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 Human Factor (2019) Tom Santilli The film itself reminds us not only of our own nation's divide, but how we once were looked upon as a super-power of diplomacy and not just military might. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
B Sin Señas Particulares (2020) Tom Santilli Identifying Features feels like a fever-dream, with sequences that feel lifted from a Terrence Malick film. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
B- The Marksman (2021) Tom Santilli ...if you've found yourself enjoying other Neeson-led action flicks, The Marksman is a bit better - just by a hair - than many of the others that have proceeded it. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
A- MLK/FBI (2020) Tom Santilli ...engaging the audience is a strong suit of Sam Pollard's film-making abilities, as is providing rich context. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
C- Fatale (2020) Tom Santilli Fatale has one too many contrivances, one too many convenient plot twists, that by the end none of it seems especially worthy of the trip. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
A- Pieces of a Woman (2020) Tom Santilli ...watching actress Vanessa Kirby in this...is a riveting experience...a vital watch for anyone looking to fill out their Oscar scorecards. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
A The Dissident (2020) Tom Santilli The Dissident will blow you over, and it's the very best documentary film in a year that was full of great ones. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
A- One Night in Miami (2020) Tom Santilli It's conversation-driven and not much to look at other than the four main performances. In this case, that's way more than enough to make this a night you won't easily forget. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
A- Promising Young Woman (2020) Tom Santilli Mulligan is just stunning...it's a tour de force performance where you simply cannot take your eyes off of her in every scene that she's in...and she's in nearly every frame. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
D Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Tom Santilli The character isn't all that interesting to begin with, they've written her into a corner and...it's as clear as Diana's invisible jet that there's no there here. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
C Monster Hunter (2020) Tom Santilli Some may call this dumb fun but I'd key in on the first of these words. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
C+ Greenland (2020) Tom Santilli ...a film that you want to escape from, not to. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
A Martin Eden (2019) Tom Santilli ...the sort of transcendent, passionate film that will remind you of what made you fall in love with the movies in the first place. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
A- Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) Tom Santilli I don't know the last time I've truly enjoyed a ride a movie has taken me on more than Beasts Clawing at Straws. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
B News of the World (2020) Tom Santilli Hanks alone makes News of the World worth investing in...it's not a journey to nowhere, it's just that we can clearly see the road ahead, and it's not all that trail-blazing. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
A- Soul (2020) Tom Santilli ...when compared to other animated films, Soul soars into a different ball park, playing a different sport altogether...it's quite an achievement. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
B+ The Midnight Sky (2020) Tom Santilli The Midnight Sky feels different than every other movie this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
A- Giving Voice (2020) Tom Santilli The real stars of Giving Voice are the young competitors. August Wilson gave voices to a generation of people, who are now in turn keeping Wilson's voice alive. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
D Songbird (2020) Tom Santilli This muddled, mess of a horror-thriller seems to be cashing in on COVID-19...There may not be a more irrelevant film this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
B Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Tom Santilli ...the film version of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom doesn't do all that much that hadn't been done on stage. This is not a knock. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
A- Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) Tom Santilli Come for Billy Crystal's performance, and stay because you'll just end up wanting to. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
D- Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Tom Santilli Wild Mountain Thyme feels like it was created by aliens, who had maybe seen one episode of an Irish soap opera and then were tasked with making a film for humans. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
C+ The Prom (2020) Tom Santilli The film has its moments, but it lacks the structural rhythm to be considered a good musical, and the depth that would make it a good movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
C I'm Your Woman (2020) Tom Santilli Somewhere on the fringes of this film and outside of its frame and scope is a good crime thriller. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
A Nomadland (2020) Tom Santilli Director Chloé Zhao is to be commended for her deft ability to show humanity unabashedly in her work, as well as for her knack of visual storytelling using the simplest means. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
A Sound of Metal (2019) Tom Santilli There isn't a phony note in the entirety of Sound of Metal, making it one of the most lyrical, gripping and best films of 2020. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
B- Godmothered (2020) Tom Santilli ...sandwiched right in-between magical and mediocre is Godmothered. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
C+ Mank (2020) Tom Santilli Mank is one of the more under-cooked and over-hyped films of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
C+ The Croods: A New Age (2020) Tom Santilli Much like the first Croods, the humor is passable and the cleverness fleeting. It never breaks-out as anything extra-special. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
B+ Happiest Season (2020) Tom Santilli ...it will have you laughing out loud, in-between the smiles. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
A Uncle Frank (2020) Tom Santilli ...from what's going on in front of the camera to what was taking place behind it, it will be hard to keep Uncle Frank a secret come awards season. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
D Embattled (2020) Tom Santilli The problems start with the script, but they expand to cover the choppy, ineffective MMA fight sequences and the either overcooked or under-served characters at its center. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
B Belushi (2020) Tom Santilli There is some great archival footage and some behind-the-scenes stories included, even if the film falls short in really letting us understand what made him tick. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
A- Crazy, Not Insane (2020) Tom Santilli ​Crazy, Not Insane is crazy-good and you'd be insane not to watch it. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
B LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) Tom Santilli ...celebrate the fact that at least Disney/LucasFilms is acknowledging - after all these years - just how God-awful the original Holiday Special really was. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
A Collective (2019) Tom Santilli ...not only is the press not the enemy, in some cases like this one in Romania, they are the only ones fighting on behalf of the people's interest. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
B+ Feels Good Man (2020) Tom Santilli ...there doesn't seem to be a nicer guy on the planet than Matt Furie...which makes Pepe the Frog and this documentary all the more unlikely, and fascinating. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
C+ Ammonite (2020) Tom Santilli Ammonite needs a bit more polishing, a bit more refining, for it to be considered a real gem. Instead it's a pretty rocky film to endure. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
A- Wolfwalkers (2020) Tom Santilli If there is a better animated film in 2020, I haven't yet seen it. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
B+ Freaky (2020) Tom Santilli ...deliciously cheesy... EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
B Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds (2020) Tom Santilli It would be a stretch to say that Fireball: Visitors from a Darker World rocks, but it definitely burns with a curiosity that might be enough for those willing to wonder. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
B- The Climb (2019) Tom Santilli The Climb doesn't work all that well on the whole, but there is something there...Covino might be a filmmaker to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
C+ Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Tom Santilli There's nothing really wrong with it, yet there's not really too much going for it other than its impressive ensemble. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
B+ Fatman (2020) Tom Santilli It's not for everyone, clearly, but Fatman delivers the goods, and it might be the most fun you'll have watching a movie this holiday season. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
B+ Let Him Go (2020) Tom Santilli Let Him Go is a slow-burn, but before you know it you'll be engulfed in an inferno of action and emotion. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
A Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Tom Santilli ...this is what going to the movies is all about. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
A Mr. Soul! (2018) Tom Santilli ...the best kind of documentary and certainly one of the best of 2020. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
D Come Play (2020) Tom Santilli Mood manipulation is served up in heaping scoops and drips from every scene. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
C+ Totally Under Control (2020) Tom Santilli ...there is nothing wrong with the message of Totally Under Control. It's more an issue with the messenger. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
A- On the Rocks (2020) Tom Santilli This simple yet unpredictable story plays to Murray's & Jones's strengths, and Coppola avoids any dull moments, even while creating meaningful small ones again and again. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020