Dominic Corry

L.A. CRITIC

Freelance film critic, broadcaster and writer based in Los Angeles.

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Review: ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Benefits From Winning Lead Performances

Dominic CorryReviews | 27 Sep

A breezy, funny film about serious subject matter, Battle of the Sexes benefits from some winning lead performances and the admirably light touch of co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine). This was always going to be about more than just the actual tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, but […]

Interview: The Inimitable David Lynch on new ‘Twin Peaks’

Dominic CorryFeatures | 22 May

Asking David Lynch questions is a lot like staring into an abyss. Although Lynch is considerably more verbose than your average abyss, the answers he provides are invariably not the ones that were sought or expected, yet they tend to exist on a more casually profound level than the questions. Dominic Corry got the chance […]

Review: ‘Snatched’ is Reminiscent of Forgotten ’80s Comedies

Dominic CorryReviews | 17 May

This light mother/daughter action comedy, arriving just in time to miss Mother’s Day, is rendered palatable by the charm of its two leads, but fails to justify itself as anything beyond a generic platform for their talents. Amy Schumer is in full command of her comedic voice, and she makes the most out of a […]

Review: Nostalgia Overshadows Storytelling in ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

Dominic CorryReviews | 26 Apr

Warren Beatty’s first directorial project since 1998’s underrated and subsequently re-assessed Bulworth is a strangely inconsequential affair that functions nicely as a nostalgic trip to old Hollywood. Unfortunately it fails to really spark as either the romantic comedy it appears to have been conceived as, or as an insight into the later life of real-life […]

Review: ‘A Cure for Wellness’ Offers a Heaping Pile of Horror Insanity

Dominic CorryReviews | 15 Mar

In struggling to come up with the best way to describe Gore Verbinski’s bold new gothic horror, the term I kept returning to was “glorious mess”. There is a whole heaping pile of baroque horror insanity to enjoy here, especially if you’re a fan of Verbinski’s particular sense of visual lushness, but there’s no denying […]

Review: All Hail ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Dominic CorryReviews | 09 Mar

A surfeit of cool ideas propels this grand adventure forward, even if they don’t ever all quite gel into something with a larger point. But movies about giant monsters don’t live or die on “larger points” and Kong: Skull Island remains a consistently entertaining hoot throughout. The first cool idea is the Vietnam-era setting. A […]

Review: ‘Rings’ Dooms Itself

Dominic CorryReviews | 23 Feb

Gore Verbinski’s 2002 remake of the J-horror hit The Ring is one of the best American horror films ever made. Hideo Nakata, who directed the Japanese original, helmed the 2005 follow-up The Ring Two, which was so bad it killed the English-language version of the franchise then and there. This late-arriving sequel/reboot is a lot […]

The Long Road to ‘Silence’

Dominic CorryFeatures | 14 Feb

I first heard about Martin Scorsese’s Silence ten years ago, when Saw director James Wan was discussing the follow-up to his iconically gruesome debut. Titled Dead Silence, Wan explained that he and co-writer Leigh Whannell had planned on calling the new ventriliquism horror ‘Silence’, but couldn’t, because Scorsese already owned that title for a film […]

Review: ‘La La Land’ is a Delirious Ode to Romance in All Its Meanings

Dominic CorryReviews | 22 Dec

About halfway through Damien Chazelle’s quietly transcendent La La Land, aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) is reassuring a mildly dejected Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) about his unlikely dream of opening a jazz club in a world that doesn’t care about jazz. The reason the club will be a success, asserts Mia, is because Sebastian himself is […]

Review: ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ is For Franchise Completists Only

Dominic CorryReviews | 01 Dec

Although this is the fifth Underworld film, it’s Kate Beckinsale’s fourth time playing leather-clad vampire death dealer Selene, as she skipped the third one, which was shot in New Zealand. Her presence here highlights how she is the best thing about the franchise, even though it forces her to wear a perpetually sullen face. Considering her amazing […]

Review: ‘Café Society’ Won’t Convert Woody Allen Non-Believers

Dominic CorryReviews | 18 Oct

Even though he re-establishes himself every few years with a triumph like Blue Jasmine, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, or Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen remains a cultural pariah. There is a sharp delineation between people who might enjoy his films and people who probably won’t. Even among the former group, which I consider myself a part […]

Review: It’s Not A Life-Changer, But ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Is Effective

Dominic CorryReviews | 05 Oct

Peter Berg’s film about the Deepwater Horizon explosion almost entirely ignores the enormous environmental impact of the disaster, focusing instead on the build up to, and immediate human cost of, the event. It’s a fair enough tack considering how the environmental impact was what the media focused on when it happened, and if the film’s […]

Review: ‘Storks’ Has More Laughs Than You Might Expect

Dominic CorryReviews | 20 Sep

What feels like a pretty thin premise ends up being the setting for some very welcome character comedy in this animated lark with more laughs than you might expect. Already being a fan of Andy Samberg isn’t a prerequisite for enjoying the film, but it would definitely help as Junior, the character he voices, is […]

Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’ Is A Nasty Little Addition To 2016’s Horror Boom

Dominic CorryReviews | 20 Sep

A nasty little addition to the minor 2016 horror boom, Don’t Breathe tops up its surfeit of straight-forward jump scares with an impressively disgusting third-act reveal. Coming in the wake of the success of fellow mid-range horrors like Lights Out and The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe has a comparatively grittier aesthetic, which it confidently leans […]

Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Leaves You Excited for What Its Future Holds

Dominic CorryReviews | 22 Jul

Early on in Star Trek Beyond, we hear Kirk, via his Captain’s Log, amusingly describe things on the Enterprise as having become “episodic” after several years in space. It’s an articulation of the film’s stated intention to evoke the spirit of the original series, a goal the film achieves without devolving into a nostalgia run. […]

John Cho on ‘Star Trek Beyond’ & Being a Stoner Icon

Dominic CorryFeatures | 21 Jul

He got his break as one of the MILF guys in American Pie, went on to become a stoner icon playing Harold in the Harold & Kumar movies, and now stars as Sulu in the rebooted Star Trek universe. In anticipation of the release of Star Trek Beyond, Flicks recently sat down with John Cho […]