Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Not Coming to a Theater Near You is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Leo Goldsmith, Matt Bailey, Michael Nordine, Moira Sullivan, Rumsey Taylor
Rating Title/Year Author
Godzilla vs. Biollante (1992) Rumsey Taylor Biollante would not appear in any other film in the Godzilla franchise, perhaps for practical reasons (she's inherently more ephemeral than other kaiju monsters), but she's among the series' most idiosyncratic nemeses. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1965) Tina Hassannia Despite some basic incongruities and its occasionally silly tone, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster is a genuinely enjoyable film for the series. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! (2001) Leo Goldsmith The monster battles... are among the best in the entire series. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994) Leo Goldsmith While there is an overall lack of excitement... the film nonetheless delivers on anonymous citizens fleeing in terror, roaring beasts blasting and beating the hell out of each other, and iconic landmarks and urban infrastructure being utterly devastated. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966) Tina Hassannia Exemplifies the peak of the Godzilla franchise's tonal shift into campy, fun territory, a phenomenon that reflected the series' absorption of 1960s Western pop-culture influences. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) Leo Goldsmith While Terror of Mechagodzilla is not exactly a good film, it at least veers into slightly darker territory than some of the later Showa efforts. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Son of Godzilla (1967) Leo Goldsmith This showdown, a father-and-son team up held amid a blizzard orchestrated in a last ditch effort by the experimental meteorologists, is the film's true highlight, a curious denouement to an already odd film. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Monster Zero (1965) Leo Goldsmith Invasion has many pleasures, not least of which is its resemblance to Honda's earlier, more purely sci-fi ventures... But perhaps its most remarkable feature is its subtle, but noticeable steps in rehabilitating Godzilla's character. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Leo Goldsmith This is, one might argue, what the audience has paid to see and what they've always wanted to see: the then-most famous couple in the world, at home in both the literal and figurative sense, unguarded and au naturel. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Supergirl (1984) Abbey Bender Szwarc means to create drama, effectively absorbing us in the adventures of a superhero flying in on the winds of the second wave of feminism. But his work lacks any playfulness or self-conscious humor. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2018
Under the Cherry Moon (1986) Abbey Bender An unquestionably ridiculous film. Ridiculousness doesn't have to be a bad thing, though. In fact, the film has everything we want in a pop superstar vanity project. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2018
The White Reindeer (1952) Steve Macfarlane There is little else out there like The White Reindeer. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2016
Viy (1967) Veronika Ferdman Ershov and Kropachyov create a visually stunning work both uniquely Russian and (perhaps accidentally) Italian, that is worthy of inclusion in the horror canon. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2016
Chinese Roulette (1976) Matt Bailey Chinese Roulette is one of those films where you hate every single one of the characters yet can?t tear yourself away from them until you find out how they end up. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2015
Poto and Cabengo (1980) Michael Nordine Sadder ways to grow up certainly exist, but few come to mind. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2014
Possession (1981) Michael Nordine A film about a woman who fucks an octopus. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
The Family Man (2000) Michael Nordine Its emotional core makes it easy to appreciate as a classical (if not classic) entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2012
The Color Wheel (2011) Michael Nordine A feat not only of filmmaking but of the mind's ability to deflect what it doesn't want to accept. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2012
Alien Resurrection (1997) Michael Nordine More than worthwhile as a closing statement. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2012
Bonjour Tristesse (1958) Michael Nordine It's almost like a game, the kind that seems funny until someone gets hurt. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2012
Here (2011) Michael Nordine Grapples with the very idea of wanderlust, eventually coming to look at it as both a state of grace and an appealing delusion. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2012
Black Sunday (1977) Veronika Ferdman Black Sunday deserves to be placed alongside William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives in the pantheon of great films willing to truly examine what happens to veterans of war. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2012
Return (2011) Michael Nordine Unique for how normal it is, and laudable for its humbleness. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2012
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Michael Nordine Anderson knows precisely how to convey his ideas, but the ideas themselves often feel slight once delivered. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2012
4 (Chetyre) (2006) Rumsey Taylor Even if its reasoning remains illogical, it amounts to a demonstration of unbridled audacity. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2012
Family Plot (1976) Rumsey Taylor As the impromptu coda to not only Hitchcock's fifty-year career but also his critically disharmonious late period, which finds some of his most political and under-appreciated work, Family Plot concludes ingeniously, with a wink. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2011
Topaz (1969) Rumsey Taylor It is a technically accomplished film, and its narrative is robust and complex, even if its destination is ultimately of no great significance. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2011
The Birds (1963) Leo Goldsmith The Birds represents better than any other Hitchcock film the extreme polarities of his universe: vicious unpredictability and moral and emotional disorder on the one hand, and rigorous stylistic control and formal organization, on the other. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2011
Marnie (1964) Leo Goldsmith Marnie's Mama's house is a masterpiece of repressed emotion, a bland domestic space of seemingly placid creams and yellow, rendered in swirling wallpaper and upholstery patterns. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2011
Shame (2011) Michael Nordine It presents us with moment after moment clearly meant to alarm and then gives the impression of looking down its nose at us for having the intended reaction. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2011
The Turin Horse (2011) Michael Nordine There's a quietude to its stillness, which Tarr likens to a kind of gift. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2011
A Separation (2011) Michael Nordine Farhadi brings us as close as can be to these characters, but he also refuses to editorialize or nudge us too far in any one direction. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2011
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (2011) Michael Nordine Ceylan is highly attuned to the moments of grace that accent long periods of stillness, and it's in such instances that the story reveals itself as an almost fantastical affair. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2011
Coriolanus (2011) Michael Nordine The language is ultimately akin to the one Christmas light that won't light up and blacks out all the others. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2011
Oslo, August 31st (2011) Michael Nordine The film so gracefully replicates its protagonist's drifting moods that its full emotional weight doesn't immediately seem as heavy as it is. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2011
The Snowtown Murders (2011) Michael Nordine It's a world where few deserve trust and fewer still make good on it. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2011
Attenberg (2010) Michael Nordine Tsangari catalogues these men and women like butterflies pressed between the pages of an entomologist's journal, makes brief notes of each one's idiosyncrasies, and moves on to the next. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2011
This Is Not a Film (2010) Michael Nordine It's clear from the first moments that this is a man who can't help but understand his situation in cinematic terms. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2011
Michael (2011) Michael Nordine We never get too close to Michael, but one suspects this may be a good thing. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2011
Bonsai (2011) Michael Nordine Jiménez either doubts his audience's ability to figure things out on their lonesome or his own ability to subtly convey them - maybe both. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2011
Event Horizon (1997) Glenn Heath Jr. One moment a raging horror film, the next a restrained examination of psychological inanity, Event Horizon takes its genre schizophrenia to sadistic extremes. But this is what makes it such a fascinatingly deformed horror hybrid. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2011
Mahal (1949) Michael Nordine We become part of its world without being wholly bound by its rules. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2011
2046 (2004) Michael Nordine 2046 thus comes to encapsulate everything to which Wong (and, in turn, his audience) keeps returning. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2011
() Michael Nordine There's no lack of mood and atmosphere, key elements both, but there isn't enough anchoring them to plot or character for it to matter. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2011
The Inglorious Bastards (1978) Michael Nordine A boisterous air of irreverence makes Inglorious Bastards fascinating in its own right. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Enter the Void (2009) Michael Nordine Enter the Void may be a monolith of sorts, but it's one erected solely as a testament to itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Your Highness (2011) Michael Nordine Green's film is what happens when a talented director and cast indulge almost every one of their silly, sophomoric impulses; though not perfectly streamlined, the results are frequently hilarious all the same. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2011
The Four Times (2010) Michael Nordine Such descriptors as contemplative, deliberate, and meditative fall short of the mark in conveying exactly what's at work here. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) Michael Nordine Hobo with a Shotgun celebrates its genre roots but in no way expounds on them; it's all pastiche with no substance. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Terri (2011) Michael Nordine Terri leaves an unsatisfying taste and, as memories of its moments of charm and even insight fade, it only grows bitterer. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2011