Akron Beacon Journal

Akron Beacon Journal is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Clint O'Connor, George Thomas, Rich Heldenfels
Rating Title/Year Author
B John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) George Thomas A thrilling popcorn flick worthy of a look. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
C Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) George Thomas A film that plays more like an overlong afternoon cartoon. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
C- The Hustle (2019) George Thomas The Hustle works in a few moments, but unfortunately, they are few. Given the high-powered leads, that's a waste, but Sharp is a minor salvation as he steals nearly every scene he inhabits. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B Long Shot (2019) George Thomas The narrative hook is enough to grab an audience's interest, but the film's unlikely romantic leads keep it. Long Shot is one of those projects where even when there aren't laugh-out-loud moments, a smile remains plastered on faces. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
The Intruder (2019) George Thomas Ealey is normally the best actor working on the screen in anything he does. That doesn't change with The Intruder, but it's tragic to see his skills wasted in an Alfred Hitchcock ripoff that doesn't rise to the level of a Lifetime network movie. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
A Avengers: Endgame (2019) Clint O'Connor It gives us a collection of compelling characters, ties up a lot of loose ends, provides the satisfying pow and wow of a superhero movie, but then takes it all to another level, delivering a poignant drama with relatable human emotions. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
C Shazam! (2019) George Thomas Swings further into the goofy abyss than necessary. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B Dumbo (2019) Clint O'Connor Parents and kids... want wondrous pachyderm power. Dumbo provides plenty of it. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
A- Us (2019) George Thomas What's refreshing about Peele's first two efforts - Get Out being his first - is he doesn't rely on gratuitous violence to provide his thrills. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ Captain Marvel (2019) Clint O'Connor Larson... is terrific. She gives Vers a swagger and a smart-alecky veneer. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Ordinary People (1980) Dick Shippy Ordinary People is not a drama in which you can be easily, comfortably absorbed because it cuts to the bone and the pain is exquisitely felt. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Gandhi (1982) Bill O'Connor All those old screeching terms once used for 1950s movies could be used for Gandhi, and they would be accurate. 'Epic. Twenty years in the making. A cast of thousands.' But the power of the film is much simpler and much more complex. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Unforgiven (1992) Mark Dawidziak Stampede your way to Unforgiven, a powerful ride that might finally net Clint Eastwood Oscar nominations in the acting and directing categories. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- Isn't It Romantic (2019) Clint O'Connor If you like your movies light and fluffy, or just want to gawk at a shirtless Liam Hemsworth, your yacht awaits. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
B The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Clint O'Connor The family friendly film provides smiles for kids and enough pop culture references and inside jokes for adults to laugh along. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
C- The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) George Thomas If The Kid Who Would Be King appeals to one set, it would be those 10 or younger. For most everyone else, it could be a slog. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Clint O'Connor It's not an impression; it's a rendering. And a good one. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Bumblebee (2018) George Thomas Written by Christina Hodgson, [Bumblebee] possesses something only the original could claim: heart, and it's unabashed about it. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
A Vice (2018) Clint O'Connor Christian Bale is mind-blowingly amazing in the lead role. Let's give him the Oscar right now. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
A- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) George Thomas It's witty, intelligent and makes an emotional connection. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Clint O'Connor The three leads are all splendid, especially Weisz. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
A- Green Book (2018) George Thomas Much praise for Farrelly, who finds the right tone in "Green Book," not easy for a subject that requires a light and deft touch to have any chance of success. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
B Creed II (2018) George Thomas Caple gives us well drawn characters we're invested in all while dealing with the cliché boxing tropes with restraint and maintaining the gritty tone Coogler established in the original. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
B+ Wildlife (2018) Clint O'Connor In a film of stand-out performances, Mulligan's is the most fully realized, unspooling Jeanette's desperation and discovering suppressed, buried pieces of herself from moment to moment. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- Widows (2018) George Thomas There are few actresses who could have pulled off this role with the intelligence, wit and determination Davis provides Veronica. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
C- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) George Thomas Grindelwald is a messy film that builds toward nothing for most of its runtime... EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
C- The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) George Thomas The problem: better material is needed and the audience can almost see the hand of the studio executives tapping [Alvarez] on the back and reminding him to remember for whom he's directing the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/4 Beautiful Boy (2018) Clint O'Connor It is well-acted, well-intentioned and heartfelt. But it can also be a slog with repetitive, paint-by-numbers scenes that rob the film of a compelling narrative arc. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) George Thomas Crackles with snappy dialogue, rarely plods and finds the characters' voices with little problem. If any issue exists it's courtesy of a film that lacks a plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 The Hate U Give (2018) George Thomas This film could have very easily veered off into preachy condescension, but Tillman's direction and Wells' script keep it honest while allowing the emotional impact to develop organically. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) George Thomas Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Only if it's consistently good and enjoyable. Bad Times isn't. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/4 Venom (2018) George Thomas Offers a slapdash experience filled with a host of clichés and unintentionally laughable moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 A Star Is Born (2018) Clint O'Connor Cooper deserves the accolades, but it's Gaga people will be talking about as they leave the theater. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/4 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) George Thomas It's been billed as rom-com, but Crazy Rich Asians can hold its own in the drama department. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
3/4 The Meg (2018) Clint O'Connor It does provide an entertaining ride for a few air-conditioned hours at the multiplex. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 Christopher Robin (2018) George Thomas Christopher Robin suffers from occasionally languid pacing, but it's a truly worthy summer entry for families. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Nico, 1988 (2017) George Thomas Forster skillfully captures the tone of A.A. Milne's characters and the subsequent productions drawn from the source material, making resistance to the film's charms futile. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 The Darkest Minds (2018) George Thomas Something we've seen before. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 Blindspotting (2018) Clint O'Connor Diggs' charisma goes a long way toward drawing the audience in. We're rooting for him to succeed. And yeah, his dopey friend, too. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/4 Eighth Grade (2018) Clint O'Connor Burnham nicely captures the quirks and cadences of teen-speak. In that sense, Eighth Grade also serves as a nifty time capsule of 2018. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/4 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) George Thomas One of the best action films to come along in years. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2018
2.5/4 The Equalizer 2 (2018) Clint O'Connor The character remains strong. The script, not so much. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
2.5/4 Whitney (2018) Clint O'Connor Where Macdonald does succeed is through his amazing access to the principals in Houston's life. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) George Thomas [Peyton Reed] keeps it all breezy, light and laced with humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
2.5/4 Uncle Drew (2018) George Thomas Yes, it's patently ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/4 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) George Thomas It possesses the grittiness of the original, but much more heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
2.5/4 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) George Thomas Fallen Kingdom offers enough twists that give the film an air of freshness when accompanied by taut, rapid-paced directing from J.A. Bayona. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018) Clint O'Connor There is a live-action preamble attached to the film with Bird and the voice actors apologizing and explaining that these kinds of films take forever to make. We get it. No apology necessary. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
2.5/4 Tag (2018) George Thomas Tag is a crass, dumb, typical summer comedy that delivers in the end. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2018
2.5/4 Superfly (2018) George Thomas Superfly circa 2018 plays exactly like what it is - a gangster film with a sometimes compelling story and myriad flaws. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018