Crooked Marquee

Crooked Marquee is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Britt Hayes, Caroline Madden, Eric D. Snider, Jason Bailey, Marshall Shaffer, Meredith Borders, Scott Weinberg
Rating Title/Year Author
B Queen of Hearts (2019) Marshall Shaffer Watching the dynamics flip proves a riveting watch for a viewer of Queen of Hearts. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017) Marshall Shaffer [A] deeply discomfiting examination of white identity and privilege with the power to rattle viewers to their core. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
A- Parasite (2019) Eric D. Snider A scathing satire-farce-tragedy-horror... You might not like where it goes, but you certainly won't forget it. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
B- Harriet (2019) Abby Olcese Harriet may not be challenging, and it may not be great art, but it's hard to fault the film for how much it wants its audience to respect its subject. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
C Countdown (2019) Eric D. Snider It's like Final Destination without the cleverness, The Ring without the scariness. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
B- Greener Grass (2019) Eric D. Snider An absurdist suburban satire, arch and surreal... Wears thin before it's over, but it made me laugh enough overall to recommend it. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
C+ Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Eric D. Snider Hit-or-miss follow-up that brings back the original cast of post-zombie-apocalypse survivors just to put them through the same paces as last time. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
A- The Lighthouse (2019) Eric D. Snider A fabulous, unnerving sea chantey meant to rattle us with slow-burning madness. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
B- In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Eric D. Snider A reasonably OK science-fiction police procedural... The meat of the story is exciting sci-fi business. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
C+ Gemini Man (2019) Eric D. Snider It's fitting that a movie about clones should seem so much like a copy of other movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
C+ The Addams Family (2019) Eric D. Snider A few chuckles, but the story is bland, warmed-over "be yourself" pablum you've seen a thousand times. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B+ Jojo Rabbit (2019) Eric D. Snider If you can take some rough chuckles, it's a wonderfully spirited and deeply humane story that revels in ridiculing antisemitism and small-mindedness. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
B 4x4 (2019) Eric D. Snider Doesn't lose steam until we leave the vehicle... As long as we're confined to a small space we're caught in the thrill of Ciro's struggle for survival. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
C Joker (2019) Eric D. Snider A gritty, Very Serious, faux-provocative movie with nothing to say. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
D Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Eric D. Snider Gross, stupid, sleazy, exploitative and almost certainly falsely titled. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
B Downton Abbey (2019) Eric D. Snider It's all fine. It's Downton Abbey. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
B+ The Death of Dick Long (2019) Eric D. Snider A funny story that addresses topics normally played straight. The whole thing sounds like a joke, and it is, but it's not the joke you're thinking of. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
B- Judy (2019) Eric D. Snider As is so often the case, we're left with a terrific, endearing, pitch-perfect performance trapped in a movie that isn't nearly worthy of it. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
B The Golden Glove (2019) Eric D. Snider I don't see how the film is of any value other than as a technical exercise (for filmmakers and actors, not murderers), but the craft of it is undeniable. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
B Synchronic (2019) Eric D. Snider Enthralling sci-fi... The style is languid but never draggy, complemented by a dreamy musical score. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
C+ Don't Let Go (2019) Eric D. Snider Starts with a perfectly good premise, it soon turns into a formulaic police procedural with the most obvious, easily guessed resolution. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Corpus Christi (2019) Marshall Shaffer The compelling moral drama at the core of Corpus Christi sums up much of the religious dialogue I noticed at TIFF 2019. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer [The] film presents a compelling case that religious institutions are failing people by gravitating toward extremes and abandoning a sensible center based in basic scriptural principles. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer The film provides a moving portrait of how people can make the choice to treat their disability as an enhancement, not an impairment, to their experience of life. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Marshall Shaffer The effect is to render all viewers children - not because [Heller] thinks that little of us, but because she wants as much for us as Mr. Rogers does for Vogel and everyone else. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
B Ford v Ferrari (2019) Eric D. Snider A sturdy, old-fashioned movie, made from a template but delivered with gusto. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
A- Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Eric D. Snider A perfect example of how genre films can help us engage with real-world crises without being overwhelmed or discouraged by them. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
C- Angel Has Fallen (2019) Eric D. Snider Gerard Butler is not good at anything, and it's time we stopped trying to make him be. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
B+ The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Eric D. Snider It seems the best way to make a movie out of a smartphone game is to ignore almost everything about the game and just have fun with the characters. Who knew? EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Extra Ordinary (2019) Marshall Shaffer Some of the hijinks that follow in Extra Ordinary are a little silly [...] yet that doesn't take away from the fascinating premise set up by Loughman and Ahern. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer All those willing to stare fearlessly into this abyss will find that Yerzhanov's impeccable attention to detail [...] makes for a haunting experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer Otsuichi does not stop with the obvious conclusion that cellphones and the internet are bad. Instead, his film pinpoints the omnipresence of meaningless details on social media as the culprit. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
El increíble finde menguante (2019) Marshall Shaffer What looks on paper like a retread of Groundhog Day becomes so much more in the hands of writer-director Jon Mikel Cabrero. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
Killerman (2019) Marshall Shaffer Malik Baderman's Killerman was perhaps not the best use of two hours of my time. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer The Wretched delivers on the horror it sets out to provide first and foremost, yet it fell a bit short of the reopening of childhood trauma standard established in the introduction to the screening. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
() Marshall Shaffer Black Magic for White Boys ends up resembling the kind of urbane satire that might make Turkel's counterparts in Manhattan blush, but its thematic bite pierces the skin. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
B Good Boys (2019) Eric D. Snider The endearing performances and the characters' underlying decency give it a lot of heart, besides being very funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
B Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Eric D. Snider The creatures are terrifically unsettling, and Øvredal taps into the frenzied logic of nightmares with unnerving accuracy. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
C The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Eric D. Snider Should feel tearjerkingly familiar to fans of Ventimiglia's TV show This Is Us; it has that gentle broadcast-television gloss to it. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
D+ Airplane Mode (2018) Eric D. Snider We may think that as a society we have done nothing to deserve the image of a lactating Nick Swardson, but we are fooling ourselves. This is who we are. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
C+ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Eric D. Snider The action is fun, but everything in between, especially Hobbs' tacked-on family issues, is tedious, and the whole thing overstays its welcome by a good 30 minutes. Like I said, it's a Fast & Furious movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
B+ Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Eric D. Snider Tarantino's moseying, sentimental love letter to Hollywood of 50 years ago is surprisingly tender - 98% of it is one of his gentlest movies (the other 2% - YIKES). EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
D- Purge of Kingdoms (2019) Eric D. Snider A staggeringly cheap debacle full of easy, obvious lameness. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
C The Lion King (2019) Eric D. Snider A spiritless, nearly shot-for-shot remake - with enough padding and slow pacing to make it 30 minutes longer than the original - that looks incredible and feels hollow. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
C+ Stuber (2019) Eric D. Snider Most of the film's sporadic laughs are situational, the result of a Mr. Magoo cop and a hysterical civilian stumbling around together taking out bad guys. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
B Midsommar (2019) Eric D. Snider A sunlit pagan nightmare that is (deliberately) less scary than 'Hereditary' but almost as disturbing. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
B Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Eric D. Snider A sturdy, stylish, meat-and-potatoes haunted-house movie better than anything in the series other than the first two Conjurings. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
B Toy Story 4 (2019) Eric D. Snider My least favorite of the four, but least favorite compared to three grade-A movies is still pretty good. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
C Anna (2019) Eric D. Snider Most of it's bland, formulaic espionage nonsense with Google-translated dialogue, ungainly attempts at comedy, and Besson's leering gaze. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
D+ Shaft (2019) Eric D. Snider What a tedious and embarrassing, non-badass spectacle. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019