The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brandy McDonnell
Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 Downhill (2020) Brandy McDonnell Although Downhill has a few relatable and amusing moments, it mostly wastes the considerable talents involved. Perhaps the best that can be said for the film is that it might convince more people to rent or stream Force Majeure. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 Cunningham (2019) Brandy McDonnell Shot in vibrant 3D, the dance sequences veritably leap, spin and gyrate off the screen, offering a captivating visual spectacle that does more to spotlight Cunningham's ingenuity than all the eloquent droning of a dozen expert interviews. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/4 Clemency (2019) Brandy McDonnell It's a veritable crime against cinema that Tulsa native Alfre Woodard isn't nominated for an Oscar for her masterful portrayal as a troubled prison warden in the acclaimed drama Clemency. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Brandy McDonnell Although the sequel's script isn't as clever as its forerunner and depends too much on bumbling slapstick, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is often laugh-out-loud hilarious, while still giving the story the requisite emotional heft and action sequences. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
1917 (2019) Brandy McDonnell Even more importantly, it serves as a mighty reminder of the inglorious, ruinous cost of war more than 100 years after the so-called "War to End All Wars" proved a sadly inaccurate nickname... EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/4 A Hidden Life (2019) Brandy McDonnell The film runs almost three hours and could certainly be shorter, but at the same time, it's hard to argue it doesn't earn such an epic run time. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/4 Red Dog (2019) Brandy McDonnell It's a surprisingly poignant tale of a motley crew of bouncers, bartenders and strippers who became the first family for a toddler and his single mother. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/4 Little Women (2019) Brandy McDonnell Although the leaps between timelines can cause moments of confusion, the rich development of characters and themes proves more than worth the extra attentiveness the approach demands from the viewer. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
3.5/4 The Kingmaker (2019) Brandy McDonnell The Kingmaker is less a historical biography than a timely cautionary tale. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/4 Bombshell (2019) Brandy McDonnell Margot Robbie gives arguably the most powerful performance as Kayla Pospisil. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/4 Marriage Story (2019) Brandy McDonnell Baumbach deserves kudos for highlighting the adversarial nature of divorce court...but his odd storytelling decisions too often undercut the human dynamics he's trying to explore. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 Knives Out (2019) Brandy McDonnell Knives Out is an enticing addition to Johnson's filmography and a welcome appetizer before he goes back into orbit for more Star Wars adventures. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 Queen & Slim (2019) Brandy McDonnell Captivating performances by Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith... help to keep the powerful, poetic drama driving forward. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 The Irishman (2019) Brandy McDonnell A magnetic mob epic. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/4 Frozen II (2019) Brandy McDonnell Frozen II boasts a convoluted story with a few plot holes, but returning co-writers and directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee deserve credit for crafting a sequel that seeks to answer the most compelling questions left by Frozen. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
2.5/4 The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Brandy McDonnell Although it doesn't quite have the sweep you want from a historical epic, the battle scenes are exciting, the colorful depictions of Indian culture are gorgeous, and the heroine is worth rooting for. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
2.5/4 The Report (2019) Brandy McDonnell Jones spent five years compiling his 6,700-page report, and unfortunately, the movie feels at least this long, with the paper shuffling and screen scrolling occasionally broken up by flashbacks to the CIA black ops sites where the torture is happening. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Brandy McDonnell One of the best films of the year, Jojo Rabbit nimbly zips through the full gamut of emotions: It's by turns uproarious, warm, heart-rending, horrifying, silly, surreal, scary and joyous. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 Midway (2019) Brandy McDonnell It was a job only for the bold and brave, and there are worse ways to spend the lead-up to Veterans Day than remembering the men who risked and sacrificed their lives doing that job. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Brandy McDonnell Banderas earns his best actor prize from Frances' Cannes Film Festival -- and seems to be a shoo-in for an Oscar nod -- with his magnetic turn as Salvador Mallo, celebrated filmmaker plagued with a cavalcade of physical maladies. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Brandy McDonnell Disney fans weary of copycat live-action remakes of beloved animated film can enter a visually stunning fantasy realm with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Brandy McDonnell Though not as groundbreaking as its subject, the expansive documentary showcases the jazz icon's innovative, ever-changing musical style while at least acknowledging the damage his personal demons wrought... EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Brandy McDonnell [Moonlight Sonata] accomplishes a fundamental goal of art by allowing us to experience other people's lives, struggles and triumphs, hopefully furthering our understanding of what it means to be deaf in a world wired for sound. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/4 Joker (2019) Brandy McDonnell Joker is overly long, thematically murky and narratively uneven, with an unnecessary ending that, like a bad greasepaint job, ruthlessly highlights the film's flaws rather than concealing them. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Brandy McDonnell An empathetic and engrossing portrait of the latter days of Judy Garland, Judy powers past narrative pitfalls on the sheer might of Renee Zellweger's fearless embodiment of the ill-fated icon. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Brandy McDonnell It's not necessary to know anything about surrealism, Buñuel's influential work or 20th-century Spanish politics to appreciate the underlying coming-of-age story of a privileged young man learning to value the human lives around him. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Brandy McDonnell Listening to one of the most successful pop stars of the 1970s blast through many of her hits... with the warmth and might of a sunbeam for 95 minutes proves a beguiling pleasure worth soaking in. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Brandy McDonnell [It] practically qualifies as a modern moviemaking miracle. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/4 The Nightingale (2018) Brandy McDonnell A twisty, slow-burning thriller, The Nightingale is both shockingly violent and profoundly poignant as it unflinchingly counts the costs of cruelty, retribution and colonialism. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 Maiden (2018) Brandy McDonnell Like a rising tide, thrilling archival footage and still-timely female-empowerment themes lift the compelling documentary Maiden beyond the timeworn tropes of the underdog sports drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/4 Ready or Not (2019) Brandy McDonnell Unfortunately, it is a brutal disappointment, with a delicious premise that turns out to be a bland, gore-soaked mess rather than the macabre satirical feast I expected. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/4 Good Boys (2019) Brandy McDonnell Both the thin story and the bawdy jokes wear out before the credits roll, but the filmmakers pack a lot of genuine laughs into the short and surprisingly sweet 90-minute caper. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/4 The Farewell (2019) Brandy McDonnell Writer-director Lula Wang's autobiographical drama The Farewell delves into complex realities like family dynamics, cultural differences and terminal illness with elegant simplicity. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Brandy McDonnell For a music guy, Slater keeps his rock doc visually captivating with rare photographs, vintage TV performances and clips... the true stars of Echo in the Canyon are the timeless songs... EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
() Brandy McDonnell For those who don't speak Spanish, a few quips and asides may be lost in translation. But Lopez usually makes his intent clear as he effectively mines America's culture wars for plenty of chuckles. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Brandy McDonnell After more than two hours of smashing, crashing and bashing, the adrenaline wears off, the eye rolls can't be stopped and the latest Fast & Furious film feels slow and boring. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Fathers of Football (2018) Brandy McDonnell The Austin, Texas-based [director Bradley Beesley] scores a touchdown under the blazing "Friday night lights" with his feature-length sports documentary Fathers of Football. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 The Third Wife (2018) Brandy McDonnell Writer-director Ash Mayfair makes a hauntingly beautiful feature film debut with The Third Wife, a quietly devastating period drama based on her own family history. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Brandy McDonnell With a combo of dark, dry satire and sudden, shocking violence, Stearns' The Art of Self-Defense lands some canny punches as he fights absurd notions of modern masculinity, misogyny and isolation. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
2.5/4 The Lion King (2019) Brandy McDonnell With this caliber of technology, talent and story, The Lion King remake should be more than a flashy copycat. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/4 Yesterday (2019) Brandy McDonnell Yesterday will send you home singing and smiling, thinking and imagining, and to me, that's the kind of movie we need today. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Brandy McDonnell Toy Story is now a quartet of great movies, with a fantastic new installment to make audiences laugh, gasp and, yes, cry - again. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Brandy McDonnell It just feels like a movie with this much talent shouldn't be so lifeless, zombies notwithstanding. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 Late Night (2019) Brandy McDonnell It's a thrill to see a movie that not only boasts multiple dynamic, complex, lifelike female characters and but also allows all the characters to evolve in a realistic, satisfying way. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Brandy McDonnell Although Herzog's interviews occasionally yield some interesting tidbits, it feels like the juiciest morsels that could have been plucked from these meetings are left on the vine. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Brandy McDonnell Taking on the impossible task of filling in for the late Robin Williams, Smith does a fine job of making the part of the mighty, wise and uproarious Genie uniquely his. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/4 Amazing Grace (2018) Brandy McDonnell Depending on the raw footage means accepting certain flaws, from unfocused shots to wandering crew members, but they only add to the considerable charm of feeling like you're right there. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 Tolkien (2019) Brandy McDonnell Although it boasts a love of beauty and art, Tolkien leaves too much of the magic inherent in its subject untapped. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Brandy McDonnell Although it has its unnerving moments, it's a shame it doesn't get more scares out of such a promising setup. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
2.5/4 Missing Link (2019) Brandy McDonnell Even with the brief 95-minute runtime, the story bogs down in the middle, and one thing a movie about a bookish Sasquatch named Susan should probably never get is a little boring. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019