Projection Booth

Projection Booth is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Rob Humanick
Rating Title/Year Author
B+ Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) Rob Humanick Among the most efficient and exciting of the series since the 1954 original. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
A- Rebels of the Neon God (1993) Rob Humanick One of the great films about modern unrest and the pangs of youth. I can't wait to watch it again. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/4 Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell (1968) Rob Humanick "Just as brilliant, beautiful, and entertaining as Romero's first zombie masterpiece." EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2014
1.5/4 Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) Rob Humanick Becomes full-on parody without even necessarily recognizing it. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2/4 Tokarev (2014) Rob Humanick It's sobering conclusions are heartfelt, but ultimately unearned. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3/4 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Rob Humanick If [the film] ultimately resolves without quite plumbing its own depths as much as I'd have preferred, I'm still more than impressed with where it opts to go in the first place. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2014
4/4 Under the Skin (2013) Rob Humanick Under the Skin doesn't just affirm the movies' ability to draw us out of our worldview: it raises the bar. I can't wait to watch it five or six more times, at least. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2014
Clear History (2013) Rob Humanick Clear History's shorthanded characterizations and ethical vacuum prove so flaccid that it fails even if one views it as a nihilistic statement. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2013
A Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Rob Humanick If the first Hellboy was about the loss of our fathers and the mystery of where we come from, Hellboy II centers on where we are going, and what we do when the mantle passes. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2013
C- Quantum of Solace (2008) Rob Humanick This time around, Bond's biggest adversaries are those behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2013
B- Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) Rob Humanick Its flaws are more so of the executional than the conceptual kind, the whole more than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2013
B- Avatar (2009) Rob Humanick This sci-fi epic would be a masterpiece if judged solely on its technical merits. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2013
B Warm Bodies (2013) Rob Humanick The creative production design and earnest script go a long way in elevating so modest a work. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
B Mama (2013) Rob Humanick No mere shocker, but a thoughtful rumination on what it means to love, lose, and move on from life's cruel blows. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2013
C- Gangster Squad (2013) Rob Humanick All style and pose devoid of soul. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2013
B+ The Last Stand (2013) Rob Humanick If the sequences removed from Sommerton held a little more presence [...] I'd be less hesitant to call The Last Stand anything less than great. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2013
D Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Rob Humanick It would be different if Hansel & Gretel were only stupid; that it's also boring is unforgivable. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2013
B Up (2009) Rob Humanick Quintessential Pixar. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2013
B+ The Dark Knight (2008) Rob Humanick Were films judged entirely by the emotive impact of their opening and closing images, The Dark Knight would be a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2013
B+ Rambo (2008) Rob Humanick Stallone uses his iconic character here to explore the necessary evils of violence through a brutal pop lens. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2013
A+ Night of the Living Dead (1968) Rob Humanick Subjects us to the kind of unrelenting nightmare we only wish we could wake up from. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2013
B+ Planet Terror (2007) Rob Humanick A first-rate homage to the schlocky, sleazy B-movies of decades past. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2013
Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof (2007) Rob Humanick Death Proof doesn't simply comment on its genre inspirations - it adds to their very legacy. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2013
Anna Karenina (2012) Rob Humanick The end result remains quixotically affecting, and more than the sum of its many delirious parts. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2013
Life of Pi (2012) Rob Humanick Martel's novel could have yielded a greater film in different hands, but Lee's work remains one to be grateful for. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2013
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Rob Humanick Succeeds less on the merits of aesthetics than its willingness to give in to crowd-pleasing effervescence. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2013
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Rob Humanick Yearns to find eternal truths under impossible circumstances, and succeeds with flying colors by my watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2013
The Impossible (2012) Rob Humanick What reeks most about The Impossible is that it mistakes adventurous titillation for humanitarian mourning. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2013
Texas Chainsaw (2013) Rob Humanick Pardon me while I reassess my stance on the death penalty. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2013
Lincoln (2012) Rob Humanick As essential an entry in Spielberg's catalog as his most popular blockbusters and heralded epics. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2013
Les Misérables (2012) Rob Humanick Fosse wept. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2012
Hitchcock (2012) Rob Humanick Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2012
Flight (2012) Rob Humanick One would be foolish to expect anything less from one of our great humanitarian mainstream artists. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2012
Django Unchained (2012) Rob Humanick A work that suggests someone brave or foolish enough (or both) to charge into a hellfire with dynamite strapped to their back. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Rob Humanick Butter spread over too much bread, Bilbo might say. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2012
3.5/4 Skyfall (2012) Rob Humanick What propels this grisly chapter is the characters' keen sense of agency. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2012
2.5/4 Prometheus (2012) Rob Humanick Insulting lip service to 2001 notwithstanding, Prometheus shocks and awes with more than sufficient technical bravura. If only it was as smart as it clearly thinks it is. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
2.5/4 The Possession (2012) Rob Humanick While frustratingly vague in terms of character and motivation, The Possession is among the more competent of recent studio horror efforts. If only that wasn't the best thing I could say about it. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
2.5/4 Lockout (2012) Rob Humanick Lean, fun, smart without overthinking things and always equipped with a one-liner, Lockout is refreshingly free of the bull**** that plagues so many genre films. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
3.5/4 Killer Joe (2011) Rob Humanick The humor magnifies the horror, and vice versa. Like the inflammatory Dr. Strangelove, we've sewn these seeds, and we deserve whatever is reaped from them. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
3.5/4 Beyond the Black Rainbow (2011) Rob Humanick If 2001: A Space Odyssey had an evil twin masquerading as a horror film, this would be it. Beyond the Black Rainbow culls from untold volumes of film history even as it delivers its own uniquely brilliant freak-outs. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
2.5/4 The Expendables 2 (2012) Rob Humanick Enjoyable, but disappointingly tame compared to its ferocious predecessor. The Expendables 2 is disposable. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
2/4 Total Recall (2012) Rob Humanick While far from terrible, this retread forgoes any qualities to justify its existence in the first place. It will be justly forgotten before long. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
3/4 Savages (2012) Rob Humanick Essentially stupid, but stylistically invigorating, like watching a genius muck about with finger paints like a child on a sugar high. And then it throws it back in your face. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
2.5/4 Take This Waltz (2011) Rob Humanick Polley's sophomore feature fumbles between reality and fantasy, often insightful but frequently ungrounded. Dig that carnival ride, though. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
4/4 This Is Not a Film (2010) Rob Humanick The truth of what is and isn't lies deep between the lines of this brilliantly elusive meta-commentary, arguably the greatest Iranian film since Abbas Kiarostami's masterpiece Close-Up. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
2.5/4 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) Rob Humanick I laughed, and frequently. There are also images I can now never forget, and kind of want to. Is this what it was like for all those people I introduced, kicking and screaming, to Aqua Teen Hunger Force? EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
3/4 Your Sister's Sister (2011) Rob Humanick What could have been trite male wish-fulfillment is instead beholden to genuinely messy revelations: life as a tattered, living quilt we sew and wear as one. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
2.5/4 My Life as Abraham Lincoln (2012) Rob Humanick Caught somewhere between an overwrought and interminable student film and an affectionately incompetent Ed Wood production. After two viewings, I don't know entirely how to feel about the experience, and that, to me, says it's an essential one. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012
2.5/4 Lawless (2012) Rob Humanick Appropriately solemn and violent, yet strangely lifeless. I imagine a better film was lost in the editing room, and will hopefully be found on Blu-ray. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2012