is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Lisa Johnson Mandell, Staci Layne Wilson
Rating Title/Year Author
Wrath of Man (2021) Lisa Johnson Mandell Start-to-finish suspense, break neck pacing and Jason Statham as we know and love him are enough to redeem the overall work. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
French Exit (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Suffers from potentially terminal ennui. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
Mank (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Mank didn't exactly go wrong-there are some glorious moments within. It just didn't go as right as it could have. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2021
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Lisa Johnson Mandell For many, Day's performance will be enough to redeem the rest of the film. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Nomadland (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Frances McDormand and Chlo Zhaoshow the aching beauty in life stripped down to the bone. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
The Midnight Sky (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell The look, feel and sound of spacecraft interiors have just about been done to death with so many genre movies and TV series, but these are intriguing and even artistic. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
32 Weeks (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell 32 Weeks is an organic, original and suspenseful slice of Millennial life. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Hillbilly Elegy is elevated by the performances of masters. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
The Ventures: Stars on Guitars (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's fresh, fun and filled with fascinating facts (eg: In Japan, the Ventures outsold the Beatles 2:1), humorous stories, superstar interviews and poignant memories. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell With stunning set design and locations, plus a correspondingly beautiful cast, the 2020 Rebecca is a lovely, languorous and lush take on a British period mystery. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell The Trial of the Chicago 7 is right up there with the best, a film for the day, a film for the year, a film for the ages. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
The Glorias (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell The acting across the board is superb, if the story is a wee bit long and disjointed. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
Mulan (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Where Mulan falls short is in its emotional depth. There simply isn't much. This is the rare Disney film which may not send its viewers reaching for a tissue. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Unhinged (2020) Staci Layne Wilson Unhinged could have been just another movie about people driven crazy, but the high level of filmmaking and the gripping performances make all the difference. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Dog Years (2017) Lisa Johnson Mandell The Last Movie Star aka Dog Years, directed by director Adam Rifkin, is Burt Reynolds' swan song, and a poignant and entertaining treasure. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's befitting that a film about art, directed by Guiseppe Capotondi, be extremely artistic, with vivid and well-thought images spread before our eyes. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2020
Summerland (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell The sweet and sentimental Summerland could be the closest most of us get to a British seaside vacation this year. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2020
The Rental (2020) Staci Layne Wilson The Rental is an entertaining popcorn flick that's perfect for a cozy movie night at home - yours or someone else's. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
Greyhound (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Even if you don't understand the naval jargon and the exact strategy, you'll still be fully invested. Tom Hanks' writing and acting are superb! EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2020
Elvis from Outer Space (2020) Staci Layne Wilson Only Elvis fanatics and B-movie mavens will have 'burning love' for this one. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2020
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Ferrell, as the leotard wearing, talent-free guy with a dream, and McAdams, as his smitten, golden voiced bandmate, light up the screen and keep you giggling throughout. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2020
Artemis Fowl (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell You might be wondering if your own, negative Artemis Fowl review is the result of quarantine-induced brain fog. Don't worry - it's not you, it's the movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2020
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Devotees may not glean as much about the legend as I did, but they're bound to enjoy this intimate look at the long life of a man who is still here to reflect on his times. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
The Painter and the Thief (2020) Staci Layne Wilson An interesting art doc that steals too much of your time.... EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
Sweet Sunshine (2020) Staci Layne Wilson Are you ready for some sweet schmaltz? Many of us could use some right now. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
Bloodshot (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's jam packed with flashy CGI, guys and girls pummeling each other, and gratuitous (but not unappealing) shots of Diesel in tight T-shirts. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
The Hunt (2020) Staci Layne Wilson While originality may not be its strong suit, The Hunt showcases top-notch acting and its elaborate set-pieces are quite inventive. It's worth a look on the big screen if you're a fan of the genre. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
Ride Like a Girl (2019) Staci Layne Wilson If you're looking for a good, old-fashioned sports drama to quicken your pulse and warm your heart, you cannot go wrong with Ride Like a Girl. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
The Way Back (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's a gritty and sometimes ugly look at a segment of a messy and conflicted man's life, and it's not based on an inspiring true story, which somehow makes it feel more real. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) Staci Layne Wilson An electrifying and edifying music documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Director Chris Sanders has taken all the skills learned from other celebrated franchises and created an endearing, creative, kid-friendly film. I just want to hug it. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Downhill (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell The performances are real and cringe-inspiring, making Downhill surprisingly thoughtful and deliciously uncomfortable. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Boldy directed by Cathy Yan, it's brightly colored hard candy, not for one second taking itself too seriously. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
The Lodge (2019) Staci Layne Wilson If you like weird, wintry chillers, then The Lodge should be on your list of must-sees. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020) Staci Layne Wilson All in all, it's a fun, raucous ride. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Lisa Johnson Mandell Full of crater-sized plot holes and non-stop, over the top action. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Marriage Story (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Noah Baumbach's script, about the trials and tribulations of divorce and custody battles, is really nothing we haven't seen before, on big or small screens. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell That acerbic, abusive and abrasive script, in which almost everyone is aggressive and annoying, can drive a viewer to distraction. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1917 (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell You will be awed by the cinematography, the directing, the acting, the storytelling, the editing, the score - every aspect of this film is impressive and moving. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
Little Women (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Gerwig's colorful, warm and creative touch is what sets it apart from so many versions of the story, and so many other gritty, violent and tiresome films of the day. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Viewers will especially enjoy the opportunity to get last, fond looks at some of their favorite characters (Spoiler alert! Jar Jar Binks is not among them). EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2019
Cats (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell The big screen version of Cats may not be purrfect, but it's lovely, wildly entertaining and sparkles with movie magic. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Marielle Heller has directed a film that is beautiful for the overall feeling more than any other single aspect-a rare achievement. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Mirren and McKellen are so sublime you can't help but wish they'd paired up for the first time in a better vehicle. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Director Jame Mangold has created an extraordinary film with a powerful engine that won't quit, fueled by human passion and frailty. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Instead of skipping merrily into the holidays, it awkwardly trips over its own twinkle toes. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Ya see, kid, if you're a real sucker for a moody noir picture, this one will smack you right in the kisser. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Three generations of powerful women grab the reins and take us for a wild and raucous cinematic ride. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell You will find yourself alternately laughing and crying, but continuously dazzled, by Waititi's gorgeous, vaguely Wes Anderson-esque style. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell There are soon-to-be classic comedic moments involved here, including some mirror character schtick and another outrageous Bill Murray/zombie riot. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019