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
3/4 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Matthew Passantino When Davis walks into the room as Ma Rainey, you sit up straight and take notice. She demands your attention, and Davis' presence earns it with a simple glance. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 Fatale (2020) Matthew Passantino At the end of a long, miserable year - though the movies were quite good! - something as silly and mindless as "Fatale" rolls around at the perfect time. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/4 Mank (2020) Matthew Passantino It's built like an homage but feels like a eulogy. Are we celebrating what once was, or mourning what is no longer? It seems like an attempt at both, which keeps "Mank" at an arm's length. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
2/4 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Matthew Passantino The result feels like a Movie of the Week, presenting problems and hurdles for the characters to overcome in clichéd scenarios and obvious character arcs. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/4 Let Him Go (2020) Matthew Passantino Equal parts moving and thrilling, "Let Him Go" is a nice surprise. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
1.5/4 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Matthew Passantino The slapdash construction of the movie causes it to crumble as it progresses over the course of a long 95 minutes because it never really has a novel idea, it just wants to coast on shock and timeliness. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/4 I'm Your Woman (2020) Matthew Passantino "I'm Your Woman" is one of the most effective movies of 2020. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
2/4 Honest Thief (2020) Matthew Passantino "Honest Thief" feels like just another outing for a Neeson on a mission movie and its bland routineness is its biggest downfall. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
2.5/4 Totally Under Control (2020) Matthew Passantino The facts state what's obvious: Donald Trump failed to meet the moment and, even more damning, he didn't really seem to care to try. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
2.5/4 The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Matthew Passantino "The Wolf of Snow Hollow" knows exactly what target its trying to hit and, more or less, manages to hit it. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/4 Nomadland (2020) Matthew Passantino McDormand holds Fern's grief, hope, and reflection in her eyes, and with every look or facial expression she allows us to get to know Fern a little more. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
3/4 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Matthew Passantino "The Trial of the Chicago 7" moves with an electric purpose, and it will be hard to escape the parallels the project has to offer to today's culture. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
2.5/4 Blackbird (2019) Matthew Passantino When the narrative wobbles, Sarandon keeps things focus and continues to demand your attention. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
1.5/4 Rent-a-Pal (2020) Matthew Passantino The movie aims to effectively unsettle you, but becomes increasingly off-putting and tedious. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
2.5/4 Antebellum (2020) Matthew Passantino Any of "Antebellum's" narrative shortcomings are outweighed by expert craftmanship. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
1.5/4 The Binge (2020) Matthew Passantino There are plenty of party movies that follow a similar trajectory as "The Binge," and you should seek those out before deciding to press play on this one. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/4 Endless (2020) Matthew Passantino But based on the trappings of teen movie romances we know the universe has other plans, and "Endless" serves up yet another tragic teen romance. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/4 Made in Italy (2020) Matthew Passantino "Made in Italy" has a good heart, but it's too by-the-numbers to emotionally register with an audience. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
2.5/4 An American Pickle (2020) Matthew Passantino The ideas are in place for "An American Pickle" and the movie offers plenty of offbeat pleasures, but the screenplay could have used a little more focus on the deeper topics. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/4 The Swamp (2020) Matthew Passantino Focusing on Gaetz's political fame is nowhere near as interesting as defining the swamp and how politicians walk the fine line of fundraising in light of the guidelines imposed upon them by their party. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/4 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Matthew Passantino This iteration only clocks in at 78 minutes, and the movie does feel slight and a bit thin at times, but Maine is a strong writer. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/4 The Rental (2020) Matthew Passantino But the movie effectively lingers, and the unsettling environment created by Franco leaves an impression. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/4 Palm Springs (2020) Matthew Passantino Watching Samberg and Milioti play off each other, as they try to find some sort of common ground, is what makes "Palm Springs" enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
2.5/4 Greyhound (2020) Matthew Passantino The action is sufficient and involving, but at the end of the film one question remains: Who are these people aboard the Greyhound? EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
1.5/4 My Spy (2020) Matthew Passantino It all just seems so tired. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
2/4 Irresistible (2020) Matthew Passantino For a film about a changed political landscape, the stakes in "Irresistible" feel low. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
2.5/4 7500 (2019) Matthew Passantino "7500" is a well-paced thriller, and Vollrath and cinematographer Sebastian Thaler make good use of keeping the movie's action entirely in the airplane's cockpit. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
3.5/4 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Matthew Passantino "Da 5 Bloods" is unabashedly old fashioned in a way we don't see anymore. Its sprawling length (just over two-and-a-half hours) and on-the-ground wartime scenes give the movie an epic feeling straight out of 1970s cinema. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/4 The King of Staten Island (2020) Matthew Passantino Comedy is often best when it's personal, and you feel that throughout "The King of Staten Island." EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
3/4 Parkland Rising (2019) Matthew Passantino "Parkland Rising" might not change your mind on the topics at hand but hopefully it will leave you thinking about the teenagers' simple plea: Let us live. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
3/4 End of Sentence (2019) Matthew Passantino The typical road trip diversions and mishaps occur, but the skepticism slowly starts to chip away, largely in part to the wonderful performances by Lerman and Hawkes. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 The High Note (2020) Matthew Passantino "The High Note" never finds the secret ingredient to make it something truly special or memorable, but spending time in this setting is an enjoyable night with this cast. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
2/4 The Lovebirds (2020) Matthew Passantino The screenplay, written by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall, feels so deeply manufactured and strung together by uninspired scenarios that "The Lovebirds" never really entertains as much as its breezy pace should allow it to. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
2/4 SCOOB! (2020) Matthew Passantino "Scoob!" has a bit of a chaotic story, and its attempt to include a lot of plot in a mere 90 minutes quickly turns its lively energy from infectious to exhausting. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2020
2/4 Capone (2020) Matthew Passantino Trank's efforts to deviate from the rise-and-fall formula in telling Capone's life is worth noting, but the movie is a bit too shapeless and meandering to make an impact. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
3/4 How to Build a Girl (2019) Matthew Passantino It's hard to find new ways to bring the coming-of-age story to life because it's a formula we have seen time-and-time again, but the charming "How to Build a Girl" certainly tries to make it fresh. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
2/4 Extraction (2020) Matthew Passantino As an obvious and disposable piece of entertainment, "Extraction" will satisfy those watching movies at home. It's just not one to plan your next Netflix Party around. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
1.5/4 Endings, Beginnings (2019) Matthew Passantino As the movie lollygags along, it becomes harder to decipher - or really care - what the purpose of this story was. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2020
3/4 Tigertail (2020) Matthew Passantino "Tigertail" is very much a first film - rambling, messy, and filled with big ideas - but at some turns, it feels like that was precisely Yang's point. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
2.5/4 Coffee & Kareem (2020) Matthew Passantino "Coffee & Kareem" is breezy in its pacing but is rarely inspired in its comedy, outside of Gardenhigh's performance. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
3.5/4 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Matthew Passantino By nature of its topic, "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" is bound to strike a bit of controversy but Hittman has not made a controversial film. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
3.5/4 First Cow (2019) Matthew Passantino "First Cow" isn't likely to convert those unfamiliar to Reichardt's work and that's a shame because it is another work of beauty. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
2/4 Hope Gap (2019) Matthew Passantino "Hope Gap," despite the best efforts of the cast, comes up a bit too short. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/4 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Matthew Passantino The movie's bright visuals and snappy rapport between Marsden and Schwartz keep things silly and alive, never taking itself too seriously but rarely being too light to be outright dismissed. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/4 The Invisible Man (2020) Matthew Passantino The silences are the scariest parts of "The Invisible Man." EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
2.5/4 Buffaloed (2019) Matthew Passantino Her [Deutch] energy and wide-eyed dedication prove, once again, Deutch is one of the great actors working today. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
2.5/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Matthew Passantino "Birds of Prey" doesn't entirely break new ground, but its attitude and energy are appreciated when it's easy for movies of its kind to be so morose. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
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