Bill Goodykoontz

Bill Goodykoontz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Arizona Republic
Total Reviews:
1073

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " The story is at once simple and impenetrable. Visually it is arresting, when it isn't murky, and the droning, atonal soundtrack is as perfect for the film as it is annoying." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 17, 2014
4/5 83% Joe (2014) " What happens along the way isn't particularly surprising to those familiar with Southern gothic sensibilities. But if the path is predictable, the acting is not." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 17, 2014
4/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Through dogged research and interviews with the (now-grown) children Maier cared for, along with their parents (including Phil Donahue), a profile emerges, and it's fascinating." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/5 63% Small Time (2014) " Overall a decent effort." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " Wally Pfister's film tries to ask big questions but isn't smart enough to answer them." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 50% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Although it has some serious flaws, it rises above genre fare, thanks to Greg Kinnear's intriguing performance and the work of a good cast." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " An agreeable song-and-dance movie, a laugh here, a laugh there, pleasant but overly busy, for seemingly no real reason other than to throw a few more set pieces at the wall to see what sticks." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4.5/5 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " The acting is terrific, as is the attention to detail." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " A dopey romance shoehorned into what's supposed to be a drama about the busiest business day of the NFL season is part of what's wrong, but so is a level of incredulity that probably even non-football fans will sniff out." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4.5/5 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " It's an outstanding combination of genius and missed opportunities." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/5 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) " "Ernest & Celestine" draws on plenty of classics, animated and otherwise, for inspiration, but the film manages to be delightful on its own offbeat terms." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4/5 95% Child's Pose (2014) " A Romanian political allegory - in Romanian - might sound like tough sledding, but thanks to a searing performance by Luminita Gheorghiu, "Child's Pose" is anything but." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " This is a good movie, but it lacks the visual wonder of the first, along with the sense of play at which von Trier, even at his most controversial, is so good." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Kudos to the Russos and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for stepping outside the constraints of both the genre and the shared history." — Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 90% Le Week-End (2014) " Director Roger Michell ("Notting Hill") has the good sense to step back and let Broadbent and Duncan work their magic on Hanif Kureishi's script. They don't disappoint." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/5 79% Bethlehem (2014) " The politics of "Bethlehem" are complex, but the relationship at its heart is simple: a kid who needs some kind of stability in his life, even if it comes from a most unlikely, and dangerous, place." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/5 22% Sabotage (2014) " The bloodshed is unrelenting and, ultimately, exhausting. There are [only] so many disembowelments and head shots, and bodies torn into pieces you can take." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/5 84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " To describe them would diminish their impact, but there are several occasions where it is tough to keep looking at the screen. Yet, thanks to the characters and their portrayals, you can't really look away, either." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4/5 77% Noah (2014) " Many Christian (and Muslim) groups have denounced the film. My advice: See it first; then decide whether it's worthy. You're likely to find that it is." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/5 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " It never quite takes off in a stirring, inspirational way, but moves steadily forward in solid fashion." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 26, 2014
4/5 74% Enemy (2014) " Not just dark but dank, Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy" is a surpassingly creepy film about identity." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 20, 2014
40% Divergent (2014) " "Divergent" is a big, clunky slog of a movie, desperate to cash in as a successor to "The Hunger Games" as a franchise but never really proving up to the task." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 63% Bad Words (2014) " What makes the comedy work is that Bateman doesn't relent. Guy is, simply, a loathsome person." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " For those willing to go along with von Trier's typically in-your-face tactics, it's a good, if uncomfortable (and surprisingly funny), film. And the discomfort is part of what von Trier is after." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/5 44% The Face of Love (2014) " "The Face of Love" needs further fleshing out." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Although this movie has lots of laughs and a willingness to poke fun at itself, it doesn't quite recapture the magic of the last movie. Close, but not quite." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 19, 2014
79% Aftermath (2013) " There is something especially unsettling about groupthink, particularly when it comes to evil." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " If you like watching people drive really nice cars really fast, "Need for Speed" scratches that particular itch. But expect nothing more, because everything else about it is just running on empty." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 12, 2014
2.5/5 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " [It] retains the main characters, the WABAC machine, the trips through history - but not the sense of nuttiness that made the TV cartoon so delightful." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/5 10% The Bag Man (2014) " It's clear that Grovic has seen a lot of Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch films. But it's less clear what he's learned from them." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " It's just idiotic violence cloaked behind the guise of some sort of freedom fighting. Probably plays big over by the bench-press machine, but nowhere else." — Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " The beauty of "The Wind Rises" - and it really is gorgeous - does not mask the troublesome aspects of its story, or of human nature itself." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3.5/5 52% Adult World (2014) " It's packed with independent-film cliches, yet director Scott Coffey manages to rise above them, thanks largely to the performances of Emma Roberts and John Cusack." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/5 89% Omar (2014) " Abu-Assad does a masterful job of showing, in these seemingly hopeless circumstances, the fragility of life." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4.5/5 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " "Tim's Vermeer" is a movie for people who like to think, who like to ponder the big questions surrounding art and the act of creation." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/5 22% Son Of God (2014) " One problem is Jesus. Or, more specifically, Diogo Morgado's portrayal of him." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 26, 2014
2/5 59% Non-Stop (2014) " A movie that begins with a somewhat promising premise but quickly devolves into a dopey action thriller." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 26, 2014
4/5 93% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " A fascinating snapshot of a country at war with itself (literally, eventually) as seen through the eyes of two teenage girls, whose lives are complicated enough as it is." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/5 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Points for effort all the way around, and welcome back, Costner. Let's hope things get better from here." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 45% In Secret (2014) " The acting is good, the story of doomed lovers suitably tragic. But the film is never quite moving in the way one would hope." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4/5 86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " Writer and director Hirokazu Koreeda does not pretend that there are easy answers in his film, which at times plays almost like a fable. But the emotions and heartbreak are always grounded in reality." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 19, 2014
2.5/5 8% Girl On A Bicycle (2014) " More dippy than romantic or funny." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2.5/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Earnest in its ambition but dopey in its execution, "Winter's Tale" never takes flight." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 12, 2014
3/5 49% RoboCop (2014) " Thanks to a good cast and a willingness to stray fairly far afield from the source material, it's better than you might think." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 12, 2014
86% 500 Days of Summer (2009) " An unpredictable, immensely satisfying experience, much like love itself." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/5 99% Gloria (2014) " Audiences intuitively search for someone to root for in a film, and García's Gloria, who's in practically every frame of the movie, fits that bill perfectly." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 5, 2014
4.5/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " The slightly glitchy movement of the characters is funny, the animation is awesome, the deconstruction of superheroes is brilliant and the jokes are knowing and slightly edgy." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Clooney never quite finds the balance between the earnest do-gooding and the broader comedy he's seeking to find." — Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3/5 56% At Middleton (2014) " An almost completely inauthentic little romance that is so genuinely pleasant you'll enjoy it anyway." — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2.5/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " Ever wonder what one of those Lifetime weepers would look like with a bigger budget and more talent?" — Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 30, 2014
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