Phawker

Phawker is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Dan Tabor
Rating Title/Year Author
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Dan Tabor This entry feels more in line with Kong: Skull Island, its loud, its bombastic and completes the franchise's transition to popcorn tentpole, dropping all the arty pretension of King of Monsters. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Dan Tabor While curious onlookers and casual fans will no doubt enjoy TWALBB, the super fans - those looking for the source of her midnight-dark narratives - might have to wait a bit longer for the Invisiline-rocking 16 year-old to let us in on the secret. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Dan Tabor The film is both excruciating and exhausting to sit through. Malcolm & Marie makes Marriage Story feel like a Brady Bunch episode, as the couple spends the entire one hour and forty two minute run time at each other's throats. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Dan Tabor Kaluuya and Stanfield turn in career-defining performances in this tragic tale that needed to be told. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
MLK/FBI (2020) Dan Tabor MLK/FBI shuns the sensational and the speculative in favor of verifiable facts and evidence-based conclusions. While the more voyeuristic among us may be disappointed that Pollard chose this course, it's clear he took the high road. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
The Dissident (2020) Dan Tabor It's simply masterful how Fogel is able to educate through news clips and interviews as he slowly pulls back the focus and the bigger picture finally reveals itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Dan Tabor WW84 is a near perfect superhero film that outshines the original with its infectious sense of joy and optimism and nuanced deconstruction of the power of truth and how that can be a tool of good or evil. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
Tenet (2020) Dan Tabor Dense and pretentious, Tenet will irritate even the most dedicated Nolan fans with its curiously flawed similarities to Inception. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Dan Tabor It's no easy task to combine two films that are so different in tone as Excellent and Bogus, but it feels natural here as the two stories have an ebb and flow here that calls back to some of the best moments of the previous entries. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Dan Tabor She Dies Tomorrow is the cinematic anthem of 2020, where Paul Thomas Anderson meets Dario Argento in this stylistically dense and emotional dissection of grief and acceptance. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
Family Romance, LLC (2019) Dan Tabor Herzog isn't simply satisfied in the superficial novelty of his subject matter, but instead digs deep into the emotional core of the principals while exploring philosophical questions such as what makes a family. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Hamilton (2020) Dan Tabor Watching Hamilton on Disney+, I have to say it's still pretty damn great. I really hope now that it's been made more accessible more people will discover and be inspired by it . EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Irresistible (2020) Dan Tabor Irresistible is as scathing as you'd expect from Stewart, but it's also unexpectedly hopeful in the end. It's not an easy balancing act in today's nihilistic 24 hour news cycle, but blending humor and humanity has always been Stewart's wheelhouse. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Dan Tabor Davidson shines here, and is easily the best thing to come out of this convoluted mess of a narrative, littered with lame comedy clichés, tired tropes and plot threads that go nowhere. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Dan Tabor Da Five Bloods is uncompromising and stark and that is exactly what we need right now. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
The Lighthouse (2019) Dan Tabor The Lighthouse is a dense piece of cinema that's hard to pin down with a simple four paragraph review, and is only complicated by the film's overlapping tone colors and pitch-black, meme worthy humor. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Midsommar (2019) Dan Tabor Midsommar is an exquisitely visceral cinematic experience that leaves you both physically and emotionally exhausted as the credits begin to wash over you. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
The Fanatic (2019) Dan Tabor he thing that makes this film work as frighteningly well as it does is Travolta's all-in performance and Durst's surprisingly thoughtful script and precision direction, which looks at fandom through a very jaundiced lens. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Dan Tabor You could chalk it up to Marvel fatigue, but we should call it like it is: it's just not as good as Homecoming, and a lackluster endcap to the stellar phase 3. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Booksmart (2019) Dan Tabor With Booksmart, Olivia Wilde turns in a flawless debut that is a hilariously heartwarming coming of age story. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Dan Tabor Like Mad Max: Fury Road, which was essentially a two-hour car chase, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is an adrenaline soaked two-hour fight sequence that somehow manages to top what we witnessed in Chapter 2. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Hail Satan? (2019) Dan Tabor It's an underdog story in the most traditional sense as we watch the Temple of Satan begin to attract more and more members with their message of tolerance and empathy, all the while insisting that America honor the intentions of its Founding Fathers. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Dan Tabor All told, Endgame is a highly satisfying celebration of 10 years of the MCU, and a great bookend to the first three phases. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Hellboy (2019) Dan Tabor Comparison's to del Toro's vividly imagined and gorgeously crafted films only highlights the sloppy editing, puzzling needle drops and thread bare CGI of this reboot. The fans deserved better. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
The Beach Bum (2019) Dan Tabor The Beach Bum is hilarious, quirky and the yin to the nihilistic yang of Spring Breakers. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Captain Marvel (2019) Dan Tabor Filled with an empowering message and sharp-elbowed clapbacks at the toxic male naysayers of the Marvel fanboy universe, Captain Marvel is just what the MCU and fandom in general needs right now. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Dan Tabor he film's reverent approach to the source material, warts and all, is simultaneously the film's biggest strength and weakness, but its otherworldly visuals are a worthy spectacle that need to be seen on IMAX or 3D if possible. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Dan Tabor orror Noire is an impressive accomplishment, that does more than just discuss representation in horror. The film's academic approach to its subject matter, born of a true love of the genre, will have you looking at these films with a fresh perspective. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Glass (2019) Dan Tabor While the realistic superhero film is beyond ubiquitous these days, Glass provokes as it proves there are still new ways to tell these stories and, more importantly, that they are still worth telling. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Aquaman (2018) Dan Tabor A glimmer of hope for the troubled DCU, Aquaman is a way better than a film about a superhero who talks to fishes has any right to be. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
The House That Jack Built (2018) Dan Tabor The House That Jack Built is the best kind of cinema, the kind that provokes and challenges the viewer to digest the horrors on screen and deconstruct it layer by disturbing layer to discover the filmmaker's true message. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Green Book (2018) Dan Tabor In the current climate the film feels less like the call to action we need than a comfy blanket and a cup cocoa letting us know 'it will all be all right'. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Vox Lux (2018) Dan Tabor Vox Lux is an exquisite pop-infused masterpiece that solidifies Portman's status as one of the most daring actors currently working. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Creed II (2018) Dan Tabor reed 2 film doesn't reach the dizzying heights of the original but is still a quasi-satisfying chapter in the Rocky franchise. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Suspiria (2018) Dan Tabor Suspiria is a stunning cinematic masterwork that is, like all the best horror, both visually mesmerizing and profoundly unsettling. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Halloween (2018) Dan Tabor Halloween is a feminist slasher flick for a new generation. As the men bumble their way through the narrative, each easily dispatched by Myers, it's three generations of Strode women who are tasked with taking out the Boogeyman. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
A Star Is Born (2018) Dan Tabor Star is Born is a tour de force directorial debut that channels Cooper's off-screen struggles with addiction and sobriety that vibes deeply personal and painfully honest. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
The Predator (2018) Dan Tabor Leaning heavily on the score of the original The Predator not only gives you a new Predator film, but a celebration of the series filled with clever call backs and in-jokes. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Dan Tabor Due in no small part to the daily horrors of the Trump presidency, Lee seems to have recaptured that spark that gave us the kind of scathingly frank commentary coupled with an intimate African American perspective invocative of Do the Right Thing EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
The First Purge (2018) Dan Tabor Filled with shocking, racially and politically charged imagery, it's a film that doesn't hold anything back, but maybe that's what we need right now. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Dan Tabor Stefano Sollima drops the arthouse pretension of Villeneuve's original, instead delivering a hard-hitting intelligent action/thriller. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Dan Tabor Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom leaves behind the sense of awe and wonder to confront the stark reality of the repercussions of Hammond's dream, which is exposed and revealed to be the nightmare it always was. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Hereditary (2018) Dan Tabor Hereditary is a super effective slow burn shocker, a perfect blend of art house sensibilities and transgressive surreal horror that coalesces into a modern classic of the genre. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Upgrade (2018) Dan Tabor pgrade never really takes hold of its audience as it fails to really engage on an emotional or visceral level, as it attempts to channel some of the best of 80s action cinema. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Deadpool 2 (2018) Dan Tabor Suffice it to say if you liked Deadpool, Deadpool 2 will likely be the funniest film you see all summer. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Dan Tabor Infinity War makes good on a decade of character development and plot to deliver a crushing gut punch that will have fans reeling until the second, currently unnamed entry hits theaters in a year. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Aardvark (2017) Dan Tabor Shoaf builds to an odd crescendo and then mocks his audience for finally taking the leap with him. It's an audacious move that brings the third act to a grinding halt and really had me wondering what the director was attempting to accomplish. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Ready Player One (2018) Dan Tabor While it's doubtful the film will ever occupy a sacred place in the pantheon of its influences and it occasionally struggles to evoke that same feeling you had watching one of the many films it channels. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
The Death of Stalin (2017) Dan Tabor The Death of Stalin strikes a tricky tone, but it rings true. The events portrayed in the film happened 65 years ago, and that distance gives us the ability to laugh at this very dark chapter in this country's history. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Black Panther (2018) Dan Tabor Black Panther may be long over due, but there was nothing about this film that didn't feel less than exactly what it should have or could have been. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020