Suddenly A Shot Rang Out

Suddenly A Shot Rang Out is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Rating Title/Year Author
Holy Lands (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks When Holy Lands succeeds, it's a moving, humorous film; when it fails, it's difficult to follow or to invest in. The result is a curious, imbalanced narrative that would have been better for one or two fewer plot strands. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Ghost Light (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The film does pay off its premise, and the final act is a fantastically entertaining, horror-laden farce that brings all the elements of the narrative together. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Bull (2019) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Bull...deftly handles the numbness of poverty without making it either overly sentimental or overly violent. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Tater Tot & Patton (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Tater Tot & Patton is a good example of what can be achieved with a small cast and a director with a clear, cogent eye for both character and mis-en-scene. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
For Now (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks There's something surprising that For Now, beyond its cinematic competency, is hardly revolutionary yet is refreshing and enjoyable nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
America Adrift (2016) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Ultimately, this is a film that has its heart in the right place, that wants to discuss the depths of the opioid crisis...But its superficiality stops it from finding a strong center of pathos, and a final act shift becomes unintentionally comical. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Hummus! The Movie (2015) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Despite its occasional lack of focus, Hummus! The Movie is an entertaining, diverting documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks It's a special kind of film that can rely on children to drive its story and maintain its charm, but A Boy Called Sailboat pulls it off, evading some of the pitfalls of the quirky indie comedy to deliver something truly wonderful. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Stay Human (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks It's refreshing and moving to see a film, however subjective, that asks us unironically to be good to one another, to maintain our humanity by seeing others as humans, too. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks It successfully gives the lie to any dude-bro masturbatory fantasies that claim that Wonder Woman is, by design, a thing to be objectified, ogled, and fetishized. There is so much more to her, and so much more to those behind her creation. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Creepers (1985) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Phenomena is something like an amusement park ride that sails along pleasantly but uninterestingly, and then drops you fifty feet down. You know it's coming, but it's still quite a stomach-churning experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
The Firemen's Ball (1967) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The film is shot through with the darkest of Czech humor-everyone, from the committee to the people to the landscape itself is the butt of a joke, representative of petty rivalries, drunken idiocy, and smug leadership that cannot lead. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Hell House LLC (2015) Lauren Humphries-Brooks While not all of its scares work perfectly, it's a damn fine piece of found footage horror. It also has a creepy clown that puts Pennywise to shame. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
The House of the Devil (2009) Lauren Humphries-Brooks there are times when 80s nostalgia produces something really unique, as is the case with Ti West's The House of the Devil, a deliberate throwback to the decade that immerses its viewer in the chills and thrills of slow-burn violence. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Wonderstruck (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Ridden with clichés and overly predictable plot turns, it seems to believe that whimsy can replace emotion and that style can paper over a paucity of script that has all the sentimental honesty of a Hallmark card. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Lady Bird (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks At another time, on a second or third or fourth watch, I'm sure I will be able to find something to criticize about Lady Bird. But right now, having ruminated on this film for a full day, there is little to nitpick. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Rökkur (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks As an exploration of a dead relationship, it fails to summon emotional resonance. As a horror film, it is not scary. As both, it's simply incoherent. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Lauren Humphries-Brooks I'm almost inclined to write off The Killing of a Sacred Deer as a failed attempt to reconstitute the meaning of tragedy, a very ambitious but ultimately incoherent work of art. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks The searching for identity in a world that contains only narrow definitions of it expands the story, giving it heart and understanding and even sympathy for the adults imposing their warped fears on teenagers who actually do know better. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
Nigerian Prince (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Nigerian Prince pulls you in, charms you, and tells you a complex and powerful story without losing itself. The film draws no clear moral conclusions, no clear solution as to what, or who, is right or wrong. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
Mapplethorpe (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Mapplethorpe is as much a contradiction as the man himself, a film that wants to investigate both art and artist, and yet can't quite come to terms with either. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lauren Humphries-Brooks Lee employs all of his considerable skill and filmmaking prowess, developing a narrative that is at once blunt and nuanced, horrifying and funny in the most unexpected ways. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018