SassyMamaInLA

SassyMamaInLA is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Courtney Howard, Yolanda Machado
Rating Title/Year Author
Aladdin (2019) Yolanda Machado Though it's not without some noticeable flaws, the live action remake of Aladdin is a delight that kids are going to love. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
1.5/5 Assassin's Creed (2016) Courtney Howard A big pile of non-interactive, non-engaging nonsense. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Maleficent (2014) Yolanda Machado Overall - a fantastic fairy tale for today's new family. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
D The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Yolanda Machado Oh, this film is definitely, different, from all the Nutcrackers you know, but that doesn't really make it a good thing. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
B Smallfoot (2018) Yolanda Machado Though not an animated technological marvel, it is a humorous delight for all ages with a great message that encourages thought and challenging the status quo. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
A Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Yolanda Machado Thrilling and action packed, Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have set the platinum standard by which every action film that comes after Fallout will be measured. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018
Leave No Trace (2018) Courtney Howard In a year full of films that explore the precious nature of father-daughter dynamics, Granik's feature is a standout. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2018
B Skyscraper (2018) Courtney Howard It's an engaging, explosive thrill riot meant to be seen on the big screen - and it'll induce many a palm to sweat. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2018
Book Club (2018) Courtney Howard This Chardonnay-soaked, Nancy-Meyers-adjacent romcom gets it done, as it's smart, sexy, radiant, ebullient and refreshing. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
A- Tully (2018) Courtney Howard It's real and raw, bruising and bleak and honest to fault. All this makes it entirely wonderful as it's an unapologetic, unwavering, unvarnished look at motherhood. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018
Rampage (2018) Courtney Howard Though it shows the occasional blip of rollicking good camp and goofy charm, it primarily takes itself far too seriously for its own good. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2018
A- Flower (2017) Courtney Howard Pitch black humor combusts like fireworks in this refreshing, ribald, raucous tale. This is a cult classic that will endure. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2018
B Tomb Raider (2018) Yolanda Machado Finally- a video game movie that works! Based on the 2013 video game reboot, this Lara Croft origin story is gritty, grounded and a roadmap to what heroines should be. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2018
D- Gringo (2018) Courtney Howard Beleaguered by problematic pacing issues, scenarios that never snap together easily, and horrendously-drawn characters, this​ is a placebo for what should be a rousing, raucous romp. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
B+ Ghostbusters (2016) Courtney Howard It's absolutely hilarious, whip smart, a whole lot of fun and certainly the best studio tentpole you'll see this summer. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
A- Annihilation (2018) Courtney Howard Garland's riveting interpretation of the novel is a consciousness-altering trip that will alter audiences on a cellular and molecular level. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2018
A- Black Panther (2018) Yolanda Machado With gorgeous visuals from Wakanda to South Korea and back, vivid and bold Afrocentric costumes, and the support of some pretty bad-ass women, Black Panther is progressive, exciting, enveloping, and exactly what we all need in our lives right now. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2018
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Courtney Howard The Death Cure utterly fails to do anything surprising or spectacular that hadn't previously been laid out. It's a dead-end maze of questions the filmmakers themselves seem to be lost inside. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2018
The Greatest Showman (2017) Courtney Howard Do yourselves a favor: buy the soundtrack and make up your own plot to connect the dots in between the songs. What's there now is utterly tone-deaf. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
A Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Yolanda Machado Nothing can prepare you for what Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivers and that's exactly what makes so damn near perfect. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
A Coco (2017) Yolanda Machado Coco is here, and it is astoundingly beautiful. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
B- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Courtney Howard Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle captures a solid sense of exciting "B Movie" adventure, tying together a plot with resonant emotional stakes and characters you care about. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2017
A The Shape of Water (2017) Courtney Howard Guillermo Del Toro has crafted a soaring, heavenly feature that's both a love letter to cinema and an anthem for outsiders everywhere. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2017
Downsizing (2017) Courtney Howard The absurd dramedy's socially conscious aims, fantastical whimsy and heartfelt sentiments curdle by films end, becoming disingenuous, exploitative and utterly sluggish. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2017
2.5/5 Kong: Skull Island (2017) Courtney Howard That's not to say there's nothing good here. There is - it just could've been so much better. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2017
A- I, Tonya (2017) Courtney Howard Pivots the hero's journey and gives the infamous femme fatale her deserved win. It skates away with the gold. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2017
A Call Me by Your Name (2017) Courtney Howard This gorgeous story is an aching, haunting summer love that fills your heart with love. True to that summer love feeling, it's hard to shake this one. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
Unforgettable (2017) Courtney Howard By some sort of weird default, UNFORGETTABLE's title winds up being ironic. I only wish I could forget what I saw. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) Courtney Howard Some legends are better left buried. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
B- Everything, Everything (2017) Courtney Howard Director Stella Meghie's cinematic adaptation transports us back to teenagedom through fantastical whimsy, a soothing aesthetic, and knock-out performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
F Baywatch (2017) Courtney Howard It's as if we're seeing the product of no one behind the scenes caring about what's going in front of the camera. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
2/5 It Comes at Night (2017) Courtney Howard At its simplest form, this is highfalutin hokum. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
B- Rough Night (2017) Courtney Howard It mixes up a libation of female friendships, healthy masculinity, and subversive humor - then chases it with a shot of heart to balance out the debauchery. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
D The Book of Henry (2017) Courtney Howard The Book Of Henry feels like a piss-poor beach read, rather than something worth reading into. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
C+ Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Courtney Howard Why strip things down when you can just add more?! EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
A- Baby Driver (2017) Courtney Howard Wright has tapped a fuel-injected line into cinematic innovation. It's supercharged storytelling at its best. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
B+ Lady Macbeth (2016) Courtney Howard Director William Oldroyd's adaptation is an oxymoron of sorts, burning with rage and desire, yet so bone-chilling it gives frostbite. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Logan Lucky (2017) Courtney Howard The auteur who was smart enough to rethink the classic heist movie has returned with a turbocharged gasser, Logan Lucky, that once again puts him in the pole position. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
B- Megan Leavey (2017) Courtney Howard Not only is it a loving tribute to our heroes that place themselves in danger, but it's also a love letter to an unrecognized sect of heroes - K9's and their handlers. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Brad's Status (2017) Courtney Howard It serves as a reminder of something that an enlightened audience already knows. But for those who haven't embraced it yet, this may be more of a meaningful revelation. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
A- The Beguiled (2017) Courtney Howard This remake is a searing period piece, a Southern gothic drama that seeks to castrate destructive, toxic male energy, and the water comes to a slow boil before it scalds. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Justice League (2017) Courtney Howard It's a sad day when superheroes fail to show you why they are so super. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2017
A- The Disaster Artist (2017) Courtney Howard The hilarity and insanity will hook you, but the core of the film is male camaraderie and the indomitable spirit of an enigmatic 'auteur.' EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2017
I Do... Until I Don't (2017) Courtney Howard Don't say yes to this mess. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2017
A- It (2017) Courtney Howard Perfectly capturing the frights of the novel whilst adding new fears (and causing some tears), this bone-chilling masterwork is the horror book's pages sprung to life. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2017
mother! (2017) Courtney Howard An exemplary, psychological horror, whose nihilism is two sides of the same coin - obvious and nuanced, frightening and darkly funny, hopeful and pessimistic. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2017
F Flatliners (2017) Courtney Howard Lacking the same smarts, sass and scientific complexities as the original, there's nothing signifying why it needed to be brought back to life. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2017
D The Foreigner (2017) Courtney Howard Comes across less like the tense, character-driven page-turner you really want to see, and more like your dad's beach read that got all corroded in the hot sun and saltwater. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2017
B+ The Square (2017) Courtney Howard It's a satirical, wild ride. It's ART! EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2017
A The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Courtney Howard This psychological thriller is completely riveting, getting under your skin and staying there. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2017