Elements of Madness
Elements of Madness is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Douglas Davidson
There is a beguiling delicacy and precision about López's work that hits you almost immediately.
Posted May 23, 2020
Military Wives (2020)
... the entire film feels like something is missing, some piece that pulls it all together. Perhaps, what it needed, was a bit more truth.
Posted May 22, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020)
It seems obvious to put the pair [Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae] together and new Netflix action-comedy The Lovebirds is evidence that they work incredible well together, even when the script is mostly by the numbers.
Posted May 20, 2020
The Postcard Killings (2020)
There is a certain simplicity to The Postcard Killings that is inarguably ruined as more and more answers come to light, only to be saved by a measured performance from Morgan and some lovely cinematography.
Posted May 19, 2020
Through a delightful combination of sight, sound, and performance, de Wilde's EMMA. is a premier scruples comedy of the highest order and is available now on home video for endless enjoyment.
Posted May 18, 2020
Not so much a continuation of the stories audiences have seen, but a soft-reboot that opens the door for an entire Hanna-Barbera universe of adventures, Scoob! is a fun tale of loving friendship ...
Posted May 15, 2020
Samurai Marathon (2019)
So while the film itself is the "lively action flick with a samurai twist" experience as promised, it doesn't evoke the kind of munificence it wants to bestow upon the proceedings.
Posted May 11, 2020
Better Days (2019)
... Better Days is best understood as a contemplation on our own role in society, that it's not enough to want us to be better, but to create the version of the world we long for.
Posted May 5, 2020
Mixed with a cast that's ready to play, this feature length directorial debut from Clark Duke, who also acts in the film opposite Hemsworth, is a slow burn neo-western that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch.
Posted May 4, 2020
Ne Zha (2019)
Ne Zha ... is adapted in such a way that it takes advantage of animation to create action sequences that not only serve to communicate character conflict and growth, but look incredible at the same time.
Posted May 3, 2020
Tammy's Always Dying (2019)
Paired with superb direction from second-time feature director Amy Jo Johnson, familial drama Tammy's Always Dying is a painful reminder that we can't always save the ones we love, and that the ones we love can't be saved.
Posted Apr 29, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020)
Morano's direction does an incredible job of putting the audience into [action], yet there's something in the pacing, narrative structure, and eventual conclusion that leaves the audience cold.
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Queen of Paradis (2020)
The finished documentary, titled Queen of Paradis, does more than present how Paradis creates the photo series, it demonstrates how each piece is profoundly personal in its conception.
Posted Apr 26, 2020
If you love hard-hitting films like Atomic Blonde, The Raid 2: Berandal, and any of the John Wick films, which have that put-you-in-the-action feel, cue up Extraction and scratch that itch.
Posted Apr 22, 2020
It may be unfair to ask a documentary about midnight movies to be perfect, and the issues present are largely quibbles, but Time Warp, Vol 1 is certainly going to either invite new members into the fold or strengthen old fans' long-held love.
Posted Apr 21, 2020
... that's why the utterly mayhem-filled WDYJD! Is simultaneously absolutely irreverent and dead serious, the end result being a darkly hilarious trip through family and greed.
Posted Apr 19, 2020
... frankly, it's a mixed bag. The Current War manages to be both energetic and poignant, while somehow undeniably shallow.
Posted Apr 15, 2020
... [writer/director Hoon-jung] Park masterfully weaves each [narrative aspect] into and out of each other until the audience is on the edge of their seat for a ride filled with countless surprises.
Posted Apr 12, 2020
... the R-rated Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge offers a perspective previously unexamined in Mortal Kombat lore and all the bloody mayhem that will delight old fans, yet is approachable enough to lure in new ones.
Posted Apr 11, 2020
Just Mercy (2020)
These are meaty topics that make Just Mercy a frequently hard watch ... but because where Just Mercy leaves its audience emotionally is very much relevant today.
Posted Apr 10, 2020
The Lost Husband (2020)
... for almost every time audiences expect The Lost Husband to run straight toward one of those genre clichés, it pivots, making for a frequently surprising and tender experience.
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019)
As a final film, Ip Man 4: The Finale is exactly that, a closing tale that solidifies this series as one of the more innovative and emotionally compelling martial arts sagas in recent memory.
Posted Apr 6, 2020
Thanks to mesmerizing performances and intimate direction, Stray encourages the audience to lean in as [writer/director Dustin] Feneley presents a slice of life dramatic tale of loss and healing.
Posted Apr 2, 2020
While it may not be the first thing you'll want to watch while social distancing, there's no denying Vivarium's ability to crawl under your skin.
Posted Mar 26, 2020
Believe it or not, Bamboozled is a comedy, even if a dark one. Lee makes sure that there are plenty of laughs, even if he's poking the audience at the same time to wonder why they are laughing.
Posted Mar 22, 2020
Blow the Man Down (2020)
We often think we know what kind of world we live in until something shakes the veil loose and reality comes crashing in. The question this modern day Agatha Christie tale asks isn't what would you do, but what are you willing to do?
Posted Mar 19, 2020
Richard Jewell (2019)
There's no question that the facts were ignored in the pursuit of a public win. That's the luxury of time and distance not afforded in the thick of any crisis.
Posted Mar 18, 2020
First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019)
Out on home video now is his 103rd film First Love, which utilizes the backdrop of a crime-filled Japanese city to explore how selfishness destroys and a pure heart extends your life.
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Though loss is a central feature of Onward, there's a pervasive hopefulness that brings a great deal of joy, even if it also elicits tears.
Posted Mar 4, 2020
Time and again, My Hero Academia finds clever and surprising ways to raise the stakes in every story, all in the pursuit of its grand theme: what does it take to be a hero?
Posted Feb 24, 2020
Guns Akimbo (2020)
It's a particularly sadomasochistic experience as Guns Akimbo breaks down society's desire for violence and their fetishization of mental health stereotypes while serving up exactly what the audience craves.
Posted Feb 23, 2020
The Misogynists (2020)
At first, one might expect a film portraying several hours after Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016 as either leaning strongly in one political direction or another, but Tukel wisely takes aim at everyone ...
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Color Out of Space (2020)
This thought permeates throughout director Richard Stanley's (The Otherworld) adaptation of Lovecraft's 1927 short story The Colour Out of Space, a film that is as wildly intense and unsettling as it is beautiful and confusing.
Posted Feb 20, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020)
As far as adaptations go, The Call of the Wild does an excellent job of tweaking the source material for a modern age without losing any emotional heft.
Posted Feb 17, 2020
The Photograph (2020)
... Meghie's tale which examines not just love, but the words not spoken and a life-lived privately in public, and is performed by outstanding performers who make you feel their truths as much as believe them.
Posted Feb 13, 2020
A Simple Wedding (2020)
Though the story ... doesn't dig into the patriarchal aspects of marriage, the romantic comedy A Simple Wedding does explore the conflict between cultural perceptions of love and the greater significance of philautia ...
Posted Feb 11, 2020
At its core, Birds of Prey is not just a film to wipe the slate clean for the Crown Princess of Crime, but to establish that the toxicity present, the male-domination that creeps through [Suicide] Squad, is a thing of the past.
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Unequivocally, the director's cut is a riveting piece of cinema which should be the version audiences see from here moving forward.
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Loud, violent, and just ridiculous enough to warrant a return to Skull Island as soon as the credits finish rolling, ladies and gentlemen, for your utter delight and pleasure, Vogt-Roberts presents: Kong: Skull Island.
Posted Feb 2, 2020
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
... [I]t's visually beautiful and successful recreates many of the iconic scenes from the Japanese anime film (itself an adaptation of a manga); yet it fails to capture the central essence of the story.
Posted Feb 2, 2020
The Belko Experiment (2017)
Audiences will absolutely delight in the carnage, yet find themselves longing for a stronger payoff by the end.
Posted Feb 2, 2020
Suicide Squad (2016)
Unfortunately, what's advertised as high-octane rock n' roll is more of an uneven pop song.
Posted Feb 2, 2020
The Song of Names (2019)
Ordinarily these stories focus on the ones in the ghettos or camps, but Lebrecht's tale is of a survivor and the weighted responsibility that surviving bears. It is ... a beautiful, poignant expression of faith, family, and the persistence of a people.
Posted Jan 29, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020)
... [Ritchie's] latest effort, The Gentlemen, gives off a sense of Ritchie breaking free from whatever he was trying to conform too in the latter pictures, using the polish as a beautiful veneer for some truly nasty mayhem.
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Yoga Hosers (2016)
Fans of Smith's prior work will have a blast, eagerly awaiting the chance to show Yoga Hosers to their kids, while the average filmgoer will likely pass on what is one of Smith's more uneven stories.
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019)
Smith's latest film, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, brings together just about every familiar face audiences have met and loved in a story that's hilariously familiar and with a heart bigger than Jay's junk. BONG.
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020)
It's with great pleasure that I proclaim the Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah-directed Bad Boys for Life is the best Bad Boys since the original.
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Like a Boss (2020)
Forget any notion you might hear that Like A Boss is a girls' night out film or a date night film. It's a friend film. New friends, old friends, casual friends, longtime friends, you will see yourself ... represented in the characters or the narrative.
Posted Jan 8, 2020
[S]o much of The Rise of Skywalker appears impossible, even likely improbable, until it happens and then, once more, we are returned to a childlike state, in awe of the mysteries of the Force.
Posted Dec 20, 2019