Elements of Madness

Elements of Madness is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Douglas Davidson
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Douglas Davidson The women are strong and powerful, the men are malleable, and there's more than a few gory surprises, all of which make for a good time at the movies. That's what it's really all about when it comes down to it: good, cheeky fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 The Outsider (2019) Douglas Davidson Despite [a] stylistic approach to speed through the content, the emotional undertones are deftly presented. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 Funan (2019) Douglas Davidson Bittersweet in its totality, Funan is an incredible journey of the human spirit which is not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 New Money (2017) Douglas Davidson Led by a raw performance from Louisa Krause, New Money is a declarative statement on the complexity of addiction, the unintentional ancillary damage it causes, and the reality that money never equates to a peaceful soul. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Douglas Davidson If you're looking for truth, you'll get some, but what Rocketman bestows is more than truth. It's pure musical wonder. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 Funny Story (2018) Douglas Davidson Even though there's nothing inherently funny about the main story ... Gallagher and co-writer Steve Greene manage to find humor in the humanity of the characters, brought to life beautifully from the whole cast. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 Ladies in Black (2018) Douglas Davidson Despite its drawbacks, Ladies in Black is a fun, charismatic tale executed by a talented ensemble clearly delighting in their roles. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 Avengement (2019) Douglas Davidson ... Avengement is a crackling, bone-crunching crime drama which advocates that action films are best left to the professionals. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Douglas Davidson ... Parabellum delivers all the brutal, bone-crunching, Gun Fu audiences desire as the story continues to follow the beleaguered Mr. Wick on his journey through Hell to find redemption. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 Extracurricular Activities (2019) Douglas Davidson Less blood-soaked than you'd expect from the premise, this smart, funny, dark romp won't keep you up at night, but it will delight you from beginning to end. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 Stuck (2017) Douglas Davidson [Stuck] upholds the male perspective while feeding the notion of female weakness. This fact makes a rather charming, well-crafted film hard to bear by its encore. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 Just Say Goodbye (2017) Douglas Davidson Despite its many rough edges, there resides an honesty about the rippling impact of our choices that's undeniably impactful. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 Cradle of Champions (2018) Douglas Davidson ... while the mechanics of Cradle of Champions are strong and the individuals involved are captivating, the documentary as a whole can be hard to engage in without proper foreknowledge. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4.5/5 Shadow (2018) Douglas Davidson ... Shadow reveals itself to be more than the sum of its parts. The chaos is merely a doorway to balance. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Douglas Davidson ... Endgame [is] as much of a love letter to the fans as it is a comic book fan's dream. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Douglas Davidson ... J.T. LeRoy doesn't pass judgement on any of the principals involved and allows the complexity of the situation speak for itself. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 Waka Okami wa Shogakusei! (2018) Douglas Davidson With such a brief window to see Okko's Inn, make your reservations now so as not to miss your chance to experience Okko's journey for yourself. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4.5/5 Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018) Douglas Davidson ... by incorporating entertaining wire work, masterful displays of physical ability, and beautiful set pieces which keep the whole picture focused on the interpersonal drama wherein incredible feats of action are merely a punctuation mark. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 Long Lost (2018) Douglas Davidson ... [F]or all the slow build-up to the crescendo, Long Lost delivers on the thrills it promises in a way which cannot be predicted and that alone makes it worth the watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 The Browsing Effect (2018) Douglas Davidson Imagine When Harry Met Sally... through the lens of the digital generation and you'll get Michael Feinstein's often charming The Browsing Effect. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 The Unicorn Store (2017) Douglas Davidson ... Unicorn Store isn't just about reclaiming our personal magic, but about looking beyond ourselves to see the magic of others. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4.5/5 The Public (2018) Douglas Davidson Below [the surface], however, is a weightier story about personal responsibility, social responsibility, and the delicate balance at work to protect the public's trust. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 Lost & Found (2017) Douglas Davidson .... [writer/director Liam O] Mochain's film is a simple, delightful, and often silly cinematic pleasure. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Douglas Davidson Impressively, [director David] Sandberg captures the wonder, magic, and inherent danger of these astonishing tales, creating a frequently hilarious, earnest, and adventurous ride. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 We Are Boats (2018) Douglas Davidson We Are Boats is an intriguing drama more for what it says and, in effect, gets its audience to ponder than for what it does. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
1/5 Boy Band (2018) Douglas Davidson ... writing duo Stephen J. Levinson and Joel Levinson (who also directs), forgo any sense of ambition of delivering a focused plot, electing instead to connect incoherent scenes through a series of outrageous, yet unfunny scenarios. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5 () Douglas Davidson ... Rocking the Couch only asks [several] questions and provides no solid answers, but as more stories from the past come to light of what was permitted to happen time and again, these are questions worth asking. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 The Wedding Guest (2018) Douglas Davidson Strangely, the further into the film the audience gets, the less tension-filled Wedding Guest becomes, making the conclusion feel both inevitable and uneventful ... EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 Triple Threat (2019) Douglas Davidson As though pumping blood from all the '80s action films audiences loved through an Indo-Chinese POV, Triple Threat's got charm, humor, action, and more heart than you'd expect. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4.5/5 Starfish (2016) Douglas Davidson As engaging as [writer/director Al] White's slowly paced film is, it's the thematic elements which will haunt you to the last. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
2/5 Welcome to Acapulco (2019) Douglas Davidson Unfortunately, by centering everything on an unlikeable lead [character] who keeps stopping the story for his own needs, all the good gets lost. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 Hai Phuong (2019) Douglas Davidson ... [co-director Le Van] Kiet manages to pour on the tension without succumbing to nonsensical escalation, keeping the whole of Furie feeling personal and intimate. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
3.5/5 Varsity Punks (2018) Douglas Davidson While the film is a little rough in its execution, Varsity Punks ends up being a film audiences will root for. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 Holiday (2018) Douglas Davidson ... Holiday reveals itself as a morality play whose end result is metaphysically disquieting. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
3.5/5 At the End of the Day (2018) Douglas Davidson [At the End of the Day] wants to ask questions of its audience and challenge its audience to answer them, not in an angry, forceful way, but from a place of great care and deep love. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 Iceman: The Time Traveller (2018) Douglas Davidson In ignoring specific established rules and plot developments [Iceman: The] Time Traveler makes itself stronger as a singular experience while simultaneously becoming reductive. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
4.5/5 A Tuba to Cuba (2018) Douglas Davidson What the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ... learn and experience, is the true power of music in its ability to cross over the language barrier and connect us through a rhythm which runs through us all. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Douglas Davidson Even though [Maria By Callas] delves not just into her twenty-plus-year career and her private life, it offers little background on locations, social context, or significance. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/5 Heilstatten (2018) Douglas Davidson Sometimes, in spite of its blemishes, a film can make an impression. Heilstätten does this in the way it frames the whole piece, as well as presents the meta commentary within it. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3.5/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Douglas Davidson Even at its most over-stuffed, there's no denying the scope of Alita. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
3.5/5 A Violent Man (2017) Douglas Davidson What seems, at first, to be an indie crime thriller reveals itself, upon conclusion, to be much deeper in its examination of not just a soul cast into purgatory, but of fate itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 Under the Eiffel Tower (2018) Douglas Davidson It doesn't play things too safe, nor does it get too creative, but there's something undeniably genuine about the characterizations and the core narrative that can't be dismissed. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4.5/5 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Douglas Davidson [Director Robert] Krzykowski is purposeful in everything he places before you and it is all loaded with meaning, creating a riveting experience wherein lead Sam Elliott delivers a career-best performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
4.5/5 Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Douglas Davidson [Horror Noire is] not just a history lesson of which film came out when and who was involved, but it also places these films within their social context, an aspect many genre fans may not have considered. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
3.5/5 The Rising Sun (2010) Douglas Davidson There's truly a zen-like peacefulness to their bohemian existence, a connectedness of spirit which translates not just from the words ... but from the way they move, all together, in rhythmic harmony. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Douglas Davidson If the original LEGO explored what makes something special, The Second Part focuses on the things which connect us ... that we build, that we explore that matters. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 Then Came You (2018) Douglas Davidson If you're looking for a film which celebrates love, Then Came You, a story of love without cost, that of true friendship, may be exactly what you're looking for. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
4.5/5 Braid (2018) Douglas Davidson Braid is not for the weak-minded and it will begin screwing with you almost as soon as it begins. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 Piercing (2018) Douglas Davidson ... what keeps [the audience] locked in is offering something new, something deeper, something darker, something far more penetrating and patient. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Douglas Davidson While The Nutcracker and the Four Realms may not be the holiday staple it wishes it were, it's certainly not a film to avoid. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019