Matt Brunson

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 88% Winter Kills (1979) The satiric edge qualifies the film as a sick joke, which helps explain why the studio was reluctant to support it and why the public was reluctant to watch it. But it is audacious, and it's easy to see why it has developed a modest cult following. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/4 88% Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Oscar-nominated Bridges is terrific, with his funny, freewheeling turn effectively loosening up Eastwood and allowing the superstar to appear more relaxed and less tight-lipped than usual. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/4 97% Spirited Away (2002) Creative beyond all reason or expectation, this deserving winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar is a phenomenal achievement. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet Road Games (1981) The first hour of Road Games is so expertly assembled that it's downright tragic when the picture spins out of control during the second half. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
2/4 78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) This Is Spinal Tap was able to turn the knob up to 11 -- with Popstar, 4 on the dial is the best one can reasonably expect. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
3.5/4 89% Charley Varrick (1973) Walter Matthau is excellent, and Joe Don Baker makes for a truly hissable villain. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/4 100% Madigan (1968) Gritty and low-key. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) If Rush was a movie about men who raced cars, this one is as much about the cars as the characters. In fact, the Ford GT40 emerges as such a prominent player that it wouldn't be surprising if Fox mounted a Supporting Actor Oscar campaign on its behalf. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
3/4 63% The Good Liar (2019) Before it's over, the film will have deepened into something more than just a story about a con man trying to bilk an elderly woman out of her money. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
3/4 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Whereas the comedy of To Be or Not to Be and The Producers was largely rooted in slapstick and dialogue, Jojo Rabbit finds Waititi taking a more surreal approach. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
2/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Rose the Hat is an original and unsettling character. The other members of the True Knot are far less threatening, coming across less as avatars of unspeakable evil and more as burned-out roadies still following their favorite '70s band decades later. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
2/4 42% Midway (2019) Director Roland Emmerich's 1996 smash Independence Day won an Oscar for its special effects, but, since then, the visuals in his films seem to be getting worse, not better. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
3/4 48% Last Christmas (2019) Last Christmas is so adept at capturing the spirit and warmth of the season that the obvious twist honestly wasn't even needed to stick the landing. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
2.5/4 50% The Swan Princess (1994) Like Hook, Hocus Pocus, and a few other family-friendly flicks from the 1990s, this was so beloved by its target audience that nostalgia has convinced these now-grown-up fans that the movie is actually excellent. Still, it possesses some minor charms. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
1.5/4 39% Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) One big chill. The only thing that moves with any purpose in this picture is the weather. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre) (1982) Although the answer to the is-he-or-isn't-he question is never really in doubt, this is nonetheless a fascinating film. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 94% Matewan: A Luta Final (1987) Matewan is a richly textured film, boosted by Haskell Wexler's Oscar-nominated cinematography and boasting a remarkable cast of established stars, promising newcomers, and Sayles regulars. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 75% Kundun (1997) Mesmerizing as visual pageantry but anemic when it comes to allowing access to this man or his religion. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 89% Galaxy Quest (1999) The idea behind Galaxy Quest is a terrific one -- it's just too bad the movie never quite fulfills its promise or its premise. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 100% Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Lemmon has given a sizable number of terrific performances over his career, and this one qualifies as a Top 10 entry. As for Remick, she's never been better. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) A black-and-white mood piece in which two men frequently talk while sitting at the dinner table. That might make this sound like My Dinner with Andre, except that art-house hit inexplicably didn't make room for a mermaid in its tale. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) There's depth in the character and intuitiveness in Norton's interpretation. Consequently, there's value in Motherless Brooklyn as both an interesting character study and a satisfying mystery. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2/4 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) In this instance, familiarity doesn't breed contempt as much as it fosters complacency. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 89% Sunday Girl (2019) The deadpan demeanor and air of insouciance that podcaster Dasha Nekrasova employed to destroy a couple of InfoWars airheads at SXSW are in full bloom in this quirky indie effort. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Master of the Game (1984) Typical of the engrossing, lavishly produced miniseries that were all the rage during the 1980s. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/4 83% Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) This is the usual Hollywood biopic that contains almost as much fiction as fact, but that doesn't dim enjoyment of this celebration of one of the all-time great horror stars. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Dark Eyes of London (Dead Eyes of London) (The Human Monster) (Dr. Orloff) (1940) Despite the title, despite the presence of Bela Lugosi, and despite the movie's standing as the first U.K.-produced horror picture to earn the British Film Censors' "H" classification, The Human Monster isn't a horror flick as much as it's a mystery. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
2.5/4 40% From Beyond the Grave (1973) While From Beyond the Grave doesn't quite rank with the best of the anthology horror films, it's still a safe bet for suckers of this sort of thing. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/4 69% The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) The comedy runs hot-and-cold, but the film is unique in its structure. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/4 94% The Devil Rides Out (1968) The film's greatest strength rests in the casting of Christopher Lee as the hero rather than the villain. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
2/4 60% The Blob (1988) After Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing, and The Fly demonstrated that classic 1950s fantasy flicks could be reconfigured in new and exciting ways, The Blob took a step backward, offering gorier effects but little else to absorb. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/4 51% Black and Blue (2019) It pulls off its conventional material in interesting ways. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
2.5/4 59% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) This is fascinating material, but it's also, perhaps unavoidably, too much material for one movie to adequately tackle. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
1/4 25% Countdown (2019) As a horror film, Countdown is feeble in almost every regard. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
1.5/4 14% Dracula's Dog (1981) Originally making the rounds under the title Dracula's Dog, Zoltan ... Hound of Dracula turns out to be a real bow-wow. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
3.5/4 98% When We Were Kings (1996) At the time, it was a given that Foreman was going to slaughter Ali in the ring; the beauty of this movie is that it shows in amazing detail the process through which Ali stepped up to the challenge and succeeded against all expectations. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet Phobia (1980) There's so little sense of style in this turkey that Huston's involvement must have solely consisted of yelling, "Action!" and "Cut!" from inside his trailer. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
3.5/4 96% Our Hospitality (1923) One of the silent comedian's most popular pictures. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
3.5/4 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) If the first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club, then the first rule of The Art of Self-Defense is that you should talk about The Art of Self-Defense to anyone who will listen. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
2.5/4 31% The Current War (2019) An interesting and important story told in a lackadaisical fashion. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
3/4 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Double Tap shows that there's still life left in this undead franchise. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
2.5/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) This Maleficent might be far from magnificent, but as a fractured fairy tale, it mostly gets the job done. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
2/4 43% Quartet (1981) Adjani somehow won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her deer-in-headlights performance, although it's Smith who best conveys the desperation of her character. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
2/4 26% The Omen (2006) The devil taking over the world is a terrifying concept, yet there's so little urgency to the proceedings that you'd think his master plan extended only to prank phone calls to the Vatican and TPing ministers' houses. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
2/4 17% Omen IV - The Awakening (1991) An attempt to revive the franchise in the chintziest way possible, with a film made for network television. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
1.5/4 30% Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981) A shoddy effort that looks and feels nothing like the first two pictures in the series. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/4 44% Damien---Omen II (1978) The most underrated film in the franchise. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
3.5/4 85% The Omen (1976) One of the finest horror films of the 1970s. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
2.5/4 57% Hercules in the Haunted World (1961) The acting (aside from Lee) is wooden and the script extremely choppy, but the film is elevated by Bava's renowned eye for atmospherics. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
3.5/4 88% Häxan (Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages) (The Witches) (1929) Those looking for something different to watch won't do much better than this delirious Swedish documentary from the silent era. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019