Cinema Sentries

Cinema Sentries 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, Matthew St. Clair
Rating Title/Year Author
Happiest Season (2020) Matthew St. Clair A suitable comedy for this particular holiday season that's both humorous and incredibly emotive. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2020
Jungleland (2019) Matthew St. Clair It may not change the face of sports dramas, but it still is a viable genre entry. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Dating Amber (2020) Matthew St. Clair A queer coming-of-age story as jarring as it is nonchalant. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
Kindred (2020) Matthew St. Clair Tamara Lawrance carries this viable paranoid thriller with ease and articulacy. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Matthew St. Clair A manifold crowdpleaser from multi-hyphenate talent Radha Blank. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Matthew St. Clair Thank goodness for the idiosyncratic visions of director Taika Waititi who does a complete 180 on the first two films by making Thor: Ragnarok into a superhero comedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Matthew St. Clair It's far from a well-wrapped present but it's not exactly coal in someone's stocking. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Matthew St. Clair An ambiguous masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Lady Bird (2017) Matthew St. Clair With Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig manages to take the old coming-of-age genre and make it feel refreshing with its authenticity and heart. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Matthew St. Clair A sharp and powerful character study. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Coco (2017) Matthew St. Clair A profound film going experience that is fun for the whole family as well. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Desert Hearts (1985) Matthew St. Clair I never wanted Desert Hearts to end. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
The Shape of Water (2017) Matthew St. Clair From the very first frame to the last, The Shape Of Water is a captivating and emotional experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Proud Mary (2018) Matthew St. Clair It seemed like it would be an exciting John Wick-style vehicle for Taraji P. Henson but it ended up being a complete misfire that does a disservice to her talents. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Phantom Thread (2017) Matthew St. Clair It's one of those films that doesn't answer every question that audience members have upon first glance. But it'll probably have us studying and analyzing it for years to come because it is spectacular. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Matthew St. Clair Unfortunately, the hype surrounding the super secretive and constantly delayed film turned out to be more interesting than the actual film itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Black Panther (2018) Matthew St. Clair Brilliantly brought to life by the production design by Hannah Beachler and the costume design by Ruth E. Carter. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Annihilation (2018) Matthew St. Clair A sci-fi gem that is destined to become a modern-day classic. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Matthew St. Clair In spite of its length and muddled storyline, A Wrinkle in Time is still worth recommending for its visuals and for its leading performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Allure (2017) Matthew St. Clair Despite Allure not living up to its title, it still features exemplary performances by its leading actresses and colorful cinematography that elevate the mishandled screenplay. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Love, Simon (2018) Matthew St. Clair The story of a teen figuring out his sexuality may provide familiarity but director Greg Berlanti and screenwriters Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger do attempt to create something unique out of it by subverting cliches within the "teen movie" genre. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Little Woods (2018) Matthew St. Clair Little Woods is a worthy entry in the Western genre effortlessly anchored by its two charismatic leading actresses. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
A Quiet Place (2018) Matthew St. Clair A Quiet Place seems destined to become a modern day horror classic. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Ready Player One (2018) Matthew St. Clair While Ready Player One is an entertaining thrill ride, its storytelling still feels rather empty. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Cargo (2018) Matthew St. Clair Yolanda Ramke, who wrote and co-directed the film with Ben Howling, has crafted a story... packed with both horror and heart. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Dry Martina (2018) Matthew St. Clair Dry Martina features splendid performances by its acting trio and is mainly worth a watch just for them. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Matthew St. Clair The story may be simplistic but director/co-writer Desiree Akhavan still manages to make it mesmerizing by finding a balance of drama and surprising humor. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Disobedience (2017) Matthew St. Clair A portrait of forbidden love that is transfixing and anchored by three flawless leading performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
All About Nina (2018) Matthew St. Clair [Mary Elizabeth Winstead] is an absolute tour-de-force as a sharply hilarious comedienne desperate to make her life stable. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Maine (2018) Matthew St. Clair Maine does offer a beautiful look at the New England wilderness that makes up for a lack of great storytelling. But it still feels rather empty. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Duck Butter (2018) Matthew St. Clair Both Costa and Shawkat have intoxicating chemistry that makes the film worth watching. However... even though the story is intentionally simplistic, it still doesn't have much payoff by the end. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Untogether (2018) Matthew St. Clair Even if Untogether doesn't always come together, it still possesses hints of greatness. It's a solid directing debut from Emma Forrest and I'm curious to see what potential projects she does going forward. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
On Chesil Beach (2017) Matthew St. Clair Despite the efforts of its leading lady, even she can't save On Chesil Beach from drowning. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
American Animals (2018) Matthew St. Clair It's incredibly well-acted and features insightful storytelling. This is one that shouldn't be missed. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
The Workers Cup (2017) Matthew St. Clair Neither sentimental nor filled with heavy dramatic stakes, The Workers Cup is a straightforward demonstration of why people decide to play sports. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Hereditary (2018) Matthew St. Clair It shouldn't be a huge surprise to see Toni Collette give a great performance. However, the things she does here are unlike anything else that she's ever done in her career. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Ocean's 8 (2018) Matthew St. Clair It may not be perfect but it's still a fun moviegoing experience featuring terrific, witty performances from its A-list cast. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Boundaries (2018) Matthew St. Clair Boundaries may not exactly cross any new ones. Yet, it still works as a piece of heartfelt escapism thanks to its simplistic storyline. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Matthew St. Clair As you can tell, the lack of Denis Villeneuve and Emily Blunt aren't the only reasons as to why you should steer clear. It's nonsensical, tone deaf, and in general, just a miserable film-watching experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Matthew St. Clair The kind of film the summer movie season is made for. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Path of Blood (2018) Matthew St. Clair It does use the rare documentary technique of only letting footage demonstrate the subject at hand and it features a terrific musical score. At the same time, it's had to say "Run out and see it!" because it won't be for everyone. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Eighth Grade (2018) Matthew St. Clair Thank you, Bo Burnham, for crafting this marvelous gem that speaks to both teenagers and the teenagers inside the rest of us. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
1/1 (2018) Matthew St. Clair Aside from its narrative flaws, 1/1 still manages to thrive thanks to its quietly commanding, leading performance by Lindsey Shaw. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Matthew St. Clair Bizarre, razor sharp, and uncomfortably hilarious all at once, Sorry to Bother You is an unforgettable film watching experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Matthew St. Clair To all moviegoers out there, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go out and see Mission Impossible - Fallout as soon as possible and on the biggest screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Nico, 1988 (2017) Matthew St. Clair Even though Nico might not be familiar to modern audiences, the film Nico, 1988 makes a strong case as to why more people should know her story. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Brotherly Love (2017) Matthew St. Clair The film's heart may be in the right place and it isn't necessarily an unholy mess. But a visit to church would probably still be more fulfilling. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Matthew St. Clair Even if this film isn't perfect or anything groundbreaking, I'd still gladly watch a sequel should one get made. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Matthew St. Clair Haunting, humorous, and thought provoking in equal measure. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Matthew St. Clair A successful culture clash rom-com carried by a three-dimensional star turn from Constance Wu. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020