KSDK News (St. Louis)

KSDK News (St. Louis) 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 Buffa
Rating Title/Year Author
F Infinite (2021) Dan Buffa Welcome to a movie that makes absolutely zero sense and didn't need to exist. From the acting to the story to the direction, there's nothing redeemable here. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
C- Spirit Untamed (2021) Dan Buffa It's nothing special, and by that I mean the voice work, story, production value, and overall aesthetic could have been borrowed from forty other kids-only films. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
A A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Dan Buffa This is what a director hitting a long home run with a vicious bat flip looks like on film. A sequel with monstrous expectations is just as sharp as the brilliant original. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
A Cruella (2021) Dan Buffa This a punk rock concert with a fierce kick, dominated by show-stopping performances and tunes. It plays against type for Disney, and that's a very good thing. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
A- Riders of Justice (2020) Dan Buffa Mikkelsen and Jensen prove that an action drama with revenge running through its veins can still make you laugh, especially with some quirky DNA in its blood. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
A- Army Of The Dead (2021) Dan Buffa The shackles of old studio systems are gone, and the Godfather of zombie action-horror fandom has returned to his favorite playground with colorful aplomb. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
B+ Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Dan Buffa Jolie's blunt force action lead work is a perfect fit for Sheridan's taut suspense film aesthetic. It never stops moving and knows exactly what it is meant to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
B- Profile (2018) Dan Buffa If you take anything away from this movie, it's that Latif is a talent to keep an eye on---and that social media isn't a wise place to trick/trap a terrorist. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
B- Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Dan Buffa Few asked for another "game," but at least Bousman's latest attempt has a (halfway at least) mind of its own and delivers some thrills. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
B Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Dan Buffa Movies like this-the guilty, go-for-broke simple pleasures-are required to balance out the heavier, more thoughtful films with something to say. Turn off the brain and enjoy. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
A- The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) Dan Buffa Unlike most films in its genre, it gets better as the film gets older. Like most animated tales, it ends with an emotional whopper that will yank at the heartstrings. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
D Here Are the Young Men (2021) Dan Buffa Anya Taylor-Joy acts circles around the men here, but she isn't given enough screen time to justify or save a poorly muddled script. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
B Mortal Kombat (2021) Dan Buffa Instead of leaning into the campy aspect like the 1995 film, this second attempt thankfully sticks to wildly entertaining action and great special effects. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
A- The Truffle Hunters (2020) Dan Buffa How good is this movie? I watched it twice in 24 hours. It's a special piece of work that reminds you that certain things in life shouldn't be monetized or hold a price. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
B+ Together Together (2021) Dan Buffa Come for the chemistry between Helms and Harrison, but stay for the unconventional yet vital wisdom that the screenplay provides. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
A- Concrete Cowboy (2020) Dan Buffa Idris Elba doesn't do a lot of dramatic flexing here, the mark of a true artist in the prime of his career. He adds pathos when they aren't even required. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
B- Crisis (2021) Dan Buffa What saves this movie in the end is Evangeline Lilly's performance as a wounded mother seeking revenge. Her story comes off as the most authentic. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
B+ Pieces of a Woman (2020) Dan Buffa Yes, the movie will destroy you. It's purposely slow-moving, cold to the touch, and unflinching. Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn make it worth the trip. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
A- The Father (2020) Dan Buffa There are many reasons to be see this movie-the performances and writing shine-but its biggest success is bringing movie audiences closer to the real horrors of dementia. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
A Promising Young Woman (2020) Dan Buffa You won't find a better ending to any film in the past 10 years, maybe longer. It completes the film instead of merely satisfying the audience. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
B Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Dan Buffa This showdown checks all the necessary boxes, including the boring and unnecessary human subplots. When it gives us the goods, blockbuster action nirvana is reached. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
C- Boogie (2021) Dan Buffa What Huang's film truly lacked was a compelling lead actor and something to say. If you lack those two signature ingredients in a sports drama, your end result will be subpar. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
B+ Nobody (2021) Dan Buffa Bob Odenkirk makes this film-which has a great soundtrack-sing loud and clear for 91 minutes. He's a more relatable and funny man with a particular set of skills. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
B Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Dan Buffa This new cut is a good one but still way too long-which is why I had to compare it to the ultimate nachos platter. You didn't need all of it, but the end result satisfies. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
F Chaos Walking (2021) Dan Buffa Oftentimes, a film isn't promoted heavily because the studio is trying to let out a far without anyone noticing. Well, Lionsgate, I heard and smelled this one. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
B+ The Courier (2020) Dan Buffa It's Ninidze who steals the show here, holding his own with Cumberbatch while opening our eyes to his talents. You want more time with their unlikely heroic duo. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
D Yes Day (2021) Dan Buffa Both leads are much better than this. I respect Jennifer Garner's need to make one for the kids, but I would appreciate better drivel than this. Edgar Ramirez is a standee. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
B+ Boss Level (2021) Dan Buffa Frank and Rio Grillo share the film's best scenes. They need to make more movies together, because the kid brings out a new shade of pale in his dad's onscreen persona. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
D Coming 2 America (2021) Dan Buffa Everything that seemed fresh back then seems overcooked and tired now. We are in retread territory here: a place where films didn't need to exist. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
B- Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Dan Buffa Awkwafina makes the film worthwhile. Out of all the voice work in the film, including Benedict Wong and Gemma Chan, it's the comedian-actress that shines the most. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
B My Zoe (2019) Dan Buffa Due to Delpy's sincerity behind the camera and the keen ability to write with the future already in hand, you feel everything the characters do, as if you are living in their shoes. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
A- Cherry (2021) Dan Buffa Imagine Charlie Bukowski writing True Romance, directed by the Godfathers of Marvel, and you have this bold, visually-stunning opus starring a dynamic Tom Holland. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
A- I Care a Lot (2020) Dan Buffa This movie is smart, sophisticated, gleefully egotistical, and purely diabolical for just under two hours. Also, Rosamund Pike is better than she was in Gone Girl. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
B+ Willy's Wonderland (2021) Dan Buffa I love the movies that thrill us without asking for too much of our time. Lewis had this entire film planned-shot for shot, reel for reel-and it shows an intent to entertain. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
D Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Dan Buffa This film had good intentions, but the accents and overzealous plot threads drown the narrative in an appeal that is more tailored towards Kristen Wiig's most loyal fans. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
B+ Land (2021) Dan Buffa Wright claims a spot as a director to keep a firm eye on. Her vision behind the camera is exceptional for a first-time filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
B+ Supernova (2020) Dan Buffa Credit the two leads who dazzle with their talents. If you are a big fan of Tucci or Firth, but wanted to see them get a bigger piece of the pie, this movie is for you. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
B- Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Dan Buffa Kaluuya makes this movie worth a look. He pours every ounce of heart and soul into his portrayal of Hampton, making you wonder what his next 21 years would have looked like. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
B+ Malcolm & Marie (2021) Dan Buffa Washington and Zendaya enliven Levinson's party quite a bit. This is the charismatic and convincing screen ownership that I have been waiting for from Washington. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
B+ The Little Things (2021) Dan Buffa While it's not a celebrated or highly entertaining form of art, the introspective approach here was appreciated. A top notch cast sure doesn't hurt either. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
C- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Dan Buffa There's no real purpose for this film. With a weak story and even weaker villains, it all comes off as overpriced filler. A need to churn a profit and maybe extend a story. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
B First Cow (2019) Dan Buffa A good film with solid morals and something to say just didn't make a big enough impact for me. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
A- America's Last Little Italy: The Hill (2020) Dan Buffa Puleo's documentary thrives at being both a vivid history lesson as well as being a visual delight for any Midwest city native EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
A Soul (2020) Dan Buffa The writing, music, and voice work made it all punch harder than the normal Pixar joint. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
B+ Greenland (2020) Dan Buffa Ladies and gents, there's nothing like a good popcorn thriller right in the middle of Oscar season. It's like finding a hidden chocolate bar during an expensive dinner party. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
A The Dig (2021) Dan Buffa Everything is natural in Stone's film, which he paints as a love letter to the relationships that carry us through wars, tough times, and legendary artifacts. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
A- Our Friend (2019) Dan Buffa The first film in 2021 to make me pause and reflect, and shed a few tears. Cancer sucks and will always be our enemy, but these stories can pick you up on a rainy day. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
A The Climb (2019) Dan Buffa Originality is the real juice here. Covino and Marvin tackle friendship tales in unconventional, yet highly rewarding, ways that create organic comedy. It all hits hard. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
B+ Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Dan Buffa Boseman lets you feel every ounce of pain coercing through Levy's body. While the entire cast gives rock solid performances, the late star is the one who stands out. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
B Echo Boomers (2020) Dan Buffa A little Michael Shannon goes a long way here. The veteran actor knows how to make a small part sting and his work elevates Savoy's energetic crime adventure. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020