John Esther

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Publications:
Pasadena Weekly , UR Chicago Magazine
Total Reviews:
367
Total QuickRatings:
245
Location:
Los Angeles, California

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
43% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Firefighters do some very important and dangerous work. Even though the characters in 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' are made of metal...that is clear at the movie's most elementary level. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
55% Citizen Koch (2014) " Co-directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water) cohesively illustrate what happens when the bad financial powers-that-be cannot be stopped. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2014
71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " Germany gets an updated look at the debris of its newest generation in terms of character, content, and concrete." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2014
67% Cesar's Last Fast (2014) " An inspiring testimony to one of this nation's heroes." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Or it could just be Jarmusch's attempt to bring to life the coolest couple of cinema ever. My Radiohead, are these vampires not hipsters to the nth power?" — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2014
66% The Railway Man (2014) " 'The Railway Man' deals with some of the uglier aspects of war, namely how torture can be justified by the upper echelons of government through twisted language..." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2014
0% 10 Rules For Sleeping Around (2014) " Fortunately, not all was lost. I did laugh four times during the movie. But that hardly makes up for the pain during the rest of the time. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 3, 2014
40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " Riveting, inspiring, agitating and fortifying, smartly directed, very well acted, and demonstrating a sophisticated attention to detail, Cesar Chavez is a film worthy of its subject. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) " There is something deeply existential about seeing Rama trapped in a situation, facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles and then watch him think, or respond, using his mental and physical skills, his way out of the situation. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
—— Happy Camp " The so-called payoff is cheesy. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) " The result is a stunning mediation on loss and memory, with no shortage of anger to boost the narrative. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " While I have not seen all of the Muppet movies, I have seen most of them, and this one is probably my favorite...[but] the duet between Miss Piggy (voice by Jacobson) and her Piggy Fairy Grandmother (Celine Dion) is rather creepy. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014
23% Need For Speed (2014) " If Tobey did in real life what he does in 'Need for Speed,' most Americans would desire to drag him out of his car and open up a serious can of road rage. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2014
64% Bad Words (2014) " Hardly a Spellbound-ing narrative, 'Bad Words' does have its charms. There are some intelligent observations, as well as a soupcon of funny fecal, flatulent and fornication jokes." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The best film of Anderson's film to date, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is amusing and it looks spectacular..." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " We the audience know Bill is innocent, so we are going to go right on rooting for our protagonist until he redeems himself in front of the rest of the world." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 1, 2014
94% After Tiller (2013) " Addressing an issue many Americans are uncomfortable with, this informative documentary sheds light and humanity on reproductive rights in this country. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2013
65% Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) " Ip Man was a notable martial arts instructor, he was not a saint. Perhaps someday, somebody will make an accurate film about the man. Meanwhile, we have these kung fu pseudo-biopics to entertain us. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2013
83% Blue Caprice (2013) " A solid debut featuring strong acting, 'Blue Caprice' delves into America's familiar consequences when insecurity, anger and high profile weapons come together. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2013
67% The Prey (2013) " As cynical as you want it to be, 'The Prey' is an often violent, strong character-driven, somewhat thrilling story where nobody is to be trusted nor aided without suffering the consequences." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2013
85% Dirty Wars (2013) " Dirty Wars is the kind of documentary that demands serious attention, with an even more serious response from Americans. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2013
61% Jack Reacher (2012) " The film is a bit confused on where it stands on issues of brutality and revenge, but not where it stands on government efficiency. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2012
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " Although it is one of the better films of the year, Rust and Bone has its faults." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2012
—— Inspired: The Voices Against Prop 8 (2012) " A small piece of California history pro-civil rights viewers will enjoy. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2012
67% California Solo (2012) " It is not that the film is bad or boring so much as it is forgettable. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2012
46% Step Up 3 (2010) " Plotting along at an infantile level, the story here is nothing new and hardly means anything." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2012
68% Ted (2012) " MacFarlane knows American pop culture and, when at his best, he uses it in a critical way that is hilarious. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2012
82% Incendiary: The Willingham Case (2011) " As sober as a lab report, the excellent documentary metes out its findings with calm precision." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
—— Michel Petrucciani " Ommissions can be overlooked to some degree as Radford unearths some fantastic footage of a man born just right to play the piano. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
63% Jackpot (2014) " Violent, predictable and splattered with morose humor, if you are willing to suspend disbelief back to the days before DNA testing, this Norwegian holiday tale makes for moderate, middlebrow entertainment." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
34% Deadfall (2012) " Deadfall has its moments of deep, fleeting poignancy during moments of violence, but those moments get buried in yet another bloody tale of American violence and redemption." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
100% G-Dog (2013) " What Homeboy Industries means to these men and women -- usually young, often felons -- is the focal point of Freida Lee Mock's inspiring documentary. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
36% LUV (2013) " While co-writer/director Sheldon Candis and co-writer Justin Wilson's screenplay could have benefitted from a few more drafts (or at least a little more sobriety), the acting in Luv makes the skinny script more palatable. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
—— Bunohan (Return To Murder) (2013) " The film is too ambitious for its own skills." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " From the opening scenes prior to the sparkling credits to the final de(construct)evolution scene, the crew and cast have made a film that will be talked about this summer, in future film/ethnography classes and at the upcoming awards season. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
60% Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou (2011) " Pierre Thoretton plays it smart and cool. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
63% True Legend (2011) " From the opening credits to its predictable conclusion it becomes clear that 'True Legend' lays its intelligence at the level of a superhero comic strip (or saloon delirium)." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
—— The Life of Fish (La vida de los peces) (2010) " A fine film in general, ChilĂ©'s recent Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film will particularly poke (pain?) those who have traveled the more unfamiliar roads..." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
—— Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng) (2011) " For Occidental eyes, 'Bodyguards and Assassins' is more of a playful recreation of history than anything else. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
29% Sympathy for Delicious (2011) " The script would have better served the character of Delicious if his powers were "scientifically" explained." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted May 13, 2011
66% The Women on the 6th Floor (2011) " Doing that type of farce the French often do oh so well, 'Service Entrance' maintains a steady beat of humor throughout the film, spicing it up with a little class consciousness and a dose of romancE." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2011
—— The Bengali Detective " Considering the plights and perils of Ji, it may seem somewhat surprising how unsympathetic he remains" — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2011
92% My Perestroika (2011) " Engulfed in a bittersweet symphony of getting what one wants and losing what one once had, the documentary's personal conversations manifest themselves into something greater than a few Russians weighing in on current affairs" — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2011
—— Into Our Own Hands " An engaging documentary full of people with varying viewpoints set against a backdrop of bras, panties and cardboard boxes" — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2011
43% That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011) " Anurag Kashyap's 'That Girl in Yellow Boots' boosts strong performances of characters playing out a gritty script" — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2011
27% Your Highness (2011) " The harder you are for fantasy, the limper you are for 'Your Highness.'" — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2011
25% Hop (2011) " Using animation and live action quite impressively, 'Hop' takes one reactionary myth and uses it to reinforce that myth as well as others" — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2011
94% Win Win (2011) " Extremely well-crafted, what makes 'Win Win' a champ of sorts is how it maintains the right tempo throughout the film. Gliding from one scene to the next, there is not a superfluous moment in the entire film. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2011
88% Rango (2011) " There is never a doubt Rango will succeed by film's end, but the movie does have its charms. " — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2011
87% Neshoba (2010) " 'Neshoba' is a timeless reminder there are still many in this country believing some American citizens deserve second-class status and therefore we must look to the cameras and courts for justice." — UR Chicago Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2011
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