all the compelling poignancy of a broken charm bracelet...wrapped around in the sweetness and sacrificial sorrow of its corny convictions EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
3/4 Where's Daddy? (2018) Frank Ochieng [A] highly reflective and absorbingly insightful documentary. Where's Daddy? is gripping and thought-provoking in its serious look at deprived families paying an ultimate price EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) J Hurtado In spite of improving on every conceivable technical level, this new version of Pet Sematary fails spectacularly in the one department that really matters with a horror film, it's just not that scary EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Rust Creek (2018) Shelagh Rowan-Legg A thriller that keeps its tension high and sharp for most of the film, while allowing the story and characters some room to breathe and explore various power dynamics. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
1.5/4 The Beach Bum (2019) Frank Ochieng ...a generic stoner comedy flick that has all the natural high of an unfiltered, soggy joint. The Beach Bum is nothing but pointless piffle simply overdosing on its own brand of "rude-dude" drudgery. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
3.5/4 Diane (2018) Frank Ochieng Diane is thoroughly engaging in its spotlighted numbness. Meticulously intimate and bracing, Diane is an embodiment of ailing womanhood hinging on unclear fears, regrets, loss, and empathy. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
1.5/4 Wonder Park (2019) Frank Ochieng Predictable, lazy-minded, manipulative and tediously annoying, Wonder Park is a forgettable tots' tale that tries to mean well but is as inviting as a closed carnival attraction under repair. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/4 Triple Threat (2019) Frank Ochieng ...synthetic showdown of low-rent lacerations and belabored beatings. Triple Threat is more of a single slingshot of cut-and-paste frivolity that seems more makeshift than raucously inspired. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
() J Hurtado It's a fantastic tromp through the highlands, a place where it's impossible get lost (because there are no corners), making it the perfect place to find yourself. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) J Hurtado The Curse of La Llorona is a cheap attempt to capture a minority audience with a familiar folk tale that then bait-and-switches that audience into watching a regular-ass spool story EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Tone Deaf (2018) J Hurtado Bates sets his sights on the generation gap between the bootstrap Baby Boomers and the seemingly fragile Millennials, and leaves all attempts at subtlety behind. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
The Mountain (2018) J Hurtado The Mountain's effectively droll delivery of Alverson's philosophy really worked for me. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Starfish (2016) J Hurtado A stylish sci-fi meditation on solitude that lingers with the audience long after the film is over. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
() J Hurtado [A} surprisingly empathetic cross country sexcapade EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
() J Hurtado A film for fans who don't mind a few laughs punctuating their gore gags, Snatchers is definitely a crowd-pleaser that will have horror fans rolling in the aisles. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
() J Hurtado Tales From the Lodge is an amusing experience, but not quite a home run EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
() J Hurtado Extra Ordinary delivers ooze and awws in equal measure, and I love it for that. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/4 Babylon (1980) Frank Ochieng ...revealing and raw in its political and sociological spectrum. Unapologetically radical, intrusive and emotionally gripping...a blistering commentary... EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Captain Marvel is a fresh addition to the canon, taking it in a needed new direction, with a great soundtrack, the right kind of girl power, solid cast, exciting action, and the right dose of intelligence and humour. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
1.5/4 Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Frank Ochieng ...casket-filled clownery. Predictably contrived...Perry...we beg you--stop the inane gimmick and allow Madea to retire in her flowery bloomers in peace. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
3.5/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Shelagh Rowan-Legg How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World should satisfy fans of the series with its engaging action, off-kilter humour, and the endearing love between Hiccup and Toothless. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
2/4 What Men Want (2019) Frank Ochieng Impishly wooden and convoluted...a lazy tiptoe through tripe perceptions of what an alpha female perceives as relating to her meathead male colleagues. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
The Changeover (2017) J Hurtado Subtle enough to draw in adult fans of dark fantasy, but relatable enough to appeal to young adult audiences, The Changeover is another in a long line of quality genre films from New Zealand. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Wùlu (2016) Ard Vijn Wùlu looks great, and it is not as dour or violent as you might fear. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
The Wandering Earth (2019) J Hurtado The Wandering Earth is a marvel of imagination, inspiration, execution, and excitement EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
3/5 Miss Bala (2019) Shelagh Rowan-Legg With Hardwicke behind the camera and Rodriguez in front of it, Miss Bala is a woman's journey from innocent yet brave bystander to kick-ass heroine who doesn't take any shit from anyone. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
4/5 Antiquities (2018) Sebastian Zavala Kahn ...its themes -related to father-and-son relationships, family, romance and maturity- are conveyed in a refreshingly frank manner. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
() J Hurtado More an exploration of the ethics of manipulating destiny than a single focused story, Parallel is an interesting take on the popular concept of the multiverse. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
I Am a Ghost (2012) J Hurtado I Am A Ghost made me thoroughly uncomfortable, which is some of the best praise I can give a horror film. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
1.5/4 Serenity (2019) Frank Ochieng There is something fishy about the modern sea-bound neo-noir thriller Serenity that is not quite worth taking the bait. Serenity, for the most part, falsely boasts a turbulent tide of steaminess but only manages to sink in its woefully perfunctory puddle. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 Painkillers (2018) Sebastian Zavala Kahn "Painkillers" is the rare psychological thriller that manages to be both scary and dramatically believable. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Cat Sticks (2019) J Hurtado Cat Sticks makes poetry of pain and beauty of desperation EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
We Are Little Zombies (2019) J Hurtado We Are Little Zombies... is a candy colored pop explosion of ennui. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Petta (2019) J Hurtado Petta is one for the fans, and this fan is happy. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/5 Aquarians (2017) Sebastian Zavala Kahn A potent motion picture that compares and contrasts two completely different characters, and dares to asks questions of which it doesn't have many answers. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 Don't Come Back From the Moon (2017) Frank Ochieng Fatherless fable Don't Come Back from the Moon is a small-sized affecting coming-of-age tale with a big scale heart and thought-provoking conviction. Thoroughly probing and perceptive, the conscious cow does not need to jump over this heart-breaking Moon. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 Io (2019) Shelagh Rowan-Legg Io is that rare science fiction film that asks us to look beyond aliens, spaceships, and technology, to ask what of the future for humans as individuals and community in how we connect and how we live beyond mere survival. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2019
3.5/5 Mandao of the Dead (2018) Sebastian Zavala Kahn Although it might feel a little amateurish from time to time, it's pretty fun; short, sweet, and surprisingly laid-back. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
1.5/4 The Upside (2018) Frank Ochieng Nevertheless, The Upside has a downside...its woefully pat look at an unconventional salt-and-pepper friendship in manipulative mode. Predictably cliched, mechanical, and transparently amiable. Thoroughly tedious and tripe... EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 Then Came You (2018) Frank Ochieng [A] quirky-minded yet solidly conceived dramedy. A cheeky story that resonates soundly in its sprinkled charm and contemplation. Indeed, Then Came You is thoroughly affecting...the first official Valentine of 2019 and it throbs convincingly. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2019
3/4 Stan & Ollie (2018) Frank Ochieng A reverential and resourceful dramedy biopic. Stan & Ollie's flashiness exists in its low-key premise of two gifted men bound at the Hollywood hip in mutual admiration and quieted strife. We are elated to see Stan & Ollie get us all in another fine mess EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
3.5/4 Wildlife (2018) Frank Ochieng [A] solemn and soul-searching period piece family drama. Wildlife is an affecting, low-key gem of an absorbing story that packs an unassuming punch regarding a portrait of a dysfunctional family unit lost in heartbreak and indecision... thought-provoking EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2018