Escapist Magazine

Escapist Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bob Chipman
Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 6 Underground (2019) Bob Chipman A "Why can't things just WORK, damn it!?" save-the-world daydream processed through a lens of pure, unrestrained Bayhem; espousing what can only described - without prejudice! - as a benevolently-fascist (SMALL-f!) fantasy of utopian philanthrocapitalism. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2019
8/10 Parasite (2019) Bob Chipman Has other, more interesting, uncomfortable things on it's mind - and the most uncomfortable of all is [when] you start to realize none of these people are as bad as you want them to be. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
9/10 Uncut Gems (2019) Bob Chipman How'd we end up in a place where the new crime movie starring Happy Gilmore, the voice of Elsa and the power forward for the '07 to 2013 Celtics is... honestly kinda BETTER than the new crime movie starring DeNiro, Pacino and Joe Pesci? EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
7/10 Knives Out (2019) Bob Chipman The difference [is in] Johnson's now infamous signature flourish of letting utterly traditional (even formulaic) sequences play out exactly as the audiences have been trained to expect and then going "Okay but what if not?" EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
8/10 Frozen II (2019) Bob Chipman It's none the less pretty damn impressive how resolutely the film commits to doing it differently this time. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
7/10 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Bob Chipman I like the audacity of what it's willing to throw out, the new stuff it's willing to bring in, the new places it's set up to go and the fresh 21st Century angle enough that I wish the rest of it wasn't merely "pretty darn good." EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
7/10 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Bob Chipman A wickedly-subversive dark fairytale with a high fantasy aesthetic dominated (occasionally in the most suggestive sense possible) by Jolie; flashing a blinding vampire smile of ivory fangs and blood-red lips as the ultimate 21st Century Goth Goddess. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/10 Joker (2019) Bob Chipman A shallow movie playing at being deep, a basic movie that thinks it's complex, not even particularly shocking or violent or transgressive enough to be "outraged" about in any meaningful way. It has nothing much to say - and yet it won't shut up. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
7/10 Ad Astra (2019) Bob Chipman An Awards Season scifi-drama from 2019 cast like a $100 Million Summer blockbuster from 1998 with an early-2000s premise and 2010s Terrence Mallick-y whisper-narration framing device, shooting for the Oscars in 2020 - how's that for space-time dilation? EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/10 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Bob Chipman [Feels more like] a generic Taken knock-off goosed up with some half-hearted Mexican-border xenophobia that can't even muster the energy to commit to that base level of thematic coherence. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
8/10 Hustlers (2019) Bob Chipman A sexy, compelling, funny, nuanced, touching and often unexpectedly thoughtful crime-drama that aims to be the "Goodfellas" of stripper movies; featuring Jennifer Lopez in a dramatic comeback role that could well net a Best Supporting Actress nomination. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Bob Chipman Well Steve... the good news is; now that you tried, a miniseries tried and a movie tried, it's pretty clear: It wasn't just you - NO ONE can figure out a good ending for this one. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
7/10 Ready or Not (2019) Bob Chipman [Weaving is] a monster talent with the ability to handily embody the part of bewildered prey, competent action heroine and frustrated had-it-up-to-here slapstick comedy straightwoman in the same movie and effectively carry the tone of the whole thing EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/10 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Bob Chipman shakes up the formula by having Agent Mike Banning save himself instead of saving the president. But he still also saves the president. A different president, but the president, still. Also Nick Nolte is there. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Noah Berlatsky I saw Bird Box in previews before the hype and thought it was an entertaining, small-scale Sandra Bullock film with a nifty concept and few pretensions. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Polar (2019) Noah Berlatsky Polar doesn't fully understand what a great idea it's stumbled into... it gets distracted by pointless Guy Ritchie-esque stylistic flourishes, a predictably tragic/heartwarming twist ending. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Noah Berlatsky Giant stories are by their nature hard to wrap your head, or your heart, around. But Ant-Man and the Wasp's smaller-than-life stakes give its characters, and its plot, room to breathe. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Noah Berlatsky The first half hour of Captain Marvel feels disjointed and poorly developed in part because you're dumped into an alien culture you know nothing about, which you see from the perspective of a woman who has no memories and doesn't know who she is. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Noah Berlatsky It has no purpose, it has no goal, and it has no end. But [Jim] Jarmusch doesn't see that as a reason to despair. Instead he wants you to know it's fun to watch the pallid imitation of life. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
6/10 The Bravest (2019) Bob Chipman Easily the best firefighter movie since Backdraft and might be the best of it's type ever - in any language - period. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
7/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Bob Chipman I severely doubt that 'Hobbs & Shaw' will convert anyone who isn't already all-in for the 'Fast' movies to binge through the others, but you also don't need go have seen them to appreciate this one for a solidly kinetic late-Summer beat-em-up distraction. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
9/10 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Bob Chipman Tarantino has found an ideal channel to focus his fixations, fantasies, and fetishes... and delivers his most authentically human feature to date. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
6/10 The Lion King (2019) Bob Chipman Viewed as an experiment that's also a film? 'The Lion King' is more interesting than 'good,' but it's also pretty good. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
7/10 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Bob Chipman still isn't quite up to par with the rest of the MCU for scope and drama and still can't touch either the original Sam Raimi films or Into The Spider-Verse at visualizing Spider-Man action, it DOES know where its strengths are: Its characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/10 Child's Play (2019) Bob Chipman The basic concept of a piece of consumer technology deciding to start whacking humanity against the wall because OUR interface is confusing and never works correctly is clever enough to deserve a better film. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
8/10 Toy Story 4 (2019) Bob Chipman A minor epilogue to a major work that's mostly good enough to stand as its own entity and almost good enough to peek all the way out from under its predecessor's shadow. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
5/10 Men in Black: International (2019) Bob Chipman All but declaring out loud that it only exists to test the waters for the general viability of the MIB brand and the box office muscle of Thompson and Hemsworth outside their Marvel Cinematic Universe identities. But at least it doesn't lack for charm. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/10 Dark Phoenix (2019) Bob Chipman "Is it too much to ask that this be the underwhelming and unnecessary franchise blockbuster we just skip because we know it's not going anywhere?" EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
10/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Bob Chipman A transcendent, elevating, purely cinematic experience. It's 'The Avengers' of giant monster movies. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) Bob Chipman It's not the best Godzilla ever, but I still wish this version had taken off beyond one sequel. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Godzilla 1985 (1984) Bob Chipman Godzilla is also the nominal villain once again, setting up a streak of moral ambiguity that would inform the series from this point forward. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) Bob Chipman And the Showa era goes out with a whimper. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster (1974) Bob Chipman It's too bad it took Toho this long to land on "robot version of Godzilla" for an opponent, because MechaGodzilla is cool enough to deserve a better movie. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1976) Bob Chipman This is the point where the films start living in "so bad it's good" land, but at least it's funny. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) Bob Chipman This one takes awhile to get going, but as payoff you get Godzilla and Anguiras fighting new enemy Gigan and Ghidorah on one of the series' most unique battlefields: a Godzilla-themed amusement park. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971) Bob Chipman While I can't call it good, I also can't call it forgettable. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Godzilla's Revenge (1969) Bob Chipman Even as a kid, this is the one I'd skip. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Destroy All Monsters! (1968) Bob Chipman This is effectively the end of the "golden age" of Godzilla movies (there wouldn't be a truly great installment again until the 90s) but it's a hell of a note to go out on. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Son of Godzilla (1967) Bob Chipman A lot of fans detest Minilla (it's pronounced "Min-Yah") but I always liked him. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Godzilla vs. the Thing (1964) Bob Chipman This is probably the best Godzilla movie, period. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) Bob Chipman It's a preposterously silly entry, but it's also one of the all-time greats. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Godzilla Raids Again (1959) Bob Chipman There's not a lot to recommend here. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966) Bob Chipman A lot of people put this one on the low-end of the series, but I have fun with it. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
() Bob Chipman This is a fun one, though a bit of a retread of the last one. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Godzilla vs. Biollante (1992) Bob Chipman It's a highlight of the Heisei Era. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
5/10 Aladdin (2019) Bob Chipman At least it's not 'Dumbo.' EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
7/10 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Bob Chipman A neon-infused crossbreed of 'Blade Runner,' 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' and 'Zootopia' by way of The Muppets and Hideaki Anno. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
6/10 El Chicano (2018) Bob Chipman That the abrupt gear-shift from Dick Wolf-style cop drama to Marvel Netflix-style superhero bloodbath in Act 3 works at all is a feat in itself. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
8/10 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Bob Chipman There is, however, a boldness to the way the film attempts and succeeds in making a fantasy about unwinding the end of the world that's really about the fact that everyone still has to deal with having lived through it. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
5/10 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Bob Chipman For a movie pitched as the breakout for the most dangerous filmmaker on the indie scene, it's kind of a letdown to see Zahler seemingly sand off his own edges and hand in something more like a long, talky, more handsome episode of 'Chicago P.D.' EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019