Grace Randolph

Grace Randolph
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Beyond the Trailer

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
31% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Racist AND misogynistic... If only Stallone would go back to working with talented & exciting new directors like Ryan Coogler on Creed. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
85% Downton Abbey (2019) Great for the fans! A welcome trip back to Downton Abbey, with some interesting historical commentary to boot. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
81% Ad Astra (2019) A brilliant film that evokes Alien, 2001 and The Shining. Pitt's best work as an actor, and Gray's best work as a filmmaker. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Like with The Kitchen, this wave of female writer/directors still have a ways to go craft-wise, but what they have to say is important, powerful & before unheard in Hollywood. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) Not as good as it could've been, but good enough! Bill Hader is MVP, but sadly Pennywise spends too much time on the bench... - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) With a "Ryan Murphy LITE" approach, this is a solid Haunted Mansion movie largely thanks to Samara Weaving's excellent performance. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) So so WRONG, but so so FUNNY. Tremblay & Williams have impressive comedic chops! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Truly terrifying and disgusting, but a LOT of fun and VERY well made! Goosebumps for adults, it scratches your itch for a scary story so hard - it draws blood! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) Today's answer to Thelma & Louise, The Kitchen is an even more aggressive film that might turn some people off - which would be a real shame for this groundbreaking film. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Turns out it's harder to make a Fast & Furious movie than Dwayne Johnson thinks. Plays like a standard, mid-range The Rock or Statham movie, & Hollywood wastes Elba again... - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Really well made, really well acted, bad movie. Tarantino's disrespect for the Manson Murders victims is shocking and unexplainable, as are a number of his choices here. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
82% Crawl (2019) A nifty little movie that doesn't hold back on the gator action! The characters are likable too, and it's nice to see a father-daughter team-up. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) While there are some great vocal performances, overall this film is such a blatant copy of the 1994 version it seems that team should be officially credited on this movie. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spectacular next chapter after Endgame! Packed full of fun surprises plus a great turn by Jake Gyllenhaal, and Sony brings some edge & artistic boldness to the Marvel mix. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) This is an elegant horror movie, but it has no real story. With so many spin-offs, The Conjuring Universe is beginning to trade quality for quantity. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Some of the new characters here are excellent! But once again, Pixar delivers more message than story. Also you will cry. Not a bad movie at all, but not a GREAT movie either. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Very, very, VERY slow paced - more like a play than a movie. But the quirky script, and perfect comedic timing from the cast, makes it worthwhile viewing. Classic Bill Murray. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) Genuinely fun film, best entry since 1997. Hemsworth shines but Tessa Thompson's the revelation, breaking new ground when it comes to women of color in Hollywood blockbusters! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Harrison Ford's Rooster needs his own movie! But this one is more like three animated shorts cut together, and not really worthy of the big screen. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Sophie Turner does excellent work here, and Hans Zimmer delivers one of his BEST scores - but overall, this franchise, unlike it's title characters, is no longer evolving. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) A fun summer blockbuster, this is like a 2 hour theme park ride! And a kaiju movie deserves a kaiju screen - see it on the biggest screen possible! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) 1st act is very strong & Egerton is extremely talented. So while this only scratches the surface of Elton John, it's a good intro to the icon, even if a bit "by the numbers". - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) A delightful surprise, very much part of a "set" with Disney's live action Beauty & The Beast. Smith, Massoud & Scott all shine. A great family movie AND a date movie! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The best case yet for a stunt category at the Oscars! Wall to wall action, you literally won't be able to take your eyes off the screen. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Roger Rabbit meets Blade Runner! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Downright Spielberg-ian! A perfect way to cap off ten years of the MCU, and get audiences excited for the next ten. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A solid student film, but certainly not a professional one. After astounding success commercially & critically, it'd be a shame for James Wan horror movies to turn formulaic... - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
47% Little (2019) The movie has nowhere to go after the hilarious first act and ends up feeling very "Little". Issa Rae is the clear standout & hopefully she has many - better - movies to come. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) Why reboot if you're just going to retread Del Toro's work? This plays more like a streaming show than a movie, but - and I say this with respect - is gloriously gruesome if you're into that. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
89% Missing Link (2019) Beautiful, but also boring. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
58% Pet Sematary (2019) Despite strong directing & acting, the screenplay bastardizes King's original work, rather than elevate as other filmmakers have. REALLY distasteful ending... - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Tim Burton perfectly captures the style of early Disney animation - like Snow White, Pinocchio and of course the original Dumbo. You'll believe an elephant can fly! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) In the vein of Gremlins, Shazam is an edgy family movie that pushes the edge of the envelope in a very fun and exciting way! Mark Strong's villain is MVP. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
93% Us (2019) The first half of the movie - particularly the opening scene - and Lupita Nyong'o are so good, you forgive the non-ending. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) When she's not trying (and failing) to do a Robert Downey Jr impression, Brie Larson's Captain Marvel is a hero who doesn't hesitate - which is pretty darn cool. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) An entertaining introduction to the world of WWE - both behind the scenes and its fandom. Dwayne Johnson and Vince Vaughn do a lot of the heavy lifting here, and do it well! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) This sequel wants to be "Back to the Future" - but is more "The Big Bang Theory". Combined with a lack of real scares, it's simply not worth seeing on the big screen. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) A perfect Valentine's Day movie that's clever with a great message. Brandon Scott Jones as the "sassy gay friend" steals the movie - but everyone shines! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
44% What Men Want (2019) A surprisingly candid - & funny - look at Type-A women in male dominated workplaces. This is Taraji P Henson's best role to date, and a mix of Working Girl & What Women Want. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Weakest of the trilogy, but still a solid final chapter - and beautifully animated. Dog lovers will be thrilled, while everyone else will have a pleasant time at the movies. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The tween version of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, Rosa Salazar's Alita shines in this family action film that's not as good as it could be - but still entertains & inspires. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) A VERY cheap imitation of Fargo and In Bruges - Liam Neeson should know better. Also, he kinda disappears for the entire second act, so it's a bait and switch re actors... - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) A sort of "high art" version of Scream, but not as successful. Still a fun watch though thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Toni Collette. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) As hilarious as the first one, but also a sophisticated look at gender roles! I know, right?! Specifically how girls and boys play, both the differences and similarities. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
96% Roma (2018) Cuaron is a bit too close to the material, and most moviegoers will have to do a lot of research to truly get and appreciate the movie. Still, a true work of art. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Only worth it at the matinee price, but full of excellent messages for kids AND adults. Plus the undead soldiers on horseback are pretty darn cool. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
41% The Upside (2019) Truly and insidiously offensive. Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve, would've LOVED this movie which makes America seem as backward as we're often accused of being. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
37% Glass (2019) This fresh tomato is largely for James McAvoy's electric performance. But this is M Night's worst "twist ending" yet, as the filmmaker throws away everything he's built here. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) A visual and audio symphony by James Wan, which takes VFX storytelling - and the DCEU - to a whole new level. This movie has to be seen to be believed! - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The best Spider-Man movie ever made. Period. - Beyond the Trailer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018