Bill Goodykoontz

Bill Goodykoontz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Arizona Republic
Total Reviews:
1135

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 50% 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 90% 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 16% And So It Goes (2014) " There is very little on the screen to capture your attention." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/5 58% 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 40% 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 51% 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 79% 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 91% 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 9% 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 94% 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 84% 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 17% 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
3.5/5 65% The Rover (2014) " You might call it a morality play, if there were any morality to speak of at play." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/5 63% The Grand Seduction (2014) " Thanks to its cast, "The Grand Seduction" turns out to be, if not exactly groundbreaking, at least agreeable, comfortable fun." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " This is a knowing film, and a liberating one." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/5 55% Citizen Koch (2014) " "Citizen Koch" is undisciplined and depressing, yet still strangely worthwhile." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Yes, there is some gravity in the film, but mostly it's the rock-and-roll story of a rock-and-roll life (even though one of his favorite clients was Canadian folk singer Anne Murray)." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/5 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " "Jersey Boys" is a good movie, and the performances are first-rate." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/5 55% The Signal (2014) " There is no doubting Eubank's talent at bringing a story, one he co-wrote, to the screen." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/5 74% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " This is a different kind of coming-of-age story." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " What makes it all work is the chemistry between Hill and Tatum, which in turn, of course, is a rich source of the film's humor." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " It seemed as if there was nowhere new to go after the first film, but this is a richer story that dares to go darker and is thus more rewarding." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 11, 2014
3/5 63% Filth (2014) " "Filth" lives up to its title and then some, but a no-holds performance by James McAvoy is reason enough to watch." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " "Edge of Tomorrow" repeats itself without being repetitive, takes itself seriously while providing some laughs and offers plenty of action without short-changing us on the intelligence front." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/5 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " Starts out with a silly premise and seasons it with cliches, resulting in a half-baked movie that isn't as smart as it tries to be ..." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " If you don't cry or snort or at least tear up a little at some point during Josh Boone's film version of the popular young-adult novel by John Green, you're a pretty cold fish." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " It is a brutal, beautifully shot movie that starts out to be about revenge but then becomes something more, something even more primal and disturbing." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/5 71% Palo Alto (2014) " It's accurate to say that "Palo Alto" is another movie by another Coppola about the lives of the rich, bored and disaffected, but that description sells the movie short." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/5 89% For A Woman (2014) " A framing device isn't needed, but the film is compelling overall." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/5 63% For No Good Reason (2014) " The film makes it clear that not only was Steadman perfect for Thompson's work (and a big part of his success), his work stands on its own artistically." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/5 49% Maleficent (2014) " Jolie's performance so overshadows the rest of the cast (and the rest of the movie) that you sometimes feel as if the other characters are, like us, just standing around watching her." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 29, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Seth MacFarlane takes a genuinely interesting premise, about how the Old West was a cesspool of disease and despair, and buries it (and his talented cast) under a pile of unfunny gross-out jokes." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 28, 2014
4.5/5 94% Ida (2014) " Spare, haunting and in its own way beautiful, "Ida" is an absorbing film about discovering the truth, and the attendant price we pay to learn it." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/5 26% The Love Punch (2014) " Decent. Pleasant. Serviceable. Agreeable." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 81% The Hornet's Nest (2014) " It's a thrilling you-are-there war movie, with incredible images from the middle of firefights, mixed with the story of a father and son trying to reconnect." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) " Steeped in period atmosphere, "The Immigrant" tells the story of one woman's struggle, and it is a struggle indeed, to find her way in a new country." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 14% Blended (2014) " Trust in the audience is not a hallmark of the filmmakers. If it were, then maybe they could allow at least one semiserious scene to play out without beating us over the head with a trademark silly Sandler gag." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " "X-Men: Days of Future Past" does just about everything you'd hope an all-star, time-traveling summer blockbuster should." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 80% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " The mysteries are fascinating, all the more so because they are still unsolved." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/5 31% God's Pocket (2014) " Although it contains some interesting characters, "God's Pocket," like the neighborhood it depicts, is the kind of place you can't wait to escape, even if its inhabitants cannot." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " It's all very pleasant, very inspiring, just not very surprising." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 14, 2014
3/5 74% Godzilla (2014) " How many times have we complained that summer blockbusters are all about the action, at the expense of niceties like character development?" — Arizona Republic
Posted May 14, 2014
3/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) " "Bright Days Ahead" offers an interesting twist on the May-December romance." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/5 71% The Wedding Video (2014) " The premise wears thin after a while and the humor is hit-and-miss, but when it's on its game "The Wedding Video" can be laugh-out-loud funny." — Arizona Republic
Posted May 8, 2014
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