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Matthew Passantino

Matthew Passantino
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 85% Boy Erased (2018) It's hard to say the imperfections of "Boy Erased" should keep you from seeing the movie. The ideas presented in the film may seem outlandish and archaic but the final title cards inform us how relevant this movie is.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2/4 58% The Grinch (2018) There's enough silliness and pratfalls for the movie to work as a family outing, but in the end, "The Grinch" doesn't really justify its own existence.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
6/10 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The narrative doesn't give you a whole lot of time to become emotionally invested but the performances do what they can.‐ CineChat Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
5/10 20% Nobody's Fool (2018) This had two good laughs and some chuckles. It's stupid but it works on its basic level.‐ CineChat Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
2/4 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) If you are a Queen fan, the music is there and provides entertainment but at 135 minutes, the razzle dazzle wears thin and feels stretched.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/10 37% Hunter Killer (2018) This movie is a slog.‐ CineChat Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
1.5/4 76% Mid90s (2018) A hangout movie can be fun and insightful, but "Mid90s" feels like a Richard Linklater cover song without any of the wit or soul. ‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
8/10 79% 22 July (2018) What's interesting about this movie is that it's all about the aftermath, which movies of this ilk don't often focus on.‐ CineChat Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
8/10 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's nice to see this star-studded studio picture that is entirely original and just goes for it.‐ CineChat Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
5/10 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) It serves its purpose.‐ CineChat Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
8/10 97% Thunder Road (2018) All conveyed in Cummings' tour-de-force performance, Thunder Road is about grief and guilt, hopelessness and hopefulness.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 88% First Man (2018) Everything about the story and presentation is big, so it's a bit disappointing that it all comes off a bit lifeless. ‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
7/10 81% Sadie (2018) Sadie might seem simple but it lingers.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It's wild and messy, thought-provoking and utterly damning, all while being supremely entertaining.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's lively and colorful, fun but significant; there's a little bit of everything here for everyone to enjoy.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
1.5/4 33% The Predator (2018) "The Predator" is such an ungodly mess of clashing tones and chaotic action scenes.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2.5/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Even when it falters a bit in its final act, Feig and his actors keep things lively and spirited throughout with snappy chemistry and biting delivery.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
.5/4 13% Life Itself (2018) "Life Itself" is one of those movies that thinks it's saying something much more philosophical than it actually is at any point. In fact, the movie is barely saying anything at all.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
5/10 29% Venom (2018) It's split down the middle.‐ CineChat Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
4/10 39% Hell Fest (2018) You should never be bored at a 88-minute movie.‐ CineChat Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/10 29% Night School (2018) I don't think this movie is aggressively awful. It's just kind of nothing.‐ CineChat Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
8/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) He's [Cooper] left all of that passion on the screen and once the credits roll, you know exactly why it was worth touching this material again.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
6/10 80% What Keeps You Alive (2018) What Keeps You Alive doesn't change the game but it has a little bit of fun while playing it.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
7/10 41% Arizona (2018) Arizona is a madcap, nasty delight, directed with swift efficiency by Jonathan Watson in a directorial debut. ‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/10 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Nothing truly registers as hilarious in the movie but it's silly enough to make for a painless late-summer watch.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet The Broken Ones (2018) If the movie had toned-down its flair and focused more on its substance, The Broken Ones would have undoubtedly been a more effective film.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
8/10 84% The Wife (2018) Joan Castleman might not be the most iconic performance she [Close] has ever given but there's a strong chance it's her very best. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
3/10 45% The Meg (2018) The Meg had free license to show up in theaters and just be a stupid spectacle and it doesn't capitalize on that at all. How often do film critics beg for a movie to be dumber?‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
6/10 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Over the course of 93 minutes, Madeline's Madeline simultaneously feels like nothing happens and everything happens. It's a strange, sometimes frustrating dichotomy that ultimately gives the film its bizarre edge. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
8/10 100% Night Comes On (2018) Night Comes On sneaks up on you when you least expect it.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/10 30% Shock and Awe (2018) The story at hand is certainly important but Shock and Awe fails to replicate the urgency of Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, which it clearly thinks it's doing. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
5/10 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Custody has moments of true power and realism but spends a great deal of time bouncing Julien back and forth between his parents. Structurally, things become a bit repetitive and ultimately tiresome. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
7/10 75% The House of Tomorrow (2018) The House of Tomorrow doesn't get bogged down in genre trappings but uses them to create something sweet and enjoyable.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/10 21% Terminal (2018) The neon-soaked scenery is undoubtedly intoxicating but there just isn't enough meat on the bones to ever get lost in the hollow underbelly of the film's setting. ‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/10 21% Submergence (2018) Most of Submergence feels curiously flat, given the frustration that the characters go through once they are separated.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/10 10% Krystal (2018) Krystal is as much of a head-scratcher as described, and a complete hodgepodge of ideas, tones, and ponderous dialogue about life.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
6/10 44% The Yellow Birds (2018) War is hell and we know that, but The Yellow Birds wants to show how war lingers. That gives The Yellow Birds an emotional edge.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet At the Drive In (2017) At the Drive-In is in equal doses a celebration and a eulogy but it's without a doubt something every film lover should see.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/4 0% Blood Honey (2018) The film didn't need a gimmicky button to close things out, it needed a compelling story to start with.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
A 90% Lean on Pete (2018) The entire story is told with a quiet but punctuating lyricism, avoiding cliches and obvious histrionics to play up the drama of the story. Movies are rarely more effective when they are told through a naturalistic lens.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 6, 2018
B 64% In a Relationship (2018) Instead of attempting to reinvent the wheel, he [Boyd] focuses on his characters' flaws and insecurities offering biting one-liners and honest moments that elevated "In a Relationship" to a bit above the norm.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
C 20% Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) "Blue Night" comes from documentary filmmaker Fabien Constant, making his feature debut, and appears to be interested in creating a swoony melodrama over anything truly substantive. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
B+ 88% Stockholm (2018) While "Stockholm" presents itself as a familiar bank robbery story, its madcap energy keeps things fresh and entertaining from start-to-finish.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
B 71% 10x10 (2018) On the surface, 10x10 is a relatively basic abduction thriller but tightly wound at a scant 88 minutes.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
C- 52% Rampage (2018) There's a sameness that plagues these spectacles he [Johnson] attaches himself to, which lack any kind of majesty in its mayhem.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
B+ 85% A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018) A Boy. A Girl. A Dream may seem simple but every frame is a vibrant work of a passionate filmmaker.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
D 50% Best F(r)iends, Part 1 (2018) Tone deaf at almost every turn, Best F(r)iends won't have the same legs as The Room but could offer a night of fun with some of your closest f(r)iends. It's terrible.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
C+ 74% Gemini (2018) Gemini feels like an homage to L.A. noir films of the past and is more concerned with being a wink and a nudge rather than its own property.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
B- 83% Blame (2018) A lot of what doesn't fully work in Blame can be attributed to the fact it's a first time screenplay from a young talent - and talented she is. The movie will put a new set of eyes on Shephard, creating a calling card for future projects. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
D+ 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Fifty Shades Freed thinks it's titillating and thrilling but those wise enough to see through its glossy exterior know it's just faking it.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018