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
3/5 My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2019) Chris Sawin I would still recommend My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising to fans of the series and anime in general. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 Lupin III: The First (2019) Chris Sawin Lupin III: The First is a sleek, loose, vibrant, and almost lifelike take on the character that is unbelievably entertaining from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 Sound of Metal (2019) Chris Sawin Sound of Metal is so incredibly satisfying. Everything around us is just an obnoxious and noisy cacophony. The world's most beautiful symphony is utter and complete silence. Brilliantly acted with a powerful message that leaves a colossal impact. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 Another Round (2020) Chris Sawin Another Round is a short fuse of a drama centered on a bad idea. You know that inevitable and combustible explosion will happen any moment, but watching until it finally does is the mastery of the concept. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/5 Black Bear (2020) Chris Sawin Black Bear isn't necessarily an entertaining or enjoyable experience, but it's the type of film that is intriguing to analyze and has some rather strong performances from the three leads. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 Wolfwalkers (2020) Chris Sawin Wolfwalkers is one of the most gorgeous animated films of the year. Tom Moore and Cartoon Saloon have given birth to creatively mesmerizing cinema dribbling with exquisite animated bliss. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
1.5/5 Vanguard (2020) Chris Sawin Vanguard is over complicated with a light tone, silly antics, solid gold cars, and Jackie Chan using John Cena's attitude adjustment wrestling maneuver. It has a few decent moments buried within this shiny gold turd of an action film. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
3.5/5 Fried Barry (2020) Chris Sawin Fried Barry is bonkers cinema that doesn't make a ton of sense, but is enjoyable for its psychotic and erratic nature. It's worth looking into if you're a fan of ludicrously wild films or if you're on the hunt for something totally different. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
3/5 Furie (2019) Chris Sawin Even with its flaws, Furie is a one-woman juggernaut. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
4/5 Ride Your Wave (2019) Chris Sawin Ride Your Wave has a simple concept that allows Masaaki Yuasa to be more pure and direct than he's ever been. Well-written, imaginative, and poignant, Ride Your Wave is the first exceptionally strong animated film of 2020. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
2/5 The Lodge (2019) Chris Sawin The Lodge trades logic and sound reasoning for atmospheric horror meaning that its creepy sequences don't really make a ton of sense in the long run. The film aims to unsettle and little else. This is psychological horror at its sloppiest. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 Come to Daddy (2019) Chris Sawin Come to Daddy is this bizarre thriller that makes you laugh out loud, cringe on more than one occasion, and strings its audience along this sad, beautiful, and often gruesome enigmatic tale that is really about a father and his son at its core. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
1.5/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Chris Sawin It crawls at a pace that will have your heart pounding out a flailing, balls-to-the-wall drum solo in frustration. Blake Lively's stagnant screen presence will have you hyperventilating a rapid fire bass line; the pace you wish the film had. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Chris Sawin Color Out of Space is a brilliant, bonkers, and terrifying experience. It's grotesque and mesmerizing even if the journey is a little sluggish along the way. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4.5/5 Wyrm (2019) Chris Sawin If you have ever had trouble making friends, feel socially awkward in the slightest, or have a terrible love life, then Wyrm is going to be something that speaks to you, laughs with you, cries with you, and celebrates your triumphs with you. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 Happy Face (2018) Chris Sawin Happy Face has a lot to say about what the definition of beauty is and the extremes those desperate enough to attain that status might go through. Sometimes the people who seem healthiest are the sickest people on the planet. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 Deerskin (2019) Chris Sawin Gloriously ludicrous with a remarkably captivating performance from Jean Dujardin and a gonzo concept that snowballs into uproarious madness, Deerskin is a delightfully eccentric comedy intertwined with a grisly and outlandish inner seam. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 First Love (2019) Chris Sawin Takashi Miike unleashes this refined, matured, and sleeker version of himself with First Love. This is the funniest and most entertaining Miike has ever been. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Chris Sawin Jojo Rabbit is a touching film about human compassion with an intimacy that is absolutely unparalleled. This is one of the most heartfelt and imaginative fairy tales of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Chris Sawin A cryptic head-scratcher of a second half likely to be off-putting to casual moviegoers. If you stick with the Losers until the bitter end, It: Chapter Two is incredibly bold, overwhelmingly bloody, and an undeniably bonkers slice of cosmic pie. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
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