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Rating Title/Year Author
B+ John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Tom Santilli Yes, John Wick: Chapter 2 is a bit too long, but in many ways it is a far superior than its predecessor. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
C John Wick (2014) Tom Santilli John Wick is the sort of mindless movie that you get when you give two long-time stunt men (David Leitch and Chad Stahelski) the directorial reins. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
B+ The Best of Enemies (2019) Tom Santilli Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
C Shazam! (2019) Tom Santilli Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
A- The Mustang (2019) Tom Santilli Quiet but compelling, The Mustang is a character-study that gallops confidently on a journey through the human spirit of a broken man. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
B Hotel Mumbai (2018) Tom Santilli Hotel Mumbai is impactful and haunting, a movie that you can't unsee no matter how hard you try. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
B+ The Highwaymen (2019) Tom Santilli Some might call this the "less interesting" Bonnie and Clyde story, but with two veteran actors leading the charge, The Highwaymen becomes intriguing all on its own. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
B Dumbo (2019) Tom Santilli ...there is a lot that doesn't work in the new Dumbo, but there is just enough balance to keep this high-wire act from falling flat. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
B+ The Russian Five (2018) Tom Santilli ...this movie brings back all of the excitement, all of the pride, all of the love, that was felt for this team and this city, not all that long ago. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
A- The Dirt (2019) Tom Santilli Raw, abrasive and as in-your-face as the band it's depicting...it's a rockin' good time. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
C+ Us (2019) Tom Santilli It is possible to love Jordan Peele, think he is our modern-day Alfred Hitchcock-in-the-making, and still admit that Us isn't all that it should be. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
C+ Climax (2018) Tom Santilli A good film that feels like a bad film. It's a film worth seeing, and then never seeing again. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
A Giant Little Ones (2018) Tom Santilli ...a slice of life drama about discovery, acceptance and understanding...and it's probably the best film of the year that you won't have seen. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
C+ Five Feet Apart (2019) Tom Santilli The performances almost make the journey bearable. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
A Apollo 11 (2019) Tom Santilli This documentary will fill you with a sense of wonderment, more than any superhero movie ever could. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
C+ The Kid (2019) Tom Santilli The Kid ends up shooting itself in the foot with a screenplay mired in clichés, and none of the characters or performances seems to gel. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
A- Triple Frontier (2019) Tom Santilli We've all seen movies that seem like this one, yet every time we think we know where this is going, it goes in a completely different & often exhilarating direction. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
C- Captain Marvel (2019) Tom Santilli This is more of the same, and frankly, it's getting boring. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
D Isn't It Romantic (2019) Tom Santilli It's always disappointing to watch a comedy that is based around the idea that the main actor is ugly...or otherwise unattractive. Most of Wilson's comedy pulls from this. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
A Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Tom Santilli Alita: Battle Angel is one of the best films of 2019...this is what going to the movies is all about. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
C- The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Tom Santilli A guy kills Hitler, then Bigfoot. Tell me again why we should care? EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
B What Men Want (2019) Tom Santilli [Taraji P. Henson] provides an emotional center to a film that is sure to be pleasing...for both men, and women. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
D Cold Pursuit (2019) Tom Santilli Also in need of escape? Anyone trapped in a theater who paid money to watch this awful dreck. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
C+ The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Tom Santilli Not only are things no longer "awesome," they're all the way down to just "meh." EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
C Miss Bala (2019) Tom Santilli Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
D Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Tom Santilli Gilroy seems to have a lot to say about art, criticism, ego and false praise, but Velvet Buzzsaw is all over the canvas...The result is just drab. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
B They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Tom Santilli ...a shocking and brutal jolt of history, the importance of which cannot be denied. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ Cold War (2018) Tom Santilli The brisk pace and short run-time of Cold War add to the fleeting nature of the love story at its center, and each scene feels necessary. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
C- Serenity (2019) Tom Santilli Serenity tries to reel you in, but this one is just dead in the water. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ Stan & Ollie (2018) Tom Santilli While it may feel a bit too light and slight at times, Stan & Ollie is a fitting tribute to the classic comedians, but it's also a timeless tale of friendship and love. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
C The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Tom Santilli There's a gritty noir feel to The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, a film that deals in shade and shadows. But in the end, this was fifty shades of meh. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
C Destroyer (2018) Tom Santilli Looks aside, the narrative is all over the place, and with no redeeming qualities to be found, and no characters to root for, what's the point? EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
C- Glass (2019) Tom Santilli It'd be nice to report that Glass is over-flowing with promise, or that Shyamalan has once again found his groove, but the truth is that Glass is...bone-dry. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ The Upside (2018) Tom Santilli There are positives in The Upside, but not enough to outweigh the negatives. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
B Ben Is Back (2018) Tom Santilli Ben is Back is worth watching maybe after you've seen Beautiful Boy...they really feel like the same story, viewed at different points along the way. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- Escape Room (2019) Tom Santilli This is a movie that is all journey, no destination...But there's no escaping the fact that it knows what it is. And that's an accessible, PG-13-rated thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
C+ On the Basis of Sex (2018) Tom Santilli For a woman so tough...this movie about her is quite plain Jane...it unravels without much gumption, and doesn't quite do Ruth Bader Ginsburg...justice. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
C Bird Box (2018) Tom Santilli Sandra Bullock is always likable and effective, but she's surrounded by several one-dimensional fellow survivors, none of whom act or think like real human beings. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
A Vice (2018) Tom Santilli Vice is one of the best films of 2018, mainly because of McKay's style. Stealing from his subject, McKay realizes that the spin is sometimes more important than the story. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
A- If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Tom Santilli If Beale Street Could Talk keeps [James Baldwin's] voice alive, given a tender touch by Barry Jenkins, but spoken loud and clear. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
B+ Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Tom Santilli ...the overriding message of the film is just to live a little bit, and as the film unfolded...I found myself giving in to the magic of Mary Poppins. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977) Tom Santilli Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
A Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Tom Santilli The late Stan Lee would be proud. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
B+ Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Tom Santilli Mary Queen of Scots is one of the more surprising December entries this season. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
B- Roma (2018) Tom Santilli ...the vast majority of movie-goers will not find Roma accessible at all...another "critic" movie that applauds abstract art and serves in-part as Cuaron hero-worship. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
D Mortal Engines (2018) Tom Santilli First-time director (but long-time special-effects person) Christian Rivers is too focused on technical wizardry, and the result is headache-inducing chaos. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
B The Favourite (2018) Tom Santilli The Favourite as a film meanders a bit and isn't nearly as perfect as its cast, but the performances endure. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
B+ Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Tom Santilli Deadpool 2 works surprisingly well as a PG-13 film, although Deadpool is best when he is left to be his sarcastic, vulgar self. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
B+ The Pickle Recipe (2016) Tom Santilli Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
B- The Front Runner (2018) Tom Santilli There are clear signs that this should have been a better film. Even still, it's an effective look at the love-hate relationship between politics and journalists. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018