Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 76% Split (2017) Shyamalan oddly builds toward a climax that ultimately finds a positive side benefit to incest, pedophilia, and physical abuse.‐ Film Frenzy
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3/4 No Score Yet What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969) A brisk pace and bravura turns by the two leading ladies keep this one popping.‐ Film Frenzy
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2.5/4 No Score Yet Nemesis (1993) The hyperactive pace, the imaginative (if not always polished) effects and especially the formidable action scenes certainly make this worth a peek, more so after midnight with pizza and beer in hand.‐ Film Frenzy
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3/4 77% Mid90s (2018) Slender from a narrative standpoint, Mid90s largely succeeds thanks to the authentic characters -- and even more authentic dialogue -- offered by Hill.‐ Film Frenzy
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2/4 39% Hell Fest (2018) At its best, Hell Fest makes inspired use of its amusement-park setting, but it ultimately counts for naught when the plotting is this threadbare and the characters this insipid.‐ Film Frenzy
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4/4 87% Get Shorty (1995) Get Shorty - for all its critical and commercial acclaim - has never received its due as one of the funniest Hollywood films of modern times.‐ Film Frenzy
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2.5/4 86% Blood and Black Lace (Sei donne per l'assassino) (1964) While there would be better giallo films arriving in later years, the postmark on this one makes it essential viewing.‐ Film Frenzy
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3/4 74% Creepshow (1982) A certain measure of generosity and goodwill is necessary to fully enjoy this endeavor from director George Romero, since the stories by Stephen King aren't anything special.‐ Film Frenzy
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3/4 83% Trick 'r Treat (2007) A cleverly constructed work.‐ Film Frenzy
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2.5/4 67% Schlock (1973) Exactly the sort of low-budget picture one would expect to be the calling card of a young kid weaned on classic movies and tattered issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland.‐ Film Frenzy
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2.5/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Moderately entertaining.‐ Film Frenzy
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2/4 79% Halloween (2018) Well, I guess this is what happens when a valuable franchise is entrusted to the guys who foisted Your Highness upon an unsuspecting world.‐ Film Frenzy
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3/4 88% First Man (2018) Chazelle's approach might keep emotions grounded longer than necessary, but First Man nevertheless takes flight when it matters most.‐ Film Frenzy
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2.5/4 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A throwback to the Tarantino days.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 96% Roma (2018) This time, it's personal.‐ Film Frenzy
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1.5/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) If this soulless slog is any indication of what to expect from future Amblin wannabes, then we're all in trouble, as it isn't Back to the Future as much as it's bleak for the future.‐ Film Frenzy
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3/4 79% Ben is Back (2018) The excellent work by Hedges and Roberts keeps this sobering picture from wandering too far into the haze.‐ Film Frenzy
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3/4 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The film itself may be conventional but it's also captivating, and it culminates with a courtroom showdown that offers instant satisfaction yet also doesn't erase subsequent history.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins has fashioned a film that rarely raises its voice, even as the rage regarding a grotesque miscarriage of justice informs its every move.‐ Film Frenzy
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1.5/4 23% Mile 22 (2018) Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg have made four movies together, but nobody will be equating them with Ford-Wayne, Kurosawa-Mifune or Scorsese-De Niro at any point in the near or far future.‐ Film Frenzy
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1.5/4 46% Red Sparrow (2018) Whereas a superior spy caper chooses to wear its danger on its sleeve, this one is content to merely shove it into its jockstrap.‐ Film Frenzy
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1.5/4 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Clint Eastwood has directed 37 motion pictures over the course of 41 years, yet none have been as painful to watch as this one.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) 10 Best of 2018: Honorable Mention.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) 10 Best of 2018: Honorable Mention.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) 10 Best of 2018: Honorable Mention.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 95% RBG (2018) 10 Best of 2018: Honorable Mention.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) 10 Best of 2018: Honorable Mention.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 98% Free Solo (2018) 10 Best of 2018: Honorable Mention.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) A heady mix of William Shakespeare and Walt Disney -- and with a few James Bond gadgets added to sweeten the deal -- it ventures far beyond wham-bam-thank-you-Stan territory.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 90% Lean on Pete (2018) The most unjustly forgotten film of 2018 was also one of its best.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 93% First Reformed (2018) A haunting and meditative work.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born demonstrates that good stories never die; they just patiently rest as filmmakers figure out how to bring back their sparkle.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) The best documentary of 2018 starts out as a feel-good human interest story before morphing into something decidedly darker and disturbing.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) And here you thought Avengers: Infinity War was the ultimate word on edge-of-your-seat entertainment.‐ Film Frenzy
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3.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) One of the year's 10 Best.‐ Film Frenzy
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1/4 5% Christmas With the Kranks (2004) Forget the 12 Days of Christmas; there are at least 12,000 ways that 2004's fascistic Christmas with the Kranks earns the honor as the worst Yuletide film ever made.‐ Film Frenzy
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1/4 6% Deck the Halls (2006) This nonsense seems to have been conceived on the back of a snot-soaked tissue by a none-too-bright third grader.‐ Film Frenzy
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1/4 15% Jingle All the Way (1997) Watching Arnold Schwarzenegger take a stab at light-hearted comedy is often like watching a whale try to maintain its balance on a gymnastics beam.‐ Film Frenzy
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1/4 0% Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014) Saving Christmas is basically 80 minutes of Cameron lambasting Christians for not being his equal when it comes to intolerance and close-mindedness.‐ Film Frenzy
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1/4 24% Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) Just how incompetent is this picture? Its ineptitude applies even to the opening credits, which lists a "custume" designer.‐ Film Frenzy
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1/4 No Score Yet Santa Claus (1959) This one definitely falls into the so-bad-it's-kinda-awesome camp.‐ Film Frenzy
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1/4 10% Mixed Nuts (1994) Even fans of Nora Ephron knew well enough to stay home and roast chestnuts on an open fire instead.‐ Film Frenzy
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1/4 19% Jack Frost (1998) It took four screenwriters to come up with dialogue so horrendous, it could have single-handedly ushered in a new era of silent cinema. "You the man!" "No, you the man!" "No, I'm the snowman!"‐ Film Frenzy
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1/4 24% Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) Witless even by slasher-film standards.‐ Film Frenzy
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1/4 19% Love the Coopers (2015) This Yuletide bomb isn't a movie to watch as much as survive.‐ Film Frenzy
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1.5/4 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) A chilly, cold-to-the-touch interpretation.‐ Film Frenzy
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1.5/4 28% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Just when it appears this can't get any worse, along comes white supremacist Donald Trump in a pointless cameo.‐ Film Frenzy
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1.5/4 50% The Nutcracker (1993) Macaulay Culkin, cast purely for marquee value, is particularly ill-at-ease as the Nutcracker Prince, doubtless distracted by visions of Nintendo games dancing in his head.‐ Film Frenzy
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1.5/4 20% Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) The sets frequently look chintzy and cheap, with Santa's workshop bringing to mind a prison sweat shop as much as a toy factory.‐ Film Frenzy
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1.5/4 7% Surviving Christmas (2004) In 2003, moviegoers received a gift in the form of Bad Santa; the following year, they got a lump of coal in the shape of a Bad Movie.‐ Film Frenzy
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