Fantastica Daily

Fantastica Daily is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chuck O'Leary, Shirley Klass, Staci Layne Wilson
Rating Title/Year Author
The Ice Cream Truck (2017) Staci Layne Wilson An insidious little pulse-pounder that slowly but surely worms its way under your skin! EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Mojave (2015) Staci Layne Wilson Everlasting tells a compelling story with beautiful visuals. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2017
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) Staci Layne Wilson I can only imagine the director's commentary on the DVD will a gunshot followed by a thud. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2012
1.5/4 Disaster Movie (2008) Mervius The filmmakers understand that comedy springs from incongruity. However they seem to lack the timing, craft, and spirit that go into such. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2008
3/4 The House Bunny (2008) Mervius I got more solid laughs out of this movie than from anything I've seen yet this year. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2008
2/4 Death Race (2008) Mervius The movie is exactly what you're probably expecting after having seen the trailer. Nothing more, nothing less. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2008
3/4 American Teen (2008) Mervius American Teen's virtue lies not so much in the cinematic techniques used, but in the honest personalities that shine through. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2008
2.5/4 Tropic Thunder (2008) Mervius Ends with such a self-congratulatory celebration as to underscore the question of who the joke is really on - crappy movies, or the audiences who eat them right up. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2008
3/4 Henry Poole Is Here (2008) Mervius For a while, the movie wields its existential angst so purposefully and heavily that it can be difficult to handle, depending on how philosophically minded you are. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2008
2.5/4 The Rocker (2008) Mervius The Rocker has some pretty funny moments, but overall the whole affair never shakes off the nagging feeling that it wants to be School of Rock. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2008
2/4 Fly Me to the Moon (2008) Mervius If the software that Pixar Studios is using these days in version 7.0, then what the makers of Fly Me to the Moon are utilizing is perhaps version 2.5. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Mervius I received chills up my spine more than once, just via a careful line or two of dialogue reflecting Obi-Wan's esteem for his apprentice. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/4 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) Mervius Young women may not typically demand this quality of cinematic entertainment to be aimed at their demographic, but they should. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2008
3/4 Pineapple Express (2008) Mervius Pineapple Express is a madcap farcical crime comedy first and foremost, saturated with the casual conversational silliness of a marijuana disconnect. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2008
2.5/4 Swing Vote (2008) Mervius The final 10 minutes are good enough that they actually deserve a better movie supporting them. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2008
3/4 Brideshead Revisited (2008) Mervius The kind of movie that shows us a world we might like to visit, no matter how much we might have reservations about the people we'd have to face in such a vacation. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2008
2/4 Step Brothers (2008) Mervius Someone with the short term memory problems of the protagonist in Memento might find Step Brothers to be the height of comedic genius. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2008
1.5/4 Mamma Mia! (2008) Mervius A Frankenstein's monster of a musical, with ABBA tunes stitched together using the DNA extracted from successful musicals. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2008
3.5/4 The Dark Knight (2008) Mervius One character says it best. 'Now that's a Batman.' EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2/4 Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Mervius If 3-D cinema technology takes off, I can imagine a day when this version of Journey to the Center of the Earth is regarded as a mere gimmicky throwaway. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2008
2/4 Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Mervius The movie may be artificial in an interesting way, but when the characters and dialogue arrive with the danger and edge of a Playskool toy, it's hard to get behind it. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2008
3/4 Hancock (2008) Mervius In the end, the movie sneaks up on us and delivers a solid pay-off, one that may even have many members of the audience shedding a tear. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2008
2.5/4 WALL-E (2008) Mervius There are jokes and gags aplenty, sure, but without any depth to the characters, the effect is a bit one-sided. Too much of the movie winds up feeling skin-deep. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2008
3/4 Wanted (2008) Mervius An over-the-top action movie that builds and builds, and keeps the promises it makes along the way. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2008
3/4 Get Smart (2008) Mervius Steve Carell may have been born to play this part. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2008
2/4 The Love Guru (2008) Mervius Mike Myers once again channels his inner giggling 12-year-old, but does so with a full embrace rather than with an air of irony or self-mockery. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2008
1.5/4 What Happens in Vegas (2008) Mervius In the end, only the one-dimensional characters on screen seem capable of believing that love has been found in this dreadful mire. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2008
2/4 The Happening (2008) Mervius In the end, one has to wonder why Shyamalan is so intent on riding his one-trick pony so hard. The animal is tired and needs desperately to rest. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2008
2.5/4 The Incredible Hulk (2008) Mervius In the end, fans of the original comic book series should be much more satisfied this time around. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2008
3/4 Kung Fu Panda (2008) Mervius Action scenes, humor, Jack Black's brand of goofy personality, and a moral or two all combine pretty seamlessly and entertainingly for the quick 90-minute run time. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2008
1.5/4 You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) Mervius You Don't Mess with the Zohan is not as awful as the despicable Little Nicky, but it aspires to the same sloppy adolescent-stream-of-consciousness depths. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2008
2/4 Sex and the City (2008) Mervius The story - such as it is, without direction or much discernable craft - often wanders around like a concussion victim. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2008
1.5/4 The Strangers (2008) Mervius It would indeed be nice to be able to tell you that the movie has an engaging story, but alas, this product is as faceless as its inscrutable antagonists. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2008
2.5/4 Son of Rambow (2007) Mervius Son of Rambow is a little entertaining and a lot silly. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2008
2.5/4 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) Mervius The action, especially in the area of the fighting, is the best reason to watch this movie, and the grand battles are comparable to those in the first entry of this franchise. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2008
3/4 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Mervius If Lucas and crew make a fifth Indiana Jones movie, I suspect we'll learn that our aging hero can fly too. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2008
1/4 Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008) Mervius Expelled is an embarrassing, uninformed, misinformed, river dance of manipulation and logical fallacies. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2008
2/4 88 Minutes (2007) Mervius The unbelievable 88 Minutes, nearly incoherent in its unnecessarily complicated story, is a carnival of red herrings. Al Pacino should have known better. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2008
2.5/4 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Mervius The story ends with such a bang of charm that many of the movie's sins can be forgiven, even though one of them is revisited right there in the final shot. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2008
2/4 Street Kings (2008) Mervius The heavy-handed dialogue and aggressive score do their best to make up for Keanu's understated performance, but instead suggest a pay-off that isn't there. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2008
1/4 Prom Night (2008) Mervius The movie is so relentlessly uncreative that I can't imagine anybody who has ever seen a couple slasher flicks enjoying it. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2008
2/4 The Ruins (2008) Mervius Mere competence doesn't generate the needed bonus points for when the filmmakers bail out in the third act and reveal the entire affair for cheap Hollywood fluff. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2008
2/4 Stop-Loss (2008) Mervius The movie, heavy-handed and manipulative, asks some honest and important questions at the expense of honest storytelling. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2008
1.5/4 Shutter (2008) Mervius This movie elicits perhaps more laughs than any of the entries that have preceded it in the Asian horror remake franchise. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2008
1.5/4 Drillbit Taylor (2008) Mervius The kind of uninspired comedy where the producers have wrongly assumed that inserting the right people into the right gimmicky situation will write its own hilarity. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2008
3/4 Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Mervius The filmmakers and actors have honored the source material while embellishing for a modern movie audience, and the result is very entertaining. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2008
2/4 Never Back Down (2008) Mervius A particularly cheesy flashback montage at the "moment of truth" (and of course I use the word "truth" lightly) may elicit laughs from older and more experienced viewers. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2008
3/4 The Bank Job (2008) Mervius The surprising thing for this reviewer is how much emotional weight the story manages to concoct. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2008
3/4 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) Mervius An intelligent script, bouncy soundtrack, and (above all) terrific lead performances combine to make this short outing a robust and rewarding one. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2008
2/4 10,000 B.C. (2008) Mervius The movie works, if only at times, because it wields a savage exoticism that accentuates the outright strangeness of pre-history. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2008