Matt Brunson


Matt Brunson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Creative Loafing, Film Frenzy
Official Websites: thefilmfrenzy.com/

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) This is one time when (with apologies to Herman's Hermits and that jolly Henry VIII) the second verse -- multi or otherwise -- is not the same as the first. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2/4 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) There's something both unsettling and absorbing in seeing human faces grafted onto all-hardware bodies, and it's the only instance in which the film feels like it's breaking new ground. Otherwise, there isn't much that warrants attention or excitement. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/4 45% What Men Want (2019) What Women Want undergoes a sex-change operation and emerges as What Men Want, a rousing if rocky remake-of-sorts that proves to be no better and no worse than its predecessor. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/4 90% A Private War (2018) The project's sense of realism is enhanced by the participation of director Matthew Heineman, a documentarian making his feature-film debut. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 75% Kotch (1971) Matthau's warm characterization propels this sweet and earnest movie. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Fans of taut thrillers should warm up to The Guilty. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) The film's omission by the Academy was so controversial that it was largely responsible for a change in the way nominations in that category are now processed. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) A square peg of a picture that was ludicrously crammed into the round hole of the Cloverfield franchise. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/4 67% Charly (1968) Several sequences are risible (Charly as a surly biker?), the romance is scarcely believable, and the use of split-screen quickly grows wearying. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 24% Miss Bala (2019) It's nice to see an unlikely actress going the Liam Neeson route. But when it comes to Miss Bala itself, the film is sure to leave audiences feeling taken. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
1/4 21% Serenity (2019) About the only thing missing is a shot of McConaughey bellowing "Pull the string!" while a herd of buffalo -- or, in this case, a school of tuna -- parade across the screen. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3.5/4 96% In the Heat of the Night (1967) An old-fashioned murder-mystery presented in a jazzy and progressive style. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
2.5/4 92% Suburbia (1983) Suburbia is for the most part wretchedly acted and broadly scripted, but it has a raw vibe that can't be denied. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
2/4 29% Screamers (1996) Plodding treatment of an interesting storyline. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
2/4 35% Judgment Night (1993) Short on both logic and suspense. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
2/4 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The bookend piece to Disney's equally disappointing A Wrinkle in Time, here's another adaptation of a beloved and timeless classic that loses its essence in translation. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
1.5/4 14% Cobra (1986) Sly's attempts at humor land with the force of an anvil, although there are enough unintentional guffaws to make up for it. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) Already an Oscar nominee thanks to his supporting work in 2016's Manchester by the Sea, Lucas Hedges is even better here. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/4 91% Stay Human (2018) Admirable, affecting, and humbling. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Perhaps only viewers with an interest in classic cinema will fully be able to appreciate this gentle valentine. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
2.5/4 38% 10 to Midnight (1983) An alternately nifty and nasty police procedural. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/4 50% The Prize (1963) For those into high-polish thrillers full of international intrigue and danger around every corner, this one's not to be missed, and a tightening of its midsection would have made it even better. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2.5/4 82% Mikey and Nicky (1976) Despite several fine moments and a terrific performance by Peter Falk, this one ultimately comes up short. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5/4 89% The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) A haunting and rueful examination of a changing way of life and the fortunes (and failures) of those with limited vision. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1.5/4 17% Howling III: The Marsupials (1987) This is a painfully slipshod production, with its eccentricity (werewolf nuns! pregnant lycanthropes with kangaroo-like pouches! Barry Humphries in full Dame Edna regalia!) the only thing saving it from complete ruin. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/4 89% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) Bright performances define this film as much as the big belly laughs. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5/4 90% When Harry Met Sally (1989) Even if you don't agree with its leanings, the movie is witty enough to break down any and all resistance. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
2.5/4 74% True Stories (1986) The best parts are, not surprisingly, the ample musical interludes. The character vignettes run hot and cold, with many registering as little more than quirky caricatures. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
3.5/4 83% The Plague of the Zombies (1966) It's not only one of the best zombie movies ever made, it's also one of the finest pictures ever released by Hammer Films. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
2.5/4 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Even in this cut, the movie remains mostly a kick. - Creative Loafing EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
3/4 80% Obsession (1976) The fun in Obsession comes not from its plot but from its sweeping passions. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
4/4 97% Notorious (1946) A brilliant motion picture that resonates on any number of levels. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
2.5/4 23% 8MM (1999) 8MM is technically proficient and strongly acted, but when it comes to staking out any moral or intellectual claims, it clearly isn't up to snuff. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
3/4 79% Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) It's an effective bit of Hammer horror, boasting the expected atmospherics, period trappings, literary conceits and, yes, buxom beauties. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
2.5/4 73% Bent (1997) It's easy to see why playwright Martin Sherman's 1979 Bent was such a groundbreaking theatrical achievement and almost as easy to understand why the 1997 film adaptation failed to gain the same traction. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
1.5/4 37% Glass (2019) Forget about trying to ascertain whether Glass should be viewed as half-full or half-empty. This is such a parched project that viewers will leave with the irritable sensation that there's sand trapped in their shorts ... or possibly in their heads. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
1.5/4 77% Split (2017) Shyamalan oddly builds toward a climax that ultimately finds a positive side benefit to incest, pedophilia, and physical abuse. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
3/4 71% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
3/4 83% Trick 'r Treat (2007) A cleverly constructed work. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
2.5/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Moderately entertaining. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
3/4 87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
2.5/4 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A throwback to the Tarantino days. - Film Frenzy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019