Spectrum Culture

Spectrum Culture is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David Harris, Dominic Griffin, Josh Goller, Kristen Lopez, Pat Padua
Rating Title/Year Author
Europa, Europa (1990) David Harris In a time when nationalism and hatred fuel political campaigns both in the United States and abroad, Europa Europa remains relevant. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.25/5 Come to Daddy (2019) Josh Goller Come to Daddy may not reach the frenzied, hallucinatory heights of Mandy, but even as a little brother it's not all that far off. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3.75/5.0 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Dominic Griffin ...[Yan]'s written her own ticket here, confidently managing the shifting tones between each character's subplot and proving as adept at framing action as she is at mixing charming comedy with some truly discomforting horror elements. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/5 Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Pat Padua Of course it begins with a kitten. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
1/5 John Henry (2020) Dominic Griffin For a film named after an iconic folk hero, John Henry is both uninspired and uninspiring, a mixed bag and missed opportunity that's as confounding as it is infuriating. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Dominic Griffin Ritchie is back to doing what he does best: sharp and stylish gangster pictures populated with sprawling casts, clever plotting and lots of cockney accents. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
2.5/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Josh Goller All we're left with in the end is sharp cinematography and dull plot. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Dominic Griffin Bad Boys for Life isn't exactly a ponderous treatise on cop morality or anything, but the film's principle conflicts are genuinely deeper than either of the preceding outings. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
1.5/5.0 Dolittle (2020) Dominic Griffin Gaghan has essentially never had a real hit and Universal let him make this monstrosity for nearly $200 mil. Maybe there's a lesson to be learned here. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.5/5.0 Inherit the Viper (2019) Dominic Griffin A competent debut for a new filmmaker and a reminder how good a clearly forgotten actor still is? That's not so bad for a movie with this crummy a title. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.5/5.0 Three Christs (2017) Dominic Griffin It's unfortunate that the film itself isn't as piercing and inventive as the performers inside of it, but it's reassuring that such talent can still shine even when encased in otherwise milquetoast surroundings. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/5 What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Dominic Griffin What She Said is a watchable exercise and entertaining enough for fans and detractors of Kael's work alike. Perhaps it's just a self-fulfilling prophecy that a movie about criticism is doomed to fall short in the eyes of a movie critic. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/5.0 Just Mercy (2019) Dominic Griffin In a year less populated by stellar Supporting Actor turns, Foxx would be a shoo-in for another Academy Award, but with so many showier and more zeitgeisty releases out this season, he, like Just Mercy, may fall through the cracks. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/5 Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) Pat Padua While the surrounding melodrama is stronger and more timely than usual, the fight scenes send out franchise star Donnie Yen on a relatively lackluster note. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.75/5 1917 (2019) David Harris We're supposed to spend the entire film/journey with just two British soldiers, but do we really care about them? Nah. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Diamonds of the Night (1964) David Harris Diamonds of the Night remains a crowing jewel in an important film movement that aches to be experienced. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.25/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Josh Goller A stark, turbulent and mesmerizing ride-along with one man's futile navigation of late capitalism's darker and more fickle realms. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
2.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Dominic Griffin ...Disney can move on with the real work now, picking the bones of whatever ephemera we comfortably identify as being "Star Wars" and repackaging it carefully so as to 1) sell Funko Pops and 2) try not to piss off anybody. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 Bombshell (2019) Dominic Griffin This is a coward's picture that is about to spend a few months getting patted on the back, as if anybody involved risked anything to bring it to life. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
1/5 Hell on the Border (2019) Dominic Griffin Not once throughout the film do the environs, sets or costuming immerse the viewer in the appropriate period, because the film's cinematography makes it all feel like a civil war cosplay captured on a cell phone. Bass Reeves deserves a better movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 Knives and Skin (2019) Dominic Griffin Unfortunately all the neon-lit cinematography and woozy score from Nick Zinner can't make up for how tired and affected this film's off-kilter tone feels. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 Little Joe (2019) Dominic Griffin Little Joe more closely resembles a shrewd music video or a knowing tech commercial than a prestige genre exercise. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 Dark Waters (2019) Dominic Griffin Dark Waters is special because it's not about dramatically building to an inevitable victory, but about the importance of fighting every day anyway, knowing such a conclusion may never come. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Dominic Griffin Queen & Slim is supposed to feel radical and a hard won exploration of finding freedom to exist in a world that doesn't care if you die, but its protagonists remain nameless until they're martyrs, trapped in the same cycle of poetic tragedy... EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 21 Bridges (2019) Dominic Griffin This is a movie being aggressively marketed to the Blue Lives Matter crowd without having to compromise much towards that same demographic's myopic view of society. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
The Piano Teacher (2001) David Harris The Piano Teacher is high art. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
2.25/5 The Mandela Effect (2019) Josh Goller The Mandela Effect spends far too much time on dry exposition, leaving little room for character development or a compelling narrative. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3.5/5 In Fabric (2018) Josh Goller It's Strickland's unrepentantly gleeful approach and artful handling of absurdity that allows In Fabric to transcend its B-movie material. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2019
3/5 It (1927) David Harris It isn't a complete waste of time, but what could have been sometimes outweighs what made it to the screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/5 War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) David Harris The motion-captured apes look amazingly real and convincing. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.25/5 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) David Harris Like its scruffy crew, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an affable and harmless way to spend a few hours. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
2.5/5 Alien: Covenant (2017) David Harris Alien: Covenant tries, but doesn't come close. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016) David Harris An appealing and harmless film that slyly subverts a genre long known for its unshakable touchstones. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
2.25/5 Passengers (2016) David Harris It all just panders too much. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 Silence (2016) David Harris Silence is an experience that makes us question our own resolve and tremble at its power. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.25/5 Julieta (2016) David Harris Though we never find out if Julieta and Antía reconcile, a strong hope pervades and the cathartic release we long desire is just around the bend. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.75/5 John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) David Harris Stahelski's kinetic direction keeps things moving, even if there are way too many shots to the head. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.75/5 Arrival (2016) David Harris This is an excellently made film that questions our notions of time, kindness and understanding. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
4.75/5 Manchester by the Sea (2016) David Harris Manchester by the Sea will restore your faith in the movies. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 Demon (2015) David Harris Rather than emulate the tropes of a joyous wedding, Demon feels like a funeral party that has stretched on for three generations. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.75/5 The Birth of a Nation (2016) David Harris Parker's passion for the project keeps the ship upright, even when the film veers towards grandiloquence. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 The Accountant (2016) David Harris Gavin O'Connor managed to take this crazy notion and a somewhat hackneyed script and make it into a solid action movie with a warming message. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 Hell or High Water (2016) David Harris Hell or High Water is appropriately elegiac for its subject matter, but Sheridan's script still offers many wry and humorous moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
4.25/5 Sausage Party (2016) David Harris It somehow manages to shock despite the lines Rogen and Goldberg (who helped write the screenplay) have crossed before in Superbad and This Is the End. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
2.75/5 Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) David Harris Lo and Behold presents an excellent start of a conversation, but...you won't be getting any answers here. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
1.75/5 The Light Between Oceans (2016) David Harris It's just a shame that Cianfrance, who showed so much promise at first, decided this would be the path his career should follow. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
1.75/5 Ghostbusters (2016) David Harris Worst of all, the movie just isn't funny. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
3.25/5 Don't Think Twice (2016) David Harris Birbiglia dips one toe into comedy, but he also grounds his film in reality. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4.75/5 63 Up (2019) David Harris It does the work of the best films, makes us think deeper about our own experiences with being human, how we relate to one another and our self - both the past and current iterations. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.75/5 Earthquake Bird (2019) Josh Goller An underwhelming, melodramatic story that culminates in a shaky ending dooms Earthquake Bird. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019