Ars Technica

Ars Technica is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Annalee Newitz
Rating Title/Year Author
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Annalee Newitz 10 Cloverfield Lane was a delightful ride, full of amusing scary bits and actors who are interesting to watch. Ultimately the biggest problem with 10 Cloverfield Lane was its sham of a marketing campaign. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Gods of Egypt (2016) Annalee Newitz What ultimately makes Gods of Egypt such an off-the-charts bomb is that it tries to shoehorn Egyptian history and myth into the Biblical epic formula. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Midnight Special (2016) Annalee Newitz Midnight Special is so provocative and persuasively strange that it's worth seeing despite the final let down. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Hardcore Henry (2015) Annalee Newitz If you are a fan of cartoony action and bone-crunching sci-fi, you need to see Hardcore Henry. It will fill your black heart with joy and make your eyeballs boil with delight. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Keanu (2016) Annalee Newitz What's truly great about Keanu is that it rises above being just an action-thriller version of parody franchise Scary Movie. Key & Peele have actually made an action movie in its own right-except it stars a kitten and a pair of black nerds. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Annalee Newitz This prequel-sequel abomination is barely good enough for hate-watching unless you want to see the purest expression of paint-by-dollars filmmaking to come out this year. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Annalee Newitz Fiery, intense moments are undermined by a predictable plot. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Suicide Squad (2016) Annalee Newitz The studio crammed it into a "summer blockbuster" suit that didn't fit. There's still an entertaining movie in there, and you'll never be bored. But Suicide Squad isn't going to be the hit that fixes DC's problems. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Doctor Strange (2016) Annalee Newitz Certainly Doctor Strange isn't perfect, but the fast-paced fun generally makes up for some of the lazy worldbuilding. And the best part is that the movie never gets too silly and never gets too dark. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Shin Godzilla (2016) Annalee Newitz The bottom line is that Shin Godzilla is a must-see for any fan of Godzilla movies, but also for people who are simply interested in where Japanese pop culture is headed in the 21st century. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Arrival (2016) Annalee Newitz If you like a suspenseful tale that's both action-packed and thought-provoking, Arrival is exactly the right movie for you this weekend. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Annalee Newitz Despite all the spell-casting, this Harry Potter prequel offers some of the most realistic representations of environmental research field work you're likely to see in a movie this decade. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Hidden Figures (2016) Annalee Newitz Hidden Figures is the perfect balm. It offers an optimistic view of how great this country can be when we unite behind a common cause. And it's a fun space adventure to boot. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
The Great Wall (2016) Annalee Newitz Along the way, expect fun quippery and intense lizard action. Though I would have preferred a greater range of monster types, and especially some giant monsters, the Taotie are damn cool. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Logan (2017) Annalee Newitz Logan's dark tone and desperate violence work well. This is a character study, and the only rough patches are when we deviate from Logan and Laura's journey. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Get Out (2017) Annalee Newitz You'll remember this little shocker a lot longer than you will the latest big budget flick to come out of the Hollywood meatgrinder this summer. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
The Fate of the Furious (2017) Annalee Newitz Dom's team in Furious inhabits the world of today, turning it into a delightfully improbable zone of action-adventure, roaring with gorgeous, futuristic machines. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) Annalee Newitz Even the fight scenes are dull, shrouded in dust, and janky with slo-mo. Honestly, the sword-wielding situation was so meh that I found myself obsessing over the few little things that hadn't been blobbed up by CGI. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Annalee Newitz The film overall is both a visual treat and surprisingly thoughtful adventure. It's about accepting your friends for who they really are and forming family where you find it. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Wonder Woman (2017) Annalee Newitz Wonder Woman is a terrifically fun movie, deftly balancing action sequences and emotional beats. Gal Gadot is charismatic as the eponymous anti-war Amazon princess. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Ingrid Goes West (2017) Annalee Newitz Regardless of how you feel about Instagram, Ingrid Goes West is a must-watch satire of life in the social media spotlight. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Annalee Newitz War for the Planet of the Apes is definitely the most fable-like movie in the rebooted Apes trilogy, with its starkly defined war of good apes against evil humans. But it's also the most character-driven story too. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Okja (2017) Annalee Newitz It's exaggerated, satirical, weird, and dark. The bad guys do genuinely horrifying things that will haunt your dreams. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) Annalee Newitz Professor Marston and the Wonder Women may be occasionally clunky, and its truths varnished, but it gives us a remarkable look at how two women's love for each other inspired a man to create one of the greatest and most enduring heroes. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Annalee Newitz The Last Jedi is a challenging and satisfying movie on many levels. It's fluffy and diverting at times but ultimately delivers a much-needed message about how hope will always reignite the resistance. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Coco (2017) Annalee Newitz Coco never feels like a crass bid for foreign markets. Instead, it comes across as a celebration of the ways culture can unite us across borders. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Annalee Newitz Thanks to this smart, deftly told yarn, we get satisfying and complex answers. And we're left wanting more. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2018
Annihilation (2018) Annalee Newitz This train wreck substitutes incoherence for cosmic mystery. My advice is to read Jeff VanderMeer's novel, watch Alex Garland's first movie Ex Machina, and pretend that the movie version of Annihilation never happened. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2018