We Bought a Blog

We Bought a Blog is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alan French
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Alan French The movie hits some obvious beats, and the mystery itself is not overly complicated. The world works really well, and for fans of Pokémon this should be the selling point. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Alan French While the third film in the franchise fails to live up to the incredible precedent set by the first two, there's plenty of reason to love the latest adventure of Mr. Wick. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 Dumbo (2019) Alan French I can happily report that Dumbo surprised me in a big way. It also marks a return to form for Burton, as his most personal and visually engaging film in more than a decade. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
3/4 Avatar (2009) Alan French The digital world of Pandora is spellbinding. The imagination on display from Cameron and his visual effects team is breathtaking. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/4 Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Alan French The heightened world of foxes, marriage, family, greed, and mid-life crisis became one of Anderson's greatest works. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/4 The Hangover (2009) Alan French Galifianakis went from being an alt-comedy idol to a mainstream pop culture figure. The Hangover still feels like a breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/4 Inglourious Basterds (2009) Alan French However, despite the aspects that can make loving Tarantino a slog, he has moments of true cinematic greatness that cannot be ignored. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/4 Us (2019) Alan French Us showcases Peele's step forward as a director and confirms that Lupita Nyong'o is a generational star. Us has a lot to say about America and the individual. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 The Highwaymen (2019) Alan French Hancock does a great job with the technical aspects of the film. However, the pacing is too slow and becomes a disservice to the story. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
1/4 The Dirt (2019) Alan French It falls into the tropes of the musical biopic but ignores music through most of the story. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/4 Triple Frontier (2019) Alan French The movie struggles because it cannot keep up momentum. It stalls out after the actual heist, which could reasonably find its way into the pantheon of fun action sequences. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Alan French While Marvel really needed to focus on building this one character (instead of many at once), the power of Larson, Jackson, and more pull the picture together. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/4 Apollo 11 (2019) Alan French The footage assembled simply astounds. Yet the sound design and score elements are integral to the success of the feature. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Alan French Luckily for everyone, the franchise lives up to the considerable standard it set for itself, pushing CG animation to new heights. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
1.5/4 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Alan French While there are some funny sequences, the horror really struggles to live up. Worst of all, this movie drags, despite the movie only lasting an hour and forty minutes. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Alan French It never fully comes together without breaking up the forward momentum, and sadly that means it doesn't work. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alan French Alitasuffers from an overly wordy screenplay that spoon-feeds the audience. Perhaps worst of all, the story suffers from being repetitive. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/4 Big Hero 6 (2014) Alan French Big Hero 6 may not have the heft of other commentaries on the superhero genre, but it has an emotional heart unlike any other. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Alan French Jenkins explores the psychological trauma of being black in America but also showcases joy and hope. It's a beautiful duality, a feat that would make James Baldwin proud. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Alan French The campy and exaggerated display of the modern art community thrives with comedic beats. Sadly, the film is not the full-on parody you want. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 Clerks (1994) Alan French This remains Smith's masterpiece, and demands our attention 25 years after its premiere, just as it did when it released. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 Tito and the Birds (2018) Alan French Tito and the Birds stands out as one of the best foreign animated films in recent memory. The story hits home, and with some special animation, it rises to the occasion. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/4 Fyre (2019) Alan French Smith uses Fyre to tell a story about wealth, arrogance, and privilege in the world, and it sticks the landing wonderfully. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
1.5/4 Fyre Fraud (2019) Alan French Trying to use pop culture as shorthand can be helpful, but in this case, it turns the issues into actual cartoon characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
1.5/4 Glass (2019) Alan French Shyamalan shoots Glass as dully as possible. The budget on the film was only $20 million. Frankly, the movie looks cheaper. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
4/4 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Alan French Shoplifters quickly becomes one of the most heartwarming and gratifying pieces of cinema from 2018. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2019
2/4 Vice (2018) Alan French The movie really thinks it is dunking on the Bush administration, like Jordan over Mutombo. In reality, Vice is closer to being Bill Murray from Rushmore . EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/4 Cold War (2018) Alan French Like a song, a relationship can change depending on the context. Pawlikowski approaches this premise and created one of the most personal and masterful films of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/4 Aquaman (2018) Alan French While Wonder Woman reveled in the intimacy of Themyscira, Aquaman and director James Wan paints the largest picture possible. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Alan French With strong direction from Mimi Leder, the snapshot of the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg lets its stars show off their charisma. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2018
3/4 Bird Box (2018) Alan French Bullock delivers an incredible performance of strength and emotion. She never gives up, and her need for survival is only outweighed by the survival of her children. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
3.5/4 Roma (2018) Alan French Even for someone as accomplished as Cuarón, Roma stands out as one of more remarkable pieces of filmmaking in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2018
3/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Alan French While the film cannot quite get enough out of the men, the women tower over the production and make Mary Queen of Scots one of the most interesting features of the year EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2018
2.5/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Alan French Rather than continuing to tell a unique and inventive storytelling, the film defaults to tell a story that is all too familiar. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 The Favourite (2018) Alan French The moment that Hoult opens his mouth, the level of profane and vile language clues you into what you're watching: an elaborately set up and executed parody of the genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 Dumplin' (2018) Alan French The movie also benefits from Dolly's participation in a big way. Her music, including a very good original song 'Girl in the Movies,' helps sell the overall vibe. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Alan French Following a young teenager named Miles Morales through the streets of Brooklyn might be the happiest I've been in a theater in years. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Alan French Islands are rented out, a fairytale wedding will make for one of the most beautiful ever captured on film, and you will get lost in the beauty of Singapore. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
1.5/4 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Alan French Some may find pleasure in Serkis' meditation on the world of the jungle. Yet, there are no many new paths taken by the story. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/4 The Front Runner (2018) Alan French Understanding the importance of strong, principled journalists should be a cause for celebration. Yet here, the media is depicted as a force, hell-bent on destruction. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 Green Book (2018) Alan French Thanks to a blazing performance from Mahershala Ali, you might even believe that Green Book is good. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Alan French The exploration of the internet falls short of the joys that made the first film so compelling. At the same time, it will be a fun romp that should bring joy to the family. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 Creed II (2018) Alan French Creed II should be seen as a highlight of the series, easily becoming one of the best sequels in franchise history... Jordan shines again and again. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/4 Widows (2018) Alan French This might be the deepest ensemble of any film of the year, giving each character a standout moment that makes you hold your breath. No one stands out more than Viola Davis. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/4 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Alan French [The Coen Brothers] have not created the most iconic film of their career, but bring a unique bend to the American Western in the process. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/4 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Alan French Sadly, Crimes of Grindelwald does not work on its own merits. Fans of the franchise will still find an enjoyable adventure in their beloved Wizarding World. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Alan French The latest adaptation of 'The Grinch' delivers a satisfying and enjoyable product that pushes Illumination Animation on the artistic front. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
3/4 Christopher Robin (2018) Alan French Cumming's performance as Pooh is one of the best vocal performances since Scarlett Johansson in Her and actually deserves awards conversation. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Alan French [Malek] is endlessly charismatic and somehow pulls off the physicality needed to approximate Mercury on stage. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
3.5/4 Suspiria (2018) Alan French Many who were unsettled by the original will find a far darker film this time out. With many more viewings to come, this might be the very best horror film of 2018. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018