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): Neal Pollack, Sara Stewart, Stephen Garrett
Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Mank (2020) Neal Pollack The dialogue is stilted, the story weird and annoying. The movie reads like a self-published novel, with the difference being that the writer's son happens to be one of Hollywood's most celebrated directors. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
3/5 Freaky (2020) Stephen Garrett There's a silly sweetness throughout, which keeps the innocuously buoyant movie far from sober, let alone frightening. But there's one are-they-really-doing-this? scene that earns Freaky some serious cred. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/5 Fatman (2020) Stephen Garrett Just picture the pitch meeting: Mel Gibson as not-so-jolly old Saint Nick. That's pretty much the gist of what passes for narrative invention in the action satire Fatman, a sour look at a very sweet holiday icon. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/5 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Stephen Garrett Freakish and not in the best way, this second film adaptation of Roald Dahl's deliciously dark children's book The Witches glosses over creepy quirks for shiny shocks. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 Synchronic (2019) Neal Pollack Synchronic goes from a surrealistic drug-horror film into a time-traveling bromance thriller. Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead balance this variety of tones with varying success and overly dim lighting schemes, but it's always interesting. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Neal Pollack When the movie overtly attaches itself to current events in the second half, the satirical edge gets harder and more ideological. It's effective, but suddenly the joke is no longer on Borat. It's on us. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
3/5 On the Rocks (2020) Stephen Garrett Bill Murray's alchemical way to be both a goofball and the sad clown works well here, and predictably buoys the action throughout. But there's a sense that On the Rocks is a missed opportunity to address deeper themes. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Neal Pollack "If you want to listen to the creator of The West Wing mansplain the 1960s to you, then The Trial of The Chicago 7 is your dream project." EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
Get the Hell Out (2020) Stephen Garrett It delivered baseline satisfaction, but not much else... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Stephen Garrett Physics-defying, disbelief-suspending antics follow that make this monster movie veer wildly from profoundly silly to hilariously thrilling. Plus, Moretz whoops serious butt in every direction... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
() Stephen Garrett Spring Blossom might have been a minor discovery lost in the shuffle. But now it's one to watch, especially since Lindon, who wrote, directed, and stars in the film, is only 20. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
MLK/FBI (2020) Stephen Garrett ...the real jaw-dropper is how much the FBI wanted to exploit what they called his "non-monogamous private life" in order to "humiliate and weaken" him. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
One Night in Miami (2020) Stephen Garrett ...watching them struggle with each other about how to navigate their respective paths is quickly sobering, then increasingly searing. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
() Stephen Garrett It's a too-cute conceit, that inmates above all can identify with the confinement of Vladimir and Estragon's existential longing. But it's effective in its broad, touching strokes. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Night of the Kings (2020) Stephen Garrett Toggles between gritty verisimilitude and dreamlike invocation, proving that a good film not only satisfies but challenges and subverts and disorients and inspires. Just like a good film festival, even under the worst conditions. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Stephen Garrett Zhao masterfully weaves a heart-crushing portrait. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Nuevo Orden (2020) Stephen Garrett It's like a grindhouse version of Roma, and it's merciless. Brilliantly so. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Stephen Garrett Intoxicating is too mild a word for this giddy filmed performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Sara Stewart It's a psychological chiller perfectly suited to our frayed pandemic brains. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/5 Mulan (2020) Stephen Garrett The whole film has a muscular visual flair, with sweeping camera movements and cast-of-thousands set pieces that make this Chinese legend feel truly epic. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/5 Tenet (2020) Neal Pollack As a Christopher Nolan film, it has all the warmth of a meat locker and features a Ludwig Göransson soundtrack that makes you feel like you're inside a shipping container. This is appropriate, since half the movie takes place inside shipping containers. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
3/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Stephen Garrett Deeply stupid but deeply heartfelt. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 Class Action Park (2020) Sara Stewart Despite the many jaw-dropping anecdotes here, it's a highly plausible ode to the heedlessness of humanity. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/5 Unhinged (2020) Neal Pollack A nasty little grindhouse thriller that clocks in at barely an hour and a half, Unhinged is pretty stupid, but also an effectively unsettling satire about the unbridled anger that underlies our broken society. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 Tesla (2020) Sara Stewart Tesla is a bit of a mess, but at least it's not another plodding biopic. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 An American Pickle (2020) Stephen Garrett An American Pickle carries a searing sadness inside its gherkin-flavored shenanigans, a bitter sense of loss that gives this flaky misfit immigrant story unexpected heft. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 The Go-Go's (2020) Sara Stewart Anyone with even a passing interest in the Go-Go's... must watch Alison Ellwood's documentary. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
3/5 The Rental (2020) Sara Stewart Stranded-in-a-cabin tropes tend to be a lot of fun. So it's easy to get on board with the premise of The Rental, especially given the front-loaded tension between its two couples. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 The Old Guard (2020) Sara Stewart If you're here for the action, though, there's plenty of it. Theron is so good at martial arts now that her fight scenes are a thing of beauty. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 The Truth (2019) Sara Stewart The Truth has flaws, and it feels small-screen to me, although I suppose that's true of every movie that comes out right now. But Catherine Deneuve is a total delight as the fabulous, frank Fabienne. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Sara Stewart We are at a moment when no one should be allowed to avert their eyes. And when Spike Lee says to look, you do it. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 Greyhound (2020) Stephen Garrett While its ambition gets waterlogged by thin personalities and special-effects onanism, the ride is salty and sweaty enough to provide more than a few nautical kicks. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 Palm Springs (2020) Neal Pollack Palm Springs' major upgrade to Groundhog Day is that it takes Andie McDowell's character, gives her a personality, and includes her in the day-repeat antics. In most other ways, the film is a downgrade. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
4/5 Mr. Jones (2019) Neal Pollack The tremendously interesting and subtle screenplay from Andrea Chalupa asks larger and more complicated questions than: Why did Stalin starve the Ukraine? Mr. Jones is more interested in the complicity of the West. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
3/5 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Neal Pollack McAdams carries the film. She more than keeps up with Ferrell in the comedy scenes, and invests her ridiculous character, Sigrid, with tremendous wide-eyed pathos. It's a movie-star turn that brightens the room. Also, the songs are awesome. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
2/5 You Should Have Left (2020) Stephen Garrett It's a superficially effective cut-to-the-chase psychological horror film that's not very horrific and really just more of a psych-out. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/5 Irresistible (2020) Stephen Garrett Stewart's basic decency requires a fundamental belief that things can always get better. And if that tenet isn't completely irresistible, it really should be. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/5 You Don't Nomi (2019) Stephen Garrett The best movies defy explanation. And start a conversation that only grows. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
4/5 Shirley (2020) Neal Pollack Featuring another show-stopping performance by Elisabeth Moss, Shirley is actually more effective and compelling in the second half, when director Josephine Decker tones down the trickery and lets the characters' true motivations unfold. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
4/5 The Vast of Night (2019) Neal Pollack The movie has a feeling of dread appropriate to our times. But it also has a feeling of optimism and creativity, like the time in which it's set. It's as if David Lynch had directed Close Encounters. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
3/5 The High Note (2020) Stephen Garrett Everyone's striving in The High Note, but it's the low-key moments that really sing. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
4/5 The Painter and the Thief (2020) Neal Pollack A remarkable documentary in many ways. Director Benjamin Ree thought he was going to make a fun true-crime film about a wacky art heist. Instead, he's crafted a moving story of friendship between two very damaged but ultimately compassionate people. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2020
2/5 The Wrong Missy (2020) Neal Pollack The Wrong Missy is a stupid, misogynistic piece of retro garbage. But it meets the low expectations it has of itself. And Lauren Lapkus is hilarious. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
2/5 Capone (2020) Stephen Garrett Not so much a beguiling biopic as it is a whirligig of go-for-broke eccentricities, Capone is about as revealing of the storied 1920s Chicago gangster as a cutscene from a bargain-bin Scarface video game. But it's as looney as a flapper on a coke binge. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
3/5 Extraction (2020) Stephen Garrett It's all very kinetic eye candy, beautifully lensed with an array of saturated colors that capture the teeming population with steamy verve. But exhaustion eventually sets in. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
1/5 Planet of the Humans (2019) Stephen Garrett Planet of the Humans trades in the worst form of purity-test liberalism, where green-energy enthusiasts are hypocrites and anyone who supports them is really just in deep denial about the endemic intransigence of the fossil-fuel industry. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 Circus of Books (2019) Stephen Garrett To the Masons, it seemed more like a millstone. Too bad the director treads so lightly on such heavy material. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 Love. Wedding. Repeat (2020) Stephen Garrett As a filmmaker with promising comic chops but one too many Richard Curtis DVDs, the clearly talented but heavily derivative Craig may need to borrow less from his predecessors and take a chance... EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
2/5 Trolls World Tour (2020) Stephen Garrett Everything is made of felt. No good reason, really, that's just the way it is. Plus, the main character likes to scrapbook with felt. Which is an odd material to use for scrapbooking, but OK fine... EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2020
5/5 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Stephen Garrett It's a revelation bursting with fraught moments, a tattered tapestry of small moments that capture a harrowingly epic tale. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020