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
4/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Karl Delossantos Promising Young Woman balances its serious subject matter with a darkly comedic tone and satisfying revenge narrative that feels like a centerpiece of the #MeToo era. Add in a career-best performance by Carey Mulligan and you have a unique gem of a film. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
2/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Karl Delossantos The Midnight Sky is less than inter-stellar and left with zero gravity. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
5/5 Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Karl Delossantos Dick Johnson is Dead isn't the old cliché of being about life instead of death. It's very much about death. It's unabashedly about it. It's about the alternating sensations of crying and laughing we feel when we confront it-it'll have you doing the same. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
4/5 Black Bear (2020) Karl Delossantos Aubrey Plaza doesn't only give a career-best performance, it's one of the best performances of the year and deserving of an Oscar. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
3/5 Happiest Season (2020) Karl Delossantos "I'm gay." Why are those two words so difficult for so many of us queer people to say? Happiest Season aims to find an answer to that question while delivering an entertaining holiday comedy filled with the nutty characters we all love-and love to hate. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
2/5 Run (2020) Karl Delossantos A couple of heart-pounding sequences of suspense and two terrific lead performances by Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen are enough to keep Run moving, but its predictable twists end up kneecapping the film before it ever gets momentum. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 Resolution (2012) Karl Delossantos Resolution is a creepy, atmospheric, and wholly satisfying meta-horror that served as a perfect introduction to Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson's specific brand of high concept, lo-fi science fiction. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 Anything for Jackson (2020) Karl Delossantos While the horror doesn't quite hit the way that you wish it did-though the creature design is admirable-the compelling story and well-carved out characters are more than enough reason to admire it. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 Sound of Metal (2019) Karl Delossantos Sound of Metal is a great portrayal of deafness in film using smart sound design and a stellar performance by Riz Ahmed to communicate the experience. And while it loses steam as it makes its way to the finale the core message is powerful and poignant. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2020
4/5 First Cow (2019) Karl Delossantos Like all of director Kelly Reichardt's films, First Cow is a warm blanket of a story where the stakes are never overstated, the characters are grounded to Earth, and the filmmaking leaves you to be immersed in its simple joys. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
2/5 Rebecca (2020) Karl Delossantos Rebecca is gloriously filmed and impeccably designed, but beneath all of the polish of its grand mansion setting is an empty house filled with nothing but empty rooms and empty thrills. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
2/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Karl Delossantos Despite it's stacked cast, relevant topics, and high-production value, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is too interested in portraying the facts and not enough in portraying the real-life characters at its center. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 Synchronic (2019) Karl Delossantos Synchronic has a fun enough concept to keep you hooked, but Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson-along with a stellar Anthony Mackie-add in their effortlessly charming direction to make it the exact kind of science fiction romp that I crave EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 Lapsis (2020) Karl Delossantos Noah Hutton's strong direction and the world he builds that explores the new gig economy that has taken ahold of our everyday lives are interesting enough for Lapsis to overcome its less-than-compelling narrative. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Karl Delossantos Possessor may be diabolically gruesome to the point of excess, however, it uses the gut-wrenching feelings it derives to great use in a story that is more than... skin deep. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
4.5/5 Nomadland (2020) Karl Delossantos Chloé Zhao makes Nomadland's melancholic but hopeful story of nomads traversing the American West a stunningly complex character study of life on the margins of society. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
4.5/5 Fright Night (1985) Karl Delossantos Fright Night benefits from being one of the purest versions of horror-comedy. Both genres are equally represented without manipulation. The tropes of both combine to present real laughs with the terror and real terror with the laughs. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
3.5/5 Spiral (2019) Karl Delossantos Spiral is an unapologetically gay horror that is also a quietly impressive low-budget foray into social horror. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
4/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Karl Delossantos Few people have been able to communicate the non-linear way our minds work, but Kaufman has come damn close. And for that, it's worth a watch. Then, it begs you for another. Or are you begging for another? EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
2.5/5 Host (2020) Karl Delossantos At just 57 minutes, Host is far from overly long. Although it certainly stretches its interesting premise to the max. Still, it achieves an anxiety-inducing atmosphere coupled with genuinely chilling horror setpieces that keeps you online. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
1.5/5 Project Power (2020) Karl Delossantos Project Power loses steam almost as quickly as the drug at the center of it. Even Jamie Foxx can't muster up enough star power to save the day. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 Starred Up (2013) Karl Delossantos What I love about Starred Up is it's almost devoid of sentimentality. Any that there is doused in a heavy dose of realism. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
3/5 The Rental (2020) Karl Delossantos Airbnb: The horror movie EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
4/5 The Old Guard (2020) Karl Delossantos The Old Guard has some new tricks. Gina Prince-Bythewood uses strong, groundbreaking characters to deliver the best action movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2020
5/5 Do the Right Thing (1989) Karl Delossantos Do the Right Thing is so much larger than its Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn setting. That small slice of street acts as a microcosm for the entire racial system in America-one that is still at work and even more prevalent today. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
4.5/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Karl Delossantos Lee's greatest talent as a filmmaker is finding a way to remit thematic heftiness and deep character explorations while delivering a genuinely entertaining story with striking characters. Da 5 Bloods may be his greatest success in that aspect. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
4.5/5 Short Term 12 (2013) Karl Delossantos There's a tendency for movies like Short Term 12 to be overwrought or contrived in their handling of such a sensitive story. However, Cretton avoids the pitfalls of the genre by balancing out the story with an intense and masterfully deployed empathy. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
2.5/5 The Lovebirds (2020) Karl Delossantos When The Lovebirds gives Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani room to exercise their mastery in comedic timing and delivery it is enormously enjoyable, but the simplistic plot and uninspired writing leaves this crime comedy grounded. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2020
4/5 Shirley (2020) Karl Delossantos Shirley's overwhelming and somewhat chaotic opening prepares you for its penchant for tension-sexual, suspenseful, and otherwise. On the other hand, the introduction to Shirley barely scratches the surface of the unpredictable rollercoaster that she is. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
4.5/5 The Descent (2005) Karl Delossantos The movie unfolds in a satisfying slow-burn that makes you feel uneasy until it takes that anxiety and turns it into pure nightmare fuel by making your worst fears real. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
4.5/5 The Half of It (2020) Karl Delossantos There's a chance The Half of It fades into the background of the multitudes of Netflix romantic comedies. But I hope that the right audience sees it. If I had seen this movie when I was a kid, I feel like the world would have been different for me. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Karl Delossantos Robert Eggers throws you headfirst into the deep end of the late 19th century with every period detail (and fart) intact. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
3.5/5 From Here to Eternity (1953) Karl Delossantos From Here to Eternity is the kind of old-school Hollywood melodrama that you can't help but fall for. And while it only occasionally hits greatness, the performances by the cast are as iconic as they come. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
3.5/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Karl Delossantos True History of the Kelly Gang is a punky expressionistic blur of sound and light that makes the already chaotic story disorienting, and, most importantly, unrelenting. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2020
3.5/5 Circus of Books (2019) Karl Delossantos Throughout the movie, Karen chides her daughter over the purpose of it. She doesn't understand what makes the store or their story special. What she doesn't realize is that it's her own journey that is the most interesting. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
5/5 The Cabin in the Woods (2011) Karl Delossantos Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon called the movie "something for us." In that sense, The Cabin in the Woods is a gift to horror fans. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020
5/5 Moonstruck (1987) Karl Delossantos Moonstruck is one of those movies you watch and say, "they don't make them like that anymore." However, it's more than just a few laughs and iconic line readings. Its tight story structure and Cher's magnetic performance is hard to not get swept up in. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 The Carnivores (2020) Karl Delossantos The Carnivores for better or worse is uncategorizable with elements of drama, psychological thriller, horror, and even comedy - and I was happy to be confused. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Karl Delossantos With storybook-like cinematography to a score that has the longingness of memory and urgency to match the characters onscreen, Joe Talbot shows his appreciation for his home city while giving Jimmie Fails' story its just due. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
3.5/5 Big Time Adolescence (2019) Karl Delossantos Pete Davidson gives a surprisingly dynamic and layered performance in this sweet dramedy about growing up and not growing up. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 Obvious Child (2014) Karl Delossantos Slate's Donna feels grounded in something incredibly relatable and real, as does the movie's handling of its hot button plot points. Slate and Lacy have so much effortless charm and chemistry that they're hard to resist. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
5/5 Paris Is Burning (1990) Karl Delossantos As en exercise in documentary filmmaking, it mines incredible honesty from its subjects and captures it with immense empathy and admiration. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Karl Delossantos The Invisible Man deals with emotional manipulation. Whannell lets so much of the horror be motivated by it. He makes the audience feel like we are losing control too by letting us in on more than the characters are seeing. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2020
5/5 The Conversation (1974) Karl Delossantos A tense psychological thriller. But dig deeper and you'll find the tragedy of Hackman's Harry Caul. His burden and his loneliness add a melancholic tone to the entire film amidst the commentary on technology and privacy that is all too relevant today. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 Premature (2019) Karl Delossantos Premature begins with electricity. The only kind of electricity you can find on a crowded New York City subway in the summer - and it never goes away thanks to Zora Howard's star-making performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2020
2/5 To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Karl Delossantos I fell in love with To All The Boys I've Loved Before, but the sequel P.S. I Still Love You makes me think I want to see other people. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 The Father (2020) Karl Delossantos Once The Father has you, it's hard to fall out of its momentum. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 20th Century Women (2016) Karl Delossantos There are so many small tidbits about life, love, and happiness in 20th Century Women that it feels like therapy. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
3.5/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Karl Delossantos Birds of Prey has all of the chaotic energy that a movie about Harley Quinn should have packaged in a frenetic action-filled romp that's impossible to resist. The best DCEU movie yet. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 The Lodge (2019) Karl Delossantos As it slowly approaches the edge, you need to make the decision whether to hang on or jump off with it. Whether you love or hate it hangs on that decision. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020