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
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
3/4 The Wind (2018) Brandy McDonnell Although the nonlinear narrative gets muddled and repetitive, The Wind remains incessantly scary, with haunting moments that linger after the credits have rolled. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 The Aftermath (2019) Brandy McDonnell Despite the promising premise, interesting characters and the leads' sparking chemistry, the results are unsatisfying for the post-World War II drama The Aftermath. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Brandy McDonnell Shazam is an uproarious showcase for the charming Levi, with an entertaining and heartwarming final act. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Brandy McDonnell Dumbo seems to coast on its familiar fairytale concept rather than fully taking flight. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/4 Us (2019) Brandy McDonnell In this era of sequels, reboots and cinematic universes, Peele is building a breakout reputation as a true original who is bringing back the element of surprise to his films. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Brandy McDonnell The Hidden World marks the beautiful culmination of so many of what the How to Train Your Dragon series has done so well. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Brandy McDonnell Like the venerable, versatile plastic bricks it's literally built on, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part imaginatively expands in fun, freewheeling ways on the cleverly rendered foundations of the original 2014 computer-animated feature. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/4 Glass (2019) Brandy McDonnell Although the execution isn't as clean as it could (and probably should be), Shyamalan's three-quel isn't like any other superhero movie you're likely to see this year. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Brandy McDonnell Although On the Basis of Sex sticks too closely to the standard conventions of fact-based underdog movies, [Director Mimi] Leder's storytelling has vibrancy that keeps the biopic from feeling dutiful. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/4 Leave No Trace (2018) Brandy McDonnell [Director Debra Granik] presents a nuanced, thought-provoking story about life on the fringes, and along the way, discovers and nurtures another star-caliber young talent in McKenzie with Leave No Trace. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Roma (2018) Brandy McDonnell Given Cuaron's stunning wide-screen black-and-white cinematography and the film's meticulous Dolby Atmos sound design, Roma is definitely worth a trip to the theater, but mostly, it just quietly demands to be seen. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Brandy McDonnell [A] vibrant adaptation of James Baldwin's novel. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Brandy McDonnell Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie give performances fit for queens in the surprisingly timely period drama Mary Queen of Scots. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
3.5/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Brandy McDonnell While not practically perfect in every way, the long-awaited follow-up Mary Poppins Returns musters plenty of magic to enchant nostalgic adults and willing youngsters alike. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4 The Favourite (2018) Brandy McDonnell Thanks to the bravura trio of actresses, The Favourite offers underneath a simple, timely, all-too-human tale of jealousy, survival and power. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Brandy McDonnell Friendship is a timeworn theme of family-friendly films, but Ralph Breaks the Internet handles it with nuance and insight that feels vital in these divisive times when differences of opinion and personality too often lead to broken bonds. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
2.5/4 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Brandy McDonnell It just feels like more cute but disposable holiday junk to clutter this increasingly overstuffed season. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/4 Wildlife (2018) Brandy McDonnell Dano and his cohorts have made an evocative film that will quietly break hearts but should also make Oklahomans' swell with state pride. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Brandy McDonnell With its smart, dynamic and nuanced heroine and its empowering fantasy story, I'm eager to take my 8-year-old daughter Brenna on a journey to The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Halloween (2018) Brandy McDonnell The new Halloween still has some of the same old slasher-movie problems... But in an era of complicated and even prestigious horror movies, it's also bloody good fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018