About Boulder

About Boulder is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Tim Brennan
Rating Title/Year Author
The Midnight Sky (2020) Tim Brennan It's tough for me to give this film a fair shake when I can't help but be reminded of better work elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Soul (2020) Tim Brennan I'm not saying that Pixar is telling stories with the thematic complexity of an Ozu or Kubrick. I am saying that Pixar does what Disney does, only with more sophistication and layers. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Tim Brennan For me, it felt like a middle to a lower-tier superhero movie. It lacks the dynamic energy of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, the imagination of Avengers: Endgame, and the beating heart and hope of the original Wonder Woman. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Cup of Cheer (2020) Tim Brennan Cup of Cheer delivers nonstop silliness and gleeful profanity, a movie that feels like your aunt getting hammered, telling off-color jokes, and puking under the Christmas tree. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Mank (2020) Tim Brennan For a story about the greatest movie ever made, the movie never gets hung up on reverence for its subject. Even Fincher's darkest films have a playful undercurrent, and this might be his funniest film. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Tim Brennan I like Howard's work a great deal, and I wish he hadn't directed Hillbilly Elegy. This film needed to be made by either someone intimately familiar with life in poverty or someone very comfortable making viewers uncomfortable while asking hard questions. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
All Joking Aside (2019) Tim Brennan Director Shannon Kohli shows us that the process of crafting and executing an act takes an inhuman level of focus, and the costs can be brutal. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Tim Brennan If you're going to check out a courtroom drama, the best-case scenario is for Aaron Sorkin to write the screenplay. Having Sorkin direct is the third or fourth-best case scenario, however. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Tim Brennan Like the first film, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm doesn't just push the boundaries of good taste, it shreds them with a chainsaw. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
The Mortuary Collection (2019) Tim Brennan Ryan Spindell has lived in the world of horror for years and internalized its lessons. His direction is confident and assured, and along with keeping things moving at a brisk pace, he knows to tweak the tone to fit the story. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
Murder in the Woods (2019) Tim Brennan While I hoped for a bigger blast of creativity with Murder in the Woods, I'm happy for its professionalism and its inclusion of Latinx moments and references. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Tim Brennan With luck, future installments will have the courage to get weird. If they're also anchored by the star power of Millie Bobby Brown, we'll really have something to look forward to. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Devil All the Time (2020) Tim Brennan If a movie is a meal, then The Devil All the Time is cinematic turducken. There is an awful lot of movie here, so much so that I wonder if it wouldn't have worked a bit better as a miniseries. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
IRL (2019) Tim Brennan When a new relationship is complicated with distance and technology, is it destined to be a disaster, or can it function as a lifeline of sorts? The new film IRL gives us an answer, one that's honest, complicated, and hopeful. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
Cuties (2020) Tim Brennan Director Maimouna Doucoure has made a clear-eyed and nuanced film about the raging desire of a child to fit in, and the poor decisions they can make that blow up in their faces. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Tim Brennan What matters is that Kaufman made art. He made it his way with skill, intelligence, and no interference from meddling studio executives. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Tim Brennan The insane part isn't just that Bill & Ted Face the Music is a trilogy-capper made with intelligence and deep silliness. No, the insane part is that it's the end of a trilogy that gets better with every entry. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
The One and Only Ivan (2020) Tim Brennan The film is sweet, simple, and utterly Disney-fied. There's a slight amount of thematic complexity to the tale, yet it's not so complex that smaller kids are incapable of understanding it. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Project Power (2020) Tim Brennan It's bad enough when you see a film that doesn't even try. It's even worse when a film has a central premise that's incredibly strong with execution that's lacking. I wanted so much more from Project Power. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
7500 (2019) Tim Brennan I was impressed that the new film 7500, a thriller about a hijacking, took the time to show us the world through two perspectives instead of one. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
The Pool (2018) Tim Brennan For a movie this bone-headed, The Pool remains a highly effective creature feature. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Tim Brennan Even harder is pulling off a comedy with a brain, a soul, and something to say. Andy Samberg's newest film is Palm Springs, and it checks all of those boxes masterfully. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2020
The Old Guard (2020) Tim Brennan A rock-solid (and kind of dumb) film about immortal warriors dedicated to doing the right thing, going on, even if it feels like forever. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
The Beach House (2019) Tim Brennan The film was made in 2019, and while Jeffrey A. Brown couldn't have known what 2020 would bring, his debut would presciently tackle themes of isolation, paranoia, and environmental upheaval. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Tim Brennan While it ain't for me, this kind of exuberant silliness is just the thing for a lot of people. I hope you're one of them. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Tim Brennan I think it's a little too soon to call Da 5 Bloods a masterpiece. In time, that will likely change. For now, I'm content to call it one of the most essential and necessary films of 2020. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Becky (2020) Tim Brennan Much like the title character, Becky is short, inventive, and incredibly mean. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020) Tim Brennan After you've written the check, marched, or hugged the people you love, take a moment. Snuggle up on the couch, grab some popcorn/dried kale/Cool Ranch Doritos/buffalo jerky. The Lovebirds is there to provide you with 90 minutes of low-impact nonsense. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2020
Do the Right Thing (1989) Tim Brennan The vignettes are hilarious, wistful, romantic, frustrating, and tragic. Lee's pacing is masterful, and he knows just when to slow things down to give us a glimpse at the lives of these people, and when to crank up the tension another notch. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Time to Hunt (2020) Tim Brennan Director Sung-hyun Yoon has delivered a fast and muscular action film that American creatives could learn a lot from. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2020
Capone (2020) Tim Brennan Josh Trank is wasted making four-quadrant blockbusters, as is Tom Hardy. If their time is spent making films with this level of skill, then I think it's time well spent, regardless if anyone enjoys it. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2020
The Willoughbys (2020) Tim Brennan Director Kris Pearn and co-director Rob Lodermeier have made a film that feels like the love child of Wes Anderson and Charles Addams. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2020
Extraction (2020) Tim Brennan We can see everything from Hemsworth taking apart a room full of luckless goons, a running gun battle through the streets of Bangladesh, and a genuinely gripping car chase with a POV-perspective. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
The Room (2019) Tim Brennan The Room has a couple of jump scares, but it leans closer to psychological horror in the first two acts. The third act features clever camera trickery and some trippy imagery while remaining rooted in character. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
Coffee & Kareem (2020) Tim Brennan That's what drove me nuts about the new comedy Coffee & Kareem; there's genuinely funny stuff on the margins that kept getting pushed back by a tired central premise. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2020
Spenser Confidential (2020) Tim Brennan Spenser Confidential feels pedestrian from start to finish. It's got too many clichés to feel lively, and too many poorly shot and edited action scenes to be exciting. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Tim Brennan Director Celine Sciamma has made something far more than a period costume flick. She's made a romance portraying explosive longing through steady glances and brief caresses. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2020
The Platform (2019) Tim Brennan What's the point of watching something scary as hell when life is scary as hell? To that I'll respond with: take a chance. The Platform is smart, scary, and has so very much to say. It's the kind of film that shouldn't be ignored. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2020
The Way Back (2020) Tim Brennan The Way Back doesn't reinvent the wheel. It doesn't need to, as it's a solid little film that features a brave and vanity-free performance by Ben Affleck. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2020
Onward (2020) Tim Brennan Even the mighty Pixar, the juggernaut of family-friendly entertainment, has made a chunk of films that are perfectly fine, and friends, I submit to you that their latest film, Onward, is also perfectly fine. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Tim Brennan It has muscular direction, an intelligent script, and a cast that works together to bring a shared vision to life. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2020
The Lodge (2019) Tim Brennan Franz and Fiala made precisely the movie they wanted to make with skill, and they were backed up by a studio that supported their vision, no matter how bleak and wintry that vision might be. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2020
Game Night (2018) Tim Brennan The secret weapon of the film is Jesse Plemons as the unsettling Gary. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Justice League (2017) Tim Brennan It sometimes feels a little clunky, and the pacing often feels a bit too rushed. But when Justice League works, it's fast, fun, and funny. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Tim Brennan Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri tells us that anger can have its uses, and it does so in a way that's funny, profound, and heartbreaking. This is one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Lady Bird (2017) Tim Brennan I am awfully fond of it. This film isn't for me, but it doesn't have to be. Someone out there is going to see this film for the first time. Its heartfelt, goofy, and ever-so-slightly twee wavelength will seem to be made just for them... EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Tim Brennan ...fueled by joy, curiosity, awe, and even a little sadness. God, I love this movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
The Shape of Water (2017) Tim Brennan Art depends on a specific point of view. The Shape of Water is flawed, but there's no denying it's art. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Molly's Game (2017) Tim Brennan There are no Jedi, no Avengers, simply an intelligent story told from a very specific point of view. You feel like Hollywood doesn't make that kind of thing any longer? Go see Molly's Game, and you'll see that they never stopped. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
I, Tonya (2017) Tim Brennan I, Tonya understands these people, and does so with sympathy and pitch-black humor. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020