Showbiz Junkies

Showbiz Junkies is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Rebecca Murray
Rating Title/Year Author
B- Our Friend (2019) Rebecca Murray Despite [the] odd narrative decision, Our Friend still manages to weave a poignant tale of friendship, love, and loss. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
C- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Rebecca Murray WW84 makes Diana into a lovesick woman who only truly functions with a man in her life. That's obviously not how the story was supposed to land, but that's how it plays out. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
A Promising Young Woman (2020) Rebecca Murray Promising Young Woman is a brutally honest yet completely unexpected twist on the female empowerment/revenge fantasy. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
A News of the World (2020) Rebecca Murray 2020 can certainly use a dose of Tom Hanks playing a decent man channeling the best of humanity. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
B+ Uncle Frank (2020) Rebecca Murray Writer/director Alan Ball weaves a beautiful, sometimes funny, often heart-wrenching tale of love, forgiveness, and the quest for acceptance. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
B+ Run (2020) Rebecca Murray Once the setup's been introduced, the tension continuously ratchets up until it finally reveals the most shocking of twists that you will not see coming. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
B+ Freaky (2020) Rebecca Murray Freaky is a fun, fast-paced horror comedy that hits all the right marks while mowing through tropes and honoring the best of the slasher genre. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
A The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Rebecca Murray The dialogue's crisp and cutting, the courtroom action is compelling, and the case for speaking truth to power and standing up for what's right springs to life in all its glory on the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2020
A Spontaneous (2020) Rebecca Murray Given 2020's extreme weirdness it wouldn't be shocking to discover Spontaneous is based on actual events. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
A- The Glorias (2020) Rebecca Murray The Glorias is the perfect melding of a visionary filmmaker and subject matter. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
D Blackbird (2019) Rebecca Murray By the time the "will she or won't she go through with it" moment arrives, it's difficult to genuinely care one way or another. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
B+ Mulan (2020) Rebecca Murray 2020's the perfect time for the tale of a hero who overcomes arbitrary, unfair restrictions and embraces her inner warrior. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
A The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Rebecca Murray [Dev] Patel's easy to embrace in the title role, delivering a clever and charismatic performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
B The Rental (2020) Rebecca Murray Horror/thriller that relies on the characters' declining hold on reality and their increasing fragile minds more than it does jump scares. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
B+ The Outpost (2020) Rebecca Murray The horrors of war and the ineptitude of those in charge who unnecessarily put soldiers in danger are laid out in great detail in this gritty, gripping action thriller from director Rod Lurie. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
A- Shirley (2020) Rebecca Murray Director Josephine Decker's Shirley is a riveting glimpse into the complicated life of the acclaimed writer driven by a memorable performance by Elisabeth Moss. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
A- The Vast of Night (2019) Rebecca Murray Andrew Patterson's sci-fi drama is a riveting, character-driven homage to a bygone era. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
B Valley Girl (2020) Rebecca Murray 2020's Valley Girl delivers bouncy, bubbly, escapist entertainment. And, like, seriously, don't we all (not just girls) just wanna have a little fun right now? EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
B 1BR (2019) Rebecca Murray A well-executed thriller that explores the world of crazy cults while dishing up some surprising twists. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
B The Hunt (2020) Rebecca Murray What's certain is that horror fans of all political persuasions will gleefully celebrate the generous amount of blood, guts, gore, and severed body parts on display in this hard-R violent satire. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
B+ The Invisible Man (2020) Rebecca Murray [Leigh] Whannell's The Invisible Man doesn't spare the gore nor does it skimp on jump scares. It also doesn't telegraph its every move. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
B+ To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Rebecca Murray You'd be hard-pressed to find two young actors with better onscreen chemistry in a romantic comedy than Noah Centineo and Lana Condor. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
B The Gentlemen (2020) Rebecca Murray The Gentlemen has a slick, retro feel to it and it's fun to just let yourself become immersed in this twisted gangster world. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
C- Cats (2019) Rebecca Murray This musical misfire sets a new low bar for adapting a Broadway hit. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
B+ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Rebecca Murray The Rise of Skywalker rises above the current trilogy's biggest mistakes and corrects course enough to deliver a surprisingly hopeful and optimistic finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B+ The Two Popes (2019) Rebecca Murray The Two Popes is a solid character-driven drama powered by two outstanding performances. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
A A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Rebecca Murray Sometimes we need to be reminded there's good in the world. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood effectively drives that point home, not with a sledgehammer but in the kindest and gentlest of ways. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B+ The Report (2019) Rebecca Murray [Scott Z.] Burns' dramatic film is, unfortunately, a timely tale of greed and corruption. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
A Ford v Ferrari (2019) Rebecca Murray Stunning, heart-pounding racing sequences complement rather than compete with the character development, and the track itself comes to feel as if it's a living, breathing entity. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
A Jojo Rabbit (2019) Rebecca Murray Taika Waititi has somehow managed to make a dark comedy with Hitler as one of the lead characters that's thought-provoking and hugely entertaining. It's also irresistible in all its weirdness. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
B+ Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Rebecca Murray Paramount will probably to the well for another Terminator if the box office take is high enough. But, they shouldn't. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
C Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Rebecca Murray It's a shame the script isn't as sharp as [Angelina Jolie's] cheekbones and instead has taken an everything but the kitchen sink approach to storytelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
B Villains (2019) Rebecca Murray There aren't any real good guys or bad guys in Villains. Instead, writer/directors Berk and Olsen play around in that delicious grey area where the best stories dwell. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
A Downton Abbey (2019) Rebecca Murray From the first magical notes of the Downton Abbey theme to the brilliant final scenes, Engler and Fellowes do this amazingly talented ensemble justice. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ Official Secrets (2019) Rebecca Murray A powerful, character-driven film that's relevant, thought-provoking, and engrossing. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- Ready or Not (2019) Rebecca Murray The writing's clever, the humor's sharp, and the acting is outstanding all around. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
B The Lion King (2019) Rebecca Murray Those of us who can still remember the words to "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" might have a (...) difficult time understanding the point of a remake. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
D+ Dark Phoenix (2019) Rebecca Murray The superhero genre's run of first-rate entertainment just hit a brick wall, and an "X" marks the spot of the accident. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
A Rocketman (2019) Rebecca Murray Taron Egerton delivers a flawless performance and steers clear of attempting to mimic Elton. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
B+ Aladdin (2019) Rebecca Murray The musical numbers are spectacular, the costumes are stunning, and the CGI work is flawless. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
A Avengers: Endgame (2019) Rebecca Murray The most impressive aspect of what's sure to be one of the biggest blockbusters in history is how intimate and personal so much of the story is and how quieter character moments aren't lost in the shuffle. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
B- The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Rebecca Murray Gilliam's films can confound and frustrate, but they're rarely boring or ordinary. His Don Quixote project is definitely not the latter. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
C+ Pet Sematary (2019) Rebecca Murray In many ways this version feels like a CliffsNotes take on the central characters, with the exception of Ellie. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ Shazam! (2019) Rebecca Murray This is a campy, over-the-top, action comedy with heart, and not a comic book-inspired deep dive into the conflicted minds of flawed human beings. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
B- Dumbo (2019) Rebecca Murray No one should ever put baby Dumbo in a corner, especially not in his own film. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
A Us (2019) Rebecca Murray A film you're likely to think about in your sleepless hours of the night. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
A- Captain Marvel (2019) Rebecca Murray Captain Marvel has a playful vibe and yet nails the full-on female-empowerment/empowering action thriller aspect as well. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
C+ Greta (2018) Rebecca Murray [Isabelle] Huppert delivers a captivating performance, even as the film's shift in tone slides toward the absurd. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
B- Aquaman (2018) Rebecca Murray [Jason] Momoa's made for this sort of over-the-top action role and if we can't have him back romancing Khaleesi and leading the Dothraki, then an Aquaman outing will just have to suffice. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Rebecca Murray Disney's long-awaited return of Mary Poppins to the big screen is a delightful family-friendly film and a sweet trip down memory lane for older audiences. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018