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
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
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Megan Basham The biggest box Endgame needed to check was to do justice to the array of personalities that audiences have come to love. Even given the three-hour runtime, its success in giving all of them their due is no mean feat. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Megan Basham Instead of a rodent manager with a Brooklyn accent to kill, we get the same old undistinguished child allies facing down corporate greed. It's fine but far too familiar and doesn't hold a candle (or a feather) to the original little elephant that could. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) Megan Basham Borgman handles these confessions responsibly. A lot of painful truth -- about the escalating nature of sin, for example -- comes from watching Bob and Mary Ann Broberg crumple into tears as they recount their guilt. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Megan Basham To be blunt, it's insulting that Marvel felt simply making its first leading woman "one tough chick" would be enough to placate female fans. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Green Book (2018) Megan Basham Both men are consciously exaggerated types. The fascinating contrast at the center of the story is to what degree and for what reason each of them chooses to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Megan Basham While not as balanced as advertised, HBO's new movie, Brexit: The Uncivil War, offers fascinating insight into the political upheaval reverberating through the Western world. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Glass (2019) Megan Basham Glass has no shortage of ideas to dissect and debate. If we have to give up some of the flash and action to have them, that's a trade I, for one, am more than ready to make. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Vice (2018) Megan Basham Vice is a screed no more illuminating or informative than a Stephen Colbert monologue or an SNL skit. It is nasty, graceless, self-congratulatory stuff. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Megan Basham Along with Sandra Bullock's charisma as a leading lady, the movie boasts a riveting premise that feels like a cross between "Lost" and M. Night Shyamalan's better efforts. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Megan Basham Offers something that suddenly seems revolutionary -- a superhero movie for... comic book fans. Nearly every exaggerated, Day-Glo frame feels like it was pulled from a hand-drawn panel. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Megan Basham Mary Poppins Returns admirably strives to stay true to the spirit of the jolly holiday we've been having with Mary for more than 50 years. Beautifully atmospheric with watercolor parks and thick, lamp-lit fogs, there's nary a hint of cynicism. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Oddball (2015) Megan Basham Oddball offers some splendid real-world education on the amazing instincts God gives his creatures and the ingenious ways we're able to use them. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Megan Basham It's not that the movie fails on all levels. Rowling and director David Yates, along with their likable cast, are too talented for that... But on one significant level it fails spectacularly: plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
On Wings of Eagles (2017) Laura Finch On Wings of Eagles won't be the next Chariots, but it's a fair portrayal of a lesser-known yet powerful story. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
The Rachel Divide (2018) Laura Finch Brownson's documentary strongly suggests everyone is seeing the same thing in this sad ink blot-except Dolezal herself. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Laura Finch McCarthy plays Israel with such perfect nuance you can almost smell her bad breath through the screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Change in the Air (2018) Laura Finch Unfortunately for viewers, Brosnahan gets to show more range in a single scene of House of Cards than she does in this entire movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Megan Basham If you want songs about being happy, Pharrell is your guy. If you want to tell a story about a fellow as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel, you need a little less sunshine and a lot more stink, stank, stunk. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Megan Basham One lovely, far-too-short sequence featuring ballerina Misty Copeland offers a sad glimpse into what the movie could have been if Disney had been interested in making something beautiful that honored its source material. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Babel (2006) Megan Basham On a practical level it's hard not to see that nearly every calamity in Babel could have been avoided had the characters exercised better judgment EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
The Fountain (2006) Megan Basham The film comes in at 95 minutes, yet it makes scant use of even that time, filling scene after scene with confusing (though often beautiful) kaleidoscopic visuals and not nearly enough plot. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Bobby (2006) Megan Basham Estevez's hagiography feels simple-minded. That's not to say there weren't achievements to be honored in Robert F. Kennedy's career; Bobby just doesn't bother to do so. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Apocalypto (2006) Megan Basham There is something different in Gibson's application of violence. The objections seem to lie not just in Gibson's realistic portrayal of cruelty but in the judgment he brings to it. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Happily N'Ever After (2007) Megan Basham Happily N'Ever After only proves that the idea of modernizing the Brothers Grimm for the sake of laughs may have finally jumped the shark. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018