This is Film

This is Film is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Peter Gray
Rating Title/Year Author
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Peter Gray Heavy on visually-stunning imagery but light on the substance behind why such pictographs deserve to be seen, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil never really delves deeper beyond being aesthetically pleasing EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Peter Gray Hustlers transcends its initial Showgirls-meets-Magic Mike aesthetic ... by adopting a more Scorcesian temperament; Goodfellas set within the world of exotic dancers? Don't mind if I do. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Peter Gray Overly long, thematically disjointed, confusingly acted... and questionable in its depiction of its timeline. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Joker (2019) Peter Gray Regardless of where you will personally sit in reaction to its material, the fact it's inspiring conversation is an achievement in itself, and what [Todd] Phillips and particularly [Joaquin] Phoenix have created is nothing less than admirable. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Peter Gray The horror set pieces on hand are particularly entertaining, and highlight the horrific potential the material has. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
() Peter Gray Breezes by on heart and good intentions, even if a grittier, more emotional tale of Michelle's upbringing would've served this story more justice. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Peter Gray Succeeds due to the fact that it's so sincere. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Abominable (2019) Peter Gray Writer/director Jill Culton ... peppers this story with enough heart, humour and stunning animation that it proves rather difficult to discount. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Peter Gray Manages to display a personality that parents can relate to, resulting in a feature that's far more accessible to the masses than it has any right to be. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Peter Gray This is a film that very much knows what its audience wants, and in that regard it'll be a sumptuous success. For anyone else you'd best steer clear, for as simple and harmless as it is, you're unlikely to truly enjoy your visit. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Peter Gray If you're patient enough, brave even, the final product may prove worthy of your investment. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Palm Beach (2019) Peter Gray For a film that has such a strong female presence behind the scenes, it makes the decision to give the women on screen - all capable actresses too - such trite material all the more confusing and infuriating. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Peter Gray Standard the film may be however, it can't be taken away that it's telling an important story, a moment in history that warrants highlighting. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Peter Gray Undoubtedly one of this year's best, I implore audiences to use their smarts and see this film instantly. And then see it again. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
After (2019) Peter Gray The film's illogical choices and standard teen romance mentality mean nothing that transpires on screen feels remotely fresh. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) Peter Gray Within every moment of Never Look Away the film finds something of beauty and interest to explore, but it's also in its need to fill every scene with something of substance that it stifles its own vision. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Peter Gray Adults will get little out of it, and children are likely to forget it once they've left the theatres EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Peter Gray Whilst comparisons to a feature like A Star Is Born feel inevitable from a story point-of-view, Wild Rose is a quieter, more modest tale that bypasses anything overtly "showy" and lets the explosive radiance of [Jessie] Buckley speak for itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Peter Gray The action fails to excite, and the script is uninspired, but the effortlessly cool Thompson and the impossibly handsome Hemsworth work their magic just enough to keep us watching. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Peter Gray Brittany Runs A Marathon feels like a sleeper hit-in-the-making, one that manages to be inspiring and heartfelt without overdosing on the genre sugar one may expect from such an inspirational story. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Peter Gray Is at once fascinatingly amusing and unsettling, somehow managing to create something unique out of elements the genre has weaved together before. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Animals (2019) Peter Gray It's in its truthful depiction of chaotic reality that it proves highly effective and immensely satisfying. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Peter Gray A poignant yet preposterous journey that's equal parts campy and cordial, but never less than inherently entertaining. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Peter Gray [David] Yarovesky's bloody excursion could very well be the antidote audiences need for the current influx of superhero tales the cinema seems so intent on churning out. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Peter Gray Could swindle a few dollars out of its unsuspecting viewers but its attempt to win big comes up a bust as we've ultimately seen all these tricks before. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
All Is True (2018) Peter Gray A human drama that consistently flickers before silently exploding with a passionate angst that drives home Shakespeare's tormented soul. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Tomb Raider (2018) Peter Gray A perfectly serviceable actioner that adheres to simplicity and works off the charisma of [Alicia] Vikander EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Blockers (2018) Peter Gray This is a big crowd pleasing comedy that subtly breaks convention in its treatment of women whilst preserving its mainstream mentality to keep audiences at bay. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
A Quiet Place (2018) Peter Gray Just as much a tale of family resilience as it is a survivalist horror film, A Quiet Place is masterful genre filmmaking that soars leaps and bounds above expectation. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Peter Gray Truth or Dare attempts to amp up the tension with its elaborate sequences revolving around the dares, but the nasty spirit of the film isn't embraced wholeheartedly enough for it to be successful, instead leaving us tittering rather than terrified. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Rampage (2018) Peter Gray Rampage was never going to be a movie one would take seriously, and director [Brad] Peyton and the unstoppable charisma that is the [Dwayne] Johnson know their brand and how to work it accordingly. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
I Feel Pretty (2018) Peter Gray You've already made up your mind on whether or not I Feel Pretty is a cinematic choice for yourself, and I garner a personal opinion on [Amy] Schumer is the deciding factor; her usual sex-heavy, gross-out shtick is nowhere to be seen here though. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Unsane (2018) Peter Gray Fans of experimentive cinema and quality thrillers would best be doing themselves a favour by seeking it out, if not for anything other than Foy's deeply devoted performance. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Chappaquiddick (2017) Peter Gray Whilst perhaps too low-key a title to garner major traction, Chappaquiddick is nonetheless an intriguing-enough drama detailing a rather daring subject. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
The Leisure Seeker (2017) Peter Gray Never rises above the mediocrity and predictability it so frustratingly presents to us. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Peter Gray This overlong next chapter in the Jurassic franchise is unable to overcome its own wild ideas and buries itself underneath near-comical melodrama. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Peter Gray Like the original film, [Paul] Rudd's boyish charm takes Ant-Man and the Wasp further than it should go, and he's an absolute delight to watch as Marvel's most incompetent hero. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Peter Gray [Christopher McQuarrie] clearly knows how to juggle the extremities of the genre, and whilst he is working with a story that is rife with obstacles, he never lets it get the best of him. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Peter Gray You may not enjoy what you see but I'll be damned if it doesn't stay with you regardless. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
A Beautiful Day (2017) Peter Gray One of those film ventures that takes you by complete surprise as it gut punches you with both stirring emotion and graphic intensity. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Christopher Robin (2018) Peter Gray Harmless, tame filmmaking that serves as a loving reminder of how tender the genre can be presented. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Peter Gray Should appeal to the older generation fond of uncomplicated comedy and, perhaps, introduce younger crowds to the effects of humour that doesn't rely on unnecessary crudeness to land a giggle. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Smallfoot (2018) Peter Gray When we've all been spoiled prior with clever animation that mixes wit and whimsy with such ease, a product like Smallfoot can't help but feel a little ordinary. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Night School (2018) Peter Gray Could've been a more consistently enjoyable comedy as opposed to the hit and often miss product it ultimately plays out as. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Hunter Killer (2018) Peter Gray More invested in setting up nonsensical action sequences and genre-specific pro-America Oohrah than constructing a story that makes a lick of sense. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Peter Gray A fractured product that it's more disappointing than disaster. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Creed II (2018) Peter Gray That rare sequel that holds its own both in comparison to its predecessor and on its own accord. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Second Act (2018) Peter Gray Fans of Lopez and this type of makeover comedy are sure to respond positively to Peter Segal's amusing, if cautious film. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Peter Gray An unfortunately unnecessary outing that doesn't even have the intelligence to comment on its self-aware censoring. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Bumblebee (2018) Peter Gray It's happened you guys - they finally made a good Transformers movie! EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019