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
The Fly (1986) David Harris Even stranger avenues would come, but The Fly would move Cronenberg to the A-list and even 35 years later, it still retains the power to shock. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
36/100 Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Pat Padua A frequently tedious, frustrating brew. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
55/100 Billie (2019) Pat Padua Doesn't quite do justice to either of [its] fascinating subjects. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
2/5 News of the World (2020) David Harris Good intentions aside, we can be pretty sure Greengrass never set out to make something as boring as News of the World. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
80/100 Another Round (2020) David Harris Mikkelsen, who also worked with Vinterberg in The Hunt, is the director's secret weapon. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan (2020) David Harris Crock of Gold feels frenetic, much like the music of the Pogues and at first, it's quite dizzying and difficult to penetrate. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3.25/5 My Psychedelic Love Story (2020) Josh Goller Timothy Leary may be the most famous figure here, but the film's most fascinating aspect is a woman near the end of her life boasting about lurid details of her salad days. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
80/100 Fatman (2020) Pat Padua It may not be the holiday movie we need. But it's the holiday movie we deserve. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
31/100 Sasquatch Among Wildmen (2020) Pat Padua The dry, poorly-paced presentation won't make any new believers. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
The Prince of Tides (1991) David Harris The Prince of Tides remains important as the wellspring of a woman director/star who held her ground against the boys club of the Hollywood system and ultimately came out on top. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
The Climb (2019) David Harris With friends like these, who needs enemies? EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Paris Is Burning (1990) David Harris Paris is Burning is still an important film 30 years after its release - a snapshot of a specific time and place that humanizes its subjects and allows those of us in a place of privilege to understand them better. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
Antonio Gaudi (1984) David Harris Antonio Gaudí feels like both a meditation and a silent conversation between two master artists. Teshigahara uses his camera as paean to this work that exists sui generis in its style. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
6.2/10 Synchronic (2019) Dominic Griffin Benson & Moorhead seem equally excited by the domestic elements of the story as they are by the genre, but it gives the impression of watching two separate movies, each needing a little of the other to function but not striking the necessary balance. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
Shithouse (2020) David Harris Despite its crappy title, Shithouse is alternatingly charming and frustrating. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
50/100 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Pat Padua An arty, self-conscious oldies show that preaches to the choir and doesn't nearly reach its creators' previous heights. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
Popeye (1980) Pat Padua Without the frenetic wordplay that made him a breakout star, [Robin Williams] revealed an even deeper talent: he convincingly portrayed a tragic figure searching for his pappy. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
3.75/5 Save Yourselves! (2020) Josh Goller Thanks to witty dialogue between its likable characters, this techno-satire mostly feels fresh and vital even when indulging in well-worn tropes. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
70/100 On the Rocks (2020) David Harris On the Rocks is charming and features great performances by Murray and Jones, but it feels little more than confection. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
Kajillionaire (2020) David Harris Though Kajillionaire is well-made and definitely feels part of the artist's body of work, Miranda July's penchant for twee strangeness often overpowers the sadly sweet narrative. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
Alone (2020) David Harris Alone may not bring anything new to the table, but it is an effective entry into the canon of similar films. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/5.0 Residue (2020) Dominic Griffin For every lyrical sequence that mixes nostalgia and trauma with ease, there are countless moments that feel thrown together, underwritten and poorly produced. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
2.75/5 Children of the Sea (2019) Josh Goller Once the kaleidoscopic spectacle ends, we're not left with much substance. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
5.1/10 Sibyl (2019) Dominic Griffin Lively performances almost make up for a perfunctory script. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2020
Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) David Harris Framed around Carter's love for the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, Wharton's documentary explores the genesis of the young Georgian from farmer to politician, tracing his rise from governor to president. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Old Joy (2006) David Harris More than just an investigation of a friendship past its expiration date, Old Joy is a quiet study of masculinity. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
2.3/5.0 Cut Throat City (2020) Dominic Griffin Maybe RZA could have done more with a bigger budget, as this local story feels too unmoored from its surroundings, failing to capture the essence or vibe of New Orleans. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) David Harris A dizzying ride drawn from a source that many modern readers would eschew as too stodgy. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
3.5/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Josh Goller Forward-facing and not trapped in its past, this third installment offers welcome escapism amid a world that does, in fact, feel very much in need of saving. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
84/100 Pariah Dog (2019) Pat Padua The cinematic craft behind its tales of man's best friends-and the humans who care for them - raises this well above the level of your typical Animal Planet crowd-pleaser. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
Get Duked! (2019) David Harris Get Duked! almost crosses that "so bad it's good" line, but doesn't quite get there. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
60/100 Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Pat Padua Doesn't transcend the subgenre like the 2016 film, but it's still a solid B. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
1.5/5 The Vanished (2020) Josh Goller A trifecta of implausible plot, clumsy pacing and inauthentic characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
Cold War (2018) David Harris The bulk of Cold War, Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's 2018 Academy Award-nominated film, exists in the quiet peripheries. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
75/100 Psychomagic, a Healing Art (2019) Pat Padua It's uncomfortable, and sometimes appalling, but to the artist, it's all part of existence, impurity an inescapable element of life and truth. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
57/100 Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2019) Pat Padua It won't send casual listeners searching for those deep cuts. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
85/100 Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Pat Padua The perfect distillation of bar life. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
Clambake (1967) Pat Padua The magic comes through, intermittently emerging from the shadows of failure. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
7.4/10 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Dominic Griffin Seimetz has, above all else, made a thrilling, pseudo-horror film about the inescapability of anxiety, finding within the unfortunate condition a kind of unsettling spectacle. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Stairway to Heaven (1946) David Harris Though some of A Matter of Life and Death has not aged well, it still stands with It's a Wonderful Life as ambitious for the 1940s. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) David Harris Even if the story gets a bit too meta for younger audiences to truly grasp, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part will still thrill them with its non-stop action. And best of all, it will make your kids beg you to buy them Legos when the lights come up. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Nayak (1966) David Harris Taking place mainly on a train journey from Kolkata to Delhi, The Hero - like many of Ray's films - is an elegant contemplation on the human condition and the myriad of emotions it entails. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Vampyr (1932) David Harris While it doesn't have the emotional punch of some of his masterworks, it shows a master dabbling in a genre that was outside his comfort zone. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
2/5 The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) David Harris Just like Sweden's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the makers of this film seem to confuse high art and police procedural. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
Che: Part One (2008) David Harris Like the revolutionary himself, Che is an unrelenting, uncompromising struggle against the norm, a refreshing break from the standards of cinema itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
The Bad News Bears (1976) David Harris Rather than put people from all races in a pressure cooker and supply them with crap dialogue intended to tread on liberal, white guilt, The Bad News Bears flips a refreshing bird to propriety. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
Before Sunrise (1995) David Harris There are so many perfect moments in this film; it is hard to list them without excluding others. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.5/5 North Face (2008) David Harris The most effective climbing thriller since Touching the Void. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.5/5 The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009) David Harris If anything, there is much to learn from The Most Dangerous Man in America that is still applicable today, or at least until our country ceases beginning conflicts on false pretense. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
2/5 The House of the Devil (2009) David Harris The grainy cinematography, slow pace and rhythm make The House of the Devil feel as if it came out with those old Wes Craven and Dario Argento cheapies. Unfortunately, homage isn't enough to add anything original to the proceedings. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020