Michael Balderston

DC-based entertainment writer and assistant managing editor at What to Watch.

Favorite films

  • Casablanca
  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Children of Men
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Recent activity

  • 80 for Brady


  • You People


  • Bad Behaviour


  • Fremont


Recent reviews

  • 80 for Brady

    80 for Brady


    Tom Brady is often referred to as the GOAT (greatest of all time) among football fans, but despite 80 for Brady bearing his name, this movie belongs wholly to four of the greatest actresses of their generation — arguably any — Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Lily Tomlin. This quartet made 80 for Brady better and more accessible than it may have otherwise been.

    Read full review on What to Watch - www.whattowatch.com/reviews/80-for-brady-review-lily-tomlin-and-company-carry-tom-brady-inspired-football-comedy

  • Magazine Dreams

    Magazine Dreams


    Wow, Jonathan Majors is incredible in this one. He absolutely carries the movie through any weak spots with a mesmerizing performance. 2023 looks to be a big year for him.

Popular reviews

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans


    It should come as no surprise that someone decided to make a biopic about Steven Spielberg, who is definitely in the conversation as one of the greatest directors of all time. What perhaps is surprising is that Spielberg himself decided to take a crack at it with the semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans. The director, who is most often recognized for his big, only-in-the-movies type of wonder, goes deeply personal here to, ultimately, great effect, with many of his trademarks (and a bit of his most cited flaws) making appearances.

    Read full review at What to Watch - www.whattowatch.com/reviews/the-fabelmans-review-spielberg-finds-the-heart-and-humor-in-his-own-story

  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water


    The world of Pandora is still a sight to take in. Saw it in 3D, which took some getting used to again. Some action shots felt a bit uncanny, but wasn't too distracting (still not sure how much 3D truly adds to the movie). The final act is phenomenal. However, left with the feeling that it's not the characters or the story that has me floored. James Cameron is a master filmmaker who knows how to make spectacles for the big screen like few others. While I've enjoyed both Avatars, can't say I love them, so would love him to put his talents to something else.