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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
Downhill (2020) Tim Brennan Directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon occasionally tap into the darkness, then undercut it with subplots about horny Europeans and Will Ferrell's buffoonery. We're left with half-measures, moments that work well paired with standard studio piffle. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
Manchester by the Sea (2016) Tim Brennan Manchester by the Sea is one of the best films of the year. It's cathartic, and it reminds us that even in the dark waters of grief, we're never truly alone. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Moonlight (2016) Tim Brennan Ultimately, Moonlight is cinema that's vital and profound. If there is any way humanly possible to put this film in front of your eyeballs, you owe it to yourself to do so. This movie is why movies exist. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Tim Brennan While Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn't all the way a good movie, it has promise. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Arrival (2016) Tim Brennan The success of Arrival ultimately relies on the performance of Amy Adams. If she chose to retire from acting right now, she could be secure in the knowledge that her portrayal of Banks is career best work. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Doctor Strange (2016) Tim Brennan While it's not in the top 5 of the MCU, it's still a witty and energetic film that gives us something new. Yet as much as I'm already predisposed to be in the tank for the MCU, I have to admit that there's some magic lacking here. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Tim Brennan If there is another Jack Reacher movie, we can only hope that it embraces its airport thriller roots. For what it's worth, I'll never go back to Never Go Back. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Accountant (2016) Tim Brennan The film has a good balance between perceptive characterization, solid storytelling, and excellent action. Come for the sensitive and progressive portrayal of autism, stay for Ben Affleck smoking some fools. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Desierto (2015) Tim Brennan Despite its total lack of nuance, Desierto is a pretty good little thriller. Give it a shot. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Birth of a Nation (2016) Tim Brennan I have to give Nate Parker a ton of credit for having the drive and the passion for getting The Birth of a Nation made and distributed. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Magnificent Seven (2016) Tim Brennan The Magnificent Seven is exactly that. If you're looking for a fun time out at the movies, you'll get that. I'm just not sure you'll remember much afterward. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
La La Land (2016) Tim Brennan Do yourself a favor and catch La La Land. It's a necessary reminder that romance, triumph, and hope don't just exist in the movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Tim Brennan Rogue One is muscular blockbuster filmmaking that also has a heart and an ethical code. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Office Christmas Party (2016) Tim Brennan Office Christmas Party doesn't take chances, never swings for the fences, and will be forgotten in six months. But I laughed, a lot, and I walked out of the theater feeling good. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Captain America: Civil War (2016) Tim Brennan Captain America: Civil War is muscular filmmaking, but never at the expense of character or ideas. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Money Monster (2016) Tim Brennan Money Monster is kind of dumb. It's frustrating because it's made by smart people, particularly director Jodie Foster... EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Nice Guys (2016) Tim Brennan ...nobody else makes films quite like this. They're a joy, and watching The Nice Guys was an absolute pleasure. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Tim Brennan Singer directed the pretty okay X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014. Now he's returned with X-Men: Apocalypse, and it almost seems like he's trying to destroy the genre that he helped create. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Eye in the Sky (2015) Tim Brennan Uniformly, the cast does fine work. Aaron Paul's anguished drone pilot is terrific. Barkhad Abdi is wonderful as an undercover operative under pressure. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Hardcore Henry (2015) Tim Brennan Hardcore Henry is dumb fun, but it's dumb fun done well. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Jungle Book (2016) Tim Brennan The Jungle Book is special. A "kid's movie" isn't expected to display such craftsmanship and heart. It's not supposed to stick with you. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Elvis & Nixon (2016) Tim Brennan It's just a pity that Elvis & Nixon wasn't able to capture that brief moment of chaos magic. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Green Room (2015) Tim Brennan Green Room is savage genre filmmaking, but behind the maulings and murder is intelligence and quiet morality. This film proves again that Jeremy Saulnier is one of the most dynamic and interesting filmmakers working today. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The BFG (2016) Tim Brennan While The BFG is perhaps a lesser Spielberg film, his lesser efforts are better than the best efforts of many others. This is a film of genuine kindness... EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Shallows (2016) Tim Brennan The Shallows is a well-made summer treat. It has plentiful suspense, just enough gore, and a main character that's as tough as a coral reef. The film does what it needs to do, and it does it swiftly and brutally. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Central Intelligence (2016) Tim Brennan Hart and Johnson are playing variations of characters they've done before, and while they're hardly stretching themselves, they're doing what they do well. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Conjuring 2 (2016) Tim Brennan Wan's built his very own haunted house set where he's able to have total control over every aspect. Muted colors, looming shadows, and diabolical toys all work together to create a tangible feeling of evil. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Lobster (2015) Tim Brennan The Lobster is different. It's aggressively unlike the regular Friday night at the movies, and that's a good thing. It's a film that's daring and wildly inventive. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Suicide Squad (2016) Tim Brennan Instead of embracing 75 years of iconic characters and their world, we have a studio that erratically uses concepts and then changes them arbitrarily. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Jason Bourne (2016) Tim Brennan Rather than creating a new installment that pushed things in an exciting and unexpected new direction, they were compelled to give the fans what they wanted. That's a shame, because with a character this good, the end result should be better. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Tim Brennan The newest entry in the franchise, Star Trek Beyond, may lack some of the stately grandeur of OG Trek, but it's got optimism in spades. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Ghostbusters (2016) Tim Brennan For everything that doesn't work, there's so much more that does. These Ghostbusters are solid, and this film effectively riffs on the original and creates its own thing. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Swiss Army Man (2016) Tim Brennan Radcliffe has to sell all of this through stiff lips and a glassy stare. It's a performance of astonishing subtlety, and Radcliffe is able to shift emotions believably and lightning fast. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Creed (2015) Tim Brennan We're lucky to have Creed. With most franchises, the seventh installment wouldn't even be in theaters, much less worth a damn. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Night Before (2015) Tim Brennan The Night Before is not only a celebration of how we lean on those folks, particularly around the holidays, but it's also ridiculous and filthy fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Spotlight (2015) Tim Brennan Spotlight itself is a masterpiece of grounded filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Spectre (2015) Tim Brennan Craig has one last chance to beat the odds with the 25th adventure. The phrase, "James Bond Will Return" is at the end of the credits. Let's hope it's a promise and not a threat. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Hateful Eight (2015) Tim Brennan Tarantino has created a highly immersive world populated by fully fleshed-out characters, but he's also made a movie that's incredibly cruel. The third act, in particular, is chock full of cruelty... EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Big Short (2015) Tim Brennan The standout, however, is Steve Carell's righteously angry Baum. Carell was primarily known as a comic actor, but he's been moving towards drama for a while now... EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Tim Brennan I wouldn't go so far as to call it one of the best films of the year, but it's rock-solid entertainment, and it's restored my faith in a galaxy far, far away. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Tim Brennan Ron Howard has made an okay-ish adaptation, and I'm not sure we're all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Chi-Raq (2015) Tim Brennan It's not Spike Lee's job to come up with solutions. His job is to engage our imaginations and stimulate our minds. It's up to us to be smart enough and strong enough to solve these problems. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Hail, Caesar! (2016) Tim Brennan Hail, Caesar is essentially a farce, a chance to hang the scaffolding of a plot around masterful musical numbers and repeated moments of high comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Room (2015) Tim Brennan For a film of its modest size, Room asks big questions. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) Tim Brennan The frustrating thing about 13 Hours is that you can feel Bay wanting to get serious. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Revenant (2015) Tim Brennan Innaritu is an undeniably talented filmmaker and a good storyteller, but he's developing a nasty habit of becoming insufferably artsy. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Carol (2015) Tim Brennan A good film will tell you everything you need to know. A great film will show you. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Deadpool (2016) Tim Brennan There is no middle ground with this movie, for the middle ground has been thoroughly set on fire. Those who dislike it will absolutely loathe it. Those who like it will fight a duel to defend its honor. I thoroughly enjoyed it... EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Witch (2015) Tim Brennan The Witch slowly cranks up a feeling of mounting dread. It feels transgressive, forbidden. Robert Eggers and his talented cast and crew have made something special. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Triple 9 (2016) Tim Brennan Triple 9 ain't bad, but it ain't good enough. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020