Ed Travis

Ed Travis
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ed Travis co-founded Cinapse after more than a decade of online film criticism. Cutting his teeth at Hollywood Jesus for years, Ed moved to Austin, TX in 2010 to start a career in film. After running ActionFest's blog in 2011, and writing as Terry Malloy at Ain't It Cool News and other sites like CHUD and ScreenCrush, Ed's desire to try his hand at running his own film site took hold. Founded in early 2013, Cinapse is all about film discovery and discussion. Ed lives with his wife Kristina and daughter Abby. He is the Community Cinema Director at Mobile Loaves & Fishes, an organization that feeds the hungry and houses the homeless of Austin.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
74% Light of My life (2019) I couldn't help but empathize deeply with our characters' plight and get extremely emotionally invested in their journey. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
95% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) The hook here - the interplay between our three leads and the twists, action, and humor that can be wrung from it-- is the end all and be all of The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil. It's designed to entertain you, and it does a great job at that. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
99% Knives Out (2019) The various ways in which [Rian] Johnson keeps you guessing feel fresh and new even in a dusty genre that's been selling airport paperbacks since before there were airports - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
98% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Eddie Murphy brings his career best game to the role of dreamer, entertainer, and entrepreneur Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
No Score Yet Tammy and the T-Rex: Gore Cut (1994) The cult entertainment level of Tammy And The T-Rex is simply off the charts. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
96% Sweetheart (2019) Sweetheart doles out just enough mystery to keep the creature (and Jenn) intriguing and ultimately ratchets up to a highly satisfying confrontation between woman and beast. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
100% VFW (2019) Assault On Precinct 13 for the opioid crisis era... Its greatest accomplishment is in being a love letter to its cast, but also to its characters - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) ...none of it feels full without the rest of The Family along for the ride. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
38% Black Moon Rising (1986) It's probably never much more than the sum of its curious parts, but ultimately does result in an enjoyable ride. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) Eliciting gut busting laughter through all three acts, as well as glorious R-rated gore and action, Stuber is everything you could possibly dream of from a modern action-comedy. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
30% Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019) Escape Plan: The Extractors feels more like a collection of decent action beats and a showcase for a few actors while simply being a paycheck for a few others. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
100% The Head Hunter (2019) With somewhere around 100 words spoken in the entire duration of the film, and just about as many gallons of blood spilled, The Head Hunter is the truest form of lean and mean cinema. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
94% Furie (Hai phuong) (2019) This is one of the best action films of 2019. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
32% Double Impact (1991) The film is a brisk 110 minutes long. If you tabulate all of the awesomery that occurs during that runtime, Double Impact's excellence simply cannot be disproven. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
67% The Silent Partner (1978) One of the greatest thrillers I've ever seen: it forces us to reckon with matters of conscience, morality, and our nascent capability to go down dark paths at the blink of an eye. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
No Score Yet Abduction (2019) Slight and silly, but ultimately satisfying, Abduction delivers what action/sci-fi fans are looking for - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
81% Avengement (2019) Avengement is... a streamlined monster giving Adkins a ferocious role to sink his teeth into and gnaw on until the bone is showing. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The John Wick films are the premiere action franchise on the planet right now. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
88% Police Story 2 (Ging chaat goo si juk jaap) (Police Force II) (1988) Police Story 2 saves a lot of the action for the third act, and that third act is a doozy - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
92% Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (Police Force) (1985) As writer/director/star/stunt coordinator, Chan secured legend status right here before our very eyes with Police Story. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
No Score Yet The Truth (1960) We've all known a Dominique, or been one ourselves, and Clouzot wrings much humanity out of this tragedy. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
70% Triple Threat (2019) Director Jesse V. Johnson, choreographer Tim Man, and all the stars of Triple Threat are truly showcasing their amazing skill sets in this movie and it's a pure joy to see them all kicking ass together on the same screen. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) A raunch fest that pulls no punches and gives us all hope that boundary pushing comedy need not include hate or regressive ideas to be absolutely hysterical. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art Of Self Defense will handily rank among the best films of SXSW 2019. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Part coming of age tale, part character study, and part addiction/PTSD narrative, [Annabelle] Attanacio taps into a messy and authentically human space with Mickey and the Bear. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
71% Run This Town (2019) The film makes sure to remain thrilling and somewhat unpredictable, even though the final chapter of Mayor Ford's story is well known to us. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
8% Firewalker (1986) a derivative film that feels slapped together and packaged for quick sale. But that doesn't mean I didn't have a blast watching it. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
85% Escape from New York (1981) Escape From New York fires on every cylinder. It has a killer concept, iconic characters, legendary art design and musical score... - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
25% Skin Trade (2015) If you don't go into it hoping for a revolutionary film, you will find a bunch of fun fights between some of your favorite action icons - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) For every moment of disconnect and excess, there's a humanizing moment, a hilarious exchange, or a team up crowd pleaser - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour makes A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night feel effortless and almost even inevitable. Not to mention as cool as anything has been since Pulp Fiction hit. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
30% Screamers (1996) Screamers manages to evolve and entertain throughout. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
89% The Thing from Another World (1951) We wouldn't have much of the great horror of the modern era without such boundary pushing science fiction horror as [The Thing From] Another World - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
No Score Yet Nightshooters (2018) Nightshooters is one of 2019's great action films and... rising star Jean-Paul Ly is someone you'll want to keep an eye out for. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) If there is any justice, Fury Road will act as a portend not for the demise of our culture, but rather as a shining example of what vibrant, mega-blockbusters can be. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
31% Poltergeist (2015) You can do a lot worse than the new Poltergeist film, but on every conceivable level you can do better by simply watching the original film again. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
44% Scarecrows (1988) the completed film plays out its wacky concept in such a perfunctory way, it feels like a slog while actually clocking in at a brisk 83 minutes. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
72% Jurassic World (2015) Colin Trevorrow proved more than up to the task of creating what is easily the second best Jurassic film. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
77% Dog Soldiers (2002) A top notch siege film a la Assault On Precinct 13 or Rio Bravo or Night Of The Living Dead... only with the best looking non-American Werewolf In London werewolves to date. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) American Ninja 4 has remarkably little to offer barring a horribly executed, but somehow still ballsy, Road Warrior homage and a fumbled team up between two charisma-vacant leads - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
26% Terminator Genisys (2015) The problems with Terminator Genisys are legion; but chief among them is that it is never exciting. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
60% Maggie (2015) Actually Arnold's casting in this role is a remarkable fit, taking advantage of the entire world's expectations and turning them on their head to create something that feels new. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) There are enough stunts, explosions, and fisticuffs, captured in classic Hollywood fashion to satisfy any Western fan. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
40% Wild Thing (1987) Fans of Tarzan or Batman or simply 1980s cinema should definitely seek out Wild Thing as a harmless curiosity, if not essential viewing. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Borderline (1980) Borderline actually creates a few characters with some dimension and avoids villainizing the Mexican immigrants in any way. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
9% Fantastic Four (2015) Outside of the casting, which had such huge potential, and a few character moments that manage to land, Fantastic Four is a roundly inert and pedestrian affair. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
81% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) Wyrmwood is all about having a kinetic, frenzied, funny, and exciting time at the movies. And it largely achieves that. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
33% Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) Mark L. Lester's... total inability to restrain himself from pumping up every explosion... and murdering each villain... twice, allows for a hugely entertaining time machine to 1991. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Wolf Warrior (2015) Between the rampant jingoism and military superiority narrative, the rough effects work, [and] the frequent silliness... I'll stick with John J. Rambo as my go-to elite soldier of choice. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
63% Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987) [Hell Comes To Frogtown will] win you over with its charm, its knowing sense of humor and genre roots, and most of all its secret weapon: the eternally lovable "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019