About Boulder

About Boulder is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Tim Brennan
Rating Title/Year Author
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Tim Brennan There's a vast world of difference between fun and stupid, and Zombieland: Double Tap manages to be consistently entertaining without actively causing brain trauma to viewers. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Tim Brennan If the shrug emoji were transformed into a movie, that movie would be Gemini Man. This a weird concept, considering the pedigree of the people involved in the film. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
Joker (2019) Tim Brennan I can't say that Joker is a great film. Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix, and the cast and crew have made a very good movie that's sure to polarize audiences and, like Fight Club, is sure to be misunderstood. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Tim Brennan First Blood examined a man grappling with PTSD that's forced into violence. Last Blood, unfortunately, examines a franchise grappling with a shocking lack of relevance. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Tim Brennan Ad Astra is a special film, the kind of film that isn't made much now or back in the day. You owe it to yourself to see it. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
() Tim Brennan Talented direction, impressive acting, and a perceptive screenplay make Low Low a gritty gem of a film. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Tim Brennan The casting is strong, the film has a genuinely epic sprawl, and for every moment of dodgy CGI there's another that feels creative and alarming. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Tim Brennan Directors Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz have made their feature debut with intelligence, warmth, and nuance. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Tim Brennan Making a horror-comedy requires balance. Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett get that, and they have made a gory and goofy good time at the movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Tim Brennan I was fascinated by The Farewell and by Lulu Wang's judgment-free direction. Her command of tone is highly impressive, and she's made a film about the end of life that's frequently funny and warm. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
Surprise Me! (2017) Tim Brennan Surprise Me!, the new film from writer/director Nancy Goodman, feels like more of the same, but it's got a unique subplot that deserves your attention. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Tim Brennan The fact remains that, while it's not his best film, it's a work of art. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Tim Brennan Directed by Riley Stearns, the film has a tone of deadpan absurdity that I absolutely adored. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Tim Brennan Midsommar is more than your standard issue spook-a-blast. It's an art film, a depraved travelogue, and a psychological assault rolled into one. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Tim Brennan Spider-Man: Far From Home is about exactly that, the idea that everyone needs a breather after big stuff happens, but the real world is always there waiting for you. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Tim Brennan A great movie could be made about a Beatle-free world. Yesterday, unfortunately, is not that movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Tim Brennan Rocketman is a solidly good film, but Elton John has lived a life of gigantic peaks and valleys. He deserves a film that compliments his life. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Tim Brennan Men in Black II sucked. Men in Black 3, despite a hilarious performance from Josh Brolin as young Tommy Lee Jones, was only kinda okay. That blazing streak of mediocrity continues with the latest installment, Men in Black: International. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Tim Brennan There's no wrong way to respond to a movie, and I'll agree that Toy Story 4 isn't perfect, it's merely excellent. Is it too much of a good thing? Perhaps, but the fact remains that it's still a good thing. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Tim Brennan What we have here is a coming-of-age comedy made with intelligence, style, and a relentless sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Tim Brennan Imagine someone with some serious superpowers and an alarming lack of morality. There's a great movie to be made about that. Unfortunately, the new film Brightburn doesn't fully deliver on that berserk concept. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Tim Brennan Strip away the guns, blades, and mayhem, and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum feels like an opera, myth, or folk tale. Heightened themes, a story told through violence, and a man forced to confront what he truly is. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Tim Brennan If you're on the younger side or a lifelong fan of pocket monsters, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu will not disappoint you. It's a strong starting point for a live-action franchise. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Tim Brennan Long Shot is more than just a dopey poster and a seemingly wheezy concept. You may not want to deal with the Avengers crowds right now, but trust me that this film is worth seeking out. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Tim Brennan Avengers: Endgame is a very real achievement and one that even serial dislikers of the MCU should pay grudging respect. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Tim Brennan While the 1989 adaptation of Pet Sematary has gained a cult following, did I enjoy it? No. Was I more partial to this new iteration, perhaps? Also no. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Tim Brennan Superhero comics were originally aimed at kids. It's refreshing to me to see a superhero movie that remembers that, leans heavily into the adolescent wish fulfillment and isn't obnoxiously self-serious. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
The Hummingbird Project (2018) Tim Brennan Director Kim Nguyen has kind of made a "men on a mission" film, only instead of escaping Nazis or driving a truck full of nitroglycerin through the jungle, we have a group of smart people trying to lay cable in a perfectly straight line. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
Us (2019) Tim Brennan Look, if it were up to me, I'd give you guys one of the shortest reviews in the history of film criticism. I'd tell you to see Us, then see it again. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
Captive State (2019) Tim Brennan The film never commits to what it wants to be, and instead of confidently moving in a single direction, it tries to move in five directions at the same time. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Tim Brennan I don't think that Captain Marvel is going to strike the culture like a metaphorical Mjolnir. It doesn't have to since it's a well-made standalone adventure, as well as a comfortable piece in the tapestry of the MCU. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Greta (2018) Tim Brennan Greta is nonsense, but it's fairly entertaining nonsense. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
Roma (2018) Tim Brennan Roma essentially has no plot, but it doesn't need one. Cuarón has reached back into his memories and made a finely crafted tribute. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Tim Brennan We've got a good time at the movies here, but a screenplay that was ruthlessly trimmed could have made it great. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Tim Brennan I can live with The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part occupying a slightly lesser level than its predecessor. I'm pleased we've got a sequel that's still motivated to do more than simply coast on the goodwill gained from the original. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Serenity (2019) Tim Brennan During the last half hour, the movie doesn't just go off the rails; it hits a mountain, explodes, and the fiery wreckage strikes a bus full of nuns and orphans, also causing them to explode. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Tim Brennan Even if you strip away the strong performance and the time-jumping script, you still have a better-than-average cop thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
Glass (2019) Tim Brennan Glass is almost an anti-blockbuster, and I admire its commitment to not caring what you think of it...I apologize for being so unhelpful, but I genuinely don't know if Glass is a good film or not. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Tim Brennan Jenkins has proved himself a filmmaker of considerable skill and power. He's less interested in narrative, but more about creating a series of vignettes and an overall mood. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Vice (2018) Tim Brennan Vice tells the story of Dick Cheney's political career with seething anger and sharp intelligence, and one of the parties responsible for his rise is us. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Tim Brennan We have another movie about a biracial hero coming to terms with his place in the world, a superhero film that enthusiastically embraces its more ludicrous tropes, and a sprawling epic that makes the movies of the DCEU worth watching again. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
The Mule (2018) Tim Brennan Eastwood has made exactly the kind of movie he wants, and it's a confirmed character piece. It travels at a relaxed pace through America's highways. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Tim Brennan Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is amazing. Spectacular. Perhaps even the ultimate iteration of the beloved character. This is easily the best animated film of the year, and one of the best films of the year period. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
Green Book (2018) Tim Brennan Peter Farrelly has made a film that feels like a perfectly sanded piece of wood...This isn't a bad movie. It's a nice movie, but I'm struggling with whether or not it's a good movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Tim Brennan Fear not, because as much fun as Wreck-It Ralph is, there's no doubt that Ralph Breaks the Internet is better - smarter, funnier, and with a message that resonates for kids and adults alike. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2018
Widows (2018) Tim Brennan Widows is...a fusion of low and high film that operates with assured craftsmanship and is very much itself. This is one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
Overlord (2018) Tim Brennan There's a fun and pulpy sensibility on display here, and we're given a movie that takes itself seriously - but not too seriously. It's better than it has any right to be. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Tim Brennan With Bohemian Rhapsody, what we have here is a dumb and obvious film that features a number of strong performances and Queen's astounding music. It's a highly entertaining bad movie that often works in spite of itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Tim Brennan A very good film that doesn't deserve to be forgotten. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Tim Brennan It's perfectly comfortable cranking up its emotions and firing them directly into your face. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018