Flipside Movie Emporium

Flipside Movie Emporium is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeremiah Kipp, Rob Vaux, Sean O'Connell
Rating Title/Year Author
C Angels & Demons (2009) Rob Vaux I don't dislike Angels & Demons; I just have no respect for it intellectually. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2009
A The Wrestler (2008) Rob Vaux The balance and nuance of this portrait hold realities that perhaps only Rourke can fully understand. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2008
B+ Timecrimes (2007) Rob Vaux A time-travel story swathed in the banality of everyday life, yet girded with the tense and extraordinary inevitability possessed by the best tales of this ilk. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2008
B Frost/Nixon (2008) Rob Vaux If a slight sense of mustiness remains, Howard brings enough old-fashioned spit and polish to cover it up admirably. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2008
B+ Milk (2008) Rob Vaux Its insight forms eerie parallels with the ongoing movement for which San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk gave his life. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2008
D Twilight (2008) Rob Vaux Supporters may argue that future installments bring more depth, but soup this thin rarely improves with age. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2008
A- Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Rob Vaux The point isn't whether all of it is implausible -- it is -- but how easily that implausibility seduces us. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2008
B- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) Rob Vaux If it feels routine and workmanlike, at least it goes about its work with a spring in its step and a smile on its face. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2008
B- Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) Rob Vaux Kevin Smith may never grow up and from where I sit, that's perfectly OK. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2008
B+ Fear(s) of the Dark (2007) Rob Vaux If its French origins seem too art-house for such a ghoulish season, think about the last time an American monster movie provided anything more than business as usual. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2008
5/5 Red (2008) Mike Bracken Red is the best Ketchum adaptation to date, just edging out The Girl Next Door. It earns this achievement thanks to Brian Cox's amazing performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2008
C Changeling (2008) Rob Vaux Proper drama is more than just screaming at the camera, and everyone involved here certainly knows the difference. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2008
A- Let the Right One In (2008) Rob Vaux It quietly pushes the envelope of what stories like this are supposed to be: a feat more shocking than a thousand Hollywood boogeymen. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2008
B W. (2008) Rob Vaux W. resembles a postmortem rather than an accusation: not an attempt to deride Bush's failures, but instead an examination of what drives his decision-making process. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2008
B- () Rob Vaux It brings its share of pleasures to the table, and fans willing to be flexible will find an interesting riff on the Terminator franchise here. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2008
A+ L.A. Confidential (1997) Rob Vaux Everything Angelinos love and hate about their city is here, as well as anything a movie fan could possibly wish for. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2008
C Body of Lies (2008) Rob Vaux It's basically just an excuse for Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jason Bourne while Scott once again turns his technical expertise towards making Morocco look pretty. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2008
C+ The Express (2008) Rob Vaux The Express knows what made the man great. It just has difficulty embodying that greatness itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2008
C Religulous (2008) Rob Vaux You can't bamboozle a theme park mascot -- even one dressed up as Jesus -- and then ask to be taken seriously. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2008
D+ Eagle Eye (2008) Rob Vaux We need to find some new places to stage foot chases, because the airport? It's been done. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2008
B+ Choke (2008) Rob Vaux A polished piece of satire that bleeds deeply with the very targets it's eviscerating. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2008
C+ Appaloosa (2008) Rob Vaux The parts of it that work, work very well... so much so in fact that the parts which don't simply can't keep up. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2008
B Burn After Reading (2008) Rob Vaux Burn After Reading aims for nothing but a few subversive giggles, which it delivers handily over the course of a quick 96 minutes. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2008
C Righteous Kill (2008) Rob Vaux Fans in need of a Pacino/De Niro hit can just watch the coffee-shop scene from Heat again: it's 20 times cooler and 80 minutes shorter. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2008
B- Hamlet 2 (2008) Rob Vaux The sheer absurdity of it all allows one to forgive the fact that it never truly realizes its potential. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2008
B- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Rob Vaux The Clone Wars is what it is -- what Star Wars has become, for better or for worse -- and while it won't blow anyone over, you can't say you weren't warned going in. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2008
B+ Tropic Thunder (2008) Rob Vaux Hell, it may even save Tom Cruise's career. Let's see Batman do that. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2008
A+ Dark City (1998) Rob Vaux The experience of Dark City is one that no film lover should miss... seen now as it was intended after 10 long years of wandering in the shadows. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2008
C Pineapple Express (2008) Rob Vaux Stoner-based or not, good comedy shouldn't need any help from the baggie in your pocket. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2008
A- () Rob Vaux Pegg, Stevenson, and Wright know their demographic uncannily well, having shared their experiences and looked at the world through the same skewed lenses as most Gen Xers. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2008
C- The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) Rob Vaux I know that dragging old franchises out of mothballs is all the rage these days, but quality control still counts for something. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2008
C- Step Brothers (2008) Rob Vaux 'Look, they're grown men! And they behave like children!' Lather. Rinse. Repeat. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2008
A The Dark Knight (2008) Rob Vaux Nolan is clearly on the title character's wavelength and understands how a crisis of such magnitude might affect good men trying to do the right thing. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2008
B+ Batman: Gotham Knight (2008) Rob Vaux Synergistic product promotion Gotham Knight may be, but the people behind it treat their efforts as anything but disposable. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2008
C+ Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Rob Vaux This director has shown us how good he can be, and with a character he adores as much as this one, he should have more to show for it than the mixed bag on display here. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2008
B- Hancock (2008) Rob Vaux Hancock endures by finding the right rhythm to match its star, and by lashing enough amusing moments together to provide a trim 92 minutes of entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2008
B Wanted (2008) Rob Vaux As long as you check your ethics at the door, there's nothing wrong with reveling in its skillful brand of sociopathic mayhem. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2008
A+ WALL-E (2008) Rob Vaux Not only does it provide further proof of Pixar's unprecedented brilliance, but it may have actually elevated their game to a whole new level. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2008
B- Get Smart (2008) Rob Vaux In the land of bad comedies -- which this summer truly seems to be -- its serviceable workmanship reigns supreme. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2008
A+ () Rob Vaux While diehard fans don't need a reason to rush out and grab it, this second collection proves especially inviting for more casual viewers. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2008
B- The Incredible Hulk (2008) Rob Vaux You want your "Hulk smash"? You got it. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2008
D+ The Happening (2008) Rob Vaux Another case of elegant filmmaking kneecapped by a thunderingly stupid concept. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2008
B Kung Fu Panda (2008) Rob Vaux None of it sounds encouraging, but the directors find the right mixture of slapstick, satire, and affection to bring out the best in their material. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2008
D The Strangers (2008) Rob Vaux Yes, OK, bad things happen to good people. Consider the message received... about seven movies ago. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2008
B Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Rob Vaux To counteract its shortcomings, what has the film got? It's got Indiana Freaking Jones, that's what. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2008
B The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) Rob Vaux Adamson overcomes some of the book's better-read-than-spoken dialogue and the odd bits of chunky plotting with plenty of grace and charm. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2008
D+ Speed Racer (2008) Rob Vaux By trying to convince us that we're having a good time even as it pounds us senseless, Speed Racer moves beyond mediocrity and into the realm of active irritant. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2008
B Redbelt (2008) Rob Vaux The director knows this world and the actor makes us care about it. Redbelt requires little more to make good on its promises. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2008
B Iron Man (2008) Rob Vaux A few lowered expectations and a tolerance for the odd slow patch will serve you quite well in soaking up the dependable fun on display. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2008
C+ Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? (2008) Rob Vaux It relies too much on Spurlock's own personality to make simple and fairly obvious points in a manner which never offends, but certainly fails to linger. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2008