The Spool

Tomatometer-approved publication
Rating Title/Year Author
Jungle Cruise (2021) Clint Worthington It may not be the most thrilling experience, but it sure goes down easy. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2021
The Green Knight (2021) Matt Cipolla Here's a story that's so inherently loose and extemporaneous. It doesn't help, then, that [the] approach is hermetic enough that there's not too much of the film from its neck up. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2021
The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) Sarah Gorr The film isn't a colossal failure so much as it is consistently, blandly extant. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2021
Old (2021) Matt Cipolla [B]eyond the underwritten characters, Shyamalan's approach lacks the philosophy, introspection, or look at ephemerality it needs to pull off what it ultimately attempts. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
Mandibles (2020) Jonah Koslofsky In other words, Dupieux's commitment to being silly is admirable, but the resistance to making his silly meaningful is exhausting. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
Boogie Nights (1997) Jonah Koslofsky Philip Seymour Hoffman is a standout in a movie chock-full of standouts. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
Hydra (2019) Justin Harrison Between this dynamic camerawork and choreography that weaves a variety of martial arts techniques into an exciting, varied whole, Hydra's action scenes are an absolute thrill to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) Douglas Laman [T]he surprisingly satisfying character-based thrills of this final installment can't help but inspire retroactive appreciation for the finer details of the first two movies. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Gena Radcliffe Roadrunner isn't just a moving look at a remarkable life, but an important film in the ongoing battle to understand mental illness, and how it doesn't care about who you are, or how much money you make, or how famous you are. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2021
Pig (2020) Matt Cipolla It is, against all odds, a wider parable about the decay of art in a culture where everything is to be bought and sold. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2021
Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Sean Price No one seems to be in on the joke, especially LeBron. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2021
Escape From New York (1981) Justin Harrison [O]ne of the standouts of director/co-writer John Carpenter's damn-near-unmatched 1976-1988 run of stupendous filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2021
Son (2021) Gena Radcliffe Andi Matichak is excellent. There's also a fierceness to her...even an undercurrent of something dangerous. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2021
Blood Red Sky (2021) Justin Harrison The intriguing ideas Blood Red Sky brings to play go to waste. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2021
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) Peter Sobczynski A piece of utterly original art-house Americana utterly unlike anything before or after. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2021
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Douglas Laman While classic campground slasher movies tried to get moviegoers into the mindset of the killer, Fear Street Part 2: 1978 wants us to empathize with the killed. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) Andrew Bloom In addition to its study of love, A.I. examines the morality of creating something that can love, that must love, but whose deeply-felt affections may not always be returned. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Douglas Laman For youngsters in...who have never seen Scream, Fear Street Part 1: 1994 will be a revelation. For the rest of us, there isn't quite enough newness here to offset the extremely familiar drawbacks. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
Werewolves Within (2021) Gena Radcliffe It's already been mentioned, but it's worth saying again: none of this would work as effectively without Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub at the center of it. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
Psycho III (1986) Peter Sobczynski Psycho III succeeds not so much through its script as its attitude. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
The Forever Purge (2021) Clint Worthington The Forever Purge is particularly didactic even within the confines of its sledgehammer-subtle forebears. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
Brighton 4th (2021) Michael Frank The film is filled with a simplicity and an instinct that Kakhi possesses to protect his son. This innate desire propels the film forward and almost gives Brighton 4th a primal quality EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
Last Film Show (2021) Michael Frank A love letter to the power of the cinema, Last Film Show echoes Cinema Paradiso and other classics. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
The God Committee (2021) Tim Stevens Watching Committee is an act of agreeing to dwell in unpleasant cynicism for over 90 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (2020) Justin Harrison It's a thrilling, well-performed science fiction film with a welcome variety of excellently crafted and strikingly animated action scenes. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
F.T.A. (1972) B.L. Panther The film presents a bold, lively, and growing anti-war movement from within the military itself that is decidedly working class. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
Sweet Liberty (1986) B.L. Panther While the film suffers from a shoehorned relationship plot that tries to mirror the historical "romance" at the center of his book being filmed, the film excels when Michael confronts the film crew. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
C+ The Tomorrow War (2021) Jon Negroni Once The Tomorrow War gets clear of its clunky, half-baked set up and gets the action going, it boasts its share of viscerally enjoyable sequences. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
Hard Eight (1996) Jonah Koslofsky We come to understand that Sydney is a living loose end, a vessel for his own regret, a man incapable of resolving the conflicts he's created. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991) B.L. Panther By drawing in audio and interview recordings from gay men who have a connection to Tom of Finland, we get a clear sense of how gay men would use, send, lend, and share...to see gay male erotica, which, in a profound way, made them feel seen themselves. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
Black Widow (2021) Tim Stevens By this point, Johansson feels so comfortable in Romanoff's skin that it lends the film a strangely naturalistic feel. Pugh, on the other hand, seems to be pushing plenty of effort into her work, which adds a nice layer of meta to their scenes together. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
Klute (1971) Andrea Thompson That it succeeds is mostly due to Fonda. Calling her performance powerhouse would be a grand understatement. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2021
The Great Muppet Caper (1981) Peter Sobczynski Instead of a story that took advantage of the richly drawn characters we'd come to know and love over, it gives us a knockabout farce that ... feels more like a lesser Bob Hope vehicle. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2021
My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2020) Gena Radcliffe My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To is both unsettling, and sad...bolstered by excellent performances, particularly Fugit. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
Shapeless (2021) Gena Radcliffe Horror fans might find it a bit of a slow burn, without any genuine scares. For viewers who have suffered from an eating disorder, however, it cuts deep. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James (2021) Gena Radcliffe Despite the involvement of James' daughter and brother in it, Bitchin' pulls no punches in depicting how James was the architect of his own destruction, fueled with a toxic mix of ambition and insecurity. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
Roaring 20's (2021) Gena Radcliffe Roaring 20s may sound like a bit of a slog, but it's unexpectedly sweet and fascinating, a true slice of life film at a time when life has been irrevocably changed. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
F9 The Fast Saga (2021) Jonah Koslofsky F9 clearly illustrates the paradox the Fast and Furious franchise has become: a reliably fun franchise still lacking in essential entries. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2021
False Positive (2021) Gena Radcliffe That it has the guts to go the lengths it does is admirable, even if it may drive some viewers away. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
Agnes (2021) Clint Worthington Agnes sets itself apart with a winningly dark humor. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
Italian Studies (2021) Clint Worthington If you're in any way vibes-friendly, there might well be something to Kirby's lilting travelogue through the smoky streets of New York, too-hip teens in tow. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
The Paper Tigers (2020) Justin Harrison The Paper Tigers weaves back and forth between comedy and drama throughout its runtime, and it does that weaving with grace and skill across multiple tempos. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997) (2021) Bill Arceneaux All the Streets Are Silent is at its best when showing the people - the punks and the rebels - doing their thing, and their thing was creating beautifully gritty and straight-up real landscapes and memories through danger. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
Fatherhood (2021) Oluwatayo Adewole Fatherhood is about as forgettable as its title. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
Accepted (2021) Clint Worthington Like all good filmmakers, Chen rolled with the punches, and ended up with Accepted, a riveting social-issues doc that also plays out like a grand tragedy as well as an indictment of the racism endemic to American education. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
Poser (2021) Michael Frank Unfortunately, its mix of drama and thriller is ungainly. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
No Running (2021) Clint Worthington There's little here to elevate the film beyond its good intentions. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
The Novice (2021) Jesse Hassenger With its windowless-basement training areas and overcast-to-rainy scenes on the water that make nature look gunmetal grey, The Novice will play well both on a big screen and at home. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation (2020) B.L. Panther Vreeland has given us as mostly complete and truly intimate a portrait as possible through her intensive research and composition. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
God's Waiting Room (2021) Jesse Hassenger This is a movie that conveys the restlessness of youth so well, it's constantly on the verge of wandering away from its best qualities, into forced confrontations. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021