The Only Critic

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Rating Title/Year Author
B Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Nate Adams "Sonic The Hedgehog" had everything going against it, and despite the odds, delivers on its potential and sprints to the finish line with all the charm and heart it can muster. Jim Carrey is a riot. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
B+ The Assistant (2019) Nate Adams This isn't a melodramatic weepie meant to revitalize the #MeToo movement, but "The Assistant '' sheds light on the type of workplace harassment that should get reported. It hits you like a sack of bricks. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
B The Lodge (2019) Nate Adams "The Lodge" doesn't always hit the right notes and stumbles with a few pacing issues near the final act, but there's enough jolts here to perhaps make you rethink booking that vacation cabin in the winter. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
C Horse Girl (2020) Nate Adams Director Jay Baena takes giant leaps and tries to get over a rocky start by offering unique ways to explore mental illness. However, the balance never finds equilibrium, that by the time the end credits roll, you might shake your head in disbelief. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
B Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) Nate Adams Packed with tons of heart, humor, and enough belly laughs to keep adults entertained, "Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made" is the best Disney+ original movie to date. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
B Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Nate Adams "Birds of Prey" is filled with busty and implausible action sequences galore, but it does plant a slick pro feminist message in a sea of testosterone infused superhero flicks. Maybe this isn't a man's world after all. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
C+ Gretel & Hansel (2020) Nate Adams "Gretel & Hansel" is within the reigns of a filmmaker who knows what they're doing , visually, and has found a plucky and believable heroine in Sophia Lillis whose engagement with the material is a satisfying touch in an otherwise hollow narrative frame. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
A- Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Nate Adams Given how obsessive Taylor Swift's fan base is with their idol, it's respectable how willing she is to be transparent about her personal life, setting a positive example for those who might also feel vulnerable in the immersive "Miss Americana." EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
D+ The Rhythm Section (2020) Nate Adams Blake Lively seems equipped to handle any obstacle thrown her way and its commendable. In the case of "The Rhythm Section," she unfortunately doesn't have a strong composer to help her land all the right notes. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
B Color Out of Space (2019) Nate Adams What do you get when you hire genre filmmaker Richard Stanley, add a crafty and visually alluring premise from H.P Lovecraft, and feature a whacked-out Nicholas Cage as an alpaca farmer? You get something that looks like "Color Out of Space." EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
C- Goalie (2019) Nate Adams "Goalile" - which chronicles the career of NHL icon Terry Sawchuk - has its heart in the right place, but the film lacks a clear vision on how to present his life. The film plays more like a greatest hits album than a genuine biopic. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
B- The Gentlemen (2020) Nate Adams If "The Gentlemen" does feel like a stitched together suit of Guy Ritchie's better films, I suppose you can't blame him for wanting to take the plunge and the results, though not revolutionary, should keep Ritchie fans settled for the time being. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
D- The Turning (2020) Nate Adams "The Turning" is another notch on the belt of lame PG13 thrillers manufactured on a budget of five dollars and having an ending with more questions than answers. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
C- The Song of Names (2019) Nate Adams "The Song of Names" - though respectable in certain elements - is filled with poor storytelling techniques and a sloppy altering timeline narrative that even two strong performances from Tim Roth and Clive Owen can't help. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
B Bad Boys for Life (2020) Nate Adams Explosive and surprisingly poignant, "Bad Boys for Life" reinvigorates Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and reminds us why we enjoyed these characters in the first place. It very well could be the best in the franchise. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
D Dolittle (2020) Nate Adams Woof. Robert Downey Jr and an all-star Oscar caliber cast can't do enough to save "Dolittle" from being a jumbled and incoherent disaster. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
A- Midnight Family (2019) Nate Adams The engrossing 'Midnight Family' is a thrilling portrait of one family trying to make a difference in a city that constantly works against them. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
B+ Troop Zero (2019) Nate Adams I love how "Troop Zero" wears its big heart right on its sleeve. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
D+ Like a Boss (2020) Nate Adams What should have been a terrific buddy comedy vehicle for its lead stars, turns into a structurally incoherent mess rather quickly. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
B Underwater (2020) Nate Adams It's tacky and the characters are all stock and flimsy, but in tasteless B-movie standards, "Underwater" has enough craftsmanship and a decent ensemble to help push it above the surface. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
B+ 1917 (2019) Nate Adams Not since "Saving Private Ryan" has a filmmaker tried to upend conventional war movie standards with bold storytelling techniques in the way Sam Mendes' does with "1917." EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
D+ The Grudge (2020) Nate Adams The irony about "The Grudge" is how its main narrative revolves around a spirit who can't seem to let go of the past, and I chuckle because apparently Sony can't either. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2020
B+ Little Women (2019) Nate Adams Ambitious, superbly acted, and all around wonderful, Greta Gerwig's adaptation of the classic "Little Women" will have you looking at Louisa May Alcott's novel in an entirely different light and it might be for the best. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
B Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Nate Adams Clunky and bit complex, JJ Abrams does the impossible with trying to end the "Star Wars" saga with the competent and enjoyable "The Rise of Skywalker" but it ends up playing it safe and not taking enough narrative risks to stick a perfect landing. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
B Bombshell (2019) Nate Adams While uneven at times, "Bombshell" has enough razor sharp edges and political humor in its blood similar to last year's witty "Vice" to power a nearly two hour runtime. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
D Cats (2019) Nate Adams Congratulations to dogs. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B- Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Nate Adams Considering I was a champion of "Welcome to the Jungle" my expectations were muted and though it doesn't reach the heights of the previous entries, "The Next Level" has enough fresh and inventive material to make this a decent game worth playing. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
C- Black Christmas (2019) Nate Adams Almost works as a statement on rape culture in the #MeToo era, until it shifts gears in the final act and becomes a completely different movie altogether. Humbug. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
B+ Richard Jewell (2019) Nate Adams "Richard Jewell" belongs in the pathos of Eastwood's films dedicated to heroes and though this tame drama won't push new fans into Eastwood's camp, he's pulled a remarkable performance from Paul Walter Hauser in the lead role. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
B- The Two Popes (2019) Nate Adams "The Two Popes" is a lighthearted film that features two commendable performances from Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
B+ Waves (2019) Nate Adams Caught between two narratives, "Waves" almost feels like its working against itself, but with performances and writing this compelling, sometimes you just have to drift with the tide. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
A- Marriage Story (2019) Nate Adams "Marriage Story" falls in line with a plethora of great films about the messiness of relationships, as sometimes love is ugly, brutal, and tumultuous. This is a near perfect film that features stunning performance from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
C+ Frozen II (2019) Nate Adams An entertaining and visually impactful sequel, "Frozen II" has some memorable songs, but ends up struggling narratively. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
A- The Irishman (2019) Nate Adams Even if "The Irishman" doesn't go by as quickly as you'd hope, it's still essential and necessary viewing, and not only complements the themes of the film, but Martin Scorsese's career as a whole. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
B- Charlie's Angels (2019) Nate Adams This could have easily been another reboot that need not exist, except in Banks' strategic world building and natural approach to the material, "Charlie's Angels" has something to say in 2019 that its predecessors did not. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
C+ Noelle (2019) Nate Adams Make some hot chocolate, throw on some comfy PJs, and put "Noelle" on for a breezy Saturday morning watch. After that, it won't be long before it disappears into the pathos of the Disney engine and off your radar for good. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
C- Lady and the Tramp (2019) Nate Adams "Lady and the Tramp" is fairly harmless and little ones unfamiliar with the original narrative will likely be enthralled by shiny scenery and mildly engaging songs, but you're better off just queuing up the animated classic instead. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
C Knives Out (2019) Nate Adams "Knives Out" is witty and has an ace performance from Daniel Craig, but the mystery and big reveal left me underwhelmed. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
C- Midway (2019) Nate Adams "Midway" - Roland Emmerich's clunky and loud remake - makes Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor" look like a Best Picture winner. Yikes. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
B+ Doctor Sleep (2019) Nate Adams Both inventive and thrilling, "Doctor Sleep" is a terrific sequel to the iconic story "The Shining" and represents a welcome and earned trip back to the Overlook. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
A Parasite (2019) Nate Adams Bong Joon-ho's wild 'Parasite' is 2019's first real masterpiece EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
C Harriet (2019) Nate Adams "Harriet" lacks a sense of urgency nor does it rise to a level where it's more than just a fine piece of casual movie-going. In some circles, that'll be okay, but I think Harriet Tubman deserves better than average storytelling. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
C+ Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Nate Adams Give credit to Tim Miller for trying to take this convoluted series in a fresh direction, but "Dark Fate" ends up feeling like a rehash of the series. Despite all the best efforts from a bulky Linda Hamilton and an engaging Arnold Schwarzenegger. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
C+ The King (2019) Nate Adams "The King" lacks the wow factor of something akin to "Gladiator" and you watch desperately waiting for something to elevate the straightforward, though inventive, narrative, and try as this exceptional cast does, "The King" leaves much to be desired. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
C Black and Blue (2019) Nate Adams "Black and Blue" - though featuring a strong Naomie Harris in the commanding lead role - loses track of the message it wants to send regarding police corruption and brutality. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
C+ Countdown (2019) Nate Adams Despite "Countdown" getting bogged down by cheesy one liners, unconvincing performances, and poor execution overall, I do give credit to the filmmakers for at the very least trying to be ambitions. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
D Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Nate Adams "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" never feels like a movie, instead it's a shiny Disney product that's going to look good on their streaming service. A total eyesore. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
C Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Nate Adams "Double Tap" tries to push for any cheap laugh it can get, merely recycling old jokes, and then repackaging them for a new audience. Maybe there should be a rule for originality? Because ten years later, the zany freshness of 'Zombieland' has worn off. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
B- Fractured (2019) Nate Adams Netflix's twisty 'Fractured' is so preposterous it kinda works. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B- The Addams Family (2019) Nate Adams While it doesn't have the most original themes in a kid friendly film, there's still enough classic macabre "Addams Family" antics to help entertain the casual viewer and perhaps win over a new generation of fans in the process. Snap. Snap. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019