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Houston Community Newspapers is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Danny Minton, Gary Brown
Rating Title/Year Author
A+ In the Heights (2021) Danny Minton This is an event that deserves a big screen. Plus, they make you wear masks in theaters so no one will be able tell how much you are crying (and you will cry loads throughout). EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2021
B+ On the Rocks (2020) Danny Minton While the story is fairly simple, the script is rather complex because of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
B- Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Danny Minton The human characters for some reason don't gel well with their animated counterparts, which at times puts out an awkward feel for such a big-budget movie with actors who are usually extremely convincing in these types of roles. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
B+ Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Danny Minton Luckily for most of his victims this time around, he shows them to be real humans who, while maybe flawed, are still capable of showing love and friendship to strangers and even *gasp* deranged foreigners. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
A Boys State (2020) Danny Minton It is both deeply funny, yet also frightening, as you see what could be the future leaders of America and how much trouble we could be in if underhanded tricks and propaganda keep working on those casting their votes. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
B- Emperor (2020) Danny Minton This version of the story feels rushed at 99 minutes, and by the end it is too apparent that this is a highlights reel rather than the historical epic it might deserve. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
B The One and Only Ivan (2020) Danny Minton What I thought might end up a train wreck, wound up to be a sweet surprise. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
B+ Unhinged (2020) Danny Minton This is a monster movie, with Crowe playing a creature almost like a land-locked Jaws, bound and determined to wreak mindless havoc and chaos to destroy the life of a single person, without any regard for his own. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
A Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Danny Minton The end result is a movie not about the fire, but rather about what it takes to survive and overcome an ordeal in modern America. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
A- La llorona (2019) Danny Minton The storytelling really stands out here and the acting truly enhances the flow as the performances are both organic and gut-wrenching. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
B- The Secret Garden (2020) Danny Minton I'm not sure we needed this reimagining, as it wasn't nearly imaginative enough to stake its claim. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
A+ Hamilton (2020) Danny Minton While there is nothing like the joy of seeing it live, this particular version is breathtakingly spectacular and captivating, allowing you to take in all of its greatness and raw emotion without having to take out a second mortgage on your home. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
B Onward (2020) Danny Minton While I could have waited until April 3 to see it free (as part of my Disney+ subscription), I decided it was worth $20 to purchase, just to support the industry while they are so desperately hurting. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
B+ The Invisible Man (2020) Danny Minton I still feel the trailer showed way too much of the plot, but there is more here than you expect and the scares and chills are frequent and effective. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2020
A- Yesterday (2019) Danny Minton While the film is not perfect, it is a true joy to watch and sure to be a huge crowd-pleaser once audiences start falling in love with it. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
B Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Danny Minton Will you understand the Pokemon universe after watching it? No - and trust me - you don't want to. But you should have an appreciation of it when all is said and done, and also a greater tolerance to their strange little world. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
B+ Penguins (2019) Danny Minton I never grow tired of experiencing the wonders of God's universe and this documentary is a prime example of just how strange and beautiful even the most remote parts of our planet can be. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
A- Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Danny Minton You are Constance Wu as she experiences extreme culture shock, not of race, but of money. You feel the tension upon her first exposure and you can't help but empathize with her fear, love, joy, confusion, heartbreak and determination. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
B Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Danny Minton The problem here lies in a script full of head-scratching plot points that depends on an audience not overthinking it. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2018
A Incredibles 2 (2018) Danny Minton Pixar here does a perfect job of juggling story, thrills and laughs in a way that keeps you majorly engaged and entertained for two straight hours. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2018
A Ready Player One (2018) Danny Minton This film is pure joy and the epitome of what we hope for when we go to the movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2018
B Annihilation (2018) Danny Minton It is scary, thrilling, fascinating and beautiful - all at the same time. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2018
A- Early Man (2018) Danny Minton I can't think of a better way to spend two hours at the movies with my family. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2018
A- Loving Vincent (2017) Danny Minton Might I suggest a nice glass of wine (or three) while you soak it in. I think you'll find that that will accompany the film like it would with a fine meal. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2017
A- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Danny Minton I found this new project to be vastly superior in story, acting, score and overall production. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2017
A- American Made (2017) Danny Minton I'm sure in 20 years' time we will be watching another hot actor (or maybe actress) show us a story of the nutty crap that is probably going on as we speak in the current administration. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
B- Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Danny Minton For guilty pleasure purposes, the film provides a fun couple of hours, but ultimately fails to match its superior freshman outing. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
B- mother! (2017) Danny Minton It's like a long, confusing parable where Jesus doesn't stop to explain its meaning afterward. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2017
B+ It (2017) Danny Minton It works phenomenally well, leaving you thoroughly engaged rather than shaking in your boots. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2017
C- Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Danny Minton What was once a clever take on Pride and Prejudice has been reduced to an unsuccessful franchise tryst. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
B- If There's a Hell Below (2015) Danny Minton It is an exercise in tension that is worth checking out when you need an excuse to bite your nails. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Jason Bourne (2016) Danny Minton My guess is that the camera work is much the same here, but this time I had a nice Pinot Noir during the movie (thank you AMC theaters) and my nerves were much more able to handle it. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2016
B Finding Dory (2016) Danny Minton Finding Dory will be a popular summer movie but just don't expect one of their better performances. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2016
C- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Danny Minton Production alone isn't enough to carry a film. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2016
A- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Danny Minton Kids and adults alike are going to eat this thing up and come back for seconds and thirds, probably in the same weekend, if they can score tickets. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2015
A- Everest (2015) Danny Minton I have no desire to climb any of the seven peaks, but being able to watch a movie like this gives me all the thrill I need, wrapped up in a two hour package. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/4 State of Play (2009) Gary Brown Crowe's terrific performance carries the movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2009
3/4 Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) Gary Brown It's a pretty dumb, predictable story, but for a ten year-old girl, the target audience, Hannah Montana: The Movie is good, clean G-rated fun without so much as one wet kiss. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2009
3/4 Adventureland (2009) Gary Brown Uneven and downright bumpy at times, Adventureland is a reflective look at life in the 80's, backed by a terrific soundtrack and enough chuckles to justify two hours of your life. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2009
3/4 Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Gary Brown There is something magical about watching a well-made 3-D feature film--even one with a less than stellar script--to listen to the ooh's and ahs and giggles generated by kids in a sold-out theater. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2009
3/4 I Love You, Man (2009) Gary Brown This is Judd Apatow material with Apatow nowhere to be found. But it is funny. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2009
2/4 Race to Witch Mountain (2009) Gary Brown ...certainly not in the E.T.bracket. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2009
4/4 Watchmen (2009) Gary Brown If gore is not your thing, steer clear of this one. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2009
1/4 Echelon Conspiracy (2009) Gary Brown Echelon Conspiracy is a pale imitation of Eagle Eye, not exactly a good movie to begin with. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2009
2/4 Fired Up (2009) Gary Brown Ye gad--how old are these actors playing teenagers? Oh, never mind. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2009
2/4 Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Gary Brown On this one the better choice is to window shop. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2009
3.5/4 Coraline (2009) Gary Brown While the 3-D effect is truly spectacular, it's the story that stokes the imaginations of children. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2009
2/4 New in Town (2009) Gary Brown I heard sustained laughter through the first two-thirds of the movie. Then it crashes and burns because the script, strip-mined from other similar themed efforts, runs out of ideas and jokes. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.5/4 Revolutionary Road (2008) Gary Brown DiCaprio and Winslet deliver terrific performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2009
3/4 Last Chance Harvey (2008) Gary Brown The romantic chemistry that flows between the two great leads is worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2009