Next Best Picture

Next Best Picture is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kt Schaefer, Nguyen Le
Rating Title/Year Author
5/10 Stuber (2019) Kt Schaefer The film tries to appeal to everyone and in the process loses some of its appeal to everyone. The action scenes are uneven and the impressive supporting cast is not given nearly enough time to shine.​ EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
7/10 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Kt Schaefer Detective Pikachu is an entertaining watch for families and anyone who has fond memories of their time experiencing a world that includes Squirtles, Pikachus, and Psyducks. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
7/10 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Kt Schaefer The success of this film rests largely on Zac Efron's performance as Ted Bundy, played too maniacally or too sweet and the nuance that is necessary for this story would have been lost. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
4/10 Dumbo (2019) Kt Schaefer The bones of this new film could make for an interesting reimagining of the Dumbo story, but the screenplay, dialogue, and visual effects don't allow for it to live up to its potential. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
9/10 Captain Marvel (2019) Kt Schaefer Great visual effects and acting by Brie Larson make for an enjoyable watch that embraces a confident and smart woman character, something rarely seen in this genre. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/10 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Kt Schaefer A poorly developed script combined with directing that feels designed for younger audiences leaves not much to be enjoyed outside of the visuals. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
7/10 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Kt Schaefer [Director] Joe Cornish managed to tick almost all the boxes when he made The Kid Who Would Be King. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
9/10 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Kt Schaefer Despite its minor weaknesses, Ralph Breaks the Internet is a great expansion on the original concept and for those who are willing and able to embrace the setup it will be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
6/10 Smallfoot (2018) Kt Schaefer It may not become a classic but it is still a fun watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
8/10 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Kt Schaefer If you have an interest in The Great War or would like to see the magic that Peter Jackson and his small crew worked with film stock that has existed for more than a century, They Shall Not Grow Old is well worth seeking out. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
6/10 Aquaman (2018) Kt Schaefer While Aquaman is one of the better DC films, it is still fairly uneven. It gives us a glimpse at a whole new mythos and makes the world of Atlantis feel ancient, creating a fantasy story that offers something different for DC fans EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
7/10 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Kt Schaefer A gorgeous avante garde examination of Vincent van Gogh's life and work that explores the complex intersections of creativity, mental health, and internal experiences with its beautiful cinematography and dramatic score. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
6/10 Green Book (2018) Kt Schaefer The script has some funny moments and the relationship between Ali and Mortensen has a natural chemistry that draws in the viewer... Unfortunately, Green Book doesn't use it's full potential, as it softens its message. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
6/10 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Kt Schaefer For all the skill behind the film, the story is its weakest point. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
6/10 White Boy Rick (2018) Kt Schaefer Combining its great performances and beautiful cinematography, the film is certainly worth watching, but at the same time, it is important to keep in mind from what perspective that story is being told. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/10 Venom (2018) Kt Schaefer A dumb script, bad CGI and poor plotting all combine to make a film that feels as though it is a bad joke at someone's expense. ​ EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
6/10 Nothing Like a Dame (2018) Kt Schaefer Tea With The Dames is an excellent introduction to the careers of these 4 women, but unfortunately it isn't able to devote the time necessary to give a full picture of its subjects lives and contributions to the world of film and theater. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/10 Mile 22 (2018) Kt Schaefer Mile 22 tries hard to bring a new hero to the action film genre but it ends up getting in its own way too much to be really enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
1/10 Peppermint (2018) Kt Schaefer A poorly constructed story that is more exposition than action. Fast cuts and dark lighting make most of the fight scenes feel flat and uninteresting. ​ EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/10 The Meg (2018) Kt Schaefer A first act that drags with a poor script and boring visual effects make for a movie that's only enjoyable for how dumb it can be.​ EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
2/10 The Happytime Murders (2018) Kt Schaefer There isn't nearly enough substance to sustain 90 minutes of a movie and before long it all begins to feel a bit repetitive. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
6/10 Halloween (2018) Kt Schaefer Despite its flaws, Halloween is still one of the better sequels to the original timeline. It clips along at a good pace as it hurtles toward the inevitable conflict with an increasing intensity. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
8/10 Half the Picture (2018) Kt Schaefer It almost goes without saying that Half The Picture is an important documentary, not only because it is incredibly topical, but also because it provides an unflinching look into a situation that has been overlooked for far too long. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
1/10 Life Itself (2018) Kt Schaefer In its attempts to find some level of relatable sincerity Life Itself completely misses the mark and instead is only able to be overwrought and tiresome. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Nguyen Le Regardless of the dust that covers its brilliance, this is a mystery film absolutely worth re-jumping on board for. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Nguyen Le Guillermo del Toro's brutal, breathtaking and magical finest hour is not kid-friendly. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Thor (2011) Nguyen Le It's almost infuriating when 'Team Thor vs. Team Loki" has little of the fervor that made "Team Edward vs. Team Jacob" a phenomenon. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Suburbicon (2017) Nguyen Le Right after a 'bumbling Damon' episode it's back to another tragic portrayal of an intolerant America of yesteryear. Rinse and repeat. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Only the Brave (2017) Nguyen Le Both Brolin and Teller offer heartfelt performances when navigating the script's paternity motif, especially in its aspect of reversing their absent-father status. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
9/10 A Star Is Born (2018) Kt Schaefer Despite its long history and many incarnations, Cooper manages to bring something that feels authentic and new to the table with his iteration of this classic film story. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018