Joshua Starnes

Joshua Starnes
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The recent ending of the Infinity saga and everything that went with is so large that Far From Home is more of a statement on that than anything else, leaving its main character to tag a long after his class and after his story. - VitalThrills.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
4/10 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Beyond a delight in mood, there's no attempt to do anything with Annabelle that hasn't been done in the earlier films, and frequently quite a bit less. - VitalThrills.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
5/10 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Dora and the Lost City of Gold is not edgy, is not funny enough and does not seem to be really about Dora. - VitalThrills.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Sure it's lighter than air, and will evaporate quickly, but if that's not the definition of the Hollywood action movie, what is? - VitalThrills.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 32% Shaft (2019) It's a new way to approach an old character and it tries harder to give its main characters something to do than a lot of its colleagues do, and there is something worthy in that. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Because this is always what Downton was, love it or lump it. And so it is what Downton still is. Continuation. Repetition. Encapsulation. - VitalThrills.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) It's not going to set the world on fire or produce the sort of startling character insights it seems to be aiming for, but it's not quite settling for the same thing, either. That's not nothing. - VitalThrills.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
4/10 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A technically astute scare-by-numbers which risks nothing and offers little. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
7.5/10 81% Long Shot (2019) As political satire Long Shot is pretty light, but as romantic comedy it packs plenty of charm into a straight forward formula. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
7.5/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) "No one is reinventing the wheel here and that's perfectly fine. " - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
5/10 57% Aladdin (2019) Loud, garish and extremely well-intentioned, Aladdin is a shining example of the limits of Disney's attempts to render its greatest animated classics into live action. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
6.5/10 83% High Life (2019) There's a part of High Life which is legitimately unsettling and brilliant, and part which is hopelessly muddled and the dichotomy is deadly. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
8/10 89% Missing Link (2019) It may not be the best Laika has ever managed, but it's way up there, showcasing the thought and care everyone involved has put into the film. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
6/10 41% The Upside (2019) The Upside may not have a place in modern cinema and even if it did, its parts don't fit together particularly well. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
7.5/10 66% Vice (2018) It's clever, but beyond drawing attention to itself for its cleverness, it doesn't have enough to offer. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
6.5/10 92% Bumblebee (2018) A necessary course correction but it requires Knight and his crew to spend so much time focused on what the series is not, it never comes up with a good case what it is. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
7.5/10 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) If all that can be said of it is that creates a stage for Ronan and Robbie to bestride and conquer, that's just about worth the price of admission on its own. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
6.5/10 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's a good try and its heart is in the right place; if nothing else it proves Jones can carry almost any material. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
8/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It does work. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
9/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) From top to bottom A Star is Born is a success, the rare remake that proves not only that it has more to say about its subject but that there is more to say. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
7/10 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It is unremarkable, undifferentiated kid-family fun that's actually fun - which may be the most remarkable thing about it. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
6/10 85% A Simple Favor (2018) It's a shame.There's a lot to like about A Simple Favor. Just not enough. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
4/10 26% The Nun (2018) The Nun is predictable modern horror, offering the exact opposite of what horror needs to survive - safe chills. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
6.5/10 32% Kin (2018) Kin's core themes and Elijah's strength as the embodiment of them creates real emotional attachment that even the goofiest character choices cannot undermine. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/10 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) The longest 90 minutes you are ever likely to sit through. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/10 23% Mile 22 (2018) "Mile 22 is a nothing-burger of a film, all build up and no pay off." - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
6/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) If any word sums up Ant-Man and The Wasp it's the one you never want to hear about a sequel: Extraneous. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
7.5/10 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Beyond the shift in perspective there's little willingness to experiment, a reality at stark odds with the sheer creativity on display. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
6.5/10 56% Tag (2018) Like the runner up in a good game of tag, so close but no cigar. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
7.5/10 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) With higher highs and lower lows than Deadpool, the sequel has a lot of the problems all sequels do. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
6.5/10 33% Super Troopers 2 (2018) The Police Academy 2 to the first film's Police Academy, Super Troopers 2 takes what worked the first time and tries to build on it, with mixed success. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/10 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Despite some decent ideas and chances at interesting characters, Truth or Dare opts for lazy storytelling and unconvincing scares. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
7.5/10 75% The Price (2017) Pointed without ever falling into stereotypes, it's a bold statement about modern immigrant life in America and not to be missed. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
6/10 70% Gemini (2018) A slow - and I mean ssslllooowww - murder mystery... - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
7/10 63% Us and Them (2018) Not as sharp as it thinks it is but funnier and better handled than it sounds from its description, Us and Them benefits from a solid sense of humor and a sure hand keeping the tone steady even as it changes direction regularly. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
5/10 85% Mayhem (2017) [Mayhem] lacks the sharpness of fair like Tragedy Girls, but for fans of [Steven] Yuen or business-focused semi-satire like Horrible Bosses, it's got enough adrenaline to carry an audience along. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
6.5/10 82% Tragedy Girls (2017) Very much in the Scream vein but with a sharper sense of humor, slasher fans will enjoy. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
6.5/10 77% M.F.A. (2017) Bravely tackling the dark side of empowerment, it has a very sure sense of what it wants to say, refuses to reduce its topic to easy tropes. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
7.5/10 76% Small Town Crime (2018) Small Town Crime [is] a showcase for the skills of John Hawkes. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
7/10 83% Blockers (2018) Blockers is a hilarious take on the teen sex comedy thanks to its game cast and surprisingly deep focus (for the genre) on its characters. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
8.5/10 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Lyrical, whimsical and strange, Isle of Dogs is a Wes Anderson movie through and through. That's a good thing. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
7/10 45% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow fills a much-needed gap for adult-oriented, thinking thrills even if it loses its nerve at the end. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
7.5/10 81% Early Man (2018) Clever, engaging and warm, Early Man makes up in charm what it lacks in originality. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/10 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) The best that can be said of the whole thing is that there won't be any more. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
7.5/10 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Even when its frayed edges are showing, the film exhibits a sheer joie de vivre so encompassing it's impossible to resist. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
9/10 91% Phantom Thread (2018) A difficult film, coming close to the abyss and always backing off, keeping catharsis out of reach. But in those difficulties it is sublime. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
6.5/10 82% Molly's Game (2018) Even non-fans should admit Sorkin is a skilled craftsman; an architect of beautiful cathedrals. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
8/10 97% Coco (2017) An imaginative, fun, charming trip filled with so much heart it (mostly) makes up for the fact that it's taking us someplace we've been before. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
6/10 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League is in such a rush to prove itself, it trips over its own feet... but keeps getting back up and continuing the race. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
6.5/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) There's a lot to love about The Shape of Water; if only it came together better. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017