Bowling Green Daily News

Bowling Green Daily News is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Micheal Compton
Rating Title/Year Author
B Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Micheal Compton A film that is unfiltered - a rare peak behind the curtains that captures Eilish at her highest highs and lowest lows. It's a must for fans and a film that will likely create new fans as well. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
B Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Micheal Compton If "Judas" had been more about Hampton and less about O'Neal, this could have been something truly special. As it is, this film doesn't always pop off screen the way it should -- but Kaluuya makes it worth your time. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
B Land (2021) Micheal Compton An effective film about grief and loss and mourning with Wright and Demián Bichir providing two solid performances to anchor the emotion. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
C Malcolm & Marie (2021) Micheal Compton It proves to be all style with very little substance as Levinson's script finds these two characters going in circles with conversations that are full of overly dramatic monologues. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
B- Palmer (2021) Micheal Compton Cheryl Guerriero's script follows plenty of the usual tropes of films with the same story arc, but the cast -- headlined by Timberlake -- makes it work. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
C The Little Things (2021) Micheal Compton It's clear Hancock went for something moody and edgy, but The Little Things winds up being something much worse -- it's too safe and predictable. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Our Friend (2019) Micheal Compton It's not often we see grief from this point of view, but Segel's work makes it all too real and painful -- giving Our Friend the emotional center it needs to make it both an effective tearjerker and uplifting story of friendship. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
A- The Marksman (2021) Micheal Compton A film that packs a pretty emotional punch and signals the arrival of King not just as an outstanding actress, but an outstanding filmmaker as well. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
B Pieces of a Woman (2020) Micheal Compton It's a credit to Kirby, and the rest of the cast, that they are able to lift up the material despite the missteps and create a strong drama about family and loss. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
A Promising Young Woman (2020) Micheal Compton While Fennell has provided the material, it's Mulligan who makes it all work. The 35-year-old actress has built a quality resume since her breakout Oscar-nominated role in An Education, but this could well be the best work of her career. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
B- Greenland (2020) Micheal Compton It's a film that fans of the genre will enjoy, while others will still be satisfied with how it all unfolds. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
A Sound of Metal (2019) Micheal Compton Anchored by an award-worthy performance from Riz Ahmed, this is a powerful drama that immerses the audience in its lead character's world as well as any film in recent memory. It is one of 2020's best films. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
A- Mank (2020) Micheal Compton Working off a script from his late father, Jack, director David Fincher has crafted a spectacular biopic that is a love letter to the golden age of Hollywood with a first-rate cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
B+ Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Micheal Compton As good as Davis is, this is ultimately Boseman's movie. It's a performance with so much energy, so much passion, you can't help but wonder if the actor knew while he was filming it that it might well be his final film. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
B- All My Life (2020) Micheal Compton Even as the film continues along a path you will likely see coming even before you sit down to watch it, Rothe and Shum, Jr. are so good that they keep you engaged. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
C Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Micheal Compton The sum of the parts never quite add up. This is a film that is competently made and has some interesting work from Close, but it's a bit inconsistent and never quite sure what it wants to say. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
C The Croods: A New Age (2020) Micheal Compton A family film that feels more like it is going through the motions, basically giving fans of the original more of the same. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
C Vanguard (2020) Micheal Compton Vanguard is never dull, it's just really not that good. Chan and his fans deserved better. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
B- The Last Vermeer (2019) Micheal Compton This is some of the best work of Pearce's career, giving the audience a reason to become invested in the Dutch artist's plight -- and ultimately a reason to become engaged with The Last Vermeer. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
A- The Climb (2019) Micheal Compton This is a smart examination of toxic friendships that is full of charm, some laugh out loud moments and an over sense of confident filmmaking that is rather refreshing. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
B Ammonite (2020) Micheal Compton Winslet and Ronan are so good that they make the familiar feel fresh and new -- giving Ammonite the spark it needs to satisfy audiences. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
B+ Let Him Go (2020) Micheal Compton Manville has always been an actress capable of any challenge, but I think this may be some of her best work yet -- with a performance that is as terrifying as any in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
B+ On the Rocks (2020) Micheal Compton While this reunion doesn't quite reach the lofty heights of Murray and Coppola's previous collaboration, Lost in Translation, it is still an enjoyable experience with Coppola once again showing Murray's immense talents. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
B- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Micheal Compton Borat may be the name on the marquee, but it is Bakalova as his daughter who is the real star of "Moviefilm" -- providing the spark that lifts this from potential disappointment. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
C- 2 Hearts (2020) Micheal Compton 2 Hearts has its heart in the right place. It's too bad it's a film that relies way too much on clichés and tropes, ultimately asking the audience to suspend disbelief in ways that are physically impossible. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
A- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Micheal Compton The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a master class in writing and acting. Writer/director Aaron Sorkin has crafted a compelling courtroom drama with a talented cast that could well be the best ensemble we will see in a film this year. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
C+ The War With Grandpa (2020) Micheal Compton If "Grandpa" could have delivered more low key moments and less juvenile slapstick I think it could have been a pleasant surprise. As it is, it's a film that children will likely enjoy - but parents will quickly lose patience with. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
C The Last Shift (2020) Micheal Compton It slowly devolves into something that resembles a failed sitcom pilot, with plot threads that are never fully developed and one thread late in the film that is so out of place it completely changes the tone of everything that proceeded it. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
B- Infidel (2020) Micheal Compton [Claudia] Karvan brings Liz's desperation and determination to the screen quite well. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
B The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Micheal Compton The Broken Hearts Gallery doesn't break any new ground in the genre, but what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in charm. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
B Rent-a-Pal (2020) Micheal Compton Writer/director Jon Stevenson has crafted an effective and creepy psychological horror -- a film that understands how to blur the lines of reality and create a tone that leaves the audience anxious to see what will happen next. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
B Blackbird (2019) Micheal Compton Blackbird is the kind of film that in the wrong hands could have gone horribly wrong... Fortunately, it works thanks to a strong cast - headlined by Susan Sarandon's best work in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
B Tenet (2020) Micheal Compton Nolan's homage to the spy genre is a globetrotting epic that features some well-crafted action sequences that help gloss over a plot that sometimes gets a little convoluted for its own good. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
B The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Micheal Compton The team responsible for In the Loop and The Death of Stalin has crafted another smart and engaging comedy that gets the most out of a fantastic cast. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
B The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Micheal Compton Jagger's presence alone is enough to recommend [The Burnt Orange Heresy], but fortunately this is a solid heist film that has plenty of tricks up its proverbial sleeve. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
B- Cut Throat City (2020) Micheal Compton Cut Throat City checks off all the boxes you would expect in a heist film, but does it in a way that feels fresh and exciting. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
D+ Tesla (2020) Micheal Compton Writer/director Michael Almereyda has crafted a modern spin on the enigmatic inventor that feels gimmicky and a bit pretentious. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
C Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Micheal Compton This feels like something that would have played better in a book than a feature film, creating some awkward shifts in tone that undermine what "Bathroom Walls" is trying to say. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
C Unhinged (2020) Micheal Compton Despite a totally committed performance, in more ways than one, from Russell Crowe, this is essentially a B-movie that really doesn't have much to offer outside of Crowe's gonzo work. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
B- Sputnik (2020) Micheal Compton Sputnik works because there is enough here to appreciate the craft of what the filmmaker is doing here. This is a movie that wants to linger in your mind long after it's over. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
B Made in Italy (2020) Micheal Compton It's a chance for Neeson to show his softer side, with Richardson holding his own with his dad in a film that offers a bit of melancholy drama between the rather charming light-hearted moments. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
B- Babysplitters (2019) Micheal Compton Babysplitters is the kind of movie that could have gone horribly wrong, a comedy about parenthood with a rather strange setup. Yet writer/director Sam Friedlander makes this work with help from a solid cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
C+ The Rental (2020) Micheal Compton All of the good will from the acting and directing can't overcome a script that feels more like a rough draft than a complete work. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
A- Palm Springs (2020) Micheal Compton Samberg's goofy charm is perfect for Nyles, but Milioti is just as charming. They create such wonderful chemistry that you can't help but be emotionally invested in their journey. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
B Relic (2020) Micheal Compton James' style and slow build may not be for everyone, but fans of horror films -- specifically haunted house movies -- will be rewarded for their patience. Relic may borrow from other films, but it creates something truly original and impressive. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
B The Old Guard (2020) Micheal Compton The Old Guard proves to be a fresh spin on the genre -- with Charlize Theron leading the way and Love and Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood showing a keen eye with some well-staged action sequences. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
B- My Spy (2020) Micheal Compton This family comedy featuring former WWE superstar Dave Bautista is the perfect bit of summer escapism -- light and breezy fun that exceeded my rather low expectations. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
C Irresistible (2020) Micheal Compton It's as if Stewart has something to say but doesn't want to rock the boat, electing to make something safe and down the middle that winds up being mediocre and forgettable. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
D+ You Should Have Left (2020) Micheal Compton Sure some of it is visually appealing, but it comes off as a low rent attempt to recreate the isolation of The Shining. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
F Artemis Fowl (2020) Micheal Compton Branagh is saddled with a script that is so convoluted that most of the dialogue consists of explaining to the audience what they have just seen on the screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020