Examiner.com

Examiner.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Adam Lippe, Austin O'Connor, Chris Sawin, Jeff Beck, Matthew Razak, Phil Hall, Travis Hopson
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 On Chesil Beach (2017) Anita Katz The movie's focus and storytelling methods prove problematic. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
10/10 Your Name (2016) Chris Sawin Blissfully psychedelic at times with magnetic chemistry between two characters you become completely invested in, Your Name is an anime film unlike any other and is so fantastic that you have to witness all of its beauty and elegance for yourself. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2017
5/10 The Prison (2017) Chris Sawin The Prison is a basic concept with a simple execution that keeps the film from being a complete waste of time. Its biggest flaw is that exploring unfamiliar territory seems within the film's grasp, but instead it relies on predictability. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2017
5/10 Ghost in the Shell (2017) Chris Sawin The stale acting and sluggish storyline weigh the film down like a bionic sloth using dial-up to take a defensive driving course. However, Scarlett Johansson repeatedly does a spot-on impression of a robotic swivel chair. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2017
8.5/10 Logan (2017) Chris Sawin Logan is the mercilessly barbaric Wolverine film you have always wanted chock full of blood, gore, and extreme vulgarity even South Park would be proud of. Beautifully bleak and faithful to the source material. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2017
8/10 John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Chris Sawin John Wick is back! Bloodier, deadlier, and more awesome than ever! John Wick: Chapter 2 nearly doubles the kill count the first film had and its white knuckled, fast-paced action knows how to dropkick your adrenaline into overdrive. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2017
5.5/10 Railroad Tigers (2016) Chris Sawin Railroad Tigers is overflowing with absurd comedy. Slapstick and physical comedy take precedence over character development and a coherent story. Railroad Tigers is Jackie Chan's Monument's Men. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2017
6/10 Solace (2015) Chris Sawin Similarities and connections are one thing, but Solace seems to grasp at straws and force-link everything when it isn't necessary. Solace is this damaged and lackluster film that sometimes tip-toes in the category of a beautiful disaster. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2017
9/10 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Chris Sawin This is the Star Wars film to be excited for since a galaxy far, far away has never looked as promising as it does now. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is everything The Force Awakens should have been and then some. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/10 Sword Master (2016) Chris Sawin Despite the best efforts of Derek Yee and Tsui Hark, Sword Master is a bloated action film with mediocre visuals and a cast that takes itself far more seriously than everyone else will. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
10/10 La La Land (2016) Chris Sawin Visually gorgeous and deliciously colorful, La La Land is a romantically fueled, comically fun, and symphonically sublime treasure. You are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/10 Sky on Fire (2016) Chris Sawin Sky on Fire is an absolute train wreck of a film. The acting is almost as ridiculous as the terrible action scenes and the storyline is this spontaneous goulash of ideas with no destination in mind. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2016
3/10 G?ruzu & Pants?: Gekij?ban (2015) Chris Sawin Tsutomu Mizushima's follow-up to his own series is extremely flat, uninspiring, and tiresome in the writing and execution departments. Girls und Panzer der Film is as empty and lifeless as a rusted out tank with no crew or ammunition. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2016
5/10 Loving (2016) Chris Sawin Delicate, timid, and frustratingly subtle despite its strong performances, Loving is a completely dull experience that feels too lackadaisical and laid back to fully satisfy. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2016
5/10 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Chris Sawin Fantastic Beasts leaps into ludicrous territory without regret far too often. Its formulaic and ridiculous display tarnishes a fifteen year old franchise that leaves you with the question, "Is J.K. Rowling just milking it?" EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2016
5/10 The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Chris Sawin Its approach is often amusing and even easy to relate to from time to time and the performances from the entire cast are comedically and emotionally rewarding, but the central character gets on your last nerve and nearly ruins a pleasurable experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2016
10/10 Arrival (2016) Chris Sawin Its visuals are remarkable and its storyline is so beautifully structured. Arrival is one of the most extraordinary, breathtaking, and thought provoking films of the year. This is what science fiction is supposed to be. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2016
7/10 Doctor Strange (2016) Chris Sawin Visually, this is a hallucinatory wet dream. However, like the character in the film, Doctor Strange offers a spellbinding exploration of what lies beyond the stars yet lacks the proper mastery of the mystical concepts it introduces. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2016
2/10 The Vessel (2016) Chris Sawin Even with Martin Sheen's impressive Chris Cringle facial hair, The Vessel annoys and irritates more than anything else. The film may be alluring to look at, but it's absolutely torturous to endure and practically unbearable to watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2016
8.5/10 Miss Hokusai (2015) Chris Sawin Miss Hokusai bleeds style and grace from every frame to the extent that you can almost smell the ink as it's pressed to a paper canvas. For the imaginative and the admirers of the fantastical, this film is purely and spectacularly a work of art. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2016
2/10 Keeping Up With the Joneses (2016) Chris Sawin The cast is talented and the concept has potential, but Keeping Up with the Joneses chooses the painfully unamusing, preposterously ludicrous, and tragically annoying route and it's a more devastating and torturous experience because of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2016
8/10 Shin Godzilla (2016) Chris Sawin Shin Godzilla is a lot of fun if you can focus solely on the monster mayhem. Any sequence involving Godzilla is like a highlight reel of destructive bliss. Shin Godzilla leaves you anticipating where Toho will take this new Godzilla next. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2016
5/10 Phantom of the Theatre (2016) Chris Sawin Brief moments of greatness ruined by the overwhelming downpour of mediocrity you're forced to conquer just to reach the film's meaningless finale., but Phantom of the Theatre does leave you with the question of, "Do ghost farts smell like garlic?" EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2016
7/10 The Birth of a Nation (2016) Chris Sawin The Birth of a Nation is a solid first directorial effort from Nate Parker, but the presentation of Nat Turner's story falters often enough to keep a good film from being a great and memorable cinematic experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2016
7/10 Deepwater Horizon (2016) Chris Sawin Deepwater Horizon makes full use of the disaster film formula and its exciting sequences will effectively please the average moviegoer. The bravery of the crew unleashes a tender quality that latches onto every sympathetic fiber in your body. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2016
7.5/10 Operation Mekong (2016) Chris Sawin Dante Lam has orchestrated pure chaotic mayhem dripping with raw emotion and sloppy, crowd-pleasing violence. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2016
3/10 The Magnificent Seven (2016) Chris Sawin Dull, predictable, and basic in every sense of the word, The Magnificent Seven is a devastating blow to the western genre and yet is about the standard as far as remakes go. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
9/10 The Transformers: The Movie (1986) Chris Sawin The Transformers: The Movie has never looked or sounded better (referring to the 30th anniversary edition) and the new bonus features are captivating and amusing. Now if we could just get a similar treatment for G.I. Joe: The Movie... EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/10 Blair Witch (2016) Chris Sawin Just as pointless, forgettable, and motion-sickness-inducing as the original. At least Blair Witch has the decency to shove its characters into the corner when they misbehave. All that's missing is the dunce cap that each of them deserves. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/10 Morgan (2016) Chris Sawin Morgan is the pistol whipping, flesh eating, test tube baby of this sloppy scientific experiment that combines elements from Vincenzo Natali's Splice and last year's Academy Award winning Ex Machina. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2016
3/10 My Beloved Bodyguard (2016) Chris Sawin This clunky hour and a half is overloaded with melodrama, poor attempts at comedy, and lackluster fight scenes that would get the Nicolas Cage stamp of approval. The Bodyguard is majorly disappointing and Sammo Hung should be ashamed of himself. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2016
7/10 Don't Breathe (2016) Chris Sawin Jane Levy delivers an emotionally exhausting performance while this chillingly hair-rising spotlight shines down on Stephen Lang. Don't Breathe is a fiercely brutal plunge down the rabbit hole. Home invasion films won't see it coming. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/10 Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Chris Sawin If the last decade hasn't already sold you, Mechanic: Resurrection solidifies Jason Statham's status as a monotone cardboard cut-out excuse of an action star. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2016
8/10 Tunnel (2016) Chris Sawin You absolutely devour Jung-soo's journey in Tunnel. Tunnel is one of the most compassionate films of the year with a horrifically executed disaster and an emotional powerhouse odyssey overall. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2016
9/10 The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale (2015) Chris Sawin The Tiger is beautifully shot with an exceptional performance from the impeccable Choi Min-sik. Director Park Hoon-jung has masterfully crafted a face-off between two formidable opponents with a heartfelt history that digs deep. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2016
5/10 Suicide Squad (2016) Chris Sawin Suicide Squad had the potential to be an awesome superhero summer blockbuster, but feels more like a rushed unification of underwhelming action, a disappointing story, and stale character development. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2016
5/10 Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) Chris Sawin Despite being overly faithful to its source material, The Killing Joke tries too hard to be more controversial than it needs to be and is devastatingly disappointing because of it. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2016
8/10 SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (2015) Chris Sawin With fierce action, impressive acting, and a compelling storyline, Kill Zone 2 is the first worthy Tony Jaa film to come along since The Protector. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2016
5/10 The Neon Demon (2016) Chris Sawin The visuals of The Neon Demon are spectacular and the score is incredible, but the film itself lacks proper direction, a coherent storyline, and a worthwhile conclusion. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/5 Gigi (1958) Phil Hall Lovely to behold, but the story has dated very badly. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 When Bette Met Mae (2014) Phil Hall Entertaining documentary on the unlikely meeting of two silver screen icons. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) Phil Hall Opulent and well-acted, although fidelity to history is occasionally frayed. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 In Cold Blood (1967) Phil Hall Visually striking, with two astonishing lead performances, but it never quite plumbs the emotional depths of the Truman Capote source material. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/5 True Grit (1969) Phil Hall Maybe it is not great cinema, but it is great entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/5 Art Bastard (2016) Phil Hall An invigorating celebration to a one-of-a-kind genius. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Travis Hopson The film seems stuck between the pull of tradition and the need to resemble a super-powered comic book character. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 Fathers and Daughters (2015) Travis Hopson Despite a starry cast it's just another cloying sap fest. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2016
4/5 The BFG (2016) Travis Hopson The film is built almost entirely on the wonderfully expressive performances by recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance (of Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies") and newcomer Ruby Barnhill. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 The Purge: Election Year (2016) Travis Hopson Call it a dystopian vision of Trump's America if you want, but "The Purge: Election Year" is terrifying because it's not as far-fetched as we may want to believe. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Travis Hopson May sound like a National Geographic special but is actually a genuine, offbeat road trip comedy/coming-of-age film. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2016