Bill Goodykoontz

Bill Goodykoontz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 91% White God (2015) " What it all means is open to interpretation. Read it as a parable or as a horror movie. Read it as the story of love between a girl and her dog. Read it however you want. No matter what your take, you won't be disappointed. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 24, 2015
2/5 15% Little Boy (2015) " It will likely appeal to the faithful, but that's as far as it goes. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/5 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) " The makings of an interesting movie are here, but the script, written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, collapses on itself in the third act. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4.5/5 90% Ex Machina (2015) " It's great when a movie messes with your head. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 90% Lambert & Stamp (2015) " The film is fascinating in its exploration of the give-and-take between art and commerce. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/5 60% The Water Diviner (2015) " The movie is beautifully shot and Crowe is adept at filming war action and the camaraderie that forms even among former enemies. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 60% Unfriended (2015) " It's interesting to wonder how the film will age, given the short shelf life of technology. In two years all this might seem as dated as a dial-up modem, technology not nearly advanced enough to support the action here. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/5 34% Beyond The Reach (2015) " "Beyond the Reach" is a misfire, one of those movies that never quite rises to the level of guilty pleasure. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) " When and where your frustration and anger boil over while watching "The Hunting Ground" is an individual experience, one that will be different for everyone who sees it. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/5 47% True Story (2015) " That the main characters are played by James Franco and Jonah Hill makes it more interesting - a good thing because most of the story is two guys sitting around talking. You'll be glad it's them. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 15, 2015
2.5/5 32% Desert Dancer (2015) " It's all over the place. All these are fine places to be when it comes to movies. It's just exhausting to try to be in all of them at once. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 9, 2015
4/5 94% The Salt of the Earth (2015) " It is a fascinating film, and if it skimps somewhat on the moral complications of this kind of art, it holds nothing back in terms of volume: Image after image grabs our eye and often grips our throat. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 9, 2015
4/5 97% An Honest Liar (2015) " "An Honest Liar" is a fascinating look at what the truth means, and how it means different things to different people. It's also a reminder that no one has a monopoly on it. Not even the Amazing Randi. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/5 73% 3 Hearts (2015) " 3 Hearts" brings together an all-star team of French actresses in a movie about a love triangle that could not be more French unless everyone smoked more. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/5 88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) " If you're in the mood for something different, you're in luck: "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" takes elements of the traditional quest story into completely new places. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/5 85% While We're Young (2015) " A sharp look at getting older, growing up and assuming responsibility. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2.5/5 53% Woman in Gold (2015) " Yes, it's based on a true story, a story that is compelling in its own right. But that doesn't mean the filmmakers get a free pass in presenting it to us. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 1, 2015
2.5/5 29% Get Hard (2015) " This is a horrible idea for a movie. It is, however, a decent idea for an extended sketch, and that's how the first two-thirds of the movie plays. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 78% Danny Collins (2015) " You can guess where things are leading, but only to a point. Fogelman tosses in some mild surprises along the way, some more effective than others. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) " His playing is beautiful - he was a gifted concert pianist who gave up the stage at 50 to concentrate on teaching and composing. His stories are tremendous. And his voice, clear and strong, is magnetic. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3.5/5 65% A Girl Like Her (2015) " If you stick with the drama, in which Weber incorporates fake found footage and faux documentary scenes, you'll be rewarded, particularly by the outstanding performances of Lexi Ainsworth and Hunter King. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4.5/5 96% It Follows (2015) " It's about many things, but dread infuses them all. You won't be grossed out. You'll be creeped out. And that's a lot more satisfying. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/5 66% Zombeavers (2015) " It's just not much of a movie. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2/5 16% The Gunman (2015) " "The Gunman" is a predictable slog through action-movie tropes, and Penn's intensity isn't a good fit. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 95% Wild Tales (2015) " Szifr├│n brings everything to the table here: anger, rage, betrayal, malice aforethought and panic. But he leavens this with humor, style, cleverness and wit. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 31% Insurgent (2015) " Luckily for "Insurgent," Shailene Woodley is on board for the duration. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 19, 2015
90% After Hours (1985) " It's his most-un-Scorsese-like film, and it's an overlooked gem. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 18, 2015
3.5/5 70% The Salvation (2015) " A film reminiscent of a song that sounds familiar but offers its own pleasures. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 60% Run All Night (2015) " Neeson and Harris are good at this sort of thing. The outcome is never in doubt, but an amazing amount of firepower is employed to get there. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 97% '71 (2015) " O'Connell is terrific. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3.5/5 85% Cinderella (2015) " This is a sweet movie, a happy movie. There's no other way to put it, really. And if that sounds like it may register too low on the hipster meter to merit your consideration, well, your loss. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 96% Red Army (2015) " Polsky keeps things lively, both visually and with his editing. But the sometimes-lighthearted approach never undermines the serious business at hand. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) " A sort of unfinished idea that could have been interesting, could have been funny, could have been something other than the jumbled mess that it is. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 82% Queen and Country (2015) " A worthy follow-up to a classic. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2.5/5 30% Chappie (2015) " Developments become increasingly implausible, even for the world Blomkamp has created. Jackman grows increasingly cartoonish, Weaver is wasted and Patel just sort of exists ... " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/5 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) " The utter lack of surprises and waste of a first-rate cast - Anthony Hopkins as Alfred "Freddy" Heineken; Jim Sturgess and Sam Worthington as kidnappers - make for a tremendous letdown. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4.5/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) " There is so much love and understanding of all the genres the film is skewering that "What We Do in the Shadows" transcends its lowbrow inspirations. It's a real treat. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2.5/5 62% Maps to the Stars (2015) " "Maps to the Stars" is an ugly little movie, unrelenting in its despair and depravity, which is exactly how director David Cronenberg wants it. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3.5/5 79% McFarland USA (2015) " Caro's direction, Costner's performance and the winning cast, along with the shining of a sliver of light on the plight of field workers, however thin that sliver may be, combine to make "McFarland" a much better movie than it has any right to be. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 19, 2015
1.5/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) " "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" is a movie that didn't need to be made, and certainly doesn't need to be seen - not when you can rent the original and still feel good about yourself afterward. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 19, 2015
4.5/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) " "Timbuktu" is a terrific film, a quiet work of savage truth. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " Things go from far-fetched to insane before it's over, and Vaughn wisely keeps the pace at a healthy clip. But never underestimate his power to floor you. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " For a movie where people are naked for a large chunk of time and play at bondage and dominance (without ever really seeming all that committed to it), it sure is boring. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " If you figure it out, let me know. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 5, 2015
4.5/5 99% Leviathan (2014) " Enormously captivating, a study of oppression, human nature and the effect of the two things upon each other. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3.5/5 82% Black Sea (2015) " Some of the particulars don't add up, so much so that you do notice them even as the action plows forward. But it's still a thrilling ride. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3.5/5 75% Match (2015) " It's great fun to watch Patrick Stewart in "Match," seeming to chew scenery (and actually doing so from time to time) but offering something else underneath. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 29, 2015
4.5/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) " There is strength in simplicity, something the Dardenne brothers' "Two Days, One Night" and its brilliant star, Marion Cotillard, prove emphatically. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 36% Song One (2015) " Loving the movie is out of the question - there simply isn't enough here - but writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland's feature debut is certainly a likable effort. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/5 89% Still Alice (2015) " Ultimately this is a movie built around Moore's performance, and she doesn't disappoint. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 22, 2015
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