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
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Chris McCoy In the hands of a director less skilled and empathetic than Marielle Heller, a film like this could easily spiral into the maudlin. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Parasite (2019) Chris McCoy Parasite is at once a comedy and a Hitchcockian thriller with shades of mid-period Cohen Bros thrown in for good ironic measure. This film is a solid must-see for anyone who values quality filmmaking with something to say. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Us (2019) Chris McCoy Us roots itself in the subconscious from the get-go, and then weaponizes it against you. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Chris McCoy The way Long Shot differentiates itself from the sexist sitcom cliche is by exploring the difficulty men have in ceding power to women, even if-perhaps especially if-the women are clearly more skilled and intelligent. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Stranded in Canton (2005) Chris McCoy Memphis attracts eccentrics, and William Eggleston hung out with the best of them. And by "best" I mean "weirdest". EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Chris McCoy Every now and then, a movie comes along that is so of its time that it comes to define its time. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Chris McCoy Spider-Man works better when he's alone, just a scared high school kid trying to negotiate a crazy world where Jake Gyllenhaal wears a fishbowl on his head. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Chris McCoy Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is something Tarantino hasn't been in a long time-fun. If that seems like a strange thing to say about a film centered on the gruesome cult murder of seven people, that's because it's not really what the film is about. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Chris McCoy Did the world really need another blowhard Arthur and a Round Table of gritty, humorless fanatics? The Kid Who Would Be King's good-natured positivity seems much more appropriate to the moment. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Vice (2018) Chris McCoy What do you do about a problem like Dick Cheney? EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
What Men Want (2019) Chris McCoy One of these days, someone's going to write a leading role worthy of Taraji P. Henson. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Chris McCoy Ghost in the Shell covered similar thematic territory, but Alita is superior in every way. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Chris McCoy The kids who first discovered How to Train Your Dragon are teenagers now, contemplating their place in the world, and their animated friends have grown up with them. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Five Feet Apart (2019) Chris McCoy Ask any high school teacher - or, for that matter, any high schooler - and they'll tell you the surest way to get two teenagers to fall in love is to tell them they can't see each other. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Chris McCoy Pet Sematary is a perfectly functional little horror movie. It doesn't truck in '80s nostalgia, and its significant changes to the source material mostly turn out to be improvements. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Missing Link (2019) Chris McCoy If only the other elements of Missing Link were as strong as the visuals, we'd have a masterpiece on our hands. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Chris McCoy As the dust clears, Disney stands like Thanos astride Earth-616. They have won, but what kind of world is left behind? EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
John Wick (2014) Chris McCoy John Wick is the slick, empty, cruel hero the age of Trump deserves - but hey, at least he likes dogs! EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Chris McCoy I didn't hate this movie, but the laughs never reached critical mass for me, either. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Chris McCoy As the puny humans flail, Godzilla, the Cary Grant of giant monsters, emerges with his dignity intact. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Chris McCoy It's an ignominious end to a once-great franchise and a once-proud studio. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Chris McCoy The existence of Forky (Tony Hale) foregrounds all sorts of existential questions that hover around the Toy Story premise. He asks the first one himself: "Why am I alive?" Best not to think about it too much, Forky. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Chris McCoy Jim Jarmusch's primary directing mode has always been that of the observer. He favors letting things play out in long takes, the better to get to know his characters, warts and all. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Chris McCoy The kids today, they want reality. Remember Beauty and the Beast? Remember how much better it was when that singing candlestick looked real? It was $1.2 billion better. Imagine that, but with lions. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Chris McCoy Written and directed by Lulu Wang, The Farewell plays out around dinner tables like an Ira Sachs family drama with a cutting, deadpan sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Chris McCoy Good bones are what keep Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark upright. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Chris McCoy Good Boys knows how to successfully apply the Superbad formula but never manages to rise above it. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Chris McCoy Ready or Not is a nasty little bit of exploitation satire in the tradition of Little Shop of Horrors, and I'm frankly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Chris McCoy It doesn't really hold together as a movie, but if you're invested in It, you'll probably dig It Chapter Two, even though it's really long and a bit of a slog in places. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Chris McCoy What holds it all together is a fantastic performance by Brad Pitt. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Joker (2019) Chris McCoy Where did the Joker come from? What's up with the clown schtick? Is his mom named Martha? All these questions and more are answered definitively by director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix, and it only takes two ponderous hours. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Chris McCoy I call these "sadstronaut" movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Current War (2017) Chris McCoy This is a complex story with huge historical repercussions and potentially something to say about our own late-stage capitalist moment. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Chris McCoy Making fun of Nazis by directly portraying Hitler onscreen is making comedy with the difficulty level turned up to maximum. Waititi is up to the challenge. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Chris McCoy The funny thing about Doctor Sleep is that it is not so much a horror movie as a good, old-fashioned supernatural thriller. It's more Dark Shadows than Halloween. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019