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Dominic Griffin

Dominic Griffin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Bad Boys for Life isn't exactly a ponderous treatise on cop morality or anything, but the film's principle conflicts are genuinely deeper than either of the preceding outings.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
1.5/5.0 19% Dolittle (2020) Gaghan has essentially never had a real hit and Universal let him make this monstrosity for nearly $200 mil. Maybe there's a lesson to be learned here.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.5/5.0 42% Inherit the Viper (2020) A competent debut for a new filmmaker and a reminder how good a clearly forgotten actor still is? That's not so bad for a movie with this crummy a title.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.5/5.0 44% Three Christs (2020) It's unfortunate that the film itself isn't as piercing and inventive as the performers inside of it, but it's reassuring that such talent can still shine even when encased in otherwise milquetoast surroundings.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/5 83% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) What She Said is a watchable exercise and entertaining enough for fans and detractors of Kael's work alike. Perhaps it's just a self-fulfilling prophecy that a movie about criticism is doomed to fall short in the eyes of a movie critic.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/5.0 84% Just Mercy (2020) In a year less populated by stellar Supporting Actor turns, Foxx would be a shoo-in for another Academy Award, but with so many showier and more zeitgeisty releases out this season, he, like Just Mercy, may fall through the cracks.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) ...Disney can move on with the real work now, picking the bones of whatever ephemera we comfortably identify as being "Star Wars" and repackaging it carefully so as to 1) sell Funko Pops and 2) try not to piss off anybody.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 68% Bombshell (2019) This is a coward's picture that is about to spend a few months getting patted on the back, as if anybody involved risked anything to bring it to life.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
1/5 40% Hell on the Border (2019) Not once throughout the film do the environs, sets or costuming immerse the viewer in the appropriate period, because the film's cinematography makes it all feel like a civil war cosplay captured on a cell phone. Bass Reeves deserves a better movie.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 66% Knives and Skin (2019) Unfortunately all the neon-lit cinematography and woozy score from Nick Zinner can't make up for how tired and affected this film's off-kilter tone feels. ‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 64% Little Joe (2019) Little Joe more closely resembles a shrewd music video or a knowing tech commercial than a prestige genre exercise.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) Dark Waters is special because it's not about dramatically building to an inevitable victory, but about the importance of fighting every day anyway, knowing such a conclusion may never come.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim is supposed to feel radical and a hard won exploration of finding freedom to exist in a world that doesn't care if you die, but its protagonists remain nameless until they're martyrs, trapped in the same cycle of poetic tragedy...‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) This is a movie being aggressively marketed to the Blue Lives Matter crowd without having to compromise much towards that same demographic's myopic view of society.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 97% The Kingmaker (2019) The Kingmaker is intriguing, sure, and is exactly the kind of documentary middle class centrists will pat themselves on the back for applauding, but it doesn't accomplish much more than fomenting profound anger...‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 39% Primal (2019) At its best, Primal calls to mind Adam Sandler's Netflix originals, where it's clear the actor is just going on vacation to different locals and hoping the creatives around him can put together a movie from the exploits.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.75/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) ... the two-and-a-half-hour run time feels too jam-packed to congeal into something more than the sum of its parts. That said, when it's really moving, the film's mystery is sharp enough to keep genre fans happy, even through all the discursions.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
1.5/5.0 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) When Jojo Rabbit works, which is seldom, it functions in a way that still makes most of its core creative decisions seem questionable.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.75/5.0 42% The Laundromat (2019) ...Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns outfox[The Big Short] by running light and lean, ditching McKay's borderline pretentious derision for a laissez-faire approach to the stuffy docudrama.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 91% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers is having such a blast employing old silent film techniques and finding new textures in old settings that one hopes he stays in this new lane he's carved for himself, telling tales set as far away from modernity as possible.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/5.0 26% Gemini Man (2019) ...at its best, Gemini Man proves that letting a filmmaker as talented and sincere as Lee back into the summer blockbuster space is a good start.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.75/5.0 50% Cuck (2019) Cuck is a far more engaging and daring film than it has any right to be.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
6/10 69% Joker (2019) {Joker} is one of Joaquin Phoenix's top five performances ever, one that is interesting, compelling and capable of carrying the entire film on its back...‐ The Armchair Auteur
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
1/5 13% Prey (2019) The Blumhouse brand has proven to provide entertaining little projects, even when working with little to no budget, but Prey makes even their lowest achieving fare feel like A24's awards season bait.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
7.5/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) This is one of the year's best thus far, but it is also plagued by a few truly irritating weaknesses that hold it back from true greatness. ‐ The Armchair Auteur
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 50% Bloodline (2019) It's difficult to imagine how Bloodline got made, given how its premise makes it feel like little more than an ill-fated pilot for a "Dexter" reboot.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
8/10 87% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is a movie about strippers stealing money from finance bros so OF COURSE Dom loved it, but does that make it the best movie of 2019?‐ The Armchair Auteur
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
1.5/5 64% The Sound of Silence (2019) The result is a maudlin, tedious indie flick that's nowhere tongue-in-cheek enough to make up for its inherently ridiculous set-up.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
1.5/5 85% The Weekend (2019) On the one hand, it could seem like some kind of triumph to see a young black filmmaker play in the same shallow end of the pool, but given that she's already helmed two other (better!) features, this feels like the worst kind of regression.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
3.5/10 17% The Fanatic (2019) This movie is neither good enough to be genuinely watchable, nor bad enough to be entertaining ironically.‐ The Armchair Auteur
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) A little scattered, bloated and too long, but (...) not a great horror movie in my opinion. but a pretty good movie movie overall.‐ The Armchair Auteur
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 95% Ága (2019) It's doubtful he set out to helm a demo reel for why local movie houses need to stay open, but it sure is a pleasant added bonus.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2.75/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Perhaps if Hood focused this story solely around the intimate struggles of Gun's home life during the ensuing trial, Official Secrets would be a shorter, more tense character portrait that nonetheless peered into an overlooked period in recent history. ‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
1/5 5% Jacob's Ladder (2019) The new Jacob's Ladder is offensive garbage and wastes the talents of a handful of skilled actors who honestly might have arrived at a better film merely by free associating in front of a camcorder for two uncut hours.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) ...seeing performers like him and moderately more substantive screenwriting on display, it's possible Lionsgate can wring out another few Fallen films, so long as they can find more reasons to try to kill a President. Surely, that part won't be hard.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/5 62% Driven (2019) At best, Driven will get some replay burn on Cinemax or whatever conglomerate streaming app is erected in the next six months to battle Netflix.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 43% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) ...hopefully it's in these final moments his next outing begins, relishing in the carnage and absurdity of this subgenre rather than treading water trying to feebly rise above it.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.75/5 42% Nekrotronic (2019) Every scene is crackling with raw energy in a supremely watchable way. Whether or not the immediately forgettable plot tickles the viewer's fancy, it's difficult to imagine not having a good time watching the ridiculousness on display.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories winds up an entertaining enough experiment to warrant its own existence, if not the potential existence of future diminishing returns.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.75/5 23% The Kitchen (2019) As a movie, this is an effective genre piece that's more fun than not, more sincere than most, and less self-serious than the marketing materials might have suggested. But it tries a little too hard to have its cake and eat it, too.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's weird that these movies have evolved this far from Vin Diesel stealing Playstations in a re-skinned Point Break, but you won't hear this reviewer complaining.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.75/5 82% Jirga (2019) Benjamin Gilmour's experimental film Jirga breaks that cycle, exploring the grief of the soldier within the context of the foreign land in which he fought.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
8.5/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Is nostalgic indulgence so bad?‐ The Armchair Auteur
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 71% At War (En guerre) (2019) The result is an occasionally fascinating thought experiment about a vital topic brought low by poor storytelling and a dogged adherence to a flawed set-up.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.75/5 97% Rosie (2019) Draws considerable power from a pervasive ignorance on just how thin the barrier is between housing security and absolute free fall.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/10 53% The Lion King (2019) ...it just feels so hollow and so boring and so bland. There's a really strange pace to the film that I just cannot comprehend.‐ The Armchair Auteur
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.75/5 98% The Farewell (2019) In tackling the complexity of grief and the nature of reconciling with death, The Farewell finds fertile ground for both tragedy and comedy.‐ Spectrum Culture
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
6.5/10 82% Fast Color (2019) Fast Color, a low-budget, sci-fi indie drama (...) operates within the superhero sub-genre, but without the plastic, toy-selling bombast these films have become known for.‐ The Armchair Auteur
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1/10 0% Loqueesha (2019) ...it's hot garbage, but that doesn't mean it isn't a fascinating exercise and worth delving deep into for analysis!‐ The Armchair Auteur
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
7.5/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) We may not have gotten the John Wick sequel we wanted, but it's entirely possible it's the one we need for now.‐ The Armchair Auteur
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019