David Bax


David Bax
David Bax's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Battleship Pretension
Publications: Battleship Pretension

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Strauss-Schulson and screenwriters Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox and Katie Silberman want you to think they're ripping the genre open and letting you see the gears but, really, they're content to let those gears do the work for them without adding anything new - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
92% Suburbia (1983) Spheeris' empathy and lack of judgment allow her to conform to the pace of the world she's entered, as opposed to trying to corral it into her own. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) Ali's arc is not about learning to conform to men's expectations. Instead, it's about learning to think about others once in a while (not because it's more feminine, just more human). - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
73% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit is probably too satisfying to viewers' bloodlust to achieve the full potential impact of its criticisms. In other words, Moland lacks the convictions of Michael Haneke and his Funny Games. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
14% Cobra (1986) Cobra is the dumbest, most indulgent possible iteration of the "America has become a cesspool of crime" subgenre popularized by Death Wish and executed with an actual brain by RoboCop. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) The obstacles thrown in his path-including what we'll call Chekhov's polar bear, glimpsed from a distance early on-are not easily overcome and are shot, edited and mixed with an eye toward forcing you to lean forward in your chair. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
88% The Souvenir (2019) In mostly static, reserved frames, the camera steadfastly avoids subjectivity. Except, that is, for a handful of shots that are closer, looser and more forthrightly emotional and on a grainier stock. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
71% Piercing (2019) By the end of its short runtime, Piercing will become both the sexiest movie since The Handmaiden and the most unsettling since, well, The Eyes of My Mother. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
93% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Gallego and Guerra's presentation may have taken the form of a more recognizable and palatable genre movie but its beauty and power still lies in its loving and patient portrayal of traditions of dance, clothing and, most importantly, values. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
92% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded by the Light's compassion and humanism remind us that, when you're a teenager, your favorite bands often feel like they're singing directly to, and for, you. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
44% Relive (2019) It would be bad enough for Relive to just be dumb. Unfortunately, though, it seems to think that its audience is as well. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
75% Photograph (2019) Photograph sidesteps condescension in depicting Mumbai's poor, even as it highlights what could be seen as their folksy wisdom. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
62% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Joe Berlinger's Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile ultimately fails in its mission to provide the viewer with anything deeper or broader than an adaptation of what they'd uncover in a Google search. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
58% Wounds (2019) Wounds teases the viewer early on with some cheap jump scares but those are just primers for the deeply weird, shiver-inducing, otherworldly terror of the fates that slowly befall Will and Carrie. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
77% The Death of Dick Long (2019) The Death of Dick Long is less about the mystery and more about the surviving band members' numbskulled plans to keep themselves out of trouble with the law. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
93% The Report (2019) Burns' commitment to verisimilitude is convincing, not to mention sometimes darkly, dispiritingly comic. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
90% To the Stars (2019) Most of the film's success comes from Stephens' deftness at painting local color and drawing specific, believable characters out of every member of her cast, not just the leads. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) It's famously difficult to make an anti-war war movie but the exhaustingly bloody The Nightingale suggests that winning the war for justice and equality will be a pyrrhic victory if it's won by cruelty. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
100% Honey Boy (2019) Refreshingly, Honey Boy avoids moralizing. Neither Labeouf's screenplay nor Har'el's direction feign shock at James' parenting, which includes, for instance, bribing his young son with cigarettes. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
62% The Mountain (2018) Alverson has made his least confrontational movie so far but also perhaps his most hopeless. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
75% We Are Little Zombies (2019) Honestly, the fact that there's so much going on beneath the surface of Makoto Nagahisa's We Are Little Zombies is just gravy, given that its aesthetic delights are more than enough to justify the two hours spent watching it. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
89% The Hole in the Ground (2019) As genre entries go, The Hole in the Ground operates within mostly recognizable genre tropes, to only sporadically effective results. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
65% Native Son (2019) Like most young punk rockers, Big treats his tastes as a substitute for a personality and, unfortunately, Native Son does the same. Johnson displays no sense of irony; he thinks Big is every bit as cool as Big does. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
No Score Yet The Edge of Democracy (2019) Though Costa has moved into a more journalistic mode of documentary filmmaking, she hasn't left behind her stylistic flair. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
No Score Yet El Paso (1949) Clay's descent into dubious enforcement of the law starts fun, with a lively montage of him learning to draw and shoot his pistols with speed. But it soon devolves into one miniature Ox-Bow Incident after another. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
93% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) It's useful to remind yourself from time to time that cinema is made to deliver, among other things, sensory delights. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
83% Girl (2018) If there's anything the increased visibility of transgender people in our culture has imparted above all, it's that gender is about more than genitalia. Girl, for all its pretensions toward allyship, regressively insists in the opposite direction. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
89% La religieuse (The Nun) (1971) Rivette suggests that these institutions, even when their stated purposes are humble and charitable, exist first and foremost to prop each other up and form a monolith against individuals. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
48% Escape Room (2019) Escape Room lives and dies on its ability to execute its own conceit, which is does more or less flawlessly. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
92% A Twelve-Year Night (La noche de 12 años) (2018) A Twelve-Year Night serves its clearest purpose by illustrating how democracy and changes in policy slowly trickle down to effect everyone. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
66% Vice (2018) Maybe McKay has been spending too much time on Twitter. With Vice, he's fallen prey to that platform's preference for smug dunks over insight, persuasion or comedy. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
72% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer is the best crime film of 2018. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Lots and lots of us love Ginsburg and we didn't need two different puff pieces about her this year to make us feel good about that. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
45% Second Act (2018) This is stuff you've seen and heard before. If you really want to see and hear it again, I'm sure you can get it from a Redbox in a couple of months. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Zemeckis is intent on pleasing the most people possible instead of letting Welcome to Marwen fly the freak flag it so desperately wants to. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is the increasingly rare superhero movie that's also a star vehicle, as well as being one hell of a triumph for its director. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Even more than with Marshall, though Mary Poppins Returns lives and dies on the performance of Blunt. She is, in a word, impeccable, just like Mary herself. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
27% Mortal Engines (2018) I would call Mortal Engines the most stupefyingly wrongheaded post-apocalyptic movie since Kevin Costner's The Postman but I fear its unrelenting drabness makes it even worse. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The movie is lithe, fleet and thoroughly engaging. Basically, it never idles long enough to be pinned down by anything, to mostly positive effect. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins has never been a trepidatious filmmaker but we've never seen him in a mode of such supreme confidence as this. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
85% Dumplin' (2018) Dumplin' is doing what so many of the best country songs do, validating the inner lives of rural, lower middle class Americans without resorting to self-stereotyping (which is what many of the worst country songs do). - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
73% Candyman (1992) This is a flick that's as weird, dark, gory and trashy as it is metaphorical and probing. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
55% Single White Female (1992) I mean, if you're going to make the kind of movie where someone gets killed by being stabbed in the eye with a stiletto, just make the kind of movie where someone gets killed by being stabbed in the eye with a stiletto already. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
88% City Slickers (1991) Crystal's then-hegemonic stardom constantly realigns the film into his, not his character's, orbit. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
25% The Bride (1985) The Bride wields its fanciful melodrama in such a way that it has gotten to the heart of something universal and wounding before you've even realized it. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) For Wiktor and Zula, their devotion to each other is the one thing in their world not built on sand. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) If you're going to say something trite, you could do worse than to say it with as much magnificent panache as Lanthimos has. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
83% Styx (2019) Styx is not just a movie about refugees but about our current political moment in which intelligent, rational people look at an increasingly narrow-minded, greedy world and despair at the seeming insurmountability of the problems. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
62% Bird Box (2018) Bier has crafted a horror thriller sturdy enough to keep from being a failure but not one distinct or courageous enough to stand out from the pack. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
91% The Weekend (2018) The Weekend gets off to a decidedly rough start that eventually becomes just another part of the movie's shaggy dog lovability by which I was, at least partially, won over. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018