Smash Cut Reviews
Smash Cut Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Karl Delossantos
The Father (2020)
Once The Father has you, it's hard to fall out of its momentum.
Posted Feb 13, 2020
20th Century Women (2017)
There are so many small tidbits about life, love, and happiness in 20th Century Women that it feels like therapy.
Posted Feb 8, 2020
Birds of Prey has all of the chaotic energy that a movie about Harley Quinn should have packaged in a frenetic action-filled romp that's impossible to resist. The best DCEU movie yet.
Posted Feb 6, 2020
The Lodge (2020)
As it slowly approaches the edge, you need to make the decision whether to hang on or jump off with it. Whether you love or hate it hangs on that decision.
Posted Feb 4, 2020
Nothing is more empowering than watching a woman literally and figuratively rebuild her life from the ground up. And Herself does it with an irresistible charm.
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Palm Springs (2020)
Andy Samberg, Christin Milioti, and director Max Barbakow make the time loop comedy new again (and again, and again).
Posted Jan 28, 2020
In the moment before the movie cuts to black I realized how much I'd miss seeing these characters on the screen. It is an irresistible movie.
Posted Jan 28, 2020
The Night House (2020)
The scares in The Night House come hard and fast, aided by director David Bruckner's masterful grasp of a dread-filled atmosphere.
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a matter-of-factly told abortion drama that pulls no punches as it takes on the failings of our healthcare system - especially for women.
Posted Jan 26, 2020
Underwater is like if you took all the character development, world-building, and plot out of the original Alien and just left the horror bits - somehow it works.
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Wild Rose (2019)
Wild Rose isn't your typical small-town girl with big dreams movie. It has an edge to it thanks to Jessie Buckley's star-making performance and her character's steely indignance.
Posted Jan 10, 2020
The First Wives Club (1996)
For better or worse - more better than worse, though -The First Wives Club is peak 1990s feminist cinema.
Posted Jan 10, 2020
The Grudge (2020)
The Grudge is more horrifying than any horror movie - because it's boring. The cheap scares and thin plot do nothing but... well, make you hold a grudge against it.
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Little Women (2019)
While Gerwig's narrative risks don't always payoff, Little Women thrives on a timeless story, great performances, and a strong beating heart.
Posted Jan 2, 2020
There's something very off about The Rise of Skywalker. It sort of all just happens. There was no build-up, no suspense. There's nothing to experience and I want a star war to be an experience.
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Atlantics has an intriguing enough story and Mati Diop manages some fascinating scenes of tension and emotion, but it lacks the narrative momentum for it to really take off.
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Cats out of the bag, let's put them back in. At best, Cats is an interesting exercise in the boundaries of filmmaking. At the worst, which it treads closer to, it's a disturbing, confusing, and misguided acid trip of a musical.
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Bombshell has a terrific performance by Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly and an interesting story worth telling. However, the muddled tone, hollow characters, and awkward pacing make it a forgettable watch.
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Black Christmas (2019)
Black Christmas has all the subtlety of a fat man in a red suit with a beard slipping down your chimney. However, the well-directed horror sequences and spirit of the original in its DNA keep the slay bells ringing.
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Just Mercy (2020)
Just Mercy may hit a lot of the familiar beats of a based on a true story legal drama, but the performances by Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Rob Morgan more than make up for its flaws.
Posted Dec 11, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019)
It's impressive just how much the Safdies are able to make you squirm without making you run out of the theater. Uncut Gems is a train wreck. Just one you can't take your eyes off of. That's a compliment of the highest degree.
Posted Dec 8, 2019
Quiet yet filled with intensity, Portrait of a Lady on Fire nails the physicality and emotions associated with mutual unspoken attraction. It's a slow burn - pun intended - as it builds their relationship, but the pay off is absolutely worth the wait.
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Knives Out (2019)
Leave it to Johnson, who managed to piece together one of the most compelling Star Wars movies with The Last Jedi, to construct a nearly perfect murder mystery.
Posted Nov 27, 2019
1917 is not only a technical feat, it's also an anxiety-inducing war thriller with digressions into horror and even French impressionism.
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Waves is an electrifying and music-filled family drama that is as emotional as it is thrilling to watch.
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019)
Parasite very much takes place in our world. Perhaps a slightly heightened version of it, but ours nonetheless. Mixing that with his usual dark humor and oddly specific characters, Bong Joon-ho has created an experience like no other.
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Jojo Rabbit is director Taika Waititi's first "blank check" movie, which would make you think that he'd push the boundaries as far as they could go. In actuality, he stays within his borders.
Posted Nov 4, 2019
The Lobster (2016)
A stunning story of absurdity that will have you laughing while also throwing you into an existential crisis.
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Honey Boy (2019)
Like therapy, Honey Boy is more of an exploration. LeBeouf is using the movie to understand what he went through.
Posted Oct 26, 2019
Gemini Man (2019)
Ang Lee isn't interested in the story at all, only the tech that could be used to bring it to life. Ironically, it makes it all lifeless.
Posted Oct 13, 2019
Marriage Story (2019)
I watched Marriage Story while going through a breakup -a good and bad decision. It's a masterpiece.
Posted Oct 12, 2019
The Conjuring (2013)
This decade's definitive horror classic.
Posted Oct 11, 2019
For all the discourse around Joker, I was expecting something truly abhorrent - for better or worse. What I was shocked to find is how little of a bite it has.
Posted Oct 10, 2019
A scene never rings false in Pain and Glory, even when they're particularly humorous or ridiculous. If anything, that quirky quality is what makes each moment work.
Posted Sep 29, 2019
The Irishman (2019)
The Irishman feels like an epilogue to Scorsese's storied career - but it also makes clear that Marty is far from being obsolete.
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Ad Astra (2019)
Ad Astra has more on its mind. James Gray has more on his mind. And Pitt, better than he has been in years, understands that.
Posted Sep 22, 2019
Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020)
The tone of the movie so unexpected but delightful. It's like the weird western that Quentin Tarantino never made.
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)
When Brittany Runs a Marathon sticks to Brittany... well, running a marathon, it moves with plenty of laughs and relatable commentary. I mean, you can never go wrong with a movie with the line, "it's New York City, of course I've slept on a rat."
Posted Sep 15, 2019
Hustlers is a heist movie that also pulls off its own heist. While the movie is as glitzy and sleek as you'd expect with enough jokes and gags to keep you entertained, there's also a complex framework of themes working beneath the surface.
Posted Sep 12, 2019
The design of the haunted house is intriguing and disorienting with wood slat-lined halls leading to cramped tunnels and dark rooms littered with unseen dangers. If only the actual story was as inventive as the set design.
Posted Sep 11, 2019
It Chapter Two (2019)
Clearly, Muschietti had a long list of things he wanted to do and tackle in It Chapter Two - and he did all of it. Unfortunately, the movie didn't need most of it.
Posted Sep 9, 2019
The King of Comedy (1983)
Cringy, awkward, painful to watch -a masterpiece.
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Good Boys (2019)
Good Boys, like Booksmart this year, proves that a raunchy comedy can be smart and thoughtful while still making jokes about a hyperrealistic sex doll.
Posted Sep 1, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets so caught up in its plot that the scares end up feeling like an afterthought.
Posted Aug 25, 2019
The Perfection (2019)
As the twists and turns get even more egregious, The Perfection just becomes a chore to watch. It's unfortunate because the final beat is actually chilling and portends what could have been. A lighter touch would have been welcome.
Posted Aug 24, 2019
Ready or Not (2019)
Ready or Not is a skewering - literally - of the greediness of the 1% at the hands of a person that came from nothing - all the while dressed in a dirty and tattered wedding dress and worn down high tops. If that's not American, then I don't know what is.
Posted Aug 20, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019)
There's a lot to admire about Blinded by the Light - its ambition chief among them.
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Bolstered by strong performances by the entire cast, strong visuals, and a filled out script, "Noah" may be one of the better biblical adaptations.
Posted Aug 8, 2019
12 Years a Slave (2013)
The film itself is beautiful. Each shot is pure artwork. Each note of music is pure emotion. Every cut is perfectly pieced together. Steve McQueen has assembled something that is great.
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Jersey Boys (2014)