The MacGuffin

The MacGuffin is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brooke Corso, Sarah Ksiazek
Rating Title/Year Author
C+ Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Sarah Ksiazek To put it bluntly, Birds of Prey is a mess, but so is Harley Quinn. How fitting. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
C+ The Rhythm Section (2020) Sarah Ksiazek An original character was there for a complex film that deserved her, but it lacked the backbone to support her story. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
B Bad Boys for Life (2020) Sarah Ksiazek The laugh out loud comedic bits are great and are what made the film for me. While this isn't some award-worthy film, it is precisely what Bad Boys for Life promises it to be, a hell of a good time. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
A+ The Gentlemen (2020) Sarah Ksiazek All you need to know about The Gentlemen is that it is Guy Ritchie's best film to date, hands down. I set my expectations low for the film and they were blown out of the park within the first 20 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
C+ Underwater (2020) Sarah Ksiazek It is a much better film than as I had pre-judged it, but it still has its flaws and suspensions of disbelief to contend with to make it a stronger film. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
B+ The Aeronauts (2019) Sarah Ksiazek he CGI, combined with some real balloon flight footage, makes for a beautiful film that makes the audience feel like they are in that basket with Amelia and James and vivid enough to make us avert our eyes when things go awry. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
B Waves (2019) Sarah Ksiazek It's a compelling dichotomy, which is shot beautifully, even if it is not conventional. Pair the story with a modern soundtrack and a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and you have something that appeals to the teenagers and the Gen X adults. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
C+ Honey Boy (2019) Sarah Ksiazek The film is not for everyone and lacks the excitement or drama that one would expect from a film of this subject. I found myself empathizing with Shia LaBeouf's childhood, but the film still fell flat for me. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- Marriage Story (2019) Sarah Ksiazek Marriage Story aims to be a sucker-punch of emotions, but Noah Baumbach has negated that some of the audience has naivety in regards to divorce. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- The Report (2019) Sarah Ksiazek The surprise of The Report is Annette Bening as longtime Senator Dianne Feinstein. With her perfectly coiffed hair into a signature style, large necklaces, and smart business suits, it was difficult to discern Bening from Feinstein. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
A Ford v Ferrari (2019) Sarah Ksiazek Not every "based on a true story" film manages to be worth your time, but Ford v Ferrari certainly is. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
B+ Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Sarah Ksiazek Terminator: Dark Fate is a stellar action film that has just about everything you could want in a Terminator sequel, except the continuation of the future that has been foretold to us by every other Terminator film. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
C- Black and Blue (2019) Sarah Ksiazek The audience has to suspend a lot of disbelief to enjoy Black and Blue and go with what the film is trying to sell you because much of it doesn't make any sense. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
A Joker (2019) Sarah Ksiazek The crowning achievement of Joker, other than Joaquin Phoenix's acting, is the film's score. Hildur Guðnadóttir composed one of the most iconic scores of the year. It is not an understatement that her score made the film for me. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
C- Ad Astra (2019) Sarah Ksiazek There is no joy in watching Roy's emotional journey, and it makes the film's story tedious and boring. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
A- Official Secrets (2019) Sarah Ksiazek With a stellar cast, this true story is brought to life and illuminates one of the important whistleblowers of modern times. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
B- It: Chapter Two (2019) Sarah Ksiazek Pennywise now carries with him a partially-deflated balloon. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ Easy Living (2017) Sarah Ksiazek The film is enjoyable, well shot, and has a cast of characters and actors that make it stand out among the many independent films vying for attention at SXSW... EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
B Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro (2015) Sarah Ksiazek Tig's comedy is not for everyone, and this film is also not for everyone. It is an interesting entry into the comedians' documentary genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
C The Lion King (2019) Sarah Ksiazek If people have never heard of or seen the original animated film, they might be awe-struck by this new film, but for those who have seen the original or possibly obsessed over it for many, many years, it is a failure of creativity and an unnecessary film EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
C Midsommar (2019) Sarah Ksiazek The difference between Ari Aster's two films is that Midsommar is not scary, not in the slightest. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
A+ The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Sarah Ksiazek It is hypnotic in its style and has highs and lows in its story, allowing its main character to grow and endeavor to become the man he wants to be EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
B- Papi chulo (2018) Sarah Ksiazek I wanted Papi Chulo to be about a friendship between two men who would ordinarily never meet or speak to each other. While this kind of friendship is what initially transpires between Sean and Ernesto, it is much more about the heartache of Sean. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
B The Hustle (2019) Sarah Ksiazek While I will not say it is not the best comedy of the year, the comedic prowess of Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway is top notch, and it is a film that both men and women will enjoy. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
B- Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Sarah Ksiazek Joe Berlinger stepped out of his comfort zone and made a decent biopic. The revelation of what Bundy is capable of in the last few minutes of the film had the most impact, sending an icy chill down your back. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
B- Little Monsters (2019) Sarah Ksiazek Regardless of how childish and stupid the story comes off as, the film exudes many laughs from its audience, including quite a few from myself. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
B The Aftermath (2019) Sarah Ksiazek The unexpected character development of the three main characters will surprise the audience, and the ending is not going to be popular with many EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
A Them That Follow (2019) Sarah Ksiazek There is plenty to love about Them That Follow. The story is original with layers to peel back and examine for each character and it all unfolds being played by a superb cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
A+ Running With Beto (2019) Sarah Ksiazek He is hitting the ground running, and at the end of the film, the audience feels hopeful about what this man and his family have coming to them in the future. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
C The Kid (2019) Sarah Ksiazek What comes from this casting are some questionable scenes where acting was not on par with other performances in the film. Had some other actors been cast, the film could have come off stronger but instead felt stunted and off in several scenes. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
C Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Sarah Ksiazek The film serves more like a powerful vehicle to show off Ronan's dramatic talent and Robbie's new-found range than to enlighten anyone about what actually happened to Mary and her relationship with Elizabeth. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
A Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Sarah Ksiazek Fans of this series know where all these Fantastic Beasts films are heading and this film is an impressive and thrilling stepping stone to that end. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
A Widows (2018) Sarah Ksiazek Widows is a whirlwind of character revelations and transformations, and there is a gradual build-up to the climax through unexpected twists and turns. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
A- The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Brooke Corso For the old man, he can't help but catch one more wave. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
C+ Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Brooke Corso To play any icon is like walking a tightrope above a rapaciously protective fanbase, but Malek embodies the man and the mystery he both detested and promoted. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
B Wildlife (2018) Sarah Ksiazek Paul Dano has created a compelling examination of the nuclear family in the 1960s and the consequences when it falls apart. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
B+ Blaze (2018) Brooke Corso [The] titular character was anything but a rhinestone cowboy: a poet as hypersensitive to the sparks of life emanating from the trees and campfires and pool halls he haunted as to the distractions of regret, lust, or self-doubt. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
B Unsane (2018) Brooke Corso At times the film is a darkly comedic glimpse into the treatment of the mentally ill, including Juno Temple as Sawyer's vicious and crude bunkmate, Violet, and Jay Pharaoh as Nate, the only patient sympathetic to her argument. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2018
C+ Hardcore Henry (2015) Brooke Corso Pugilism is the dialogue of movement, and Henry doesn't stop yammering until the last second. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
D The Forest (2016) Brooke Corso By the time the film reaches its ridiculous ending, it has stretched our disbelief to the point of failing to see the point for the trees. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
B Loev (2015) Brooke Corso Loev is at its most beautiful and heartbreaking when it focuses on what is said when the characters aren't speaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
B+ A Stray (2016) Brooke Corso A Stray, directed by Musa Syeed, is about the symbiosis of faith in God and in oneself. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
B Rainbow Time (2016) Brooke Corso Rainbow Time is about two brothers trying to achieve a semblance of control through the lens of a camera, where any insecurity can be spliced, edited, and erased. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
B+ Mistress America (2015) Brooke Corso Mistress America is about beginnings and faith and the people willing to try, no matter how fruitless a quest seems. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
A Phoenix (2014) Brooke Corso The film is more of a companion piece to noir thrillers of the late '30s and early '40s, with its German Expressionist skeleton looming over the frame. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
C+ Everest (2015) Brooke Corso Everest is three-fourths guide through the unrelenting onslaught of nature and one-fourth regretting the tour. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
B+ Brooklyn (2015) Brooke Corso [Brooklyn] echoes the persona of the young woman eager to make her own life but admittedly scared of the quest itself, taking each step away from her old life at her own unique pace. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
C+ Ricki and the Flash (2015) Brooke Corso Diablo Cody has written a script in which the characters themselves are well-drawn, but there isn't enough time or space on the page to devote fully to each drama that is presented. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
D Sinister 2 (2015) Brooke Corso By the tortured end (for the viewer), we are left with the inquietude of another sequel coming. From the mouth of madness, we know this story won't end. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
B Finders Keepers (2015) Brooke Corso [Finders Keepers] is about a crutch that a person can use to justify a behavior cycled over and over, whipping friends and family into the centrifuge of celebrity, delusion, and self-pity. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017