Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Springs Gazette is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brandon Fibbs
Rating Title/Year Author
5/10 Machete (2010) Brandon Fibbs Unwilling to consistently push its violence, sex or comedy to the extremes demanded by its grindhouse roots, Machete turns out to be a mixed bag of monotonous exposition and tasteless fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2010
9/10 Up (2009) Brandon Fibbs Do you think Pixar ever gets tired of the monotony of good press? If they do, they better get over it. Up is a spellbinding gem, powered by pure whimsy and so deeply moving you forget entirely that you're watching animation. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2009
8/10 Drag Me to Hell (2009) Brandon Fibbs Raimi always keeps some part of his tongue firmly planted in his cheek. He wants you to laugh as often as he wants you to scream, and he succeeds in equal measure with both. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2009
6/10 The Girlfriend Experience (2008) Brandon Fibbs While beautiful, both the film and its female lead are cold and distant. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2009
6/10 Terminator Salvation (2009) Brandon Fibbs Contrary to popular belief, there is something far worse than a demonstrably bad film and that is a film with boundless but ultimately squandered potential. Terminator: Salvation is such a movie. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2009
5/10 Gigantic (2008) Brandon Fibbs Gigantic is the sort of kitchen sink movie many first-time directors make, mistakenly believing that they have to throw every idea they've ever come up with into just one film in case they never get a chance to make another. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2009
7/10 Angels & Demons (2009) Brandon Fibbs If you liked the book, you're going to love the movie. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2009
7/10 Star Trek (2009) Brandon Fibbs Unless you live in the weeds like me, obsessing over minutia that others never even see, Star Trek is going to be a jaw-dropping experience. The rest of us will just have to get over ourselves. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2009
4/10 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Brandon Fibbs So unoriginal and underwhelming as to be totally forgettable, the deeply dissatisfying and unnecessarily silly X-Men Origins: Wolverine is one "in the beginning" that you just wish would mutate into "the end." EDIT
Posted May 1, 2009
6/10 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) Brandon Fibbs As far as the mightily abused McConaughey romantic comedies go, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is actually one of his better outings. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2009
8/10 The Soloist (2009) Brandon Fibbs If the symbolism is a bit heavy-handed at times, it is also intensely elevating. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2009
4/10 Fighting (2009) Brandon Fibbs When it's not throwing punches, Fighting moves at a glacial pace. For a film about fighting there sure is a lot of talking. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2009
5/10 Fast & Furious (2009) Brandon Fibbs It's dumb, but it's fun, and it doesn't pretend to be otherwise. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2009
5/10 Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Brandon Fibbs For a 3-D movie, Monsters vs. Aliens is appallingly one-dimensional. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2009
8/10 Knowing (2009) Brandon Fibbs Entrancing even when it is at its most outlandish, Knowing is a breathtaking metaphysical rumination that, in the final seconds, actually caused me to cry out loud in uninhibited glee. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2009
7/10 I Love You, Man (2009) Brandon Fibbs ...it is scientifically impossible not to like Paul Rudd. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2009
4/10 Race to Witch Mountain (2009) Brandon Fibbs ...a film so incompetently directed and poorly written that it insults kids' intelligence, much less the adults who brought them. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2009
8.5/10 Watchmen (2009) Brandon Fibbs Watchmen is astonishing. It is indubitably the most lavish adaptation of a graphic novel ever made and quite possibly one of the finest book-to-screen endeavors ever produced. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2009
7/10 Two Lovers (2008) Brandon Fibbs Two Lovers should be a depressing downer of a film, but it's not. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2009
4/10 Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Brandon Fibbs There are only so many times you can use the word "formulaic" before your voice becomes nothing more than white noise. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
3/10 Friday the 13th (2009) Brandon Fibbs There isn't much of a plot to speak of unless "blade wielding psychopath slaughters one teenager after another" counts as a plot synopsis. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
1/10 The Pink Panther 2 (2009) Brandon Fibbs Be warned, The Pink Panther 2 will activate your gag reflex rather than tickle your funny bone. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2009
6/10 Taken (2008) Brandon Fibbs Taken is by no means the best the spy/action genre has to offer--it's not as smart as Bourne nor as classy as Bond--but it'll do till something better comes along. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2009
4/10 New in Town (2009) Brandon Fibbs The mostly inoffensive but ultimately completely enslaved to formula New in Town is destined to feel like a really bad case of cinematic deja vu. It's Doc Hollywood meets Fargo--minus the wood chipper. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2009
5/10 Defiance (2008) Brandon Fibbs Zwick's latest film, Defiance, is based on an exceptional true story. Regrettably, the movie is anything but exceptional, and represents Zwick's most disappointing work in more than a decade. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2009
8/10 Che: Part One (2008) Brandon Fibbs It is possible to respect, even enjoy this film and still yearn heartily for it to end. Che is a test of endurance as rewarding as it is fatiguing. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2/10 Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) Brandon Fibbs Who could have imagined that, mere days into 2009, we'd already have a formidable contender for the worst film of the year!? EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2009
6/10 Last Chance Harvey (2008) Brandon Fibbs Last Chance Harvey is a pleasant if predictable romance. We need more romantic films featuring middle-aged couples. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2009
4/10 Bride Wars (2009) Brandon Fibbs It is a shame that filmmakers and audiences alike have let romantic comedies devolve into trite mediocrity and banal predictability. The genre deserves far better than Bride Wars and its ilk. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2009
8/10 Valkyrie (2008) Brandon Fibbs Don't believe the negative hype. Valkyrie is a stupendous film, and represents two of the most exciting hours I spent in a theater this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2008
8/10 The Wrestler (2008) Brandon Fibbs Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that, "There are no second acts in American lives." The Ram would have to agree. But Rourke may be living the second act his character never could. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2008
7/10 Gran Torino (2008) Brandon Fibbs Gran Torino was the biggest and most pleasant surprise of 2008. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2008
6/10 The Reader (2008) Brandon Fibbs If the first half of The Reader is erotic and sensual, with naked bodies in various states of repose and impassioned lovemaking, the second half becomes increasingly antiseptic, an exercise in philosophy and morality and guilt. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2008
5/10 Revolutionary Road (2008) Brandon Fibbs We all lead lives of quiet desperation, though some of us are louder than others. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2008
6/10 Marley & Me (2008) Brandon Fibbs Marley, the dog at the center of the sweet and winning Marley and Me is the furry chronometer by which the Grogan family gauges the progression and richness of their own lives. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2008
6/10 Yes Man (2008) Brandon Fibbs Yes Man is a pleasant, albeit minor, surprise that actually harkens back to Carrey's glory days with a solid, satisfying comedy that aims to please and mostly hits its mark. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2008
8/10 Seven Pounds (2008) Brandon Fibbs The day I stop being emotionally affected by films or become so cynical that I find displays of emotion something to sneer at, is the day I stop doing this job. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2008
8/10 Doubt (2008) Brandon Fibbs This is a simple story simply told. Doubt's pleasures are crackling dialogue, top-rate acting, provocative themes and serious convictions. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
8/10 Frost/Nixon (2008) Brandon Fibbs Stand up and take notice, Oscar. We've finally found something for you to sink your golden teeth into. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
3/10 The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Brandon Fibbs Derrickson makes his points with blunt force trauma alone. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
9/10 Milk (2008) Brandon Fibbs Intellectually compelling and emotionally heartrending, Milk is one of the most profound and inspiring presentations of an American political leader I have ever seen. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2008
9/10 Let the Right One In (2008) Brandon Fibbs Let the Right One In can safely be called a classic, even before its name is pulled from the theater marquee. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2008
7/10 Quantum of Solace (2008) Brandon Fibbs It's not that Quantum of Solace disappoints, so much as it doesn't live up to the promise no doubt unfairly expected after the brilliance of Casino Royale. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2008
6/10 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) Brandon Fibbs Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a worthy, if inconsequential, sequel to its 2005 forerunner. While still high on laughs, this revisit throws in a lot more "drama," diluting some of the fun factor that drove the original. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2008
6/10 Role Models (2008) Brandon Fibbs Role Models is like a comfortable, old sweater. It may be somewhat threadbare and out of fashion, but you wear it because it's familiar and snug and makes you feel cozy. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2008
6/10 Changeling (2008) Brandon Fibbs It is unfortunate that something this exceptionally manicured could also be this listless and dull. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2008
7/10 Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) Brandon Fibbs Despite its unquestionably bad manners, it is, at its core, a sweet and innocent tale of two people who discover love in the most profane of situations. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2008
8/10 W. (2008) Brandon Fibbs By the end of W., you respect, root for and empathize with Bush. No small feat, considering the source. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3/10 Sex Drive (2008) Brandon Fibbs Oh grow up Hollywood! EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2008
6/10 Body of Lies (2008) Brandon Fibbs Like the intelligence officers it portrays, Body of Lies uses double-crosses and slight of hand to conceal a fairly formulaic story and a climax as offensively conventional as it gets. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2008