Film Frenzy

Film Frenzy 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 Brunson
Rating Title/Year Author
1/4 Superstition (1985) Matt Brunson The bloody effects are impressive and should satisfy gorehounds -- everyone else, though, is advised to steer clear of this barrel-bottom-scraping endeavor. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
1.5/4 Replicas (2018) Matt Brunson The story doesn't seem to have been scripted as much as scooped up and patched together with the weakest glue on the market. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/4 The Manitou (1978) Matt Brunson The Manitou is absurd, insane, and, yeah, kind of awful, but there's nevertheless a high watchability factor. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
3/4 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Matt Brunson Angus Imrie is flat-out terrific as the hyperactive Merlin. As an added treat, the older Merlin is played by Patrick Stewart -- a nice tie to cinema's past, since Stewart previously appeared in 1981's Excalibur (as Leondegrance). EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/4 Frankenstein 1970 (1958) Matt Brunson The creature looks more like a mummy with a head as square as Spongebob's, while Karloff is forced to spend too much time just shambling around his supposedly futuristic (note the title) laboratory. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
3/4 Bend of the River (1952) Matt Brunson Part of the growing breed of oaters that added psychological underpinnings to the usual shoot-'em-up antics. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/4 The Passion of the Christ (2004) Matt Brunson Gibson has basically taken the greatest story ever told and turned it into a snuff film. It's Kill Bill for the churchgoing crowd. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
1.5/4 Hellboy (2019) Matt Brunson The finished product doesn't resemble an R-rated film made by adults as much as an R-rated film made by teenagers. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2.5/4 Missing Link (2019) Matt Brunson Missing Link sports a distinctive look and offers plenty of heart, but true invention is noticeably MIA. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/4 Pet Sematary (2019) Matt Brunson It's not like there wasn't any room for improvement. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
1.5/4 Little (2019) Matt Brunson If Little at least delivered on its comedic material or provided some sort of emotional resonance, much could be forgiven. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Matt Brunson The second Captain Marvel movie to be released this spring, DC's valiant effort doesn't soar as high as its Marvel counterpart, though there's still a hefty amount to enjoy in this thematically loose-limbed undertaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/4 Second Act (2018) Matt Brunson For a movie that imagines itself as a smart seriocomedy, Second Act can be awfully dumb. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 Perfect Blue (1997) Matt Brunson A brutal and haunting meditation on identity, femininity, and fame. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 Perfect Blue (1997) Matt Brunson A brutal and haunting meditation on identity, femininity, and fame. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) Matt Brunson This takes an awfully long time to hit its comic stride, although the film finally delivers the goods during the second half. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
1.5/4 The Aspern Papers (2018) Matt Brunson Exhibits even less of a pulse than a cemetery corpse. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/4 The Street Fighter's Last Revenge (1974) Matt Brunson The weakest of the trio. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 Return of the Street Fighter (1974) Matt Brunson A decent follow-up to The Street Fighter. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 The Street Fighter (1975) Matt Brunson Many wild and woolly moments in this above-average action romp. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/4 Cold Sweat (1971) Matt Brunson Despite a Richard Matheson novel as its source and a three-time 007 director at its helm (Terence Young), it's a threadbare affair, with only Bronson's lively performance keeping it afloat. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 Rider on the Rain (1970) Matt Brunson Benefits from Clement's stark approach as well as fine turns from Bronson and especially Jobert. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Matt Brunson Sophia Lillis is an absolute delight as the new Nancy -- a far cry from the insufferable pill portrayed by Emma Roberts in 2007's awful Nancy Drew -- and it's a shame she most likely won't be allowed to return to the role. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 The Mule (2018) Matt Brunson Eastwood, who began 2018 by directing the worst film of the year (The 15:17 to Paris), ended it with this solid effort that better represents his talents and his strengths. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (2003) Matt Brunson An entertaining -- if not particularly distinguished -- way in which to put the final nail in Hammer Films' long-running Dracula franchise. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) Matt Brunson Zemeckis never condescends to those gripped by Beatlemania, preferring to play up each person's inventiveness, exuberance, and wide-eyed innocence (well, OK, the latter maybe not when Allen's character starts licking that guitar while it gently sleeps). EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Matt Brunson The structure Bogdanovich employs with this absorbing documentary is an interesting one. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 Cleopatra Jones (1973) Matt Brunson Revelatory not only as a black film but also as a feminist feature. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
1.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Matt Brunson Earmarked for disaster. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
2.5/4 The Aftermath (2019) Matt Brunson Had The Aftermath been around as a property in the late 1940s, it doubtless would have starred Deborah Kerr and Claude Rains as the Morgans and Laurence Olivier as Stefan. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) Matt Brunson There's enough thematic material here to power an entire semester of college dissertations, even if Peele is never quite able to integrate the sociopolitical horrors with the cinematic horrors as brilliantly as he did in Get Out. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
2/4 Warning Sign (1985) Matt Brunson A sedate endeavor. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
1.5/4 The Vault (2017) Matt Brunson Not much makes sense in this haphazardly plotted dud. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Matt Brunson The usual savory Simon mix of humor and pathos never really goes beneath the surface. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 The Devil's Own (1966) Matt Brunson The juxtaposition of satanic rituals practiced against the backdrop of a picturesque English countryside gives this film its unique edge. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 Wanda (1970) Matt Brunson Wanda is a fascinating screen character in all her contradictions, and Loden delivers a beautiful performance in the role. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 The Tarnished Angels (1957) Matt Brunson Sirk, known for his rich use of colors, opted to employ black-and-white for The Tarnished Angels -- it was a sound and strategic choice, further amplifying the overcast quality that permeates these characters' lives. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 Pet Sematary (1989) Matt Brunson The premise is fascinating, but the leaden direction, weak performances from the leads, and King's frequently campy interludes pretty much sink this one. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) Matt Brunson One of the best movies ever made that centers around a wedding. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 The Body Snatcher (1945) Matt Brunson Karloff's nothing short of commanding in an unexpectedly complex role. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/4 Dumbo (1941) Matt Brunson The imagination that went into conceptualizing each segment is astounding, with the drunken "pink elephants" sequence a particular highlight. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Matt Brunson Like Boy Erased, The Miseducation of Cameron Post notes that the sin doesn't reside in the natural instincts of these kids but rather in the corrupt hearts of the adults who surround them. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
2.5/4 Born in East L.A. (1987) Matt Brunson This soft film lacks any sort of a satiric edge, but Marin's charismatic turn provides it with some lift. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
2/4 Losin' It (1982) Matt Brunson The dramatic interludes aren't very compelling and the raunchy shenanigans aren't very inspired, although Jackie Earle Haley provides some amusement. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/4 Far From Heaven (2002) Matt Brunson Writer-director Todd Haynes' modern masterpiece wasn't merely the best film of 2002; it also ranked as one of the 10 best films of its decade. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
3.5/4 Detour (1945) Matt Brunson One of the most dour, dank and despairing of all film noir offerings. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
2.5/4 The Praying Mantis (2003) Matt Brunson In the annals of big-bug movies, this one falls somewhere in the middle. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
1.5/4 Wonder Park (2019) Matt Brunson Peanut the chimpanzee is particularly on the creepy side, appearing less likely to play with the kiddies and more likely to whip out a razor like the capuchin in George Romero's Monkey Shines. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 Climax (2018) Matt Brunson It quickly grows flaccid, and it's ultimately as shocking as a fifth grader making armpit noises. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/4 Phantom Lady (1944) Matt Brunson The first half is phenomenal. But it's not too difficult to figure out the killer even before he's revealed at the film's halfway point, and his prominence during the second half undermines the intrigue. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019