Hoai-Tran Bui

Hoai-Tran Bui
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Hoai-Tran Bui is a news writer and film and TV critic at SlashFilm.com. She has previously written for USA Today, reporting on TV and movies for its EntertainThis blog.
Publications: Slashfilm, SlashFilmcast

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 88% Hustlers (2019) With an all-star cast led by a fierce Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers is a glossy crowdpleaser that shatters the male gaze. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
7.5/10 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) In his lyrical animated film, director Salvador Simó also lets the art speak for itself, painting an earthy, dreamlike portrait of the surrealist filmmaker. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
6/10 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Where'd You Go, Bernadette? is several films in one, all of which are slightly interesting, but none of which reach a satisfying conclusion. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
6/10 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Predictable and rote, The Art of Racing in the Rain nevertheless has its heart in the right place, even if there is not much art to it and precious little racing. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
7.5/10 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark effectively captures the primal horror of campfire stories while doing justice by Schwartz's creepy designs in a marriage of old-fashioned practical thrills and sleek modern effects. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
6/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw is an action movie as a meme; the entire film is a self-effacing wink at the audience. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
6/10 42% Stuber (2019) Except for the five-star chemistry between the pair, Stuber ends up mostly a middling ride. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
7.5/10 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Everything about the follow-up to the delightful 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming lives up to the web-slinger's "friendly" moniker, delivering an incredibly fun, frequently funny, and sweet sojourn from the soul-crushing grief of April's Avengers: Endgame. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
5.5/10 63% Yesterday (2019) This is a movie as a pop song. Sweet and sentimental, Yesterday gestures toward some greater meaning, only to fall back on lazily written tropes that fail to make anything of its clever concept. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
5/10 32% Shaft (2019) Shaft plays more like an Expendables version of the original films, a shadow of its former self that revels in a cartoonishly hyper-masculine nostalgia of a bygone era. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
6/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix is the perfect median of the massively uneven X-Men franchise: a middle-of-the-road superhero film that will be remembered for its lost potential. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
8/10 95% See You Yesterday (2019) A powerful and poignant film centered on a wonderfully flawed protagonist whose hard-earned lessons in this film leave a profound impact with the viewer long after the credits roll. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
8.5/10 88% Burning Cane (2019) Burning Cane is a movie that flows over you: It's less a structured narrative than a series of arcane images, each more beguiling and haunting than the last. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
7.5/10 100% Goldie (2019) A lively, kinetic film that dances between the natural and the fanciful, centered on a dynamo of a cinematic character played by the first-time actress. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/10 45% Georgetown (2019) Despite the talent that he frontloads into his debut film and despite the sordid real-life story upon which it's based, Georgetown is a snooze. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
6/10 58% Charlie Says (2019) Harron lends a paternal air to the film's approach to the three Manson girls, wanting to give them a voice but letting that voice come out in a barely-heard whisper. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
8/10 90% Plus One (2019) A sharp, raunchy, and altogether winning film that is poised to be the rom-com of the summer. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
7.5/10 100% Buffaloed (2019) Buffaloed moves at breakneck speed, led with aplomb by Deutch, who is absolutely magnetic onscreen as the fast-talking, fourth-wall breaking Peg. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
7/10 83% Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) Despite some storytelling stumbles, Standing Up, Falling Down manages to stay upright thanks to knockout performances from Schwartz and Crystal. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
9/10 100% Blow the Man Down (2019) A chillingly savage debut feature from co-directors and screenwriters Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy that makes a strong case for them to be the heirs to the Coen Brothers' wintry crime drama throne. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
6.5/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The convoluted plot and the misguided focus on Tim's tragic backstory drags down the momentum and adds a too-somber quality to a film that is aching to lean into the absurdity of its premise. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
6/10 100% CRSHD (2019) a charming coming-of-age comedy that manages to communicate a sweet message about friendship despite sometimes being buried by a visual barrage of texts and predictable plot conceits. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
7/10 82% This is not Berlin (2019) A vibrant, alive, and dirty snapshot of a Mexican counterculture that we know little of, and that the movie doesn't much care to explain. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
8.5/10 100% Lucky Grandma (2019) An outrageously funny, unquestionably cool black comedy. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
9/10 100% House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2018) House of Hummingbird digs deep beneath the shine and luster of the rapidly industrializing Seoul of the '90s and instead focuses on the cracks that were beginning to form under the surface. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
6.5/10 No Score Yet The Place of No Words (2019) There's an endearing amateurish quality to The Place of No Words that gives the film an added layer of intimacy, while preventing it from being a truly escapist fantasy. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/10 47% Little (2019) Little is big in ambition, attempting to tackle at least four different movies in one. But the problem is that none of these different subplots get resolved in a satisfying fashion. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5.5/10 34% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park coasts right in the middle - an inoffensive movie designed for parents to put on in the background to distract their kids for an hour and a half. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
8/10 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The Hidden World never falters in delivering the raw, emotional power and arresting visuals (and yes, the tears) that the series is known for. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/10 44% What Men Want (2019) For a film that touts female empowerment and regularly throws around mentions to the "Me Too" movement, What Men Want is a shallow, retrograde workplace comedy that is barely funny. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/10 14% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle is a muddled and regressive comedy that is not for want of laughs. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/10 27% UglyDolls (2019) It's a real shame that the cool alternative toy line that grew out of two friends who wanted to create something unique turned into a shiny corporate knockoff. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
8.5/10 91% Shazam! (2019) A raucous, charming kid adventure that is a delight to behold from start to finish, Shazam! feels like a throwback both to '80s comedies and to the superhero movies of the early 2000s. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
7/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It takes a few wild swings for the movie to finally land, but once it does, it becomes a fun, brisk, and engaging movie - though one nestled comfortably within the Marvel movie formula. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
6/10 75% The Wandering Earth (2019) As manufactured as the film is, The Wandering Earth is so ambitiously action-packed and visually stunning that it's difficult not to be taken along for the ride. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
5/10 23% Miss Bala (2019) Rodriguez is underserved in a film that wants to be a superhero movie but ends up an insulting and incompetent B-movie. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
7/10 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Vibrant and tactile, Alita: Battle Angel leans into eye-popping spectacle while grounding the dystopian story in a warm humanism that has otherwise eluded anime adaptations up until now. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
6.5/10 20% Serenity (2019) Serenity is splashy, it's weird, it's wild, and it knows it. And it's a highly ambitious movie that offers something that fewer and fewer movies do these days: a genuine surprise. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/10 60% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Who is this for? Not the kid next to me squirming impatiently as Bella nearly dies of dehydration. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
8/10 65% Aquaman (2018) Wan manages to marry Arthurian fantasy and swashbuckling adventure with camp in Aquaman, a film that feels a little like a miracle in Warner Bros.' catalogue of superhero movies - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians offers a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and achingly sincere portrait of a rarely represented culture. As for that weighty proverb, Crazy Rich Asians doesn't necessarily "move the world." But it does nudge it in the right direction. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
7/10 81% Believer (2018) Believer somewhat subscribes to the character types and recognizable tropes of the genre, the twists feel fresh enough and the tangled webs of drug world conspiracies are riveting enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
8.5/10 73% The Party's Just Beginning (2018) far from a vanity project for Gillan - it's a grand entrance for a promising, bold new director. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
8/10 86% All About Nina (2018) Deftly swings from comedy to tragedy, thanks in large part to Winstead's revelatory performance and to Vive's intensely personal script. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
6/10 67% The Seagull (2018) "There are spells cast by this lake," Dr. Dorn muses as the various love affairs rise to the surface. If only The Seagull could cast such a spell on the audience. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
9/10 96% Little Woods (2019) Little Woods is a bleak, powerful portrait of middle America that never veers on cloying, and handles difficult current-day issues like opioid abuse and abortion with grace. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
57% Duck Butter (2018) It's unfortunate, then, that Duck Butter only simmers and never sizzles. The emotions never feel more real, but its payoff never feel more hollow. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
8/10 68% Stockholm (2019) Take Stockholm as it is: a suspenseful, riotous black comedy interlaced with moments of heartfelt emotion. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018