Silver Screen Riot

Silver Screen Riot is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Matt Oakes
Rating Title/Year Author
B- Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Matt Oakes Led by a cutesy head-butt of a performance from superstar Margo Robbie, 'Birds of Prey' is a do-over of sorts for the much-maligned Suicide Squad. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
B+ The Lodge (2019) Matt Oakes Keough's turn is brittle and tragic, lending the horror film legitimate depth of feeling and a sour depiction of the horrifying tricks humanity plays on the weakest and most vulnerable of their flock. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
C+ The Nowhere Inn (2020) Matt Oakes As Annie nosedives deeper into her stage creation, St. Vincent, she untethers from her genuine self into the ether of celebrity. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
B+ Relic (2020) Matt Oakes The clever, strange and emotionally-satisfying first film from director Natalie Erika James uses horror to get at the heartache of senility. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
A- Possessor (2020) Matt Oakes Visceral and disturbing though it may be, the extreme violence becomes a narrative tool used to propel the story and underscore the character's detachment from her own humanity. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
B Downhill (2020) Matt Oakes Faxon and Rash's version gets just off-piste 'Force Majeure' enough without ever truly going into the woods. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
B- Amulet (2020) Matt Oakes A deliberately-paced, well-acted, and artful horror chamber piece fastened to a real whopper of an ending. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
C Wendy (2020) Matt Oakes Visually, 'Wendy' benefits from being filmed on an actual active Caribbean volcano but like its bubbling-over shoot location spews mostly hot air. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ Ironbark (2020) Matt Oakes A moving spy caper that allows the characters to inform the drama and tension rather than allowing historical events to outweigh and overcome the human element. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
A- The Night House (2020) Matt Oakes Bruckner is able to perfectly fold the grounding human drama and Hall's exposed-like-a-raw-nerve performance into insanely effective frights, the jump scares amongst the best in the business; disorienting flashbangs that'll throttle you from your seat. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ Scare Me (2020) Matt Oakes In its simplicity, 'Scare Me' achieves novelty. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
C+ Come Away (2020) Matt Oakes Existing in this unfortunate middle ground between children's cinema and adult sensibilities, Come Away has the distinct misfortune of not catering to either age group. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
C- () Matt Oakes Estrada has bungled almost everything that worked so well in his first outing, delivering an amateurish variety show that leans much too heavily on disparate young voices. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
B- Color Out of Space (2019) Matt Oakes Those looking for a horror-adjacent movie where Nic Cage drinks alpaca milk right from the teat and blasts heads off alien-creatures with a shotgun, look no further. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2020
D Underwater (2020) Matt Oakes It's almost like the camerawork and cinematography draw inspiration from snorkeling in a rainstorm. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
B- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Matt Oakes If the central tenet of Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi was to kill the past to make way for the future, The Rise of Skywalker is all about bringing the dead back to life. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C Just Mercy (2019) Matt Oakes Just Mercy is just meh. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
B Bombshell (2019) Matt Oakes Like Adam McKay before him, Jay Roach has shifted from the world of comedy to that of the didactic and politically-tinted American drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
A- 1917 (2019) Matt Oakes The great strength of 1917 remains in its mixing of craftsmanship and storytelling, Mendes and co. managing to smuggle in meaningful thematic complexities against the backdrop of such a flashy technical masterwork. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
C Richard Jewell (2019) Matt Oakes Richard Jewell remains too hostage to predicability to rise above the troubling political undercurrents raging through Eastwood's latest. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
B Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Matt Oakes Try to watch and not feel a bit on fire yourself. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
C+ The Aeronauts (2019) Matt Oakes Harper proves more than capable of staging invariably tense sequences where life and death hang in the balance, and his crisp direction gets notably better the higher off the ground their balloon gets. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
A- Uncut Gems (2019) Matt Oakes The unique genius of the Safdie Bros is that they can put Adam Sandler in one of his best dramatic roles to date and still start the movie with a classic Sandman butthole joke. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
B+ Queen & Slim (2019) Matt Oakes In spite of the dumbed-down elevator pitch that Queen & Slim is like a black Bonnie and Clyde, Matsoukas brings a timely energy and moral center to her vision that helps it transcend any kind of cheap racial remix. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
A- Little Women (2019) Matt Oakes An outstanding ensemble is matched by Gerwig's confident direction, her innate skill as an actor's director matched by an elegant sense of craftsmanship. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B- Hush (2016) Matt Oakes Hush isn't as smart or crafty as Mike Flannigan's last film Oculus but is nevertheless a thoroughly capable experiment in tearing a cliché down to its most basic components and then building it back up with only the finest of ingredients. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- Frozen II (2019) Matt Oakes Disney has, in turn, made Elsa into a gorgeous incel; a closed-loop of unfulfilled desire who soaks up the sister cuddles as an alternative next best thing. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
B+ The Irishman (2019) Matt Oakes Part of Frank's inhumanity can be laid at the feet of the hugely distracting digital de-aging effect that was used to wind the clock back on Robert DeNiro's weathered visage. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
A Waves (2019) Matt Oakes Not even the smallest detail is small enough to overlook in the suburban nightmare that Shults conjures up. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
B+ Honey Boy (2019) Matt Oakes Drawing from traumatic personal experience, Honey Boy serves as both a creator's exercise in forgiveness and self-healing and a meta cinematic experience with real dramatic weight. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
B- Charlie's Angels (2019) Matt Oakes May not move the dial much in terms of plot, story, or even character but when everything is working in harmony, it's hard to deny the film's pure entertainment value. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
C+ The Report (2019) Matt Oakes Seeks to edify, those who are already steadfast consumers of the news likely know the broader story already, if not Daniel Jones' plight specifically. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
A Ford v Ferrari (2019) Matt Oakes 'FORD V. FERRARI' is an anti-establishment American Western...with race cars. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
A Marriage Story (2019) Matt Oakes Baumbach has been writing some of the year's best scripts for years and Marriage Story only further solidifies his voice as an essential American storyteller. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
B+ Doctor Sleep (2019) Matt Oakes Doctor Sleep is comfortable philosophizing on the nature of loss and moving on and has perhaps one of the most authentic, meaningful, and assured depictions of that process in any horror film I can think of. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
B Knives Out (2019) Matt Oakes Thanks to the killer ensemble, Johnson still deals up a kind of alternative event escapism, one that deals in star-power and smarm that is so often missing from the cineplexes. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
A- Jojo Rabbit (2019) Matt Oakes By filtering anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry through the lens of a child coming of age in Nazi Germany, Jojo Rabbit becomes a stirring takedown of the very concept of prejudice itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
B- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Matt Oakes Miller brings with him a sense of over-the-top bombast... and manages to stage some of the year's most brash and blown-out set pieces. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
C Black and Blue (2019) Matt Oakes While it pays lip service to the grandiose idea of "being the change", Taylor's film remains utterly stagnant. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
A Parasite (2019) Matt Oakes [Joon-ho]'s a master of his craft, accounting for the most minute of details while making it look like almost no work at all. His films exert a cool casualness despite their often complicated webs of plots and chameleon-esque tone. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
B+ Greener Grass (2019) Matt Oakes As weird as rubbing your tongue over your teeth right after you got your braces off, Greener Grass is like a dream you wake up from and can't quite remember all the details EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
C Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Matt Oakes The humor oddly tries to both appeal to both the stoners in the audience and the grumbling Fox News-watching dads angry over their daughters dating musicians EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
B- Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Matt Oakes Where the hell has this Eddie Murphy been the past two decades? EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
D Gemini Man (2019) Matt Oakes Double the Will Smith, half the fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
A The Lighthouse (2019) Matt Oakes Eggers again proves masterful at bringing the impossibilities of antiquity to life. Like the infertile New England woods before it, the ocean is this film's untamable frontier, where men stand at the mercy of nature and dream of salvation. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
B+ First Love (2019) Matt Oakes First Love is a Japanese take on True Romance, filtered through Miike's signature twisted humor and ultra-violent, splatter tendencies. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
A- Joker (2019) Matt Oakes Joker assesses society's fraught structure, the cyclical nature of violence, the damage we allow to be passed onto those less fortunate and more at-risk, and treats it to a punchline. And that's okay. Why so serious? EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
B Harpoon (2019) Matt Oakes Stranded at sea with no lifelines, the appeal of cannibalism quickens and Grant manages a healthy dose of gallows humor that laces the building sense of dread. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
B- Judy (2019) Matt Oakes The film betrays a deep empathy for the titular character, Goold treating Judy to a warmth so often denied her in her personal and professional life. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
A- Hustlers (2019) Matt Oakes Hustlers is the kind of movie that one might confuse for a guilty pleasure, were it not also borderline great. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019