New England Movies Weekly

New England Movies Weekly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Daniel M. Kimmel, Sean Burns
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel Blanchett is one of the finest actresses working in film today, easily moving between comedy and drama, and who threads the needle here in handling both. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 Good Boys (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel It is believed to be the first time a movie got an R rating for sex, drugs, and language "all involving tweens." This is no "Afterschool Special." EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel Although the book series remains popular, the road is littered with would-be movie franchises that never got beyond the first episode. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 Brian Banks (2018) Daniel M. Kimmel ...a thoughtful movie that celebrates those who persevere over injustice, but also allows us to see what's being done in our name. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 The Kitchen (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel As a crime film it's a mild diversion, but nothing special. As a metaphor for women struggling to find a place in the world, it takes some surprising turns. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel ...while the end of the movie may leave you teary, the intent is to leave you smiling as well. This is not Old Yeller. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Sean Burns It's more fun than the last two lackluster 'Furious' films, and you can do a lot worse at the movies in August. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel There are times when one must question whether a film goes too far, even in a genre noted for pushing the boundaries. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
3/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel For all his movie savvy, Tarantino's take on Hollywood is broad but shallow. It can be entertaining, but it falls short of the filmmaker at his best. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
3.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel The notion that a 25-year-old film is so sacrosanct it should not be remade will come as a surprise to those who have made a hit of Julie Taymor's creative stage adaptation. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
Crawl (2019) Sean Burns The best movie of its kind since Blake Lively fought that shark. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Sean Burns There's an incredibly charming high school romance here, but it's buried under 'Iron Man 4.' EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2019
3/5 Midsommar (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel At a time where the studios play it safe with lot of pre-sold sequels, Midsommar takes a chance on something different. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 Yesterday (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel Yesterday is a tribute to the Beatles as well as a rich comedy... it's one of the best movies you're likely to see this year. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel If you've enjoyed the series, this will work, but beyond that it's hard to see this entry winning new converts. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Anna (2019) Sean Burns An intermittently entertaining wallow through the director's familiar fetishes. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel So, after the brilliant and emotional conclusion to Toy Story 3, was there possibly anything left to be said? As it turns out, there was. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel If there's a reason to see this, it may be to watch Hemsworth continue his emergence as more than beefcake, but a genuinely funny performer. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Shaft (2019) Sean Burns How could they do this to John Shaft? EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 Shaft (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel It's a movie where the action and the comedy are more important than the plot. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
3.5/5 Late Night (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel While it might seem formulaic to some extent, the film works because the characters are complex and sharply defined. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
3.5/5 Domino (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel DePalma shows he's still in full control of his signature visual style. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel ..while it may not rank with the very best in the series neither is it just going through the motions.. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel ... a fun entry for the younger set that may fall short of the original but manages to work on its own. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel ...it's all just marking time until the main event, which is Godzilla battling King Ghidorah at Fenway Park. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
4/5 Aladdin (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel Let's face it - it wasn't supposed to work. But this Aladdin does work... and beautifully. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 The Hustle (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel This may be one of the most unnecessary remakes since Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
3.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel It's not clear if [there's] if they'll just play it out until Reeves or audiences get bored. Until then, no one is likely to be bored with John Wick: Chapter 3. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 Her Smell (2018) Daniel M. Kimmel ...a tour-de-force for Moss, playing a character who for much of the film is utterly unsympathetic. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel The notion of these two as a cinematic couple seems beyond bizarre and yet, somehow, it works. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Sean Burns Gilliam deliberately avoids offering much delineation between the movie's dream sequences and its highly permeable reality, an approach that leads to sequences of startling beauty and perplexed annoyance. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel After a payoff like this, it's fair to ask where the genre goes from here. This will be a very tough act - if not an impossible one - to follow. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel ...a competently made horror film that probably wouldn't have attracted much notice if it wasn't billed as part of The Conjuring universe. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Mary Magdalene (2018) Sean Burns Sleepwalks through the Stations of the Cross with an enervated, let's-get-this-over-with-already energy that reminded me of going to Mass on one of those hot, hungover Sunday mornings when not even the priest can feign interest in being there. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 Penguins (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel For the Disneynature films, it's not about survival of the fittest, but the survival of the cutest. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) Sean Burns A heaping plate of meat-and-potatoes comfort food. It's the kind of movie you talk about with your dad. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2.5/5 Hellboy (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel As a reboot (instead of a sequel to the earlier films), the task here was to reintroduce the character and tell an engaging story. They get it half-right. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 The Public (2018) Daniel M. Kimmel Estevez is more interested in making a point than in making a blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel ...an even darker variation on King's original tale, with an ending that is arguably more chilling. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel ,,,a fun entry in the superhero genre that dares touch on the underlying theme of all these films: they're wish fulfillment for nerdy kids who feel put-upon in real life. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Sean Burns A blissed-out manifestation of full bongo McConaughey-isms. I had a good time but will admit it makes for a long ninety-five minutes. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 Dumbo (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel Certain family films are ones where parents ought to flip a coin with the loser having to [go] to the movie. Not this time - Dumbo is a movie that everyone can enjoy. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 Us (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel Us may be flawed, but it's well worth seeing. Indeed, if this had been Peele's first film, we'd be proclaiming him a talent to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
4/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel [It] gives us a heroine to cheer on, and a breakthrough in special effects that amazes. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Sean Burns Meanwhile, all of this is staged with such little regard for basic principles of filmmaking that certain scenes approach the realm of outsider art. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel Larson has to play a character who is both reclaiming her past and discovering her future. It's a surprisingly complex role which may be why some fans have been put off by it. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Serenity (2019) Sean Burns One marvels to think of what the slightly winking, sardonic tone of a De Palma or Cronenberg might have wrestled from this material. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
2.5/5 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Daniel M. Kimmel If you're able to buy into the admittedly odd premise, this is a movie that defies expectations. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel ...an entertaining and surprisingly touching story that may not turn you into a pro wrestling fan but will make you appreciate the effort and hard work that goes into succeeding in that world. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Daniel M. Kimmel Those who do recognize the thinness of the script may not find the vivid animation is enough to overcome it. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019