Beyond the Trailer

Beyond the Trailer is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Grace Randolph
Rating Title/Year Author
Toy Story 4 (2019) Grace Randolph Some of the new characters here are excellent! But once again, Pixar delivers more message than story. Also you will cry. Not a bad movie at all, but not a GREAT movie either. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Grace Randolph Very, very, VERY slow paced - more like a play than a movie. But the quirky script, and perfect comedic timing from the cast, makes it worthwhile viewing. Classic Bill Murray. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Grace Randolph Genuinely fun film, best entry since 1997. Hemsworth shines but Tessa Thompson's the revelation, breaking new ground when it comes to women of color in Hollywood blockbusters! EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Grace Randolph Harrison Ford's Rooster needs his own movie! But this one is more like three animated shorts cut together, and not really worthy of the big screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Grace Randolph Sophie Turner does excellent work here, and Hans Zimmer delivers one of his BEST scores - but overall, this franchise, unlike it's title characters, is no longer evolving. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Grace Randolph A fun summer blockbuster, this is like a 2 hour theme park ride! And a kaiju movie deserves a kaiju screen - see it on the biggest screen possible! EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Grace Randolph 1st act is very strong & Egerton is extremely talented. So while this only scratches the surface of Elton John, it's a good intro to the icon, even if a bit "by the numbers". EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Grace Randolph A delightful surprise, very much part of a "set" with Disney's live action Beauty & The Beast. Smith, Massoud & Scott all shine. A great family movie AND a date movie! EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Grace Randolph The best case yet for a stunt category at the Oscars! Wall to wall action, you literally won't be able to take your eyes off the screen. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Grace Randolph Roger Rabbit meets Blade Runner! EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Grace Randolph Downright Spielberg-ian! A perfect way to cap off ten years of the MCU, and get audiences excited for the next ten. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Grace Randolph A solid student film, but certainly not a professional one. After astounding success commercially & critically, it'd be a shame for James Wan horror movies to turn formulaic... EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Little (2019) Grace Randolph The movie has nowhere to go after the hilarious first act and ends up feeling very "Little". Issa Rae is the clear standout & hopefully she has many - better - movies to come. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Grace Randolph Why reboot if you're just going to retread Del Toro's work? This plays more like a streaming show than a movie, but - and I say this with respect - is gloriously gruesome if you're into that. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Missing Link (2019) Grace Randolph Beautiful, but also boring. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Grace Randolph Despite strong directing & acting, the screenplay bastardizes King's original work, rather than elevate as other filmmakers have. REALLY distasteful ending... EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Grace Randolph Tim Burton perfectly captures the style of early Disney animation - like Snow White, Pinocchio and of course the original Dumbo. You'll believe an elephant can fly! EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Grace Randolph In the vein of Gremlins, Shazam is an edgy family movie that pushes the edge of the envelope in a very fun and exciting way! Mark Strong's villain is MVP. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Us (2019) Grace Randolph The first half of the movie - particularly the opening scene - and Lupita Nyong'o are so good, you forgive the non-ending. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Grace Randolph When she's not trying (and failing) to do a Robert Downey Jr impression, Brie Larson's Captain Marvel is a hero who doesn't hesitate - which is pretty darn cool. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Grace Randolph An entertaining introduction to the world of WWE - both behind the scenes and its fandom. Dwayne Johnson and Vince Vaughn do a lot of the heavy lifting here, and do it well! EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Grace Randolph This sequel wants to be "Back to the Future" - but is more "The Big Bang Theory". Combined with a lack of real scares, it's simply not worth seeing on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Grace Randolph A perfect Valentine's Day movie that's clever with a great message. Brandon Scott Jones as the "sassy gay friend" steals the movie - but everyone shines! EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
What Men Want (2019) Grace Randolph A surprisingly candid - & funny - look at Type-A women in male dominated workplaces. This is Taraji P Henson's best role to date, and a mix of Working Girl & What Women Want. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Grace Randolph Weakest of the trilogy, but still a solid final chapter - and beautifully animated. Dog lovers will be thrilled, while everyone else will have a pleasant time at the movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Grace Randolph The tween version of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, Rosa Salazar's Alita shines in this family action film that's not as good as it could be - but still entertains & inspires. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Grace Randolph A VERY cheap imitation of Fargo and In Bruges - Liam Neeson should know better. Also, he kinda disappears for the entire second act, so it's a bait and switch re actors... EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Grace Randolph A sort of "high art" version of Scream, but not as successful. Still a fun watch though thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Toni Collette. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Grace Randolph As hilarious as the first one, but also a sophisticated look at gender roles! I know, right?! Specifically how girls and boys play, both the differences and similarities. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Roma (2018) Grace Randolph Cuaron is a bit too close to the material, and most moviegoers will have to do a lot of research to truly get and appreciate the movie. Still, a true work of art. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Grace Randolph Only worth it at the matinee price, but full of excellent messages for kids AND adults. Plus the undead soldiers on horseback are pretty darn cool. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2019
The Upside (2018) Grace Randolph Truly and insidiously offensive. Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve, would've LOVED this movie which makes America seem as backward as we're often accused of being. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Glass (2019) Grace Randolph This fresh tomato is largely for James McAvoy's electric performance. But this is M Night's worst "twist ending" yet, as the filmmaker throws away everything he's built here. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Grace Randolph A visual and audio symphony by James Wan, which takes VFX storytelling - and the DCEU - to a whole new level. This movie has to be seen to be believed! EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Grace Randolph The best Spider-Man movie ever made. Period. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Bumblebee (2018) Grace Randolph An absolute charmer. This is the best Transformers movie to date, and Hailee Steinfeld's best role. Little kids - and people who were Transformers fans as little kids - will especially love this. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Grace Randolph This spoonful is more salt than sugar! Emily Blunt & Ben Whishaw are magical - but this new chapter is too sad, too visually dark and too much a copy of the original to stand on its own. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Vice (2018) Grace Randolph It might be Patton-lite, but that's still a pretty darn good place to be. Plus while Adam McKay can't remain impartial, Christian Bale can and delivers a career defining performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018