Bill Goodykoontz

Bill Goodykoontz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Arizona Republic
Total Reviews:
1167

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " Wes Ball's film version of the popular young-adult novel by James Dashner never makes much sense. Perhaps it would make more if you have read the book, but until they start handing out free copies before the movie starts, that cannot be a requirement." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Scott Frank's atmospheric thriller is a step up from Neeson's usual shoot-'em-ups. Not a giant leap, but a step up nonetheless." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 18, 2014
4/5 60% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " The emotions these people feel, the moments of grief, of anger, of love and of clarity they experience, feel both real and recognizable." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/5 39% Tusk (2014) " This is a movie worth seeing." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 18, 2014
4/5 93% The Guest (2014) " To note that "The Guest" is not for everyone is to belabor the obvious. But for fans of smart, well-made horror, it's a treat." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2.5/5 43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " It all falls flat. Not completely - there is simply too much talent involved for the film to fail completely. But man, what could have been ..." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/5 88% The Drop (2014) " "The Drop" could have been an ordinary crime drama, but it's elevated by extraordinary performances." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 11, 2014
4/5 99% Starred Up (2014) " It's almost as difficult to sit through "Starred Up" as it is satisfying to watch it." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 11, 2014
1/5 0% Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (2014) " We get it, we get it: Capitalism is good, government is bad. But "Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?" is worse." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2.5/5 50% Fort McCoy (2014) " "Fort McCoy" is an obvious labor of love. That doesn't make it a good movie, but it's a nice sentiment all the same." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/5 54% Frontera (2014) " The actors are compelling, and the issue is, of course, always worth discussion. It's not a great movie, but, if nothing else, Frontera is worthwhile on those fronts." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/5 30% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) " Kevin Kline makes a terrific Errol Flynn. He just picked the wrong movie to prove it." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 11% The Longest Week (2014) " It takes effort to turn a movie with a cast as appealing as the one in "The Longest Week" into a grating exercise in narcissism, but writer and director Peter Glanz proves up to the task." — Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4.5/5 92% Frank (2014) " "Frank" is a true original, a film that heads in one direction only to veer off in another, yet never loses sight of where it's going." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 27, 2014
4/5 87% The Trip To Italy (2014) " Ever been on a trip with absurdly witty people who constantly one-up each other, to the point that it's either hilarious or exhausting?" — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3.5/5 80% The One I Love (2014) " "The One I Love" is an odd, unsettling and ultimately satisfying movie." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 27, 2014
2.5/5 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " This is a great cast, but with the few exceptions they simply serve the effects." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/5 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " The game footage is outstanding, very realistic. Even when the outcome of games is never in question - which is often - it's still exciting to watch." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/5 41% Life After Beth (2014) " This is a talented comedic cast, but in the second half of the film they don't get to do a lot that's funny." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " Almost everything in the film feels either forced or false, so the tears aren't earned." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/5 40% The Possession of Michael King (2014) " "The Possession of Michael King" is more scary than original." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Sylvester Stallone gets the band back together in "The Expendables 3" and even tries to play a new tune. To little avail, alas." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 35% The Giver (2014) " This isn't a terrible movie. It just falls flat, in almost every way. It exists and not much else." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 20% Let's Be Cops (2014) " A ridiculous comedy whose greatest sin is one of omission: a lack of humor. And that's a hard one to forgive." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/5 47% About Alex (2014) " They wonder what happened to them, how they got so serious, never stumbling on the obvious answer: YOU GREW UP, YOU DOPES." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/5 89% Calvary (2014) " Gleeson is remarkable in one of the best roles for one of the finest character actors around, who is finally, with this and McDonagh's last film, "The Guard," getting his shot at lead roles." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/5 20% Into The Storm (2014) " "Into the Storm" plays like a special-effects demonstration in search of a movie, but you have to give it to the filmmakers: They take no half-measures." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/5 19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " It's just kind of a mess, as unfocused and immature as the four mutant turtles at its core. Stuff happens, stuff blows up and this is probably a good time to mention that Michael Bay produced the film." — Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/5 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " It's not always pretty, and it's not always exciting, but you genuinely don't know from one moment to the next how these characters will behave." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/5 62% Mood Indigo (2014) " The inspiration I kept coming back to, with all the stop-motion absurdity and gleeful surreal trappings, is Pee Wee Herman." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/5 79% Get On Up (2014) " Boseman nails Brown's idiosyncratic style of speaking, and, although no one is Brown, he has some pretty swell dance moves." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4.5/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Really, "woo-hoo!" just about covers it." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 30, 2014
2/5 20% Come Back To Me (2014) " It's far too predictable and obvious to be truly scary." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/5 48% I Origins (2014) " How much you enjoy "I Origins" may well depend on whether you think lines like "Maybe the eye really is a window to the soul" are cliched." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Smart and filled with twists, as you might expect, if a little on the slow side. (OK, a lot on the slow side.)" — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1.5/5 18% And So It Goes (2014) " There is very little on the screen to capture your attention." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/5 66% Lucy (2014) " "Lucy" is insane, makes very little sense, doesn't stand up to scrutiny and is an absolute blast." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/5 44% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Braff struggles with shifting tones while mismanaging his own character. It's easier to appreciate the effort than it is to enjoy the film." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 17, 2014
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " "Boyhood" is not just a great movie, it's a landmark achievement in film." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/5 52% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " "Half of a Yellow Sun" winds up being one of those movies in which a pesky event of great historical import keeps getting in the way of a soap-opera romance." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 77% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " "Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" takes all of our accumulated experience of places like "Southie" and makes it real. Terrifyingly, frustratingly real." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/5 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " What makes "Ivory Tower" interesting is how it looks at not just the debt but the causes behind it, and other problems besetting higher education." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " A sequel to a reboot that makes a solid franchise stronger." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 9, 2014
4/5 97% Life Itself (2014) " A portrait of Ebert that is funny, moving, sad, harrowing and ultimately uplifting." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/5 8% America (2014) " Throughout the film, we see D'Souza walking through American landmarks, gravely studying them, deep in contemplation. It brings to mind the old joke about the government: Trust me. I'm here to help." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 3, 2014
4.5/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Although there is plenty to think about here, it's best not to overthink it. Just hang on and enjoy the ride." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 2, 2014
3/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " The cast is, to a person, so likable and chummy that you want everyone to succeed. And the songs are hook-laden, easygoing numbers that are genuinely enjoyable." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 2, 2014
4/5 85% Korengal (2014) " Those of us who haven't served on active duty can't know what it's like. Taken together, "Restrepo" and "Korengal" brings us about as close to the experience as we can, or would want, to get." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/5 86% Night Moves (2014) " "Night Moves" is an unexpected pleasure, offering more than what we expect and taking its time to deliver." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1.5/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " If you like ear-piercing explosions and bizarre spaceships and wooden dialogue that serves simply to get from one action scene to another, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" delivers on all fronts." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 26, 2014
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