Smash Cut Reviews

Smash Cut Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Karl Delossantos
Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Karl Delossantos Ang Lee isn't interested in the story at all, only the tech that could be used to bring it to life. Ironically, it makes it all lifeless. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Karl Delossantos I watched Marriage Story while going through a breakup -a good and bad decision. It's a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
5/5 The Conjuring (2013) Karl Delossantos This decade's definitive horror classic. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5 Joker (2019) Karl Delossantos For all the discourse around Joker, I was expecting something truly abhorrent - for better or worse. What I was shocked to find is how little of a bite it has. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4.5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Karl Delossantos A scene never rings false in Pain and Glory, even when they're particularly humorous or ridiculous. If anything, that quirky quality is what makes each moment work. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Karl Delossantos The Irishman feels like an epilogue to Scorsese's storied career - but it also makes clear that Marty is far from being obsolete. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Karl Delossantos Ad Astra has more on its mind. James Gray has more on his mind. And Pitt, better than he has been in years, understands that. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 Bacurau (2019) Karl Delossantos The tone of the movie so unexpected but delightful. It's like the weird western that Quentin Tarantino never made. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Karl Delossantos When Brittany Runs a Marathon sticks to Brittany... well, running a marathon, it moves with plenty of laughs and relatable commentary. I mean, you can never go wrong with a movie with the line, "it's New York City, of course I've slept on a rat." EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4.5/5 Hustlers (2019) Karl Delossantos Hustlers is a heist movie that also pulls off its own heist. While the movie is as glitzy and sleek as you'd expect with enough jokes and gags to keep you entertained, there's also a complex framework of themes working beneath the surface. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/5 Haunt (2019) Karl Delossantos The design of the haunted house is intriguing and disorienting with wood slat-lined halls leading to cramped tunnels and dark rooms littered with unseen dangers. If only the actual story was as inventive as the set design. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
1.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Karl Delossantos Clearly, Muschietti had a long list of things he wanted to do and tackle in It Chapter Two - and he did all of it. Unfortunately, the movie didn't need most of it. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
5/5 The King of Comedy (1983) Karl Delossantos Cringy, awkward, painful to watch -a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 Good Boys (2019) Karl Delossantos Good Boys, like Booksmart this year, proves that a raunchy comedy can be smart and thoughtful while still making jokes about a hyperrealistic sex doll. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
2.5/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Karl Delossantos Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets so caught up in its plot that the scares end up feeling like an afterthought. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
2/5 The Perfection (2018) Karl Delossantos As the twists and turns get even more egregious, The Perfection just becomes a chore to watch. It's unfortunate because the final beat is actually chilling and portends what could have been. A lighter touch would have been welcome. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2019
3.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Karl Delossantos Ready or Not is a skewering - literally - of the greediness of the 1% at the hands of a person that came from nothing - all the while dressed in a dirty and tattered wedding dress and worn down high tops. If that's not American, then I don't know what is. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Karl Delossantos There's a lot to admire about Blinded by the Light - its ambition chief among them. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Noah (2014) Karl Delossantos Bolstered by strong performances by the entire cast, strong visuals, and a filled out script, "Noah" may be one of the better biblical adaptations. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
12 Years a Slave (2013) Karl Delossantos The film itself is beautiful. Each shot is pure artwork. Each note of music is pure emotion. Every cut is perfectly pieced together. Steve McQueen has assembled something that is great. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Jersey Boys (2014) Karl Delossantos Jersey Boys is almost frustrating in a way. The entire time we are aching for the film to wow us. Sadly, it never really does. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
9.4/10 The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Karl Delossantos It's charming, well-written, superbly acted. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C+ Maleficent (2014) Karl Delossantos The characters surrounding Maleficent became caricatures as if they were pulled directly from a cartoon. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6.5/10 Oculus (2013) Karl Delossantos The final product is a beautifully shot and wonderful acted entry in the never-ending pool of niche horror movies looking to shock, scare, and unnerve. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
F Odd Thomas (2013) Karl Delossantos Odd Thomas has one really good thing going for it, and that's Anton Yelchin. After that, there's not much there. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Jurassic World (2015) Karl Delossantos Despite my view of the film as a satire, there are a few storylines that bogged down an otherwise quick fire film. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Unfriended (2014) Karl Delossantos It's not going to go down as a horror classic, but it should be appreciated for what it is: a stupidly fun movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
A Most Violent Year (2014) Karl Delossantos J.C Chandor controls the screen with his gripping atmosphere that keeps you guessing. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
You're Next (2011) Karl Delossantos The mix of gore, humor and familiarity takes the film from being a passable "B" movie to a successful and well-executed homage that may change the way we view the genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
7.5/10 Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Karl Delossantos Small movements from the actors, their facial expressions, their delivery, coupled with [Joss] Whedon's slight visual humor made the entire film a joy to watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Boyhood (2014) Karl Delossantos It's so epic in scope, but extraordinarily intimate in its storytelling. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6/10 The Revenant (2015) Karl Delossantos Its grand visuals are sometimes bogged down by self-important emotional drives, its restraint sometimes wasted in repetitive indulgence, and its last third rushed. However, it's easy to get lost in story, mostly thanks to DiCaprio's performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
9/10 Spotlight (2015) Karl Delossantos The film treats the subject of the investigation with the utmost respect and gives it the weight that it deserves. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4.5/5 The Invitation (2015) Karl Delossantos It waits and makes you question what kind of movie it is until it finally reveals itself in a beautiful finale. That's what makes it truly one of the best movies of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6.5/10 Hush (2016) Karl Delossantos Hush isn't reinventing the wheel, but it is proving that the genre still has legs. If you're looking for an entertaining and knuckle-whitening thriller, then you won't be disappointed. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
8.5/10 Zootopia (2016) Karl Delossantos Like the best animated movies it mixes social subtext with genuinely hilarious moments and interesting characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
8.5/10 Wild Tales (2014) Karl Delossantos Damián Szifron tells each story with a specific visual flair that helps make "Wild Tales" the best anthology movie I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
8.5/10 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Karl Delossantos John Goodman, the greatest supporting actor as some have called him, perhaps gives one of the best performances of his career. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
9/10 Steve Jobs (2015) Karl Delossantos From camera angles to staging, it's a film that speaks on so many levels. It proves that style and substance aren't mutually exclusive, they can live together in a film successfully. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
8/10 The Nice Guys (2016) Karl Delossantos It could certainly use a lot of trimming, especially towards the drawn-out third act. The laughs become a bit thinner and the plot a bit of a drag. However, the journey to get there is a delightful - wait for it - romp. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
8/10 Weiner (2016) Karl Delossantos If Weiner was a scripted film it wouldn't be nearly as impressive, but the fact that the filmmakers were able to perfectly translate Weiner's doomed campaign to film makes it impressive. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
9/10 Eye in the Sky (2015) Karl Delossantos The dialogue is fast and smart, and the characters are explored so deeply, despite spending little time with each. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
1/10 The Neon Demon (2016) Karl Delossantos Even in moments when we're supposed to be scared or thrilled, particularly in the tacky third act, you laugh at the absurdity. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
The Blair Witch Project (1999) Karl Delossantos The scenario unfolds with so much real and raw emotion that it feels claustrophobic. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 Midnight Special (2016) Karl Delossantos While the entire movie is exciting with incredibly realized set pieces, the love that the principle characters show for each other is what makes it a great movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 Lights Out (2016) Karl Delossantos It uses some good old fashioned jump scares and a tense atmosphere to make a really effective scary movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
8.5/10 Star Trek Beyond (2016) Karl Delossantos As for the main plot and action, I think that it is visually one of the most interesting and impressive of the series so far. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Karl Delossantos It doesn't have the charm or the heart of the first, but it gives enough fuel to the franchise to warrant its existence. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/5 Deepwater Horizon (2016) Karl Delossantos Deepwater Horizon is deeply entertaining, visually stunning, and emotional. Though it has its flaws, it also has moments of astonishment that show it for what it is: a technical achievement. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/5 Interstellar (2014) Karl Delossantos It's as grand as it is introspective and as grounded as it is existential. By the end of the nearly three-hour running time - it goes by in a flash - you feel as if you've experienced something that is so rarely captured on film. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019