WORLD

WORLD is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Laura Finch, Megan Basham, Rebecca Cusey
Rating Title/Year Author
News of the World (2020) Megan Basham Hanks has already shown he's more than capable of carrying an action-heavy film, but News of the World proves he can successfully channel his inner Eastwood as well. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Soul (2020) Megan Basham Docter does use his brightly colored, metaphysical version of It's a Wonderful Life to a good end. The movie doesn't just avoid the "pursue your dream at all costs" message we typically get from kids' entertainment. It positively rebukes it. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Mank (2020) Megan Basham Unfortunately, director David Fincher turns his attention away from this compelling character study to push a political agenda that seems to have less to do with Mank than himself. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Megan Basham Unfortunately, Howard's version of Vance's story offers nothing deeper than a pastiche of white poverty. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Megan Basham Sorkin in Trial makes the most of big personalities and the conflicts between them. But those conflicts are manufactured debates that bear little resemblance to the real debates Americans were having then -- or are having now. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
What Killed Michael Brown? (2020) Megan Basham What it tells us about cultural myths -- how they develop and why -- goes far beyond a single flashpoint. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Megan Basham Along with finding it genuinely entertaining, I believe parents of older children can use it as a launching point to start meaningful discussions, even if they're not the discussions the filmmakers intended. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Mulan (2020) Megan Basham The stunning natural vistas and jaw-dropping PG-13 action sequences make this a film every member of the family is likely to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Megan Basham While it's kind of amusing to see Jimi Hendrix and Mozart jam out together, the new installment doesn't do nearly as good a job of playing off our familiarity with historical figures. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Megan Basham The upside to a lighter, more candy-colored Copperfield is it's short, sweet, and PG enough to please all but the youngest ages. Even the villains are more amusing than threatening. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Uncle Tom (2020) Megan Basham Uncle Tom suffers from an overreliance on pundits. Its most compelling insights come from people who've never been quoted in a Twitter or Facebook battle. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
The Outpost (2020) Megan Basham Even when we grip our seats at the taut action sequences or smile at the band-of-brothers camaraderie, there's something hollow and disconnected about the whole. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
Mr. Jones (2019) Megan Basham For all the horror, Mr. Jones is ultimately an uplifting film. The fact that producers made it at all, with such an impressive cast, is something of a minor miracle. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Greyhound (2020) Megan Basham While it may not meet the level of the best war films, Greyhound is a decent entry into the genre and a hopeful sign of the direction Apple TV may be taking its brand. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
AKA Jane Roe (2020) Megan Walsh Both the documentary and the coverage it generated fail her in the same old way. In AKA Jane Roe, McCorvey is a symbol still. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) Megan Basham The man poised to become comedy's first billionaire knows how to sell corny as classic better than just about anyone else standing up in front of a mic today. And occasionally, his swims through familiar waters end in some pretty deep pools. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Bad Education (2019) Megan Basham HBO's new made-for-cable movie stands out not just for its A-list lead (Hugh Jackman), but because the reporter who breaks the story is a teenage girl. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
The Pilgrim's Progress (2019) Megan Basham Of all the at-home entertainment now available for cooped-up kids, Christian parents will welcome none as much as Revelation Media's The Pilgrim's Progress. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Megan Basham Will give eyes starved for beauty and hearts starved for society something to savor. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland (2020) Megan Basham Rather than joining the culture in drinking or debauchery, believers each year could better honor Patrick's legacy by watching a nicely executed film about this hero of the faith. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Onward (2020) Megan Basham Onward is a fun-enough romp, but you definitely won't be missing the next Incredibles or Toy Story. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2020
I Still Believe (2020) Megan Basham The Erwins are careful to show that God is faithful even when He says "no." In a prosperity gospel culture, that's a theme worthy of any filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Megan Basham While this Call of the Wild may not be the stuff classics are made of, it still makes for very fine, old-fashioned family entertainment. It's as earnest, upright, and lovable as an old hound. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) Megan Basham His is a uniquely American journey, and a glimpse into the mind and making of such a towering figure shouldn't be missed. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
1917 (2019) Megan Basham It seems fairly clear that Mendes' aim isn't to give viewers another gritty, realistic experience of what it's like to actually take part in a battle. Strange as it is to say it, there's a fairy-tale quality amid 1917's carnage. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
The Aeronauts (2019) Megan Basham The film does a good job working within the stereotypes. For children ages 8 to 12 who are just beginning to appreciate thrilling tales that don't star animated characters, The Aeronauts is a winner. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Little Women (2019) Megan Basham Gerwig injects something fresh into Little Women that allows us to experience the March sisters' story anew no matter how many times we've swooned over it in the past. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Megan Basham It has plenty of enjoyable moments, especially in the first half. The problem is that the pleasure arises almost solely from nostalgia for better scenes and characters in the original films and not from what's on screen before us. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Megan Basham How quickly we slide into corruption when we think our looks, intellect, or credentials entitle us to the submission of the slow-witted, overweight Richard Jewells of the world. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Megan Basham It's an exhilarating, roaring romp. And you don't think about what its glimpse of the past says about our present culture until long after it's already said it. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Megan Basham It takes us into the heart of what often causes anxiety, depression, and anger... Then, it inspires with a story that tells us it's possible to overcome even our oldest, most entrenched conflicts. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Megan Basham The good: The sequel is gorgeous and funnier than its predecessor and has enough positive messages to outweigh the negative. The bad: It's 20 minutes longer than it needs to be... and there's not a song in it that can hold a candle to "Let It Go." EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Megan Basham Clarke plays a warrior princess on Game of Thrones, but as she proves here, she may be the most winsome comedic actress of her generation. Even when the story lags, she lights up the screen with her crinkle-eyed smile. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
Harriet (2019) Megan Basham Beautifully staged and tremendously acted, the PG-13 Harriet provides fascinating (though awful) legal details on slavery as an institution... The film does an equally fine job depicting the Christian faith that shaped Tubman's life. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
No Safe Spaces (2019) Megan Basham Despite a few digressions, No Safe Spaces succeeds because it does a solid job making its case journalistically. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Joker (2019) Megan Basham It's impossible not to feel empathy for this excruciatingly sad clown... Ultimately though, Joker fails because of its genre. The character has to hit those DC marks. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Megan Basham A bit of tea-and-crumpets comfort food? Of course. But, sometimes, isn't that exactly what you want from an evening at the movies? EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Megan Basham Along with being brilliantly acted, well-paced, and intelligently crafted, After the Wedding is the rare film that explores tricky topics like class differences and femininity without feeling like it's pandering. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time (2019) Megan Basham The new material might be a little racier than the old hot pocket bits, but it's all within the context of married fatherhood. And that is what really makes this special, like his previous ones, special. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Megan Basham The Peanut Butter Falcon is a quiet film at times, yet thanks to gorgeous cinematography and incredible performances from the two lead actors, it's never boring. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) Megan Basham Purely from an entertainment standpoint, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more rip-roaring spy escapade. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Megan Basham It may be a little early to trot out the old "feel-good movie of the year" designation, but it's going to be tough to beat director Danny Boyle's Yesterday. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Megan Basham While The Lion King doesn't match the appeal of Cinderella or The Jungle Book, it is for the most part done well. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
The Long Goodbye: The Kara Tippetts Story (2019) Megan Basham A heartbreaking, convicting, and ultimately joyful documentary. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Megan Basham Far From Home is a nice compromise-bubbly rom-com fun on the one hand, CGI-heavy caped crusading on the other. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Megan Basham Do we really need another one? If the films continue to offer the innocent hilarity the latest does-yes, please, keep them coming! EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
() Megan Basham The film doesn't build arguments likely to persuade viewers who don't already share Brooks' views. Other documentaries cover slices of the same territory with greater depth. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 Aladdin (2019) Megan Basham Strikes just the right balance: It honors the original enough to feel pleasantly nostalgic while still offering enough new scenes, characters, and jokes to make this version worth our time. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Megan Basham A life as singular as John Ronald Reuel Tolkien's shouldn't feel as if it's been crafted from outtakes of Dead Poets Society. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Megan Basham There's no question it indicts the media for heroizing the wrong people. But that would be just another us vs. them movie, and The Highwaymen is smarter than that... EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019