Bill Goodykoontz

Bill Goodykoontz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Arizona Republic
Total Reviews:
1189

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) " A love story about as moving and genuine as a ballad crooned by a studio-manufactured boy band. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 58% Rudderless (2014) " "Rudderless" is a quietly ambitious film, and if it eventually collapses under the dramatic weight it's asked to shoulder - and it does - at least it's trying. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 74% St. Vincent (2014) " You just wonder how much more fun it could have been. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/5 79% The Book of Life (2014) " A visually stunning, funny movie that trusts children to deal with subject matter that many films don't: specifically, death. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 81% Fury (2014) " In terms of story, structure and look (with the exception of the gore), this movie could have been made at any time in the past 70 years. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 15, 2014
25% You're Not You (2014) " Wolfe overplays his hand at almost every key turn. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3.5/5 75% Kill the Messenger (2014) " The film tells the story from Webb's point of view without exonerating him. In fact, we never learn enough about just what was and wasn't true, or how far Webb stretched the truth. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 9, 2014
4.5/5 93% Pride (2014) " Oh, it's feel-good, no question about it. But it's also absorbing, important and inspiring. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/5 64% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " It turns out the film is not terrible or horrible or very bad. No good? Not that, either. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/5 47% The Judge (2014) " Any references you can think of in an estranged father-son drama are present here, and they aren't presented with any particular spark of imagination. Luckily for Dobkin, Downey and Duvall are able to provide some. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 9, 2014
100% Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932) " Stay with him and you'll be rewarded with one of the more-unusual horror films you'll ever see -- or films of any kind, for that matter. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 8, 2014
3.5/5 85% The Good Lie (2014) " This is very much a mainstream movie meant to shine a light on the plight of people who were ignored for too long. For that reason alone, it's well worth seeing. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2.5/5 31% Annabelle (2014) " Where "The Conjuring" was more of a full meal. "Annabelle" just leaves you hungry for more. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 2, 2014
1/5 2% Left Behind (2014) " "Left Behind" is a terrible movie, bad in almost every way, not even qualifying as so-bad-it's-good material. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet The Joe Show (2014) " You begin to wonder where reality ends and Arpaio's own world begins. (There doesn't seem to be a lot of overlap.) " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4.5/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Long story short: The movie absolutely lives up to the hype. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 1, 2014
4/5 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig ... turn their talents toward some really heavy drama, while managing to serve up a few laughs along the way. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 25, 2014
4/5 81% Tracks (2014) " The dry sand, the swirling wind, the striking sight of Davidson framed against the enormous expanse - all draw us in and don't let us go. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3.5/5 75% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) " Ridley doesn't present Hendrix's ascension to guitar god in conventional fashion, which is both an interesting and at times frustrating decision. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3.5/5 62% The Equalizer (2014) " Truly, you don't have to watch former secret agents relentlessly wipe out villains. But if you want to, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone better than Washington for the task. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2/5 74% The Boxtrolls (2014) " There are some laughs and the dark, steam-punk look of Cheesebridge is intriguing, but there's little charm. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2/5 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " Although Hector goes to places that are actually on a map, in reality each trip is a journey to Clicheland, where stereotypical characters do stereotypical things, for Hector's observation, excitement and, sometimes, disappointment. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 25, 2014
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 67% 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 63% 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 29% 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 93% 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 86% 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 81% 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 44% 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 46% 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 36% 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 22% 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
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