Brian Gill

Brian Gill
Brian Gill's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Mad About Movies Podcast

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The mystery element of the plot is less engrossing than I think Goddard wants it to be but everything else, from the performances to the lavish setting and pitch perfect camera work, more than make up for this small misstep. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
A 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Lowry provides a character and setting that practically demands a quiet, quintessential Redford-ian performance and the great actor obliges, with the tip of his cap, a wink, and a smile. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B- 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) One of the most frustrating movies I have seen in years, Rhapsody seems bound and determined to trip over its own feet at every turn. And yet, the music and one good-if-not-great performance keep it upright, though just barely. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B+ 81% Overlord (2018) Overlord blends genre with remarkable efficiency and effectiveness. It's far too unsettling to be "fun" but the pace stays up, keeping the truly disturbing imagery from lingering and for that, I am truly grateful. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B- 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The immense wonder of the Potterverse lingers but the bulk of Grindelwald feels like two movies haphazardly sewn together and the camera is far too interested in the wrong side of this creation. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
A 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Delightful, weird, dark, and incredibly funny, each vignette serves as a crash course in Coen-ology.‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
C+ 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) It would be hard to recommend Death Cure and its predecessors as actual good movies but this is a fine, entertaining conclusion to a series perfectly suited for Saturday afternoon on cable viewings. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- 68% The Wedding Singer (1998) There's some cheap nostalgia at play here (okay, maybe a lot) but it's more than made up for with genuine laughs and a ton of heart. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
C 20% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Conceptually, there's something to both Paradox and the overall loosely-connected Cloverfield universe. Unfortunately, the bulk of the movie's runtime fails to capitalize on virtually any of that promise. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A+ 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther displays all the best elements of the previous Marvel films while also improving upon the formula stylistically and in terms of character strength, particularly the Killmonger, the best villain we've yet seen in this universe. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- 88% Annihilation (2018) The visuals are stunning, the performances strong, but I found the final act underwhelming and a bit less interesting than I would have liked. Annihilation is good but I'm not sold on its greatness. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- 84% Game Night (2018) Works better in the parts, comedy in the first half and action-drama in the second, than on the whole but still, you can't help but enjoy Game Night. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B 51% Tomb Raider (2018) I admit, I expected little going in but on the way out, I found myself actually looking forward to the franchise possibilities. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
A+ 80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) Tenenbaums is excellent in its own right but it also serves as a perfect entry point to anyone new to the quirk-filled world of Wes Anderson. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
C 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Del Toro was right to get away from this franchise when he did. Uprising lacks almost all of the fun and charm that made its predecessor a fan-favorite. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
A- 73% Ready Player One (2018) There's a touch of Spielbergian magic that transcends the choppy, patchwork narrative. It's very difficult not to have an immense amount of fun with Ready Player One in spite of its flaws.‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
A+ 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski blends genres seamlessly and to great effect. It is one of the most intense theater experiences I can remember and yet the familial aspects are just as grounded and touching as the monster moments are terrifying. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
C 52% Rampage (2018) Seems way more fun on paper than it actually turns out to be. The Rock: Yes. The giant animals: Okay. Most everything else: Very much no, thank you. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
A+ 82% The Big Lebowski (1998) I could tell you how much I love this movie but that's just, like, my opinion, man. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
A 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It's still incomplete and next year's follow-up may change everything, but at the moment, it appears Marvel's ambitious opus, ten years in the making, has been worth the build-up. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Dogs hits all the notes you want from a Wes Anderson movie while simultaneously exhibiting a freshness I wasn't expecting. It is not the best Anderson film but it may be the one that provided the most actual laugh-out-loud moments.‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 doubles down on the delightful insanity of its predecessor and confirms my long held belief that adding Josh Brolin to anything immediately makes it better. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A- 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Once the movie (and the actors) settled in, I forget all of my predispositions and worries and went along for what amounted to an extremely fun ride.‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A+ 97% The Incredibles (2004) It's difficult to sift through the top of the Pixar movies and pick a "favorite", let alone a "best", but this is one that has a real claim to both. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
B 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) A great idea on paper but a relatively porous one in execution. The parts are all there but it's missing the spark necessary to really make the movie sing. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A- 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It's not quite the sequel we've waited for which we've waited with bated breath but The Incredibles 2 is another strong, well-crafted addition to the Pixar filmography. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
C 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) There's nothing wrong with the movie-as-theme-park-ride concept but the ineptitude of the script knows no ends and makes it hard to buy into the supposed fun. Fallen Kingdom is a cash grab, pure and simple, and a lazy one at that. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
B 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Lacks most of the gravitas and style of its predecessor but Brolin and Del Toro make up for a multitude of sins (or, in this case, a multitude of mediocrities). ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A+ 93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) A masterpiece in every sense of the word .‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) One of the most enjoyable movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with both of the titular characters holding their own in every aspect of the film. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
B- 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) A vengeful Denzel is a sight to behold and I root for this franchise's existence but it seems like it's too much to ask for the movies themselves to live up to the standard of their star. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A+ 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) More than 20 years after its first iteration, both the Mission:Impossible franchise and its hero, Ethan Hunt, have reinvented themselves numerous times and have become the best action movie combo the industry has to offer. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
C+ 46% The Meg (2018) I am extremely here for Jason Statham fighting a giant shark but too often, Turteltaub forces the main event to take a back seat to terribly plotted undercards. In the inevitable sequels to come, might I suggest more Statham fighting a giant shark? ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Beautiful, terrifyingly real, and packed with more tension than most thrillers. I just wanted Kayla Day, and every teenage girl she represents, to be okay. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
C+ 60% Operation Finale (2018) Another historical drama that conflates an important story with good storytelling. The cast does an admiral job of attempting to raise the material but Operation Finale struggles tonally almost from the first scene. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
B+ 92% Searching (2018) At a certain point, Searching runs out of ways to organically use its medium and the tension erodes. The first two acts, however, are engrossing and remind the viewer that John Cho should be a star. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
F 33% The Predator (2018) Even when The Predator isn't going out of its way to be unbelievably insensitive to seemingly anyone with a physical or intellectual disability, it is mind-numbingly stupid to the point of being incoherent. Shane Black might not be built for 2018. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B- 85% A Simple Favor (2018) A Simple Favor works as a comedy and as a drama but the intersection of those two halves is choppy at best, forced at worst. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
C+ 60% White Boy Rick (2018) The final act drags the film down to a snail's pace and overshadows a decent-enough foundation. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
A 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A wholly enjoyable, delightful, and relevant rom-com that solidifies Constance Wu as an absolute star. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
A 88% First Man (2018) Chazelle's direction is technically perfect and the cast is as magnificent as one might expect but the cold, detached approach to its subject keeps First Man from becoming the masterpiece it aspires to be. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
D 29% Venom (2018) A bafflingly stupid anti-hero feature that left me with a ton of questions such as, "What is Tom Hardy doing with his career?" and, "Why does Venom have to be so eat-y?"‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
B- 79% Halloween (2018) Satisfying for genre fans and tolerable for non-fans, Halloween does homage quite well even if its peaks are too few and far between. ‐ Mad About Movies Podcast
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018