Screen Junkies

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Rating Title/Year Author
7.5/10 Onward (2020) Dan Murrell The story, characters and voice performances are strong...Like Inside Out, it's able to handle emotional issues in a resonant way that kids and adults can relate to. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
8.1/10 The Invisible Man (2020) Dan Murrell It taps into so many primal fears...More akin to a classic psychological thriller than the forgettable horror film that it could have been. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
7.1/10 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Dan Murrell Not quite as meta as Deadpool, but it has the same vibe. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
8.1/10 Waves (2019) Dan Murrell The first half is about chaos; the second half is about healing...A really impressive movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
7/10 Richard Jewell (2019) Dan Murrell The performances sell the movie...Eastwood lives or dies by his stories and actors, and he has a compelling story. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
7.3/10 Little Women (2019) Dan Murrell It feels like the movie was trying to have its cake and eat it too. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
8.6/10 Marriage Story (2019) Dan Murrell A gut punch of a movie...One of the best of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
6.5/10 Bombshell (2019) Dan Murrell Although Bombshell does bring a lot of issues to the forefront, I liked the performances better than the movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
8.5/10 Uncut Gems (2019) Dan Murrell The Safdie Brothers have figured out how to make chaos a genre...An award-worthy performance from Adam Sandler. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
9/10 1917 (2019) Dan Murrell 1917 is the peak of what's possible right now cinematically. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/10 Cats (2019) Dan Murrell A spectacular disaster...This movie feels like a prank but I don't know on whom. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
5/10 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Dan Murrell There seems to have been absolutely no road map as to what these movies were going to be and it shows. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
6/10 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Dan Murrell A diminished version of the original, which doesn't make it unwatchable, but I do wish that there had been more risk and innovation. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
7.8/10 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Dan Murrell Find a big screen with a great sound system...James Mangold may be one of the most underrated directors working today. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
7/10 Frozen II (2019) Dan Murrell There really does seem to be a desire to advance the story and build on the previous film, and that's what the best sequels do. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
8/10 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Dan Murrell Captures the spirit of Mr. Rogers - the spirit of kindness, his insight, and underneath it all, a really deep understanding of sorrow. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
8.8/10 Honey Boy (2019) Dan Murrell The only thing that comes through every pore of this film's being is absolute raw and brutal honesty...One of the best movies of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/10 Last Christmas (2019) Dan Murrell Last Christmas mostly works until it's overwhelmed by a bizarrely handled story and an overdose of forced, saccharine holiday cheer. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
8/10 Doctor Sleep (2019) Dan Murrell The best of Kubrick and the best of King now exist together as a direct sequel - one leads directly into the other. A great hybrid of both. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
8.5/10 The Irishman (2019) Dan Murrell This may end up being the quintessential film of late-era Martin Scorsese...One of the best movies of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
6/10 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Dan Murrell I like this as an action movie, there's a lot of fun in it. As a Terminator fan, the franchise still ends at Terminator 2 for me. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
4.5/10 Countdown (2019) Dan Murrell Feels like a Mad Libs for what a horror movie can be...Completely and utterly forgettable. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
8.1/10 Parasite (2019) Dan Murrell Parasite is a must-watch in order to get a full picture of the world cinema scene in 2019. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
8/10 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Dan Murrell Taika Waititi shows a very deft hand, both as a writer and a director...A hilarious movie, one of my favorites of the year so far. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
5.3/10 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Dan Murrell Angelina Jolie is great for what little she has to do in the movie. Michelle Pfeiffer has a lot to do, but not much of it is good. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
7.2/10 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Dan Murrell It's not meant to reopen the book on Breaking Bad. It's meant to close it. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4.8/10 Gemini Man (2019) Dan Murrell At 24 frames per second, Gemini Man might be a passable action movie. At 120 frames per second, it's a distracting and empty technical exercise. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
7/10 Joker (2019) Dan Murrell The less I think about Joker as a comic book movie, the more I like it. Joaquin Phoenix is brilliant...Grim, gritty, harsh, and disturbing. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
6.6/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Dan Murrell Full of effective sequences in search of a story. A big step down from Chapter One. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
8/10 Ready or Not (2019) Dan Murrell One of my favorite theater experiences of the year so far and may be, when I look back on the year, one of my favorite films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
7.1/10 Good Boys (2019) Dan Murrell Good Boys is saved by a strong cast and several jokes that transcend what could've been a tired premise. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
5.3/10 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Dan Murrell Despite some masterful creepy touches, there's not quite enough scary to justify a tired story. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6.8/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Dan Murrell Despite wearing out its welcome, Hobbs & Shaw succeeds on the back of some great action and a winning cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
8.2/10 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Dan Murrell If this is indeed the later part of Tarantino's career, I like that he's taking the tools that he's employed in other movies and using them in interesting ways. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
5.1/10 The Lion King (2019) Dan Murrell On a technical level, Jon Favreau's doing some groundbreaking stuff. I don't think it adds anything to The Lion King...Even on its own, it drags. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
8/10 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Dan Murrell Not just a fun movie, but a great summer movie. Big action, a great cast, some laughs, some thrills, and you can go see it again. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
7/10 Midsommar (2019) Dan Murrell Messy, intense, and singular. There is no other movie out there like Midsommar...Cements Ari Aster as a director who I will go see, no matter what he does next. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
8.5/10 Toy Story 4 (2019) Dan Murrell Stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the other films in the Toy Story franchise. It's a great movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
5/10 Men in Black: International (2019) Dan Murrell Almost like you asked a computer to make a summer blockbuster and Men in Black International came out on the other end...It's cinematic beige. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4.2/10 Dark Phoenix (2019) Dan Murrell A complete mess. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
8/10 Rocketman (2019) Dan Murrell Combines the best parts of Bohemian Rhapsody, the best and worst parts of Elton John's life and a great directorial vision to create a really entertaining whole. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
5/10 Ma (2019) Dan Murrell A great concept that needed more form and follow-through. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
5.2/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Dan Murrell Lost some of its pop and luster as the film went on...I wish it had worked better for me. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
6.6/10 Brightburn (2019) Dan Murrell Brightburn doesn't offer any surprises but it does deliver on its premise in an effective way. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
8.1/10 Booksmart (2019) Dan Murrell One of those rare films that comes along every five years or so that genuinely has a chance at becoming the defining coming-of-age comedy for its generation. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
6.4/10 Aladdin (2019) Dan Murrell Riffs enough on the original to not be a complete replica, but relies on it enough to not be a reinvention. It splits the difference in a way that largely works. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4.5/10 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Dan Murrell It's a very progressively intentioned film but I found a lot of its ideas about love and romance regressive. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
6.9/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Dan Murrell The action is as spectacular as ever, but I do think that John Wick is showing signs of fatigue, both as a character and as a franchise. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
5.3 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Dan Murrell Underwritten, has some appealing characters, a lot of empty spectacle - in other words, the first summer blockbuster of 2019 is here. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
8/10 Long Shot (2019) Dan Murrell Funny, relevant, and touching...It is all of these things in equal measure, which means it's a really solid script. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019