matt has written 1,374 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Fracture

    Fracture

    ★★★

    Tremendously generic. Also good for Gosling doing a Giovanni Ribisi impression the whole time.

    Discussed on Episode 61 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • City Slickers

    City Slickers

    ★★★

    FIRST COW

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★

    Very charming but not half as charming as it would have been if it was about a bunch of cranky cop Joe Don Bakers fighting the robot apocalypse instead of some nerd family.

  • Stowaway

    Stowaway

    ★★★

    I'm a sucker for work-the-problem outer space stuff...astronauts in trouble is just intrinsically suspenseful to me, so I enjoyed this a lot. I found the ending rather arbitrary but maybe that's an MP not a YP.

  • Tobruk

    Tobruk

    ★★★

    Almost entirely worth it for some nasty violence, grizzed Rock Hudson, and George Peppard's "German" accent, but if you want the more purely nihilistic version check out De Toth's PLAY DIRTY.

  • Rosebud

    Rosebud

    ★★★

    I'll never get tired of Preminger's scope frames or Peter O'Toole loutishly sauntering around, but this is still a pretty dry cracker, and its politics of terrorism are predictably reductive and skewed.

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    ★★★

    Kind of reminded me of NEW YORK, NEW YORK in that it wants to meld an older style of filmmaking and theme to more contemporaneous sensibilities, leaving you searching for an oasis of narrative stakes in a desert of miserable characters, overheated emotions, and existential angst. Rewardingly scuzzy but sort of misguided.

    Discussed on Episode 60 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★

    No really just put me out of my misery if this happens.

  • Happily

    Happily

    ★★★

    It's enough that at almost no point did I know where this was headed. When it got there, well, that part wasn't so great, but on the other hand I'm not sure what exactly would have sufficed.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★

    A whole hell of a lot. Snyder fully commits to big, sappy emotions and weird grandiose gestures, and the result is that this is bizarrely most interesting in its first half with all the shoe leather of bringing these now much more fleshed out characters together. Unfortunately a lot of the reconstituted footage is riddled with shoddy VFX and the action beats remain mostly unchanged crummy digital smears, only now they go on much, much longer. Still it's a ridiculous…

  • The Scary of Sixty-First

    The Scary of Sixty-First

    ★★★

    Deliberately provocative, yes, but mileages will vary as to whether it's a grungy, sly joke or a glib, smug one. Certainly its confrontations seem a bit prankish, like adolescent dares, and I'm not sure if its actually productive in pulling on its threads of either unchecked powerful fiendish men or the conspiracy-obsessed. But it is frequently funny and its formal and narrative influences (some more obvious than others) aren't just references, they're purposeful. This isn't the work of a dilettante no matter how tempting it might be to call it one. Reminded me a lot of TINY FURNITURE.

  • Firstborn

    Firstborn

    ★★★

    I'm just saying if I woke up in the middle of the night and discovered Teri Garr and Peter Weller blowing rails off a pinball machine in my living room I wouldn't be quite as bummed as this kid.