Next Projection

Next Projection is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Derek Deskins
Rating Title/Year Author
7.8/10 Of Dogs and Men (2016) Derek Deskins Of Dogs and Men may make you cry and it will certainly make you mad, but more importantly than anything else, it shows you how to make a change. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.3/10 Jeff Lowe's Metanoia (2014) Derek Deskins Jeff Lowe's Metanoia is the type of documentary that captivates your eyes and ears in the most expected of ways but wins over your heart in one that is far more surprising. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.6/10 The Big Short (2015) Derek Deskins McKay takes his gift for comedy and weaves it into drama like a rich tapestry. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
5/10 Concussion (2015) Derek Deskins Concussion had to be good, it had to scare us, and it should have scared the NFL. Instead it just sits there idly in a bed of clichés and manufactured tension. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
7/10 The Slippers (2016) Derek Deskins What is impressive about Morgan White's direction is how the many stories are gently folded in, winning the viewer over bit by bit. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.6/10 Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Derek Deskins The comedy comes from a place of reality and even when said reality is heightened, Linklater does it in a way that rolls off your back. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/10 Spaceship (2016) Derek Deskins Taylor seems bored by his own story and quickly introduces secondary and tertiary characters of diminishing importance to jolt a line that was doing just fine on its own. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
7.3/10 Pet (2016) Derek Deskins The tension ratchets up spectacularly and your blood pressure rises in the anticipation of what may lie behind the next corner. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
5.6/10 Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon (2016) Derek Deskins The film is endlessly scattered, hopping along from subject to subject as it feels the audience becoming bored and pulling away. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
5.9/10 Loev (2015) Derek Deskins Saria's penchant for generating his own faux conflict that arises out of service to the story rather than the characters is his ultimate downfall. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
7.7/10 Little Sister (2016) Derek Deskins Add to the well written screenplay a cast that seems catered to this cadence and the result is a family that is almost too familiar for comfort. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
9.6/10 Midnight Special (2016) Derek Deskins The story is wonderfully detailed, entertaining, mysterious, and endlessly thrilling. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
9/10 Demolition (2015) Derek Deskins It is a role that requires an actor that does more than what is on the page. Something that Gyllenhaal accomplishes spectacularly. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.2/10 American Fable (2016) Derek Deskins First time feature writer-director Anne Hamilton is staking her claim, this is her style, and you will do right to take notice. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
9.4/10 Orange Sunshine (2016) Derek Deskins Kirkley doesn't necessarily want you to feel for his subjects but instead wants you to feel like you are one of them. It is that inclusivity that makes the emotional punches that are eventually unleashed land so resoundingly. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
9.4/10 Hush (2016) Derek Deskins I no longer trust a sliding glass door at night. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
7.2/10 I Am the Blues (2015) Derek Deskins It is as if as each musician tells his tale and strums his guitar that everything is ok again. The music is their release and all of the sadness comes out in the songs. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
5/10 Headshot (2016) Derek Deskins It was as if I opened a puzzle only to find that the majority of the items within the box didn't belong. How do you get a lint covered gummy bear, a harmonica, three bullets, and a corner puzzle piece to fit together? You don't. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
7.4/10 Prevenge (2016) Derek Deskins The writing is authentic even when it is ridiculous, but what really shines through is Lowe's dark sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
4.5/10 Song to Song (2017) Derek Deskins Outside of the more standard Malick-isms, Song to Song also has a troubling relationship with women, making their role secondary to a man's and establishing a mood of objectification. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
3.1/10 The Honor Farm (2017) Derek Deskins It's like overhearing a 17-year-old rail on about the complexities of life, having read an introductory book on philosophy but never ventured out of his suburb. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.4/10 Small Town Crime (2017) Derek Deskins Its twists and turns toy with your emotions and despite its largely familiar story conventions, it never comes across as predictable. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
9.2/10 Atomic Blonde (2017) Derek Deskins Theron takes to the fight choreography like a violent fish to bloody water. She is exactingly brutal and nearly balletic in her execution. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
6/10 Free Fire (2016) Derek Deskins The problem with Free Fire is that it just doesn't have much more going on in outside of what you see in the trailer. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
6.2/10 DRIB (2017) Derek Deskins DRIB is just trying too hard to be too many things, never managing to do any of them all that well. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
5.1/10 Bokeh (2017) Derek Deskins This issue of character development is largely what holds the film back. Without understanding what makes this couple tick, we are left voyeurs in a world that we cannot understand. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
7.5/10 It (2017) Derek Deskins It is much like walking through a haunted house. Sure, you were scared here and there, but the feeling was fleeting and not a whole lot different from that last haunted house. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
7.5/10 A Quiet Place (2018) Derek Deskins The mediocre nature of the film's actual scares betray what is mostly a thrilling film. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
9/10 American Animals (2018) Derek Deskins It is a popcorn movie dripping with arthouse flair, and populated with intriguing and complex characters, be they real or performed. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
6.5/10 After Everything (2018) Derek Deskins Despite its many charms, Shotgun never fully feels like something to care about. It is enjoyable, but only passably. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
8.4/10 The Breaker Upperers (2018) Derek Deskins If we have the good sense we will throw our money at writer-director-stars Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek, because they certainly have a whole lot more to say. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
3/10 Elizabeth Harvest (2018) Derek Deskins At times, Elizabeth Harvest appears to even confuse itself, feeling as if the film didn't have a script as much as an idea that continued to be brainstormed until the film was wrapped. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
5.2/10 The New Romantic (2018) Derek Deskins Perhaps more egregious than its familiar plot and waste of up-and-comer Jessica Barden is that despite its title, there is nothing "new" or "romantic" about The New Romantic. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
9.5/10 Blindspotting (2018) Derek Deskins The combination of the rhythmic script, the bumping soundtrack, and the stylish direction recall the early work of Spike Lee. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
6/10 6 Balloons (2018) Derek Deskins Were 6 Balloons to be nothing more than an actor's showcase, it would work, unfortunately the rest of its pieces just never quite come together. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
90/100 The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Jason McKiernan ...Spielberg's dazzling return to peak action form, an action-packed spectacle that leaves us breathless and smiling. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2011
85/100 The Artist (2011) Jason McKiernan ...a gem of post-modern significance, celebrating a bygone era by commenting on it, fleshing it out with broad universality. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2011
90/100 Young Adult (2011) Jason McKiernan ...flirts with conventional expectations before ripping them out from under us. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2011
99/100 We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) Jason McKiernan ...cinema at its most vivid, wrenching, and revelatory - an abstract masterpiece about the withering fragility of the human soul. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2011
65/100 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Jason McKiernan ...a meticulous slow burn of visual suggestion, dripping in atmosphere and loaded with evocative subtext in nearly every shot. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2011
74/100 Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (2011) Jason McKiernan ...makes this wintry season feel like summer all over again. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2011
45/100 The Smurfs (2011) Jason McKiernan ...candy for kids and arsenic for adults. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2011
40/100 Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Jason McKiernan For a movie with a kitschy-verve title like Cowboys and Aliens, the resulting film sure is flaccid and joyless, without even a hint of spice. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2011
79/100 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Jason McKiernan ...a minor godsend in the midst of heinous sequels, lame comic adaptations, and overblown action epics. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2011
30/100 The Change-Up (2011) Jason McKiernan ...the cinematic equivalent of a 14-year-old boy watching scrambled porn in his room. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2011
93/100 Beginners (2010) Jason McKiernan Beginners offers a greater insight into humanity than any film I've seen in 2011. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2011
73/100 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Jason McKiernan ...a very well-mounted summer entertainment with a few intriguing allegorical strokes to stimulate more than just our eyes. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2011
70/100 Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Jason McKiernan Wonderful sequences. Great performances. A very good movie...but could've been so much more. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2011
70/100 Fright Night (2011) Jason McKiernan This is a wild haunted house of a movie, full of jump cuts, overt creepiness, and an ever-present smirk on its face that lets us in on the joke... EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2011
55/100 Four Lions (2009) Jason McKiernan ...is this a deft film about the chaos of nothingness, or is it simply a chaotic movie with nothing inside? EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2011