Hollywood Reporter

Tomatometer-approved publication
Rating Title/Year Author
Queen & Slim (2019) Sheri Linden It's a road movie that's timely - the plot reverberates with recent news stories, heartrending and enraging - but also untethered from headlines or the calendar, unfolding in a dreamscape defined by love and community, empowerment and the art of survival. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Angelfish (2019) Beandrea July Lee's film plays it disappointingly safe, never deviating from romantic comedy conventions; there are no real surprises that you can't already see coming. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) John DeFore Buoyed by enjoyable performances by character actors like Paul Ben-Victor, the pic is slight but likeable, especially for fans of its younger leads. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) John DeFore A look at the infamous paper that emphasizes color over critique, it's a blazingly paced film that entertains and informs, even if many viewers who value journalism will groan as they watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Todd McCarthy Unfortunately, if you stop to notice you can readily sense the efforts of the many cooks in the kitchen, recommending a bit more sugar here, a pinch of spice over there, bake this a little longer, put some extra frosting on just for good measure. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Todd McCarthy It's a sad but honest view of the meager amount many people can expect from life. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
() Frank Scheck The epitaph is perhaps hyperbolic, but Searching for Mr. Rugoff provides ample evidence that its subject's legacy deserves to be far better known and appreciated. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Der Bunker (2015) Boyd van Hoeij Though the story's anything but realistic, this doesn't mean that it has nothing to say; Chryssos's well-paced screenplay suggests something, for example, about the dangers of burdening a child with unrealistic expectations... EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Beandrea July Banks brings Charlie's Angels into the modern age with flair, all while unapologetically raising a feminist flag, championing female friendships and subtly making a point about the urgency of the ongoing climate crisis. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Noelle (2019) John DeFore Marc Lawrence's story about Santa's daughter, despite its solid cast, aims squarely at not-too-picky kids and mostly ignores parents' desire to be entertained as well. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
() Deborah Young Kwok draws a convincing end to Bowen's woes, getting the tone just right. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
() Caryn James Trying to address an audience of Gilliam fans, and also offer a Gilliam primer for everyone else, He Dreams of Giants is unlikely to satisfy either group. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
() Stephen Farber This film will not resolve the question of whether technological "progress" represents an advance or a decline in civilization, but it certainly will provoke conversations about that issue. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
() Deborah Young An engrossing stunner. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
() Frank Scheck Flanery chews the scenery with gusto, as if auditioning for the next Quentin Tarantino movie. He's the most enjoyable element in what otherwise proves a flimsy vehicle for its producer/star Natalie Burn. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
The All-Americans (2019) John DeFore As things stand here, we're certainly curious to see where each student winds up (and, to a lesser extent, who wins the game). But we've hardly had an experience we can't get from a reasonably deep newspaper profile. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Good Girls Get High (2018) Frank Scheck The film is sweetly amusing throughout, knowing enough not to wear out its welcome thanks to its fast-paced 77-minute running time. It also benefits enormously from the highly appealing performances of its two leads... EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Jon Frosch Square, tame and tidy as the London-area house kept by Mirren's primly elegant, creamy-complexioned septuagenarian, The Good Liar is a work of skill but little spark. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
() Deborah Young The classic prove-my-innocence whodunit with realistic impulses. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Cold Brook (2018) Frank Scheck Hard to pin down, but moving nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
() Deborah Young An exceedingly bizarre love story that is too distanced to be moving, but still has its visual and other pleasures. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Image Makers: The Adventures of America's Pioneer Cinematographers (2019) Sheri Linden Image Makers brings such historical bullet points to vivid life. It's a spirited and well-crafted tribute to movie craftsmanship. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Look Away (2019) John DeFore Much too precious to be believed. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Primal (2019) John DeFore It's a time-killer at best, but one that can be enjoyed with only occasional moments of guilt. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Midway (2019) John DeFore Even a moviegoer who (like this one) is theoretically willing to see yesteryear's war-film genre reanimated with 21st-century production values will find little to love in Midway, which, despite a big budget and talented cast, is oddly unmoving. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) Robyn Bahr Watching the show became an inevitable sine wave of delight and boredom. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
() Deborah Young The full force of Obayashi's preference for the experimental makes itself felt. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) John DeFore It's a misfire by just about any measure, but it earns some warm feelings for its determination not to be like anything else currently in circulation. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Get Santa (2014) Leslie Felperin [A]s they say in merry old England, a curate's egg, good in parts. Some parts - the solid cast, a few well-turned one-liners - are really quite good indeed, although viewers have to wade through a moderate fug of reindeer fart jokes to get to them. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
The Remains of the Day (1993) David Hunter Beautiful to look at and deeply moving in many scenes. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Klaus (2019) John DeFore You see where this is going, but Pablos and company relish the journey - and, without pandering, they move just deliberately enough to let viewers delight in seeing how the pieces will fit together. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Lady and the Tramp (2019) John DeFore Probably the dullest to date of the live-action (or quasi-live) remakes of beloved Disney animated films... further explores the limitations of having real (or digitally realistic) critters stand in for the talking animals of yesteryear. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Arctic Dogs (2019) Frank Scheck Lacking much in the way of humor or charm, the film, directed by Aaron Woodley, culminates with the sort of frenetic, action-laden climactic sequence that has become de rigueur for these offerings. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
() Deborah Young What distinguishes the doc from similarly titled Discovery and National Geographic ethnographic studies is its general effacement of the filmmaker from the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
A New Kind of Love (1963) James Powers A New Kind of Love is actually the good old reliable kind of love, but served up in a chic, uninhibited farce that makes the eternal theme as sprightly as spring. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
White Riot (2019) Stephen Dalton An engaging historical story with timely contemporary echoes. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Etruscan Smile (2018) Frank Scheck While Cox's typically sterling performance is not quite enough to rescue The Etruscan Smile from succumbing to bathos, it goes a long way toward making the film palatable. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
() Jordan Mintzer A well-played and melancholic remarriage dramedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Bloody Marie (2019) John DeFore Wolff, who impressed critics last year in Wolfgang Fischer's Styx, makes another strong turn here, grounding what could have become a merely lurid tale of dissipation, danger and sex work. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
In Full Bloom (2019) Stephen Dalton An impressively polished debut feature, admirably ambitious and elegantly crafted. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Todd McCarthy Just when things threaten to slow to a stall, you can count on Ferguson to roar to the occasion to shake you; when she's around, she's the whole show, threatening, cajoling, erotically boiling when prey is at hand. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Bronx, USA (2019) Frank Scheck Offers an alternately moving and amusing exercise in infectious nostalgia that should prove appealing even to viewers who weren't in the 1949 graduating class of DeWitt Clinton High School. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Stargate (1994) David Hunter Stargate is a blast from the past in many ways, but it imaginatively employs the latest special effects technology to give audiences new thrills. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
() Deborah Young There's something courageous about this comic analysis of a young couple who make each other's life miserable, not least the fact that it's based on the writer-director's autobiographical novel. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
() Deborah Young A crowd-pleasing fantasy with a feminist punch. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
() Deborah Young Though samurai comedies are rare, they are also hard to pull off, and the present Edo period film by Yoshihiro Nakamura is no exception. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
() Deborah Young Given all its historical baggage, Tora-san, Wish You Were Here is surprisingly pleasurable to watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Pillow Talk (1959) Jack Moffitt The most exciting thing about it is that, under the surprisingly sophisticated direction of Michael Gordon, Rock Hudson undergoes the metamorphosis from stock leading man to one of the best light comedians in the business. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Under Siege (1992) Duane Byrge Die Hard on a ship, this Steven Seagal starrer is a hard-charged, perfectly detonated actioner that should especially delight especially macho mainstreamers. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Get Shorty (1995) David Hunter How cool can a mere movie be? A perfect cast and great script, based on a hilariously witty best seller, are key elements. When you add a talented director and let the magic of Hollywood take over, the result is Get Shorty. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019