Jonathan F. Richards

Jonathan F. Richards

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Jonathan Richards is an author, journalist, actor, and cartoonist. He has published a number of novels, including The Whitmarsh Chronicles, a generational trilogy set against the background of the American labor movement; Tularosa, and Cherokee Bill, both historical fiction with Western settings; and Santa Fe, a contemporary novel of greed and growth in the capital of New Mexico. His movie reviews appear in print in the Pasatiempo magazine of the Santa Fe New Mexican. His political cartoons are seen in the Albuquerque Journal North on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Publications:
Film.com , FilmFreak.be , In the Dark , rec.arts.movies.reviews
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
739
Total QuickRatings:
4
Location:
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
93% The Hunt (2013) " The film glosses over some of the drama of the story's resolution, but otherwise it maintains a steady terrible drumbeat of the horrifyingly credible wreck of the life of an innocent man." — In the Dark
Posted Aug 15, 2013
76% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The Wall wrestles with the kind of dystopian philosophical questions that keep the sophomore year of college in business. " — In the Dark
Posted Aug 15, 2013
93% Still Mine (2013) " The fact that this is a "based on a true story" tale gives it a boost of legitimacy, and adds to our exasperation with a world in which common sense seems to have gone the way of the passenger pigeon. " — In the Dark
Posted Aug 15, 2013
—— Shouting Secrets " Shouting Secrets is a good-hearted movie with plenty of flaws, but with enough strength and appeal that you're inclined to forgive it its trespasses." — In the Dark
Posted Aug 15, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " It's surreal, phantasmagorical, and utterly devastating." — In the Dark
Posted Aug 15, 2013
87% The Attack (2013) " In The Attack, the powerful and mostly-engrossing new film from Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri (West Bank), the terrible chasm of deep-rooted prejudice underlies a story of violence, fanaticism, deception, love, and heartbreak. " — In the Dark
Posted Aug 15, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) " If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be captured by pirates and held for ransom, this movie is as close as you are likely to get, or care to. " — In the Dark
Posted Aug 15, 2013
92% Casting By (2013) " Welcome to the world of the casting director, a world that flourished at its peak from the middle to the end of the last century. And meet its high priestess: Marion Dougherty." — In the Dark
Posted Aug 15, 2013
88% Fill the Void (2013) " This is a movie with many strengths, from a subtly conceived lighting scheme to a complex understanding of its characters' conflicted emotions, and universally strong performances." — In the Dark
Posted Aug 15, 2013
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " Morgan Neville's exhilarating documentary brings these backups singers front and center, and illuminates a dynamic of the 20th century rock music scene that too often got taken for granted. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 2, 2013
42% Midnight's Children (2013) " Midnight's Children manages to keep things pretty interesting, in a straightforward sort of way, with some good scenes and captivating imagery. But it never takes wing with the soaring possibilities of the novel's abracadabra magic. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 2, 2013
74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " Sometimes you just have to throw up your hands and say "This is wonderful," despite a storyline that telegraphs its scenes like a Western Union operator with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 2, 2013
84% Kon Tiki (2013) " Great adventures can make great movies, but it doesn't always work out that way. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 2, 2013
—— In Bed with Ulysses " Directors Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna have done a loving job of burrowing into the epic story of the circumstances and struggles involved in the writing and publishing of this seminal work of 20th century literature." — In the Dark
Posted Jul 2, 2013
89% In the House (2013) " Sex and menace hover perpetually around the edges of this superior psychological thriller from Francois Ozon (Potiche, Swimming Pool). Occasionally they even take center stage. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 2, 2013
88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " Hannah Arendt is a hymn to thinking." — In the Dark
Posted Jul 2, 2013
94% Blancanieves (2013) " Berger directs this retro tour-de-force with great gusto, and the performances are excellent. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 2, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " If you are not a fan of intelligent conversation in the movies, stop right here and go see Fast & Furious 6. Because talk is pretty much what you get. But it's fascinating talk. " — In the Dark
Posted Jul 2, 2013
93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Jessica Chastain delivers a powerful performance, and recent history teaches us that a glamorous woman agent is entirely possible in the agency, but sometimes you have to question Maya's outfits." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
95% West of Memphis (2012) " Director Amy Berg builds West of Memphis with the gripping suspense of a police thriller; but real life has not cooperated in providing an ending." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
37% Stand Up Guys (2013) " What makes it work is the mastery of its three venerable lead actors, and the deep pockets of career history they bring along for this joy ride." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
83% Side Effects (2013) " The movie revels in its twists and turns, and in the convoluted world of movie thriller logic most of them more or less work. Ask your doctor if Side Effects is right for you. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
52% Promised Land (2013) " Promised Land is a modern Frank Capra movie, and few in the audience will doubt where it, and Steve, are headed. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
100% Precious Life (2011) " The terrible irony of this whole saga is the intense effort to save one tiny life while outside the hospital lives on both sides are being snuffed out wholesale. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
43% On the Road (2012) " Youth will be served, but in Walter Salles's rendering of On the Road, Jack Kerouac's seminal novel of a generational revolution at mid-century, it's served a little underdone." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
10% Molly's Theory Of Relativity (2013) " Jeff Lipsky (Flannel Pajamas) steers his story through intriguing waves of philosophical clarity and doldrums of talky boredom." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
100% Masquerade (2012) " It's a robust, colorful, masterfully-spun yarn. It calls to mind the great MGM technicolor swashbucklers of the forties and fifties, particularly The Prisoner of Zenda " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
81% Like Someone in Love (2013) " A quiet, conversational movie about love, deception, mistaken identity, seeming and being, and the vague ominous shadow of violence that drifts in the background like a cold mist coiling at the edge of a garden." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
70% Les Misérables (2012) " The Hugo story is a cherished classic. But the execution here, in the hands of director Tom Hooper, who guided The King's Speech with such subtlety and grace, is garish, shrill, and breathtakingly over the top." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
81% The Impossible (2012) " Despite fine work by Ms Watts, Mr. MacGregor, and the oldest boy (Tom Holland), and a remarkable orchestration of digital effects, the movie treads water, and never catches the wave." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
—— Cique Du Soleil: La Nouba (2005) " Director Andrew Adamson and 3D visionary James Cameron manage a beautiful, if boring, spectacle built around an Alice-in-Wonderland story" — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
91% Caesar Must Die (2013) " It's not exactly Julius Caesar the Movie, although it contains some of the most gripping, persuasive Shakespearean acting you'll see in a long time." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " At two and a half somber hours, the movie sometimes requires the patience of holy vows to see it through." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
71% Barrymore (2012) " The role is an actor's dream, a smorgasbord of everything from songs and dirty limericks to classical soliloquies, and Plummer plays it to the hilt." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
63% Anna Karenina (2012) " A stunningly original vision that treads the border between triumph and disaster, and manages to keep miraculously to the side of the angels. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " The truth that the movie invites us to take to heart is that a society that thinks a child is better off in an institution than in a loving parental environment is a society desperately in need of treatment." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
93% Amour (2012) " This is a picture that deserves to be seen. All it needs is an audience steeled to watch it. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " Nair spins out a story that doubles as a psychological and a political thriller. The stakes rise, the tension mounts, the atmosphere grows incendiary, the air becomes hard to breathe. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
93% No (2013) " It's Coke vs. Pepsi, with the fate and freedom of a nation to the winner." — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
98% Mud (2013) " Mud is very cool, and McConaughey carves him with a sharp blade. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Baz Luhrmann's movie rendering of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel is The Great Gatsby the way Jay Gatsby might have directed it. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " To a man, they sound a common theme - that the policy of Israel toward the Palestinians simply doesn't work. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
78% André Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013) " If you find André Gregory a charming and fascinating figure, this is an easy movie to like. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
50% At Any Price (2013) " Dennis Quaid, in an inept, mugging performance, is Henry Whipple, a successful third generation Iowa farmer who works painfully hard at squeezing the charmin' as he glad-hands customers and closes deals at funerals with strangers. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
49% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013) " A parade of fashion designers gushing about the store as the pinnacle of their dreams, and a chorus of recession-proof conspicuous consumers culled from the population most likely to be taken out and lined up against a wall come the revolution. " — In the Dark
Posted May 21, 2013
32% Very Annie Mary (2001) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 22, 2013
84% The Flat (2012) " "When Arnon Goldfinger's 98-year-old grandmother died she left behind a lifetime of possessions. But it was the secrets she took with her that supply the haunting narrative of this thought-provoking documentary."" — In the Dark
Posted Dec 10, 2012
48% Flatliners (1990) " The Flat can indulge itself in passages that are no more interesting than your neighbors' travel slides, but it opens can after can of ethical worms." — In the Dark
Posted Dec 10, 2012
62% Hitchcock (2012) " There are lapses in judgment, lapses in timing, lapses in artistry that keep reminding us that great moviemaking isn't as simple as it looks. Alfred Hitchcock knew that." — In the Dark
Posted Dec 10, 2012
3.5 79% Any Day Now (2012) " A society that thinks a child is better off in an institution than in a caring, loving parental environment, whatever the sexes and sexual orientations of those parents, is a society desperately in need of treatment." — In the Dark
Posted Dec 10, 2012
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