Joey Magidson

Joey Magidson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
For the past decade, I've been writing for The Awards Circuit, writing all manner of reviews, covering the awards race, and injecting my own unique spin into the world of online journalism. When not seeing 300+ films a year, I'm obsessing over my dog, the Jets, or the Mets. There's nothing better than a great movie that whisks you away from reality, if only for two hours or so.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 83% Villains (2019) "Villains" is an unexpected blast. Fronted by four strong performances, but especially by Maika Monroe's turn, there's a ton of fun to be had here. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 81% Ad Astra (2019) If Bruce Springsteen wrote a tale of space travel, it might be something like this, so engrained in the story is the idea of the sins of the father being visited upon the son. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/4 33% Can You Keep a Secret? (2019) There's some tremendous charm on display here. Both Alexandra Daddario and Tyler Hoechlin are romantic comedy gems, with Daddario in particular showing she's a future star. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
2.5/4 89% Depraved (2019) All the ingredients are here for something terrific. It just doesn't fully translate into a successful movie. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/4 68% Haunt (2019) "Haunt" will appeal to unfussy horror fans. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
2.5/4 58% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) I love Oasis, but this documentary never manages to make their mercurial former member of any significant interest. Liam Gallagher simply never makes himself film worthy. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/4 70% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) This time around, Spurlock's fast food centered film isn't quite as much fun, but it's just as informative. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/4 78% The Friend (2019) A trio of terrific performances help to elevate this movie. Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson, and especially Jason Segel deliver here, investing you in the story. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/4 100% Western Stars (2019) An immensely satisfying concert film that makes for a profound companion piece to Springsteen on Broadway, as well as The Boss' memoir. Bruce fans are in for a treat! - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 63% The Sound of Silence (2019) New York City has a musical quality to all of its chaos. Stand in the right spot in Manhattan and you can hear it. "The Sound of Silence" knows and embraces this. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 88% Hustlers (2019) "Hustlers" is a lot of fun, though plenty angry too in its depiction of how the United States is just one big strip club. And yes, Jennifer Lopez is as good as advertised. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 87% Freaks (2019) While Bruce Dern and Emile Hirsch are quite good, young Lexy Kolker is a true revelation. They anchor this high concept sci-fi tale in some emotional reality. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 58% Satanic Panic (2019) There's a small stroke of genius to be found within "Satanic Panic," which finds an amusing way to skewer the rich upper crust while still being a gory horror tale. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2.5/4 50% Strange But True (2019) How far can a loaded cast take you? A host of strong performances surround a mediocre story in "Strange But True," making for a bit of a frustrating experience. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Horror works best when you give yourself over to the creative forces, and here, that decidedly does not happen. "It: Chapter Two" is monotonous, overlong, and just not scary. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 80% Official Secrets (2019) Keira Knightley is at her best here, mixing a dry earnestness with a vivid determination not to see her country descend into war. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Bell and Colaizzo do a wonderful job of presenting a real person as their protagonist. There's no artifice here, even if there's plenty of silliness. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Admittedly the best of the franchise to date, though still fairly mediocre and dumb as rocks. "Angel Has Fallen" is occasionally fun, but mostly just a bland shoot em up. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 97% American Factory (2019) The first project shepherded by the Obamas is an engaging one, presenting a complicated issue with clarity, maturity, and without the need to spell out an answer. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) This is a black comedy, almost more so than it is a horror flick. So much of the comedy is rooted in how bad the family is at this game. It's a riot. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/4 81% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) "The Amazing Johnathan Documentary" ultimately has a lot to say, mainly when the focus moves away from Johnathan himself and centers on director Benjamin Berman. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 67% Driven (2019) This is actually quite a fair amount of fun, due in no small part to the charms of Jason Sudeikis. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/4 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) The best film of 2019, "Blinded by the Light" knows exactly what it's like, internally and externally, to discover Springsteen; how the music makes one feel. It's brilliant. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) The balance of sex-related humor and charming tween innocence is an irresistible combination. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/4 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) It's hard not to be stunned by this movie. Even if the conspiracy isn't as far reaching as Brügger suggests, what's discovered is unnerving, unsettling, and a complete horror. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2.5/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) Despite some wonderful acting, "After the Wedding" ends up just an indie version of what happens with most remakes, falling short of the original mark. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 72% Light of My life (2019) "Light of My Life" is an ambitious yet tightly focused tale of survival, proving that Casey Affleck is not just a hell of an actor, but a tremendous filmmaker as well. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 59% Brian Banks (2019) The success of the film is due in large part to Aldis Hodge, who passionately gives life to Banks and his incredible true story. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 48% Ode to Joy (2019) What makes this movie work are the interactions between the quartet of main cast members. Morena Baccarin, Martin Freeman, Jake Lacy, and Melissa Rauch are all a ton of fun. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The more focus is put on Enzo, the better things are here. When Curtis and Bomback concentrate on Denny, Eve, and company the film suffers. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) "The Peanut Butter Falcon" is a fantastic fairy tale of a film. Truly a wonderful/crowd pleasing experience. An absolute delight from start to finish, it's among 2019's best. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 93% Luce (2019) Though it can be a bit repetitive with its central thesis, the emotions and performances throughout are real and urgent enough to pave the way towards success. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Believe it or not, the film is at its best when just being a lark, focusing on the banter between the leads. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 100% Teacher (2019) The anger depicted here, in front of and behind the camera, is something to behold. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 93% Jay Myself (2019) When Maisel implores people to look at the things he finds interesting in life, it's a point that truly resonates. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) Violence is a constant in this movie. Jennifer Kent takes all of the emotions that well up when vengeance is needed and splashes them across the screen. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
2.5/4 77% Skin (2019) "Skin" is a movie with a tremendous lead performance from Jamie Bell, though not quite enough else to warrant a recommendation. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) In a very real way, Quentin Tarantino's whole career has been building up to this moment. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" may be his masterwork. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/4 87% The Great Hack (2019) "The Great Hack" is an important and timely documentary, meant to engage, and jar you from inaction. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/4 59% Astronaut (2019) Pleasant yet paper thin, "Astronaut" winds up being worth the investment due to Richard Dreyfuss and his sympathetic performance. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/4 69% Bottom of the 9th (2019) Joe Manganiello gets a nice showcase here, believably portraying a once can't miss baseball prospect. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
1.5/4 33% Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019) As much as this premise could make for a good time, it's largely a bore and a mess. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
3.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) Visually, this is an unparalleled work by Jon Favreau and company. The effects on display are often breathtaking. The opening Circle of Life sequence is a real stunner. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/4 59% Trespassers (2019) Deshon and Oblowitz spend enough time giving you an idea about all four of our main characters, so when the body count starts, you actually care a bit. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/4 65% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) Here's the thing. Bethany Hamilton is an inspiring figure, but she never makes for a fully compelling documentary subject. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) Awkwafina is a true revelation in "The Farewell." There's a ton of heart on display throughout the film, anchored by her star making turn. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 55% Summer Night (2019) There's an undeniable Richard Linklater vibe at play here, and that's not just due to the Ellar Coltrane casting. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/4 42% Stuber (2019) Though hardly groundbreaking, the comic stylings of Kumail Nanjiani help to set this action comedy apart and make it worth a watch. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3.5/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) "The Art of Self-Defense" is the best skewering of masculinity since "Fight Club." The depiction here of how absurd extreme behavior is truly resonates. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Marc Maron is absolutely on his A game here, infusing his character with an edge that's pure personality. He's hypnotically watchable. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019