The Lamplight Review
The Lamplight Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brent Hankins, Kyle Wilson
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
The thought of spending more time with Sonic or his arch-nemesis makes me want to roll into a ball and fly off a cliff at several hundred miles per hour.
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Not everything in the film works, but in a post-Justice League cinema environment for the DCEU, Birds of Prey is yet another example that Warner Bros and DC are making interesting choices and expanding their brand in the right way
Posted Feb 10, 2020
With its pop-infused soundtrack, brightly colored visuals and open-armed embrace of its R-rated sensibilities -- F-bombs and bloodshed are dispensed in sizable portions throughout -- Birds of Prey is another step in the right direction.
Posted Feb 6, 2020
The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)
Narratively The Last Thing He Wanted is a failure at every level. Perhaps a longer running time and a more measured pace might have resulted in something a bit closer to coherence, but as it stands, it couldn't possibly be more aptly titled.
Posted Jan 28, 2020
Ferrell is quite funny in an understated role devoid of his typical over-the-top antics, and Louis-Dreyfus turns in a multi-layered performance as the malcontent matriarch of the family, full of rage, lust, fear, sadness and countless other emotions.
Posted Jan 28, 2020
Promising Young Woman (2020)
Anchored by a dynamite turn from Mulligan, it's a fierce, fiery battle cry of a film, one that seeks to hold accountable everyone whose actions -- or inaction -- contributed to the destruction of a woman's life.
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Zola is much more focused on the journey than the destination, and thanks to a darkly funny script and some dynamite work from the cast, it's one hell of a crazy ride.
Posted Jan 24, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020)
The Gentlemen is cut from such particular cloth that its mainstream appeal is questionable ... On the other hand, longtime fans of Ritchie's work will rightfully hail this as a return to his roots, and will no doubt clamor for more.
Posted Jan 22, 2020
The humor is beyond juvenile from start to finish with corny puns, slapstick pratfalls, and low level potty humor full of farts and shots to the genitals.
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Dolittle is the sort of film that believes a vicious tiger named Barry getting kicked in the groin by a gorilla and exclaiming "Oh, my Barry berries!" is the height of humor. Moviegoers under the age of 10 might agree with this sentiment.
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Troop Zero (2020)
The underdog tale is sure to warm hearts with its quirky humor and wonderful performances, despite occasionally dipping into formulaic territory.
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020)
One would think the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence might have diminished in the 17 years since the duo last teamed up, but it's every bit as fun to watch these Bad Boys onscreen together in 2020 as it was when we first met them back in 1995.
Posted Jan 15, 2020
While the film is certainly messy and manic, fans should take a breath and see it for themselves -- there's a lot to like (and even love) in The Rise of Skywalker.
Posted Dec 19, 2019
The action sequences are among the best of the series. Particularly stunning is a pitched battle at sea, with Rey and Kylo Ren trading blows atop floating bits of wreckage as towering waves crash all around -- this entire sequence is instantly iconic.
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
While Jumanji: The Next Level mostly adheres to the same elements that turned the previous film into such a hit, it also remixes a few of those components to freshen things up a bit.
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Knives Out (2019)
With a huge ensemble of A-list talent, a razor-sharp screenplay and a head-spinning number of shocks and surprises, Johnson adheres to genre conventions while simultaneously spinning them into something more complex, more devious, and more hilarious.
Posted Nov 27, 2019
The Irishman (2019)
The Irishman will no doubt be revered as one of the greatest films ever produced about organized crime, and might very well be the definitive statement on the genre, because it's difficult to imagine anyone eclipsing what Scorsese has done here.
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Having already portrayed Walt Disney, another figure instrumental in the shaping of so many childhoods, it only makes sense that Hanks would be tapped for this role, and let's be honest: who else could have pulled it off with such aplomb?
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Frozen II (2019)
Returning directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have done an outstanding job with this follow-up, giving fans more of the things they loved in the original film while expanding the world and exploring the characters in spellbinding new ways.
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019)
Although Ford v Ferrari slots neatly into the biopic formula, that's not necessarily a bad thing, as Mangold wisely chooses to focus not on the titular rivalry, but on legendary racing personalities Carroll Shelby (Damon) and Ken Miles (Bale).
Posted Nov 13, 2019
The Report (2019)
That Burns was able to distill 6700 pages of information into a two-hour film is an impressive feat on its own, but it's the dynamite ensemble cast that elevates The Report from rote investigative drama to nail-biting political thriller.
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019)
The film shouldn't work nearly as well as it does, and it's almost baffling how neatly it all comes together. It's a cinematic magic trick of sorts, and Flanagan pulls it off with the confidence of someone performing an illusion for the thousandth time.
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
As the de factor third chapter in the story of Sarah Connor, this is a very worthy continuation of her journey. Thanks to its surprisingly smart script and a captivating turn from Hamilton, Dark Fate puts the series on the road to redemption.
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Dolemite is My Name provides Murphy with his best material in years, and the actor rises to the occasion, embracing his R-rated roots with aplomb and firing off jokes with a ferocity we haven't seen in far too long.
Posted Oct 25, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019)
Even with a finale as rocky as the shoreline on which Thomas and Ephraim are stranded, the film is an absolute must-see, a brilliant shining beacon in a sea of stagnant cinema, guiding viewers through the storm toward salvation.
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
The film's ambition is admirable, and it's hard to imagine anyone more capable of wringing so many laughs from such a peculiar premise.
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
The brisk 99-minute runtime is a welcome respite from comedies that overstay their welcome, and offers more than enough laughs to delight fans of the original.
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil may have the dubious honor of becoming the Disney film with the highest body count, but that's about the only distinction worth bestowing upon it.
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Gemini Man (2019)
Ultimately, the film makes for an impressive coming-out party for an exciting piece of tech, one that could have fascinating applications in the coming years, but offers precious little else.
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Joker is an impressive achievement on many levels, but the sloppy mixed message of the film and the near torturous dread of the entire outing leave very little entertainment to be had.
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
Here's hoping the inevitable third installment brings Emily Blunt back into the fold, so we can at least look forward to a character whose moral compass is still in working order.
Posted Oct 3, 2019
It's as if Phillips had a burning desire to create his own version of Taxi Driver, but wasn't sure audiences would show up, so he slapped a coat of green hair dye and greasepaint onto the screenplay to guarantee plenty of asses in seats.
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen have crafted a ferociously funny comedy-thriller, thumbing their nose at convention and frequently pulling the rug out from under the characters and the audience in equal measure.
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Hustlers may be a sexy crime thriller, but it's also a film about women banding together to take on a system that frequently treats them as "less than," turning the tables on those who hold all the cards, and having a damn good time doing it.
Posted Sep 13, 2019
It Chapter Two (2019)
Less engaging and less scary than its predecessor, with a daunting runtime that nevertheless remains a must-see for any horror fan.
Posted Sep 5, 2019
A goofy, light-hearted riff on the Indiana Jones films that never shies away from poking fun at cinematic cliches -- or itself.
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Hobbs and Shaw is so irrational and illogical that it's basically a cartoon, a machismo-laden thrill ride that borders on parody and is, at times, unspeakably dumb, but in the best possible way.
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Despite being inspired by and connected to a particular event, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is less about telling a specific story of the era, and more about capturing its emotion and spirit. In that regard, Tarantino knocks it out of the park.
Posted Jul 25, 2019
In many respects, the film serves as a cautionary tale -- not of a dark future, but of a time that's already upon us, which makes Salim's debut feature all the more terrifying and affecting.
Posted Jul 15, 2019
The Lion King (2019)
There's no denying that Favreau and his team have crafted a brilliant technological achievement, but whether The Lion King is a great film on its own merits is a subject that will likely inspire a fair amount of debate.
Posted Jul 11, 2019
It's a bit slow out of the gate, but once Bautista and Nanjiani finally connect, it makes up for lost time with an overload of laughs and a healthy dose of bloody, cartoonish violence.
Posted Jul 10, 2019
For decades, horror films have conditioned us to believe that bad things only happen in the shadows, but that's not the case here, and the knowledge that daylight is no longer a safe space makes Midsommar even more disturbing.
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Both a great bookend to the first era of the MCU and another immensely pure and satisfying installment of everyone's favorite friendly neighborhood wallcrawler.
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
While the action in Spider-Man: Far From Home is much larger in scope than its predecessor, the film nevertheless feels considerably smaller and more self-contained than most MCU entries, especially in the wake of Endgame's enormous finale.
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Directors Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss deserve commendations of their own for ensuring this tale of unprecedented kindness in the face of unspeakable tragedy doesn't fade away into history.
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019)
Like its predecessors, Toy Story 4 understands the significance of the bond between a child and their favorite toy, and more importantly, the undeniable magic of childhood.
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Men in Black International (2019)
Overlong and mostly unfunny, Men in Black International offers precious little of the recipe which made the previous films -- particularly the original -- so endearing.
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Late Night (2019)
Late Night is at its best when Thompson leans into Katherine's caustic and abrasive personality, which plays well against Kaling's earnestness, and the film's best moments arrive whenever these two comedic powerhouses share the screen.
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019)
Dark Phoenix sends the X-Men out not with a bang, but with a roll of the eyes and a somewhat exasperated sigh.
Posted Jun 4, 2019