Movie Habit

Movie Habit is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Marty Mapes, Robert Denerstein
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 The Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965) Marty Mapes Dense atmosphere and rich characters more than make up for a hook or a twist EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2018
Fences (2016) Robert Denerstein Both Washington and Davis scale their performances somewhere between stage and screen, and in his role a director, Washington clearly keeps allegiance with the rapid-fire exchanges in Wilson's text. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2016
Passengers (2016) Robert Denerstein Passengers is stranded in a world full of cooked up plot points and, at key times, a lack of gravity. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2016
3.5/4 Lost in Paris (2016) Marty Mapes It's not just slapstick, it's exquisite slapstick. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 The Flaw (2011) Marty Mapes The Flaw is a level and clear explanation of what happened in 2008. And it doesn't once mention tulips. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 After the Storm (2016) Marty Mapes It may not be the most interesting question Kore-eda has ever posed in a film. But it makes a nice addition to a lovely and gentle body of work about parents and children. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 Off the Rails (2016) Marty Mapes [Off the Rails has] such a charismatic protagonist and such an interesting conundrum at its core. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 Bird People (2014) Marty Mapes Did you know there's a sparrow sitting just outside your window? Probably not -- they're so common that they are practically invisible. That's what the movie Bird People is getting at, in its own charming and humorous way. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2016
Café Society (2016) Robert Denerstein Though hardly a knockout, Cafe Society qualifies as a showcase of sorts, less for Allen than for his production designer, Santo Loquasto, and his cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Jason Bourne (2016) Robert Denerstein It would have been nice if the filmmakers had been able to make this Bourne revival better than the movies that spawned it. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Robert Denerstein Our Kind of Traitor reminded me of the kind of movie pleasures I'd lately been missing, namely characters who find themselves in situations they couldn't possibly have anticipated and which prove morally taxing. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Swiss Army Man (2016) Robert Denerstein Swiss Army Man plays like Samuel Beckett Lite, a wobbly, repetitive two-actor journey into the absurd. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Robert Denerstein I wanted to laugh. And I often did, but Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping isn't uproariously funny and its cascading series of musical parodies certainly can't touch the winner and still champion mock-doc satire, This is Spinal Tap. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
The Lobster (2015) Robert Denerstein Lanthimos wrings emotion out of human interaction in ways that are both bizarre and funny. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Robert Denerstein I can't say that I hated watching Apocalypse. It unreeled with the usual fury, but its playbook evolves over two-and-a-half hours without finding much that's inspired. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
A Bigger Splash (2015) Robert Denerstein Tilda Swinton plays rock star Marianne Lane in A Bigger Splash, a thriller posing as a vacation posing as a commentary on what happens when two men fix their attentions on the same woman. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Robert Denerstein Director Nicholas Stoller doesn't do much to keep the movie from looking like what it is, a sloppy second helping that, for all its attempts to capture a 2016 zeitgeist, is really just more of the same. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
The Meddler (2015) Robert Denerstein Sarandon gives a committed and sometimes touching comic performance as a woman whose good intentions are inseparable from her desire to involve herself in the lives of others. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Money Monster (2016) Robert Denerstein Money Monster flirts with thriller and satirical elements without providing enough of either, and despite the presence of appealing stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts, the movie short sells character development. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Miles Ahead (2016) Robert Denerstein Cheadle -- who co-wrote the script with Steven Baigelman -- may have been trying to be worthy of Davis, who at one point in the movie says that if you're going to do something, it's best to do it with attitude. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Elvis & Nixon (2016) Robert Denerstein I don't know who decided to team Shannon and Spacey in a comedy called Elvis & Nixon, but whoever it was deserves credit for a masterstroke. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
The Boss (2016) Robert Denerstein Te movie's principal strategy (streaming profanity in inappropriate places) feels so familiar, it's a non-starter. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Robert Denerstein For the most part, Everybody Wants Some!! is a shambling, rambling look at young people who have yet to become interesting. Judging by the movie, they may never actually achieve that status. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
I Saw the Light (2015) Robert Denerstein The movie misses the unaffected magic of Williams' best songs. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Robert Denerstein Remember when comic book movies were fun? Well, you'll have to use your memory because there's not much fun to be found in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Eye in the Sky (2015) Robert Denerstein Taut and chastening, Eye in The Sky leaves you saddened and shaken. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Embrace of the Serpent (2015) Robert Denerstein I suppose, then, that it's possible to characterize Embrace of the Serpent, which seems aimed at western audiences, as an instructive and necessary act of trespass. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Robert Denerstein Before it's done, 10 Cloverfield Lane takes an unexpected turn or two. So don't be fooled by a bit of rope-a-dope pacing; by the end, the movie delivers a strong punch. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
The Wave (2015) Robert Denerstein As a good, old-fashioned hunk of big-screen disaster, you could do a lot worse than The Wave, say last year's far more expensive and less involving San Andreas. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Zootopia (2016) Robert Denerstein Directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush do a fine job of keeping Zootopia amusing for kids and equally enjoyable for the adults who accompany them to theaters. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Race (2016) Robert Denerstein Given all its volatile and exhilarating ingredients, it's disappointing that Race doesn't have greater impact. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Hail, Caesar! (2016) Robert Denerstein Hail Caesar! may not rank at the top of Coen's impressive list, but it should do nothing to sour anyone on their work. My advice: Treat the movie as a smorgasbord. Pick what you like; forget the rest. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
The Revenant (2015) Robert Denerstein The Revenant provides Iñarritu with an opportunity to present a view of the frontier as a place of nearly unrelieved brutality and looming death, all augmented by Lubezki's brilliant cinematography. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
The Lady in the Van (2015) Robert Denerstein It may be more anecdotal than epic, but Lady in the Van should be welcomed for giving Smith an opportunity to add another memorable character to an already substantial portfolio. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
45 Years (2015) Robert Denerstein To make this quiet drama work as well as it does requires actors who can operate in the subtlest of modes. For that, director Andrew Haigh has chosen well. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
The Finest Hours (2016) Robert Denerstein The movie's ocean sequences are good enough to make The Finest Hours an acceptable -- if not great -- piece of January entertainment. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Ride Along 2 (2016) Robert Denerstein This second helping does little more than add a bit of Miami glitz to a formula that wasn't especially inspired to begin with. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Mustang (2015) Robert Denerstein An appealing young cast gives the movie a sense of sustained and authentic life, even as Erguven explores the necessary defiance of young women who refuse to be shackled by the rules of a culture that demands submission. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Court (2014) Robert Denerstein To borrow a phrase from a David Bowie song, Court is moviemaking at the speed of life, providing you still remember how life felt when moving at less than 100 miles an hour. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Demolition (2015) Robert Denerstein Although the movie deals with important issues surrounding the devastations of grief, it strains for metaphorical significance at nearly every turn, even as it tries to temper its seriousness with offbeat expressions of humor. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Moonlight (2016) Robert Denerstein Whether you see Moonlight as a perfect movie or not, it's difficult to imagine that you won't be moved by the way Jenkins interprets and reimagines Tarell Alvin McCraney's play. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Bleed for This (2016) Robert Denerstein In fight-movie terms, I'd call it a draw. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Touched With Fire (2015) Robert Denerstein Honest and affecting. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
A War (2015) Robert Denerstein Deeply troubling and appropriately ambiguous, A War is a fine and sobering movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
3.5/4 Colonia (2015) Marty Mapes It works really well as an entertainment, but more importantly because it doesn't seem to disrespect the reality of Colonia Dignidad. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2016
Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents (2015) Marty Mapes Music documentary offers exposure to The Residents, but it's mostly for fans EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2016
Spotlight (2015) Robert Denerstein A terrific film about true team work and the good journalists can do EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2016
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) Robert Denerstein Kudos to Lawrence for helping bring a satisfactory conclusion EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2016
3/4 Creed (2015) Matt Anderson Not all of the punches land successfully, but Creed still comes out a winner. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2016
Creed (2015) Robert Denerstein Ryan Coogler's sequel follows a "Rocky" road EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2016