Parade Magazine

Parade Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Neil Pond, Samuel R. Murrian
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Little Woods (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Little Woods covers this territory more astutely and thoughtfully than TV's uneven, entertaining Ozark, and it's lightyears better than Clint Eastwood's The Mule, which was at its worst, unintentionally funny. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
4.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Samuel R. Murrian The action finale of Shazam! takes place at a carnival. It's clever, and packs a surprising emotional payoff. The same can be said of this whole big goofy irresistible flick. It isn't too soon to call this one of the best superhero movies ever. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
3.5/5 Penguins (2019) Neil Pond Reminds us of the grand cycle of life not just for penguin Steve, but for nature in general--the mystery of animal instincts, the majesty of their domains and their marvelous, miraculous adaptability. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
4.5/5 Blowin' Up (2018) Samuel R. Murrian "Female empowerment" is a phrase that gets tossed around in entertainment a lot. Blowin' Up is an illuminating, moving account of female empowerment in the real world. It's one of the best films of 2019 so far. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Little (2019) Neil Pond A little of this, a little of that, Little is a pleasant enough springtime diversion, with a bigger, multi-generational, women-of-color message about empowerment. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Neil Pond A playful, witty, clever, teen-centric jaunt that soars with a simple, uncluttered story, free of the past and full of both humor and heart. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Neil Pond Burton's signature, curveball spin edges into some deliciously dark corners, but the movie's big--and big-top--heart throbs with the rousing pulse of family, togetherness and freedom. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Neil Pond A modern horror movie that has the feel of an instant classic, one that has staying power to shock and awe years or even decades from now. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Neil Pond Soars as an origin story with heart, cheeky humor, wit and warmth, zingy dialogue, punchy action, colorful characters and a hero--heroine--who breaks the glass ceiling on two worlds. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/5 Greta (2018) Neil Pond A tight, pulpy, nasty little crazy-train psychological thriller that takes a sharp turn into something even nastier in the homestretch. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Neil Pond The third time is definitely a charm---and a charm(er)---for the final, closing, soaring chapter of this popular, successful franchise about a Viking boy and his faithful, flying dragon. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Neil Pond With a brisk streak of send-up humor, and outright comedy, stirred into the killer mix, it isn't a bloody slasher film, by any stretch---it's more Scooby Doo than Scream. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 What Men Want (2019) Neil Pond Pours on the yuks but doesn't have much of a feel about how to make this raunchy comedy about workplace inequality much more than a broad, lazy swipe at an easy, timely target. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) Neil Pond Shyamalan's geeky intersection of comic book culture, superhero backstories and pop mythology builds to a showdown, but it's more of a letdown. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 The Upside (2018) Neil Pond Offers a pleasant thaw from the January cold, but can't quite overcome the downside of stereotyping, clichés and an overlay of hokey, jokey sap and gloppy, predictable Hollywood goo. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 Disobedience (2017) Samuel R. Murrian Disobedience doesn't reach the rapturous, magic-realism-tinged heights of A Fantastic Woman (an unusual and virtually flawless movie that just gets better with repeat viewings), but it is absolutely another big win for Lelio, a red-hot and unique talent. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 Beach Rats (2017) Samuel R. Murrian The film is hard to shake and hypnotizing to watch, like a neon dream you never want to leave. It is also, in many ways a nightmare. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 My Friend Dahmer (2017) Samuel R. Murrian Lynch's fellow Disney alum Zac Efron is set to play Ted Bundy in the upcoming drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile... It's anyone's guess as to whether or not that movie will spin as intricate, alluring and unique a web as Meyers's film. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
4.5/5 Vice (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Vice has many virtues, but without the salt-of-the-earth toughness Adams brings to Lynne, whom she clearly doesn't judge and doesn't play for laughs, the picture inevitably would have felt like a 2-plus-hour SNL sketch. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/5 Destroyer (2018) Neil Pond A down-and-dirty walk on the wild side that few actresses ever take. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Neil Pond An eye-popping charmer of song and dance with an all-star cast, cascades of old-school, feel-good warmth, audaciously entertaining showmanship and massive dollops of Disney enchantment. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Though it has a touching love story we care about, If Beale Street Could Talk works better as a tribute to the strength of African-American mothers who are the backbones of their families. From that angle, I found it really moving. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 Beast (2017) Samuel R. Murrian In short, Beast is a psychological thriller with smarts and sharp fangs that is a cut above most takes on a classic, undeniably appealing story. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4.5/5 Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) Samuel R. Murrian The doc is made with a high level of technical skill and-crucially-compassion. It's another outstanding feature in a rich year for documentary filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 Searching (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Once Searching is over, you might be tempted to nitpick some little plot conveniences, but such things are easy to forgive when the viewing experience delivers like this. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 Lizzie (2018) Samuel R. Murrian The leading ladies are superb. Sevigny's career has been all about taking risks and experimenting from the beginning, and she's a natural fit for this daring, mostly successful big-screen take on the alleged murderess. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
5/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Some may be surprised by the depth of McCarthy's work here, but this really shouldn't be surprising. In her best comedic creations, the actress can deliver a single line that all at once makes you guffaw, scratch your head, wince and feel pathos. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Samuel R. Murrian This is smart, big-hearted entertainment for grown-ups. Beyond that, it's a worthy send-off to one of the greats-if indeed it really is his send-off. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4.5/5 Lean on Pete (2017) Samuel R. Murrian Quietly brutal, stark and even chilly, Lean on Pete is a spellbinding study of snowballing trauma and its impact on a young boy. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Neil Pond Superhero flicks just got a whole lot more super, a bit more crowded---and much more inclusive. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Many will guffaw heartily throughout the increasingly bonkers The Favourite, but there isn't one cheap laugh here. The drama has heft, horror and fathoms of heartbreak below the surface. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 Free Solo (2018) Samuel R. Murrian In short, don't miss this. It's riveting nonfiction entertainment for the widest general audience. That this movie even exists defies all probability. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
4/5 Roma (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Roma is in a league of its own in terms of sheer cinematic ambition and prowess, but as a drama it's not as deeply moving as some of this year's very best. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 A Quiet Place (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Plain and simple, this movie is scary as hell, one of the most sweaty-palmed suspensers in years. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
4/5 Wildlife (2018) Samuel R. Murrian If the strikingly handsome, emotionally chilly Wildlife itself occasionally runs the risk of feeling a bit like we're watching a still life, that's ultimately eclipsed by Dano's exceptional work with his actors and the film's wondrous visuals. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
4.5/5 Boy Erased (2018) Samuel R. Murrian This entertaining and heartfelt movie will mean a great deal to so many young people and their families. It's not over-reaching to say it could change lives. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 Mandy (2018) Samuel R. Murrian This is an exceptionally thoughtful, striking horror picture with an all-time great Nicolas Cage performance at its core. Mandy is the reason midnight movies are a thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Samuel R. Murrian Anna and the Apocalypse has giddy, highly entertaining momentum at the top. It loses some of this as it goes along, but it's directed and performed with a level of exuberance and wit that mostly keep it afloat when it feels like the plot is wearing thin. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Some will say The Miseducation of Cameron Post is too subtle, too quiet, and this really isn't a fair assessment; to say something like this is to overlook wholly remarkable, finely detailed filmmaking craft. It hits hard without ever hammering. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Samuel R. Murrian On the Basis of Sex could have used more of its subject's grit and daring, but as a respectful and uplifting tribute, it gets the job done pretty well. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
1.5/5 Bird Box (2018) Samuel R. Murrian A key sequence at the end of the second act is so unusual, improbable and physically awkward (you'll know it when you see it) that it inspires laughter...this is the point of the story when tension should be the tautest, and it is deflated. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 Widows (2018) Samuel R. Murrian Steve McQueen has made a movie for multiplexes without sacrificing any of his individuality or greatness as a filmmaker. This is one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 A Beautiful Day (2017) Samuel R. Murrian It feels like shortchanging to call the filmmaking craft on display here impeccable... This is one of the best, most daring crime movies you will ever see. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Neil Pond Hedges wraps up a tremendous year with another powerful gut-punch of a performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 Green Book (2018) Neil Pond The miles melt away with two of the most unforgettable characters from one of the best feel-good films of 2018. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Neil Pond This groovy, green, not-so-mean movie kickoff to the Christmas season will delight children and remind grown-ups why Dr. Seuss still rocks. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Neil Pond This overcooked Christmas-movie meatloaf is a Disney dud. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Neil Pond Malek's remarkable, spellbinding performance almost makes you forget you're really watching a quasi-Queen with a faux Freddie. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Mid90s (2018) Neil Pond Bumps, bruises and broken bones aside, the movie is kinda sweet, often dreamy, and ultimately a tribute to camaraderie among young, outlier, outsider friends of any stripe, anywhere, anytime. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/5 Halloween (2018) Neil Pond Full of pulse-pounding scares, enough "tasteful" slashing, stabbing, skull-smashing and impaling to keep gore-hounds happy, and terrific nods to the movie that started it all. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018