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
D The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Matt Oakes If La Llorona were a bingo card of bad horror movie tropes, audience members are privy to a quick win. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
B Little Woods (2018) Matt Oakes It's your average uplifting tale about a woman illegally smuggling OxyContin across the American-Canadian border to raise money for her adoptive sister's abortion kind of story. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
B High Life (2018) Matt Oakes Challenging in form and function, this humanist sci-fi places character and plot secondary to tone and obscured questions about meaning and destiny. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
B+ Missing Link (2019) Matt Oakes Breathtaking proof about the evils of consolidating style: in the age of selfsame CGI-animation, something this devilishly detailed bears fruit of singularly unique beauty. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
B+ Pet Sematary (2019) Matt Oakes As a remake, Pet Sematary succeeds by virtue of retooling what's already been served; slicing it up and playing around in the guts. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B- Shazam! (2019) Matt Oakes Shazam! continues DC's newfound grove as the weirdo cousin of the superhero movie multiverse. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
B- Hotel Mumbai (2018) Matt Oakes This isn't quite movie as memorializing; it's something between a meditation on extremism and a cheer for cross-cultural camaraderie. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
C- Dumbo (2019) Matt Oakes Artificial Banana Flavor: The Movie EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
C- Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Matt Oakes No one even gets dragged across concrete. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
A Us (2019) Matt Oakes Screams and laughs are the wine and cheese of any good horror movie and Jordan Peele's uncompromisingly cool 'Us' comes boasting a delicious vintage of both. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
B- The Hummingbird Project (2018) Matt Oakes To honor its subjects with as brief a description as possible, it's a movie about men chasing milliseconds. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
B Gloria Bell (2018) Matt Oakes Come for Julianne Moore's effortlessly jubilant performance, stay for the complicated middle-aged tryst. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B- Captain Marvel (2019) Matt Oakes Makes the blending of its first leading female superhero into its male-dominated stable seem as natural and effortless as it ought to have always been. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
A- Climax (2018) Matt Oakes A party movie of the most disturbing and disorienting degree, Climax is an exercise in exhausting style, that manages a troubling message about the fragility of civilization. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
B- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Matt Oakes There is admitted elegance to the simplicity of this story but that's stolen away with so much witless, cloying comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
B The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Matt Oakes A go-for-broke dump of meta-jokes, pop culture cameos, intentionally irritating jingles, and Lite-Brit-colored visual effects. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
C+ The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Matt Oakes Decidedly less pulpy and more sobering than its grindhouse name implies, 'Man' stuffs existential drama into a B-movie premise to mixed results. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
C+ Lords of Chaos (2018) Matt Oakes Ye of purer form, be warned! EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B- Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Matt Oakes 'Alita' has the look and feel of a Cameron sci-fi epic. The world building is sprawling. The effects are tip-top. The spectacle is massive. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
D+ Miss Bala (2019) Matt Oakes Even if you erase the messy gender politics, you're still left with a mildly watchable actioner defined by unremarkable set pieces, a generic script, and flat characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
B- Arctic (2018) Matt Oakes Everything is fastened by a knockout performance from Mikkelsen who despite having basically no dialogue, emotes powerfully through gesture, expression, and steely nerve. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
B Piercing (2018) Matt Oakes Hilariously bleak and bleakly hilarious, 'Piercing' is the anti-love story of the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
F (but also an A) Serenity (2019) Matt Oakes Discombobulated 'Serenity' nears 'The Room' levels of unintentional hilarity. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
C The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Matt Oakes No need to hail this king, you'll forget he existed at all in no time flat. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
D+ Glass (2019) Matt Oakes The 'Glass' is half empty in laughably bad ending to Shyamalan trilogy. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
B- Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Matt Oakes Mary is depicted as a woman in open rebellion with tradition, beseeched on all sides by the treachery of jealous, sexist counsel. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
B Ben Is Back (2018) Matt Oakes Takes a different approach to an emotionally turbulent story of addiction and deception, figuring a suspense-driven framework that keeps the audience engaged and involved even as the film pivots towards increasingly depressing and predictable territory. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
A- Roma (2018) Matt Oakes A textured, richly-detailed dream; a sympathetic memory of maternal grace that's anything but the placid surface it presents. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
A The Favourite (2018) Matt Oakes The cattiest movie of the year in the best way humanly possible. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
B- Creed II (2018) Matt Oakes Creed II refuses to go toe-to-toe with anything vaguely political, essentially ignoring any and all of the headlines of the past two years in what can only be described as an exhausting display of political aloofness. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
B+ Green Book (2018) Matt Oakes An old-fashioned racial mash-up of Driving Miss Daisy and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Green Book is an exceedingly pleasant two-hander that soars off the pinball chemistry of stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
D Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Matt Oakes This dreary snooze-fest puckers up to give the once-beloved franchise the Dementor's Kiss. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
B Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Matt Oakes Ralph Breaks the Internet is the cinematic equivalent of clickbait - you just can't help yourself but follow it down the rabbit hole. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
B+ Widows (2018) Matt Oakes McQueen directs with a brutal ferocity, scenes often ending in ruthless bloodshed that's as well staged as it is chilling. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
C Happy Death Day (2017) Matt Oakes With a PG-13 rating, Happy Death Day... misses out on any semblance of gleeful violence. There's virtually no gore...and very little violence in general, especially for a movie about a girl repeatedly stabbed, shot, beat, and bludgeoned to death. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
B Time Share (2018) Matt Oakes Hofmann makes no attempt to hide the devil in the details. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
A Don't Breathe (2016) Matt Oakes White knuckle past the point of bursting a blood vessel, the basic premise of Don't Breathe flips the home invasion formula on its head, decapitates it, and ravages its lifeless corpse. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
B- Southside With You (2016) Matt Oakes First there was the rom-com. Then the zom-rom-com. Now we have the world's first obam-rom-com. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
B- Morris From America (2016) Matt Oakes When Morris finally takes up the mic and explodes onstage, even audience members will find themselves proud as a pickle. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
C Morgan (2016) Matt Oakes 'Morgan' carefully sets up a tricksy female-forward A.I. endeavor but abandons its intriguing cerebral exploration for humdrum action beats and a lame-brained, strung out third act. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
D+ 31 (2016) Matt Oakes There's a distinction between excitement and excess that Zombie fundamentally fails to process here. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
B+ The Light Between Oceans (2016) Matt Oakes With The Light Between Oceans, Cianfrance has completed his informal Sprawling Tragic Romance Trilogy that started with Blue Valentine in 2010. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
D+ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Matt Oakes "There's very little room to breathe in Synder's world, one that appears permanently stained with an oppressively ashen color palette." EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
B- Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Matt Oakes This 2018 update to Dr. Seuss' holiday classic is more colorful and snappy than ever, losing a bit of The Grinch's evil edge and termite-filled smile to deliver a more playful and sympathetic - if toothless - rendition of the green, holiday-hating grouch. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
C- The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Matt Oakes Takes a character who was ahead of her time and walks her back, bland-washing a feminist icon into a pastiche of moodiness, afraid of giving her any real venom, unwilling to commit to the full avenging angel darkness of the character. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
C+ Complete Unknown (2016) Matt Oakes Like a meteor, Complete Unknown shines bright early on but fizzles out when its evolving tone takes one too many left turns. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
F Yoga Hosers (2016) Matt Oakes When an ancient army of foot-long Nazi sausage clones, called Bratzis, begins to attack their small Canadian town, two girls must put down their iPhones to save the day. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
B+ Transpecos (2016) Matt Oakes A potent border fiction that matches high tension thrills with significant characters, played to perfection by Johnny Simmons, Clifton Collins Jr. and Gabriel Luna. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
C Other People (2016) Matt Oakes At once the affair feels deeply personal - writer/director Chris Kelly adapts the story from events in his own life - and yet wildly broad. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- Sully (2016) Matt Oakes In telling the story of the "Miracle on the Hudson", Eastwood examines the various repercussions and characters surrounding the event as if - to an admittedly mild degree - influenced by Rashōmon. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018