Third Coast Review

Third Coast Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Lisa Trifone, Steven Prokopy
Rating Title/Year Author
Isle of Dogs (2018) Steven Prokopy I'm recommending the film because the lovely animation and the humor ultimately win out over everything, but this one may be tougher to revisit years from now. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Ready Player One (2018) Steven Prokopy The film is overkill, it's in your face, and it's sensory overload; but it's also a great deal of fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Flower (2017) Steven Prokopy Flower is a film that sneaks up on you with its ability to make you laugh and power to make you feel something for these sometimes tough-to-like characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (2017) Steven Prokopy The vulnerability on display is so raw and beautiful, you almost feel compelled to turn away. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Unsane (2018) Steven Prokopy Although a lesser work in the Soderbergh filmography, it's still a worthy entry, if only for Foy's remarkable turn. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Steven Prokopy It's like Del Toro left his toys out for others to play with, but these new filmmakers grabbed the brightest, shiniest ones and left the far more interesting monsters on the ground. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Our Blood Is Wine (2018) Steven Prokopy The film embraces both its subjects and the audience in a kind of cultural exchange that you rarely find in films like this. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Steven Prokopy The filmmakers seem committed to sticking to the facts, without exaggerating the drama in any way, which works incredibly well with this particular story. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Love, Simon (2018) Steven Prokopy This is a sweet and moving film that is built for all, but I'm guessing it will make a lot of gay teens see the world as a safer, more compassionate place for them. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Tomb Raider (2018) Steven Prokopy Vikander and director Uthaug do a worthy job of bringing out the flawed, human qualities of Lara without taking anything away from her as a bona fide action hero. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
The Leisure Seeker (2017) Steven Prokopy Despite its shortcomings as a drama and character study, The Leisure Seeker gives Donald Sutherland a chance to dig his teeth into a leading part for the first time in a long time. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Gringo (2018) Steven Prokopy Gringo gets a lot of mileage out of its energy, its ability to use cruelty as a motivational tool rather than just as a way of belittling others, and its copious amounts of creative violence. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Thoroughbreds (2017) Steven Prokopy Watching the two young women bond while bringing out each other's worst qualities is a fascinating, hypnotic and darkly humorous process that is the dark heart of the film. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) Steven Prokopy The Strangers: Prey at Night is too empty for my tastes. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Steven Prokopy These are all worthy messages, mind you, but they are all but lost in this cluttered, exposition-heavy nonsense. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs (2017) Steven Prokopy The movie has a raw feel to it and isn't the most polished doc I've seen lately, but that seems to fit the scrappy, no frills subject. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Humor Me (2017) Steven Prokopy A largely serviceable, often quite amusing, piece that refuses to pander or ridicule outright. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Nelyubov (2017) Steven Prokopy With cinema, more than life, we are used to an artificial sense of resolution, but this film refuses to offer an easy sense of completion. And if that leaves a knot in your stomach, then Loveless has done its job. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Death Wish (2018) Steven Prokopy Death Wish is far from an outright terrible movie. But the film comes across with a severe case of split personality, and while I'm usually fond of movies that dance from one tone to another to keep us on our toes, it doesn't work as well here. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Red Sparrow (2018) Steven Prokopy Lawrence is allowed to let her rich talents as an actor breathe life into a character that might have otherwise been played as shallow and far less interesting. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
Nostalgia (2018) Steven Prokopy It's a struggle to genuinely recommend a piece that wants to hurt you so deeply. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
The Party (2017) Steven Prokopy The film is experimental yet highly accessible, abrasive yet embraceable, ferocious yet heartfelt. These contradictions are Potter's comfort zone. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
Game Night (2018) Steven Prokopy Much like a real game night, sometimes the success or failure of a film like this depends on the players, and in this case, everyone seems game. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
Hannah (2017) Steven Prokopy Hannah is a tough watch, but it's a fascinating experience to see this person slip slowly from her own life, sometimes because people shut her out, other times because she's afraid to test the waters and see how they react to her presence. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
Rogers Park (2017) Steven Prokopy The characters are so well written and acted that I'd like to know what's going on in their lives in five years. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
Annihilation (2018) Steven Prokopy Annihilation works as much for the few moments of genuine terror as it does for the fascinating conversations that occur as these women use their skill sets to deduce what is going on around them. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
Samantha's Amazing Acro-Cats (2017) Steven Prokopy There's something inherently watchable, charming and wholly entertaining about this hour-long work. Feiring takes something of a homespun approach to his filmmaking that matches his subject's style. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Early Man (2018) Steven Prokopy Early Man is loads of fun, plain and simple, geared toward a younger audience but still completely accessible to parents and other older folks. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Black Panther (2018) Steven Prokopy Boseman has such charisma, charm, depth and grace, it's as easy to believe him as a king as it is to see him do insane acrobatics as a superhero. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Basmati Blues (2017) Steven Prokopy I didn't know whether to be deeply offended or simply sit back and bask in the goofy, tone-deaf glory of Basmati Blues. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Entanglement (2017) Steven Prokopy Not essential viewing, but if you're looking for something off the beaten path that's different than the rest, this is a twisted bit of comfort food. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
() Steven Prokopy My personal favorite of the bunch is the wordless French offering Garden Party... It's a mystery, comedy and stunning animated work that looks so lifelike, I thought the animators had cheated. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (0000) Steven Prokopy In the Live Action package, my personal favorite is easily the harrowing DeKalb Elementary from director Reed Van Dyk... In only 20 minutes, the filmmaker dives headfirst into a tense situation but comes out the other side. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Steven Prokopy It's a mixed bag of results, but I'm mildly recommending it for the novelty factor. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2015) Steven Prokopy I can't imagine the film drawing in too many crowds of non-believers, but animation fans in particular will probably be quite impressed by the artistry on display. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
L'insulte (2017) Steven Prokopy As much as The Insult is an issue-driven experience, what brings it to life is the acting, especially from those playing family members on both sides of these combatants. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Mom and Dad (2017) Steven Prokopy There are many people in the world who collect wacky Nicolas Cage performances, and certainly this one hits all the right notes. It also happens to be a serviceable horror film that is smart and funny as well. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
The Road Movie (2016) Steven Prokopy The Road Movie is surreal, funny, and occasionally a bit of a nightmare to watch unfold. But every second of it is highly watchable and captivating. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Steven Prokopy The Passion of Joan of Arc is nothing without that face. Falconetti's features are both youthful and weathered; her expressions are tortured but joyous. It's a spectacular performance. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) Steven Prokopy Beyond the great sex stories, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is an often-moving time capsule of a period that valued both excess and secrets. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Forever My Girl (2018) Steven Prokopy Inevitable, wholly predictable, and utterly dull EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
12 Strong (2018) Steven Prokopy 12 Strong is a thinking-person's war story, one in which deductive and clever reasoning wins the day as often as who has the most bullets and air support. This is something quite different couched in a familiar cloak, and the results are impressive. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936) Steven Prokopy Beautiful to look at and wickedly funny at times, this is certainly one of Renoir's most under-appreciated works. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Wait for Your Laugh (2017) Steven Prokopy The heart and soul of the film belongs to Rose Marie, who is interviewed extensively for the film and has a seemingly endless supply of stories about all of her old pals and peers EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Porto (2016) Steven Prokopy There's clearly an extra layer of sadness present that makes the experience of seeing Yelchin at his finest all the more painful and necessary. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Den of Thieves (2018) Steven Prokopy Den of Thieves works by keeping it's feet firmly grounded and rarely taking shortcuts. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
The Commuter (2018) Steven Prokopy A fairly exciting and tension-filled romp through a diverse cast of mostly unknown actors, all of whom get to shine to varying degrees. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Paddington 2 (2017) Steven Prokopy The film will put a big grin on your face, even if you don't find it laugh-out-loud funny. As tedious as they can be, sometimes watching movies about good people helping each other makes a world of difference. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Phantom Thread (2017) Steven Prokopy In many ways, it's a perfect work of art -- not unlike Reynolds' dresses -- because it's not attempting to appeal to the masses. It's about the filmmaker putting onto the screen the exact vision he has in his mind. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
The Other Side of Hope (2017) Steven Prokopy The filmmaker asks his audience to not only laugh (as he always does) but to contemplate, to put themselves in the shoes of a person they will likely never be or know. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020