Bill Stamets

Bill Stamets

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Reader , Chicago Sun-Times , Newcity
Total Reviews:
195

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " [A] scary inquiry." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Jim Jarmusch stocks his latest low-key indie with more than his usual characters in low-velocity drift." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 84% Joe (2014) " Gripping and at times agonizing." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Frank Savich's diverting documentary lets the 85-year-old filmmaker revisit a saga from the mid-'70s: his stellar two-year failure to adapt Frank Herbert's Dune for the screen." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 90% Le Week-End (2014) " A nuanced romance for grown-ups." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 68% Visitors (2014) " Non-narrative films can be opaque in deep ways. Visitors slips into pseudo-profundity. That said, I'd see it again." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/4 91% Kids for Cash (2014) " May errs, however, in styling this human interest saga." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/4 86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " Like Father, Like Son is always wise about the quandary faced by the two fathers and the two mothers." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/4 20% Cold Turkey (2013) " [Writer-Director Will] Slocombe may not carve up his kin for Cold Turkey" but he serves a wry repast." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 85% At Berkeley (2013) " At Berkeley earns credit for documenting a distinctly articulate community. " — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
2.5/4 55% The Best Offer (2014) " Italian writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore... designs beautiful sets around Virgil, who holds the screen in nearly every shot. " — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 94% The Past (2013) " Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi creates detailed characters in distinctive circumstances, bypassing script cliches of domestic tension. " — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 78% Dhoom 3 (2013) " Dhoom:3 is crowd-pleasing populist fare." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3/4 83% Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony (2013) " Writer-director Kerry Candaele incisively documents the ideological legacy of opus 125 in Chile, China and Germany." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 20, 2013
4/4 95% War Witch (2013) " Atrocity and beauty somehow co-exist in War Witch." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/4 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " A family implodes with a biting commentary on patriarchy." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/4 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " This buddy/road film builds tension with its missing person quest in a border-crossing underworld." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3.5/4 92% A Touch of Sin (2013) " Drawing on four news stories, writer-director Jia Zhangke portrays the plight of workers in the new China. Set in four provinces, A Touch of Sin is humanist critique of the country's turn to capitalism." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/4 94% Museum Hours (2013) " The quiet time that Johann and Anne spend during museum hours -- and after his shifts on trips around the city -- offer solace in their mutual solitude. Museum Hours is an introverted companion for its viewers." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) " How I Live Now offers adolescents a lovely vision of holistic healing in the same countryside." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/4 53% The Muslims Are Coming (2013) " Lobbing zingers at Islamophobes does not illuminate Islam." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/4 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " Granted, "The Grandmaster" is not a primer on Chinese philosophy. Yet it may score as crossover cinema for Wong fans and Lee fans." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
4/4 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " This stunning "documentary of the imagination" shows Anwar and other thugs staging scenes of torture and murder for the camera. " — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/4 89% Hannah Arendt (2013) " Like A Hidden Method, David Cronenberg's drama about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, Hannah Arendt takes seriously the life of the mind." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
55% The Look of Love (2013) " Double-billing comic and tragic tones, the biopic "The Look of Love" follows a father and a daughter over three decades in London's swinging Soho." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 12, 2013
78% AndrĂ© Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013) " A theater director's wife directs an admiring diary, as he rehearses an Ibsen play. Andre Gregory fancies himself a shaman but just comes off as an irrepressible raconteur." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 28, 2013
74% Augustine (2013) " French physician Jean-Martin Charcot hypnotized, photographed and exhibited a hysteric, as does French director Alice Winocour for a clinical love story and empowerment tale." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
—— The Tragedy of Man " Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics adapts Imre Madach's 1861 poem for a pessimistic epic on existence. This illustrated theology lectures: after the Fall, no one is free." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
56% American Mary (2013) " Alt horror about a Seattle surgery drop-out is a mediocre specimen of the Canadian kinky flesh genre of "Antiviral," "Crash" and "Kissed." End credits say "For Eli Roth."" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
76% The Kings of Summer (2013) " This coming-of-ager in suburban Ohio is confected with easy-pleaser fillips of pretty, including sylvan interludes of sophomoric lyricism." — Newcity
Posted Jun 18, 2013
34% The Internship (2013) " Gushing "Googliness" with no trace of corporate cool in its design, this embarrassing comedy has an unoriginal triumph-of-misfits plot." — Newcity
Posted Jun 18, 2013
—— The Closed Circuit " Ryszard Bugajski ("General Nil") turns a 2009 scandal victimizing Gdansk entrepreneurs into a political thriller with anti-state solidarity." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 18, 2013
64% Pandora's Promise (2013) " Documenting how five authors changed from anti- to pro-nuke energy stances, Stone is less persuasive at translating this logic into reality." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3.5/4 93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " Who is "We" in the title We Steal Secrets? There's no need for a spoiler alert, but it's neither Gibney nor Assange." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 3, 2013
84% Leviathan (2013) " Radical experiential/experimental video of bloody viscera and abstract beauty. Embedded/embodied lens as in Brakhage's "The Governor" and Geyrhalter's "Our Daily Bread."" — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 16, 2013
75% Pieta (2013) " Thou shalt not borrow, nor maim those who owe interest, preaches this obsessive auteur, offering one more near-mute seeker of justice. The tragic perversity is gripping." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 16, 2013
29% The Numbers Station (2013) " John Cusack replays his role as a lethal operative with occupational angst for a routine thriller with a female cryptographer at secret CIA site. Dire workplace issues ensue." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 11, 2013
65% Antiviral (2013) " How sick can fans of a celebrity get? Very, answers "Antiviral." Imagine fan fetish culture metastasizing. A pox on consumers and capitalists alike, Brandon Cronenberg sneers." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 11, 2013
49% Pain & Gain (2013) " Bay is an ambiguous booster of bootstrap Americanism with this perverse salute to numbskull entrepreneurship, with mantras for self-made manhood from a self-help huckster." — Newcity
Posted May 10, 2013
3/4 90% A Place at the Table (2013) " A good documentary that is good for you." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2/4 63% The Afterlight (2010) " Unfortunately, the subdued tone only adds distance, not depth, to their unstated issues." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 6, 2011
2.5/4 64% Great Directors (2010) " A pleasing if not surprising sampler of apercus, bon mots and clips." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 27, 2011
2.5/4 69% Ondine (2010) " Jordan starts to tell an intriguing tale about living with fantasy but falls back on plot turns cued to the flashing lights of cops and paramedics." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 18, 2010
88% Balseros (2003) " Despite the heroic exertions of the rafters and filmmakers, this apolitical film is oddly lacking in drama." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2010
59% The Fall (2006) " The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka." — Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 17, 2008
68% Treasure Planet (2002) " It's laced with literate humor, and the directors cite N.C. Wyeth's illustrations for the 1911 Scribner's edition of Treasure Island as the inspiration for their marvelously detailed fantasy world." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2008
93% Riding Giants (2004) " This is vicarious cinema at its best." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 5, 2008
80% The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) " Screenwriter Kate Boutilier provides plenty of sharp patter." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 20, 2008
3/4 92% Caramel (2008) " Perceptive and poignant, Caramel observes the love lives of the establishment's owner, her employees and their customers." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 28, 2008
2.5/4 48% The Tree of Life (2008) " Smacks of an audition exercise." — Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 27, 2008
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