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, Leigh Monson, Murjani Rawls
Rating Title/Year Author
The Novice (2021) Murjani Rawls 'The Novice' is an unflinching portrait of the pursuit of being best. When it's over, you'll question if the price owed is worth it given the hauntingly intelligent portrait. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2021
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) Murjani Rawls 'Tournament of Champions' has it thrills, but it feels more concerned with building sequels that cater to the gore more than the substance. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2021
Les Nôtres (2020) Murjani Rawls While the conclusion might hinder it's entire message, Leblanc poses an intriguing premise on how small towns look upon womanhood when it's not within it's gaze of what it considers perfection. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
Black Widow (2021) Murjani Rawls One of the regrets that the MCU may have is that 'Black Widow' didn't come out sooner in the timeline. Early MCU pitfalls aside, it provides action, character development for Natasha, and spy thriller feel. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Murjani Rawls For any Anthony Bourdain fan, 'Roadrunner' is essential viewing. For those that want to know him, it accurately depicts both his genius and melancholy. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
No Running (2021) Murjani Rawls 'No Running' seeks to combine a sci-fi backdrop with a socially relevant premise. When one theme is dominant, things work. When they both try to co-exist, they don't mix as well. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
B- The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Murjani Rawls There are a lot of scares and color pallets that many would be accustomed to. While the legal aspect could be expanded upon more, Wilson and Farmiga's performances bring a considerable amount of heart into this entry. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
Mortal Kombat (2021) Murjani Rawls The film feels more as a prelude to the first movie to a reboot than an actual one. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2021
Army Of The Dead (2021) Murjani Rawls While it could fare a little better with a shorter run time, 'Army of the Dead' gives a lot of fun, firepower, zombies, and likable characters. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
B- Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Murjani Rawls 'Spiral' straddles the line between social commentary and the gruesome horror fans of the franchise comes to love. While it doesn't dive deeply into either one, it's an entertaining watch with new parts added to the engine. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Murjani Rawls Director Adam Wingard knows what the audiences came to see. 'Godzilla vs. Kong' has gorgeous visuals, hard-hitting fights, and just enough plot to not overcomplicate the fun. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2021
Jakob's Wife (2021) Murjani Rawls Barbara Crampton truly embraces her role in a movie that has it's ups and downs. Besides that, it's smart, has something to say about the role of patriarchy in religion, and brings some hilarity. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2021
C Wrath of Man (2021) Murjani Rawls You have to get past a first act with some bad one-liners, but 'Wrath of Man' does just enough with it's twist on a revenge story and making the most out of Statham's stoic stature. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2021
The Djinn (2021) Murjani Rawls While there are pieces of horror motifs that you'll instantly recognize, 'The Djinn' allows acting, camera work, and it's suffocating atmosphere differentiate itself. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2021
In The Earth (2021) Murjani Rawls Can science and spirituality have a meeting point? 'In The Earth' dives into that question with awe-inspiring visuals. However, it lets itself go before it can really dive into the questions it asks. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2021
The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) Murjani Rawls A weighty, emotional, and introspective depiction of a marriage on life support. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2021
Profile (2018) Murjani Rawls 'Profile' tries to build upon the foundation laid by films such as 'Unfriended' and 'Searching.' While it has tense moments, it ditches it's important premise for a shaky one. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2021
3/5 The End Of Us (2021) Murjani Rawls While it does follow the conventional steps of breakup rom-coms past, 'The End of Us' captures what it all means to two people during the uncertain times of a pandemic. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
How It Ends (2021) Murjani Rawls How It Ends finds it's footing in the performances of Lister-Jones and Spaeny. Two halves of a whole who is trying to find some peace during the end times. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2021
I'M FINE (Thanks for Asking) (2021) Murjani Rawls Within this film is a story of the enduring spirit of what a mother would do to make the world a better place for her daughter. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2021
Chaos Walking (2021) Murjani Rawls Mired down by reshoots and a long production period, unfortunately Chaos Walking squanders it's great cast and good ideas. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2021
The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Murjani Rawls The movie doesn't provide conventional horror scares, but provides an unsettling air of dreadfulness that comes adjacent to distance and grief. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Murjani Rawls It's lengthy, uncompromising with it's tone, and has a full understanding of the importance of DC's finest heroes coming together to stop a formidable threat. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Murjani Rawls Washington and Zendaya do an outstanding job in the setting that they are provided. However, what initially serves as a intriguing dissection of a relationship quickly goes around in circles. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
Minari (2020) Murjani Rawls A heartwarming story where you are rooting for a family to win and bracing yourself for every loss. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Murjani Rawls Psycho Goreman takes good practical effects and mixes them with a 80s B-horror, sci-fi, and a little bit of heart for an enjoyable mix. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
Music (2021) Murjani Rawls There's so much that this movie gets wrong about the community that is searching to uplift. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
Soul (2020) Murjani Rawls Soul's overall message in conjunction with the surrealness of the afterlife and vibrant New York atmosphere leaves you with things to contemplate and appreciate. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
Sylvie's Love (2020) Murjani Rawls During an age where Black love stories weren't told in this matter, it's great that we've arrived at a place where it can be done. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
Yellow Rose (2019) Murjani Rawls "Yellow Rose" is equal parts hopeful and heartbreaking. Noblezada's performance pulls together an unforgettable film that chronicles the plights of the undocumented. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
Saint Maud (2019) Murjani Rawls "Saint Maud's" euphoric and nightmarish journey is an intelligent depiction of who gets to be called a saint and deemed a sinner. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
One Night in Miami (2020) Murjani Rawls With Regina King's directorial debut, she is able to capture the complexities of the civil rights movement through four of it's most prominent figures that will keep you engaged until the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Murjani Rawls Kaluuya, Stanfield, and the supporting cast all bring their A game to a movie that shows the Black Panther movement in a different light as well as the forces opposing it. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Murjani Rawls WW84 is most concerned with the emotional growth of it's characters. While it may not reach the heights of the first movie, it provides an enjoyable watch that utilizes the time period it's based in. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
Songbird (2020) Murjani Rawls Mostly concerned with conveying a love story, Songbird mostly discards the deeper issues at hand. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Promising Young Woman (2020) Murjani Rawls Emerald Fennell's directorial debut puts revenge in a colorful package, while fortifying a creative story on what women have to face in a society that fails them. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Murjani Rawls Birds of Prey is a balancing act that includes pizazz, a reignited love for Harley Quinn, and a thirst to see where new ones can go. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
Stardust (2020) Murjani Rawls Without the music of David Bowie, Stardust attempts to humanize the charismatic figure, but ultimately loses the essence that created him. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Run (2020) Murjani Rawls Wielding strong performances from Paulson and Allen, Aneesh Chaganty's second feature film excels at building a thriller you won't get enough of. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Doctor Sleep (2019) Murjani Rawls Doctor Sleep serves as a thought provoking and logical progression diving into generational traumas and owning your gifts before it's too late. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
Teenage Badass (2020) Murjani Rawls The movie has a certain enduring quality in showing the rise of an up-and-coming band, but then quickly falls into patterns of plot choices that we've seen many times before. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
Midsommar: The Director's Cut (2019) Murjani Rawls If there is anything that the director's cut clarifies, it's that the troubled state of Dani and Christian relationship is the real horror within the nightmarish backdrop of the Harga ceremony. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) Murjani Rawls Lacks the overall sense of fear of the original and goes for a darker tone that detracts away from effective chills of Freddy's character. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
The Lie (2018) Murjani Rawls The Lie is better at exploring the pieces of a broken family than the murder mystery it tries to build. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2020
Vampires vs. The Bronx (2019) Murjani Rawls Vampires vs. The Bronx is brimming with heart, the emotional strain of gentrification, and who it hurts the most. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
1/5 Blue World Order (2017) Leigh Monson There are too many potentially interesting ideas woven into the narrative of Blue World Order to write this off as a lazy venture. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
3/5 Desolation (2017) Leigh Monson Desolation sits in that uncomfortable territory of either being sunk by the bungling of its twist or saved by its execution aside from that twist, depending on where one's priorities for cinematic satisfaction reside. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
1/5 Psychotic! (2016) Leigh Monson The long stretches of actionless tedium that comprise the majority of Psychotic! drag the moments of inspiration down with them. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
1.5/5 Showdown in Manila (2016) Leigh Monson [It] isn't entirely devoid of fun action or interesting ideas, but the execution is so scattershot that there's no way to recommend the movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5/5 The Road Movie (2016) Leigh Monson The Road Movie is a good time, particularly if you can share the experience with someone else or a theater full of people similarly inclined to laugh along. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020