Reel Rundown

Reel Rundown is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chris Sawin
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) Chris Sawin Along with the Gods is like South Korea got a hold of a bizarrely awesome fusion of What Dreams May Come and The Frighteners while expanding on the adventure that awaits us all in the afterlife and sucker punches our tear ducts to oblivion in the process. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 I, Tonya (2017) Chris Sawin Margot Robbie is an explosive delight and Craig Gillespie has found a way to make figure skating as intimidating as being initiated into the mafia. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
5/5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Chris Sawin Brilliantly mesmerizing with a dazzling use of color, the action sequences are perhaps the best they've ever been, and the comedy in the film made a guy who generally rolls his eyes at everything laugh like a fool for two and a half hours straight. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4.5/5 Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Chris Sawin Thor: Ragnarok prides itself in being outrageously silly resulting in a different kind of superhero film that alters the landscape and has a lot of fun in doing so. It is a spontaneity driven juggernaut that puts the "comic" back in "comical." EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
1/5 All I See Is You (2016) Chris Sawin Nothing happens in All I See is You. The film is one life-altering procedure jammed into one ugly, bloated and cellulite-heavy existence that is otherwise similar to everybody else. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 Creep 2 (2017) Chris Sawin Creep 2 is the type of film that makes you squirm in your seat due to its uncomfortable nature, but your eyes remain glued to the screen because the thought of missing some crucial detail is just as horrific as a serial killer videotaping all of his kills EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 The Foreigner (2017) Chris Sawin Jackie Chan manages to offer a glimpse at his former glory in The Foreigner while unleashing an intricately performed fury that no one knew he was capable of. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
3.5/5 Downsizing (2017) Chris Sawin Downsizing gets increasingly more devastating as it inches through its 135-minute duration, but reminds you that being human and compassionate has nothing to do with how big you are. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Chris Sawin Blade Runner 2049 is a visual masterpiece, but a drudging descent for the sci-fi genre. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 The Endless (2017) Chris Sawin The Endless delves into this unknown and seemingly unexplainable phenomenon and successfully allows the audience to wrap their head around something repetitiously terrifying. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Chris Sawin Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a bone breaking, face stomping, skull crushing experience that is viciously torturous to endure at times, but is lustfully satisfying when you've had a rough day. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 Mary and The Witch's Flower (2017) Chris Sawin Mary and the Witch's Flower submerges itself in Studio Ghibli levels of imagination, beautiful color, likeable characters, and dazzlingly fluid animation for a final product that is creatively captivating to audiences of all ages. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4.5/5 The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Chris Sawin Visually and structurally unnerving with dialogue that has no filter and sickeningly amusing undertones, The Killing of a Sacred Deer often leaves you speechless with so many feelings that dig deeper than Alicia Silverstone's unbelievable finger sucking. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4.5/5 Dave Made a Maze (2017) Chris Sawin Its identifiable execution and unbelievably awesome inventive nature makes Bill Watterson's debut an adventurous quest with quirky humor that is well-worth diving into a life-threatening cardboard contraption. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
2/5 Broken Mile (2016) Chris Sawin The film's staggering demeanor makes Broken Mile feel lost within its own hour and a half of storytelling. While there are shades of something worthwhile in Broken Mile, the final destination is paved with shoddy construction and a wobbly narrative. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 Logan Lucky (2017) Chris Sawin Logan Lucky is pure redneck genius and Daniel Craig delivers an absurdly awesome performance that is one of the most memorably comical of his career. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 A Taxi Driver (2017) Chris Sawin Violently captivating and emotionally effective, A Taxi Driver showcases the talented Song Kang-ho with one of the most invigorating and captivating performances of 2017. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 The Dark Tower (2017) Chris Sawin The Dark Tower is the type of film you blind buy out of a clearance bin and enjoy as a one-time watch. A sloppy kind of popcorn entertainment like a McRib you ingest with your eyeballs. The Dark Tower is the fast food equivalent of the summer blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 Detroit (2017) Chris Sawin Detroit has this 12 Years a Slave quality to it. The film is absolutely compelling from start to finish, but it enrages you and continues to poke and irritate you until you're in a livid state by the end of the film. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 Atomic Blonde (2017) Chris Sawin While Atomic Blonde is fairly predictable and not entirely an original concept, it executes its bone cracking, blood-spewing, and intense action with breakneck speed in a brutally satisfying way that is undoubtedly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
1/5 First Kill (2017) Chris Sawin With horrendous storytelling, a talentless cast, and a heavy rain sequence that is only memorable because Hayden Christensen's heavy breathing drowns out the sound of the rain, First Kill is the setup to a bad joke without the punchline. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 Baby Driver (2017) Chris Sawin Baby Driver is massively excellent with its sublime music, witty dialogue, masterfully dynamic editing, and blood pumping action. An undeniably satisfying concoction mixed with a sing-along, a dance number, and your favorite heist film. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
5/5 Okja (2017) Chris Sawin Bong Joon-ho's Okja has shades of My Neighbor Totoro, Pete's Dragon, and The Iron Giant with a slaughterhouse sequence that will rip the heart from your chest and leave it gushing on the floor. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4.5/5 War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Chris Sawin This is the third sequel all franchises should aim to have in their filmography. War for the Planet of the Apes is one of the most sincere and one of the most human films to experience from 2017. Andy Serkis is a monkey god among men. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
1/5 Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Chris Sawin If the sky is falling and The Last Knight is Chicken Little, then don't bother warning us that the world is ending. Let this planet rot in space as sequels are churned out to appease a group of sheep who can't recognize flaming garbage when they see it . EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 It Comes at Night (2017) Chris Sawin Horrifically mesmerizing with one hell of an effective score, the main flaw It Comes at Night seems to have is that its 90-minute duration goes by entirely too quickly. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
2/5 The Book of Henry (2017) Chris Sawin Naomi Watts can't save a drama built on a poorly constructed scheme of something a normal thinking adult would have brushed off immediately. If you wanted to badly explain the plot, then it could be summed up as a dead baby scavenger hunt. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
1/5 Baywatch (2017) Chris Sawin The new Baywatch takes a more adult approach, but its execution makes the beach feel like a boy's locker room complete with towel snapping, butt slapping, and crotch fondling. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 Wonder Woman (2017) Chris Sawin The superhero film is dripping with engaging characters and you find yourself engrossed with the story. But the film takes a sharp detour in its second half to unveil something incredibly formulaic and predictable. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Chris Sawin The sequel has too much of a good thing with comedy being exaggerated for far longer than it has any right to be and a story that could have been edited to trim excessive bickering and a specific Taserface joke that loses its oomph due to overuse. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 The Wolverine (2013) Chris Sawin The Wolverine is a fantastic appetizer of the collaboration between James Mangold and Hugh Jackman while Logan is the main mouth-watering three-course meal. A vast improvement over X-Men Origins: Wolverine. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
5/5 Your Name (2016) Chris Sawin Blissfully psychedelic at times with magnetic chemistry between two characters you become completely invested in, Your Name is an anime film unlike any other and is so fantastic that you have to witness all of its beauty and elegance for yourself. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2017
2.5/5 The Prison (2017) Chris Sawin The Prison is a basic concept with a simple execution that keeps the film from being a complete waste of time. Its biggest flaw is that exploring unfamiliar territory seems within the film's grasp, but instead it relies on predictability. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2017
2.5/5 Ghost in the Shell (2017) Chris Sawin The stale acting and sluggish storyline weigh the film down like a bionic sloth using dial-up to take a defensive driving course. However, Scarlett Johansson repeatedly does a spot-on impression of a robotic swivel chair. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2017
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Chris Sawin John Wick is back! Bloodier, deadlier, and more awesome than ever! John Wick: Chapter 2 nearly doubles the kill count the first film had and its white knuckled, fast-paced action knows how to dropkick your adrenaline into overdrive. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2017
2.75/5 Railroad Tigers (2016) Chris Sawin Railroad Tigers is overflowing with absurd comedy. Slapstick and physical comedy take precedence over character development and a coherent story. Railroad Tigers is Jackie Chan's Monument's Men. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2017
3/5 Solace (2015) Chris Sawin Similarities and connections are one thing, but Solace seems to grasp at straws and force-link everything when it isn't necessary. Solace is this damaged and lackluster film that sometimes tip-toes in the category of a beautiful disaster. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2017
4.5/5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Chris Sawin This is the Star Wars film to be excited for since a galaxy far, far away has never looked as promising as it does now. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is everything The Force Awakens should have been and then some. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2016
1/5 Sword Master (2016) Chris Sawin Despite the best efforts of Derek Yee and Tsui Hark, Sword Master is a bloated action film with mediocre visuals and a cast that takes itself far more seriously than everyone else will. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
5/5 La La Land (2016) Chris Sawin Visually gorgeous and deliciously colorful, La La Land is a romantically fueled, comically fun, and symphonically sublime treasure. You are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2016
1/5 Sky on Fire (2016) Chris Sawin Sky on Fire is an absolute train wreck of a film. The acting is almost as ridiculous as the terrible action scenes and the storyline is this spontaneous goulash of ideas with no destination in mind. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2016
1.5/5 G?ruzu & Pants?: Gekij?ban (2015) Chris Sawin Tsutomu Mizushima's follow-up to his own series is extremely flat, uninspiring, and tiresome in the writing and execution departments. Girls und Panzer der Film is as empty and lifeless as a rusted out tank with no crew or ammunition. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2.5/5 Loving (2016) Chris Sawin Delicate, timid, and frustratingly subtle despite its strong performances, Loving is a completely dull experience that feels too lackadaisical and laid back to fully satisfy. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2016
2.5/5 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Chris Sawin Fantastic Beasts leaps into ludicrous territory without regret far too often. Its formulaic and ridiculous display tarnishes a fifteen year old franchise that leaves you with the question, "Is J.K. Rowling just milking it?" EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2016
2.5/5 The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Chris Sawin Its approach is often amusing and even easy to relate to from time to time and the performances from the entire cast are comedically and emotionally rewarding, but the central character gets on your last nerve and nearly ruins a pleasurable experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2016
4.25/5 Miss Hokusai (2015) Chris Sawin Miss Hokusai bleeds style and grace from every frame to the extent that you can almost smell the ink as it's pressed to a paper canvas. For the imaginative and the admirers of the fantastical, this film is purely and spectacularly a work of art. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2016
1/5 Keeping Up With the Joneses (2016) Chris Sawin The cast is talented and the concept has potential, but Keeping Up with the Joneses chooses the painfully unamusing, preposterously ludicrous, and tragically annoying route and it's a more devastating and torturous experience because of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2016
4/5 Shin Godzilla (2016) Chris Sawin Shin Godzilla is a lot of fun if you can focus solely on the monster mayhem. Any sequence involving Godzilla is like a highlight reel of destructive bliss. Shin Godzilla leaves you anticipating where Toho will take this new Godzilla next. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2016
2.5/5 Phantom of the Theatre (2016) Chris Sawin Brief moments of greatness ruined by the overwhelming downpour of mediocrity you're forced to conquer just to reach the film's meaningless finale., but Phantom of the Theatre does leave you with the question of, "Do ghost farts smell like garlic?" EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2016
3.5/5 The Birth of a Nation (2016) Chris Sawin The Birth of a Nation is a solid first directorial effort from Nate Parker, but the presentation of Nat Turner's story falters often enough to keep a good film from being a great and memorable cinematic experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2016