Smash Cut Reviews

Smash Cut Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Karl Delossantos
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Karl Delossantos There's a lot to admire about Blinded by the Light - its ambition chief among them. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Noah (2014) Karl Delossantos Bolstered by strong performances by the entire cast, strong visuals, and a filled out script, "Noah" may be one of the better biblical adaptations. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
12 Years a Slave (2013) Karl Delossantos The film itself is beautiful. Each shot is pure artwork. Each note of music is pure emotion. Every cut is perfectly pieced together. Steve McQueen has assembled something that is great. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Jersey Boys (2014) Karl Delossantos Jersey Boys is almost frustrating in a way. The entire time we are aching for the film to wow us. Sadly, it never really does. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
9.4/10 The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Karl Delossantos It's charming, well-written, superbly acted. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C+ Maleficent (2014) Karl Delossantos The characters surrounding Maleficent became caricatures as if they were pulled directly from a cartoon. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6.5/10 Oculus (2013) Karl Delossantos The final product is a beautifully shot and wonderful acted entry in the never-ending pool of niche horror movies looking to shock, scare, and unnerve. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
F Odd Thomas (2013) Karl Delossantos Odd Thomas has one really good thing going for it, and that's Anton Yelchin. After that, there's not much there. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Jurassic World (2015) Karl Delossantos Despite my view of the film as a satire, there are a few storylines that bogged down an otherwise quick fire film. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Unfriended (2014) Karl Delossantos It's not going to go down as a horror classic, but it should be appreciated for what it is: a stupidly fun movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
A Most Violent Year (2014) Karl Delossantos J.C Chandor controls the screen with his gripping atmosphere that keeps you guessing. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
You're Next (2011) Karl Delossantos The mix of gore, humor and familiarity takes the film from being a passable "B" movie to a successful and well-executed homage that may change the way we view the genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
7.5/10 Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Karl Delossantos Small movements from the actors, their facial expressions, their delivery, coupled with [Joss] Whedon's slight visual humor made the entire film a joy to watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Boyhood (2014) Karl Delossantos It's so epic in scope, but extraordinarily intimate in its storytelling. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6/10 The Revenant (2015) Karl Delossantos Its grand visuals are sometimes bogged down by self-important emotional drives, its restraint sometimes wasted in repetitive indulgence, and its last third rushed. However, it's easy to get lost in story, mostly thanks to DiCaprio's performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
9/10 Spotlight (2015) Karl Delossantos The film treats the subject of the investigation with the utmost respect and gives it the weight that it deserves. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4.5/5 The Invitation (2015) Karl Delossantos It waits and makes you question what kind of movie it is until it finally reveals itself in a beautiful finale. That's what makes it truly one of the best movies of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6.5/10 Hush (2016) Karl Delossantos Hush isn't reinventing the wheel, but it is proving that the genre still has legs. If you're looking for an entertaining and knuckle-whitening thriller, then you won't be disappointed. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
8.5/10 Zootopia (2016) Karl Delossantos Like the best animated movies it mixes social subtext with genuinely hilarious moments and interesting characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
8.5/10 Wild Tales (2014) Karl Delossantos Damián Szifron tells each story with a specific visual flair that helps make "Wild Tales" the best anthology movie I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
8.5/10 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Karl Delossantos John Goodman, the greatest supporting actor as some have called him, perhaps gives one of the best performances of his career. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
9/10 Steve Jobs (2015) Karl Delossantos From camera angles to staging, it's a film that speaks on so many levels. It proves that style and substance aren't mutually exclusive, they can live together in a film successfully. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
8/10 The Nice Guys (2016) Karl Delossantos It could certainly use a lot of trimming, especially towards the drawn-out third act. The laughs become a bit thinner and the plot a bit of a drag. However, the journey to get there is a delightful - wait for it - romp. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
8/10 Weiner (2016) Karl Delossantos If Weiner was a scripted film it wouldn't be nearly as impressive, but the fact that the filmmakers were able to perfectly translate Weiner's doomed campaign to film makes it impressive. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
9/10 Eye in the Sky (2015) Karl Delossantos The dialogue is fast and smart, and the characters are explored so deeply, despite spending little time with each. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
1/10 The Neon Demon (2016) Karl Delossantos Even in moments when we're supposed to be scared or thrilled, particularly in the tacky third act, you laugh at the absurdity. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
The Blair Witch Project (1999) Karl Delossantos The scenario unfolds with so much real and raw emotion that it feels claustrophobic. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 Midnight Special (2016) Karl Delossantos While the entire movie is exciting with incredibly realized set pieces, the love that the principle characters show for each other is what makes it a great movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 Lights Out (2016) Karl Delossantos It uses some good old fashioned jump scares and a tense atmosphere to make a really effective scary movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
8.5/10 Star Trek Beyond (2016) Karl Delossantos As for the main plot and action, I think that it is visually one of the most interesting and impressive of the series so far. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Karl Delossantos It doesn't have the charm or the heart of the first, but it gives enough fuel to the franchise to warrant its existence. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/5 Deepwater Horizon (2016) Karl Delossantos Deepwater Horizon is deeply entertaining, visually stunning, and emotional. Though it has its flaws, it also has moments of astonishment that show it for what it is: a technical achievement. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/5 Interstellar (2014) Karl Delossantos It's as grand as it is introspective and as grounded as it is existential. By the end of the nearly three-hour running time - it goes by in a flash - you feel as if you've experienced something that is so rarely captured on film. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
8.5/10 Hell or High Water (2016) Karl Delossantos Unlike earlier entries in the genre, the movie blurs the line between good and bad and right and wrong. While it's completely entertaining, it's that added layer that makes Hell or High Water completely satisfying. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 Hidden Figures (2016) Karl Delossantos It has a reverence for its subjects that is so vital. Part of that is thanks to the incredible performances from the cast. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4.5/5 La La Land (2016) Karl Delossantos While La La Land is escapist entertainment for a good chunk, its greatest parts lie in the realities, while not harsh, that plague our dreams. But hey, here's to the fools who dream. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 The Wave (2015) Karl Delossantos While The Wave is an incredibly well-made movie, perhaps even the most well-made in the genre, it still falls into the cliches. That's what prevents it from being a great movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 The Impossible (2012) Karl Delossantos Sometimes it's sentimental to a fault, but the thrilling and innovative filmmaking that's being done makes it all worth it. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
8/10 Loving (2016) Karl Delossantos For such a quiet movie, Loving moves at a lightning pace. We cover nearly two decades of the Lovings lives. Thanks to the incredible craft, particularly the costumes and editing, we feel like we are dropped into those periods. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
10/10 Moonlight (2016) Karl Delossantos The only way to describe Moonlight is as art. It's pure, unadulterated art. It's storytelling at it's best. It's filmmaking at it's best. It's romantic, emotional, and, most importantly, a film that needs to be seen. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
8.5/10 Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Karl Delossantos The animators use gorgeous, bold colors to paint vivid landscapes and portraits throughout the journey with painstaking detail that is marvelous. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
9/10 Arrival (2016) Karl Delossantos Arrival will challenge us to think and to question. And while we come away with answers, we also experience the stunning power of great filmmaking, great writing, and a great story. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4.5/5 Get Out (2017) Karl Delossantos It perfectly homages classic horror movies while feeling contemporary in its themes. However, it's also one of the most entertaining movie experiences I've ever had. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
9/10 John Wick (2014) Karl Delossantos Simply put, John Wick is probably one of the best action movies in a decade. From an efficient story to incredible fight sequences and an action start that just doesn't seem to quite, John Wick is as close to perfect as I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7.5/10 Godzilla (2014) Karl Delossantos While it has its problems - the most severe of which is Aaron Taylor-Johnson's performance - you can forgive it because, well, it's Godzilla fighting another giant monster. What more can you ask for? EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Closet Monster (2015) Karl Delossantos Closet Monster is a little obvious with its symbolism... However, [Stephen] Dunn stylistically pulls off the movie's themes beautifully. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/5 Fences (2016) Karl Delossantos Fences doesn't take the opportunity to do anything cinematic with August Wilson's classic source material, however, it does boast career-best performances by Viola Davis and Denzel Washington. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/10 The Great Wall (2016) Karl Delossantos If you're looking for mindless action and ridiculously cheesy storylines that you can laugh at, then The Great Wall will fill that void. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4.5/5 Tower (2016) Karl Delossantos Tower is an incredibly important film that doesn't feel self-important despite its extremely stylized take on the shooting. Its style is integral to its emotional core. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 Busanhaeng (2016) Karl Delossantos The amount of energy that director Yeon Sang-ho is able to infuse into Train to Busan is a welcome change from the stop and go nature of recent entries in the genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019