Phil Villarreal

Phil Villarreal
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Phil Villarreal has been a film critic since 2001. He wrote for the Arizona Daily Star from 2001 to 2009, where he won several Arizona Press Club awards. He then wrote for OK! Magazine and Coed.com. Then he moved to television and now reviews movies for KWBA and KGUN9.com in Tucson. His reviews are syndicated nationally to Scripps station websites.
Favorites:
Waking Life, Swingers, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs, Rocky, True Romance
Location: Tucson
Official Websites: http://becauseitoldyouso.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 24% Gemini Man (2019) Will Smith could be turning in underwhelming performances in perpetuity. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/4 68% Joker (2019) Phoenix's performance of a lifetime yields a comic book film for the ages. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
1/4 82% Abominable (2019) Wastes the talents of competent animators on a slow, perfunctory story that tries to push all the right emotional buttons but ends up just drawing out the obvious. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Lost its heart and mind somewhere in the asteroid belt. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/4 88% Hustlers (2019) A thrilling, #squadgoals crime caper that gets you cheering for its antiheroes as they haul in mountains of ill-gotten cash. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) There's a nagging sense that it could have been so much more. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Yeah, plot isn't quite the movie's strong point. But don't be surprised if you're laughing too loudly and frequently to care. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) A bad bromance in the best of ways. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Iconic roles are nothing new for DiCaprio or Pitt, but neither has ever approached the sort of rich and layered chemistry with a male lead that they conjure together here. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/4 53% The Lion King (2019) Rises to the challenge with a triumphant roar, but not without overcoming as much strain and conflict as young Simba himself. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/4 82% Crawl (2019) There was potential here for a genre-advancing thrill ride, but that sinks quickly to the bottom of the swamp. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Tom Holland continues to thrive in the lead role, far surpassing his predecessors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/4 62% Yesterday (2019) The stiff, perfunctory structure doesn't rob the movie of its magic. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) A complex and not necessarily entirely cohesive story doesn't stop the plot points from delivering solid impact. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
1/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) This is a series that needs to die, and the listless, droll movie accomplishes that task. This is a series that needs to die, and the listless, droll movie accomplishes that task. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's a film that embraces awkwardness, explores tough questions and isn't afraid to let things get weird and uncomfortable. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) A tragic carpet ride. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) This is a movie comfortable in its own goofy skin, and it's an unadulterated thrill to experience from beginning to end. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
1.5/4 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Reynolds and his fans deserve better. Pokemon fans deserve, well, this. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) One of those movies that makes you sit back and smile. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A masterful bombardment of everything that has made the Marvel Cinematic Universe films so impactful. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) If you're seeking any amount of depth or cohesion, you'll find yourself sobbing just like the miserable ghost. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/4 17% Hellboy (2019) A film destined to wallow in purgatory. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 90% Shazam! (2019) The fun, breezy film captures the imaginative joy of curling up with a comic book as a 12-year-old and envisioning the boundless superhero dreams that burst to cinematic life. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Whether or not Disney intended a tale of Dumbo destroying Disneyland to be a metaphor is unclear, but a cynical view of the material can sure read it that way. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 93% Us (2019) This iw a water cooler-worthy experience. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/4 44% Captive State (2019) Shows how resistance is anything but futile. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/4 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) If this is the way Perry is going to use Madea, maybe it's best to cut the character loose after all. Rest in peace, Madea. You're off to a better place. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A triumphant continuation- of a series a generation of kids have grown up with. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/4 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A fun and exciting romp, Alita does Kishiro's vision proud. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The film is packed with inventive songs, the best of which comes in the end credits. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 22% Miss Bala (2019) More miss than baller. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/4 37% Glass (2019) Momentum can be as fragile as glass, and the cracks are all too apparent in this trilogy. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 41% The Upside (2019) Hand-crafted to make you laugh, wince and cry at intervals. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
1.5/4 50% Escape Room (2019) Your plight is the accumulation of questionable choices, and your price is being stuck in a bizarro, idiotic mess for nearly two hours. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Just plain fun, and manages to establish the franchise as a solid pillar to stand alongside Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The web may be tangled, but the beauty lies in its heedless complexity. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/4 84% Creed II (2018) Like the iconic Rocky statue itself, the film and its series are triumphant, immovable and gleaming in bronzed defiance. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper and Gaga's stars are reborn. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) A fantastic beast indeed. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Mercury turns in the performance of his young career, channeling Mercury's flamboyance, charisma and showmanship. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 36% Hunter Killer (2018) It's a crackling and majestic war movie that navigates rough seas with aplomb, making you realize maybe dad is onto something. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) Slashes through decades of misfires to cut to the core of what makes for a horrifying cinematic gauntlet. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 87% First Man (2018) A ruthless edit could have trimmed away some of the ancillary material and reshaped First Man into a leaner, more economical story. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 27% Night School (2018) A waste of talent and time that makes you remember your own school days, watching the clock as it moves too slowly until it frees you from the classroom doldrums. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Do yourself the simple favor of seeing this sooner rather than later. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1.5/4 25% The Nun (2018) Turns out to be the waste of a perfectly good ghost demon. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/4 32% Kin (2018) The plot is tied together so loosely that just about anything goes. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) Plays to the type of viewer who find that the more inappropriate, demented and just plain wrong a joke is, the more likely it is to leave them in stitches. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 80% Alpha (2018) The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next. - ABC Tucson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018