The Hollywood News

The Hollywood News is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Freda Cooper, Kat Hughes
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Kat Hughes A welcome respite from what has become the trademark Conjuring-verse jump scare, Annabelle Comes Home is an entertaining watch that teases several new directions the series may take. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 Critters Attack! (2019) Kat Hughes Critters Attack! perfectly captures the look and feel of the previous Critters films, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. If you come for the practical effects and ignore the story, you'll find something a little magic. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 Midsommar (2019) Kat Hughes Technically, Midsommar is sound and Aster utilises all the same flourishes that made Hereditary so compelling, but the uninspired characters, simplistic plot and overlong run time drag the film from greatness to merely average. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/5 Child's Play (2019) Kat Hughes A modern take on Child's Play that somehow feels just as dated as the original. The film squanders its only original idea in favour of sticking to the expected genre tropes. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 Ladyworld (2018) Kat Hughes Inspired costuming and score create a true 'other world', but a lack of clarity on a couple of key elements leaves the viewer a little muddled. Overall though, Ladyworld is a solidly made film, one that raises an interesting range of debates. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 Monster Party (2018) Kat Hughes A familiar story with not enough individuality to stand apart from its superiors, Monster Party (released in UK as Killer Party) is at best a throwaway film, one that won't stick in memory for long. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 Starfish (2016) Kat Hughes A beautiful, haunting and hypnotic study of grief told through whimsy and wonder, Starfish falls somewhere between Donnie Darko, I Am Legend, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Kat Hughes From the explosive opening, to the epic finale, John Wick Parabellum is an adrenaline charged assault to the senses. A cacophony of bullets, broken glass and samurai swords, it launches everything in the arsenal to send the franchise out on a high. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 Arctic (2018) Kat Hughes A beautifully shot, study of the resilience of man in the face of exceptional odds. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 Destination Wedding (2018) Kat Hughes Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder unite for a bittersweet, but rather one-note, break from the romantic comedy tradition. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Kat Hughes A film let down by its confusing, and at times unintentionally, comedic monster, The Curse of La Llorona goes through all the usual tropes of a Conjuring film whilst missing the main element - being scary. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 They Look Like People (2015) Kat Hughes A tense psychological thriller with two of the most endearing best friends since Bill and Ted. They Look Like People is what would happen if Donnie Darko grew up. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 The Terror of Hallow's Eve (2017) Kat Hughes A nerve-shredding, gut-busting throwback to the glory days of horror. The Terror of Hallow's Eve taps into a strong vein of nostalgia. If you're a fan of the good old days of this genre film, you're going to love this one! EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 () Kat Hughes Automata is another example of the fine work that indie outlet Hex Studios are doing to preserve an old Hollywood take on a genre film. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
1/5 Leprechaun Returns (2018) Kat Hughes A cheap and nasty attempt to, yet again, revive the Leprechaun franchise, Leprechaun Returns fails to be original, modern, or entertaining. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
5/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Kat Hughes Dread permeates every frame in this tone perfect recreation of Stephen King's finest work. Steeped in darkness, and accompanied by fantastic performances, Pet Sematary is a King adaptation to be remembered for all the right reasons. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Kat Hughes A strong follow-up to Get Out, with Us, Jordan Peele outs himself as a loud and proud fan of genre cinema, and proves that he's more than capable of frightening the life out of an audience. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
5/5 Depraved (2019) Kat Hughes A film of beauty, both creatively and performed, Depraved is anything but what the title suggests. A truly special moment in the lineage of a beloved movie monster, Fessenden has crafted the best take on Frankenstein since Shelley herself. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
5/5 Double Date (2017) Kat Hughes Seductive, hilarious and deviously disturbing, with Double Date Barfoot and Morgan have burst onto the British movie scene with a brilliant blend of horror and comedy. The 40-Year-Old Virgin meets Fatal Attraction. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 The Rusalka (2018) Kat Hughes A well thought-out sombre sophomore feature, The Siren may on the surface be a simplistic tale of love, but it hides a wealth of danger and pathos underneath. A dark fairy-tale love story that will melt your heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Freaks (2018) Kat Hughes Freaks is essentially what would happen if the X-Men were to have lived in Room within the Chronicle universe. It's been a long time since you've seen a sci-fi film quite like this. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
4/5 Level 16 (2018) Kat Hughes A female-focused tale of science-fiction dystopian thrills, Level 16 makes a strong and powerful statement; one that deserves to be seen by all. For those thinking science-fiction is a man's world, prepare to think again. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2/5 Dead Ant (2017) Kat Hughes Giant Killer Ant (UK title) could have been a Sy-Fy channel classic, but meanders on the edge of mediocrity. Still worth a watch, if only to see Jake Busey rock out during the film's climax. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 The Dead Center (2018) Kat Hughes Clive Barker in style, The Dead Center is certainly creepy enough, and would make the perfect double bill companion with The Autopsy of Jane Doe. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Kat Hughes The Hole in the Ground could very well be Ireland's answer to The Babadook, this changeling tale will leave you chilled. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Lords of Chaos (2018) Kat Hughes A slice of dark history from the music industry, tainted by some shocking and very uncomfortable scenes, Lords of Chaos will not be to everyone's taste. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Kat Hughes Popcorn thrills that blend Groundhog Day, Scream and Rick and Morty into a pleasurable, if not wholly satisfying, hundred minutes. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 () Kat Hughes Even at it's weakest moment, Parallel still remains an entertaining jaunt across the multiverse. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 Estranged (2015) Kat Hughes Estranged is particularly brilliant at wringing tension and casting doubts in the viewer's mind, making it a great cerebral and thrilling horror. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 Maleficent (2014) Kat Hughes Though on paper it is not exactly the sort of children's film you'd expect, what with the story focusing on the villain, it does show children that there are two sides to every story. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 Reborn (2018) Kat Hughes Great emotional performances from Crampton and newcomer Gilbert help Reborn rise above its cliched kills and dialogue. A traumatic ordeal forms the basis for an interesting contemporary spin on two classics - Frankenstein and Carrie. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 Peripheral (2018) Kat Hughes A story that works well within the confines of its limited location, crafting an unnerving and claustrophobic atmosphere, Peripheral is a sci-fi body horror that will get under the skin. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/5 Siberia (2018) Kat Hughes Another miss on the CV for Keanu Reeves, Siberia is a muddled mess that tries far too hard to be sexy (get ready for some very cringe-worthy sex scenes) and fails in the most epic way. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 Little Sister (2016) Kat Hughes A charming independent drama that deserves to cross over into the wider populace. Engaging, quirky, funny and emotional, Little Sister is an absolute delight. An instant kooky cult classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/5 Mara (2018) Kat Hughes A strong debut from Clive Tonge, Mara gets a little bogged down by its formulaic narrative, but does have some gems hidden amongst it. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 Den blomstertid nu kommer (2018) Kat Hughes A mysterious thriller with a strong emotional core, The Unthinkable offers a very unique viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 Mandy (2018) Kat Hughes You'll likely come to Mandy for crazy Nic Cage, but once watching, will fall in love with the pure, unadulterated psychedelic visuals, hypnotic score and uber-violence, the likes we've barely seen since the eighties. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
2/5 CTRL (2018) Kat Hughes For me Ctrl is a case of too much talking (about stuff I'm not versed enough in to fully grasp) and not enough forward momentum. A low-fi intellectual take on the sentient machine. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 The Tokoloshe (2018) Kat Hughes A solid debut that is let down by one small decision, The Tokoloshe is a chilling story with some very strong moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 Ravers (2018) Kat Hughes A real crowd-pleaser it should be watched with as many like-minded people as possible for full enjoyment. Fun and funny, Ravers is one party you'll want to attend. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years (2018) Kat Hughes A lovely examination of one of Britain's best film institutions, prepare to learn a whole lot more about the world of Hammer Horror. A must devour for fans of the House. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 Pimped (2018) Kat Hughes A tautly scripted thriller that slowly seduces, Pimped has much more going on than it initially seems. Led by two strong central performances, expect scenes of a dark and violent nature, sans the typical blood and gore. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 Trespassers (2018) Kat Hughes Hell is Where the Home is offers some nice perspectives on the home invasion genre, with some interesting character work elevating it more than others. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 Dementia Part II (2018) Kat Hughes A nice return to cinematic styles of the past, Dementia: Part II somehow manages to be one of the most stomach-churning films I've seen this year. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 Perfect Skin (2018) Kat Hughes With Perfect Skin, first-time director Kevin Chicken has crafted a film of true beauty, complimented perfectly by Richard Brake at his absolute best. Vastly different from his previous standout role of Doom-Head, Brake's turn here is simply superb. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 Halloween (2018) Kat Hughes A perfect contemporary sequel to a horror classic. Halloween delves into the after effects of trauma perfectly. JLC gets the Linda Hamilton T2 treatment and it works brilliantly. Also, that John Carpenter score will never not be amazing. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
1/5 Best F(r)iends (2017) Kat Hughes What could, and should, have been more The Room level madness is sadly just downright mad. Unless you're a real glutton for punishment, skip this and just re-watch The Room again. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 Venom (2018) Kat Hughes Not as bad as Spider-Man 3, Venom sadly fails to capitalise on its potential. There's high hopes for a sequel, although with an opening this lack-lustre, Sony might just hit the reset button once more. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2018
5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Kat Hughes Absolutely LOVED this. Bradley Cooper is just sensational. A juggernaut assault on the emotions. Pack tissues. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
Incontrol (2017) Kat Hughes Sadly for a film filled with so many interesting ideas and concepts, the plot doesn't quite hold up. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018