Big Picture Big Sound

Big Picture Big Sound is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Joe Lozito, Matthew Passantino
Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 Pet Sematary (2019) Matthew Passantino "Pet Sematary" is a suspiciously flat film, where terrifying things happen to the characters but aren't properly translated to the audience. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 The Unicorn Store (2017) Matthew Passantino Many people will identify with Kit's journey, especially those pursuing careers in creative fields, and "Unicorn Store" will hit at just the right time. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Matthew Passantino "Dumbo" offers enough razzle-dazzle to justify its existence. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 Diane (2018) Matthew Passantino "Diane" gives Mary Kay Place an opportunity to inhabit the eponymous character and breathe life into the role. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
1.5/4 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Matthew Passantino There's reward to be had in an effective slow-burn, but "Dragged Across Concrete" feels like a 90-minute movie stretched over two-and-a-half hours. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 Five Feet Apart (2019) Matthew Passantino We've seen worse movies of its kind but ultimately "Five Feet Apart" will make you wonder: haven't we seen enough? EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
1.5/4 Cold Pursuit (2019) Matthew Passantino Dark humor, done well, can be biting and daring, but it feels contrived in "Cold Pursuit," like Moland was playing a desperate game of Coen Bros. Bingo. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 Aquaman (2018) Matthew Passantino There are some impressive battle sequences but a few too many moments of poor CGI, making it feel like you are watching a cartoon or someone playing a video game at times. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 Vice (2018) Matthew Passantino What plagues "Vice" is a screenplay that's uncertain of its own central thesis. There is a narrator throughout who spends the movie mythologizing Cheney, and at times McKay's screenplay seeks to indict him. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/4 Burning (2018) Matthew Passantino Before you know it, "Burning" will have you in a trance, playing like a quiet fever dream you won't want to shake. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
3.5/4 Vox Lux (2018) Matthew Passantino At times, "Vox Lux" can be devastating. In the blink of an eye, it can turn to a pitch black comedy and satire. There's commentary galore, ready to leave you bewildered as you exit the theater. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Matthew Passantino How many times can one character be rebooted or reimagined before it becomes insufferable? Apparently we aren't there yet, because "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is a welcome breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 Widows (2018) Matthew Passantino The political and social climate of Chicago sneaks into the lives of the characters', creating depth along their journey. You will be rewarded at every turn of "Widows." EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/4 Creed II (2018) Matthew Passantino Have the "Creed" movies learned nothing from the "Rocky" series? Sequels aren't always the answer. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
2.5/4 Boy Erased (2018) Matthew Passantino It's hard to say the imperfections of "Boy Erased" should keep you from seeing the movie. The ideas presented in the film may seem outlandish and archaic but the final title cards inform us how relevant this movie is. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
2/4 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Matthew Passantino There's enough silliness and pratfalls for the movie to work as a family outing, but in the end, "The Grinch" doesn't really justify its own existence. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Matthew Passantino If you are a Queen fan, the music is there and provides entertainment but at 135 minutes, the razzle dazzle wears thin and feels stretched. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
0/4 Van Helsing (2004) Joe Lozito Van Helsing itself is an unholy mix of exhumed ideas from a generation of monster movies. Unlike the monster, though, it never comes to life. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 The Others (2001) Joe Lozito Mr. Amenábar, who not only wrote and directed but also composed the score for the film, masterfully creates and atmosphere of suffocating repression. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
1.5/4 Mid90s (2018) Matthew Passantino A hangout movie can be fun and insightful, but "Mid90s" feels like a Richard Linklater cover song without any of the wit or soul. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
2/4 First Man (2018) Matthew Passantino Everything about the story and presentation is big, so it's a bit disappointing that it all comes off a bit lifeless. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/4 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Matthew Passantino It's wild and messy, thought-provoking and utterly damning, all while being supremely entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Matthew Passantino It's lively and colorful, fun but significant; there's a little bit of everything here for everyone to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
1.5/4 The Predator (2018) Matthew Passantino "The Predator" is such an ungodly mess of clashing tones and chaotic action scenes. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
2.5/4 A Simple Favor (2018) Matthew Passantino Even when it falters a bit in its final act, Feig and his actors keep things lively and spirited throughout with snappy chemistry and biting delivery. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
.5/4 Life Itself (2018) Matthew Passantino "Life Itself" is one of those movies that thinks it's saying something much more philosophical than it actually is at any point. In fact, the movie is barely saying anything at all. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
1.5/4 Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Matthew Passantino "Pitch Perfect 3" is said to be the end of the Bellas and one could only hope because these movies have become the cinematic version of lip-syncing. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/4 Coco (2017) Matthew Passantino The overarching themes of "Coco" might seem a bit basic for our high expectations of Pixar, but they are executed with heart and sincerity throughout the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2017
1/4 Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Matthew Passantino ...lets hope Wahlberg, Ferrell and crew have exhausted these characters because they sure have exhausted us. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/4 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Matthew Passantino Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a wonder, a daring mix of tones and themes that always work concurrently rather than against each other. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
3.5/4 AlphaGo (2017) David Kempler ... as exciting as a top-notch Heavyweight title match in boxing. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2017
3.5/4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Joe Lozito I'll cut to the chase: yes, it lives up to the hype. J.J. Abrams has created a film that stays true to the original series while updating it for a new generation. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/4 Steve Jobs (2015) Joe Lozito An ingenious structure and Aaron Sorkin's typically sharp dialogue elevate this exploration of the Apple icon beyond the standard biopic. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/4 The Martian (2015) Joe Lozito If you enjoyed Andy Weir's exceedingly detailed novel, you'll certainly appreciate seeing it brought to the screen in all its geek glory. It's like science porn. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/4 Straight Outta Compton (2015) Joe Lozito This biopic doesn't come close to matching the impact of the titular album, but the material is so riveting that it's nearly enough. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2015
2.5/4 Paper Towns (2015) Lexi Feinberg A cute story that will vanish from memory about as quickly as Margo from her next residence. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2015
2/4 Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) Lexi Feinberg There's something too adorable about this movie, down to the title. It never taps into anything all that real. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2015
3.5/4 Love & Mercy (2014) Lexi Feinberg Where there's a Wilson, there's a way. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3/4 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Lexi Feinberg Even with a cancer cloud hanging overhead, this film has more of a Be Kind Rewind vibe than a Fault In Our Stars one. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2015
2.5/4 Entourage (2015) Joe Lozito An almost perfect recreation of the HBO series - just a little bigger, longer and more desperate to justify its existence. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3/4 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Joe Lozito With Marvel's universe expanding and intertwining at an ever increasing rate, "Age of Ultron" feels less like a sequel than a cosmic event. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/4 True Story (2015) Lexi Feinberg The film opens with a little girl laying in a suitcase and a teddy bear being dropped onto her immobile body. How darling. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2015
2.5/4 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Joe Lozito Rarely has a final battle been so anticlimactic (or padding been so apparent). EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2014
2.5/4 The Theory of Everything (2014) Lexi Feinberg Hawking is too extraordinary for such an ordinary film. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2014
3.5/4 Big Hero 6 (2014) Lexi Feinberg I left my heart in San Fransokyo, and so will you. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2014
3/4 Interstellar (2014) Joe Lozito Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic is a beautiful, ambitious, ultimately flawed film about nothing less than the survival of the human race. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/4 Laggies (2014) Lexi Feinberg A simple story and a simple pleasure. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2014
1.5/4 If I Stay (2014) Lexi Feinberg If I Stay is like a pre-packaged cupcake -- you know it's not going to be good, but you reach for it anyway, only to wonder afterward why you bothered. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2014
3/4 Snowpiercer (2013) Joe Lozito If you can buy the premise of this Bong Joon-ho graphic novel adaptation, you're in for a good ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2014
3.5/4 Obvious Child (2014) Lexi Feinberg A feminist film with a lot of cojones. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2014