The Beat

The Beat is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Edward Douglas, Hannah Lodge, Joelle Monique, Kyle Pinion
Rating Title/Year Author
Color Out of Space (2019) Kyle Pinion Color Out Of Space takes a bit of time to ramp up its energy, but once its there, it explodes with a rare vibrancy until it turns outright sublime. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Dolittle (2020) Hannah Lodge Maybe the animals could understand what Dolittle was saying, but I couldn't. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
6/10 The Grudge (2020) Edward Douglas A perfectly fine and faithful rendition of the J-horror premise... but what a grim way to start the New Year! EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Little Women (2019) Hannah Lodge Gerwig succeeds in giving another generation their own, modernized version of this tale. As a fitting result, Little Women is the final must-see film of a decade that's seen a huge amount of changes for women. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/10 Cats (2019) Edward Douglas Cats is the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Hannah Lodge The Rise of Skywalker wasn't a total bust. If you hated The Last Jedi, you might even love it. But it's hard for me to see it as a successful third installment in this trilogy. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
7/10 Spies in Disguise (2019) Edward Douglas A perfectly fine family film ... with an entertaining premise that won't bore or disappoint anyone forced to sit through it with kids. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
4.5/10 Black Christmas (2019) Edward Douglas The sad fact is that Black Christmas isn't a very good horror movie more due to its lack of actual horror than the message it may have been trying to convey. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
6.5/10 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Edward Douglas Those who enjoyed the first movie probably won't feel like their time was completely wasted. There's no question that the first movie was far better, and the sequel lacks its magic and flair. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
1917 (2019) Kyle Pinion Almost every frame of 1917 is something you could blow-up and put on your wall, it's such a beautifully lit and lensed picture. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Hannah Lodge Frozen II is a deeply weird movie. And I mean that as a compliment. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Kyle Pinion After Logan, it's hard to not wish for just a little more from Mangold. I'm sure your dad will love it though. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
4.5/10 Midway (2019) Edward Douglas Midway is so bad it makes Battleship - a film more like what we normally might expect from Emmerich - look good. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
7/10 Doctor Sleep (2019) Edward Douglas [Some] might watch the movie wondering why one would make a sequel to one of the scariest movies of all time and not make it scarier. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Kyle Pinion A descent into madness worth taking. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
6.5/10 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Edward Douglas Maybe no one needs to try to make another Terminator movie so soon now that we have another halfway decent one? EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
8/10 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Edward Douglas A worthy successor to Zombieland, offering much more of what you liked originally and lots of original fun stuff. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Kyle Pinion Packs a hell of a wallop just when it needs to, and acts as a killer epilogue to what is arguably the greatest longform narrative in television history EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
6/10 The Addams Family (2019) Edward Douglas It's perfectly okay, but it could and should have been better. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Hannah Lodge Gemini Man is a story that's too old paired with technology that's still too young EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
8/10 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Edward Douglas Norton has found such a compelling way into telling the complex and layered story at the heart of Motherless Brooklyn. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Joker (2019) Hannah Lodge Joker's intellectual commentary is just a cheap costume. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
8/10 Parasite (2019) Edward Douglas Another fantastically outrageous and weird film ... that continues to show the glory of [Korean] cinema and Director Bong as its master. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
8.5/10 The Irishman (2019) Edward Douglas It's hard to imagine not wanting see the movie a second or third time to marvel at the craft on display by Scorsese, his cast and crew. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Hannah Lodge Gorgeous visuals aren't enough to make A Wrinkle in Time shine EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Halloween (2018) Hannah Lodge Halloween makes up for lost time by getting back to Michael and Laurie EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Suspiria (2018) Hannah Lodge Suspiria is equal parts alienating and hypnotic EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Hannah Lodge Spider-Verse looks more like a gorgeous comic than a reproduction of a live action film. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Hannah Lodge The movie's central premise asks: Who is this person? I'm not sure we get more than a superficial answer. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Hannah Lodge Godzilla: King of the Monsters delivers killer kaiju - but at a cost EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Hannah Lodge The movie's tone manages to hit on all of the best kind of notes we expect from science fiction, easily embracing the dystopian commercialization of the stars while simultaneously allowing us to wonder at them. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/10 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Edward Douglas Rambo: Last Blood doesn't just feel dated and quite tone-deaf but also stuck in an era that's long gone with no need for nostalgia to remind us of it. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Hannah Lodge Dark Phoenix is as sloppy as Mystique's makeup EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Hannah Lodge A charismatic cast can't save Men in Black: International from feeling like a thoughtless cash grab. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Hannah Lodge The culture surrounding festivals is an area ripe for horror - and MIDSOMMAR makes Fyre Festival look like a picnic. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
2/10 3 From Hell (2019) Edward Douglas Easily, the worst movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Kyle Pinion Some poor choices and an overly bloated running time aside, the film is able to dodge its repeated self-critique just barely, as there is more to recommend with It Chapter Two than not. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
6.5/10 Ready or Not (2019) Edward Douglas It's hard to recommend Ready or Not whole-heartedly as some might love the film's darkly comedic nature more than others ... I can totally see how this might be deemed a cult classic over time. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
8/10 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Edward Douglas The perfect throwback to old school horror and the nostalgia of sitting around a campfire and telling stories to freak each other out. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
5.5/10 The Kitchen (2019) Edward Douglas For what it's worth, it's a daring and risky effort ... just one that doesn't necessarily deliver. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7.5/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Edward Douglas Hella fun, offering a promising new direction for the "Fast and Furious" franchise with lots of potential most will want to see them expand upon. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Kyle Pinion While some of its arguments towards youth culture feel like the apotheosis of Tarantino's nostalgic predilections, ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD gives viewers perhaps the best showcase of his id committed to celluloid yet. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
7/10 Crawl (2019) Edward Douglas The type of movie that tends to be appreciated in the summer when you're looking for some excuse to get out of the heat and humidity, and no one should feel even remotely guilty about enjoying it for that reason alone. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kyle Pinion It's hard to topple Thor: Ragnarok as the best film of the MCU, but this sure comes close. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
6.5/10 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Edward Douglas If you're a fan of these movies, there's enough new ideas to keep you invested in this outshoot of the Warrens' world and get you excited for next year's inevitable The Conjuring 3. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
6/10 Anna (2019) Edward Douglas As empowering as the story might be at times, it's confounding how the movie drags on for long periods of time, taking away from the more entertaining moments. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
5.5/10 Child's Play (2019) Edward Douglas An unnecessary throwback that never really needed to be revived. We were truly spoiled by last year's Halloween. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Kyle Pinion An existential rumination on feeling unwanted and finding new purpose in life, while also being a blast. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
7/10 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Edward Douglas It's a perfectly fine Jarmusch film but not a great zombie movie, and the viewer's mileage may vary depending on which one they would prefer. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Kyle Pinion While so many similar films get lost in their subject's importance... Rocketman hangs onto its humanity by highlighting Elton's journey to self-discovery. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019