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, Britt Hayes, Caroline Madden, Eric D. Snider, Jason Bailey, Josh Bell, Marshall Shaffer, Meredith Borders, Scott Weinberg
Rating Title/Year Author
D+ The Photograph (2020) Abby Olcese The Photograph is a film without a focal point. There are several seeds of good ideas throughout, but they need room to grow. Jammed together in such a relatively brief span, the stories and characters can't connect the way they need to. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
A Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Abby Olcese The softness and balance in every single frame of Sciamma's observant love story achieve what a great classical painting does, making the viewer consider the subject's unspoken emotions through expression, position and movement. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
B- Come as You Are (2019) Josh Bell Come as You Are is broad and silly and sometimes clumsy, but it's also charming and funny and deceptively sweet, the kind of bumpy journey that's ultimately rewarding. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
C- Camp Cold Brook (2018) Josh Bell It's entirely, deliberately generic, without a single original idea, good or bad. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
B- Come to Daddy (2019) Abby Olcese As a first outing from Timpson, it's a good start, and certainly remains true to his tastes. Whether those particular tastes align with yours, you'll have to decide for yourself. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Cane River (1982) Jason Bailey A vivid portrait of small-town, working-class African-American life. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
D+ Cupid (2020) Josh Bell There's nothing scary or suspenseful about the movie, and even potential moments of horror are undermined by the unconvincing performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
B+ The Rest of Us (2019) Josh Bell The nuanced performances from all four leads allow the audience to shift sympathies as the movie goes along, but the filmmakers take care to represent each perspective thoughtfully. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
C- John Henry (2020) Josh Bell Crews steps up to the increased responsibility, and his performance as the stoic, upstanding title character is the best part of Will Forbes' muddled debut feature. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
D+ Get Gone (2019) Josh Bell A laughably inept horror movie with a plot ripped right out of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes and their dozens of imitators, delivered without any suspense. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
B- Bad Boys for Life (2020) Eric D. Snider All the ridiculousness of a '90s action flick, only without the gay-panic jokes and the gleeful shots of people dying and their corpses being desecrated. Progress! EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
D Dolittle (2020) Abby Olcese Perhaps the most infuriating thing about Dolittle is that somewhere beneath its inappropriate jokes, poorly developed characters and Robert Downey Jr.'s bizarre acting choices, there's a whiff of a good movie that could have been. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
D+ Disturbing the Peace (2020) Josh Bell Pearce at least seems to be giving it his best effort, but the writing, direction, production values and nearly all of the supporting performances are so dreadful that his efforts are completely wasted. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
C- The Wave (2019) Josh Bell Instead of a kaleidoscopic journey into the mind, though, The Wave turns out to be more like a moralizing After School Special. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
C Three Christs (2017) Josh Bell Avnet wants to give his material the respect he believes it deserves, but he might have been better off turning it into a joke. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
68/100 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Abby Olcese The movie is so determined to be all things to all people that it overstuffs itself, becoming more of a Star Wars fan collage than a movie on its own terms. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
A- Color Out of Space (2019) Scott Weinberg Tackling Lovecraft's work is difficult for a wide array of reasons, so it's pretty satisfying to find a new adaptation that works so well. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
B Guns Akimbo (2019) Scott Weinberg Guns Akimbo is evidence of filmmakers who not only know how to make good movies; they also wear all of their insane, colorful, and playfully nasty influences right on their sleeves - and in this case that's just a whole lot of fun to watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
A- 1917 (2019) Abby Olcese Mendes, Deakins and Smith's visual experimentation hits a couple of hurdles, but for the most part, it helps achieve that vision beautifully. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Jawline (2019) Marshall Shaffer Jawline is packed with [...] moments of revelatory insight into both creators and consumers in the live-streaming economy. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
Los Reyes (2018) Marshall Shaffer Los Reyes makes for the boldest reinvention of cinematic grammar this year but never feels like an academic exercise because the lovable pooches win us over time and again. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
C Cats (2019) Abby Olcese Years from now, there will be late-night screenings of Cats, with pleasantly drunk moviegoers bellowing for milk alongside Jason Derulo's Rum Tum Tugger and imitating Hudson's melodramatic stylings. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
A Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Scott Weinberg This may be one of the best films about filmmaking I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C- Hell on the Border (2019) Josh Bell Reduces Reeves to a cheap action-movie stereotype, just another generic Western lawman gunning down anonymous henchmen in cowboy hats. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
C Bombshell (2019) Abby Olcese Bombshell wants to be sharp-edged commentary, but also doesn't want to turn off audiences on either side of the political divide. The movie is so concerned with having it both ways that it ends up unsure of how to proceed. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
C- Primal (2019) Josh Bell Despite the "Cage vs. jaguar" hook that is being relied on to sell the movie, there isn't a whole lot of gnarly animal action. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
D Beyond the Law (2019) Josh Bell Seagal spends the majority of his screen time sitting down, and he only rouses himself for a few seconds at the end of the movie for something that could charitably be called an action sequence. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
A- The Irishman (2019) Abby Olcese Primarily, the film is an actor's showcase, with meaty arcs for De Niro, Pesci, Pacino, and others, with reigned-in direction that results in some surprisingly restrained performances. Pesci, in particular, is a revelation. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
C+ Last Christmas (2019) Abby Olcese It's fairly silly and predictable... However, this Christmas-themed rom-com also contains a legitimately touching message of goodwill and self betterment. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
B- Frozen II (2019) Abby Olcese Frozen II still feels like the market-demanded sequel we know it to be. However, it's worth noting that despite the parts of it that were more than likely the result of studio notes, there's still an emotional core worth appreciating. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
A Knives Out (2019) Abby Olcese It's one of this year's most entertaining examples of art as a reflection of the time and culture that produced it. Its Agatha Christie-inspired story, characters and aesthetic are what make it fun. Its politics are what make it valuable. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
B+ In Fabric (2018) Abby Olcese In Fabric isn't for everyone, and it's that way by design... For those attuned to its sensibilities, however, it's a delightfully creepy world to get lost in for a couple of hours. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
B Feast of the Epiphany (2018) Marshall Shaffer With time and some contemplation, those willing to let the film kick around inside their heads should find it quite illuminating and cerebrally satisfying. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
B+ Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Marshall Shaffer The righteous indignation and bafflement of Bustamante in Temblores lands with a strong impact due in large part to the soulful, tortured performance by Olyslager. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
A- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Eric D. Snider You know pure goodness when you see it, and Hanks thoroughly conveys the goodness in Mister Rogers. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B Queen of Hearts (2019) Marshall Shaffer Watching the dynamics flip proves a riveting watch for a viewer of Queen of Hearts. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017) Marshall Shaffer [A] deeply discomfiting examination of white identity and privilege with the power to rattle viewers to their core. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
A- Parasite (2019) Eric D. Snider A scathing satire-farce-tragedy-horror... You might not like where it goes, but you certainly won't forget it. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
B- Harriet (2019) Abby Olcese Harriet may not be challenging, and it may not be great art, but it's hard to fault the film for how much it wants its audience to respect its subject. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
C Countdown (2019) Eric D. Snider It's like Final Destination without the cleverness, The Ring without the scariness. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
B- Greener Grass (2019) Eric D. Snider An absurdist suburban satire, arch and surreal... Wears thin before it's over, but it made me laugh enough overall to recommend it. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
C+ Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Eric D. Snider Hit-or-miss follow-up that brings back the original cast of post-zombie-apocalypse survivors just to put them through the same paces as last time. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
A- The Lighthouse (2019) Eric D. Snider A fabulous, unnerving sea chantey meant to rattle us with slow-burning madness. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
B- In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Eric D. Snider A reasonably OK science-fiction police procedural... The meat of the story is exciting sci-fi business. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
C+ Gemini Man (2019) Eric D. Snider It's fitting that a movie about clones should seem so much like a copy of other movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
C+ The Addams Family (2019) Eric D. Snider A few chuckles, but the story is bland, warmed-over "be yourself" pablum you've seen a thousand times. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B+ Jojo Rabbit (2019) Eric D. Snider If you can take some rough chuckles, it's a wonderfully spirited and deeply humane story that revels in ridiculing antisemitism and small-mindedness. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
B 4x4 (2019) Eric D. Snider Doesn't lose steam until we leave the vehicle... As long as we're confined to a small space we're caught in the thrill of Ciro's struggle for survival. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
C Joker (2019) Eric D. Snider A gritty, Very Serious, faux-provocative movie with nothing to say. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
D Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Eric D. Snider Gross, stupid, sleazy, exploitative and almost certainly falsely titled. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019