Joe Lipsett

Joe Lipsett
Tomatometer-approved critic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% A Moment in the Reeds (2017) Considering how memorable and impassioned Mikko Makela's film is, audiences may find themselves devouring A Moment In The Reeds with similar enthusiasm. It's a strong contender for queer film of the year.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) In a world that frequently feels constructed on doom and gloom narratives, an endearing story about the value and importance of friendship feels both timely and welcome.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 79% The Forest of the Lost Souls (A Floresta das Almas Perdidas) (2018) What the film lacks in substance, however, it more than makes up for in ruthless efficiency. It is a surprisingly cruel film, which is an inherent part of its charm.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 74% The Clovehitch Killer (2018) Skiles' direction and Plummer's performance, plus the focus on darkness permeating a small town suburbia, lends the film a My Friend Dahmer-esque vibe that will undoubtedly attract a sizeable following‐ Anatomy of a Scream
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
2.5/5 100% Starfish (2018) It doesn't entirely work, but the film's dreamy visuals, catchy indie rock playlist and dedicated lead performance by Virginia Gardner (Marvel's The Runaways) should net the film a passionate audience and a dedicated cult following.‐ Anatomy of a Scream
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 75% The Witch in the Window (2018) The Witch In The Window is a deliberately slow-paced, quietly sorrowful film about a man trying to reconnect with his family. By prioritizing character development, Mitton has crafted an emotionally rich film that...has the capacity to chill.‐ Anatomy of a Scream
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
2.5/5 79% Await Further Instructions (2018) Await Further Instructions deliberately resists pitting the characters' beliefs against each other in favour of keeping the conflict shallow and straightforward...This is particularly true once the body count begins to rise‐ Anatomy of a Scream
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Housewife (2017) Housewife is implicitly interested in how roles and destiny are imposed on women -- often against their will and, in this case, by men.‐ Anatomy of a Scream
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
80% Ruin Me (2018) DeFrancis and Bissett's script never quite recovers its footing, resulting in a climactic chase that feels too drawn out... Despite the polarizing scene, there's a lot to recommend about Ruin Me. ‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
87% The Invitation (2016) The Invitation is a great potboiler of a film, rich with character and atmosphere. You know you're onto something special when a slap, a twist of a key or an after dinner toast can instil fear and dread.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
100% The Unseen (2016) Geoff Redknap has crafted a solid family drama with a dash of science-fiction. While the film does have plot and pacing issues, The Unseen excels in its use of atmosphere and its seamless blend of practical and CGI special effects.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
82% Embers (2015) Embers is interested in exploring what happens when we lose our memory - of ourselves, of our loved ones, essentially of our lives. The result is a deeply contemplative and breathtakingly human film.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
83% Phantom Detective (Tamjung Hong Gil-dong: Sarajin Ma-eul) (2016) All in all, this modern take on Korea's famed Hong Gil-dong character is both hilarious and heartfelt, with great performance by lead Lee Je-hoon and youngsters Roh Jeong-eui and Kim Ha-na.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
14% Tank 432 (Belly of the Bulldog) (2016) Tank 432 is an interesting exercise of a film, but features too little characterization and little dramatic payoff to satisfy‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
79% Realive (2017) Realive is a solid entry in Mateo Gil's wheelhouse of deeply resonant emotional dramas(...) This "wrong time" love story works because of the chemistry between the leads, even if the present day/future conflicts pale slightly in comparison. ‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
80% Animals (Tiere) (2017) As the film progresses and the head injuries accumulate, the narrative(...)become increasingly convoluted and nothing is certain. Animals delights in spending time in this nebulous area, refusing simple answers about what we're seeing.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
88% Better Watch Out (2017) Better Watch Out goes to completely unexpected and(...)gruesome places. The nasty shocks are off-set by treading the always tricky horror/comedy line with wit aplomb, thanks to a cocky, confident script by Kahn and director Chris Peckover.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
45% Game of Death (2017) There is a lot to like about Game of Death - the gore, the premise, the opening scenes - but Landry and Morais-Lagace's project is undermined by poor pacing, bland narrative arcs and a lack of conflict.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
67% Fabricated City (2017) What Fabricated City loses in aping the plot of successful action films, it more than makes up for with its killer balance of action, comedy and style.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
82% Tragedy Girls (2017) Tragedy Girls is great fun - a comedy slasher that tickles the funny bone, delivers the action and gore and cements the star power of leads Shipp and Hildebrand.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
78% Dead Shack (2017) Canadian zom com Dead Shack is refreshingly small scale, with great comedic timing and relatable characters. It's a great, entertaining little film‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
84% Mayhem (2017) I would be remiss to say that there isn't something exciting about seeing a POC and a woman storm the echelons of a older, white and (mostly) male dominated company, dispatching lieutenants and destroying(...)all obstacles that stand in their way.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
80% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) La nuit a dévoré le monde starts off in familiar zombie territory, but quickly distinguishes itself as more of a character drama about one man's isolation and despair.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
48% Cold Skin (2018) Gens and Spanish cinematographer Daniel Aranyó do great work capturing the majestic beauty and inherent danger of the island and some of the action scenes are pulse-pounding, but those elements can't overcome the didactic "us vs them" narrative.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
91% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) Good direction, performances and aesthetic can't overcome a lack of scares, overly simplistic exposition and a protracted ending that weighs the film down. Satan's Slaves is worth a watch, but don't rush out to see it.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
93% CAM (2018) Not only is the film's aesthetic eye-popping and its lead performance astounding; the concept is frighteningly relevant for life in the modern digital world.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
89% Knuckleball (2018) The film relies heavily on the interplay between Henry and Dixon, which resembles a violent dance. Both actors invest deeply in their roles, which helps to sell the tension (particularly as the bodies begin to pile up)‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
66% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) If you're looking for plot, character development or even a satisfying ending, you're looking in the wrong place. If outrageous and offensive death sequences are your thing? Then this is the film for you.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
88% Bodied (2018) Kahn plays up expectations and then undermines them, destabilizing character arcs and playing the audience's sympathies against them.‐ Queer.Horror.Movies.
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 67% The Cured (2018) Similar to like-minded BBC series In The Flesh(...), The Cured is most interested in exploring how social cohesion is threatened when disparate people and divergent beliefs are put in a pressure cooker. ‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 89% Ravenous (Les affamés) (2018) The result is(...)a road trip zombie film without a destination. [The fact that] the search for safety never truly amounts to anything is a testament to the film's bleak(...)point of view, but it also makes the 96-minute runtime feel much longer.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 45% Marrowbone (2018) While Sánchez's screenplay could have done with fewer subplots, his directorial debut remains eminently watchable. Just ensure that you're going in looking for more than a ghost story.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/5 92% Revenge (2018) Director Coralie Fargeat brings a unique sensibility to the way bodies - both female and male - are framed and it's clear that Revenge brings something new to the game.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4.5/5 70% mother! (2017) mother! is unequivocally not a film for everyone and it will be incredibly divisive(...)this is absolutely a film that audiences should see and experience for themselves.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
90% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) It's tonally uneven, excessively long, repetitive and fails to properly build momentum even when it leans into its gonzo exploitation characteristics‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 86% Pyewacket (2018) MacDonald's screenplay teases and delays, ramping up the psychological tension and employing a few deft narrative surprises that keep us guessing, especially with regard to the timing of Pyewacket's arrival.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 72% The Ritual (2017) Aside from a repetitive middle section and a reliance on cribbed horror tropes, The Ritual will definitely make audiences reconsider any plans they have to go for a hike in the woods anytime soon.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It is a beautiful, evocative and captivating film, guaranteed to resonate with audiences old and young. Simply put, it is one of the best films of the year.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 74% Mom and Dad (2018) (...)you know right from the offset that [director] Taylor isn't messing around. He's out for blood and the scenes featuring murderous attacks are Mom and Dad at its best.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
1/5 50% Vampire Clay (Chi o sû nendo) (2018) The effects are both the best and worst part of the film, uncanny but also not scary and, at times, unintentionally funny.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 88% Veronica (Verónica) (2017) Veronica may not reinvent the possession/exorcism subgenre, but it is nonetheless a solid entry.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 87% Climax (2018) [Noe] manages to (mostly) keep the film's energy from flagging by keeping his camera on the prowl. Climax is filmed as a single long take(...) so the framing(...)and the way that characters move(...)is integral to the film's energy and tone. ‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 20% Nekrotronic (2018) Where the film falters, or the component that most dampens its enthusiastically juvenile appeal, is the formulaic plot.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
C+ 80% Boy Erased (2018) The film is perfunctory in all regards, but there is no fire or vitality in the proceedings. It feels sanitized and safe, as though the subject was important enough to justify washing the narrative clean of...challenging or confrontational elements.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Not unlike Boogie Nights, the highs in A Star Is Born (ie: the first half) are very high, while the lows (the latter half) include drawn-out and repetitive elements that are so telegraphed and predictable they simply feel sad.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
82% Ben is Back (2018) Ultimately Ben Is Back is a frustrating viewing experience because it truly does feel like two non-complementary films. The first is powerful, emotional and rich; the second is dark, grim and saggy.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B 92% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jenkins' script is smart, funny and frank and his [direction] is even better. Beale Street has a lived-in...feeling that isn't overdone and Jenkins knows exactly how to shoot his actors to imbue the film with a sense of intimacy.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
A- 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) In Lee, McCarthy has a role that allows her a rare opportunity to demonstrate her dramatic chops and the actress knocks it out of the park.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B+ 81% Destroyer (2018) The Oscar-winning Australian actress completely disappears into the role of a hard-bitten police detective suffering from trauma and alcoholism...Kidman finds nuance and depth in a woman whose personal life and career have been completely derailed.‐ InSession Film
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2.5/4 88% B&B (2018) B&B is less action-oriented and more talky than traditional thrillers, but its topical subject matter and good performances make it one to seek out‐ Nightmare on Film Street
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018