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
3/5 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Neil Pond A brawl-y, rugged mega-monster mash that proves that, for pure escapism, we're all still suckers for seeing two giant palookas beat the beastly snot out of each other. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2021
4/5 Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Samuel R. Murrian This epic is vivid, original, unapologetic. Especially when compared to the sheepish 2017 picture, it's a triumph. For the first time since Wonder Woman, we're eager for a DCEU sequel. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2021
3/5 Coming 2 America (2021) Neil Pond An uproariously entertaining sequel that resonates with rich Black humor, celebrating its heritage with a legacy of retro-keen laughter that reminds us of its leading man's cool confidence and his nearly infallible instincts for comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 The Father (2020) Neil Pond Hopkins makes an indelible impression in the fading twilight grappling with an invisible foe that's taking pieces of him away. It's the ravages of senility by way of Shakespeare. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
3.5/5 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Neil Pond Holiday's legacy, and her song, lives on in Andra Day's triumphant performance and in this monumental musical history lesson. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 French Exit (2020) Neil Pond Sharply comedic, quietly quirky, magically beguiling and endearingly odd. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
2/5 Bliss (2021) Neil Pond This mind-bending mobius strip of a movie takes you to a happy place, all right. But happiness can be fleeting. And like a lot of things, it might just be all in your head. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
3/5 Palmer (2021) Neil Pond Timberlake's return to more serious, dramatic fare, in a strong, meaty performance with overtones of atonement, acceptance, inclusion and compassion. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/5 The Little Things (2021) Neil Pond 'The Little Things' is like binge-watching a whole TV crime-solving series in one big, Oscar-star movie gulp. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/5 Our Friend (2019) Neil Pond This lovely, finely tuned, brutally honest portrait of a marriage, a family and friend that went through something terrible...will make you weep. But you'll feel good about the tears. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
3.5/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Samuel R. Murrian The plotting wobbles, sure, but the four lead performances are first-rate. Jenkins channels Lester and Donner with warmth, optimism and even outright silliness that a lot of audience members crave in challenging times. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
3.5/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Neil Pond Director Fennel deftly steers this righteous rape-revenge fable along its prickly path with deliciously dark humor, giving its gritty truths a hyper-stylized swirl of girly candy-cane colors and a swish of vampy camp. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
2.5/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Neil Pond It's a lot, but Clooney ropes it all together, somehow, up there and down here, a big, bold fable about poisoned air, unlivable earth and undrinkable water, and the possibilities of the vast, unfathomable, unknowable future of space. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Neil Pond Boseman's red-hot performance, his swan song, burns a sizzling hole in the middle the film, leaving us with an emptiness that will take a long time to fill, the hollow space of an immensely gifted actor who gave everything he had for his last hurrah. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 I'm Your Woman (2020) Neil Pond A tight, terrific, fem-centric tale of lower-tier mob life from the mob-wife perspective, balancing soft, tender, contemplative moments with ripples of explosive violence. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
4/5 Nomadland (2020) Neil Pond A moving, majestically cinematic, poignantly thought-provoking, gorgeously contemplative portrait of outlier America. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
3.5/5 Black Bear (2020) Neil Pond A tale of tortured artistry taken to new, inter-dimensional intensity, the primordial process of destruction as a part of regeneration, a snake turning on itself to eat its own tail. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
2.5/5 Uncle Frank (2020) Samuel R. Murrian Stellar and deeply felt performances are at odds with a script comprised almost entirely of clichés and familiarity. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
3.5/5 Run (2020) Neil Pond Full of edge-of-your-seat, wickedly inventive, twisty-turn, shock-ya surprises, compounded by the irony of a protagonist not being able to do what the title suggests. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/5 The Nest (2020) Neil Pond A handsome, super-stylish portrait of a malignant marriage on a battlefield of scorching verbal warfare, bitterness, resentment and scorn. But ugly rarely looks so elegant. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
2/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Neil Pond Barrels into this year's gold-plated Oscars season like a truckload of rowdy, backwoods relatives. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3.5/5 The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Samuel R. Murrian ...ending something this unexpectedly touching, haunting, and convincing, a tale of a family in free fall, with a gotcha moment, is a buzzkill. There was something more here. Something better. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 Spell (2020) Samuel R. Murrian There are some really interesting, meaty ideas below the surface of Spell, themes of upward mobility, ancestry and sins of the fathers, that are more substantial than the scares and horror fireworks-which are passable, but never really remarkable. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/5 The Craft: Legacy (2020) Neil Pond A magic-sprinkled trick-or-treat for girls who'll harken to its timely theme of female outsiders finding each other, bonding together and harnessing their strengths to confront a world trying to quash them. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/5 Love and Monsters (2020) Samuel R. Murrian A jovial romp [that] proves Dylan O'Brien should be the next Indiana Jones. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/5 Rebecca (2020) Neil Pond Too often feels like a cross between a posh, British period drama and a prime-time network crime procedural, maybe like an episode of CSI: Downton Abbey. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/5 The War With Grandpa (2020) Neil Pond Goes so low for yuks, it's comedic elder abuse. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
3.5/5 On the Rocks (2020) Neil Pond Coppola's sparkling Big Apple comedy is a smooth comic elixir for our very troubled times, with Bill Murray pulling up in a red sports car, asking us a very simple question: "Feel like hoppin' in?" EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
3/5 Misbehaviour (2020) Neil Pond Leaves us with a lesson, about how things worth having are worth standing up for---and sometimes that might mean standing up with a banner, or a bag of flour, or squirt gun pointed at Bob Hope. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 Red, White & Wasted (2019) Neil Pond A kind of drive-through movie safari to a deep-red, pro-gun, casually racist, proudly anti-progressive (and extremely messy) place you'd probably never actually dream of going otherwise. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/5 Kajillionaire (2020) Neil Pond An audaciously engaging, eccentrically original, surprisingly charming L.A. story that walks a delicate line between humor and heartache. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
2/5 Antebellum (2020) Neil Pond Racism and America's deep-rooted heritage of hate are hot topics all over again, particularly right now, and this movie turns up the heat even hotter. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 Enola Holmes (2020) Neil Pond The juiced-up girl power of Enola Holmes makes for a right-on, righteously fun romp with a revved-up, fem-forward message that rings loud and true even today. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
3/5 Mulan (2020) Neil Pond Disney's new 'Mulan' presents a rousing role model for little girls ready to move beyond sleeping beauties, little mermaids, talking teapots and pumpkins that turn into coaches. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Neil Pond A devilishly dark gem of a demented dreamcatcher that takes a deep dive into the recesses of a wrinkled road map of the mind. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 Chemical Hearts (2020) Neil Pond You'll find out why Grace doesn't like to drive, the reason she wears baggy clothes, that love---like chemistry---is complicated, and why Reinhart and Abrams are shoo-ins for the year's hottest YA movie couple. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 Tesla (2020) Neil Pond A jazzily innovative cool-cat movie that looks ahead, in ways that remind you that Tesla's "future" is indeed now. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
3.5/4 Apocalypse '45 (2020) Neil Pond A stately, somber reminder of the soul-scarring god-awfulness of war and its catastrophic consequences, and a heartfelt salute to those who answered the call of something much bigger than themselves. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
2.5/5 An American Pickle (2020) Neil Pond A comedy built on a heartwarming foundation of sentimental silliness, it might surprise you--especially if you're expecting the kind of guffaws you usually get from a Seth Rogen movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/5 Summerland (2020) Neil Pond Proudly fem-centric--with women as the surging creative force of its substance and the focus of its story--this "little" independent film has a lot of big things on its mind. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
3/5 The Rental (2020) Neil Pond A terrifically tangled little nerve rattler of a horror movie that takes a thoroughly modern idea and melds it to some sturdy, old-fashioned '80s slasher vibes. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020
The Outskirts (2017) Samuel R. Murrian The film has some gentle fun with high school archetypes without ever being mean-spirited. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
3/5 The Way Back (2020) Neil Pond Perhaps Affleck's most personal--and personal-feeling--movie, and movie role, ever. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Neil Pond A golly-whopper psycho-thriller of a horror show that's also a monster movie for the #MeToo movement, a creep show about toxic masculinity and how abused women are often told they're crazy. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 EMMA. (2020) Neil Pond A delightfully snazzy, dizzily entertaining, snappy-looking period-piece rom-com. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/5 José (2018) Samuel R. Murrian José is brutally honest about sex in a way movies seldom are. The alternately sweaty-palmed and lackadaisical buildup of online hookups, as well as the occasional, inevitable deflating disappointment of such trysts are captured just as they happen. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
4.5/5 The Lodge (2019) Samuel R. Murrian The Lodge is gimmick-free; if you're looking for jump scares, or even lots of thrills, this is not where to look. This is slow-burn, psychological fare that isn't intended to raise the pulse so much as engage us emotionally. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
3.5/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Neil Pond I wouldn't want to live there, but Guy Ritchie's riotously raw ganja-gangland fantasy world sure is a great-escape movie getaway. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Neil Pond A high-spirited, action-packed blowout reunion that plays to the comedic strengths of its two marquee stars while giving them plenty of room to roam, lots of things to blast or blow up and a flowing stream of bickering-buddy humor. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Samuel R. Murrian This is a submissive, sloppy apology for a terrific movie. This is a series apologizing for itself when it didn't need to. Which just feels embarrassing. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020