Crooked Marquee

Crooked Marquee is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Abby Olcese, Audrey Fox, Britt Hayes, Caroline Madden, Eric D. Snider, Jason Bailey, Josh Bell, Kimber Myers, Kristy Puchko, Marshall Shaffer, Meredith Borders, Peg Aloi, Roxana Hadadi, Scott Weinberg
Rating Title/Year Author
A- Minari (2020) Abby Olcese The film feels like an emotionally true record of a highly specific experience, one that contains several universal experiences and conflicts within it. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
C Tyger Tyger (2021) Josh Bell The rebels bringing life-saving medication to the fringes of society turn into tour guides to hipster art installations. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
C Safer at Home (2021) Josh Bell The world-building is sloppy, the character motivations are questionable, and the COVID connection is dubious. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
B The Independents (2018) Josh Bell Charming, low-key dramedy about never giving up on your artistic ambitions. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
B- Alone With Her Dreams (2019) Josh Bell Licata builds a strong sense of place in the small details, with warm, sun-dappled visuals. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
C+ Body Brokers (2021) Josh Bell The acting is solid, and some of the scams are intriguing, but the message fails to land. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
B I Care a Lot (2020) Abby Olcese Sharp and fun, and delivers exactly what you'd want it to, even if its overall arc sometimes feels predictable. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
B Jumbo (2020) Kimber Myers From its opening moments lit by neon lights and set to the soundtrack of their gentle buzz, Jumbo marks a heady debut for writer-director Zoé Wittock. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
B- Marvelous and the Black Hole (2020) Eric D. Snider The kind of movie where all that its defenders, myself included, can really say for it is, 'Aw, come on, it's cute!' EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
B John and the Hole (2020) Eric D. Snider Slow-burn psychological horror... I was intrigued, amused, and compelled. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
C+ Human Factors (2021) Eric D. Snider Keeps things interesting with a simple gimmick, but ultimately too full of red herrings. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
B CODA (2021) Eric D. Snider It's easy to forgive a few tired tropes when they're surrounded by such humanity. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
B+ How It Ends (2021) Eric D. Snider Brimming with cheerful, absurd humor. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
B Cryptozoo (2021) Eric D. Snider If you ever drew dragons on your school notebooks this movie is for you. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
D Coming Home in the Dark (2021) Eric D. Snider Wallows in misery and cruelty without any payoff or satisfaction. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
C+ Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Eric D. Snider Like a lot of Nicolas Cage movies, Prisoners of the Ghostland is full of Awesome Things ... and yet somehow it's still kind of boring. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
B+ R#J (2021) Eric D. Snider I was surprised at how successfully R#J wooed and charmed me with its mix of Shakespeare and modern youthful exuberance. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Kristy Puchko A glorious tribute not only to bravery and passion, but also to the poetry of revolution, where words and action collide to create something powerful and profound that cannot die. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
A- Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Abby Olcese A tropical blue beacon of absurd joy that has nothing profound to say, and is all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
D Agent Revelation (2021) Josh Bell Ting devotes so much time to pseudo-spiritual exploration that the movie verges on Neil Breen levels of oblivious self-importance. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
C- Paradise Cove (2021) Josh Bell The character motivations often make no sense, and the filmmakers contrive increasingly far-fetched reasons for Bree to remain at large. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
C+ Murderous Trance (2021) Josh Bell The movie tries to connect Nielsen's crimes to the legacy of Nazism, although the thematic resonance doesn't quite land, and the goofy mysticism undermines the potentially thoughtful observations. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
C The Right One (2021) Josh Bell Godfrey is more off-putting than endearing, and the stars have no chemistry together. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
C The Mimic (2020) Josh Bell The only message The Mimic conveys is that its creator is as insufferable as his characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
C- Bliss (2021) Abby Olcese Bliss points at some high-minded intellectual ideas, but can't seem to organize them in a way that creates a compelling arc for its protagonist, or the characters surrounding him. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
C+ Palmer (2021) Abby Olcese It's not a cynical film, which is important, given the subject matter. However, it's not a terribly creative one either. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
D+ The Little Things (2021) Kimber Myers The devil is in the details in The Little Things, a serial killer thriller devoid of any of the (ahem) fleshing out that makes these types of films worth watching. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
C Haymaker (2021) Josh Bell Ruiz, a successful singer-songwriter, shows off her charisma, but Sasso is a complete blank, and the movie withers when the focus shifts to Nick's attempts at a Muay Thai comeback. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
C- Respite (2020) Josh Bell The excessively hard-boiled style is at odds with the delicate subject matter, which the filmmakers treat with lurid sensationalism, and the plot is full of obvious dead ends and dubious logical leaps. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
C+ #LIKE (2019) Josh Bell Rather than timely commentary on rape culture, the movie serves up wan plot twists and a shrug of an ending. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
B PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Josh Bell Hanna is hilarious as a pint-sized tyrant, and Kostanski mines plenty of humor from PG's thwarted threats of planetary destruction. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself (2020) Kristy Puchko It feels like a goddamn miracle EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
B The White Tiger (2021) Abby Olcese The knifelike story gets a little dull, but its ending still manages to sting. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
A- News of the World (2020) Abby Olcese It's straightforward, down-the-middle fare. In Greengrass and Hanks' capable hands, however, it's well-executed, hitting aesthetic hallmarks and effective story beats from the first shot to the last. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
B- Don't Tell a Soul (2020) Josh Bell The pacing is lively enough that the absurdities only fully register once the movie is over. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
C- American Dream (2021) Josh Bell If it weren't for Kaminski's name in the credits, there'd be no way to guess that this generic crime drama was made by a multiple Oscar-winner. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
C+ Stallone: Frank, That Is (2020) Josh Bell Stallone is a charming guy and has clearly worked hard for his success, but director Derek Wayne Johnson is so effusive in his praise that the movie feels like an infomercial. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
D The Rise of Sir Longbottom (2021) Josh Bell It's hard to imagine that anyone other than the filmmakers' close friends and family was hoping for a sequel to the dreadful 2018 micro-budget teen spy-fi thriller Pocketman and Cargoboy. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
C If Not Now, When? (2021) Josh Bell It's like an entire season of a mediocre nighttime soap opera crammed into a shapeless two-hour movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
C- Pieces of a Woman (2020) Abby Olcese It's frustratingly easy to see an effective movie in Pieces of a Woman. Unfortunately, it's bogged down by a prestige-y pretension that aims for greatness, yet uses all the wrong metrics of how successful art actually works. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
C+ Boys vs. Girls (2019) Josh Bell The movie has a strain of Canadian politeness that makes it hard to dislike, but that same earnest niceness also makes it entirely forgettable. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Kristy Puchko Wonder Woman 1984 feels written by committee to appease Twitter hashtag campaigns. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
A- Soul (2020) Abby Olcese Soul feels like a defiant anomaly, an actual risk that demands to be taken seriously. It may not be perfect, but it suggests a creative future for Pixar that hopefully heralds more fascinating results. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
C- The One You Feed (2020) Josh Bell The nameless characters deliver sparse, cryptic dialogue that writer/director/star/editor/costume designer/production designer Drew Harwood clearly thinks is profound. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
C Sister of the Groom (2020) Josh Bell Even Silverstone's natural effervescence isn't enough to make Audrey's redemption arc convincing. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
B- Modern Persuasion (2020) Josh Bell [Alicia] Witt is charming and vibrant, and the supporting cast, including reliable veterans Bebe Neuwirth and Mark Moses, sparkles. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
C- Bad Impulse (2020) Josh Bell Plays more like an out-of-touch cautionary tale for church youth groups than a dark horror movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
B+ I'm Your Woman (2020) Kimber Myers Julia Hart's I'm Your Woman is a refreshing take on the throwback '70s crime picture, as seen through new perspectives. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
A- Another Round (2020) Abby Olcese It's a sweet reminder to look for and celebrate the small triumphs in life, alongside setbacks. The message may not be astounding, but its gentleness feels profound. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
C The Prom (2020) Abby Olcese The script and songs contain sharp, self-aware sarcasm, sweetened with genuine sincerity. Murphy's film translation, however, lacks the flare and emphasis that obviously play like gangbusters onstage. It feels disappointingly flat. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020