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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
1
3.5/4
A sharp, cynical and exciting post-Watergate paranoid thriller that established Peter Hyams as a top-notch action filmmaker.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
2
3.5/4
A stylish and tough crime-thriller with that underlying mournfulness which characterizes Hill's best work.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
3
3.5/4
Red Heat (1988)
Hill's muscular, energetic direction makes what might have been just another buddy-cop thriller into an electrifying piece of escapism. One of Arnold's most underrated flicks.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
4
3/4
The Jackal (1997)
A fast-paced, underrated reworking of the often-sluggish Day of the Jackal. Willis is good as the villainous title character. More enjoyable than anyone wanted to admit.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
5
4/4
The Edge (1997)
A riveting story of survival, and the most rousing and gripping outdoor adventure since the original Jaws. One of 1997's very best films.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
6
4/4
Pulp Fiction (1994)
A devilishly lurid blast of great entertainment. Ultra-violent and wickedly funny.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
7
1/10
An incoherent, experimental acid trip so unbearably pretentious that it gave me newfound respect for the Warren Commission. A real torture test.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
8
3.5/4
A low-key but very affecting character-comedy with Paul Newman playing the kind of charismatic rebel that made him a star in the first place.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
9
4/4
The Shawshank Redemption works not only as an excellent prison drama, but as a metaphor for overcoming our own private prisons.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
10
4/4
Wyatt Earp (1994)
A great Western that was unfairly disparaged back in 1994. The authentic Wyatt Earp is actually a much-better film than the pulpier, more-popular Tombstone.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
11
3/4
A troubled production (reshoots, release-date postponements) that turned out to be surprisingly watchable.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
12
3/4
A slick, big-budget exploitation movie that's preposterous, foul-mouthed and gratuitously violent, but also a great deal of fun.
Posted Jan 25, 2006
13
3/4
The Rookie (1990)
An entertaining buddy-cop movie with some exciting action sequences and some great lines. Eastwood and Sheen are an amusing odd couple.
Posted Jan 24, 2006
14
2.5/4
An interesting failure that's not as bad as its reputation. Speaks a lot of truth, but the tone is too broad.
Posted Jan 24, 2006
15
3/4
Snake Eyes (1998)
A moderately suspenseful thriller that seems somewhat conventional compared to De Palma's earlier envelope-pushing efforts. Intriguing, but the mystery villain is rather obvious from the start.
Posted Jan 24, 2006
16
3/4
Raising Cain (1992)
A respectable if overly campy De Palma thriller. Like the director's Body Double, this plays better the second time you watch it.
Posted Jan 24, 2006
17
3.5/4
Blow Out (1981)
A well-crafted Hitchcockian-style thriller with De Palma again in top form. It's a mystery why this fizzled at the box office in the summer of 1981.
Posted Jan 24, 2006
18
3/4
Obsession (1976)
In spite of Vilmos Zsigmond's overrrated, overly diffuse photography, this is a surprisingly poignant mystery about love, loss and, well, obsession.
Posted Jan 24, 2006
19
4/4
Carrie (1976)
A total knockout. Piper Laurie gives a bravura performance as Carrie's religious fanatic mother, one of the creepiest movie characters ever.
Posted Jan 24, 2006
20
2/10
A dreadful belated sequel to the entertaining Escape From New York. Perfectly epitomizes how Carpenter's skills have eroded since his late '70s, early '80s heyday.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
21
9/10
A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater teary-eyed, with a lump in your throat.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
22
8/10
A bold and rousing historical epic.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
23
7/10
If ever a movie got extra points for a strong, unexpected conclusion it's The Usual Suspects.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
24
8/10
Ransom (1996)
A tough, gripping thriller.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
25
7/10
A constantly absorbing little chiller directed by the underrated Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play).
Posted Jan 23, 2006
26
8/10
Bound (1996)
Stylish, nicely written and filled with tension. An exceptional piece of filmmaking.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
27
7/10
The Juror (1996)
A tightly-wound thriller that succeeds to the degree it does because of Alec Baldwin's sinister performance, which somehow captures the pathos of his monstrous character.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
28
7/10
A fun popcorn movie.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
29
9/10
An uncompromising, surprisingly poignant skid-row love story.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
30
1/10
Full of repugnant junkies so unpleasant that I was hoping they'd all OD just so I could escape this torture test.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
31
9/10
Moving, unpredictable and psychologically complex.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
32
8/10
A hilarious black comedy that proved too dark and too smart for its star's fan base.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
33
3/10
Despite being awful in almost every respect, The Frighteners does offer one small pleasure: R. Lee Ermey parodying his Full Metal Jacket drill sergeant character.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
34
7/10
This very guilty pleasure never produces much suspense, but I couldn't stop laughing at Dennis Miller's sardonic asides.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
35
10/10
Nixon (1995)
The combination of Oliver Stone and Richard Nixon, two paranoids from opposite ends of the political spectrum, is a match made in cinematic heaven.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
36
5/10
Striptease (1996)
A rambunctious Reynolds makes a potentially terrible movie watchable.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
37
10/10
Casino (1995)
Martin Scorsese's Casino is an absolutely brilliant film that's an enthralling equal to his masterful GoodFellas. Demands to be seen at least twice.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
38
7/10
White Squall (1996)
An old-fashioned, white-knuckle adventure with the excellent Bridges adding another great characterization to his increasingly impressive resume.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
39
8/10
Heat (1995)
With De Niro and Pacino in excellent form, Mann's Heat ignites the screen.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
40
6/10
A perfectly respectable effort, but with all the talent involved it could have been better.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
41
8/10
A terrifically off-beat underworld thriller.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
42
5/10
Eraser (1996)
James Caan is good as the heavy, but the movie degenerates into routine comic-book mayhem.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
43
4/10
Twister (1996)
Special-effects highlight this Jan DeBont-directed blockbuster that's ruined by cliched plotting and irritating characters.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
44
7/10
The Rock (1996)
Extremely far-fetched, but undeniably exciting.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
45
2/10
An incredibly boring and confusing espionage thriller...So inept on so many levels that it could easily be called The Bonfire of the Secret Agents.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
46
4/10
A colossal letdown that ends up running in place.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
47
3/4
48
2.75/4
The Matador (2006)
49
1.5/4
50
2/4
BloodRayne (2006)