Book & Film Globe

Book & Film Globe is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Stephen Garrett
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Stephen Garrett The Souvenir initially felt both dizzying and intoxicating. The second time I saw it, my comprehension of the story was more sober. And yet the film's full range of emotions left me doubly besotted. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 The Hustle (2019) Stephen Garrett How could such a road-tested premise fail? Maybe because the story wasn't so structurally sound to begin with. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 The Intruder (2019) Stephen Garrett It's hard to pan a movie this entertaining, but it's also hard to recommend The Intruder with a straight face. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 Shadow (2018) Stephen Garrett A stultifying melodrama with gonzo fight scenes so dazzling, so baroque, so downright harebrained, it will leave you slack-jawed. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Stephen Garrett An NPR fever dream of self-righteousness gilded with smug "meaningful life" humblebrags and wrapped in deliriously seductive outdoor cinematography. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 Carmine Street Guitars (2018) Stephen Garrett His ethos: a contemplative connection between the durability of nature and the ethereal power of music. It's pure. And it's pure bliss. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Stephen Garrett Overall, the fourth and final-not-final Avengers movie is full of emotion, much more than its predecessors, and rife with well-earned resolutions. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
1/5 Hellboy (2019) Stephen Garrett Imagine Del Toro's movies, except without any spark, wit, fun, tension and excitement. The film's shortcomings are so legion, it's almost impressive. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 Peterloo (2018) Stephen Garrett Peterloo lays bare how vanity not just fuels the worst impulses, but even corrodes the best intentions. As with all of his films, Leigh punctures the pretension in others and reveres modesty, however rare. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Stephen Garrett Sometimes dead is better, at least when it comes to this moribund franchise. You've been warned: they don't come back the same. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 Little (2019) Stephen Garrett Little is a bad movie with wonderful main actors, a fundamentally dumb story, and occasionally delightful dialogue. The dissonance is dizzying. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 The Image Book (2018) Stephen Garrett There's more inspired, original, daring technique in its 85-minute running time than in most movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Stephen Garrett There's much to feast on in Ash Is Purest White for those who have done their homework and are sympathetic to an auteur recycling familiar territory. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
5/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Stephen Garrett The film floats strangely through history, anchored only by its eternal message that a generous heart is the only way to salvation. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Stephen Garrett These motley individuals have bruised souls. And the pain runs deep. As the film progresses, writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda parcels out clue after clue. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Stephen Garrett Despite all their warrior-woman posturing, and all the lip service to their respective strengths, the two women ultimately wear their crowns like handcuffs. Neither can outmatch the scheming men who use and abuse them. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Stephen Garrett A pop-art revelation overflowing with wit and panache, this maniacal animated hoot ranks up there with the best of Tex Avery, Ub Iwerks, and Fleischer Studios. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 Vox Lux (2018) Stephen Garrett Celeste's upward trajectory and slide into damnation are oddly hypnotic. Her pop life makes for an absorbing history of violence. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Stephen Garrett It's not surprising that the actors give mostly robotic contributions. The kids in particular deliver line readings that are so nonplussed they're virtually somnambulic. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Stephen Garrett Stylized but uninflected, arch but earthy, almost satiric in its earnestness, and defying expectations at every turn, S. Craig Zahler's sauntering thriller is an study in paradoxes. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 Captive State (2019) Stephen Garrett It's a pity the tropes of an oppressed 99% fighting an effectively unseen 1% seem to overshadow any credible renderings of sympathetic heroes or compelling villains. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Stephen Garrett No such retooling happens in Gloria Bell, a still-charming and occasionally delightful late-life romance that's nearly a carbon-copy remake of the original movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 The Favourite (2018) Stephen Garrett Delicious and vicious, the early 18th century court of Queen Anne has never looked loopier and more fascinatingly relevant than in The Favourite. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3/5 Roma (2018) Stephen Garrett Breathtaking cinematography captures the most anxious, harrowing, loving, even banal moments and bathes them in shimmering beatific light. But Roma also insists on being a narrative. And that requires more than just pretty pictures. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Stephen Garrett Despite all the googly-eyed creatures of the land, air, and sea, this handsome production does strive towards genuine human drama under all the digital confetti. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
5/5 Widows (2018) Stephen Garrett The killer heist film Widows is both burial and rebirth, a cool caper peppered with vivid characters, high stakes, sharp plot points and jagged reversals. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
2.5/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Stephen Garrett The movie's such a mess. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
5/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Stephen Garrett [The Ballad of Buster Scruggs] cements their status as the 21st century successors to John Ford. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
5/5 Se rokh (2018) Stephen Garrett There's no digital trickery -- there's no budget for that -- just an overwhelming virtuosity under the most stringent production conditions. Like the title characters, in the face of constant oppression, there is only quiet persistence. And hope. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Mid90s (2018) Stephen Garrett This funky dramedy, shaggy and wise in all the right places, seems as raw and unvarnished as most first films. But it also features deceptively polished and precise craftsmanship. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 First Man (2018) Stephen Garrett Damien Chazelle, by looking unromantically at how NASA's Apollo program hurled astronauts onto the face of the moon, has made the most inspiring big-studio film in years. Maybe decades. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
1/5 Venom (2018) Stephen Garrett It'd be nice to say that Hardy, a fine actor, is actually given a chance to act. But he's basically just a Looney-Tunes punching bag. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 Halloween (2018) Stephen Garrett This new Halloween is really more a fetish object than a horror film. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Stephen Garrett Yes, this addiction drama is timely. But occasionally, at its best, it also feels timeless. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Stephen Garrett If you want authentic vocal pyrotechnics with a gut-punch story, go see the Gaga-fied A Star Is Born. But if you want breathtaking mimicry, uncluttered by historical honesty, then this movie's for you. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Burning (2018) Stephen Garrett My hot take? It left me a bit cold. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Suspiria (2018) Stephen Garrett Suspiria is a delectably crafted study of paganism, troubled and troubling in equal measure. It's also a bit of a mess and not especially horrific. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Stephen Garrett Cooper saw that A Star is Born was long in the tooth but had good bones -- so he turned a worn-out TCM staple into a hot-blooded, vitally relevant picture. Everything old is new again. You could even say it's been re-born. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Stephen Garrett A vision of two wayward souls that's downright haunting. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018) Stephen Garrett Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. delivers the goods in a lot of ways, but begs for a fuller picture of the vivid artist. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Stephen Garrett It's like an undiscovered classic Sydney Pollack might have knocked out sometime between Jeremiah Johnson and Tootsie. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Stephen Garrett Never forget that some outrageous behavior actually deserves outrage. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 Museo (2018) Stephen Garrett Ruizpalacios' fictionalized account, even with all its embellishments, has far more honesty in it than any confession could hold. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Stephen Garrett If Santa Claus had a fever dream fueled by figgy pudding indigestion and an egg nog bender, his subsequent Yuletide hallucinations would probably look tame compared to Disney's aggressively opulent phantasmagoria. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
1/5 The Predator (2018) Stephen Garrett A tedious action-horror lark that aims to be both rib-tickler and bone-cruncher. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 Styx (2018) Stephen Garrett Styx runs a brief but deceptively-powerful 94 minutes, but it sticks with audiences long after it's over. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Stephen Garrett Immersive is too simplistic a term for the astonishing work on display in Apollo 11. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Vice (2018) Stephen Garrett For the most part, McKay simply presents the facts and lets their outrageousness do all the work. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
5/5 Cold War (2018) Stephen Garrett Cold War contemplates how personal lives are swept up in the tsunami of greater political forces. The result feels even more heartfelt, and for good reason. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 The Mule (2018) Stephen Garrett It's a sweet story, knuckle-headed at times, even detrimentally unexamined, but admirably simple all the same. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019