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
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) Grace Randolph While Sponge on the Run has its moments and is pretty to look at, way too much time is spent on flashbacks pushing spin-off Kamp Koral. Keanu Reeves does a nice job though. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
Tom & Jerry (2021) Grace Randolph Tim Story makes this classic cartoon feel both familiar & fresh. The live action cast is committed, and the animation is zany! Great sets, lots of fun! EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Cherry (2021) Grace Randolph Tom Holland is a charismatic actor, but he's horribly miscast here. Meanwhile The Russo Bros go from directing the most successful film of all time to one that's unwatchable. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Flora and Ulysses (2020) Grace Randolph While this movie is made specifically for children, it's very well done and adults will find some fun in it too. Charming story, solid VFX and Matilda Lawler is a great find. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Grace Randolph This is a tour de force. Shaka King, with only his 2nd feature, channels Scorsese with this historical drama. Kaluuya, Stanfield & their co-stars are thrilling. A must see. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
The Little Things (2021) Grace Randolph I waited the whole movie for a big twist that would make it all worthwhile, and let's just say I was extremely underwhelmed. John Lee Hancock wastes three Oscar winners. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021) Grace Randolph It's so great to see DC Animation telling original stories, especially when they're this well done. Fantastic directing, writing, voice work & action. A treat for DC fans! EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Grace Randolph Clearly modeled on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", this film doesn't quite stand on its own but is still very impressive. Zendaya, actress & producer, has a bright future. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Grace Randolph Like Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, The White Tiger is a fascinating story about a young man clawing his way out of poverty in dramatic fashion. Bahrani's best film. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
Monster Hunter (2020) Grace Randolph The first 30 minutes are okay, but then it just has nowhere to go. Milla Jovovich, and especially Tony Jaa, deserve better. Probably fans of the video game too... EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Grace Randolph A total 180 from the 2017 film, but makes you appreciate what has made this character so unique over the decades. Breathtaking, moving film. Pedro Pascal is MVP. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Songbird (2020) Grace Randolph When the movie starts out, a coronavirus version of The Purge actually seems pretty good. But the movie just never goes anywhere... Nice calling card for KJ Apa though. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
The Prom (2020) Grace Randolph So much fun! And surprisingly funny as it tackles important subjects from LGBT youth to the stark realities of a career in theater. Streep leads a very talented & game cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
Godmothered (2020) Grace Randolph A charming streaming film that, once upon a time, probably would've done well in theaters. Bell & Fisher are both very funny women who do a great job here. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
Mank (2020) Grace Randolph Definitely not for everybody, but fans of film & politics will love it. Fincher's ability to recreate the look & feel of classic Hollywood is mind-blowing. Oscar catnip 100% EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
The Croods: A New Age (2020) Grace Randolph A real treat! Great animation from the team at Dreamworks, and the voice cast does a wonderful job. Good family fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
Happiest Season (2020) Grace Randolph DuVall not only delivers a fun holiday romance, but also does a good job with the "home for the holidays" formula as well. Great representation, but also just a good movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
Soul (2020) Grace Randolph Pixar finally moves beyond emotional manipulation to deliver a sophisticated masterpiece. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's score does a lot of the heavy lifting. Brilliant. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
Vanguard (2020) Grace Randolph Is Vanguard ridiculous? Yes. Is it fun? YES! More stunt spectacular than movie, but what a show! China's answer to Fast & Furious. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
The New Mutants (2020) Grace Randolph A very good cast can't overcome a film that's horribly behind the times. New Mutants feels like it was made in the 90s, and not in a clever way... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Grace Randolph Awful. Howard strips out all the controversy of today, while Taylor's script refuses to pick a lead. Doesn't help Hollywood's image of being out of touch with Middle America. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Freaky (2020) Grace Randolph A lazy mishmash of Freaky Friday & Scream, but with none of what made those movies special. Vince Vaughn is wasted here in a script that's surprisingly NOT funny. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
Fatman (2020) Grace Randolph Surprisingly well made movie w/ a strong & timely commentary. But with Gibson, can you separate an artist from their work? We're having to ask that way too often these days... EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
The Craft: Legacy (2020) Grace Randolph Fantastic cast of relative newcomers can't overcome a horrible, third act which is truly embarrassing for David Duchovny. Great tease at the end, but why do we have to wait? EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Grace Randolph Sacha Baron Cohen is talented, and Maria Bakalova does a nice job playing his daughter. But he has nothing to add to the conversation in a sequel that's surprisingly lazy. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Grace Randolph Surprisingly faithful to the Roald Dahl classic, this is a very dark but enjoyable Halloween treat! Anne Hathaway & Octavia Spencer both really deliver. Perfect for HBO Max. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Grace Randolph There's no need to remake Hitchcock's 1940 film. But even if one dares, this is not the way. Manderley is underwhelming, like the rest of film & its pointless changes. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
Love and Monsters (2020) Grace Randolph Surprisingly fun! Dylan O'Brien's best movie to date, with great VFX plus twists & turns in the script. Also, in never hurts to have an adorable dog in your movie! EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Boys in the Band (2020) Grace Randolph Charming & moving film. The openly gay cast does a tremendous job showing where the LGBT community has come from, and where they are now. Parsons & Quinto are the standouts. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Grace Randolph Netflix has another hot awards contender! Sorkin delivers another searing script, and as a director gets top notch performances from his cast across the board. Very timely! EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
The Devil All the Time (2020) Grace Randolph A "Gothic Crime Soap Opera" which makes for cinematic junk food at its best. Everyone is miscast but still shines, while having Pollock narrate his own book is genius. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Grace Randolph An absolute delight! Brown makes an excellent female Sherlock Holmes (the famed detective's younger sister), while Cavill balances things brilliantly as the original. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
Mulan (2020) Grace Randolph A tour de force! Nothing like the animated film, but that allows this Mulan to stand on its own. Gong Li's character is inspired. A strong script & excellent action! EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Grace Randolph Not my cup of tea, but if you enjoyed "Mother" & "Hereditary" this is for you. Excellent cast & strong visuals but more vague than the novel, which is saying something. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Grace Randolph Bill & Ted 3 is most excellent! Keanu Reeves & Alex Winter are in top form in a more mature sequel that still has a lot of heart. A feel good adventure fo the whole family! EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Unhinged (2020) Grace Randolph The movie tries to have its cake & eat it too. It doesn't side with Crowe's character but refuses to condemn him. Also the violence against innocent people is downright cruel. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
The One and Only Ivan (2020) Grace Randolph At first it seems like this movie is for pre-schoolers, but it's actually quite sophisticated. Originally slated for theaters, this is a big win for Disney Plus. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
Project Power (2020) Grace Randolph There's a lot of talent here punching below their weight, but that doesn't mean it's still not a good time! Dominique Fishback is a real discovery. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
An American Pickle (2020) Grace Randolph Perfect for streaming, more of a fable than an actual movie. Seth Rogen is the film's best asset, & luckily there's two of him! Worth a watch but keep your expectations low. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Black Is King (2020) Grace Randolph Following Michael Jackson's iconic music videos & Walt Disney's groundbreaking Fantasia, Beyonce's Black Is King shows that music is art & brings it to the mainstream. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
Greyhound (2020) Grace Randolph A paper thin script dramatically, but remember the opening of Saving Private Ryan? This is NINETY MINUTES of that. Thrilling & educational re naval warfare during World War 2. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
The Old Guard (2020) Grace Randolph Definitely a streaming movie, but a good one. Strong acting & even stronger action - especially from Theron & Layne. Hopefully for the sequel they can afford more flashbacks. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
Hamilton (2020) Grace Randolph The filming isn't as inventive as promised, and a proper movie would've been better. But even so, the brilliance of Hamilton is obvious. Diggs, Groff & Odom Jr shine bright. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
My Spy (2020) Grace Randolph It's no Kindergarten Cop, but still a fun family film. It's a good starring role for Bautista, while Chloe Coleman is a real find. Ken Jeong has one real scene but nails it. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Grace Randolph Not one of Ferrell's best, but a sweet & fun movie nonetheless. McAdams & Stevens do a lot of the heavy lifting and it's fun to go behind the scenes at Eurovision! EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Irresistible (2020) Grace Randolph Unbelievable for a movie to use illegal immigrants as its starting argument, yet not have a single character of color. Jon Stewart is as myopic as those he's lampooning. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
You Should Have Left (2020) Grace Randolph Lean & mean at 93 min including credits, a haunted house movie that's a lot of fun to watch! Kevin Bacon exudes real star power, Avery Essex is a nice find as his daughter. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Grace Randolph Spike Lee's best film to date. Delroy Lindo deserves an Oscar nomination while Jonathan Majors is a rising star to watch. Clear influences from Tarantino, Coppola & Huston. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
Artemis Fowl (2020) Grace Randolph Josh Gad & Judi Dench - as a fairy Commissioner Gordon - make this movie watchable, but overall it's another Tomorrowland, The BFG or Nutcracker & The Four Realms for Disney. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Grace Randolph Charming film - reminiscent of Apatow's early work w/ Seth Rogen. Pete Davidson opens up & does the work, which gives the film real depth. Burr & Powley are excellent foils. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020