Kevin Crust

Kevin Crust

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
Staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.
Publications:
Journal News (Westchester, NY) , Los Angeles Times
Total Reviews:
359

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 359
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 88% Real Dirt on Farmer John (2007) " ... outstanding documentary ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 26, 2007
2/5 48% Macbeth (2006) " The film has the over-stylized sheen of a car commercial peopled by actors decked out like brooding fashion models." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 26, 2007
2.5/5 60% Arctic Tale (2007) " The live-action animal drama Arctic Tale arrives in an impressive visual package and even boasts a timely message, but its undistinguished storytelling is a big letdown." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 25, 2007
2/5 14% I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) " There are gags here that may be older than the film's stars." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 19, 2007
4/5 46% Cashback (2007) " A very romantic portrait of a young artist as he ponders love, beauty and living in the moment." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 19, 2007
4/5 69% Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2007) " The distance Kaurismki creates belies his deeply humanistic streak. He engages characters in the direst of situations not to see them suffer but to search for hope." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 12, 2007
5/5 79% Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006) " An expressionistic portrait of a society in violent chaos, the film blends cinà (C)ma và (C)rità (C) and newsreel footage to capture a modern-day tragedy with Shakespearean overtones." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 12, 2007
3.5/5 87% Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox (2007) " A bittersweet story of a family and the surprising effects a crusading eccentric can have on them." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 12, 2007
4/5 64% Vitus (2007) " Murer is a skillful director and has crafted a crowd-pleasing story that will have particular appeal to mature 'tweeners." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 5, 2007
1.5/5 7% License to Wed (2007) " The movie is a pastiche of tortured slapstick, groan-inducing dialogue and a lethal dose of treacle, apparently awaiting one of Williams' trademark sprees of riffing and vamping to save the day. That moment never comes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 3, 2007
4/5 86% When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007) " Uncovers the same joy and sorrow that characterizes the Romani music in the everyday lives of the musicians who play it." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 28, 2007
3.5/5 88% Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig) (2007) " An inspiring tale of a small woman who stands tall in the face of injustice." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 28, 2007
2/5 —— Yellow " The dancing is sexy, but the complete lack of chemistry between Sanchez and Sweeney makes the love story and the film fizzle." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 21, 2007
4/5 78% You Kill Me (2007) " We've seen the inner lives of hit men and mobsters rendered innumerably in recent years on film and television, but You Kill Me does it in a satisfyingly comedic way, loaded with easily identifiable idiosyncrasies." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 21, 2007
4/5 68% Flanders (Flandres) (2007) " This deeply felt vision of the human condition has more resonance than yet another movie concluding that war is hell." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
4.5/5 78% Surf's Up (2007) " Many of the riffs in the mock documentary might be lost on little tykes, but the film's feel-good message of perseverance, friendship and finding your own wave should be enjoyed by all." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
2.5/5 55% Mr. Brooks (2007) " The film probably tilts the balance too far in favor of Mr. Brooks at the expense of the uninspired Det. Atwood." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 31, 2007
2.5/5 44% Angel-A (2005) " In essence, you get It's a Wonderful Life meets Wings of Desire, swapping out the substance for self-help platitudes. If you can get past that, you can enjoy it as a 90-minute look at a lovely postcard." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 24, 2007
2/5 35% The Last Time (2007) " Strives for contemporary noir in tone but feels closer to an ineffective parody of James M. Cain filtered through faux David Mamet dialogue." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 18, 2007
4/5 45% Fay Grim (2007) " This film feels like Hartley has been handed a Bourne or a Bond movie to direct and maintained his own style and low-budget aesthetic while thoroughly enjoying and deconstructing his new toy." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 18, 2007
2/5 50% Duck (2005) " Much of the journey becomes redundant, and the film likely would have been more effective as a 20-minute short." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 11, 2007
1.5/5 19% The Ex (2007) " A completely forgettable comedy starring Zach Braff and Amanda Peet, The Ex takes a mix of tired scenarios and combines them in a way that makes the nearly 90 minutes feel much longer." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 10, 2007
3.5/5 67% Everything's Gone Green (2007) " Coupland and Fox do a nimble job of incorporating seemingly tangential points that are deceptively relevant to the larger issues." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 4, 2007
38% Fakers (2004) " The scenario isn't entirely plausible, but the actors are engaging and you can't beat the running time." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/5 70% Diggers (2007) " Diggers has the conviction to avoid tying things up with a bow and allows us the privilege to imagine where its denizens will go afterward." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 27, 2007
4/5 91% Hot Fuzz (2007) " It's a ridiculous plot, but one that's absolutely in the spirit of the films they're satirizing." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 19, 2007
3.5/5 72% Fracture (2007) " The best way to enjoy it is to suspend your disbelief and soak up the actorly tête-à-tête that pits wily veteran Anthony Hopkins against young gun Ryan Gosling in the kind of courtroom potboiler that can be fun if you let it." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 19, 2007
4.5/5 69% Year of the Dog (2007) " White is a clever writer, and many of his best lines will sneak up on you long after you leave the theater. There's a stealthy sweetness to the movie, a desire to understand those who go their own way, that would seem to be his ultimate aim." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 12, 2007
4/5 64% The TV Set (2007) " ... wickedly funny ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2007
4/5 40% Sacco and Vanzetti (Sacco e Vanzetti) (1971) " ... the 81-minute film contains a surprising amount of information about the two Italian-born immigrants who were tried, convicted and executed in Boston amid accusations of grave injustice." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2007
4/5 85% Air Guitar Nation (2006) " It's one of the charms of Air Guitar Nation that much of it plays like a mockumentary in which you're not quite sure who's pulling your leg. But it's real, even if the guitars are not." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 29, 2007
3/5 69% Blades of Glory (2007) " The movie is at its funniest and most original when zinging the sometimes pretentious milieu of competitive figure skating." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 29, 2007
3.5/5 71% Boy Culture (2007) " It is buoyed by some incisive acting and writing and anchored by a standout portrayal from Bauchau, a versatile veteran of international cinema." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 23, 2007
4/5 64% Reign Over Me (2007) " Movies about male friendship are often trivialized with the 'buddy' tag, but this one resonates beyond that." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 23, 2007
5/5 84% Beyond the Gates (2005) " Tense and gut-wrenching, Beyond the Gates is a horrifying story told with grace and compassion." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 15, 2007
1.5/5 8% Premonition (2007) " Its biggest failing - and the ultimate one for a lightweight entertainment such as this - is that it's a deadly bore from start to finish. Even more annoying is its blind-alley structure resulting in an unsatisfying mind game for the audience." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 15, 2007
2.5/5 19% I Think I Love My Wife (2007) " Women don't come off terribly well in I Think I Love My Wife, writer-director Chris Rock's comedic 'update' of the 1972 Eric Rohmer drama, Chloe in the Afternoon. It's not so much misogynistic as it resembles a fossil from another era." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 15, 2007
4/5 88% Maxed Out (2006) " Scurlock does well to counter the more dire aspects of the film with a razor-sharp sense of humor." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 8, 2007
5/5 93% Gwoemul (The Host) (2007) " A film that will catch you leaning in one direction and abruptly pull you in another, all the while building to a surprisingly emotional climax." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 8, 2007
2.5/5 66% Black Snake Moan (2007) " [Writer-director Craig Brewer] displays a real passion for the music and a knack for using it to create mood. But it's not enough to overcome the thinness of his characters or the greeting card sentiment that pulls the rug out from what came before." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 1, 2007
3.5/5 89% Zodiac (2007) " Overlong and lacking dramatic focus, the film nevertheless captures the dark allure that the unsolved crimes had on the region over a 22-year period." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 1, 2007
4.5/5 73% Glastonbury (2007) " The overall soundtrack seamlessly patches together a sonic quilt of eclectic music that evokes a kind of timeless flow. It's not a Glastonbury of any particular vintage, but rather a continuum of experiences that have occurred on this sacred ground." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2007
3.5/5 57% The Astronaut Farmer (2006) " It follows the paradigm of inspirational movies so perfectly that even the smallest deviation seems rebellious. The movie's orthodoxy is precisely what allows us to take such pleasure in its irregularities." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2007
1/5 8% The Number 23 (2007) " Carrey has never looked so uncomfortable on-screen." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2007
3.5/5 65% Antikörper (Antibodies) (2007) " The film's pace is brisk enough to maintain our full attention. Antibodies is not so much an art house movie as a well-made, commercial thriller that happens to be in German." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 15, 2007
3.5/5 51% Puccini for Beginners (2007) " The filmmaker's niftiest trick is in making a group of neurotic, self-involved, overly verbal people so engaging." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 8, 2007
4/5 92% An Unreasonable Man (2007) " The compelling documentary An Unreasonable Man carries the tag line, 'Ralph Nader: How do you define a legacy?' but it might just as easily have asked, 'Who gets to define the legacy?'" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 8, 2007
2.5/5 0% Constellation (2005) " Featuring a stalwart cast (many of whom appeared in Walker-Pearlman's 2000 drama, The Visit) and some delicately wrought moments, the film is unable to overcome its soap opera scenario and clunky pacing." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 1, 2007
4/5 83% Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore (2007) " Mr. Smith captures ground-level political machinations in an utterly fascinating way. The question raised by the title makes for an interesting, if possibly disheartening, debate." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 1, 2007
2/5 55% Seraphim Falls (2007) " ... it moves along with minimalist efficiency before running out of gas during an overlong allegorical final section." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 26, 2007
3/5 21% Catch and Release (2007) " Neither a comedy nor a drama but existing in that comfortable space in between, Catch and Release, the feature-directing debut of screenwriter Susannah Grant, is an oddly appealing, if innocuous, movie of considerable charm." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 26, 2007
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