Dallas Morning News

Tomatometer-approved publication
Rating Title/Year Author
Broken Heart Land (2014) Steven Lindsey Broken Heart Land shifts rapidly between heart-wrenching and inspiring, but powerful from opening frame to last. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
A Roma (2018) Chris Vognar In the end, the film belongs to Aparicio, whose unmannered performance gives Roma an extra dimension of poetic realism. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
B Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Britton Peele Ralph Breaks the Internet is smart, charming and funny while also being pointed, effective and very timely. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
A The Hate U Give (2018) Britton Peele At its best, it will force you to look at the society we've created and perpetuate and ask, "Can we do better?" EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
B Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Chris Vognar For all the love/hate, left/right noise surrounding every Moore release, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that he's a polished filmmaker with a seasoned crew. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
B+ The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Chris Vognar The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a modest-size film that performs a service opposite to that of Conversion therapy: It respects the vulnerability that accompanies the emergence of any young person's sexuality. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Chris Vognar It's not pretty, which is one reason for the touches of comedy: Sometimes you need to laugh to keep from screaming. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
B Christopher Robin (2018) Britton Peele Sometimes the timing of a good story is everything, and this particular story comes at a time when the world at large needs a little more hope, a little more innocence and a lot more Pooh. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
B+ Sorry to Bother You (2018) Chris Vognar Sorry to Bother You swings from its heels, and when it hits, it hits hard. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018
A- Leave No Trace (2018) Chris Vognar Granik is one of the most distinctive filmmaking voices we have; I'd love to see her make more features but I'm also glad she takes the time to do them right. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
B Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Britton Peele It's fun, it's funny, and it's got such lower stakes than Avengers: Infinity War that it's practically the equivalent of a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
B+ Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Chris Vognar Soldado skillfully mixes its real-world grounding with a flair for pulpy, moody storytelling. It leaves a body count, along with an emotional mark. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
I Called Him Morgan (2016) Chris Vognar I Called Him Morgan is a first-rate documentary. It's also the perfect impetus to explore Morgan's catalogue. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2018
C- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Britton Peele The only moments where the film tries to do something of consequence with the plot, tying back (albeit barely) into the gene research drama that kicked off the series, end up being pretty dumb. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2018
B+ 1945 (2017) Chris Vognar Set in a specific time and place, 1945 also resonates as a story of people doing terrible things to other people in the name of opportunity and getting ahead. It hits home at a time when the idea of loving thy neighbor feels sadly passé. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2018
B+ Incredibles 2 (2018) Chris Vognar It cleverly inverts some of the original's storylines, builds on the central themes and provides an all-you-can-eat buffet of eye candy. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
B- Superfly (2018) Dawn Burkes Superfly has a long way to go to be considered a great movie, but it's not a particularly bad one, either. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
Hal (2018) Chris Vognar As Hal deftly demonstrates, Ashby was the ultimate casualty of a drastic switch in industry culture. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
La Belle Noiseuse (1991) Chris Vognar La Belle Noiseuse will immerse you in a one-of-a-kind portrait of the artistic process. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
Moonrise (1948) Chris Vognar This is an overlooked gem from one of Hollywood's under-the-radar mavericks, and a tasty slice of small-town noir. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
A- Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Chris Vognar Mister Rogers made it his mission to give kids self-esteem. His neighborhood made the world a better place, and Won't You Be My Neighbor provides us a rewarding return visit. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
The Sacrifice (1986) Chris Vognar This is pure Tarkovsky, with all the perfectly composed long camera takes and ineffable mystery of the soul that defined his work. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
A- First Reformed (2017) Chris Vognar This is a movie about faith tested, and people trying to reconcile hope with a world that can feel hopeless. It's a film to be seen in a dark theater with an audience hushed in reverence of the power of cinema. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2018
B- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Britton Peele Like Han Solo himself, Solo is rough around the edges. Under the grime, though, is a fun romp through space that's more lighthearted than you might expect from Star Wars. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
B- Deadpool 2 (2018) Britton Peele This ultra-violent sequel to one of the most successful R-rated movies of all time is often hilarious, but the skeleton holding it together can't really hold up its end of the bargain. For most people, though, that will be OK. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2018
B+ The Endless (2017) Chris Vognar Even lovers of the opaque might desire a little more to grasp onto. But the mystery is a pungent one, and the images and ideas stay with you after the lights go up. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
A- Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Britton Peele It's the epitome of a summer blockbuster. The explosive action is practically nonstop, breaking only occasionally for jokes and a touch of romance - though without ever breaking its grim, apocalyptic tone. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2018
B+ Lean on Pete (2017) Chris Vognar The film is a showcase for a very promising young actor named Charlie Plummer. Lanky, sensitive but assured, Plummer gives his character, 15-year-old Charley, a sense of raw decency maintained through trying circumstances. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
D Rampage (2018) Britton Peele If you want to watch an ape give The Rock the finger, then Rampage has something for you - but not much else. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2018
A You Were Never Really Here (2017) Chris Vognar You don't watch You Were Never Really Here. You fall into it, one shot and sound at a time. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2018
B Ready Player One (2018) Britton Peele For all its faults, the movie has a sense of fun that is hard to ignore, and it's clear that it comes from a place of genuine affection for the referenced material. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2018
B+ Isle of Dogs (2018) Chris Vognar Even with a narrative that feels more like a diagram, even with some questionable decisions regarding cultural translation, Isle of Dogs bursts with its maker's drollery and contagious passion for the medium of film. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
A- The Death of Stalin (2017) Chris Vognar The Death of Stalin is actually a lot like Veep, except with gulags and executions. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2018
A Foxtrot (2017) Chris Vognar The results are stunning. Foxtrot takes us from unfathomable mourning to soul-numbing tedium and back again. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2018
B- Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Britton Peele Do you like watching giant robots fight monsters, often with little to no regard for how much destruction ends up in their wake? Great news: There's something in Pacific Rim Uprising for you. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2018
B November (2017) Chris Vognar November is one of those films you can enjoy staring at from a perspective of visual-arts appreciation, even if the story gets thin (and it definitely does). EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2018
B Tomb Raider (2018) Britton Peele This Lara Croft is a capable, intelligent action-movie heroine, not an excuse to flaunt boobs and guns. You care about who she is, not just what she looks like. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2018
B+ Thoroughbreds (2017) Chris Vognar Thoroughbreds is a film of exquisite style and deceptive substance. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
B A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Britton Peele It's visually splendid, packed with imagination and offers powerful messages about love, individuality and self-acceptance. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
Grease (1978) Philip Wuntch Grease has energy and a total commitment to pleasing its audience. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2018
B+ Red Sparrow (2018) Chris Vognar A densely plotted, lurid and rather satisfying spy spectacle whose greatest asset is a movie star showing us why she's a movie star. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
A- Annihilation (2018) Chris Vognar A color-blasted head trip laden with gasp-worthy sights that also carries out the essential sci-fi mission of making us consider what it means to be human in a modern world. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018
A Black Panther (2018) Dawn Burkes This is an origin story, globe-trotting spy thriller and fantasy, all in one. The movie manages to be part of, but something completely different than, the Marvel superhero movies that came before. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2018
B+ Happy End (2017) Chris Vognar Happy End will likely go down as a minor film from a major filmmaker, which is enough to make it worth your while if you can take the emotional hit. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2018
B The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Chris Vognar Eastwood will be 88 in May. If I'm doing anything when I'm 88 as well he makes movies, I'll be a very happy 88-year-old. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2018
B+ In the Fade (2017) Chris Vognar Because of Kruger, In the Fade maintains a daunting level of emotional truth to the last. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2018
B+ Bomb City (2017) Chris Vognar A tense, finely observed Texas crime drama, produced on a tight budget and suggesting great promise for its Dallas-based filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
A- Call Me by Your Name (2017) Chris Vognar It's a piercing glimpse of a young man's bright, confounding first love, the kind of love that brings disorientation and rhapsody. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
B+ The Greatest Showman (2017) Britton Peele The story is interesting and the beats are well-acted, but it's the musical numbers that make The Greatest Showman. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Britton Peele The Last Jedi is funny, it's emotional, it's fast-paced and it has a good story to tell. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017