Substream Magazine

Substream Magazine 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
Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Kt Schaefer The Last Jedi is Disney's best contribution to the Star Wars canon so far and we can only hope that the final film of this trilogy will live up to the new standard. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
2/5 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) Kt Schaefer King Arthur: Legend of the Sword often felt like two movies blended together to create an unappetizing, diet shake. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 My Cousin Rachel (2017) Kt Schaefer There was a lot to like about My Cousin Rachel, as the story kept me guessing and it was beautiful to watch. The gorgeous sets, well done costumes, and especially the acting of the background characters... EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) Kt Schaefer While the plot of Captain Underpants is a silly romp based on toilets and childhood rebellion, there is so much going on underneath the surface that it elevates the film from playful fun to very good. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4.5/5 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Kt Schaefer The choice to make such a different story was a bold one, and it made for an exciting and fun film that has plenty of callbacks to Spidey's villains and the MCU while also feeling new and intriguing. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Dunkirk (2017) Kt Schaefer Nolan doesn't seem interested in dazzling us with mind bending ideas or twisty plots. Instead, he offers us a glimpse into the days and hours that the soldiers and civilians who were involved in the Battle of Dunkirk... EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 Cars 3 (2017) Kt Schaefer As a return to form the film succeeds admirably; it's just that the original form was too shallow to support further installments. Cars 3 outstripped its predecessor by many laps, but it was hampered by a slow story with a predictable end... EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
5/5 Okja (2017) Kt Schaefer The story of Okja and Mija is captivating, but the wider implications that are left at the end of the film are impossible to forget. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/5 Despicable Me 3 (2017) Kt Schaefer Despicable Me 3 is easy for young children to watch, but suffers from a lack of focused storytelling and an unwanted dedication to nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017) Kt Schaefer That An Inconvenient Sequel chooses to focus more on the particulars of Al Gore's contributions than the situation at hand is an unfortunate misstep. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Girls Trip (2017) Kt Schaefer Girls Trip never feels like it is judging its characters, even at their most outlandish. Instead it repeatedly sends a message that being yourself and living your truth are the way to find happiness. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
5/5 Step (2017) Kt Schaefer Step is an incredibly relevant example of how hard and rewarding it can be to succeed at life when there is every challenge to block your path. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) Kt Schaefer While The Nut Job 2 had some good performances, the rest of the film is definitely not worth saving for the winter. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 The Dark Tower (2017) Kt Schaefer The Dark Tower seeks to satisfy the fans of the books and appeal to newcomers with a self-contained story and in doing so it fails at both. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Re-Animator (1985) Kt Schaefer With its combination of gross-out horror, ridiculous comedy, over the top scenes, and subtle undercurrents, Re-Animator manages to be many things at once. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Battle of the Sexes (2017) Kt Schaefer The acting in Battle of the Sexes is what elevates it well beyond the average sports film. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Ballerina (2016) Kt Schaefer Leap! is a familiar story, but it flows from point to point naturally and while it does not hold any surprises, neither is it entirely predictable. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4.5/5 It (2017) Kt Schaefer The attention to detail in the sets and makeup and dedication in the acting and camerawork is apparent in every scene, and it all contributes to the film's rich atmosphere. It is great horror film with interesting characters and a strong story. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1/5 The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) Kt Schaefer The Only Living Boy in New York is never able to achieve cohesion among its disparate story lines and suffers from its dedication to showing Thomas as a good guy despite all evidence to the contrary. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Happy Death Day (2017) Kt Schaefer Happy Death Day is a fun romp that skirts cliches and keeps you guessing about the identity of the would-be killer until the very end. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 The Foreigner (2017) Kt Schaefer The Foreigner starts as a revenge story, but evolves into something more within the first 20 minutes. Hennessey's hunt to find the IRA bombers is introduced clumsily, but once started the film manages to spin the events into a satisfying mystery. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1/5 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain (2017) Kt Schaefer The elephant in the room with 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain is that it is a cheaply made, religious anti-drug movie masquerading as a standard Hollywood film. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
ParaNorman (2012) Kt Schaefer Whether or not you have children in your life, Paranorman deserves a spot on your Halloween watch list this year. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Gerald's Game (2017) Kt Schaefer Nothing about Gerald's Game would have worked if they hadn't gotten the right actress, and Carla Gugino is spot on. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
The Babadook (2014) Kt Schaefer The Babadook is an incredibly well-made movie, with each aspect of the film fitting neatly into an overall theme. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1.5/5 Suburbicon (2017) Kt Schaefer Suburbicon is a strange mix of murder mystery, outlandish comedy, and a flimsy civil rights commentary, but none of it lands the way the film wants it to. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 Supergirl (2016) Kt Schaefer Naomi is a fascinating person who is changing perceptions with her impressive force of will and athletic talents; it's a shame that this film couldn't find a more cohesive way to tell her story. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Beauty Mark (2017) Kt Schaefer The film has a compassion for its subjects and shines a light on the small things that are so often left out of these kinds of stories. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
5/5 The Florida Project (2017) Kt Schaefer The Florida Project is both bleak and inspiring as it does its best to reveal the reality inherent in living in dire poverty. It plunges the viewer into its world and never lets up on showing the highs and the lows with brutal clarity. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Kt Schaefer Roman J. Israel, Esq. has great intentions, but it spends too much time picking a story and is never able to deliver on its initial promise. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Wonder (2017) Kt Schaefer Wonder has some very high goals in mind, and while I don't think it reaches all of them, its efforts are admirable and make for an emotional but hopeful viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Signature Move (2017) Kt Schaefer Signature Move is unabashedly a romantic comedy that still manages to include serious content, albeit in a lighthearted way. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 Justice League (2017) Kt Schaefer Justice League, more than any of the other films with Superman, feels like a superhero story. There are jokes and camaraderie between the characters and despite incredibly high stakes, it sheds the grim and gritty affectation that has plagued the DCEU. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Kt Schaefer ...a mostly enjoyable start to the holiday season, as long as you don't expect too much. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 Future '38 (2016) Kt Schaefer Sadly it doesn't come close to the comedic heights of the classic films it's simulating. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1.5/5 Pottersville (2017) Kt Schaefer Pottersville is an undeniably bad movie; regardless of whether its script is a self-aware or how good the acting is, it's an outlandish story that finds resolution by cribbing heavily from It's A Wonderful Life. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 Darkest Hour (2017) Kt Schaefer While Darkest Hour is an interesting examination of the first few weeks of Churchill's premiership, it suffers from its dedication to portraying him as a golden hero. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Ferdinand (2017) Kt Schaefer On the surface, Ferdinand is a pleasant and easy film to watch, with colorful characters and plenty of laughs to entertain young and old. It holds tightly to the positive messages it is trying to send... EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 All the Money in the World (2017) Kt Schaefer The film manages to keep itself together until the last act, but at that point things begin to drag and the movie's passionate message overtakes the plot in several melodramatic scenes that were almost painful to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/5 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Kt Schaefer As long as you do not expect much, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a fun family comedy that actually manages to be enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
4.5/5 Paddington 2 (2017) Kt Schaefer Paddington 2 has the same tone and feel of the first film, but it explores a completely different style of story and includes plenty of fun new characters to keep it fresh. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 L'insulte (2017) Kt Schaefer While The Insult focuses on Lebanese history and cultural conflict, it is a story that will feel familiar to anyone whose country has a vivid and volatile divide. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
2/5 12 Strong (2018) Kt Schaefer While 12 Strong is based on true events, it never feels real due to how they cut corners when developing the film. What should be an interesting and unique story is instead a long slog through dull set pieces and canned dialogue... EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
4.5/5 Black Panther (2018) Kt Schaefer Ryan Coogler infused this epic superhero story with a distinctly black identity that is fiercely proud and unafraid to confront the failings of American culture when it comes to the treatment of African-Americans. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/5 Chris Claremont's X-Men (2018) Kt Schaefer Chris Claremont's X-Men is not for everyone. It is a film created by and for fans who want a deeper understanding of the creators of their favorite comics. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 Love, Simon (2018) Kt Schaefer Love, Simon is a fun and surprisingly deep film that sets a new standard for the teen comedy genre while also breaking new ground in its portrayal of coming out. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
2.5/5 Ready Player One (2018) Kt Schaefer Despite its many issues, Ready Player One is still an enjoyable ride that ticks all the boxes of a big summer blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 Annihilation (2018) Kt Schaefer Annihilation is a fascinating exploration of vibrant and captivating ideas that will challenge filmgoers in the best ways possible. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Kt Schaefer A Wrinkle in Time is a rare film for children that doesn't shy away from the difficult realities of life but also shows a way forward to a better world. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/5 Game Night (2018) Kt Schaefer The film mixes several different types of comedy, but it manages to maintain the same tone throughout, even as the reveals become ever more ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018