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Rating Title/Year Author
6.5/10 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Matthew Razak Despite not quite having the same flair for action as Michael Bay, Arbi and Fallah manage to capture some of the magic of a Bay film while somehow updating it to modern-day sensibilities. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
8.5/10 1917 (2019) Matthew Razak There is a specific scene where Schofield is escaping from pursuing enemy forces, lit almost entirely by flares and done in a single shot, that is basically just Roger Deakins showing off. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
5/10 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Matthew Razak It is Disney running back to the safety of nostalgia, capitulating to those who didn't like the new, and releasing a movie that could only be made in a unruly attempt to please everyone. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
7.5/10 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Matthew Razak Jumanji: The Next Level takes what the first film did and turns it on its head, relying on the charms of its stars to once again deliver. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
6.5/10 Frozen II (2019) Matthew Razak More of the same works but it is still just that. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
6.5/10 Doctor Sleep (2019) Matthew Razak Everything in the last 15 minutes reminds you that this isn't The Shining and it's too bad it had to be that way. Without that reminder the film stands on its own quite well; with it the movie seems less than. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/10 Joker (2019) Matthew Razak The last laugh of someone who simply wants to watch the world burn. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
8/10 Good Boys (2019) Matthew Razak The movie, at its core, is less raunchy comedy and more childhood adventure -- think 80s Spielberg kids movies but with the drug Molly. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
6/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Matthew Razak Enough fist bumps to put you into a bro coma. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
7/10 The Lion King (2019) Matthew Razak This movie is a non-stop visual orgasm (put that one on the poster, Disney). EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
5.5 Yesterday (2019) Matthew Razak Insert your own clever Beatles musical reference for a conclusion here. If Boyle didn't feel the need to try all that hard, I'm not going to either. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
5/10 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Matthew Razak The best children's films -- the best films -- open up under their top layer to deliver something more, but Pets 2 is nothing underneath. Its secrets are empty. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/10 Brightburn (2019) Matthew Razak Unfortunately, Brightburn is too busy with its lackluster gorefest and tepid attempts at being scary that it completely bypasses all the interesting thematic ideas that the film could have delivered. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
8/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Matthew Razak Is it up to the same quality and awesome of the first two? As our often monosyllabic and monotone hero would say in pitch-perfect understatement: yea. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
5/10 The Hustle (2019) Matthew Razak My recommendation for seeing The Hustle? Just rent the original, which is a remake itself. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/10 UglyDolls (2019) Matthew Razak At no point in its under 90-minute run time does it do a single thing to justify its existence. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
8/10 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matthew Razak This movie, without the emotional and historical build up that the myriad of Marvel films brought before it, would simply be a better directed Justice League. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
7/10 Pet Sematary (2019) Matthew Razak The issue is if you're not in on the setup none of that subversion is actually subversion at all and the first half of the movie doesn't work as well without that aspect. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
6/10 Peterloo (2018) Matthew Razak How do you make a movie about an event that was horrific but did nothing? Leigh attempts to tackle that while making a few political statements of his own with varying degrees of success. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
7/10 Snatchers (2019) Matthew Razak Snatchers is the kind of horror that is what it is and doesn't want to be anything more, and yet in that it becomes a bit more. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
6.5/10 Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Matthew Razak Instead of being scared of something we are scared of nothing right alongside our heroine. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/10 The Hottest August (2019) Matthew Razak There's no drive to it, aimlessly meandering around New York trying to prove a point when there isn't one. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
6.5 Come as You Are (2019) Matthew Razak It's a good comedy that gets better simply because it is good at the basics. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
8.5/10 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Matthew Razak What is so great about The Art of Self-Defense is that it tackles such serious issues in a way that makes them incredibly easy to understand. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
5/10 The Highwaymen (2019) Matthew Razak The movie is just as much a glorification of Hamer and the Texas Marshalls as its predecessor was of Bonnie and Clyde. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/10 Porno (2019) Matthew Razak Porno, much like the genre of film it is named after, is all about visuals with none of the depth. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
8/10 South Mountain (2019) Matthew Razak The plot doesn't really develop, instead, like the creeks that weave around the family's house, steadily flows forward through the slow reliability of each day happening after the next. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
6.5/10 Who Let the Dogs Out (2019) Matthew Razak The best documentary takes our misconceptions and shows us the truth. Who Let the Dogs Out does this by taking a pop song and delivering a treatise on the very nature of art. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
7.5/10 Us (2019) Matthew Razak Much like the characters in his film, Peele's greatest enemy for this film seems to be himself. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
7/10 Captain Marvel (2019) Matthew Razak In a world where Marvel films are now Oscar contenders and we've seen nearly every Avenger onscreen in the same movie, how do we set the baseline for what a good Marvel film is? EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4.5/10 Greta (2018) Matthew Razak Greta is, sadly, regretable. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
7/10 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Matthew Razak Happy Death Day 2U barely even touches the horror genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/10 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Matthew Razak The movie says nothing about anything, it's jokes are simply there to make references to terrible cliches that aren't really cliches anymore. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
6/10 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Matthew Razak Damn it. Get out of my head, Velvet Buzzsaw! Get out of my head! EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
7/10 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Matthew Razak Turns out childhood wonder can be recaptured, but it's damn hard. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
5.5/10 The Upside (2017) Matthew Razak The film is the exact feel-good movie you think it is with little to no surprises in plotting, writing, or pacing. It hits every point it should and then moves on to the next point it should. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
7.5/10 Stan & Ollie (2018) Matthew Razak Whatever your take on the style of the film there is one thing that's undeniable: Coogan delivers one of the best performances of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
8/10 Bumblebee (2018) Matthew Razak It's the simplicity, grounded in a character-driven story, that makes the film feel like those classic 80s movies where anything could happen to a bunch of kids with minimal parental supervision. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
9/10 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Matthew Razak The only magic that Mary Poppins Returns is lacking that the original has is the magic of nostalgia, a spell that can only be cast with time. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
6/10 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Matthew Razak There's nothing too special about it, but if you're sitting at home looking for something good to watch it will definitely more than do. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
7/10 Creed II (2018) Matthew Razak There is nothing wrong with Creed II other than the fact that it isn't Creed. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
8/10 Instant Family (2018) Matthew Razak Thankfully, there's a heart to this film. It may seem to not belong when looking at it from the outside, but often times that's what families look like too: full of parts that shouldn't hold together but do. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
5/10 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Matthew Razak Its heart is two sizes too small. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
8/10 Halloween (2018) Matthew Razak This is the slasher film fed through a modern horror lense. It takes an 80s horror icon and puts him into a world of It Follows, Hereditary, and You're Next. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
9/10 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Matthew Razak Goddard is in his peak genre deconstruction form that made Cabin in the Woods so much fun and The Good Place one of the funniest shows on television. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
6.5/10 Venom (2018) Matthew Razak Venom isn't good, but Venom was never meant to be good anyway. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/10 Smallfoot (2018) Matthew Razak Smallfoot is a children's movie, and in that capacity I can't say it doesn't work. It lays out its story, delivers some jokes, has some songs, and then ends happily. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
7.5/10 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Matthew Razak ...a little bit whimsical, a little bit scary, and a whole lot of charming. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/10 Peppermint (2018) Matthew Razak Peppermint is a bad movie, with a bad message, made at a bad time. Plus, peppermint ice cream is gross. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
4/10 The Happytime Murders (2018) Matthew Razak Each time you think it might do something interesting with the concept it veers into another puppet site gag that generates nothing more than a smirk. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018