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 Ready or Not (2019) Matt Oakes A subversive little slice of late summer mayhem that doubles as a masterclass in how not to welcome a new addition to the family. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
B+ The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Matt Oakes A lucky penny of a movie, a beacon of unfiltered goodness that never forgets that the number one rule of happiness in life is to party with the people you love. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
B+ Good Boys (2019) Matt Oakes Our cackles are complemented and intensified by the inherent sweetness of these characters and their story of growing up and growing apart. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
D- Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Matt Oakes Where Did You Go Bernadette? is a puzzle that Linklater and all his creativity could not crack, the adaptation a blight on an otherwise accomplished and diverse filmography. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
C+ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Matt Oakes As much as the children performances aren't really living up to their end of the bargain, the script has some major issues of its own to overcome. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
A- Honeyland (2019) Matt Oakes Stefanov and Kotevska present the material in a naturalist and unfussy vérité style, dropping us into a world as alien as the surface of Mars and allowing us to exist in its fragile buzzing ecosystem for 85 wonderful minutes. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
B+ Luce (2019) Matt Oakes Smartly written, Luce doesn't lend itself easily to definition. There are elements of domestic drama and psychological horror but [it] never surrenders to putting itself in such an easy box. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
C- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Matt Oakes Even for a glorified live-action Looney Toon, the effects can be dizzyingly gummy and nonsensical. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
C Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Matt Oakes [Tarantinos's] overly simplified treatise on heroes and has-beens never adds up to much of anything aside from a towering ode to himself. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
B Stuber (2019) Matt Oakes The inspired juxtaposition of Bautista and Nanjiani simply cannot be overstated, their lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry making for the very best version of what this movie could be. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
C The Lion King (2019) Matt Oakes A tale of technological wonder and complete and utter creative indifference. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
C Yesterday (2019) Matt Oakes A rom-com Trojan-horsed in a concept comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
A- Toy Story 4 (2019) Matt Oakes Woody's search for purpose can be taken as a meta-textual commentary on the film itself - how to stretch a franchise that's already ended perfectly into another dollar or billion? EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
D+ Men in Black: International (2019) Matt Oakes Men in Black: International has more in common with the widely panned R.I.P.D. than it does with the film that helped launch Will Smith to superstardom. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
B+ The Death of Dick Long (2019) Matt Oakes Playing out like a demented Nickelback-version of Fargo, so begins the most incompetent criminal coverup of all time. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
A The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Matt Oakes Talbot invents a style all his own: the authentic whimsicalist, the poetic pragmatist, the grounded surrealist...and the sheer confidence exuded in this film is simply magical. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
C- The Dead Don't Die (2019) Matt Oakes As if struck with rigor mortis, Jim Jarmusch's take on zombies is a DOA satire of sorts, one that's much too self-aware for its own good. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
A- Logan (2017) Matt Oakes In an age where superhero films blindly follow the doctrine that more is more, Logan simplifies. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
B- Deadpool (2016) Matt Oakes Beneath the vulgar facade and low-budg sheen lies a very self-safe origin story skeleton, one that lives and breathes by the beats of that whence came before it. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
A- X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Matt Oakes If X-Men was about coming out of the closet, X2 about unity, X3 about fear-mongering, and First Class about brotherhood, X:Men Days of Future Past is all about course correction. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
B- The Wolverine (2013) Matt Oakes Caught in a time warp where wounds heal and faces never age, Logan is haunted not by death but by life. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
D+ X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Matt Oakes "Everyone knows the third one is always the worst," a young Jean Grey ironically reports. X-Men: Apocalypse proves Jean Grey's point. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
C- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Matt Oakes Mo' monsters, mo' problems. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
B Wild Rose (2018) Matt Oakes Eyes will be superglued to Buckley who brings ragged life to a complicated deadbeat momma aspiring to be a country star. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
B Godzilla (2014) Matt Oakes Like Honda's film, Godzilla is no malevolent presence but a force of nature. In his notes, Evans has likened Godzilla to a God. Part the seas, for He is coming. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
A- The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Matt Oakes 'Fight Club' by way of Yorgos Lanthimos, Riley Stearns' screed on "might is right" toxic masculinity is a giggly black comedy that cowers down a twisty-turny rabbit hole. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
A- The Nightingale (2018) Matt Oakes Luminous and ruminant, even through the darkness. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
B- Late Night (2019) Matt Oakes 'Late Night' millennial-splains entertainment to baby boomers EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
B- Brightburn (2019) Matt Oakes 'Man of Steel' meets 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' in 'Brightburn', [which] attempts to do justice to its juicy premise to mixed results. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
C+ Blinded by the Light (2019) Matt Oakes "It all feels cliché, despite its unwavering earnestness and nagging personal touch" EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
D Aladdin (2019) Matt Oakes This is "filmmaking" as black magic - the result of someone burying the original Aladdin V/H/S in a Pet Sematary. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
B The Farewell (2019) Matt Oakes A rare family film that genuinely speaks to the deep, historied, and complicated bonds that tie while remaining thematically viable and content appropriate for practically all ages. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
B Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Matt Oakes The seriocomic account of seizing power from dark instincts is laced with the ripe reality of self-destruction and lifted by the hopefulness of finding self-love. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
A- Booksmart (2019) Matt Oakes This is a broad appeal comedy that realistically captures the weird idiosyncrasies of female friendship, bottles it up and sells it for the price of a movie ticket. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
B John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Matt Oakes It's hardcore porn with guns and blades and anyone who's here for this third John Wick movie has knowingly come to wank at its altar. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
C+ Sword of Trust (2019) Matt Oakes Stands upon the mumblecore tenement of character reigning supreme above plot EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
B- John Wick (2014) Matt Oakes Once the wick is lit (pun, unfortunately, intended), the candle of vengeance burns for the entirety of the film. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
C+ Frances Ferguson (2019) Matt Oakes A quirky bureaucratic procedural from the POV of [a] sex offender that somewhat jumbles its satirical take on the monotony of punishment. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
C+ Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Matt Oakes Dedicated fans of the series will get much more mileage than the Pokemon uninitiated... Me? I could take it or leave it. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
C The Intruder (2019) Matt Oakes 'The Intruder' is the dad bod of psychosexual thrillers, past its prime and flailing for relevance, maintaining its rangy charm by sheer force of will. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
B+ Long Shot (2019) Matt Oakes You won't regret casting a ballot for this Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron political rom-com, whose odd-couple chemistry allows for a wholly ingratiating, if politically muddled, night at the theater. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
A Her Smell (2018) Matt Oakes Awesomely poisonous 'Her Smell' turns Elisabeth Moss' punk-rock stardom into an absolute horror show. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
C Need for Speed (2014) Matt Oakes Dumb but technically competent. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
A- Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matt Oakes Avengers: Endgame feels simply massive. In scale. In scope. In story. In cast list. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
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