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): Britt Hayes, Caroline Madden, Eric D. Snider, Jason Bailey, Meredith Borders, Scott Weinberg
Rating Title/Year Author
B- Starfish (2016) Eric D. Snider Melancholy sci-fi drama... A.T. White surrounds his intriguing plot with a moody atmosphere and effortlessly cool indie-rock soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
B Us (2019) Eric D. Snider A serious, methodical, intensely focused horror story that plays with light and shadows visually as well as thematically. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B- Five Feet Apart (2019) Eric D. Snider Well acted... Hews pretty closely to reality while checking off the boxes for what a weepy teen romance is supposed to look like. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
B Captive State (2019) Eric D. Snider Geeky, serious sci-fi told with a straight face... A bit overlong, but the earnest intensity had me hooked for most of it. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
D+ Wonder Park (2019) Eric D. Snider Unsurprisingly, a story set in a pretend place with low stakes and no real-world consequences yields unsatisfying results. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
B Level 16 (2018) Eric D. Snider Plucky, rough-around-the-edges thriller... Low budget, but it has an engaging sci-fi story. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
B- Captain Marvel (2019) Eric D. Snider A middling, good-enough episode... The dynamic between Larson and Jackson is lively. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
B The Hole in the Ground (2019) Eric D. Snider Based more on tension and uncertainty than on shocks, the film's horror is never unbearable or grotesque... An effective little chiller. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
C Greta (2018) Eric D. Snider It needed either more camp or more terror to really be effective. As it is, it lacks oomph until the climax. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
D Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Eric D. Snider Typical of Tyler Perry's Madea series: excruciating, baffling; garishly lit and cheap-looking; woefully overlong and ham-fistedly plotted because Perry has no incentive to improve. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
C+ What Men Want (2019) Eric D. Snider It's ultimately just another romantic comedy full of blah rom-com tropes. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
B Isn't It Romantic (2019) Eric D. Snider As enjoyable as the riffs on rom-com cliches are, the film's best attributes are its positive messages for young women. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
B- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Eric D. Snider This chapter, about growing up and moving on, has heart but lacks the warmth and comfort of its predecessors. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
C The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Britt Hayes The Girl in the Spider's Web tries to give us the female version of James Bond; instead, it gives us a gender-swapped version of the worst 007 movie in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B+ Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Britt Hayes Despite its familiarity, the new version is effective and heartwarming, particularly as it emphasizes the concept of empathy. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
A Widows (2018) Britt Hayes There's nothing more powerful in Widows than the small, wordless moments between characters - and how they communicate so much by saying nothing at all. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
D+ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Britt Hayes Perhaps the shortest straw was drawn by Ezra Miller, whose talents are far too great for the measly part he's given. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- Robin Hood (2018) Britt Hayes Is Robin Hood a "great" movie? Nope, but it is a great time at the movies, and sometimes that's all you need. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Britt Hayes Ralph Breaks the Internet is filled with thoughtful themes about friendship, overcoming insecurity, and growing up. But it's also just kind of... filled. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
D Mortal Engines (2018) Britt Hayes It's the sort of inelegant, poorly edited mish-mash of digital nonsense that makes your eyes glaze over. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- Roma (2018) Britt Hayes As it stands, it's a beautiful film that's so preoccupied with creating a realistic, immersive world of sights and sounds that it forgets to make its central character an actual person. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Britt Hayes Mary Poppins Returns is a timely movie that finds hope in the darkest and foggiest of times, even if it's not exactly perfect in every way. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
C- Vice (2018) Britt Hayes But however enjoyable it is to watch all of these well-known actors play these real-life people, Vice can't help but feel like a more expensive, feature-length version of an SNL cold opening - only slightly less silly. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Tully (2018) Britt Hayes Jason Reitman is never as good as when he's collaborating with screenwriter Diablo Cody; bonus points if the film in question stars Charlize Theron, as Tully does. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) Britt Hayes With all the great horror of 2018, it'll be easy to overlook this surprisingly satisfying gem, which features an all-timer of a slasher sequence that takes place in a swimming pool, set to Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
A- Glass (2019) Britt Hayes While some may find Shyamalan's aesthetic and tonal choices to be too heavy-handed, others will appreciate Glass as the clever, campy work of a die-hard cinephile - maybe even a kindred spirit. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
D- Serenity (2019) Britt Hayes It forces your face to contort into shapes you didn't even know it could make in response to the hilarious awfulness of it all. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
C Miss Bala (2019) Britt Hayes Aside from a few stylistic choices and an engaging performance from Rodriguez, Miss Bala is a paint-by-numbers crime drama that lacks any real poignancy or cutting commentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
C+ The Prodigy (2019) Britt Hayes The Prodigy feels more like an absurd fantasy film than a horror flick. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
C+ Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Britt Hayes For as much as there is to enjoy in Alita, there's just as much that's tedious and kind of underwhelming - especially from a filmmaker who built his name on taking risks and turning scraps into treasure. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
A- Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Britt Hayes It's not only awesome, but it's pretty amazing that it even exists. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B+ The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Eric D. Snider Like the plastic bricks themselves, these movies are as much fun for adults as for kids. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- Fighting With My Family (2019) Eric D. Snider If the film's dramatic elements are generic, the humor, especially in the first half, is buoyant enough to make it worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
B+ The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Eric D. Snider Cornish's playful sensibilities and strong sense of momentum keep the energy up, resulting in a new fantasy adventure for families to watch over and over again. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
B Share (2019) Eric D. Snider Anchored in reality but made with sympathy, the film is a thoughtful cautionary tale rather than a slog. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
C+ Dirty God (2019) Eric D. Snider It's not quite gratuitous misery porn - it's ultimately more hopeful than that - but it's adjacent to it. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ Troop Zero (2019) Eric D. Snider An utterly delightful family comedy about girls learning to support each other. A few simplistic moments, but it has a sunny message. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
B- Native Son (2019) Eric D. Snider Ashton Sanders' compelling performance makes up for the low impact of the intended message about the expectations placed upon black men. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
D Replicas (2018) Eric D. Snider Never leans into any of the possibilities in favor of remaining a dumb, middle-of-the-road non-entity without purpose. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
D The Upside (2018) Eric D. Snider A blob of unflavored Jell-O that you're supposed to find delicious just because it went through the motions. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
B- A Dog's Way Home (2019) Eric D. Snider The plot is harebrained, but once it gets to the dog's-eye-view of a perilous journey home, it's quality comfort food. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
B+ Destroyer (2018) Eric D. Snider Intriguing details pile up quickly in this grimy, darkly comic neo-noir.... Kidman is exhilarating. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
B- Escape Room (2019) Eric D. Snider A diet version of the Saw franchise: PG-13, modestly inventive, fun rather than gruesome, with a few characters who are even likable. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
B+ Stan & Ollie (2018) Eric D. Snider A loving biopic with affectionate impersonations... Charming and funny, a sweet story about friendship and collaboration. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
D+ Welcome to Marwen (2018) Eric D. Snider The film occupies the uncomfortable space between being very serious and being completely absurd. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
B On the Basis of Sex (2018) Eric D. Snider Above-average for a historical drama, with compelling legal maneuverings at its core. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2018
C+ Holmes & Watson (2018) Eric D. Snider Fitfully amusing, but insufficiently funny or clever (or cleverly stupid). EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
B Bumblebee (2018) Eric D. Snider If the other Transformers movies had been like this, they, too, might have been enjoyable fantasy adventures. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2018
B- Aquaman (2018) Eric D. Snider Like the title character, the movie is nice to look but does itself a disservice by speaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
C At Eternity's Gate (2018) Eric D. Snider Fans of Vincent van Gogh who have been clamoring for a lifeless, inert biopic, your prayers are answered! EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018