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
1/4 Dolittle (2020) Matthew Passantino Studios would be better off taking risks on new voices and original stories than continuing to let movies like this out into the world. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) Matthew Passantino It might seem like an unpleasant sit, but Baumbach's sensitive and intricate touches make "Marriage Story" a leading contender for the best movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Matthew Passantino Robert Eggers' "The Lighthouse" won't be for the faint of heart - or those who crave a tidy narrative - but his hallucinatory fever-dream is indeed an experience at the movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/4 The Current War (2017) Matthew Passantino "The Current War" is competent, if lacking any verve, but it should be considered a win for the film that it's hitting major theaters during a crowded awards season. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Matthew Passantino The movie goes through the motions, as most perfunctory sequels do, and the cast's energy and commitment to the material help to keep things as lively as possible. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Matthew Passantino The familiar elements are present, but that doesn't take away from the movie's emotional impact. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/4 Hustlers (2019) Matthew Passantino Scafaria presents a balance between aesthetics and the narrative, which makes "Hustlers" a deeper and more engaging film. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 Ready or Not (2019) Matthew Passantino The commentary is light and subtle, which works well for a violent R-rated film aiming to provide cheap thrills in the final moments of summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
2.5/4 Good Boys (2019) Matthew Passantino "Good Boys" has an undeniable energy, as most race-to-the-party films do, but don't let the pint-size packaging fool you; we've been down this road many times before. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/4 Love, Antosha (2019) Matthew Passantino "Love, Antosha" is a loving documentary about Yelchin's life and career, and it appropriately pays tribute to an actor who loved making movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/4 The Nightingale (2018) Matthew Passantino "The Nightingale" isn't a fist-pumping revenge flick, even when certain beats might make it feel that way. Kent is a much deeper filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Matthew Passantino Tarantino has often been his own worst enemy, and when his movies don't work, it's often because he can't get out of his own way. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
1.5/4 Yesterday (2019) Matthew Passantino "Yesterday" feels like a soundtrack desperately searching for a movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
2.5/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Matthew Passantino It provides some laughs and a lot of heart but, in the end, it feels like a footnote to the toys' adventures. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
2.5/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Matthew Passantino "Dark Phoenix" is a mixed bag overall but not without surprising moments of heft and impact. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/4 Rocketman (2019) Matthew Passantino "Rocketman" has the pleasing aesthetic of a storybook jukebox musical but is punctuated with a piercing and unescapable sense of melancholy. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/4 Aladdin (2019) Matthew Passantino The new "Aladdin" is a little over thirty minutes longer than the animated version, and it becomes abundantly clear when the movie begins to spin its wheels. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
3.5/4 Booksmart (2019) Matthew Passantino The characters may appear as assigned archetypes on the surface, but the screenplay allows growth and movement, even within the smallest moments. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
2/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Matthew Passantino "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" will likely have you fist-pumping in your seat, but it had me checking my watch. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
1/4 The Hustle (2019) Matthew Passantino On the most basic level, "The Hustle" doesn't work because it really isn't funny. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/4 Fast Color (2018) Matthew Passantino So, what's "Fast Color" about? From the establishing scenes, it's not immediately clear and that's the gently hypnotic splendor of the movie: it casts its spell right away and keeps you in a trance throughout. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/4 Long Shot (2019) Matthew Passantino "Long Shot" doesn't have the stamina to maintain its runtime of a bit over two hours, but Rogen, and, especially, Theron are worthy of keeping your interest. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/4 Little Woods (2018) Matthew Passantino DaCosta infuses her screenplay with enough social relevancy and urgency to make for a modestly compelling feature debut. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
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