The Blu Spot

The Blu Spot is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeff Beck
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Soul (2020) Jeff Beck Looking at the film as a whole, it teeters between being good and great, with the great portions being of typical excellent Pixar quality and the good portions being surprisingly average. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
3.5/4 News of the World (2020) Jeff Beck Greengrass and co. have crafted a marvelous film, one that will dazzle your eyes with all of the hard work that went into creating its period setting and play on your heartstrings with its fleshed-out characters and its exciting, gripping story. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/4 Mank (2020) Jeff Beck David Fincher's Mank ends up being something of a beautiful mess, replete with visual splendor and solid performances, but lacking in a strong enough foundation to make it all worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
2.5/4 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Jeff Beck The Croods: A New Age is hardly a terrible sequel, but with the somewhat weaker storyline, it does end up having the feeling of something that perhaps should've been a direct-to-Blu-ray release. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 Moonstruck (1987) Jeff Beck With a sharply-written, Oscar-winning screenplay populated with compelling characters and an outstanding ensemble, Moonstruck goes beyond the typical rom-com trappings to deliver something a little more substantial than your standard entries in the genre. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
2.5/4 Tenet (2020) Jeff Beck On the whole, while Tenet does have some things to like about it, it does ultimately prove to be one of Nolan's weaker efforts, at least from a narrative standpoint. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
3.5/5 The Hunt (2020) Jeff Beck The Hunt may turn some viewers off with its thinly-veiled political leanings and somewhat extreme moments of violence, but for those able to accept it as the wild, over-the-top ride that it is, it can be a highly-entertaining and amusing thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
3.5/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Jeff Beck The Invisible Man is an effective horror thriller that utilizes outstanding special effects, a chilling storyline, and a strong performance from Elisabeth Moss. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2020
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Jeff Beck Just Mercy features a trio of fine performances from its excellent cast, but thanks to a very by-the-numbers approach to its overly-familiar story, it ends up being a rather standard and forgettable procedural. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Jeff Beck Sam Mendes' 1917 is a remarkable technical achievement, utilizing brilliant direction, cinematography, editing, visual effects, production design, and sound design, to tell a spellbinding tale that easily ranks as one of the very best films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
4/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Jeff Beck With a thrilling and captivating story, as well as a fantastic ensemble topped with a powerful performance from Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell is Clint Eastwood's long-awaited return to filmmaking greatness. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Jeff Beck Mike Flanagan's cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep is visually-striking and beautifully made, but an insubstantial narrative stretched out to three hours sadly make it a film that fades from memory pretty quickly. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
2/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Jeff Beck Whereas Johnson's The Last Jedi had been daring, exciting, and encapsulated everything that makes Star Wars great, The Rise of Skywalker brings the trilogy to an end with a bland, dull, and very forgettable final entry. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Jeff Beck It presents a fascinating setup with a childhood game that turns into a deadly hunt, giving you a few good thrills and darkly-humorous moments along the way, but unfortunately Busick and Murphy's screenplay doesn't do quite enough with the premise. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
2.5/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Jeff Beck Terminator: Dark Fate ends up being so close to what we should have for a sequel, but in the end it just falls a little too short. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 Harriet (2019) Jeff Beck Harriet works as a reverent biopic about the famed freedom fighter, telling Tubman's story with beauty and grace, while never fully losing sight of its power and importance. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 Joker (2019) Jeff Beck As an origin story it's rather compelling to see what drove the man down the path we know he has to eventually tread, and as a character study it's equally captivating to see the effects it has on the man himself. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Jeff Beck This second part is simply far less captivating, is in no rush to get anywhere, takes an incredibly long time to get to the point, and ultimately doesn't really do much of anything on its way there. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 All Is True (2018) Jeff Beck Sir Kenneth Branagh's All is True is a splendid little treat for Shakespeare fans, especially for those who've always wanted to know a little more about the man himself. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
1/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Jeff Beck With its mind-numbingly dull action, flat characters, and nonsensical plot, it's rather difficult to find a single redeeming quality in the entirety of the two-hour tedious mess that is Godzilla: King of the Monsters. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
3/5 Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) Jeff Beck Despite offering a few interesting set-ups along the way, Yasujiro Ozu's The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice ends up lacking the depth needed to explore these issues of marriage in a significant fashion. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Jeff Beck Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is a rather silly idea in conception, but in execution, it's a pretty compelling tale that features plenty of twists and turns, and well-rendered CGI. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2.5/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Jeff Beck For a director who so clearly loves films and filmmaking, you would think that this set-up, combined with his skills, would be a killer combination, not something that you just shrug off nearly three hours later. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 1984 (1984) Jeff Beck Radford's adaptation of 1984 is admirable in that it perfectly captures the look and feel of the novel's oppressive dystopian setting, but unfortunately it's less successful when it comes to presenting the narrative of its rebellious central figure. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Jeff Beck Shazam! is a fun, exciting, and delightfully-amusing superhero flick that boasts a great sense of humor and a strong performance from star Zachary Levi. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Jeff Beck Even with its more likable qualities, it's not nearly enough to stop the film from being another disappointment in the series. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Jeff Beck The animation is still as smooth, colorful, and stunning throughout, but unfortunately, this time around the story isn't quite where it needs to be to make this an adventure worth another 90-minute investment. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jeff Beck This is an emotionally-satisfying conclusion to this grand venture, featuring many moments that tug at the heartstrings, plenty of chuckles, and, of course, more action than anyone could ever want in a film. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
2.5/4 Us (2019) Jeff Beck "Us" is the kind of movie that, while you can admire the craft and skill that went into it, will leave you scratching your head as to how Peele thought any of it was plausible. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Jeff Beck It really all comes down to the ho-hum writing. It's far from the worst film in the MCU, but don't be surprised if you find yourself not getting as invested as usual, or if the film ends up fading from memory faster than others. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Jeff Beck It features a fantastic lead performance from Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, but sadly the rest of the film doesn't live up to its greater elements, playing more as a greatest hits medley that has little to say about Queen or its members. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Jeff Beck With its ridiculous plot and overreliance on action, The Girl in the Spider's Web marks a disappointing turn in the Lisbeth Salander film series. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
4.5/5 In the Heat of the Night (1967) Jeff Beck Thanks to its compelling narrative, memorable characters, and above all, a towering performance from the legendary Sidney Poitier, In the Heat of the Night continues to resonate with audiences over 50 years after its release. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 First Man (2018) Jeff Beck Featuring outstanding performances from Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, it's a beautifully-made film that includes remarkable work from all involved. Simply put, it's one of the best films of 2018, and should not be missed. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2019
2/4 Aquaman (2018) Jeff Beck The film is indeed a little stronger in story and character than some of its predecessors in the DCEU have been, but it still has a long list of problems all its own to contend with. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
2.5/5 The Nun (2018) Jeff Beck The Nun boasts a creepy gothic atmosphere and a strong performance from Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, but thanks to its overreliance on cheap, ineffective jump scares, the film becomes just another misfire in the Conjuring universe. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
1.5/4 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Jeff Beck As a sequel, this latest entry is even more forgettable and will leave Potter fans scratching their heads as to what could have possibly gone so wrong. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 Sorry to Bother You (2018) Jeff Beck Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You contains an excellent cast and a narrative that presents some fascinating ideas, but it's ultimately undone by a wild shift into fantasy in the second half that unfortunately makes for an unsatisfying experience overall. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jeff Beck Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom makes a few slight improvements over the first film, including injecting the franchise with a little originality, but quickly finds itself becoming another tedious entry with its static center and elongated climax. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
2.5/4 First Reformed (2017) Jeff Beck First Reformed ends up feeling like a film that needed another draft or two to help iron out the wrinkles in its main character's arc. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
3.5/5 The House of Tomorrow (2017) Jeff Beck The House of Tomorrow may not win many points for originality as far as the coming of age genre is concerned, but it manages to overcome its familiar plot devices through the intriguing relationship at its heart and its remarkable cast. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/5 Marrowbone (2017) Jeff Beck Marrowbone contains an intriguing mystery, as well as a talented cast and impeccable production design, but is ultimately derailed by a gimmicky and illogical ending. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
2.5/5 Rampage (2018) Jeff Beck Even with the always-charismatic Dwayne Johnson in the lead, Rampage can't help but be an action-filled mess that suffers from a rather silly plot and a tedious, overblown climax. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
3/4 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Jeff Beck Ant-Man and the Wasp may be light fare when compared to the other Marvel films, but just like its predecessor, it still manages to pack a pretty big punch where it counts. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2018
2.5/5 Tomb Raider (2018) Jeff Beck With its unengaging, stretched-out plot and tiresome action sequences, Tomb Raider is yet another failed attempt to bring the beloved video game franchise to the big screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2018
2.5/5 The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) Jeff Beck The Strangers: Prey at Night marks a perplexing and unsatisfying end to the ten-year wait for a sequel to the thrilling original, replacing the tension and excitement with inexplicable character decisions that will merely leave you scratching your head. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2018
3.5/5 Peter Pan (1953) Jeff Beck Peter Pan may not have the distinction of being one of the more memorable films in the library of Disney animated classics, but with its exciting adventure story, fun characters, and beautiful animation, it remains a classic nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2018
3/4 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Jeff Beck It's no The Last Jedi, but it's fun, exciting, and quite entertaining, a combo that is made all the more impressive given the long, bumpy, and nearly-disastrous road that it took to finally come to the screen. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2018
3/4 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Jeff Beck All-in-all, Avengers: Infinity War is a pretty big success. It's rather incredible that these guys were able to cram so much into one epic-sized film and have it turn out this well. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2018
3/4 Ready Player One (2018) Jeff Beck It's basically a pop culture lover's dream come true, a film that pays homage to a time that gave us some incredible films, games, and music, all wrapped up as a gift to us from one of the greatest directors of all time. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018