Digital Journal

Digital Journal is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Sarah Gopaul
Rating Title/Year Author
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Sarah Gopaul This is a movie of moments. The overall story targets a slightly younger audience than before, but there is enough for everyone to enjoy sprinkled throughout. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Sarah Gopaul The first thing to get out of the way is this feels like a misguided attempt to shoehorn this amazing narrative into the "trending" women of power film movement. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Sarah Gopaul The big improvement from the last picture is these battles are visible to audiences, rather than shrouded in darkness and quick editing... But there's not a lot more to praise in this movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Sarah Gopaul The result is actually very close to the source material, which will please fans even if it lacks some creativity. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Sarah Gopaul Where this movie lacks finesse, it replaces it with brute force. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Sarah Gopaul This movie is basically a cuter, more kid-friendly version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Sarah Gopaul While sharing with audiences the biography of a great writer and philologist, this movie is primarily an exploration of Tolkien's influences for his two greatest tales. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
War on Everyone (2016) Sarah Gopaul Skarsgård and Peña have excellent chemistry, both playing their roles with the perfect balance of seriousness and irony. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Sarah Gopaul Politics and romance don't seem like a winning combination, but this movie does an exceptional job of making it work. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Sarah Gopaul [T]he Russo brothers defy expectations and give fans a movie they didn't anticipate, but will be grateful to have. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Sarah Gopaul Overall, director Michael Chaves' feature debut is a haunting horror movie that embraces the build-up and doesn't require jump scares at regular intervals. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Sarah Gopaul It's difficult not to compare films - particularly when the first picture has such a loyal following - and, in doing so, the original definitely triumphs. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Sarah Gopaul Shazam isn't as flashy as its DC counterparts, but it brings a lot of heart and laughter to the screen as a superhero movie suitable for the whole family. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Giant Little Ones (2018) Sarah Gopaul ... a thoughtful examination of the harm that comes from a need for labels and how empowering it can be to stop needing them to define one's relationships. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
Us (2019) Sarah Gopaul Adelaide's constant uneasiness radiates from the screen, which is one of many accomplishments by Nyong'o in this movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Sarah Gopaul [The] choice to be conventional is the most disappointing aspect of the film, which is an otherwise standard period romance. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Sarah Gopaul Gloria is an authentic representation of real women and the type of woman many aspire to be. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Sarah Gopaul Rather than change the way comic book movies depict women, this picture makes a standard superhero movie with a female protagonist. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Greta (2018) Sarah Gopaul ...even though this movie isn't as sophisticated as [Neil Jordan's] other films, it's still enjoyable because of its absurdity rather than in spite of it. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) Sarah Gopaul This movie offers a unique perspective as it examines the effects of war via art in a manner that is surprisingly engaging and moving. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Sarah Gopaul This is a fitting end to an exceptional and touching film franchise, balancing tears with joy as the best goodbyes are known to do. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Sarah Gopaul When looking for a popcorn movie, it doesn't matter if it's predictable - but it has to be fun and this movie definitely checks that box. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Sarah Gopaul Every inch of the aesthetic was thought-out with painstaking detail that makes it all seem real and, in turn, helps bring its characters to life. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Sarah Gopaul [The film] takes a more literal approach to its narrative that builds on its self-awareness, while still delivering an amusing caper in a fantastically imaginative world. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Sarah Gopaul [D]irector Catherine Hardwicke resists the Hollywood machine enough to let Gloria survive her way. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Chef Flynn (2018) Sarah Gopaul Eureka is the name Flynn gave his in-house restaurant and pop-ups, and it would seem the exclamation is an apt title for his still blossoming career. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
Cold War (2018) Sarah Gopaul This unconventional love story captivates audiences with its nearly square frame and conflicted romance that is amazingly contained to less than 90 minutes without missing a beat or feeling rushed. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Serenity (2019) Sarah Gopaul Serenity starts off as a solid neo-noir before turning into something completely different, which runs the risk of derailing the narrative and alienating audiences. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Glass (2019) Sarah Gopaul The most exciting part of this type of trilogy is getting everyone into the same room, so Shyamalan doesn't waste a lot of time getting to at least one of the more anticipated meetings. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Sarah Gopaul The script creates a blend of timelines that engages viewers with equal fervour and challenges them to be evenly present in both stories. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Lifechanger (2018) Sarah Gopaul The movie is a solid genre picture that combines sci-fi and some twisted form of romance, but it's truly made by the ending that calls into question everything that preceded it and gives the title an additional meaning. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Welcome to Marwen (2018) Sarah Gopaul [I]n spite of the connection between the real and imaginary storylines, they feel like they are competing for the audience's attention. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Sarah Gopaul Ginsburg is smart as a whip, and Jones conveys her strength and intelligence with poise and humour. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Sarah Gopaul The film is unrushed, often making poetry in motion, as viewers are meant to spend time with these people to better understand where they're coming from, creating a subtle yet striking statement that resonates long after the credits. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Sarah Gopaul Director James Wan is not concerned with shoehorning his film into the greater DCEU, which gives him the freedom to make a film that rolls Aquaman's origin story and an exciting plot into a movie that surpasses most of the studio's other efforts. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Sarah Gopaul It's not often one can recapture the hope of their youth via a charming follow-up to a family favourite, but this is unquestionably one of those rare occasions that should be lovingly embraced. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The House That Jack Built (2018) Sarah Gopaul [A]s is typical, the filmmaker's arguments are thought-provoking, even when they are wrapped in indecency. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
The Quake (2018) Sarah Gopaul [S]omewhat expectedly, this film doesn't measure up to its predecessor, but still passes for a popcorn action blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
Mortal Engines (2018) Sarah Gopaul If it was tighter and focused on hitting the (obvious) beats to propel the story forward, it'd be a much-improved picture. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Sarah Gopaul Obviously, this is a simplified and likely exaggerated representation of history, but the difficulties these women faced should not be dismissed or underestimated. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Sarah Gopaul "Family is not an F-word," but Deadpool isn't the same without it. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Sarah Gopaul At 152 minutes, one's appreciation for Guadagnino's approach has a lot of time to waver and those moments of brilliance can become overshadowed by the self-indulgent, art house elements that appeal to a more niche audience. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
Green Book (2018) Sarah Gopaul The comedy woven through the entire script is surprising, but completely natural. The friendship that develops between these two dissimilar men is heartwarming and the fact that it's based on a true story ... makes it even more so. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Sarah Gopaul It's vibrant and everything moves very quickly, which is great for Vanellope but really discombobulates Ralph. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
Creed II (2018) Sarah Gopaul ... its understanding of the franchise's history is evident and a significant contributor to creating a movie that long-time fans will enjoy. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
Widows (2018) Sarah Gopaul [McQueen and Flynn] create a thrilling picture that offsets its one element of predictability with a compelling narrative that keeps everyone on their toes. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Sarah Gopaul ... nothing negates the fact that the crux of the film is located in a handful of key scenes and the last 30 minutes of the movie, making more than two-thirds of the picture noticeably superfluous. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Sarah Gopaul This film is somewhat understated, but it fits the subject matter well ... [it] uses sincerity and realism to deliver its meaning. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Sarah Gopaul Unlike the live-action version, this newly animated edition shares a lot of similarities with the original, which makes it more palatable. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Sarah Gopaul The tale is enchanting, though the lack of music is conspicuous and the ending is a little underwhelming. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018