is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Lisa Johnson Mandell, Staci Layne Wilson
Rating Title/Year Author
Gemini Man (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell iGemini Man is worth a look for the special effects alone. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Joker (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell One of the most gratuitously grim films of the decade, you can't help but wonder for whom the film rolls. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Since it's so closely associated with Lisa Nowak's story, many find fault because it doesn't exactly embrace her narrative. But the film can and should stand on its own. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell I'd call it painfully sappy if I didn't love those plucky characters, their costumes, their architecture and their interior design so much. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Expectations flew high for the film adaptation of this best-loved book. But instead of soaring, it takes a dive. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell it's a riveting story, dazzlingly told from a female perspective, that puts the stiletto on the other foot. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell While director Andy Muschietti does a fine job of keeping the creeps coming, after awhile all those chases, attacks, morphing and jump scares just become numbing. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Don't Let Go (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Great hook, messy resolution. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Just the right ratio of gore to giggles. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Blanchett's performance is the highlight. The rest is a limp string of memorable moments from the book, listlessly assembled with no apparent regard for suspense or intensity. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell The tone seems muddled - the discordant flash mob routines feel like music videos, and when the letters of lyrics whirl around it feels like an antidepressant commercial. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell While the individual performances are superb, the plot doesn't cook them up into anything very savory. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Perfect popcorn scares for summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Despite its lackluster narration and unoriginal storytelling, The Art of Racing in the Rain is sweet, harmless and emotional. There are worse things for a film to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell A spinoff from the wildly successful muscle car/muscle men franchise, the film is the raucous epitome of the bromantic action comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Tarantino has skillfully crafted each shot for sly, intentional effect, and although his storytelling is somewhat laid back, not one of the 159 minutes is wasted. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell I would have loved to see director John Favreau infuse more fantasy and wonder, as he did with the live action version of The Jungle Book. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Stuber (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's an unlikely buddy comedy for the decade, with themes of disruption and masculinity mixed in with the humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Midsommar is bound to burrow under the skins of horror fans and will more than likely be regarded as one of the best of its genre this year. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Staci Layne Wilson [It's] the best of the Annabelle movies overall. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's a small film that I wish would have been bigger. But it does have heart to spare, thanks to Danny Boyle's tender direction from an endearing script by Richard Curtis. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Staci Layne Wilson In spite of a few eye-roller lines, Child's Play is harmless fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's stronger for all the roads it didn't take: no scatological humor, no hammering of politically correct messages, no garish pop tunes wedged in to keep the energy up. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
The Quiet One (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Wyman's not someone we usually hear from [in The Rolling Stones], so his take on the whole 'rock n roll circus' that began in the swinging sixties feels fresh. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Staci Layne Wilson Interesting to watch present-day Crosby go back over his old stomping grounds in Laurel Canyon, which is juxtaposed with home videos and footage from the 60s. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Staci Layne Wilson It's a fanciful, grainy swirl of rock doc / mockumentary . EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Director F. Gary Gray allows the adept cast to breathe a little new life into the franchise, although he doesn't quite restore it to vibrant health. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Late Night (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Biting comedy and crisp commentary, not just about diversity of gender and race, but also of age and demographics. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell A clever, refreshing superpower flick where the hero, villain and many supporting cast members are powerful females. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Ma (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell There are too few nervous giggles for Ma to be campy, and too few jump scares for Ma to be frightening. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Because of its many other virtues, Rocketman can be forgiven for using that worn out, used up device of telling the story via rehab group therapy sessions. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell It's infinitely better than the stage version, but not quite on par with the animated feature. Still, it's a fine film for the fam to see over Memorial Day weekend. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell An original twist on a trite plot line that follows the last big fling before graduation. Booksmart turns the trope on its ear by dispensing with cliched stereotypes. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
A Dog's Journey (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Resistance is futile. Scratch its belly. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Thomas Newman's score is lovely, cinematography by Lasse Frank Johannessen is dramatic. Combined under the direction of Dome Karukoski, they've managed to fashion a fine film. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell The film doesn't deliver on its initial promise. What we have here is a failure to ingratiate. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
Poms (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell While there are a few literal and figurative moments of in-your-face pom pom shaking, this movie is nothing to cheer about. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Staci Layne Wilson JT LeRoy is an entertaining enough treatise on the perils of fame and fiction, and what happens to those who allow fact and fabrication to blur into far more than 50 shades of gray. But it's one you'll want to catch on the couch, not at the cineplex. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Who would have thought the graceful, elegant and Oscar winning Charlize Theron and the dorky, often outrageous Seth Rogan would make such a perfect pair? EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Kudos to Anthony and Joe Russo for so elegantly tying together 21 movies and 25 heroes, giving poignant and satisfying send-offs to some, fresh new beginnings to others. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
William (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell A surprisingly gentle yet provocative sci-fi drama about the evolution of a fish out of water. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Breakthrough (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Sustenance for the faith-based and an interesting look at a devout culture for non-believers. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell For a pretty much by-the-numbers ghost story, it scared the hell out of me. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell An excruciating amount of ridiculous exposition numbs the audience to the relentless bludgeoning that happens in between. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Little (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell The actors do the best they can with the material they're given, but the script is awkward, lurching from scene to scene with minimal setup or payoff. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Lisa Johnson Mandell Leigh deserves credit for exposing the blot on his hometown history with such distinctive strokes. Still, it's a long, slow wait for a devastatingly brutal and violent ending. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell Terrific performances by Rockwell, an extremely convincing bigoted good-old-boy, and Henson, who throws her all into the character, take the film to another level. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell The new superhero in town bursts on screen in a blaze of adolescent energy and excitement. At last we have a DC character filled with mirth rather than mourning. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Staci Layne Wilson For those familiar with the King source material, you'll get what you're hoping for, plus a few new twists. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Lisa Johnson Mandell There's a lot to love about Disney's new live action reboot of the 1941 animated classic. Just keep your eye on the elephants, and all will be well. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019