Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr Podcast
Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr Podcast is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Joe Lipsett
While the film is an improvement on the book and features decent FX, it is tiresome to see so many high profile stars in underdeveloped roles while essentially repeating the plot of Divergent. Woodley makes this bearable, but she can't save it
Posted Jan 26, 2022
While Cera delivers the same performance as always, at the time this felt fresh. Dennings is charming, the addition of extra MacGuffins is a smart move by screenwriter Scafaria and Ari Graynor absolutely steals the show as Caroline.
Posted Dec 30, 2021
The Darkest Minds (2018)
The film leans into all of the book's worst impulses and, most disappointingly, gives star Amandla Stenberg nothing to do. The FX is on par with other YA films, but the disinterest in exploring this dystopia renders The Darkest Minds hollow.
Posted Dec 1, 2021
Ready Player One (2018)
An ugly FX monstrosity that misunderstands the misguided message of the book & fails to address its antiquated notions of race, gender and capitalism. Abysmal fan service from Spielberg, who should be able to shoot and edit a climax better than this
Posted Nov 17, 2021
Krysten Ritter is perfectly cast (and outfitted by costume designer Peter P. Nicolakakos) in this fun and entertaining gateway horror film. While the book may be better, I'd happily watch a sequel in a heartbeat
Posted Oct 29, 2021
Takes the foundation of Lois Duncan's source material and updates it in all the right ways. Williamson's script is playful and smart , Gillespie's direction is taunt and SMG remains a queer icon with the best chase scene in modern slasher history
Posted Oct 20, 2021
Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021)
Muppets Haunted Mansion is at its best when its felt crew are singing in their classic variety show way. Alas too many faves are shoehorned into the B plot, leaving Gonzo and Pepe to do the heavy lifting (Rizzo would have been better)
Posted Oct 8, 2021
She's All That (1999)
She's All That remains an iconic text of the late 90s: anchored by two likeable leads, the film has bad gender politics but features two of the best dance sequences in YA film
Posted Aug 25, 2021
A few odd adaptation decisions by Poehler, including the unfortunate sidelining of the LGBT & disabled characters. Overall, however, this is a rousing call to action for feminists and allies.
Posted Aug 20, 2021
Blinded by the Light (2019)
A derivative and uninspired adaptation of Sarfraz Manzoor's memoir, which sands off any of the edges of the material in favour of mainstream accessibility. The film's inability to commit to its status as a musical is frustrating
Posted Aug 3, 2021
Fire Song (2015)
A difficult depiction of the contemporary Canadian Indigenous experience, filled with too brief, fleeting moments of joy and resistance. Jennifer Podemski elevates every scene she's in.
Posted Jul 5, 2021
Tiger Eyes (2013)
The film fundamentally misunderstands what makes the book so effective (strange, considering its writers). The focus on a traditional YA romance betrays both the mother/daughter relationship and sidelines the nuanced examination of grief.
Posted May 21, 2021
A music video posing as a feel good film, Stargirl - like the source material - inherently misunderstands its own message about non-conformity and inadvertently recreates a tired celebration of the manic pixie dream girl. A YA disaster.
Posted Apr 28, 2021
A Week Away (2021)