Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 No Score Yet Josie & Jack (2019) Neither exciting nor sexy, Josie & Jack takes a long cold look at a brother and sister and lets all of us come up with our own judgment on them. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) To anyone yearning to revisit the old noir days of fedoras and dames, Motherless Brooklyn will be a fun little throwback. However, the accumulation of missteps in its execution are far too many for me. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2/5 48% Eli (2019) Despite the risks Eli takes, at its core the movie is not very good. The performances are expected but competent. The scares are hollow jump-shocks where the score tells you precisely what's coming next. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Zombieland: Double Tap is a fun enough visit with familiar characters, though not nearly as much fun as the first film. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/5 30% Trick (2019) The things that Trick gets right, it gets very right. The kills and the element of surprise keep it a quickly moving fright fest. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The creatures are a sight to behold, as are each of the kingdoms. The fighting is tense and exciting. All of that is nearly enough to craft Maleficent: Mistress of Evil into a wonderful fantasy film... but only nearly. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Spending a little more time with the beloved Jesse Pinkman is a welcome experience, but the lack of emotional rawness and character drive make it a less involving visit than I yearned for. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
1/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) There's barely a nod to character development or relationships. Instead, we're dragged from one unconnected scene to the next. In addition to all of this, the animation is lackluster and flat. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 38% In the Tall Grass (2019) Natali has been able to tackle out-there concepts by making them visually appealing and emotionally raw. In the Tall Grass tries very hard to compete on those two axes, but the strain to connect them and the mundane setting make it very hard to root for. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/5 77% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) By no means a failure, but it's a meandering way to fill in the gaps between glorified web comedy shorts. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 69% Joker (2019) The physicality and emotional rigor of the part of this evil man are easily met by a seasoned professional such as Phoenix. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Pelican Blood (2019) Pelican Blood might not strictly sit within the horror genre, but it will crawl under your skin all the same. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Wave (2019) The Wave is a fun enough way to watch one man piece together his bad times, when time has no meaning. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4.5/5 92% Jallikattu (2019) The brilliance of Jallikattu is the coexistence of its diametrically opposing natures. It has a simple story, but it's excruciatingly complex in execution. It's rural, but still crowded with people. Most of all, it's both beautiful and violent. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Its adoration of the One Percent and its refusal to look deeply into any single plot thread make it a little tedious and a little repetitive for any casual fans. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 87% Depraved (2019) Depraved is director Larry Fessenden's take on the Frankenstein story, with his own modern twist. The update makes it gloriously timely without losing any of the underlying tragedy of the original tale. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) It is a tight, straightforward documentary about one corner of the horror world that has been under appreciated for so long, and it is a love letter to those who have always loved it. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
83% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Like so many of the very best horror movies, this is not really a film about what it is superficially about. Sure, it is a little bit about the creepiness of camping, but beneath that surface it explores the primal reasons we are afraid of nature. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3.5/5 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) It's a glowing love letter to the extraordinary woman, but when it comes to insight and criticism, the documentary leaves all of the ammunition to Ivins herself. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
71% Haunt (2019) Never quite resting on the premise of a haunted house gone bad, Haunt dares to wade into the realm of horror that features character development on both sides of the masks. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) At its core, It: Chapter Two is about memory, loss, and good versus evil. I just wish it dragged a little less. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% Feral (2018) Feral uses its mockumentary format to its advantage, and keeps us guessing right up to the very end. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/5 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) It delivers characters to care about in a situation that has no prescribed outcome, and isn't that great? - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 41% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The whole affair is awfully silly but also awfully entertaining. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not is everything you want out of a solid horror comedy: blood, humor, and a kiss of social commentary. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
1.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) If going through a checklist of action film clichés were a competitive sport, Angel Has Fallen would be the all-time world champion. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2.5/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) Approached as merely an exhibition of the brute force of acting talent, After the Wedding is a beautiful presentation. However, as a drama of the human condition, it falls flat. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
2/5 80% Good Boys (2019) When Good Boys hits its mark, the movie is hilarious. It would be a much better experience to watch if it did that more. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) The Angry Birds Movie 2 is not concerned with animation innovation, groundbreaking characters, or telling a story that has never been told. It is, however, a fun movie for everyone in the family. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Just the type of gateway horror that will fuel nightmares for an entire generation of kids, just as the books did with my own generation. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Wallace was an absolutely fascinating man whose extensive television life lends itself well to a documentary filled with celebrities and world leaders. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 80% Chiwawa (Chiwawa-chan) (2019) An incredible coming-of-age film that openly acknowledges that there's no end in sight for anyone's personal growth, no finish line for maturity, and no single version of a person that's any more valid than another. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 80% 1BR (2019) It's a fresh take on cults and community, and should not be ignored. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
91% The Wretched (2019) The film's creature design is incredible, and the weighty old school score is worthy of a more impressive film, but ultimately the whole assembly is a bit of a belly flop. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
1.5/5 44% Critters Attack! (2019) The Critters themselves are fun enough, but ultimately the plot is sluggish and even the hard-R rating for gore and "bloody creature violence" is not really enough to make it worth your time. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/5 88% Swallow (2020) Swallow will not be for everyone, but as an empathetic representation of a woman struggling to be seen and be heard through issues with mental health, it's a revelation. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
100% Blood on Her Name (2019) Blood on Her Name is tight, tense, and buoyed by a phenomenal lead performance. Such solid filmmaking is a rare delicacy nowadays. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 61% Trespassers (2019) The movie has some small surprises along the way, but overall doesn't try to reach beyond the scope of a classic, and often reproduced, invasion horror. What it does bring to the screen is some enhanced style in the filmmaking. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
1.5/5 42% Stuber (2019) The plot is forced, the characters single-dimensional, and the action hard to follow, but with a handful of solid jokes Stuber nearly has the same entertainment value as a 30-minute comedy special. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 100% Anima (2019) Anima is a hypnotic non-narrative mixtape where choreography reigns. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar plays like a slow and inevitable train wreck. It may not surpass Aster's previous film, but it does show us that not all horrors live in the dark. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
2.5/5 36% Anna (2019) Between its sparse action scenes and non-linear structure, it keeps our attention, but fails to truly sell its own premise. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Rather than mucking about with too much plot or deep character development, Annabelle Comes Home embraces the fact that it's just a fun little haunting movie. It's jumpy. It's spooky. It's fun. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 63% Child's Play (2019) Though this version adds little to Chucky's mythology and actually removes some of the juicier bits of his legend, it also charmingly refuses to take itself too seriously. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
33% Verotika (2019) Perhaps the worst crime of VEROTIKA is that it presents itself as a horror film but never makes an earnest effort to create any horror. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
84% Villains (2019) Villains gives us not one, but a pair of bumbling thieves, along with a touch of bloody mayhem, and the result is a largely charming but slightly forced dark comedy. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
33% Verotika (2019) Even with ignoring the aggressive sexism, unintentional humor, and watered down stories, Verotika's gross incompetence in the basic mechanics of film creation makes it an utter failure. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black: International doesn't do anything flagrantly wrong, but it doesn't do a lot right either. This is precisely the type of movie you'll forget you saw, even if you don't dislike watching it. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
1/5 50% The Outsider (2019) The caricatures of characters, abysmal treatment of women, and nearly inscrutable plot make the movie an experience to be tolerated rather than celebrated. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
77% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Daniel Isn't Real takes a look at mental illness and its relationship to crafting reality, with a surprising dose of empathy, a healthy dose of world creation, and a little slice of sexiness. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019