Quartz

Quartz is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Adam Epstein
Rating Title/Year Author
Ghostbusters (2016) Noah Berlatsky It's as if, in exorcizing the original's misogyny, Ghostbusters has at last managed to find the soul it thought it had all along. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Total Recall (2012) Noah Berlatsky It's nothing but a third-rate genre exercise. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
The Magnificent Seven (2016) Noah Berlatsky Through successive rounds of whitewashing, one of the great works of cinema has been transformed into a bland, brainless multiplex shoot-em-up. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
War Dogs (2016) Noah Berlatsky Efraim and David's casual callousness is supposed to be funny... But the uncomfortable truth is that War Dogs, perhaps unconsciously, provides an accurate picture of current US attitudes towards war. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Noah Berlatsky Rogue One is not a terrible film-especially compared to the Star Wars prequels. But its energy and its imagination are all focused on nostalgic fan service and Easter eggs. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Loving (2016) Noah Berlatsky By focusing on community, rather than just on Richard and Mildred, the film pushes back against multiple stereotypes. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Atomic Blonde (2017) Noah Berlatsky tomic Blonde easily surpasses the last umpty-ump Bond films in dash, inventiveness, and delivering on those empowerment fantasies. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Ricki and the Flash (2015) Noah Berlatsky In the end, the film insists that there's no contradiction between domesticity and biker jackets. As a mom, Ricki rocks. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Southpaw (2015) Noah Berlatsky While Southpaw takes care to land punches on all the familiar targets, it also ducks and weaves around masculine stereotypes in some unexpected ways. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Tomorrowland (2015) Noah Berlatsky If dreams can change the future, then maybe a first step towards Tomorrowland is finding alternatives to Tomorrowland and its action film heroic status quo. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
A Apollo 11 (2019) Adam Epstein It is a depiction of a wondrous human experience, told with startling clarity. It's as close as any of us will ever get to that big gray rock floating far above our heads. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
A- Us (2019) Adam Epstein Us puts a huge, can't-miss spotlight on Peele's acute sense of the iconic moment. Every other scene, line, image, and music cue seem destined to live on in the collective cultural psyche. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B+ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Adam Epstein Despite having only the Western genre and a vague thematic through-line of "death" in common, the stories build on one another, subtly cohering into something greater than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
C Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Adam Epstein It's cautious and inoffensive. And that's exactly why it's so disappointing. The Freddie Mercury biopic is the antithesis of its subject's abundant energy, his fearless artistry. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
B+ Suspiria (2018) Adam Epstein Guadagnino bounces around from calm to frenetic and back again, instilling each scene with a sense of unpredictability-it can all cohere or implode at any moment. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977) Jenni Avins It preceded the Muppet movie, and without those otters we may never have had the fantastic creatures of Labyrinth. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
B 22 July (2018) Adam Epstein Greengrass manages to avoid turning the film into an utterly dire, hopeless watch. It's devastating, to be sure, but not defeatist. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
B Mid90s (2018) Adam Epstein Without this believable group of kids, Mid90s would have fallen apart. It's a testament to Hill's ability as a writer and director that it didn't, that he was able to elicit such strong performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
A First Man (2018) Adam Epstein First Man isn't the giant leap for mankind. It's Armstrong's one small step, and it's all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A- A Star Is Born (2018) Adam Epstein Cooper finds a new voice too, as a director. The actor understands how to stage a scene (as well as stage a literal stage-the concert scenes are stunning) in ways that, like the acting, feel instinctive. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2018
A- BlacKkKlansman (2018) Adam Epstein Stallworth's operation is just one small victory in an ongoing struggle, and Lee makes sure we leave the theater knowing that struggle is far from over. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
A Eighth Grade (2018) Adam Epstein Beneath the veneer of a quippy teenage dramedy, Eighth Grade is a devastating study of anxiety, depicting with keen insight the crushing weight of the disease. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
A Annihilation (2018) Adam Epstein It's a thrilling, original, relentlessly disquieting existential nightmare of a movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
B+ Black Panther (2018) Adam Epstein It's the most formidable Marvel film to date; a cinematic artifact that feels like it shouldn't belong to the corporate superhero apparatus. But it's really exciting to know that it does. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
B+ The Shape of Water (2017) Adam Epstein The film proves that intentional ambiguity doesn't necessarily mean a story ends unsettled. That it doesn't explicitly tell you which interpretation to have makes all of them more powerful. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
B+ The Disaster Artist (2017) Adam Epstein As a meta commentary on the misunderstood visionary, The Disaster Artist is a triumph. Yes, it's another of Franco's earnest forays, but this one works because it's so deeply personal. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
B+ Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Adam Epstein Directed by Arrival maestro Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 is a film that, like all of us-human and replicant alike- actively wrestles with its own existence. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
A- The Florida Project (2017) Adam Epstein Moonee is somehow relentlessly entertaining without ever, even in the slightest bit, coming across like a child mascot dreamed up solely for our amusement. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
B- mother! (2017) Adam Epstein Mother! feels like a terrible dream you had when you were younger-one you thought was about one thing but realize years later that it was actually about something else. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
A- Dunkirk (2017) Adam Epstein Dunkirk ends on the burning remnants of Tom Hardy's Spitfire, an emblem of the fire of the human spirit that rages wherever injustice might try to put it out. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
B+ Tour De Pharmacy (2017) Adam Epstein Tour de Pharmacy is exactly the type of utterly silly and self-aware comedy that seems to work well in contrast to our dour reality at present. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
A- Arrival (2016) Adam Epstein Villeneuve and company change the game right in front of your eyes, and you don't realize it until the exact moment that you need to. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018