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, Marshall Shaffer, Meredith Borders, Scott Weinberg
Rating Title/Year Author
B+ The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Eric D. Snider It seems the best way to make a movie out of a smartphone game is to ignore almost everything about the game and just have fun with the characters. Who knew? EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Extra Ordinary (2019) Marshall Shaffer Some of the hijinks that follow in Extra Ordinary are a little silly [...] yet that doesn't take away from the fascinating premise set up by Loughman and Ahern. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer All those willing to stare fearlessly into this abyss will find that Yerzhanov's impeccable attention to detail [...] makes for a haunting experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer Otsuichi does not stop with the obvious conclusion that cellphones and the internet are bad. Instead, his film pinpoints the omnipresence of meaningless details on social media as the culprit. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
El increíble finde menguante (2019) Marshall Shaffer What looks on paper like a retread of Groundhog Day becomes so much more in the hands of writer-director Jon Mikel Cabrero. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
Killerman (2019) Marshall Shaffer Malik Baderman's Killerman was perhaps not the best use of two hours of my time. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer The Wretched delivers on the horror it sets out to provide first and foremost, yet it fell a bit short of the reopening of childhood trauma standard established in the introduction to the screening. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer Black Magic for White Boys ends up resembling the kind of urbane satire that might make Turkel's counterparts in Manhattan blush, but its thematic bite pierces the skin. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
B Good Boys (2019) Eric D. Snider The endearing performances and the characters' underlying decency give it a lot of heart, besides being very funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
B Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Eric D. Snider The creatures are terrifically unsettling, and Øvredal taps into the frenzied logic of nightmares with unnerving accuracy. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
C The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Eric D. Snider Should feel tearjerkingly familiar to fans of Ventimiglia's TV show This Is Us; it has that gentle broadcast-television gloss to it. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
D+ Airplane Mode (2018) Eric D. Snider We may think that as a society we have done nothing to deserve the image of a lactating Nick Swardson, but we are fooling ourselves. This is who we are. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
C+ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Eric D. Snider The action is fun, but everything in between, especially Hobbs' tacked-on family issues, is tedious, and the whole thing overstays its welcome by a good 30 minutes. Like I said, it's a Fast & Furious movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
B+ Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Eric D. Snider Tarantino's moseying, sentimental love letter to Hollywood of 50 years ago is surprisingly tender - 98% of it is one of his gentlest movies (the other 2% - YIKES). EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
D- Purge of Kingdoms (2019) Eric D. Snider A staggeringly cheap debacle full of easy, obvious lameness. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
C The Lion King (2019) Eric D. Snider A spiritless, nearly shot-for-shot remake - with enough padding and slow pacing to make it 30 minutes longer than the original - that looks incredible and feels hollow. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
C+ Stuber (2019) Eric D. Snider Most of the film's sporadic laughs are situational, the result of a Mr. Magoo cop and a hysterical civilian stumbling around together taking out bad guys. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
B Midsommar (2019) Eric D. Snider A sunlit pagan nightmare that is (deliberately) less scary than 'Hereditary' but almost as disturbing. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
B Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Eric D. Snider A sturdy, stylish, meat-and-potatoes haunted-house movie better than anything in the series other than the first two Conjurings. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
B Toy Story 4 (2019) Eric D. Snider My least favorite of the four, but least favorite compared to three grade-A movies is still pretty good. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
C Anna (2019) Eric D. Snider Most of it's bland, formulaic espionage nonsense with Google-translated dialogue, ungainly attempts at comedy, and Besson's leering gaze. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
D+ Shaft (2019) Eric D. Snider What a tedious and embarrassing, non-badass spectacle. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
B- The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Eric D. Snider A mild, playful surprise with the confidence of a long-running franchise. Amusing enough. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
A- Rocketman (2019) Eric D. Snider Energetic, imaginative musical numbers... The way Fletcher incorporates music and emotion into the story should be instructive to anyone making a rock biopic hereafter. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
B- Brightburn (2019) Eric D. Snider Deliberately gory in a few places and low-grade suspenseful throughout, with committed performances by the three principals. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
C Aladdin (2019) Eric D. Snider Improves on the original in no way whatsoever and is only palatable if you've never seen the other one. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
C Trial by Fire (2018) Eric D. Snider Takes a fascinating, suspenseful true story and waters it down into a generic, maudlin, anti-death-penalty message. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
B- A Dog's Journey (2019) Eric D. Snider Do not underestimate just how thin it wears, hearing a medium-grade soap opera plot filtered through a dog's mentality -- but it works, all right? It's shameless, but it works. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
B John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Eric D. Snider It is the battles for which this franchise exists, and Stahelski and his crew deliver an almost relentless series of epic ones, filmed and edited in such a way as to spotlight the skill of the performers. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
B- Wine Country (2019) Eric D. Snider Gets too wacky by the end but is generally almost as funny and comfortable as you'd expect a real-life hangout session with these women to be. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
C Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Eric D. Snider The film does nothing to show what made Bundy tick, glamorizing him instead. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B+ Long Shot (2019) Eric D. Snider Intelligent, witty, and profane. Charlize Theron can do anything, apparently. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
A- Amazing Grace (2018) Eric D. Snider Great and beautiful... Aretha Franklin's voice is as earth-shakingly powerful as it would ever be. It feels raw and intimate. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
B- The Hustle (2019) Eric D. Snider Finds a respectable supply of laughs... Light fun, generally amusing with pockets of hilarity. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
C+ Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Eric D. Snider Mostly keeps a straightforward tone, going through the steps of unraveling the mystery and exploring the movie's various daddy issues. The plot is insane, yet somehow also rudimentary, even formulaic. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Roads (2019) Marshall Shaffer Ham-fisted though the transition from buddy comedy to refugee exposé might be, Roads makes for a moving tribute to the power of brothers, be they lost, found, or created. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Luce (2019) Marshall Shaffer None of the film would work without Kelvin Harrison Jr.'s spellbinding performance, which manages to capture [...] the ambiguities of Luce's every move. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
See You Yesterday (2019) Marshall Shaffer The film feels like new, fresh, and welcome ground for the time-travel subgenre; this certainly is not the breezy escapade of Marty McFly. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Flawless (Haneshef) (2018) Marshall Shaffer Eden's journey towards acceptance of herself and by others, as masterfully portrayed by trans actress Strav Strashko, provides a necessary helping of heart. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer It's a rare movie to acknowledge that technology is not just a feature of young people's lives but often the very thing providing the fodder that drives all discussions. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Esto no es Berlín (2019) Marshall Shaffer Sama resists the clichés of teenage euphoria in self-discovery and instead dwells on the growing pains of becoming unique in a culture that demands uniformity. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
The Weekend (2018) Marshall Shaffer The Weekend is a little too leadenly paced to work as comedy, but Meghie settles [the film] nicely into a tonal groove as an earnest, emotional relationship drama. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Marshall Shaffer The way Strickland collides the paranormal with the mundane results in genuine hilarity that places In Fabric a notch above the average retro horror flick. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
Driveways (2019) Marshall Shaffer Andrew Ahn's Driveways [is] just the second film from a director who already shows signs of being America's closest approximation to Hirokazu Kore-eda. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
American Factory (2019) Marshall Shaffer [This] documentary achieves nothing short of capturing cultural and economic relations between China and the United States in microcosm. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
C The Intruder (2019) Eric D. Snider A mediocre domestic thriller with a plot that's entirely predictable... Nothing you haven't seen before. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
C+ UglyDolls (2019) Eric D. Snider The world-building is half-baked, and the director seems content to deliver a medium-grade, brightly colored babysitter rather than something memorable. Could be worse, though. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
B Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Eric D. Snider Deadpan comedy that's altogether more charming and sweet than you might expect an Emily Dickinson biopic to be. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
B Family (2018) Eric D. Snider A sunny and likable small-scale comedy about a bad role model and a hopeless kid. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
B Avengers: Endgame (2019) Eric D. Snider Kudos to directors Anthony and Joe Russo just for keeping things organized, let alone coherent, which they also manage. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019