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
C+ Voyagers (2021) Matt Oakes There's philosophical intrigue about the ethics of control but it's left by the wayside to focus on middling teenage angst and murderous power struggles. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
C- Honeydew (2020) Matt Oakes Time has always shifted to accommodate the agrarian folks though Honeydew takes more advantage of time than daylight savings, regularly allowing for scenes to drag on to exactly twice the length they ought to. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
B Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Matt Oakes Self-indulgent to an extreme that few films manage while also managing to be strangely introspective, the four-hour runtime is almost necessary for this cut of film to work. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
Recovery (2021) Matt Oakes A frenetic road trip rescue mission movie, Recovery is gassed by the uncut comedy stylings of Mallory Everton and real life best friend and professional collaborator Whitney Call. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
B+ Nobody (2021) Matt Oakes Odenkirk has ameliorate himself to audiences over the years as a non-threatening slime bag with a heart of gold but with Nobody, you'll believe that this 58-year old can tear limb from bust Chewbacca-style. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2021
B- Sound of Violence (2021) Matt Oakes The mashup of Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' and Guitar Hero you never expected to come to fruition. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
A- The Fallout (2021) Matt Oakes Urgent school shooter teen drama is the first defining movie of Gen-Z. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
B+ Jakob's Wife (2021) Matt Oakes Feels like both a 90s throwback and a 100-years in the making direct sequel to Nosferatu. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
B The Feast (2021) Matt Oakes By the time the horror becomes explicit and implied consequence becomes actual consequence, the impressive power of not-knowing succumbs to a tide of gonzo gore. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
C+ Witch Hunt (2021) Matt Oakes For a movie that places so much emphasize on the legal status of witches and the laws that govern them, the judicial aspect feels confusing and undercooked. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
D+ Offseason (2021) Matt Oakes A featherlight folk horror [that] fails to conjure much of a reason for its existence, plundering the corpses of similar seaside folklore horror stories but bringing zero new ideas or visual intrigue to the table. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
B+ Here Before (2021) Matt Oakes Andrea Riseborough mic drops another outstanding performance in Stacey Gregg's remarkably unnerving Irish domestic psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
B+ Gaia (2021) Matt Oakes Beautiful and haunting, the spore-creatures are colorful pops of funky dread and their presence scurries on the borders of every nervous scene. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
A Not Going Quietly (2021) Matt Oakes In all honesty, I can't remember a movie that's made me quite this emotional in some time so be prepared with an entire CostCo-sized pallet of Kleenex. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
B Executive Order (2020) Matt Oakes Controversial and provocative, Executive Order feels like the love child of Get Out and The Handmaid's Tale; an intersection of fascistic dystopia and long-standing subterranean prejudices boiling to the surface. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
B- The End Of Us (2021) Matt Oakes 'The End of Us' plops a breakup movie into the midst of the 2020 global pandemic (that is still raging on a full year later) to semi-charmed effect. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
B+ Come True (2020) Matt Oakes A menacing slow-burn with splashes of the works of Benson and Moorhead, Shane Carruth, and the Wachowskis. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
B- Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Matt Oakes Even for a studio that is decidedly dependable in terms of plot and narrative, Raya and the Last Dragon still feels like an effort that is noticeably of a kind. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
C Cherry (2021) Matt Oakes A mediocre hodgepodge of various genre cliches; it's an okay stick-em-up, a decent junkie drama, a mediocre war movie, and an uninspiring rom-com all in one. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
B+ I Care a Lot (2020) Matt Oakes When Blakeson's lampoon of carnivorous capitalism sinks its teeth in deep and his performers rein fire and brimstone down upon each other, I Care a Lot's fiendish joys are simply irresistible. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
B Minari (2020) Matt Oakes There a clear-eyed nostalgia slathered on the screen here, one that honors both [personal] family history and the general immigrant experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
A- Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Matt Oakes To quote Gladys Knight, "It wasn't just about the music" but my god does the music rule. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
B+ Misha and the Wolves (2021) Matt Oakes A powerful and captivating documentary, Misha and the Wolves blurs the lines between truth and storytelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
C Prime Time (2021) Matt Oakes Cannot stir up enough twisty plot momentum to engage on a deeper level. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
A Pleasure (2021) Matt Oakes A stunningly provocative exploration of the peaks and valleys of the porn industry led by a wowing performance from newcomer Sofia Kappel. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
B Sabaya (2021) Matt Oakes Though one may be left wanting more footage and more character, there is no denying the raw power of Hogir Hinori's guerrilla documentary which shines a light on one of Earth's darkest spots. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
B- Night of the Kings (2020) Matt Oakes Man and myth intersect and collide and we are never truly certain how much of Roman's story is pure invention, metaphorical flourish, or factual account. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
A- Mass (2021) Matt Oakes A painstakingly intimate, conversation-driven drama with phenomenal performances all around. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
B Land (2021) Matt Oakes Land wrestles with insurmountable grief in an honest and sincere manner. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
B Jockey (2021) Matt Oakes Bentley's film wins by virtue of Collins Jr.'s soulful performance, exploring a man coming to terms with his own expiration clock and trying to come to peace with his legacy. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
B+ A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Matt Oakes No one can wring more documentarian juice from a conspiracy theory than Rodney Ascher. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
C Superior (2021) Matt Oakes The film as a whole is more driven by mood and character than it is by plot, which deteriorates into near-indifferent banality well before the final frame. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
B+ In The Earth (2021) Matt Oakes Designed like a bad trip, In the Earth is a raw-dogged audio-visual blitz. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
A- On the Count of Three (2021) Matt Oakes As a writer, Carmichael makes liberal use of gallows humor, finding the funny in the macabre. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
B- Mother Schmuckers (2021) Matt Oakes Tasteless and offensive and grotesque. And had me cackling in no short measure. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
B- John and the Hole (2020) Matt Oakes Kids grow up so fast these days. In Pascual Sisto's anti-coming-of-age dark psychological thriller, this phrase is taken quite literally. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
A CODA (2021) Matt Oakes Feels like a revelatory discovery - not only is it a standout film in and of itself but it's the kind of movie that uses inclusiveness to tap into new voices and entirely new types of stories. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
A- Saint Maud (2019) Matt Oakes Evocative of 'The Passion of The Christ' and 'The Exorcist' both. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B+ Wrong Turn (2021) Matt Oakes Breaks the mold of lame slasher reboots to deliver an unexpectedly awesome road trip into gnarly backwoods insanity. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
A- The Father (2020) Matt Oakes The Father removes the voyeuristic boundary between the observer and the observed and chucks us into the thick of it. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
B Pieces of a Woman (2020) Matt Oakes Starts with an emotional flash-bang that so burns viewers receptor sites for tragedy that it's hard to feel much for the remainder of the film EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
D+ Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Matt Oakes Themes of truth prevailing over greed and the dangers of seeking excess are so obvious and juvenile that it makes you wonder how Jenkins still falls face-first into the pratfall of her own critique. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
B+ Promising Young Woman (2020) Matt Oakes There are serious issues at the center of 'Promising Young Woman' that the film clearly wants to confront but [writer-director Emerald] Fennell has no problem leaning into B-movie appeals to get that point across. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
B Greenland (2020) Matt Oakes A disaster-thriller that champions humanity over calamity, 'Greenland' is a welcome reminder of the oft-out-of-nowhere thrills that await us at the cineplexes. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
A Soul (2020) Matt Oakes Endeavoring to explore something as thematic towering as the meaning of life, Soul is one of Pixar's weightiest efforts to date. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
A- Nomadland (2020) Matt Oakes Zhao blends fiction and nonfiction seamlessly, always with a hunger for naturalism and authenticity. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
B+ Black Bear (2020) Matt Oakes With such fantastic performances (particularly from Plaza and Gadon) and a bold commitment to defiant storytelling, it's impossible to ignore the twisty, reckless ambition on display here. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
B- Anything for Jackson (2020) Matt Oakes An entertaining outing defined by solid practical effects and a poignant examination of the hierarchy of power between old and young. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
B+ Sound of Metal (2019) Matt Oakes Brought to life with a tour-de-force performance from Riz Ahmed and transportive sound design fashioned to trap viewers in the muffled soundscape of its protagonist. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
C Fatman (2020) Matt Oakes You can feel the film stick in the chimney with a resigned sigh. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020