Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Creative Loafing, Film Frenzy
Official Websites: thefilmfrenzy.com/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) When you've seen one toothy, slobbering demon, you've seen 'em all -- the fact that one has spider legs while another sports saggy breasts while yet another has a generous Gene-Simmons-in-KISS tongue ultimately doesn't make any difference. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
2.5/4 97% The Witches (1990) The combo of Roald Dahl and Nicolas Roeg promises something deep and dark, but Roeg unexpectedly includes ample amounts of ill-fitting humor that nullifies much of the mood. As for Dahl, he initially tried to have his name removed from the picture. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/4 33% Scars of Dracula (1970) Easily the most underrated of all the Dracula pictures produced by Hammer Films. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/4 100% The Man in the White Suit (1951) Shows what the extraordinary Alec Guinness can bring to a role. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Alec Guinness earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination and T.E.B. Clarke a Best Story and Screenplay Oscar win for this captivating tale. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3.5/4 100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) A diabolically clever comedy. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3.5/4 94% Jezebel (1938) The immortal 1950 masterpiece All About Eve is the movie that houses Bette Davis' best performance, but certainly ranking in the top five would be her mesmerizing turn in this Civil War-era melodrama. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3.5/4 94% Aladdin (1992) It's the supporting roster that makes the movie. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/4 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is at heart a standard underdog story, only with a strip club as its setting rather than a baseball diamond or a boxing ring. And Jennifer Lopez delivers her best performance since Bill Clinton was in office. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/4 64% Human Capital (2019) A low-key, low-simmer effort that benefits from a suitably kaleidoscopic narrative and a number of fine performances. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 61% Stephen King's It (1990) The entire project deflates just as it should be building to a crescendo, and the final battle proves to be a crushing disappointment. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/4 70% The Front Page (1974) Carol Burnett is terrible, but everyone else delivers the goods, from Austin Pendleton as the sweet and slightly befuddled convict to Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau playing to their usual strengths. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2.5/4 67% Dinosaurus! (1960) Gregg Martell is a hoot as the bewildered caveman, anticipating Brendan Fraser's later turn in Encino Man, and the effects are similarly enjoyable. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2.5/4 80% The 4D Man (1959) An offbeat effort worthy of a viewing. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
1.5/4 No Score Yet Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966) John Carradine frequently stated in interviews that his worst film by far was Billy the Kid vs. Dracula. There are certainly plenty of candidates -- I personally would opt for 1969's Blood of Dracula's Castle -- but his point is well taken. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/4 69% Moonfleet (1955) A rare misfire for the great Fritz Lang. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The Inland Sea (1992) This offers intriguing peeks at hidden or vanishing cultures. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/4 88% Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Préparez vos mouchoirs) (1978) Often problematic (particularly during the second half) but also marked by scintillating dialogue and splendid performances. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
2/4 71% All Is True (2019) All Is True ultimately has more in common with The Real Housewives of Atlanta than with The Merry Wives of Windsor. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/4 100% Wagon Master (1950) Cinematographer Bert Glennon comes up with a number of impressive artistic compositions, although the film's biggest treat is seeing Ben Johnson given the opportunity to show off his sly charm and easygoing demeanor. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) One of the year's more unusual and unlikely efforts. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/4 75% Battling Butler (1926) Battling Butler isn't nearly as uproarious as other Keaton classics, although it's sturdy enough to qualify as a good time. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3.5/4 100% Seven Chances (1925) The final third of the picture constitutes one of Keaton's defining set-pieces. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Dakota Johnson is superior to her reputation, and sustained work in indie efforts will bear that out. As for Shia LaBeouf, he has never been better in a movie. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
2/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Its chief selling points are that it's not as stridently stupid as Olympus Has Fallen nor as obnoxiously xenophobic as London Has Fallen. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
2.5/4 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) As long as everyone can keep track of Bernadette, Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a savvy and satisfying seriocomedy. It's when its protagonist goes missing that the film heads south -- both physically and metaphorically. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
2/4 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Aside from your 8-year-old nephew, does anyone even remember the specifics of the first film? And aside from your cousin's 6-year-old daughter, was anyone even clamoring for a sequel? - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
1.5/4 26% London Has Fallen (2016) London Has Fallen suggests the sort of film Leni Riefenstahl might have made had she bade Hitler "Auf Wiederhesen" and trotted off to enjoy a lucrative Hollywood contract under David O. Selznick. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
2/4 49% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) It's all very busy but not especially exciting, and it does little to transcend what was doubtless its pitched tag as Die Hard Meets Air Force One. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
3/4 90% Magnificent Obsession (1954) Jane Wyman earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination, but it's really Rock Hudson (in a star-making performance) who dominates the film. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet No Place Like Home (2006) A gentler work than The Harder They Come in its flow and many of its images (more of the country's beauty shines through in this one). - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
3/4 91% The Harder They Come (1973) A rough, raw and realistic work that became a box office sensation in its homeland and a cult favorite stateside. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
1.5/4 51% Cruising (1980) An absolute bust as a murder-mystery, as a character study, and as an in-depth look at an alternative culture. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
3/4 94% An Angel at My Table (1990) A celebration of the creative process and its ability to hone, heal, and save. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) A late-summer bookend to the early-summer Booksmart, Good Boys may not match the earlier picture's overall excellence but gives it a decent run in the humor department. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
3/4 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Like this summer's sleeper hit Yesterday, Blinded by the Light serves as another ode to classic rock and all that it represents. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
2.5/4 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) A slight fright night. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
2.5/4 60% Vice Squad (1982) Hubley's good and Hauser's great, but, sleaze factor aside, there's little to distinguish this from a standard episode of, say, Kojak or T.J. Hooker. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
3.5/4 86% The Reflecting Skin (1990) Haunting and hypnotic, The Reflecting Skin gets under the skin and is content to remain there. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet Merril's Marauders (1962) The film is somewhat unique for its time, but its approach strips the characters of much personality. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
1.5/4 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The appearance by Father Perez marks this as another entry in The Conjuring Universe, but I daresay that a character from a different Warner property -- say, Clint Eastwood's drug smuggler from The Mule -- would have made for a more interesting crossover. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Chairman (1969) Not without interest, The Chairman is somewhat dry compared to the other three pictures Peck made with director J. Lee Thompson. Yet the central role is a good fit for the actor. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
3/4 89% Behold a Pale Horse (1964) Gregory Peck is appropriately more gruff and guttural than usual in this interesting drama. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Even dog lovers (raising my hand here) and specifically Golden Retriever owners (ditto) might balk at the clumsy nature of this adaptation of Garth Stein's novel. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) To quote everyone's favorite uncle, with great power comes great responsibility, and we see none of that in The Kitchen. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
3/4 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) An enjoyable family feature with the ability to please even adults with limited knowledge of the popular Nickelodeon show. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) While a Calvin and Hobbes movie might seem like a better bet, a Hobbs and Shaw film at least provides a fair amount of mounting excitement. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
3/4 99% The Farewell (2019) The act of not informing someone about their own health -- particularly when a fatal diagnosis is involved -- is a hot-button issue, and the strength of The Farewell is how it patiently explores both sides of the divide. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Warlock (1959) The dense storyline doesn't always pan out as expected in this top-flight Western. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
1.5/4 15% Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) Those with no investment in MMPR lore will find it tough going throughout. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019