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Matthew Passantino

Matthew Passantino
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 80% Greyhound (2020) The action is sufficient and involving, but at the end of the film one question remains: Who are these people aboard the Greyhound? ‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
1.5/4 48% My Spy (2020) It all just seems so tired. ‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
2/4 40% Irresistible (2020) For a film about a changed political landscape, the stakes in "Irresistible" feel low.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
2.5/4 70% 7500 (2020) "7500" is a well-paced thriller, and Vollrath and cinematographer Sebastian Thaler make good use of keeping the movie's action entirely in the airplane's cockpit.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
3.5/4 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) "Da 5 Bloods" is unabashedly old fashioned in a way we don't see anymore. Its sprawling length (just over two-and-a-half hours) and on-the-ground wartime scenes give the movie an epic feeling straight out of 1970s cinema.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/4 72% The King of Staten Island (2020) Comedy is often best when it's personal, and you feel that throughout "The King of Staten Island."‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
3/4 90% Parkland Rising (2020) "Parkland Rising" might not change your mind on the topics at hand but hopefully it will leave you thinking about the teenagers' simple plea: Let us live.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
3/4 92% End of Sentence (2020) The typical road trip diversions and mishaps occur, but the skepticism slowly starts to chip away, largely in part to the wonderful performances by Lerman and Hawkes.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 70% The High Note (2020) "The High Note" never finds the secret ingredient to make it something truly special or memorable, but spending time in this setting is an enjoyable night with this cast.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
2/4 65% The Lovebirds (2020) The screenplay, written by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall, feels so deeply manufactured and strung together by uninspired scenarios that "The Lovebirds" never really entertains as much as its breezy pace should allow it to. ‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
2/4 49% Scoob! (2020) "Scoob!" has a bit of a chaotic story, and its attempt to include a lot of plot in a mere 90 minutes quickly turns its lively energy from infectious to exhausting. ‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted May 17, 2020
2/4 41% Capone (2020) Trank's efforts to deviate from the rise-and-fall formula in telling Capone's life is worth noting, but the movie is a bit too shapeless and meandering to make an impact.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3/4 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) It's hard to find new ways to bring the coming-of-age story to life because it's a formula we have seen time-and-time again, but the charming "How to Build a Girl" certainly tries to make it fresh. ‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
2/4 68% Extraction (2020) As an obvious and disposable piece of entertainment, "Extraction" will satisfy those watching movies at home. It's just not one to plan your next Netflix Party around.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
1.5/4 41% Endings, Beginnings (2020) As the movie lollygags along, it becomes harder to decipher - or really care - what the purpose of this story was.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
3/4 81% Tigertail (2020) "Tigertail" is very much a first film - rambling, messy, and filled with big ideas - but at some turns, it feels like that was precisely Yang's point.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
2.5/4 21% Coffee & Kareem (2020) "Coffee & Kareem" is breezy in its pacing but is rarely inspired in its comedy, outside of Gardenhigh's performance.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
3.5/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) By nature of its topic, "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" is bound to strike a bit of controversy but Hittman has not made a controversial film.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/4 85% Big Time Adolescence (2020) What's refreshing about Jason Orley's "Big Time Adolescence," is the way he brings characters to the screen and infuses them with honesty, even if we've seen their journey in other films before.‐ AwardsCircuit.com
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
3.5/4 96% First Cow (2020) "First Cow" isn't likely to convert those unfamiliar to Reichardt's work and that's a shame because it is another work of beauty.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
2/4 63% Hope Gap (2020) "Hope Gap," despite the best efforts of the cast, comes up a bit too short.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The movie's bright visuals and snappy rapport between Marsden and Schwartz keep things silly and alive, never taking itself too seriously but rarely being too light to be outright dismissed.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The silences are the scariest parts of "The Invisible Man."‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
2.5/4 77% Buffaloed (2020) Her [Deutch] energy and wide-eyed dedication prove, once again, Deutch is one of the great actors working today.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2.5/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) "Birds of Prey" doesn't entirely break new ground, but its attitude and energy are appreciated when it's easy for movies of its kind to be so morose.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
1/4 14% Dolittle (2020) Studios would be better off taking risks on new voices and original stories than continuing to let movies like this out into the world.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/4 0% Mob Town (2019) The most frustrating aspect is the film's final act. The movie took its time mounting Croswell's case only to rush the finale.‐ AwardsCircuit.com
Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) It might seem like an unpleasant sit, but Baumbach's sensitive and intricate touches make "Marriage Story" a leading contender for the best movie of the year.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Robert Eggers' "The Lighthouse" won't be for the faint of heart - or those who crave a tidy narrative - but his hallucinatory fever-dream is indeed an experience at the movies.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/4 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) "The Current War" is competent, if lacking any verve, but it should be considered a win for the film that it's hitting major theaters during a crowded awards season.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/4 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The movie goes through the motions, as most perfunctory sequels do, and the cast's energy and commitment to the material help to keep things as lively as possible.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Debunkers, Inc. (2017) Silly and slight, Debunkers, Inc. isn't so much anything grand and memorable but a fine calling card for a filmmaker and his future. Sometimes, showing promise can be good enough going forward.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/4 82% Judy (2019) The familiar elements are present, but that doesn't take away from the movie's emotional impact.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/4 87% Hustlers (2019) Scafaria presents a balance between aesthetics and the narrative, which makes "Hustlers" a deeper and more engaging film.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) The commentary is light and subtle, which works well for a violent R-rated film aiming to provide cheap thrills in the final moments of summer.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2.5/4 80% Good Boys (2019) "Good Boys" has an undeniable energy, as most race-to-the-party films do, but don't let the pint-size packaging fool you; we've been down this road many times before.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
5/10 52% Summer Night (2019) Summer Night has an easy, breezy presence about it, but there's not much going on beneath the surface.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Tel Aviv on Fire moves with purpose, even if it occasionally trips over its own ideas. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/4 97% Love, Antosha (2019) "Love, Antosha" is a loving documentary about Yelchin's life and career, and it appropriately pays tribute to an actor who loved making movies.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) "The Nightingale" isn't a fist-pumping revenge flick, even when certain beats might make it feel that way. Kent is a much deeper filmmaker. ‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino has often been his own worst enemy, and when his movies don't work, it's often because he can't get out of his own way.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) It's not one of her strongest efforts... but "Sword of Trust" is still a fine example of a wonderful filmmaker.‐ AwardsCircuit.com
Posted Jul 12, 2019
1.5/4 63% Yesterday (2019) "Yesterday" feels like a soundtrack desperately searching for a movie.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
2.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It provides some laughs and a lot of heart but, in the end, it feels like a footnote to the toys' adventures.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
2.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) "Dark Phoenix" is a mixed bag overall but not without surprising moments of heft and impact.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
7/10 55% Ma (2019) The film's trajectory feels familiar, and Ma doesn't really hold a ton of surprises but is a genuine scream-at-screen delight.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/4 89% Rocketman (2019) "Rocketman" has the pleasing aesthetic of a storybook jukebox musical but is punctuated with a piercing and unescapable sense of melancholy.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/4 57% Aladdin (2019) The new "Aladdin" is a little over thirty minutes longer than the animated version, and it becomes abundantly clear when the movie begins to spin its wheels.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) The characters may appear as assigned archetypes on the surface, but the screenplay allows growth and movement, even within the smallest moments.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" will likely have you fist-pumping in your seat, but it had me checking my watch.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019