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
The Wretched (2019) Peter Gray Proves the slightest of twists and turns in a familiar tale is enough to derive genre-specific pleasure EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Peter Gray Any film that allows us the opportunity to view Tilda Swinton expressing her distain for donkeys has to be worth a division of a pass EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
Jack & Yaya (2019) Peter Gray Very much the type of film 2020 needs at this moment EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
The Dinner Party (2020) Peter Gray It would've been more in tune with its temperament to own its mean streak without the necessity of overt exposition. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Peter Gray Not going to be a movie for everyone ... but after years of stepping away from feature filmmaking, you have to at least admire [Richard] Stanley for creating something that's distinctly his own. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
The Hunt (2020) Peter Gray [The Hunt] is hardly the politically-biased horror film it was dubbed. Instead, it's skewering both sides of the political divide - and all with a healthy, and occasionally bloody, sense of humour. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2020
The Current War (2017) Peter Gray Given the drama and determination behind the film, one could readily assume it's a drama worthy of its trouble. You'd think, wouldn't you? EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2020
Honey Boy (2019) Peter Gray Is quite remarkable in its softness, in its emotion, and in [Shia LaBeouf's] heartfelt manner in showing his dad the type of love he deserved when he needed it the most. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Bloodshot (2020) Peter Gray Basically, if you ask yourself "why" throughout a large portion of Bloodshot ... then your overthinking process will entirely destroy any type of enjoyment you may gather from this goofy experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
Queen & Slim (2019) Peter Gray An immersive experience that transcends its road-movie constraints. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Dark Waters (2019) Peter Gray The film succeeds at showcasing a silent horror, something that feels organic to the proceedings and not an unnecessary exaggeration. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
The Wishmas Tree (2020) Peter Gray I can only imagine the filmmakers wished for a cinema release for this one as this is TV fodder at best. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Peter Gray Nostalgic, return-to-the-origins-of-family-viewing material that takes pride in its heavy-handedness EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (2020) Peter Gray The only thing remotely scary in this tepid, often unintentionally hilarious "horror" offering is knowing that the Sony big-wigs agreed to fund it. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Midway (2019) Peter Gray [Roland] Emmerich's M.O. of style over substance is still very much adhered to here, despite the important story at its core. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Like a Boss (2020) Peter Gray Given how much proven talent there is collectively on board here ... you can't help but feel deflated when the resulting product is so mediocre, so by-the-numbers, and so predictable. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Peter Gray Just Mercy is an important venture that highlights both how far we've come as a society yet how much further we have to travel in order to truly achieve equality when it comes to the law and its relationship with people of colour. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Spies in Disguise (2019) Peter Gray It's a concept that could work, but the Brad Copeland/Lloyd Taylor-script never really delves beyond the shallows of its premise. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
Cats (2019) Peter Gray What could've been beautiful imagery in an avant-garde cinema setting is a kitty-litter show of inexplicable choices, one that takes all the fun out of the industry punching bags that are [Rebel] Wilson and James Corden. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Peter Gray Panders so much to the fans that anything that should feel remotely heartfelt comes off as inauthentic service. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Playing With Fire (2019) Peter Gray There's no wit about it and it taps nearly every single melodramatic trope you'd expect along the way to the point your eyes may be hurting from rolling so much. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
The Addams Family (2019) Peter Gray Can't help but feel like a wasted opportunity to truly embrace the source material's dark yet likeable temperament. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Peter Gray A film that's as equally honest and transparent, and as bitter and witty as the performances at its core. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Peter Gray Whether you're a politically-minded person or not, Official Secrets should reel you in with its true-to-life dramatics EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Peter Gray This 2019 Charlie's Angels is stupefyingly entertaining and genuinely hilarious, offering itself up as a stylish alternative to the destructive blockbusters that have saturated the market. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Furies (2019) Peter Gray Delivers with a gory glee EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Peter Gray It's difficult to dismiss it in its entirety as [Michelle] Williams and [Julianne] Moore are both stellar, elevating their characters beyond the simplistic outlines of their descriptions. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Peter Gray Yes, this is a "message movie" about following your heart, never giving up, and just how transformative art can be to the individual consumer, but it's an honest feature all the same, one that owns its cheesy enthusiasm and wears it with pride. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
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
Ride Like a Girl (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