The Movie Isle

The Movie Isle is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kristen Lopez, Scott Phillips
Rating Title/Year Author
The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) Scott Phillips The Strangers: Prey at Night drips with 80's influences. From its synth score to the Stephen King font of its opening title cards, the film capitalizes on the audience's nostalgia for its slasher predecessors. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
American Animals (2018) Scott Phillips ...It leaves American Animals feeling a bit hollow. But, it's still a ride well worth taking. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
Annihilation (2018) Scott Phillips The majority of the movie is told in flashbacks with Natalie Portman's character as the sole POV, and her blandness gives the audience no emotional investment in the outcome of her tale. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
Summer of 84 (2018) Scott Phillips Summer of '84 does many things well. The suspense set pieces are well-staged. The young cast gives convincing performances. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
Unsane (2018) Scott Phillips Much has been made of Soderbergh shooting the film on an iPhone. It's not the stunt that the mainstream press makes it out to be. The low-fi look of the cinematography is in perfect sync with the subject matter. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
Filmworker (2017) Scott Phillips Filmworker is much more than a hodge-podge of Kubrick trivia. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
The Endless (2017) Scott Phillips The Endless doesn't scream at the top of its lungs. Instead, it leaves you asking, "Did I just see what I thought I saw?" EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Terminal (2018) Scott Phillips The film will make the most of your 4K television, but the candy-colored visuals grow tiresome. As my father-in-law says, "I like ice cream, but I wouldn't want to eat it at every meal." EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Ghost Stories (2017) Scott Phillips Ghost Stories has a satisfying meta quality to its construction. It's a film about exposing con men that's running a long con on its audience the whole time. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Scott Phillips Miseducation offers a talented cast giving compelling performances, but the film never quite lives up to its potential due to its predictable screenplay. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Dark Money (2018) Scott Phillips Dark Money should be required viewing. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
The Cakemaker (2017) Scott Phillips The Cakemaker is a beautiful portrait of love in its many forms. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Damsel (2018) Scott Phillips ...throughout its 110-minute runtime, I had no idea where the story might take me. And that's a high compliment, indeed. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
211 (2018) Scott Phillips There are some competently staged shootouts surrounding the bank robbery, but those sequences are not enough to recommend the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Pick of the Litter (2018) Scott Phillips Pick of the Litter offers lessons about the importance of service animals and raises awareness about the visually-impaired people who put their lives in the hands of these guide dogs every day. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
We the Animals (2018) Scott Phillips It's a strange ride, but in the best possible way. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Nico, 1988 (2017) Scott Phillips If it sounds like a bleak journey, it is. But, it's one worth taking. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Searching (2018) Scott Phillips What places Searching a cut above the average thrillers filling the multiplex every weekend is the resonance of the relationship between David and Margot. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Support the Girls (2018) Scott Phillips Support the Girls doesn't offend with its depiction of its subject matter. It commits a greater sin: it never acknowledges that these are issues at all. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Hold the Dark (2018) Scott Phillips Hold the Dark doesn't feel as organic as Blue Ruin, but it's a worthy addition to Saulnier's filmography nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
You Might Be the Killer (2018) Scott Phillips Horror fans won't be disappointed by the film. It will scratch that horror itch until something better comes along. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Halloween (2018) Scott Phillips Halloween 2018 gives us the family reunion that we've been waiting for. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Green Book (2018) Scott Phillips ...the relationship at its core helps to dilute its sentimentality before it overwhelms the film. Like Dr. Shirley, Green Book doesn't sell out entirely, just a little bit. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Creed II (2018) Scott Phillips Creed II, like the second Rocky film, is a comeback story. It's the tale of a rematch. Unfortunately for the audience, the trajectory of Creed II so closely resembles Rocky II that the film becomes painfully predictable. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
What They Had (2018) Scott Phillips What They Had is well-made. It simply doesn't stand out from the pack. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Scott Phillips Standoff is a testament to the power of tight writing and solid, nuanced acting. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Apostle (2018) Scott Phillips ...an interesting idea that ultimately devolves into silliness. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Overlord (2018) Scott Phillips Overlord delivers exactly what you are expecting. Nothing more; nothing less. And that's quite alright if you're looking for a horror-flavored action adventure. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Escape Room (2019) Scott Phillips There's so much quality content out there and so little spare time to enjoy it. Escape Room made me wish I had stayed home and taken a nap instead. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Destroyer (2018) Scott Phillips The best crime films find the current of humanity that runs beneath the surface of the action and the gritty atmosphere, and that's where Destroyer delivers. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Scott Phillips It clips along like a finely-tuned machine born of hours upon hours of planning and staging, but it has an urgency to it that grips the audience and won't let go. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Scott Phillips It's an internal film that lives inside the mind of Van Gogh. Like the film itself, it's a strange, but beautiful, place to be. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
The Angel (2018) Scott Phillips Lorenzo Ferro anchors the film with his portrayal of Carlos Puch, but his performance is beautifully understated. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Prospect (2018) Scott Phillips Given its budget restrictions, the film wisely chooses to show us the fringes of this future world where the lower social strata struggles to survive with make-shift means of transportation and low-fi space gear. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Scott Phillips The new film entertains while also feeling a bit familiar. But in the dog days of February, you could do a lot worse at the theater. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
You Were Never Really Here (2017) Scott Phillips If quiet, internal acting is your bag, this film should be at the top of your must-see list. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Scott Phillips It's a moving tribute to a man who lived his life to help others. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Widows (2018) Scott Phillips Widows is an instant crime classic. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
A Star Is Born (2018) Scott Phillips My favorite film of 2018. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Shoplifters (2018) Scott Phillips Shoplifters shows us that family is simply a concept, a social construct that has little to do with genetics and instead springs from love and sacrifice. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Scott Phillips It's a heart-warming story that features beautiful, painterly animation. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Revenge (2017) Scott Phillips I still can't believe that this brilliant thriller is the debut feature from writer/director Coralie Fargeat. I truly can't wait to see what she does next. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Private Life (2018) Scott Phillips The film is filled with dark humor and rich emotion. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Leave No Trace (2018) Scott Phillips Leave No Trace is a brilliant examination of family, sacrifice and the price a parent is willing to pay so his child can lead a better life. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Scott Phillips Beale Street has that special alchemy where visuals, narrative and performance combine to create something transcendent. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Under the Silver Lake (2018) Scott Phillips Even at two hours and fifteen minutes, the film still zips along, and I was never anything less than entertained. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Aniara (2018) Scott Phillips Aniara explores an interesting thesis about the resilience and adaptability of the human spirit: as long as there is life, there is hope. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Scott Phillips It's a spectacle. Nothing more; nothing less. And that's enough. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
The Vast of Night (2019) Scott Phillips What puts The Vast of Night over the top as a film-going experience is its immersive visual style. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Scott Phillips ...an entertaining, but completely forgettable, comedy. It's got plenty of laughs and some hilarious moments where the cast breaks the fourth wall. But, compared to the rest of Jarmusch's filmography, it's a trifle... EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020