Brian Gill

Brian Gill
Brian Gill's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Mad About Movies Podcast
Publications: Mad About Movies Podcast

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) It would be near sacrilege, of course, to argue that Doctor Sleep is BETTER than The Shining but it is more developed from a story standpoint and will make for more pleasant re-viewings than its predecessor. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
A 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Heller, Hanks, and Rhys work together to create one of the most genuinely warm, earnest films of the year and Heller's ability to navigate around spots that could become hokey or overly feel-good cannot be overstated. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
A+ 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Two powerhouse movie stars, a director flexing in the midst of his prime, and an interesting story told in a flashy-but-substantive manner. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
A 97% Knives Out (2019) Johnson is at his best when he's playing in his own sandbox. His take on the whodunnit is delightful and the Craig-de Armas-Evans triumvirate pops off the screen at every turn. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
A- 78% Frozen II (2019) A bit lesser than the previous film and, perhaps blessedly for all the parents out there, the songs are not quite as catchy, but Frozen 2 does world building quite well and earns high marks for charm. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's a shame, really, that Dark Fate seems destined to be the end for the franchise as it has far more quality than any of its post-T2 predecessors. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ 84% Ad Astra (2019) The action sequences work surprisingly well, the existential bits decidedly less so, but overall, it's a solid venture for Brad Pitt: Movie Star. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
F 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) One of the worst scripts put to screen this year and the problems certainly don't stop there. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
D 26% Gemini Man (2019) It is embarrassing that a movie with this much star power with this much money being poured into the attempts at visual spectacle couldn't spare a pittance for a script doctor to clean up the horrific dialogue. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
A- 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) I wasn't pining for a return to this world so far down the line from the original. But the chemistry between the leads still works and the setting is fun enough to offset a clunky third act. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
A+ 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Easily the most accessible Tarantino movie yet, Hollywood serves as a greatest hits album for the filmmaker and DiCaprio-Pitt pairing shines throughout. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
A 99% The Farewell (2019) One of the most authentic, beautiful movies of the year complete with outstanding performances and a perfectly-honed script. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
F 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The ambition, pedigree, and assemblage of talent is there but that's where The Goldfinch's virtues end. It's kind of remarkable how bland and misguided this movie turned out and that no one in the chain of command put a stop to this long before shooting. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
A- 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The movie threatens to run itself right off the rails over and over again but maintains its abject absurdity throughout by the slimmest of margins. Thus, it is unbelievably stupid and also unbelievably fun. Long live the Fast Cinematic Universe. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
A 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) LaBeouf is excellent but the film's treatment of Gottsagen's Zak and the buddy-buddy relationship between the two leads. The Falcon is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise dour late summer film landscape. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B- 53% The Lion King (2019) It is, most of the time, visually stunning. But I'm not sure there's even one aspect of the movie that improves upon the original and a great many aspects that are significantly worse. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
C 42% Stuber (2019) Bautista and Nanjiani both have their moments but their moments rarely take place together and that lack of chemistry only serves to highlight the flaws in the action-comedy hybrid. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
A+ 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Quibble about the necessity of this movie if you must but once the curtains are pulled and the opening credits begin, sit back and engross yourself in another magnificent adventure with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
A 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Perhaps a bit lesser than its predecessor but by no means a disappointment. Holland is superb in both facets of the dual-role and the fun of the story and setting help move the MCU along in a post-Endgame world. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
C+ 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Far from the worst of the X-Men films but it might be the most disappointing. Such a sour note for an ambitious, occasionally significant franchise like this to go out on. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
B 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Most of the human-focused portions of the movie are bad, but at the end of the day, I was here to see a super-charged Godzilla fight other giant monsters and I got what I came for on that front. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
C+ 57% Aladdin (2019) The two leads have great moments but the direction is lazy and mismatched to the content. Far too much of Will Smith's Genie feels desperate and falls flat. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
B- 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Ryan Reynolds single-handedly saves Detective Pikachu from becoming the total train wreck it so frequently attempts to become. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
A 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Parabellum fully realizes the inherent insanity of the John Wick Universe and leans into its identity with glorious, reckless abandon. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
A- 81% Long Shot (2019) Theron and Rogen have oddly effective chemistry and Levine's direction allows the film to navigate around some of the low points in the script. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
F 17% Hellboy (2019) It takes a lot to make me wonder if I'm watching the worst movie I've ever seen. I began those calculations in the first 10 minutes of Hellboy's staggeringly stupid runtime. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
C 47% Dumbo (2019) You'll believe an elephant can fly but you won't believe Tim Burton can make a movie this bland. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
C+ 44% Captive State (2019) There are some good ideas at the heart of Captive State and sometimes they work well. But too often, the good gets tangled and twisted up in unnecessary B-story and plotting that ruminates when it should be on the move. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
A+ 96% The Social Network (2010) Quite possibly (if not definitively) the best mainstream movie of the decade. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
B+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The strong lead and the fun, nostalgic-but-not-too-nostalgic vibe floats the movie through some iffy direction and an underutilized supporting cast. This is a good launching point for something that will hopefully be great when it's all said and done. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
A+ 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A touching and fitting end to one of the very best animated franchises in film history. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
C 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The visual spectacle is compelling in places and Cameron's penchant for worldbuilding is on full display. But far too much of the plot is a mess and the dialogue makes "Unobtainium" seem elevated. Overall, it's a massive misfire and a missed opportunity. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
A- 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) While lacking a bit of the first's inspiration and relying too much on the human world surrounding the LEGO Universe, The Second Part still does its job quite well in providing quality entertainment for both kids and adults alike. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
C 37% Glass (2019) I admire Shyamalan's ambitions but Glass feels like several movies crammed and compressed into one and it almost always highlights the wrong movie at the wrong time. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
B+ 92% Bumblebee (2018) The 80's setting adds to the fun, lighthearted atmosphere of the film that was so confusingly absent from the Bay Transformer movies. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
A 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It took about 10 seconds for my reservations to subside as it dawned on me how much I cared about Mary Poppins and how badly I needed her in my life. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
C 65% Aquaman (2018) It's certainly more entertaining and competent than most of the previous DCEU films but that makes its silly missteps and bloated plot all the more frustrating. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
A+ 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Beautifully structured, beautifully told, and beautifully rendered on screen. This is one of the decades greater accomplishments in filmmaking. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
D 15% Robin Hood (2018) Brazenly, perhaps even purposefully stupid and inept in virtually every facet of the filmmaking process, the newest version of Robin Hood takes "unnecessary" to an entirely new level. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
A- 84% Creed II (2018) Lacks some of the (sorry) punch of its predecessor but Creed II still shines on the strength of Michael B. Jordan. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
A- 91% Widows (2018) Exquisitely made and acted though at times, even as a fan of the slow burn approach, I longer for the pace to push along a bit faster. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
A 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The mystery element of the plot is less engrossing than I think Goddard wants it to be but everything else, from the performances to the lavish setting and pitch perfect camera work, more than make up for this small misstep. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
A 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Lowry provides a character and setting that practically demands a quiet, quintessential Redford-ian performance and the great actor obliges, with the tip of his cap, a wink, and a smile. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B- 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) One of the most frustrating movies I have seen in years, Rhapsody seems bound and determined to trip over its own feet at every turn. And yet, the music and one good-if-not-great performance keep it upright, though just barely. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B+ 81% Overlord (2018) Overlord blends genre with remarkable efficiency and effectiveness. It's far too unsettling to be "fun" but the pace stays up, keeping the truly disturbing imagery from lingering and for that, I am truly grateful. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The immense wonder of the Potterverse lingers but the bulk of Grindelwald feels like two movies haphazardly sewn together and the camera is far too interested in the wrong side of this creation. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
A 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Delightful, weird, dark, and incredibly funny, each vignette serves as a crash course in Coen-ology. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
C+ 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) It would be hard to recommend Death Cure and its predecessors as actual good movies but this is a fine, entertaining conclusion to a series perfectly suited for Saturday afternoon on cable viewings. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- 68% The Wedding Singer (1998) There's some cheap nostalgia at play here (okay, maybe a lot) but it's more than made up for with genuine laughs and a ton of heart. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
C 19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Conceptually, there's something to both Paradox and the overall loosely-connected Cloverfield universe. Unfortunately, the bulk of the movie's runtime fails to capitalize on virtually any of that promise. - Mad About Movies Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018