Phil Villarreal

Phil Villarreal
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The web may be tangled, but the beauty lies in its heedless complexity.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/4 83% Creed II (2018) Like the iconic Rocky statue itself, the film and its series are triumphant, immovable and gleaming in bronzed defiance.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper and Gaga's stars are reborn. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) A fantastic beast indeed.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Mercury turns in the performance of his young career, channeling Mercury's flamboyance, charisma and showmanship.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 37% Hunter Killer (2018) It's a crackling and majestic war movie that navigates rough seas with aplomb, making you realize maybe dad is onto something.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) Slashes through decades of misfires to cut to the core of what makes for a horrifying cinematic gauntlet.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 88% First Man (2018) A ruthless edit could have trimmed away some of the ancillary material and reshaped First Man into a leaner, more economical story.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 29% Night School (2018) A waste of talent and time that makes you remember your own school days, watching the clock as it moves too slowly until it frees you from the classroom doldrums.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Do yourself the simple favor of seeing this sooner rather than later.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1.5/4 26% The Nun (2018) Turns out to be the waste of a perfectly good ghost demon. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/4 30% Kin (2018) The plot is tied together so loosely that just about anything goes. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Plays to the type of viewer who find that the more inappropriate, demented and just plain wrong a joke is, the more likely it is to leave them in stitches.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 79% Alpha (2018) The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 46% The Meg (2018) Has a way of affixing a toothy grin to your face the size of its shark.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) They let you in on the fun, making you feel as though you're giggling as you're getting away with something. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Cruise tumbles through the overly complicated globe-skipping action flick as though he's collecting punches on the Break A Bone On Every Continent Rewards Card. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) This is an action movie in which the action star strives to be, well, inactive. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2.5/4 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Toy Story 3 and Cars 3, this is not.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The movie is akin to the last days of school after finals, when everyone is goofing around and having fun.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The new Sicario is S-cary-o.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Subtlety is not this movie's high point. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) A slickly-paced visual dynamo, the family superhero flick is a dynamic crowd-pleaser that gives superfans just about everything they could have bargained for.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) The screenplay by Ross and Olivia Milch is every bit as elaborate as the blueprints, whiteboard sketches and hacking maneuvers the team pulls off. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/4 37% Life of the Party (2018) School's in session and McCarthy is teaching a comedic master class. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
1.5/4 25% Overboard (2018) Stupid comedies are often among the funniest, but Overboard is just painful and mean. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3/4 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It lifts, inspires and stings in a raw way that studio blockbusters rarely manage.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2.5/4 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) The sentiment shifts from GET IT GIRL! to JUST GET ON WITH IT ALREADY, GIRL!‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/4 52% Rampage (2018) Don't overthink it. Just sit back, chuckle and gape at the gloriously improbable thrills. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/4 83% Blockers (2018) Whenever you think it can't push the envelope further, it gives it another forceful shove.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) Steven Spielberg doesn't age. He just levels up.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2.5/4 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) You wish you could fast-forward through all the unnecessary talking stuff and get to the battles. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 51% Tomb Raider (2018) By sticking with the lower key, Uthaug manages to forge something resembling genuine tension and drama rather than paint-by-numbers thrills.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
1.5/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Ava DuVernay has gone from Selma to sellout. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3/4 46% Red Sparrow (2018) A raw, robust thriller of the sort that doesn't come around often enough.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3.5/4 84% Game Night (2018) You'll find yourself laughing, then laughing at yourself and others for what you laughed at.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3.5/4 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) A joyous accomplishment that succeeds with ample helpings of heart, panache and humor.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
2.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Has more in common with the second-tier Marvel tales on Netflix.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
1/4 11% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) If only audiences could stop the horrors by shouting RED! at the screen.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/4 14% Winchester (2018) Someday, when Mirren receives a lifetime achievement award, there will be a montage of her performances in great films. Winchester will not be a part of that montage.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
2.5/4 71% Hostiles (2018) It's a robust, full-bodied experience that is as exhausting as it is envigorating.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
3/4 52% 12 Strong (2018) A real-life Avengers film.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/4 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Paddington is as gangsta as they come.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
2/4 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) With a mediocre first film, a promising sequel and a rock-bottom third, the latest movie is a flittering sign of hope because it manages to be mediocre rather than terrible.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3.5/4 83% Molly's Game (2018) The chemistry Chastain and Elba generate ignites Sorkin's spectacular words, honing the scenes to a razor's edge.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/4 88% The Post (2018) Such is its power that it convinces you to evangelize on this behalf. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The film is a relentless crowd-pleaser that has as much in common with a pedigreed art film as it does a traditional action blowout.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) Your heart hurts as much as your knee does. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Your eyes may well manufacture some saltwater of their own as the story winds on its unpredictable, ever-heart-melting path. ‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) A magical experience from the first frame through the final credits, it's a resonant fable that speaks to the heart of the young and old alike.‐ ABC Tucson
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017