Josh Martin

Josh Martin
Josh Martin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Inquiry

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) In addition to its remarkable aesthetic, Spider-Verse channels a spirit of unpredictability in its own comic construction, eliciting laughs with its self-referential playfulness and chaotic power.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
69% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) With its easy messaging and forced dialogue, The Christmas Chronicles is, without question, an exceptionally lame movie.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
81% Instant Family (2018) Problems aside, if you're a sucker for a very blatant tear-jerker, you'll get what you came for. And if you're a bit of a Grinch like me, you might be pleasantly surprised. Set your expectations accordingly.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
93% CAM (2018) If Cam falls just shy of total perfection, the depth and volume of ambitious ideas on display more than warrants an intimate, active viewing experience. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux is a weighty experience guaranteed to take a toll on viewers, both from its philosophical musings and its uncompromising look at 21st century violence.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
79% Apostle (2018) If it's undeniably riddled with imperfections, Apostle is still a worthy new venture from an abundantly talented filmmaker.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
79% 22 July (2018) 22 July begins as an urgent and devastating film, before suddenly turning into a never-ending slog, destined to leave viewers wondering where things went wrong.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
88% The Night Comes For Us (2018) It's insanity. And I loved every second of it.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) Another interesting outing from Edgerton, who takes his directorial talents in a new direction for a necessary, often moving story, showing that he can be successful beyond the world of twisty thrillers.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
89% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) The Kindergarten Teacher is expertly magnetic as a vessel for a cringe-worthy effect of its own making.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
88% What They Had (2018) What They Had is genuine and moving in its depictions of hard moments near the end of life, but I just wish that raw, unadulterated emotion operated on a more consistent current throughout.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
91% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) For those worried that this would be just a glorified trailer for Netflix's big project, you can rest easy.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) As amusing as it can be, there is something to be said for the relative insignificance of The Old Man & the Gun. While the film is light on its feet and slickly entertaining, is that enough? ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
96% Roma (2018) I look forward to returning to Roma once more, as I'm positive I'll find even more to appreciate. I only regret that my second viewing won't take place in a theater, where the towering images and visceral sounds fully mesmerize the senses.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
82% Green Book (2018) For the life of me, I can't see what distinguishes this from the tons of other polite Oscar dramas that came before it. We're in familiar territory here, and the formula has produced much stronger, more dynamic results than this.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite succeeds in engulfing us in a world of pettiness and extravagance, where cake and power matter more than political strife or human cost.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
40% Hell Fest (2018) Here we have an ingenious concept told with no ingenuity, depriving viewers of even the baseline pleasures of the hack'n'slash genre.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
77% Dogman (2018) Garrone's resistance to any semblance of logic or reason on Marcello's part is troubling. When the violence and absurdity reach a fever pitch, the serious elements feel like a farce, stuck at the mercy of a film that just wants to push buttons. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
79% Destroyer (2018) Karyn Kusama's Destroyer is a rare beast, in that it's both exactly the film you expect and a totally surprising subversion of expectations. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
76% Smallfoot (2018) Adults can still enjoy this in an ironic way. Smallfoot is so unbelievable at times that I couldn't help but feel baffled and perplexed by the creative decisions on display, laughing and shaking my head as it ventured into some strange directions. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
56% Slice (2018) Eventually, it's all too apparent that nothing here really works. Even at 82-minutes, much of the film feels like wheel-spinning.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It's not part of a franchise, nor does it seem to have any real aspirations for a sequel. It's nostalgic for a different era of filmmaking, but it doesn't rely on that nostalgia to a debilitating extent.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
92% Mandy (2018) The pace remains languid and precise, but the violence is relentless and gruesome, a spectacle of blood, dirt, and the most ridiculous weapons imaginable. It's suitably nutty, and it's likely to give the film a level of notoriety for years to come.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
80% The Angel (2018) It's a sporadically interesting, mostly dull history lesson.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
30% Kin (2018) Until it reaches that bewildering ending, Kin is mostly just a snooze fest. It drags along, finding the energy to come to life only intermittently. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) One can't escape the thought that there might be a deeper, more emotionally and psychologically penetrating version of this film out there, a version that simply never came together in the editing room.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
60% Blood Fest (2018) Constantly pointing out what happens in horror movies is not clever. Characters repeatedly saying "This is usually when something bad happens!" is not funny. And having your heroes recognize that they're in a horror movie is not a novel idea.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
49% Like Father (2018) Like Father is not a radical or subversive family comedy, but the cast has good chemistry, the story moves along nicely, and the big, tear-jerking moments make an impact. By the end, it surpasses its modest ambitions.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
66% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) The words "restraint" and "moderation" are not in this film's vocabulary. It is savage, hysterical, and deeply bonkers.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) It's unafraid of gearing its goofy charms towards the youngest of audiences, but even if you've never seen an episode of the show, this movie will win you over with its inspired lunacy.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
21% How It Ends (2018) Even with a good hook, How It Ends suffers from a lack of vision, which is exactly what you don't need in an effects-heavy disaster movie.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) There's fun to be had with this deeply silly slice of R-rated raunchiness, which boasts two solid performances and a breezy approach to the material. But the film struggles to balance its crass brand of humor with shocking bursts of carnage.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
86% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) The Captain's philosophies are rudimentary at best and recycled at worst, with an added emphasis on the animalistic instincts that we've all heard about hundreds of times. It feels completely pointless.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
63% Uncle Drew (2018) Against all odds, director Charles Stone III's goofy basketball comedy is a nice bit of fun, delivering easy laughs and charming performances without breaking a sweat.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
30% The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018) It's a shame that such an idiosyncratic father/son story still feels so rote and recycled, suffering under the weight of its silly desire to constantly verbalize and explain even the tiniest of character moments.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
90% Set It Up (2018) As a sucker for this kind of romantic idealism, Set It Up slapped a goofy smile on my face during its best moments. And as a fan of these stars, I was ecstatic to see them sharing the screen as the romantic leads. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) The mixed results are all the more disappointing when you consider the rich potential of Hotel Artemis' vibrant, seedy noir world.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
86% Upgrade (2018) A gleefully nasty film that relies on a unique mixture of beautiful futuristic landscapes and old-school grindhouse fun. It's small, it's violent, and it gets the job done.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) Many audiences will likely shy away from the graphic depiction of pedophilia and abuse, but the film's frankness is often its greatest asset.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
48% Superfly (2018) It's simultaneously aesthetically impressive and astoundingly unappealing, shockingly straight-forward and hopelessly convoluted.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018