Memphis Flyer

Memphis Flyer is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chris McCoy
Rating Title/Year Author
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Chris McCoy In this time of darkness, Byrne and Lee say we can once again come together to pursue that elusive dream of utopia. With this singularly joyous film, they are leading by example. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Save Yourselves! (2020) Chris McCoy Shot before the pandemic, Save Yourselves! captures the feeling of isolation, and having your worst fears realized on the regular. If that's not relatable in 2020, I don't know what is. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
The Social Dilemma (2020) Chris McCoy Hi, my name's Chris, and I'm a social media addict. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Mulan (2020) Chris McCoy Unlike some movies in the $100-million club, Mulan puts the money on the screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Tenet (2020) Chris McCoy Tenet addresses some important themes, such as the dangers of technology concentrating world-shattering powers in the hands of unaccountable individuals, but it treats the world as an abstraction of physics, not as a real place where real people live. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Chris McCoy I have great admiration for films that know exactly what they want to do and spend all their time doing it. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Class Action Park (2020) Chris McCoy The wave pool had a "death zone". EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Desert One (2019) Chris McCoy Barbara Kopple is one of America's greatest and most important documentary directors. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
An American Pickle (2020) Chris McCoy An American Pickle is about the feeling that the past would be disappointed in the present. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Chris McCoy Call it Panic Attack: The Motion Picture. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
The Old Guard (2020) Chris McCoy The good news is, The Old Guard is better than Highlander II - but that's true of literally every movie ever. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Chris McCoy It's like two dozen character sketches stuck together with gum found under a bar table, and I mean that as a compliment. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Chris McCoy If you're going to play in the Ramis/Murray sandbox, you better bring your A game. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
Hamilton (2020) Chris McCoy No soundstage-bound film will ever match the blood-and-guts heroism of these glorious humans facing a full house on a Friday night. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Chris McCoy Spike Lee does not make tidy movies. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
Shirley (2020) Chris McCoy The real fireworks happen when the camera is pointed at Elisabeth Moss. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
How to Build a Girl (2019) Chris McCoy How to Build a Girl succeeds as a feminist Almost Famous because Feldstein is so successful at tracing the critic's arc from naiveté to cynicism to, finally, hard-won sincerity. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2020
Crip Camp (2020) Chris McCoy It's an exquisitely crafted documentary with humor and pathos that will forever change the way you look at sidewalk wheelchair ramps. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
Beastie Boys Story (2020) Chris McCoy What Beastie Boys Story lacks in detail, it makes up for in pathos, a word you probably wouldn't have associated with the guys who wrote "Cooky Puss." EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
Uncorked (2020) Chris McCoy One thing Uncorked gets right about Memphis barbecue is the deeply personal connection our restaurateurs have with their cuisine. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2020
Wendy (2020) Chris McCoy Just sit back and let the beauty of Wendy flow over you, and escape to Neverland for a few precious minutes. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Chris McCoy This isn't a film about "what would you do if you could be invisible?" It's about domestic abuse. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Chris McCoy It's a grizzled Harrison Ford and a St. Bernard tromping through the idyllic Canadian wilderness. I may be a sardonic film critic, but I'm not made of stone. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
The Photograph (2020) Chris McCoy The question becomes, will Mae and Michael make the same mistake of sacrificing happiness for success? One thing's for sure: They're going to look good doing it. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Chris McCoy The journey of Harley from henchwoman to antagonist, and her determination to get out from under the shadow of her more famous boyfriend, is where the energies of the all-woman creative team have been directed. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
Honeyland (2019) Chris McCoy It's a humane and fascinating story told with nuance and compassion for all of its subjects EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Chris McCoy It's Smith and Lawrence who redeem this film, to the extent that it is redeemed. They're both miraculously well-preserved, their chemistry is great, and Smith's movie-star charisma is set to stun. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Roma (2018) Chris McCoy Fundamentally, it's a character piece about Chloe. Aparicio's placid, yet expressive face sometimes recalls Renée Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc. Hers is a brilliant, unmannered performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Chris McCoy Director Barry Jenkins has broken the rule that mediocre books make the best movies. He takes Baldwin's dauntingly nonlinear literary structure and makes it smooth and easily understandable. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Chris McCoy Impossible shots coupled with a breezy screenplay make this the most fun superhero movie since Sam Raimi shot an upside down Toby Maguire kissing Kirsten Dunst. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Creed II (2018) Chris McCoy Creed II is like the best parts of Rocky II-V hot glued together. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Green Book (2018) Chris McCoy Green Book is well-meaning and competently made, but anodyne and ultimately ephemeral entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Chris McCoy On an artistic level, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an unreserved success. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Chris McCoy It's charming and self-aware, but not enough to really elevate Ralph Breaks The Internet beyond a routine kid-pleasing pot boiler. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Chris McCoy For most of Crimes, Rowling, who wrote the screenplay, and director David Yates, who brought the original Potter film octalogy to its conclusion, chase one subplot after another and end up nowhere. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Wildlife (2018) Chris McCoy Wildlife is the inside story of a family burning down, but it is also a tale of toxic masculinity and capitalism's spiritual toll. It's a work that bridges the intimate and expansive with deceptive ease. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Chris McCoy This is record label-approved hagiography, and those doing the approving seem to see Mercury's sexual orientation as a character flaw he must overcome. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Chris McCoy Lowery, who had the unenviable task of directing someone who has both a Best Director and Best Picture Oscar, is at the top of his game. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
First Man (2018) Chris McCoy There are flashes of brilliance in First Man, but like the stuck thruster that almost killed Neil Armstrong before he ever got to the moon, the shoddy photography sends the whole thing spinning out of control. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
A Star Is Born (2018) Chris McCoy This is high melodrama of a kind rarely seen these days, or executed this well at any time. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
The Nun (2018) Chris McCoy If you're ready to kick off horror season a few weeks early, there are lots of opportunities to do better than this tedious nun-sense. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Chris McCoy The film succeeds because Chu and company are strongly empathetic toward the targets of their comedy. The foibles of the Crazy Rich Asians are just like ours, only more expensive. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Alpha (2018) Chris McCoy Alpha ultimately won me over with its pluck. It's not a perfect movie, but its heart is in the right place, and that's what counts. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
The Meg (2018) Chris McCoy Like every other shark movie ever. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Chris McCoy In Washington and Driver, Lee finds two actors who understand his methods and deliver exceptional performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Chris McCoy In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, things just kind of happen to provide excuses to sing listlessly. These renditions are so flat and lifeless, they make the original versions sound raw and edgy. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Chris McCoy It's probably impossible to make a film that captures 2018's insane zeitgeist, but Boots Riley has come uncomfortably close. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
The King (2017) Chris McCoy The King is required viewing for not just Elvis fans and Memphians, but anyone who strives to understand the state of our sprawling democratic experiment. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Chris McCoy Reed's playful sense and light touch manages to avoid superhero fatigue for the most part EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
The First Purge (2018) Chris McCoy Visually, this film is the best of the franchise, which have always leaned heavily on good production design and let the cuts fall where they may. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020