Movie Show Plus

Movie Show Plus is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Tom Santilli
Rating Title/Year Author
B+ The Assistant (2019) Tom Santilli With great performances and a very poignant message, The Assistant sends a loud and clear message within all of its silence. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
B Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Tom Santilli As family entertainment, there hasn't been a better film yet in 2020...Sonic the Hedgehog will stand on its own as one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
B Downhill (2020) Tom Santilli ...if you just lean into it, Downhill will take you on a short, exhilarating journey. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
A- Clemency (2019) Tom Santilli Woodard gives an absolutely breath-taking, internalized performance that is among the best that you'll see this or any year. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
C- Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Tom Santilli Harley Quinn is a fun character trapped in a really bad movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
D The Rhythm Section (2020) Tom Santilli It's not entirely clear what this movie was aiming for, and you'll be left asking yourself, what was the point of all of this? EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
C+ The Song of Names (2019) Tom Santilli ...there's just not much here from a cinematic perspective, to make this movie feel fresh, alive or relevant to today. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
B- Dolittle (2020) Tom Santilli Dolittle does very little, but in this instance, a little is just enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
A- Les misérables (2019) Tom Santilli It's a riveting, raw and shocking journey that escalates and evolves along the way, as do the viewer's sympathies toward the different characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
C Underwater (2020) Tom Santilli ...it gets more ridiculous, convoluted and meaningless the longer it treks on, but...there was some sort of kernel of a good movie buried deep down inside of this thing. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
B Just Mercy (2019) Tom Santilli ...outside of one great performance, it's a bit too straight-laced and straight-forward to add anything new. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
B+ 1917 (2019) Tom Santilli 1917 is a beautiful film, and an important one, held back only by the very gimmick that makes most of it work. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
A Uncut Gems (2019) Tom Santilli Uncut Gems is a high-wire act of mood and energy, and it will pummel your senses. It's also one of the best movies of 2019, if you can endure it. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2019
A Little Women (2019) Tom Santilli The magic that Gerwig is able to breathe into Little Women is a tremendous achievement. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2019
C- A Hidden Life (2019) Tom Santilli Shot with a wide lens and from low angles, it swoops, pulls and pushes its way past its characters, sometimes concerned with what they're doing and at other times not so much. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
B Bombshell (2019) Tom Santilli Jay Roach's approach to the sexual harassment lawsuit that rocked FOX News is not quite "fair and balanced," but it sure is fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
F Cats (2019) Tom Santilli Cats is for the dogs, but then again, even most dogs know to avoid the stinky stuff. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Tom Santilli When it comes to a franchise as near-and-dear to our hearts as Star Wars, I think most people will be happy that reward was valued more than risk. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B+ The Two Popes (2019) Tom Santilli The flashbacks feel forced and isolated, and I think the film works just fine without them. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
C+ Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Tom Santilli This game and franchise was fun while it lasted, and barring some major creative juices being pumped into its system, it deserves to be boxed up and stuck in the attic. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
C Richard Jewell (2019) Tom Santilli Richard Jewell the man deserved more, and Richard Jewell the film does too. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
A Waves (2019) Tom Santilli Featuring stunning performances and in the hands of a master craftsman, sometimes all you need is a good story, some good actors and a good director to make something great. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
A Marriage Story (2019) Tom Santilli Baumbach examines with authenticity what a family looks like in the days and years that follow happily ever after. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
B+ Knives Out (2019) Tom Santilli It's not sharp enough to be in the awards-season discussion, but Knives Out is a deliciously fun night out at the movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
B Honey Boy (2019) Tom Santilli It's effective, without ever landing as something more. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
A- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Tom Santilli What a gift he was, and how proud he would be to know that this movie exists in this world. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
C+ Frozen II (2019) Tom Santilli Frozen II feels like re-heated Disney leftovers. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
B Earthquake Bird (2019) Tom Santilli Vikander keeps us involved with a cold, subdued performance where we can tell there is just something...not right...bubbling underneath the surface. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
C+ The Report (2019) Tom Santilli Some movies say something, and others have something to say. The Report can be filed as the latter, a film about an important subject that manages to not be an important film. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
A- The Irishman (2019) Tom Santilli ...make sure you see this movie when and wherever you can...the size of the screen cannot possibly restrain the massive contribution to cinema that The Irishman makes. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
B- Lady and the Tramp (2019) Tom Santilli It's as harmless as they come, and it may not be much of a surprise that the first Disney remake on the new streaming service isn't quite a dog, but it definitely lacks bite. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
D Noelle (2019) Tom Santilli Noelle is perhaps the most "woke" Christmas comedy of all-time...but there has rarely been a more sanitized film, even for a Christmas movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
B+ Doctor Sleep (2019) Tom Santilli ...deliciously entertaining. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
D Midway (2019) Tom Santilli Midway is truly one of the worst movies of the year, and one that will have you searching for an eject button of your own. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
B Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Tom Santilli Better, more memorable action might have made this movie a real winner. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
C The King (2019) Tom Santilli Unless you consider yourself a history buff, consider this a royal misstep. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
C Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Tom Santilli At a painfully overlong 144 minutes, Motherless Brooklyn will leave you hailing for the nearest NY taxi cab to come and take you far, far away. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
B+ Jojo Rabbit (2019) Tom Santilli ...it's able to tug at the heartstrings while simultaneously finding humor during one of the worst man-made catastrophes in human history. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
A Parasite (2019) Tom Santilli The latest film from Bong Joon Ho is funny, thrilling and poignant, and is a must-see for anyone looking to fill out their Best of 2019 scorecards. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
B The Lighthouse (2019) Tom Santilli Dafoe not only chews up the scenery around him, he bites down hard on it, chips a tooth, swallows it whole and lets out a massive belch. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
B Dolor y gloria (2019) Tom Santilli ...it's a great director looking inward, matched with an actor giving it all he's got and going to places we never knew he was capable of. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
A- Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Tom Santilli Dolemite Is My Name is the feel-good comedy of the year about the making of Dolemite, and although it's a hard-R-rating, it had me smiling from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
C- Gemini Man (2019) Tom Santilli Gemini Man is too focused on tricks to deliver any real treats. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B+ El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Tom Santilli in this epilogue, Gilligan reinforces the main theme of the show, that any of us "normal" people don't quite know what we're capable of, until our own survival is on the line. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B Monos (2019) Tom Santilli Some context would have been nice, but Monos delivers as a jolt to the senses, putting us right there with this group of indoctrinated soldiers that know no other way of life. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
C- In the Tall Grass (2019) Tom Santilli ...it comes across clearly as a short-story...there just isn't enough depth or purpose in any of its characters or ideas to make it feel like a fully-fleshed-out movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
A- Joker (2019) Tom Santilli There is an Arthur Fleck in all of us. And that thought may just be subconsciously more than many movie-goers can bear. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
B+ Judy (2019) Tom Santilli Judy, on the strength of Zellweger's performance surely, but also of its own merits, sings a beautiful song about a tragic life. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
A- In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Tom Santilli In the Shadow of the Moon is smart sci-fi, and overall one of the best things you'll find on Netflix this or any other weekend. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
B- Abominable (2019) Tom Santilli ...a nice film for the whole family to enjoy, but one that seems a bit hesitant to really shoot for the top of the proverbial mountain. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019