The Ooh Tray

The Ooh Tray is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ed Whitfield
Rating Title/Year Author
Us (2019) Ed Whitfield An intriguing and uncanny attack on America's divided self. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Ed Whitfield If Captain Marvel had been lovingly crafted and shot with style, perhaps the void at its heart would have mattered less. But Larson's fighter pilot, turned galactic defender, is the central character a characterless movie deserves. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Ed Whitfield It's lip curling in places...but there's not enough brutality or absurdity to make Cold Pursuit anything other than evocative of better movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Ed Whitfield Great fun. Part 3 anyone? EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Ed Whitfield The canvas is colourful and detailed, the characters likable but after a promising first act, the film gets bogged down in world building, punctuated by setpiece fights that advance the story not one inch. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Ed Whitfield Hell, make a few more like this, Melissa, and you might be forgiven. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
Vice (2018) Ed Whitfield A biopic ripe with innuendo and scurrilous incident that asks its audience to join the dots and draw up its own indictment. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Glass (2019) Ed Whitfield Attempts to marry the realist take on the superhero mythos from the first film with the schlock sensibility of the second. This is like putting a cat's head on a raven's body. The creature doesn't live long but while it does it's fascinating to watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Ed Whitfield Mary Queen of Scots works as an exploration of women born to power, struggling to survive in a ruthless patriarchal order. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Ed Whitfield The mordant characterisation and precision staging make for an unsettling and unkind spectacle. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Ed Whitfield Marks the moment Disney ceased to become a movie studio in the traditional sense. Pastiche is their game now - cannibalising and regurgitating, in the most perfunctory, mechanistic way possible, their considerable cache of 20th Century hits. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Ed Whitfield If the series is going to fully recover from Zack Snyder's early assault, it will have to better marry brains with brawn, resisting the false choice of Wan's salty blow out. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Ed Whitfield There's a mystery at the heart of this film, but it's not the identity of Ezra Miller's non-descript wizard, or the sparing use of Depp's Hitlerlarian sorcerer, rather why did Rowling think there was enough material to hang an entire second movie on? EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
Creed II (2018) Ed Whitfield It's an effective sequel to two very different movies grown from the same cinematic DNA. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Ed Whitfield The movie's saving grace is its leading man, Rami Malek, and his blistering recreation of Mercury's on-stage performances, both of which capture our memories of Queen with comforting fidelity. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
Hunter Killer (2018) Ed Whitfield Gerard, never mind a torpedo, fire your agent. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Halloween (2018) Ed Whitfield It doesn't dare to be different, and consequently it has the distinct feel of a redundant cash in. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
First Man (2018) Ed Whitfield First Man is no crowd pleaser but it's a very fine brain-buster; the kind of movie that audience apathy will consign to history, much like our once funded dreams to explore strange new worlds. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Ed Whitfield It has weight and depth, and that, as Cooper seems to intuitively understand, adds heft to the story's melodramatic complications. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
Venom (2018) Ed Whitfield A chaotic, unfocused, assembly edit of a movie, that appears to have had all the vitality and humanity parasitically sucked out of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Ed Whitfield A diet thriller, if you will, for when the prospect of full fat murder and intrigue feels like too much of a downer. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Ed Whitfield Inventive production design and an engaging premise ultimately win out. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
Mile 22 (2018) Ed Whitfield The dark pairing of demented editing and Wahlberg's testosterone shtick...make for an exhausting, sometimes confusing spectacle. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
The Equalizer 2 (2018) Ed Whitfield Another nasty, bone dry revenge thriller in which the coming storm of Washington's wrath is literalised as an on screen weather event. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Ed Whitfield The parallels between the seemingly archaic political climate depicted here and what's subsequently re-emerged in Trump's America, is the polemical bent of Lee's film. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
King of Thieves (2018) Ed Whitfield The audience is asked to settle for a movie that's interested in eliciting nothing more than their titters and pity. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
Yardie (2018) Ed Whitfield Not much to write home about, which is a pity for a film about emigres. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
Searching (2018) Ed Whitfield Proof that gimmickry can work when employed with intelligence. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
The Nun (2018) Ed Whitfield The movie's best joke, that the events depicted are based on real events, gets funnier with each elaborate set piece. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
The Predator (2018) Ed Whitfield Adding to the sense this is a film that's been gathering dust on a shelf since 1991 is lead lunk Boyd Holbrook, a dead-ringer for that mainstay of cheap Canon action movies, Michael Dudikoff. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
The Meg (2018) Ed Whitfield Not so much Deep Blue Sea as large green tea. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Ed Whitfield Once again Marvel have served up a film with all the edges blunted, where even a little passionate smooching is rendered ridiculous and sexless. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Ed Whitfield Danny Boyle, Daniel Craig - it's your move. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2018
Hotel Artemis (2018) Ed Whitfield Hotel Artemis never delivers on its promise, instead content to wade through a mire of underdeveloped plot points and underwritten character relationships. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018) Ed Whitfield Incredibles 2 could be the future; a future in which every movie is polished but beige, beautiful but bland, fun but fawning, amusing but dull. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
Skyscraper (2018) Ed Whitfield Our hero's asked to manoeuver himself out of some precarious positions in a burning building, but he's closer to one of the forlorn guests in The Towering Inferno than Bruce Willis's supercop. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018) Ed Whitfield The movie's one long act of misdirection - a story that purports to have a USP, and high stakes, but has neither. It turns out the audience were the marks all along. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Ed Whitfield Blumhouse with brains. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Ed Whitfield Though peppered with well-crafted setpiece action, it's a largely perfunctory and senseless retread of Parks past. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ed Whitfield The story may be slight but it's propulsive enough and enjoyable enough to be a fine Star Wars movie in its own right - a far cry from the sterile prequels it invokes in a sop to younger fans. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018) Ed Whitfield Two years after Ryan Reynolds revived the idea that a mainstream genre film could be violent and mirthful...here's an old fashioned sequel that piles on more and delivers less. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Ed Whitfield One has to treat the culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies as a season finale, or at least the first part of a season finale. It's not really a movie in its own right. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2018
Funny Cow (2017) Ed Whitfield A story where nothing is learned or gained. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2018
Rampage (2018) Ed Whitfield We don't want to see The Rock trying to reason with these beasts using sign language, we want to see him do all the s*** his gorilla proxy does. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018) Ed Whitfield No Anderson film ever truly made the heart sing. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018) Ed Whitfield The beast that lives in the head of serious filmgoers, that slaughters those who talk, rustle, munch, stomp up and down the aisle and check text messages, is literalised on screen for the first time. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2018
Ready Player One (2018) Ed Whitfield A fantasy about rejecting fantasy that's built on movie fantasy clichés. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
Unsane (2018) Ed Whitfield Soderbergh was so enamoured by the core set up that he didn't really give a **** whether it made sense or not. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2018
A Beautiful Day (2017) Ed Whitfield Here, for once, style delivers substance. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2018
Annihilation (2018) Ed Whitfield Rich and intriguing, with many memorable tableaus and at least one outstanding sequence, destined to be known henceforth as "the chair and the bear". EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2018