The Victoria Advocate

The Victoria Advocate is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Joe Friar
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 VHYes (2020) Joe Friar A hilarious spoof of '80s late-night television that would fit right at home on Adult Swim. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/4 Midnight Family (2019) Joe Friar Ambulance crews become ambulance chasers as the documentary begins to resemble Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler. A fascinating nocturnal thrill ride. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
3.5/4 Just Mercy (2019) Joe Friar Fantastic performances from Jordan and Foxx while shedding light on the trailblazing work accomplished by Stevenson, Ansley and the Equal Justice Initiative. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/4 1917 (2019) Joe Friar Sam Mendes' thrilling WWI drama is an immersive experience leaving the viewer breathless. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/4 Clemency (2019) Joe Friar Empathy is at the heart of Chinonye Chukwu's Sundance winner with a superb Alfre Woodard who can command a scene by just using her facial expressions. Riveting. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
4/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Joe Friar Brimming with unbridled energy, the Safdie brothers wield the pulse of New York City and use it to drive their unorthodox method of storytelling. Sandler is out of his element and phenomenal. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
4/4 Little Women (2019) Joe Friar Greta Gerwig's version was conceived out of affection for Louisa May Alcott's novel. It's contemporary with a message of female empowerment and the cast is terrific especially Ronan and Pugh. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
3/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Joe Friar A gracious exit to the sags George Lucas unveiled 42 years ago. The nostalgic and sentimental film isn't concerned with breaking new ground as it is with bidding farewell. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 Synonyms (2018) Joe Friar Nadav Lapid's unpredictable third feature recalls the Portland Trilogy by Gus Van Sant as the film thrives on isolated characters, unscrupulous situations, and the temerity of youth. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Joe Friar Eastwood is at his best with another compelling story about a real-life American hero. Hauser excels as the film's unlikely leading man while Bates and Rockwell deliver strong supporting performances. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3.5/4 Dark Waters (2019) Joe Friar Todd Haynes opts for a good old-fashioned corporate thriller with investigative goto actor Mark Ruffalo delivering another solid performance. Riveting. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) Joe Friar Devastating to watch as Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver tear each other down as Baumbach revisits divorce a second time. Unforgettable performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 () Joe Friar Rich in authenticity with superb performances by Camila Morrone and James Badge Dale. One of the best Indie films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
3.5/4 Depeche Mode: Spirits in The Forest (2019) Joe Friar Longtime collaborator Anton Corbijn brings six fans together to share their personal stories in the documentary that transcends the concert film genre. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/4 Honey Boy (2019) Joe Friar Shia LaBeouf's semi-autobiographical film is superb as the actor bares his soul. One of the best films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/4 The Report (2019) Joe Friar There is clearly a lack of tension in The Report but the subject matter and the performances by the A-list cast give the film a much-needed boost. Driver and Bening are terrific. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/4 () Joe Friar In Jennifer McShane's third feature, she turns her focus to the battle against mental health as two SAPD officers, Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro, incorporate new methods when responding to calls dealing with the mentally ill. Captivating and inspiring. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3.5/4 After the Wedding (2019) Joe Friar The polished version of Susanne Bier's 2006 film resolves itself too easily but the performances by Williams and Moore shouldn't be missed. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/4 The Deeper You Dig (2019) Joe Friar The beautifully shot slow-burner keeps the audience engaged with good performances by the Adams family, especially Toby Poser as the concerned mother and former medium. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/4 First Love (2019) Joe Friar A first-rate cast, dynamic action, slapstick comedy and a cool animated sequence. Think Kill Bill meets Baby Driver as this carnage of chaos proves to be wildly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/4 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Joe Friar The tension builds, the special effects are gruesome, and most of all the film is fun for both young and old moviegoers. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Joe Friar By the time we come to the end of this 110-minute journey, like the film's protagonists, the audience feels like it has ascended from some sort of cinema hell. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/4 The Kill Team (2019) Joe Friar Skarsgard excels in the film based on a true story and the 2014 Krauss documentary. Gripping. A must-see. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Joe Friar It won't connect with everyone. But if it does, the film by Taika Waititi will take you on a rollercoaster ride filled with emotional ups and downs. One of 2019's best films. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Joe Friar Newbies will still be able to enjoy the lighthearted fare however, those familiar with the series created by Julian Fellowes will benefit the most. A real treat for fans. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
2.5 Crown Vic (2019) Joe Friar A good film that unfortunately doesn't stand out from the crop. The performances by Thomas Jane and Luke Kleintank are solid and there are a few moments of real inspiration. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/4 The King (2019) Joe Friar David Michôd delivers a vivacious spin on Shakespeare led by a mature performance by Chalamet and the reputable Joel Edgerton who once again is superb. Poetry is out, chutzpa is in. Long live The King. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
3.5/4 Harriet (2019) Joe Friar Cynthia Erivo's spirited performance as the heroic Harriet Tubman is the highlight of the first biopic about the American abolitionist, suffragist, political activist, and humanitarian. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Joe Friar The con is on in this masterful tale from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. Filled with twists and turns executed to a tee by the superb cast. Bong and co-writer Han Jin-won easily deliver the best original screenplay of the year. Flawless. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/4 Gift (2018) Joe Friar McKenna captures the spirit of Hyde's classic novel as the film becomes a meditative piece and hopefully a lesson for all of us in the importance of giving back. Inspiring! EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Joe Friar Eddie Murphy as blaxploitation star Rudy Ray Moore will go down as one of the actor-comedian's greatest performances. One of 2019's best films! EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/4 Before You Know It (2019) Joe Friar Good performances, whimsical dialogue, and funny moments make this a memorable visit to the cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/4 Western Stars (2019) Joe Friar Even if you're not a diehard Springsteen fan, it's hard to resist the country-tinged songs and ballads behind the 83-minute performance film. Pure magic. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/4 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Joe Friar Powerful. François Ozon's film evokes Spotlight while French actors Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, and Melvil Poupaud deliver some of the best performances you'll see in any film this year. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Joe Friar One of the best pictures of 2019. Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, and Leonardo Sbaraglia that shine brightest in Almodóvar's 21st full-length feature. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/4 Ms. Purple (2019) Joe Friar Chon has become an important voice for the Asian-American experience which remains at the forefront of the vivid stories shared onscreen, their impact lingering long after leaving the theater. Subtle and mesmerizing. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
4/4 Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) Joe Friar A fascinating look at MD Anderson immunologist and Nobel laureate's fight against cancer. Significant doc with enough Texas levity to make this a real treat. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
4/4 Joker (2019) Joe Friar The gritty look and dark tone of Todd Phillips' origins story is exactly the treatment needed for the sinister supervillain. With Scorsese overtones and Phoenix in one of his best performances classify this under Masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
3.5/4 Judy (2019) Joe Friar Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger is breathtaking as iconic Hollywood movie star Judy Garland. The performance overshadows the film which focuses on the period three decades after The Wizard of Oz and six months before her tragic death. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 Villains (2019) Joe Friar The home invasion dark comedy is wildly entertaining with first-rate performances especially Jeffrey Donovan who steals the show. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
3.5/4 Hustlers (2019) Joe Friar Jennifer Lopez delivers her best performance since Out of Sight while an even better Constance Wu makes this brazen crime caper a must-see. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 Depraved (2019) Joe Friar Fessenden gives us one of the most vulnerable manifestations of Frankenstein leaving the depravity to mankind which is far more frightening than any monster ever created. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/4 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Joe Friar The significant contribution Linda Ronstadt made to the music industry can't be measured in a 95-minute documentary. She is the true definition of a superstar and an artist who refused to be labeled. A fitting tribute to a multicultural icon. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/4 Satanic Panic (2019) Joe Friar The Real Housewives summon demons in the entertaining and gory horror-comedy that feels like a throwback from the 80s. Bloody fun! EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
2.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Joe Friar Bill Hader gets MVP and the special effects are first-rate. But in the end, the film is an extravagant display of excess that gets predictable and convoluted. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/4 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Joe Friar Elements of horror and fantasy permeate the gritty drama that leaves the audience spellbound. This is powerful filmmaking at its best. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Joe Friar The funny and savage comedy is led by a brilliant Jillian Bell in a career-changing performance! EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 Give Me Liberty (2019) Joe Friar A funny and charming indie with good performances by the non-professional cast. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/4 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Joe Friar An entertaining tribute to Texas political journalist Molly Ivins who we could use a dose of right about now. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3.5/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Joe Friar Linklater's polished interpretation of Semple's novel flourishes under Cate Blanchett's performance and newcomer Emma Nelson. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019