Michael J. Cinema

Michael J. Cinema is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Michael J. Casey
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 Molly's Game (2017) Michael J. Casey In an unfortunately obvious way, 'Molly's Game' explores the gender gap of power while telling a salacious story of powerful men with dirty little secrets and the women who keep them. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
2/5 All the Money in the World (2017) Michael J. Casey It's a half-hearted indictment of capitalism wrapped up in a thriller based on incidents from real life-nothing more, nothing less. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2021
3.5/5 Champion (1949) Michael J. Casey In another movie, maybe a Hollywood melodrama, Kelly's defiance, and individualism would be celebrated, maybe even lauded, treating Kelly's rise from rags to riches as something distinctly American and noble. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2021
3.5/5 Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Michael J. Casey A beautiful film about a heartbreaking romance, one that never quite establishes the trust necessary for true love to blossom. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
2.5/5 Please Stand By (2017) Michael J. Casey A lukewarm movie with its heart in the right place. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
3.5/5 Annihilation (2018) Michael J. Casey From annihilation comes absolution. You can hardly have one without the other. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2021
3/5 The China Hustle (2017) Michael J. Casey Another by-the-numbers doc about an ongoing financial crisis rooted in manipulation and apathy. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2021
2.5/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Michael J. Casey Plays like a movie that yearns to say something without knowing what it would like to say EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
3.5/5 Wildlife (2018) Michael J. Casey 'Wildlife' doesn't move like other movies. It's honest, blunt, and much more novelistic in its approach. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
2/5 Infinite Football (2018) Michael J. Casey An intriguing concept mired by sluggish conversation. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
1.5/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Michael J. Casey You might expect that the author of seven of the most beloved and re-read novels of our time could come up with something a little more engaging. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
4/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Michael J. Casey A two-hour master class in subjective storytelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
2.5/5 Chef Flynn (2018) Michael J. Casey McGarry is a fascinating subject, but 'Chef Flynn' is too fascinated with him to paint a proper portrait. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 Of Fathers and Sons (2017) Michael J. Casey A perspective into daily Jihadist life, a peek not easily obtained or easily forgotten. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2021
2.5/5 Flannery (2019) Michael J. Casey Fails to do anything beyond scratching the surface. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
2/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Michael J. Casey Too hung up on the present to focus on the past. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
2/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Michael J. Casey 'On the Basis of Sex' would rather tell than show, rather shout than talk, and rather pander than intrigue. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2021
1.5/5 The Upside (2017) Michael J. Casey An insultingly simple story that occasionally veers into conflicts of class, race and physical abilities but frustratingly pulls back at the mere suggestion of an uncomfortable moment. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2021
1/5 Glass (2019) Michael J. Casey In the 21st century, every movie's ending is just another beginning-as long as there's money to be made. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2021
4/5 Hypocrites (1915) Michael J. Casey It's always thrilling to discover the beginnings of cinematic grammar. Weber was one of cinema's early stylists, and 'Hypocrites' offers plenty of discoveries to unearth. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2021
2.5/5 Wojnarowicz (2020) Michael J. Casey Some of Wojnarowicz's best works were subversive images depicting the diseased society all around him. Why then is the movie about him so pleasant? EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
3.5/5 Introducing, Selma Blair (2021) Michael J. Casey Heartbreaking, funny, and resilient. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
2.5/5 Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free (2021) Michael J. Casey For Petty fans, 'Somewhere You Feel Free' will play like catnip: A skeleton key to an iconic album. For non-Petty fans, there is little here that offers conversion. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
2.5/5 The Human Voice (2020) Michael J. Casey Time and satisfaction are the two things missing from 'The Human Voice.' EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
3.5/5 Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) Michael J. Casey A refreshingly inclusive look at folk horror throughout cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
3/5 Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) Michael J. Casey Makes a convincing case for Styrene and the X-Ray Spex as one of the seminal punk bands. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
4/5 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Michael J. Casey Jackson was right to double down on his stereoscopic colorization. The sheer audacity alone is worthy of praise. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
3.5/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Michael J. Casey A satisfying conclusion to a delightful trilogy of films-not because the message at the heart of 'The Hidden World' rings true, but because DeBlois and company don't bludgeon the audience to death with it. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2021
3.5/5 Us (2019) Michael J. Casey There's a messiness here, a beautiful anamorphic widescreen messiness that Peele seems to relish. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2021
3.5/5 The Inheritance (2020) Michael J. Casey Playful, ambitious, and messy. A free-flowing torrent of past and present colliding inside the mind. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
3.5/5 Diane (2018) Michael J. Casey Mundane and melancholic, a day-to-day sameness that is crushingly cyclical. And yet, there is comfort in the cycle. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
2.5/5 Missing Link (2019) Michael J. Casey Enjoyable for kids who haven't been beaten to death by the same old, same old, but for everyone else, there's a predictability to each scene. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
2/5 Ramen Shop (2018) Michael J. Casey A routine movie that's full of talk but thin with comprehension. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
2/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Michael J. Casey Kids who don't know any better will probably like it; the parents who are stuck taking them are in for a slog. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2021
3/5 Aniara (2018) Michael J. Casey As interesting as "Aniara" is to think about, the movie isn't exactly an engaging watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
2/5 Aladdin (2019) Michael J. Casey A movie loaded with missed opportunities. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2021
2.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Michael J. Casey A veritable grab-bag of high school movie conventions cranked up to 11. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2021
2.5/5 Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017) Michael J. Casey Mariel Baqueiro's cinematography is impressive, Aleksandra Cwen gives a committed performance, but the movie's lack of momentum-bogged down by MMMD's droning, repetitive score-adds little. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
2.5/5 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Michael J. Casey The elements are present, but the cohesion is not. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3.5/5 Days (2020) Michael J. Casey For some, "Days" could be an infuriating endeavor. For others, it's soothing viewing that stimulates an aspect of voyeurism rarely tickled by modern cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/5 My Son (2017) Michael J. Casey Like Perrin's quest, the movie bluntly bashes its way through the snow-covered French countryside in a relentless pursuit toward the end. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 Stray (2021) Michael J. Casey The movie feels more at ease in observing than imposing. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
1.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Michael J. Casey An insulting movie ... desperately groping for some semblance of autobiography. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Michael J. Casey The performances are solid, but they're not enough to bring "The Mauritanian" out of the box the movie seems confident to confine itself to EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Michael J. Casey There's a good doc somewhere inside "The World's a Little Blurry" it just happens to be surrounded by 60ish minutes of excess. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/5 Test Pattern (2021) Michael J. Casey Shatara Michelle Ford smartly relies on that sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach rather than visual pyrotechnics or acterly outbursts to build tension. It works in spades. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Michael J. Casey "Dark Phoenix" feels rushed, as if Kinberg wanted to cram two, maybe three, movies into one while Disney was busy gobbling up the studio and all of its intellectual properties. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 Ma (2019) Michael J. Casey Though "Ma" is a tad uneven, the movie crackles with uneasy electricity anytime Spencer graces the screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
2.5/5 Pasolini (2014) Michael J. Casey A frustrating disappointment ... sluggish and slow, as if Ferrara either dreads having to find his way to Ostia Beach-where Pasolini was murdered-or finds pleasure in the foreplay. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
1/5 Dara of Jasenovac (2020) Michael J. Casey The images are dull, the performances are bland, and the story is rote. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021