Wesley Lovell

Wesley Lovell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Movies have always been a passion for me. Even when I was a child, I wanted to see movies that my grandparents wouldn't want me to see. Everything changed for me in 1990 when I sat down to watch the Academy Awards for the first time. I had a personal favorite going into the race and knew little to nothing about the awards themselves. Against odds that I was not aware of then, Driving Miss Daisy took home the trophy for Best Picture. I was ecstatic and it became my personal mission to study the Academy Awards and become a first rate prognosticator. In 1996, I founded The Oscar Guy, my personal website for the Academy Awards. Over time as I finished my studies in film, I began writing reviews in order to embellish my site. In 1997, I joined the Online Film Critics Society and have been a proud member ever since. In 2006, I was elected a governor of the Online Film Critics Society and am working on a number of projects that I feel will bring further prestige to the organization. I graduated from then Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in 1999 with a BS in Communications/Mass Media. Through my studies, my intense love of movies grew and I have used much of that training to increase my filmic vocabulary and continue to work to increase my knowledge of historical contexts.
Favorites:
There are many movies that I enjoy but among my most beloved are Sunrise, Schindler's List, Citizen Kane, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Publications: Apollo Guide, Cinema Sight
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Springfield, Missouri, USA

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 87% Jackie (2016) Seldom has a portrait of a familiar (a)political figure felt so focused, so fierce, and so familiar. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/4 58% Bad Moms (2016) While a structurally mediocre film, the comedy is fun and bawdy in all the best ways. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/4 30% Passengers (2016) If toxic masculinity were a film, this would be it. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/4 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Exploring grief and resentment through the eyes of two former lovers, the film is a riveting artistic achievement. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 98% Moonlight (2016) A coming (out) of age story that strikes the perfect balance between its exploration of sexuality and its exploration of identity. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) An entertaining film, but one overburdened by a formulaic structure. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/4 87% First Man (2018) A thrilling, well constructed character drama that doesn't pull its punches. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Better than it has any right to be, this post-apocalyptic superhero film has significantly more merits than demerits. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Some of its themes might be obvious. Some of its direction might be surprisingly strong. Either way, it is entertaining. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) World building and plot seeding sometimes bogs down this entertaining and imaginative sequel to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) There will never be a better take on the Spider-Man character. This film is better than 90% of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films that Disney has put out. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) An engaging racial drama from the master of the craft Spike Lee. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Some strong shorts make up a horrendously depressing slate. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) A strong bunch of incredibly depressing short films. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
1.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Another lump of coal in the DC Extended Universe stocking. Unnecessarily loud and horribly written. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) A terrific feminist take on one of the most popular characters in British history. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 92% Bumblebee (2018) It's what Transformers fans have wanted and needed for a long time. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It took too long to get a woman at the head of a Marvel Cinematic Universe film and it's about time. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3.5/4 66% Vice (2018) A strange biopic that presents Dick Cheney, warts and all, but never entirely humanizes him, which is a good thing. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Willem Dafoe needs a better vessel for this performance. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) A simplistic, uninspiring reflection on Freddie Mercury's life with Queen's tremendous soundtrack doing most of the heavy lifting. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) A hackneyed, simplistic take on a serious subject. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Beautiful performances, gorgeous photography, stirring screenplay, wonderful music. Everything brought together with strength and wisdom by Barry Jenkins. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/4 88% The Wicker Man (1973) An exploitative mystery horror film in which Edward Woodward overacts his heart out. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) A quasi-futuristic society places old grudges above good intentions in this vivid and arresting animated feature from Wes Anderson, "Isle of Dogs." - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
2.5/4 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) "Bad Times at the El Royale" looks to be trying to spark new life into the genre, but with seemingly little success. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Favourite (2018) On occasion, a film like "The Favourite" comes along to upend convention and tell a compelling historical narrative with visceral, vicious energy. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) "A Star Is Born" proves to be a satisfying, if cliched, version of the classic story. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 91% Widows (2018) Davis' stoicism has been her stock in trade for years. That whip-smart personality of forceful vengeance makes her the ideal woman to head this stellar cast of actors. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 66% Suspiria (2018) Can it compare? Should it compare? Knowing the intention behind the director's vision is as important to that assessment of the film as is knowing the original. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 96% Roma (2018) A beautiful glimpse into middle class malaise in 1970s Mexico, Cuarón shows an affinity for the simplicity of life then and the complexity that often creates waves. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) [The script] is incredibly funny without being intellectually insulting, digging into the core essence of the internet and conveying it with sizzling specificity and cunning slyness. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) "A Quiet Place" upends horror convention with its almost dialogue-free refreshment of the genre. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) For anyone who grew up with Julie Andrews as the ultimate nanny, "Mary Poppins Returns" is a bittersweet affair. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Toni Collette dominates the film like great actresses should. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy plays celebrity biographer Lee Israel as she reaches the nadir of her career. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) The heart that beats beneath Coco is one of passion, care, and tradition. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) While the magic of the original film is dulled a bit with time, the new adventure still impresses. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The era of LGBT cinema has reached a zenith with this film. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) While it may be a Gen-Z era coming out story, it easily resonates for older generations. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
3.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Paul Rudd is always the affable hero and this film makes great use of tropes that have become stale elsewhere in the MCU. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) An engaging biopic with strong performances. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The best "Star Wars" film since the original trilogy. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) While maybe not the greatest show, it is one of the best musicals of the last decade. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Even without the franchise best production design, costumes, cinematography, and effects, "Black Panther" has a compelling story at its heart that makes both heroes and villains relatable. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
2/4 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) A passable, but disappointing finale to a series that started with promise and faded with each successive outing. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Actions don't have consequences, but that seems unimportant in this slice-of-real town USA drama. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 85% Game Night (2018) With so many different types of comedies, there is plenty of room for a slow boil riot like this one. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) Saoirse Ronan is not only finest working actor of her generation, but she elevates everything she's in. With all the things going for this movie, it makes it even better. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
2.5/4 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) A misstep that sets up an overly predictable follow-up where repercussions are inconsequential. - Cinema Sight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018