Splice Today

Splice Today is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Stephen Silver
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Luce (2019) Stephen Silver A film that touches the third rails in 2019 America, it walks a tight rope but manages to remain mostly upright. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
4.5/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Stephen Silver The comedy comes from all angles, and nearly all of it succeeds. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
1/5 The Kitchen (2019) Stephen Silver Wastes a talented cast, as well as a premise that starts off promising but then goes off the rails quickly. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
4/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Stephen Silver The new film doesn't break any new ground, and at times it gets away from its core strengths, but it does enough right to make itself worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
4/5 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Stephen Silver Uses a massive amount of archival footage to give us an illuminating look into the life of the legendary newsman EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
4.5/5 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Stephen Silver Crowe is finally able to use his musical and journalistic expertise for something cinematically positive for the first time since Almost Famous EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
3.5/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Stephen Silver May be the first documentary ever made in which the subject is the relationship a former lover of the director had with another man EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Stephen Silver A fascinating, moving examination of Chinese-American assimilation, family, and letting go of dying loved ones- and, it's hilarious. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Stephen Silver It's fun, but in no way groundbreaking. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Stephen Silver Ari Aster fulfills the potential he showed intermittingly in Hereditary and cements himself as a rising filmmaker worth watching. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4.5/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Stephen Silver An assured, visually stunning look at San Francisco, against the backdrop of a sad history that informs just about every frame EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
2.5/5 Shaft (2019) Stephen Silver The film's politics may be somewhat reactionary and informed by lazy Millennial-bashing, but it has its moments. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4.5/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Stephen Silver In a year of very good music documentaries, this is probably the best one yet. (Living Life Fearless) EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 Late Night (2019) Stephen Silver A witty comedy that's of the moment, while making some points that are somewhat surprising. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
1/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Stephen Silver The X-Men franchise has its most listless outing yet with Dark Phoenix, which in just about every respect, from acting to action, is sub-par. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Stephen Silver Unlike Bohemian Rhapsody, the new Elton John biopic is less beholden to clichés and doesn't feel the need to soft-pedal the fact that its protagonist is gay. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Stephen Silver Has its work cut out for it, as Berg is not only long dead, but so are most of the people who knew him, and he was a famously secretive man. But the film does a good job explaining what it can about Moe Berg the man. (Living Life Fearless) EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (2018) Stephen Silver The tale it tells is strange and weird in many ways, but there's no doubt that it's a great story (Living Life Fearless) EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Stephen Silver Gets most of its key elements right, but the Will Smith performance as the Genie is full of miscalculations large and small. (Philly Voice) EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4.5/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Stephen Silver The Beach Bum is a film about a hedonistic and amoral man who is constantly cheered by adoring crowds, and never suffers the slightest consequences for consistently abhorrent behavior. What else could the film be about? (Living Life Fearless) EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 Burning Cane (2019) Stephen Silver The most impressive element, to me, is the performance by Wendell Pierce as a minister, one that recalls that of Ethan Hawke in last year's First Reformed. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4.5/5 Plus One (2019) Stephen Silver From the plot description it sounds like a rote, high-concept rom-com, but its leads are so wonderful, and so surprising, that it pushes this film to another gear. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 () Stephen Silver Blind Melon wasn't nearly as good a band as Nirvana- "No Rain" was their lone hit- but their home-movies doc is much better than Kurt Cobain's (Living Life Fearless) EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 () Stephen Silver A fine look at Hutchence, who hasn't gotten nearly enough recognition over the years as one of rock's most magnetic frontmen (Living Life Fearless) EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
1/5 The Hustle (2019) Stephen Silver Disjointed, structured poorly, and not funny. Most of its gags die on the vine, it fails to make the most of its cast, and it's difficult to care about anything that's going on on screen. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 Knock Down the House (2019) Stephen Silver Gives a first-hand look at AOC's unique political talents and skills. But it doesn't shed new light on AOC's rise, or show us much that we didn't already experience less than a year ago. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 Long Shot (2019) Stephen Silver A traditional romcom that also says a lot about media and politics, while at the same time serving as a plea for reconciliation between the Hillary and Bernie wings of the Democratic Party. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Stephen Silver hile it doesn't shed much new light on the LeRoy story, nevertheless works as a character study that's buoyed by a pair of strong performances. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Stephen Silver What's great about this film, and the series overall, is that the action is so well-executed. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Stephen Silver A satisfying end to an era and worthy of its size and hype EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
1.5/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Stephen Silver Perhaps the worst imaginable version of one of my favorite types of movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 High Life (2018) Stephen Silver it's different: there are no aliens, little science, and more sexuality than is typical for the genre. It's also thought-provoking in a way that's not predictable. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 Official Secrets (2019) Stephen Silver Would make a fine double feature with 2009's In the Loop, another British film about the combination of malevolence and cowardice that led to the start of the Iraq War (Broad Street Review) EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
4.5/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Stephen Silver A fascinating, funny, and very timely satire of masculinity (Broad Street Review) EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 Guava Island (2019) Stephen Silver Odd, and at times feels like a goof. But it encapsulates the filmmaking style of Glover, Murai and Co., and I was entertained throughout (Philadelphia Weekly) EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 Screwball (2018) Stephen Silver If you preferred the scumbag version of ARod, you're likely to enjoy Screwball, which looks back on the Biogenesis scandal EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Stephen Silver It's grounded, funny, and seems to take place in the real world, with something that was notably missing from the early DCEU pictures: joy. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Stephen Silver The two forces in Hollywood most associated with unnecessary remakes-Tim Burton and Disney-have joined forces to produce one of the most unnecessary remakes of all EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
5/5 Us (2019) Stephen Silver Combines masterful visuals with dense storytelling, and a half-dozen instant-classic sequences. And it's scary as hell. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Wonder Park (2019) Stephen Silver Enjoyable, even if it lifts most of its structural ideas from similar films of the past, most notably Pixar's Inside Out. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 The Dirt (2019) Stephen Silver It's not great, but it's undoubtedly a better film than "Bohemian Rhapsody," even if the music isn't nearly as good. (Philadelphia Weekly) EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Stephen Silver Even if you're not a NASA buff, there's still legitimate suspense, and it's thrilling. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Stephen Silver Arrives in theaters as an adequate superhero film, complete with many of the strengths and weaknesses of the genre. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Stephen Silver If you've been a fan of the How to Train Your Dragon series but were really hoping to one day see Toothless the dragon take a dragon wife, I have some great news. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Stephen Silver "A relatively unconventional heist picture, both in structure and in execution, helped by an understated, wonderful performance by Ben Affleck" EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4.5/5 High Flying Bird (2019) Stephen Silver It's a sports film with almost no sports, that also, somewhat sneakily, adds up to a message consistent with that of the Sports Left. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Stephen Silver In everything from writing to humor to songs, the sequel is operating at about 75 percent capacity of the first film EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
2/5 Miss Bala (2019) Stephen Silver Yet another story of an American with no experience as a criminal going down to Mexico, battling toe-to-toe with dangerous, murderous drug dealers, and coming out on top. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
4/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Stephen Silver "A film so weird, so offbeat, and so out of nowhere, that it's the sort of release that major studios never take risks on anymore" (Philadelphia Weekly) EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
3/5 Serenity (2019) Stephen Silver Has its moments, and its half-hearted release may have more to do with what a hard sell its story is, or perhaps awards season strategy, than its overall quality. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019