Cinemixtape

Cinemixtape is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): J. Olson
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) J. Olson No sequence is a better analog for the pic's ups and downs than its climactic, supersized fight scene, one that amazes one moment and baffles the next. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 Shazam! (2019) J. Olson What "Shazam!" does really, really well is pummel us with more aggressive versions of well-worn blockbuster tropes. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 Pet Sematary (2019) J. Olson It's a wasted opportunity to kick up some dirt on a well traveled but fruitful horror playground. Instead it plays out like so many neutered genre films before it. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4.5/5 Us (2019) J. Olson Most frightening of all is how the film's use of mirrors extends to the audience, holding one up to each and every one of us. What you see just might scare you to death. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 Captain Marvel (2019) J. Olson Where DC's "Wonder Woman" movie had intelligence and verve to spare, "Captain Marvel" slumps down comfortably into tired origin story clichés. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) J. Olson Surprises in its own way, on its own terms, bringing some surprisingly sophisticated storytelling to the table. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 High Flying Bird (2019) J. Olson A niche drama fated to fade away amongst Netflix's perpetually ballooning catalogue. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) J. Olson Audiences would be better served to watch the Skarsgård version. Or, for prime twenty-first century black comedy, Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges." EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) J. Olson The story - a dead man's paintings plague glib art hounds - allows for a few nifty effects-driven scares, but the upshot is nearly as superficial as the world it's lampooning. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) J. Olson Perfectly cast and surprisingly touching. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) J. Olson Jackson's unfailing screen presence is just the kick in the pants Shyamalan's uneven screenplay requires to come to life. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
4.5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) J. Olson One of the most revitalizing moviegoing experiences of 2018. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
1/5 Vice (2018) J. Olson Swerves indeterminately between the white lines, swaying like the bar know-it-all after a particularly lusty night of talking down to everyone in earshot. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
1.5/5 Aquaman (2018) J. Olson Its infrequent shots of fun aren't worth the headache. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 Holmes & Watson (2018) J. Olson Very dumb and occasionally very funny. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 Bumblebee (2018) J. Olson A significant course correction for the series but only a modest success. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
3.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) J. Olson A few more knockout songs might've gone a long way, but as is, the movie passes a tough test. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
4.5/5 The Favourite (2018) J. Olson The kind of spark plug period piece that only comes around once in a queen's reign. Don't miss it. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) J. Olson Directors Persichetti, Ramsey, and Rothman wield their animators' wild talent like a flamethrower, leaving retinas pleasantly singed and optic nerves well-traveled. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
1/5 Vox Lux (2018) J. Olson Squint and perhaps you'll see the faint outline of a delectably dark piece of pop art. Open your eyes and they'll roll until Corbet mercifully fades to black. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
3.5/5 Green Book (2018) J. Olson Ali and Mortensen are both spectacular. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
4.5/5 Roma (2018) J. Olson "Roma" is magnificent. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) J. Olson Gets by on the quality of its animation and a few moments of true inspiration. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 Creed II (2018) J. Olson The dramatic pull of Adonis fighting the son of his father's killer is obvious but riveting all the same, made even more engrossing by the shadow of Rocky Balboa. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
2/5 Widows (2018) J. Olson It's hardly the pulse-pounding thriller suggested by its trailers. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
2.5/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) J. Olson Its six disparate chapters - one hysterically funny, most doggedly grim - would be better apart than together, each gnawed on and digested on its own terms. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
1.5/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) J. Olson Foy's real screen presence stands no chance against the banalities of the movie she's in. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) J. Olson No thanks to disgraced director Bryan Singer, whose terrible fingerprints are all over the project's biggest defects, star Rami Malek makes for an impeccable Freddie Mercury. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) J. Olson A Christmas turkey. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
1.5/5 Suspiria (2018) J. Olson If "Suspiria" 1977 was the world's most decadent Cherries Jubilee, "Suspiria" 2018 is an oversized glob of gray mystery dessert. Dig in at your own peril. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) J. Olson One of cinema's more mesmeric murder mystery parties. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) J. Olson Admittedly low-impact, but moviegoers willing to saddle up will be compensated with the company of one of the year's finest casts. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) J. Olson If [Cooper] was going for middlebrow musical melodrama in the vein of "The Rose" and "The Bodyguard," bullseye. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
1.5/5 Hold the Dark (2018) J. Olson If "Green Room" was a thrash masterpiece, "Hold The Dark" is bad prog rock: cold, soupy, faux-philosophical miscellany, wielding a few good ideas and oozing bad ones. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/5 Venom (2018) J. Olson The expression "I'd listen to him read the phone book" might as well be rewritten forthwith: "I'd watch him in a Venom movie." EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 First Man (2018) J. Olson Too muted to elicit the kind of glowing takes that play on social media. But let it grow in mind and it will leave its mark on you. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2018
3.5/5 A Simple Favor (2018) J. Olson Lively's take-no-prisoners performance is an absolute triumph. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 The Predator (2018) J. Olson A waist-high muck of studio meddling that contains some franchise high-points. Wade through and be rewarded accordingly. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2018
1.5/5 Mandy (2018) J. Olson Only midnight movie completists need apply. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/5 The Nun (2018) J. Olson Plays like a tired game of horror movie bingo where the stakes are spare change and candy corn. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 Halloween (2018) J. Olson David Gordon Green's "Halloween" may not be perfect, but it's exactly the rough-and-tumble twenty-first century sequel that Carpenter's film deserves. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 Searching (2018) J. Olson David's tech-based search for his daughter keeps us engaged until the bitter or not-so-bitter end, Cho's performance exposing layers the actor has only begun to access. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2018
4.5/5 BlacKkKlansman (2018) J. Olson Lee's extraordinary film doubles as a visceral entertainment and an urgent reminder of a past we haven't been able to shake. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2018
1.5/5 The Meg (2018) J. Olson That a concept as high as "Jason Statham versus a giant shark" results in not a single memorable one-liner is borderline actionable. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2018
3/5 Christopher Robin (2018) J. Olson The likability of the animals is a good tonic for just how curmudgeonly and then saccharine Christopher is; Pooh saves the day and finally the film from itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
4.5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) J. Olson The best film of 2018 to date. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) J. Olson Tom Cruise fantasy camp. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
3.5/5 The Equalizer 2 (2018) J. Olson A marked improvement over its predecessor, packing in a handful of moments of legitimately spine-straightening suspense and, thank goodness, a sense of purpose for its lead. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2018
4/5 Sorry to Bother You (2018) J. Olson A gleaming signpost of an attention-worthy filmmaker that we didn't know we had. Now we know. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) J. Olson After a shaky first act, it becomes the bright, buoyant action-comedy "Ant-Man" should have been. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2018