is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Luke Y. Thompson, Mark Keizer, Ray Greene, Tim Cogshell, Wade Major
Rating Title/Year Author
3.0 Speed of Life (2019) Tim Cogshell Though it may not get the mechanics of quantum physics exactly right, SPEED LIFE gets everything else about how the universe works just about perfect. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Cats (2019) Mark Keizer The only performance that resonated with me was Ian McKellan's take on Gus the Theater Cat. His song about the good old days was a highlight, mainly because it reminded me of the good old days before I entered the theater to watch this horrible film. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Cats (2019) Wade Major Showgirls with fur. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Tim Cogshell Long, meandering and constantly looping back onto itself - which is less fan service than just a lack of cleverness. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Mark Keizer [A]rbitrary, convenient and yet, somehow, fine, which is in line with J.J.'s script (co-written with Chris Terrio), which is similarly arbitrary, convenient and yet, somehow, fine. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Wade Major I don't mean to say that this is a garbage film, but it's not a good film. It's a lazy, sloppy, presumptuous movie that shows no respect whatsoever for fans. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
The Cave (2019) Ray Greene May this film be widely honored, and thereby widely seen. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/5 A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Mark Keizer Woody, too old to flirt with a pretty young thing, has split up the chore amongst multiple older characters, as if that would somehow dilute the ick factor. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/5 The Laundromat (2019) Mark Keizer With a distancing attitude of high-minded impertinence and an absurdist humor that circles the target but can't quite hit it, The Laundromat doesn't feel irreverent. It feels irrelevant. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4.5/5 Joker (2019) Mark Keizer Creates its own world of dank, hopeless urban alienation and tells its own tale of class-based chaos and its newfound champion. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
2.5/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Ray Greene Oh dear God another three hour long Quentin Tarantino movie is upon us - a film simultaneously so languid and so filled to bursting with Tarantino's ticks, mannerisms and periodic greatness it's both a chore and a delight to witness. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
2/4 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Ray Greene Too busy slotting [Crosby's] life into a tediously archetypal baby boomer narrative to make space for the elephant in the room: Crosby's talent, rampaging away just offscreen. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/4 Ophelia (2018) Luke Y. Thompson If Ridley's goal was to showcase her acting ability, mission accomplished. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Wade Major It dares to wrestle with big, existential issues, confront some surprisingly grown up questions and take enormous narrative risks. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/4 Shazam! (2019) Mark Keizer Had Shazam! been given the green light to forgo world-building and genre considerations to concentrate harder on its strengths, it would have been something very special instead of just very refreshing. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
3.5 Us (2019) Tim Cogshell Us is a horror movie that poses a couple of simple questions; "Who are we?" and "How can we be sure, who we are?" Questions about which Peele speculates, wildly. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/4 Insyriated (2017) Wade Major ...the real horror of war is not found in the bloodletting of combat... but in the individualized toll it takes on simple people - human beings reduced to their basest survival instincts... EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Wade Major Mary Poppins Returns is neither a sequel nor a reboot, but an evil twin... EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2018
3.5 The Devil We Know (2018) Tim Cogshell If you're under the age of 60 Teflon is in your bloodstream. This is a well documented fact that... Dupont and 3M acknowledge in documents and - when pressed - under oath. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
3/5 Hal (2018) Mark Keizer A diverting, surface-level primer on Ashby's '70s-synonymous career that works by virtue of such an appreciation being long overdue. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 Mandy (2018) Mark Keizer A mesmerizing concept album of B-movie artistry where the style is the substance. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 Thunder Road (2018) Mark Keizer The thrill of Thunder Road is witnessing the out-of-nowhere emergence of Cummings as a fully-formed artist. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
3.5/5 Whitney (2018) Mark Keizer (Director Kevin) Macdonald...has a detective's mind and a craftsman's eye. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
2.5/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Mark Keizer After its first episodic hour, I found myself struggling against a growing disappointment as I wondered if Audiard was going to take us anywhere particularly adventuresome or truly new. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2018
2/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Mark Keizer What might have been a career-encompassing statement from the 77-year-old Gilliam about his approach to life and moviemaking is...tired, compromised and rather cheap-looking. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
2.5/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Mark Keizer An expertly manufactured hunk of corporate moviemaking whose success will mostly depend upon one's appetite for slow push-ins of astonished or terrified scientists. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2018
2.5/5 Hotel Artemis (2018) Mark Keizer Maintains interest, if not investment, for those predisposed to the urban doom and gloom of films such as Escape from New York. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
Money Monster (2016) Mark Keizer Asks us to revisit emotions we've already processed and would rather relive as comedy - something The Big Short accomplished to Oscar-winning effect. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
1.5 of 4 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ray Greene In his universally acceptable dreaminess and broad likability, Alden Ehrenreich is a walking hedge, a human limitation of risk. It's the movie star as politician. And that's not what I go to movies for. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Mark Keizer Bless its profane, bloody, fourth wall-breaking heart. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2018
3/4 Ready Player One (2018) Wade Major I enjoyed it enough to feel as if I'd gotten a real theatrical experience out of it - but I also felt exhausted by the experience and a little bit sad for what it represented... EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/4 Oh Lucy! (2017) Wade Major ...sensitive, penetrating and frequently unsettling study of one woman's battle with regret... EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2018
4/5 Amy (2015) Mark Keizer A definitive, deeply felt look at this tragic and troubled talent. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
3.5/5 Sully (2016) Mark Keizer A purposeful argument in favor of a dying breed: the durable, honorable American male. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
3/5 Ant-Man (2015) Mark Keizer Most Marvel movies are too much. This one is just enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
3.5/5 Star Trek Beyond (2016) Mark Keizer Chris Pine and company are shedding the baggage of previous iterations and putting their own modest stamp on the franchise. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
4/5 Steve Jobs (2015) Mark Keizer A typically Sorkin-esque collection of high octane, highly literate, verbal jousts that manages the neat trick of exalting Steve Jobs while also crucifying him. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
3/5 Interstellar (2014) Mark Keizer Watching Christopher Nolan fall short is still more exciting than watching most other directors succeed. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
2.5/5 Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Mark Keizer Based on approximately 615 minutes worth of evidence, the series probably won't get much better than Age of Extinction, which is less a recommendation than a statement of resignation. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
3.5/5 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Mark Keizer (Whedon is) less a thinker than a teaser, throwing out an inexhaustible amount of ticklish ideas and tasty images that thrill from moment to moment then disappear from memory. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
4/5 The Martian (2015) Mark Keizer In an era of "look at me" CGI fireworks, here's a movie with a "let's work together" emphasis on problem-solving and teamwork. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
3/5 X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Mark Keizer With Singer again at the helm, Apocalypse maintains enough visual elegance and emotional credibility to preserve its status as the superhero series made by, and for, adults. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
4/5 Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Mark Keizer In the post-movie star age, (Cruise) is, with apologies to a certain Austrian bodybuilder whose drawing power is all but terminated, the last action hero EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
4/5 Isle of Dogs (2018) Mark Keizer An endlessly rewarding visual feast that taps into something joyously elemental about putting yourself in the hands of a master director and allowing yourself to be entranced by a film. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Mark Keizer Wes Anderson's overly considered cinematic world has never felt so expansive, enveloping, and infectiously fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2018
2/5 The Great Wall (2016) Mark Keizer (The Great Wall) doesn't prove how much China can spend on a movie, it proves how much China can waste on one. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2018
3.5/5 Logan (2017) Mark Keizer Even if the dire tone gives off the whiff of calculation, its violence and profanity are liberating, a closing of the gap between comic book fantasy and life as we recognize it. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2018
3/5 Alien: Covenant (2017) Mark Keizer Covenant advances the mythology established by Prometheus but doesn't feel burdened by it. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2018
2/5 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Mark Keizer It wants us to believe it's trafficking in topical notions of politics, religion, and moral ambiguity, but its main currency is our contemporary penchant for hip and affected pessimism. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2018
3.5/5 Annihilation (2018) Mark Keizer An intoxicating and unnerving sci-fi offering, one whose images tease and stimulate, more than confuse and create distance. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018