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
3/4 Donna (2021) Matt Brunson A lesser film would make Nick a one-dimensional villain who spends the remainder of the picture yelling and punching. To its credit, Donna illustrates the more insidious nature of these types of violent men. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/4 Show Boat (1951) Matt Brunson A showcase for some eye-popping Technicolor dreams. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
2.5/4 She's Having a Baby (1988) Matt Brunson The daft fantasy sequences are a waste of time and get in the way of an otherwise pleasant movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/4 Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Matt Brunson Its expert blend of (mostly) comedy and (some) drama results in the most emotionally engaging of all John Hughes films. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
1.5/4 Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) Matt Brunson It's pretty lousy, the weakest of Hughes' high school romps. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
2.5/4 Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Matt Brunson The picture is ultimately too surface-skimming and scattershot to have such delusions of greatness thrust upon it. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/4 The Dogs of War (1980) Matt Brunson Walken has rarely delivered such an earthy, physical performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/4 Sputnik (2020) Matt Brunson One of the best films of its type to hit movie theaters - excuse me, home-entertainment centers - in many a moon. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/4 The Stranger (1946) Matt Brunson Propelled by its intriguing, Oscar-nominated story. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 Kings Go Forth (1958) Matt Brunson The wartime material is fairly standard (if well-executed), but the simmering theme of racism is honestly handled, and Sinatra is excellent. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/4 Kansas City Confidential (1952) Matt Brunson A down and dirty film noir with all the requisite blood, sweat and double-crosses. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 Intolerable Cruelty (2003) Matt Brunson A vastly underrated Coen Brothers confection. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 Gorky Park (1983) Matt Brunson The Cold War intrigue works better than the murder-mystery angle. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 The Money Order (1968) Matt Brunson Casts a wary eye at the remaining traces of colonialism, the rigidity of patriarchal modes of expression, and the casual cruelty of a burdensome bureaucracy. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 Filmworker (2017) Matt Brunson Filmworker serves as a reminder that it's imperative to thank - or at least remember - all the little people. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) Matt Brunson A documentary almost as colorful as its subject. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
2.5/4 Breach (2007) Matt Brunson Cooper works hard to provide any psychological subtext to the story behind the headlines. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 Baby Doll (1956) Matt Brunson A movie so contentious that it was banned in a few countries, pulled in several U.S. cities, and denounced by Cardinal Francis Spellman, who forbade his flock from seeing it "under pain of sin." EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
1/4 The Allnighter (1987) Matt Brunson The Allnighter is so vapid on every level that it makes those 1960s beach party flicks look as deep as The Seventh Seal by comparison. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 The Suspect (1944) Matt Brunson This unsung treat is one of those films where - Heaven help us - our sympathies rest entirely with a murderer. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
3.5/4 A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Matt Brunson It's the richly textured screenplay and the slate of stellar performances that drive this film. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/4 San Francisco (1936) Matt Brunson MacDonald is the weak link in this otherwise bustling film. But the final portion of the movie, when the earthquake comes a-callin', is truly astonishing. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/4 The Parallax View (1974) Matt Brunson Forget The Exorcist, Alien, and even Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Parallax View might well be the scariest movie of the 1970s. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/4 Love Story (1970) Matt Brunson The impact of Love Story cannot be overstated. Yet despite its touchstone status, it's not a particularly good film. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/4 Elizabethtown (2005) Matt Brunson The overriding feeling is that Crowe simply wanted to impress audiences with cuts from his personal music collection. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/4 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Matt Brunson Goes overboard with the perky quirkiness. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/4 Tesla (2020) Matt Brunson I'll stick with David Bowie in The Prestige, thanks. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Matt Brunson Releasing a pseudo-documentary during a period in which "fake news" and "alternative facts" dominated the news cycle might give some pause, but the manufactured moments are generally the least entertaining parts of this free-wheeling film. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 Dark Intruder (1965) Matt Brunson An efficient (if occasionally obvious) chiller. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/4 Come Play (2020) Matt Brunson Larry, apparently The Babadook's third cousin twice removed, gets his own motion picture with this derivative horror yarn with an interesting premise but an ill-handled approach. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 The Ascent (1977) Matt Brunson The Christian allegories aren't exactly subtle, but they are effective. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2.5/4 Ammonite (2020) Matt Brunson The film is often as chilly as the weather in this English seaside community. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/4 The Pajama Game (1957) Matt Brunson A major problem with the picture is that all the performers who were apparently so wonderful on stage don't tone down the theatricality one iota for the big screen, resulting in plenty of unchecked and overbearing shrieking. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 Minding the Gap (2018) Matt Brunson Don't miss this one. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/4 The Court Jester (1955) Matt Brunson Nothing can top the fantastic wordplay involving the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace, and the flagon with a dragon ... only one of which holds the brew that is true. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 After the Thin Man (1936) Matt Brunson The movie gets a lot of mileage out of comic bits that would prove to be recurring gags throughout the series. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Matt Brunson Bold, brave, and bracing. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Matt Brunson Given the standing of 2017's Wonder Woman as one of the best superhero movies ever made (Top 15, for sure), there's no getting around the fact that the highly anticipated Wonder Woman 1984 registers as a massive disappointment. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 Tulsa (2020) Matt Brunson Largely succeeds due to its generosity of spirit. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 Mank (2020) Matt Brunson Too much screen time is given to forced (and fictional) parallels between Mank's life and what ended up in Citizen Kane. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
2/4 Rapid Fire (1992) Matt Brunson A disposable action yarn. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 The Last Hunt (1956) Matt Brunson Ripe for rediscovery. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 Upgrade (2018) Matt Brunson With its emphasis on technology, slightly futuristic setting, and fondness for disturbing developments, Upgrade feels like an episode of Black Mirror that somehow managed to break free from its Netflix surroundings and emerge unscathed on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
4/4 Scenes From a Marriage (1973) Matt Brunson This raw and uncompromising motion picture has endured as one of Bergman's finest achievements. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
3.5/4 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Matt Brunson On a visual level, the movie qualifies as poetry in stop-motion. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 The Naked and the Dead (1958) Matt Brunson A flawed yet fascinating motion picture, one that traffics in gritty intensity yet also makes room for the expected concessions to convention and cliche. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
3/4 The Hot Rock (1972) Matt Brunson Those seeking something a little more off the beaten path than The Natural or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid should check out this entertaining caper yarn. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
1/4 The Horror of Party Beach (1964) Matt Brunson Like Robot Monster, Eegah! and other grade-Z atrocities, it's the sort of mindboggling film that triggers amusement rather than anger at its absolute ineptitude. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
1.5/4 Hocus Pocus (1993) Matt Brunson More "trick" than "treat." EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021
3.5/4 The Changeling (1980) Matt Brunson Like many a fine film, its stature only grows over the years. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2021