Film Frenzy

Film Frenzy is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Matt Brunson
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Winter Kills (1979) Matt Brunson The satiric edge qualifies the film as a sick joke, which helps explain why the studio was reluctant to support it and why the public was reluctant to watch it. But it is audacious, and it's easy to see why it has developed a modest cult following. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/4 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Matt Brunson Oscar-nominated Bridges is terrific, with his funny, freewheeling turn effectively loosening up Eastwood and allowing the superstar to appear more relaxed and less tight-lipped than usual. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/4 Spirited Away (2001) Matt Brunson Creative beyond all reason or expectation, this deserving winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar is a phenomenal achievement. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
2.5/4 Road Games (1981) Matt Brunson The first hour of Road Games is so expertly assembled that it's downright tragic when the picture spins out of control during the second half. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
2/4 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Matt Brunson This Is Spinal Tap was able to turn the knob up to 11 -- with Popstar, 4 on the dial is the best one can reasonably expect. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3.5/4 Charley Varrick (1973) Matt Brunson Walter Matthau is excellent, and Joe Don Baker makes for a truly hissable villain. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/4 Madigan (1968) Matt Brunson Gritty and low-key. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
2/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Matt Brunson Rose the Hat is an original and unsettling character. The other members of the True Knot are far less threatening, coming across less as avatars of unspeakable evil and more as burned-out roadies still following their favorite '70s band decades later. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
2/4 Midway (2019) Matt Brunson Director Roland Emmerich's 1996 smash Independence Day won an Oscar for its special effects, but, since then, the visuals in his films seem to be getting worse, not better. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
3/4 Last Christmas (2019) Matt Brunson Last Christmas is so adept at capturing the spirit and warmth of the season that the obvious twist honestly wasn't even needed to stick the landing. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
2.5/4 The Swan Princess (1994) Matt Brunson Like Hook, Hocus Pocus, and a few other family-friendly flicks from the 1990s, this was so beloved by its target audience that nostalgia has convinced these now-grown-up fans that the movie is actually excellent. Still, it possesses some minor charms. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
1.5/4 Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) Matt Brunson One big chill. The only thing that moves with any purpose in this picture is the weather. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) Matt Brunson Although the answer to the is-he-or-isn't-he question is never really in doubt, this is nonetheless a fascinating film. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 Matewan (1987) Matt Brunson Matewan is a richly textured film, boosted by Haskell Wexler's Oscar-nominated cinematography and boasting a remarkable cast of established stars, promising newcomers, and Sayles regulars. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 Kundun (1997) Matt Brunson Mesmerizing as visual pageantry but anemic when it comes to allowing access to this man or his religion. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 Galaxy Quest (1999) Matt Brunson The idea behind Galaxy Quest is a terrific one -- it's just too bad the movie never quite fulfills its promise or its premise. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Matt Brunson Lemmon has given a sizable number of terrific performances over his career, and this one qualifies as a Top 10 entry. As for Remick, she's never been better. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Matt Brunson A black-and-white mood piece in which two men frequently talk while sitting at the dinner table. That might make this sound like My Dinner with Andre, except that art-house hit inexplicably didn't make room for a mermaid in its tale. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Matt Brunson There's depth in the character and intuitiveness in Norton's interpretation. Consequently, there's value in Motherless Brooklyn as both an interesting character study and a satisfying mystery. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
2/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Matt Brunson In this instance, familiarity doesn't breed contempt as much as it fosters complacency. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 Sunday Girl (2019) Matt Brunson The deadpan demeanor and air of insouciance that podcaster Dasha Nekrasova employed to destroy a couple of InfoWars airheads at SXSW are in full bloom in this quirky indie effort. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/4 () Matt Brunson Typical of the engrossing, lavishly produced miniseries that were all the rage during the 1980s. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/4 Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) Matt Brunson This is the usual Hollywood biopic that contains almost as much fiction as fact, but that doesn't dim enjoyment of this celebration of one of the all-time great horror stars. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
2.5/4 The Human Monster (1939) Matt Brunson Despite the title, despite the presence of Bela Lugosi, and despite the movie's standing as the first U.K.-produced horror picture to earn the British Film Censors' "H" classification, The Human Monster isn't a horror flick as much as it's a mystery. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
2.5/4 From Beyond the Grave (1973) Matt Brunson While From Beyond the Grave doesn't quite rank with the best of the anthology horror films, it's still a safe bet for suckers of this sort of thing. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/4 The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967) Matt Brunson The comedy runs hot-and-cold, but the film is unique in its structure. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/4 The Devil Rides Out (1968) Matt Brunson The film's greatest strength rests in the casting of Christopher Lee as the hero rather than the villain. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
2/4 The Blob (1988) Matt Brunson After Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing, and The Fly demonstrated that classic 1950s fantasy flicks could be reconfigured in new and exciting ways, The Blob took a step backward, offering gorier effects but little else to absorb. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/4 () Matt Brunson It pulls off its conventional material in interesting ways. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
2.5/4 The Current War (2017) Matt Brunson This is fascinating material, but it's also, perhaps unavoidably, too much material for one movie to adequately tackle. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
1/4 Countdown (2019) Matt Brunson As a horror film, Countdown is feeble in almost every regard. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
1.5/4 Dracula's Dog (1977) Matt Brunson Originally making the rounds under the title Dracula's Dog, Zoltan ... Hound of Dracula turns out to be a real bow-wow. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
3.5/4 When We Were Kings (1996) Matt Brunson At the time, it was a given that Foreman was going to slaughter Ali in the ring; the beauty of this movie is that it shows in amazing detail the process through which Ali stepped up to the challenge and succeeded against all expectations. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
1/4 Phobia (1980) Matt Brunson There's so little sense of style in this turkey that Huston's involvement must have solely consisted of yelling, "Action!" and "Cut!" from inside his trailer. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
3.5/4 Our Hospitality (1923) Matt Brunson One of the silent comedian's most popular pictures. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
3.5/4 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Matt Brunson If the first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club, then the first rule of The Art of Self-Defense is that you should talk about The Art of Self-Defense to anyone who will listen. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
2.5/4 The Current War (2019) Matt Brunson An interesting and important story told in a lackadaisical fashion. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
3/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Matt Brunson Double Tap shows that there's still life left in this undead franchise. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
2.5/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Matt Brunson This Maleficent might be far from magnificent, but as a fractured fairy tale, it mostly gets the job done. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
2/4 Quartet (1981) Matt Brunson Adjani somehow won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her deer-in-headlights performance, although it's Smith who best conveys the desperation of her character. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
2/4 The Omen (2006) Matt Brunson The devil taking over the world is a terrifying concept, yet there's so little urgency to the proceedings that you'd think his master plan extended only to prank phone calls to the Vatican and TPing ministers' houses. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
2/4 Omen IV: The Awakening (1991) Matt Brunson An attempt to revive the franchise in the chintziest way possible, with a film made for network television. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
1.5/4 The Final Conflict (1981) Matt Brunson A shoddy effort that looks and feels nothing like the first two pictures in the series. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/4 Damien: Omen II (1978) Matt Brunson The most underrated film in the franchise. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
3.5/4 The Omen (1976) Matt Brunson One of the finest horror films of the 1970s. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
2.5/4 Hercules in the Haunted World (1961) Matt Brunson The acting (aside from Lee) is wooden and the script extremely choppy, but the film is elevated by Bava's renowned eye for atmospherics. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
3.5/4 Haxan (1922) Matt Brunson Those looking for something different to watch won't do much better than this delirious Swedish documentary from the silent era. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
1.5/4 Gemini Man (2019) Matt Brunson Gemini Man won't leave viewers seeing double as much as it will leave them seeing red. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
2/4 The Addams Family (2019) Matt Brunson They're creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky, and all together ooky. They're not bland, toothless, cuddly or conformist. Yet as reimagined for this new animated effort, they're about as edgy as Strawberry Shortcake or The Care Bears. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
2.5/4 Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987) Matt Brunson As far as '80s action flicks go, Wanted: Dead or Alive has its moments, particularly a terrific one in the film's closing minutes. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019