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
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
Aladdin (2019) Kyle Pinion Once Aladdin finds its groove, it slots itself firmly as fun, escapist entertainment, but it never really addresses the emphatic nature by which it needed to exist in the first place. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
8/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Edward Douglas Reeves has finally made another action movie on par with The Matrix. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Kyle Pinion For much of the experience, Endgame feels like you're reading a really good graphic novel. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
6/10 Fast Color (2018) Edward Douglas There's nothing particularly flashy or memorable (or fast) about Fast Color. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
High Life (2018) Kyle Pinion I'm so glad this movie exists. I only hope I'm so daring when I'm 72 years old. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/10 Hellboy (2019) Edward Douglas Hellboy might not be 'Uwe Boll bad,' but it's pretty damn close. A complete embarrassment. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Kyle Pinion As a character says at one point, "sometimes dead is better". I wish Paramount had heeded that advice. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
8/10 Shazam! (2019) Edward Douglas If you've been a lifelong Shazam fan, you'll be pleased to see that [the filmmakers] found a way to make this often-neglected DC character fun and even cool at the same time. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Us (2019) Kyle Pinion For those who are willing to meet it on its own terms, you'll find an even more rewarding experience, one catered by Peele's lovely shot compositions and a tremendously frightening double-edged performance by Nyong'o. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Kyle Pinion This time around, everything is just okay. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Kyle Pinion [Holland} is just as funny and wise-cracking as you'd hope he'd be...he has a sort of earnestness ala Marty McFly that someone like Andrew Garfield could never quite capture. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
The Predator (2018) Kyle Pinion You can see in the bones of this thing that there could be a solid, even subversive, effort, but what we got simply isn't it. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Deadpool 2 (2018) Kyle Pinion It's a perfect mix of, and tribute to, Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza and Joe Kelly. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Logan (2017) Kyle Pinion This presumed final trip for Jackman has more in common with Unforgiven than anything that's appeared between the covers of a Wolverine comic. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Kyle Pinion It's a movie about people talking, and caring for one another - filling each other's respective emotional void - just as much as it is about laser guns and punching. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
The Mummy (2017) Kyle Pinion It's 9 am, on Wednesday June 7th, and I'm calling it on the Dark Universe, dear readers. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Kyle Pinion War for the Planet of the Apes is exhilarating and melds together an expert level of craft and performance that shores itself up as one of the delights of this Summer EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Dunkirk (2017) Kyle Pinion Dunkirk is the masterwork Christopher Nolan's career has been building towards. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
The Dark Tower (2017) Kyle Pinion If there are other worlds than these, I hope they got a better movie than The Dark Tower. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Brigsby Bear (2017) Kyle Pinion Brigsby Bear is a love letter to fandom. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Kyle Pinion Working my way through this one, it was becoming clear pretty quickly to me that Vaughn and his ongoing writing partner Jane Goldman really didn't have another story to tell. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Kyle Pinion This is as challenging a blockbuster as has been made in the modern era, and it's all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Justice League (2017) Kyle Pinion It's the funniest DC movie, with my favorite Superman in action moment on film maybe ever, and paints an exciting way forward for the entries that will follow in its wake. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Kyle Pinion When it works, it really works, but the fat overwhelms it all too often. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Black Panther (2018) Kyle Pinion This is a piece of history you really want to be a part of. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Ready Player One (2018) Kyle Pinion It's a movie with a storytelling approach that feels as old and cliched as some of the inspirations it's trying to evoke. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Yoru wa mijikashi aruke yo otome (2017) Kyle Pinion I'm not sure even Thomas Pynchon could have crafted this kind of fever dream scenario. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta (2017) Kyle Pinion A sort of My Neighbor Totoro to Devilman's Grave of the Fireflies. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Kyle Pinion In short, it's clearly a movie made by committee with many hands on deck. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Incredibles 2 (2018) Kyle Pinion The biggest struggle the sequel finds is that it really doesn't have anything new to say that wasn't present in the first film. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Kyle Pinion The first big failure of Marvel's Phase 3 EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Kyle Pinion Ideally, this is the kind of theatrical experience you'd have at a drive-in, or one of those hipster theaters that serve popcorn in white and red striped generic containers EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Kyle Pinion While it's a little hit and miss as a collection, the entire effort of Buster Scruggs is worthy of praise simply as an exercise in a notoriously tough format. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Kyle Pinion Aquaman has to rely on its visual wonder, as the script is rather rough-shod with some of the worst dialogue I can remember from these capes and tights exercises EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Bumblebee (2018) Kyle Pinion A rarity for a Transformers outing: actual characters with definable arcs! What a concept! EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
Glass (2019) Kyle Pinion Glass is the kind of movie that continues to pretend comics are still an outsider pursuit and demand to be taken so very seriously. Someone should tell Kevin Feige. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019