Elements of Madness
Elements of Madness is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Douglas Davidson
The Old Guard (2020)
... The Old Guard is exactly the kind of popcorn-munching, crowd-pleasing, ass-kicking, surprisingly emotional summertime flick that audiences would've devoured at the cineplex.
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Urban Cowboy (1980)
In short, the fact that all three central characters are fallible is unique as it makes the characters less archetypes and more human.
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Drive Me to the End (2020)
When it's all said and done, Drive Me to the End is a sweet story of two strangers learning that they aren't so alone in the world. It's messy, it's complicated, and it's bound to stir up some conversations. This is a good thing.
Posted Jul 2, 2020
Director Thomas Kail captures everything that makes going to see a Broadway show wondrous while using the tools of cinema to make watching Hamilton immersive.
Posted Jun 30, 2020
The Outpost (2020)
... what audiences are offered is something more akin to the first 20 minutes of 1998's Saving Private Ryan extended over the entire runtime. The end result is often disorienting, terrifying, and almost non-stop.
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Faith Based (2020)
This satirical comedy takes aim at those who take advantage of the faithful in a story that contains shades of the religious exploration of Dogma (1999) and the spunky underdog filmmaking of Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008).
Posted Jun 27, 2020
Come for the cast, stay for the comedy, and leave ready to take the entire [political] system to task.
Posted Jun 22, 2020
The Hunt (2020)
... The Hunt is a romp of a social-satire wrapped up in a stupidly violent package that takes its aim at anyone who sits too far to the left or right of any one perspective.
Posted Jun 22, 2020
[Director Brett] Harvey's documentary minces no words and gives no quarter as audiences are invited in by Trejo, his family, and his friends, to discuss a life lived on borrowed time.
Posted Jun 17, 2020
A good writer taps into the primal and a good director brings it to life on the screen. Writer/director Mitch McLeod does both in his third feature film Silhouette, a tale in which grief gives way to untenable horror.
Posted Jun 16, 2020
If you want something mostly light-hearted that will keep your kids entertained for 90 minutes and maybe even give them an appreciation for trust and open communication, Hidden Orchard Mysteries is a pretty safe bet.
Posted Jun 16, 2020
The Cameraman (1928)
Given the 4K digital restoration treatment from Criterion, The Cameraman is dressed up and ready to greet a new generation of cinephiles with a presentation that's not only gorgeous to look at but to listen to as well.
Posted Jun 15, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020)
It's not on Lee to educate his White audience, but Da 5 Bloods is a historical education of trauma past and present. This film merely highlights that which most don't want to remember or want to address.
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Artemis Fowl (2020)
Fans, take comfort in knowing that while this may not be the exact representation you know, there's little doubt that Artemis is a different sort of villain to root for.
Posted Jun 11, 2020
... while everything appears more low budget than ... Night of the Living Dead, a closer look reveals something distinctly original, heartfelt, and brilliant, instigating a need to rewatch the film to see what One Cut looks like with experienced eyes.
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Lucky Grandma (2020)
Filled with twists and turns akin to an early Guy Ritchie flick, [director Sasie] Sealy and [co-writer Angela] Cheng craft a tale that's hilarious and action-packed with just the right amount of heart.
Posted Jun 10, 2020
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
With this release and its wonderful supplemental interviews, an opportunity is created to shed some light on a forgotten director and her work.
Posted Jun 9, 2020
We Summon the Darkness (2020)
Directed by Marc Meyers from a script by Alan Trezza, We Summon the Darkness starts in a familiar yet subversive fashion before drilling into its deeper themes exploring the fetishization of faith.
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Judy & Punch (2020)
Foulkes seems to ask her audience several accusatory questions ... as she takes the story of the puppet show and makes it corporeal. The end result is something Burton-esque: darkly comic, ghastly, and altogether real.
Posted Jun 2, 2020
What [director Josephine] Decker's devised is a film so gorgeously entrancing, so perversely charming, so wistfully allegorical that it bewitches. Once ensnared, it won't let you go.
Posted Jun 1, 2020
Debt Collectors (2020)
[Director Jesse V.] Johnson, a former stuntman, knows exactly how to get the best out of his physically-minded casts and can be counted on to bring the best, and most varied performances, out of Adkins.
Posted May 28, 2020
The Vast of Night (2020)
Be prepared before diving into this throwback sci-fi suspense tale: as straight as it is, it's also incredibly experimental in execution, an aspect that will likely pull in some, while dissuading others.
Posted May 26, 2020
The High Note (2020)
One thing is for sure, The High Note is an undeniable surprise that will elevate your soul as it helps dispel the gloom of reality for a solid two-hour romp.
Posted May 25, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020)
The truth is, we own nothing but ourselves and it's that which serves as a glorious jumping off point for writer/director Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man remake, now available on home video.
Posted May 25, 2020
There is a beguiling delicacy and precision about López's work that hits you almost immediately.
Posted May 23, 2020
Military Wives (2020)
... the entire film feels like something is missing, some piece that pulls it all together. Perhaps, what it needed, was a bit more truth.
Posted May 22, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020)
It seems obvious to put the pair [Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae] together and new Netflix action-comedy The Lovebirds is evidence that they work incredible well together, even when the script is mostly by the numbers.
Posted May 20, 2020
The Postcard Killings (2020)
There is a certain simplicity to The Postcard Killings that is inarguably ruined as more and more answers come to light, only to be saved by a measured performance from Morgan and some lovely cinematography.
Posted May 19, 2020
Through a delightful combination of sight, sound, and performance, de Wilde's EMMA. is a premier scruples comedy of the highest order and is available now on home video for endless enjoyment.
Posted May 18, 2020
Not so much a continuation of the stories audiences have seen, but a soft-reboot that opens the door for an entire Hanna-Barbera universe of adventures, Scoob! is a fun tale of loving friendship ...
Posted May 15, 2020
Samurai Marathon (2019)
So while the film itself is the "lively action flick with a samurai twist" experience as promised, it doesn't evoke the kind of munificence it wants to bestow upon the proceedings.
Posted May 11, 2020
Better Days (2019)
... Better Days is best understood as a contemplation on our own role in society, that it's not enough to want us to be better, but to create the version of the world we long for.
Posted May 5, 2020
Mixed with a cast that's ready to play, this feature length directorial debut from Clark Duke, who also acts in the film opposite Hemsworth, is a slow burn neo-western that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch.
Posted May 4, 2020
Ne Zha (2019)
Ne Zha ... is adapted in such a way that it takes advantage of animation to create action sequences that not only serve to communicate character conflict and growth, but look incredible at the same time.
Posted May 3, 2020
Tammy's Always Dying (2019)
Paired with superb direction from second-time feature director Amy Jo Johnson, familial drama Tammy's Always Dying is a painful reminder that we can't always save the ones we love, and that the ones we love can't be saved.
Posted Apr 29, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020)
Morano's direction does an incredible job of putting the audience into [action], yet there's something in the pacing, narrative structure, and eventual conclusion that leaves the audience cold.
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Queen of Paradis (2020)
The finished documentary, titled Queen of Paradis, does more than present how Paradis creates the photo series, it demonstrates how each piece is profoundly personal in its conception.
Posted Apr 26, 2020
If you love hard-hitting films like Atomic Blonde, The Raid 2: Berandal, and any of the John Wick films, which have that put-you-in-the-action feel, cue up Extraction and scratch that itch.
Posted Apr 22, 2020
It may be unfair to ask a documentary about midnight movies to be perfect, and the issues present are largely quibbles, but Time Warp, Vol 1 is certainly going to either invite new members into the fold or strengthen old fans' long-held love.
Posted Apr 21, 2020
... that's why the utterly mayhem-filled WDYJD! Is simultaneously absolutely irreverent and dead serious, the end result being a darkly hilarious trip through family and greed.
Posted Apr 19, 2020
... frankly, it's a mixed bag. The Current War manages to be both energetic and poignant, while somehow undeniably shallow.
Posted Apr 15, 2020
... [writer/director Hoon-jung] Park masterfully weaves each [narrative aspect] into and out of each other until the audience is on the edge of their seat for a ride filled with countless surprises.
Posted Apr 12, 2020
... the R-rated Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge offers a perspective previously unexamined in Mortal Kombat lore and all the bloody mayhem that will delight old fans, yet is approachable enough to lure in new ones.
Posted Apr 11, 2020
Just Mercy (2020)
These are meaty topics that make Just Mercy a frequently hard watch ... but because where Just Mercy leaves its audience emotionally is very much relevant today.
Posted Apr 10, 2020
The Lost Husband (2020)
... for almost every time audiences expect The Lost Husband to run straight toward one of those genre clichés, it pivots, making for a frequently surprising and tender experience.
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019)
As a final film, Ip Man 4: The Finale is exactly that, a closing tale that solidifies this series as one of the more innovative and emotionally compelling martial arts sagas in recent memory.
Posted Apr 6, 2020
Thanks to mesmerizing performances and intimate direction, Stray encourages the audience to lean in as [writer/director Dustin] Feneley presents a slice of life dramatic tale of loss and healing.
Posted Apr 2, 2020
While it may not be the first thing you'll want to watch while social distancing, there's no denying Vivarium's ability to crawl under your skin.
Posted Mar 26, 2020
Believe it or not, Bamboozled is a comedy, even if a dark one. Lee makes sure that there are plenty of laughs, even if he's poking the audience at the same time to wonder why they are laughing.
Posted Mar 22, 2020
Blow the Man Down (2020)