Louis Black

Louis Black

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Austin Chronicle
Total Reviews:
122

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 0% Persecuted (2014) " Persecuted matches its conservative beliefs to an anachronistic narrative structure and dated cinematic execution." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/5 58% Lucy (2014) " A daring, giddy joy ride of an adventure, Lucy races along, leaves a swirlingly confused trail behind it, as it tracks a single intelligence that's rapidly evolving from human to universal." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/5 43% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " The best intentions clearly resulted in the creation of a largely unimaginative, if still mildly entertaining, work." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 97% Life Itself (2014) " Appropriate to this man who lived his life for films is this movie that transcends subject and form to get at a portrait that is not just intimate and revealing, but cinema-loving, life-affirming, and inspiring." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 85% Korengal (2014) " Remarkably frank, Korengal espouses no one clear sentiment towards war." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 7, 2014
9% America (2014) " This is an unusually odious effort because it is so hugely hypocritical and ultimately self-serving." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 6, 2014
2.5/5 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Jersey Boys is entertainingly told, yet is a more traditional film than are many Eastwood-directed works." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " The creative team behind this, including the two leads, end up giving far more than the minimum they could have gotten away with -- which results in an unusually fun and funny film." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/5 49% Maleficent (2014) " Imaginatively, it places all the known elements of the story in different contexts, completely recasting this familiar fairy tale into a more poignant and resonant work." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/5 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " Chinese Puzzle is a charming, rambling, modern romantic comedy is so sloppy that it should be done in by its excesses, yet the large, excellent ensemble cast manages to make it all work." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
1.5/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " All singing, all dancing, all color: Rio 2 is a modern, studio animation blockbuster spilling all over the place, rather than arching into the sky." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 17, 2014
0.5/5 20% Sabotage (2014) " Ugly and mean-spirited, Sabotage starts off badly, only to get dumber as it progresses." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2014
1/5 21% Son Of God (2014) " There is little cinematic about the film. Instead, it is a series of figurative illustrations." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2014
1/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " Much of the film is told in mystifying and occasionally disturbing close-ups, suggesting parody more than evoking emotional resonance." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2.5/5 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " This film is a collection of vignettes in search of a narrative center." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/5 —— The Saratov Approach (2013) " In so many ways the film would be more interesting if it were more ambitious, but on its own terms it is surprisingly strong." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " The tortured yet growing familial relations, explanatory flashbacks, and too swiftly moving story shouldn't really work. Somehow they all do, and the whole is even more than the sum of the parts." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
1/5 22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " An exercise in very serious and meaningful young-adult drama, Gimme Shelter is so overloaded with simplistic good intentions that are matched with equally bland ambitions that it drowns under its own excesses." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1/5 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " This origin story of the great hero Hercules (Lutz) of Greek mythology lacks even one semi-decent action piece." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1/5 12% 47 Ronin (2013) " 47 Ronin is about magic, the fantastic, a witch, and CGI monsters that adorn a muddled and confused plot." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 3, 2014
3/5 65% Mama (2013) " Haunting and extremely atmospheric, Mama is a horror film imbued with an unsettling and affecting power." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 1, 2014
2/5 19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " Rather than rising above the fray, Madea is very much the fray itself." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2013
1/5 24% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Obviously, I'm not even close to the intended audience for this film, but it was maddening and frustrating to watch so much ambition wasted on delivering such lame junk." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/5 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " There is redemption in the chemistry between the two lead characters, their passions and complexity, as well as in the grace of the music as it is performed and how it is used." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2.5/5 42% Homefront (2013) " The film is mostly predictable, but throws a few curveballs and ends up being surprisingly entertaining, if not at all outstanding." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 27, 2013
1.5/5 8% Diana (2013) " Yes, Diana is the poor little rich girl, but the opulent settings, private jets, yachts, and chauffeured cars prove peculiar and distracting affectations." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 22, 2013
1.5/5 18% The Christmas Candle (2013) " Although at times it seems to be building emotional momentum, by the end it falls flat -- tripped by its conflicting ambitions, overload of metaphoric events, and lack of powerful catharsis." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 22, 2013
1.5/5 18% Free Birds (2013) " Bad history is a meaningless criticism to lob at an animated film, but the film really has no other outstanding attributes. This one is just for the kids." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2.5/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Tthe film finally falls short, an explosive beginning leading to a pedestrian end." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 25, 2013
1.5/5 49% Escape Plan (2013) " The most surprising thing about this movie, outside of its length, is just how unsurprising it really is, especially regarding its tired climax." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/5 50% Grace Unplugged (2013) " Don't suspect any surprises: It is a Christian film and demonstrates melodramatic TV strategies. Still, on its own terms it is entertaining." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 11, 2013
2.5/5 58% Pulling Strings (2013) " Ultimately, the film is absolutely charming if a bit too predictable and glued more to sit-com narrative strategies and aesthetics than is healthy. Still, Pulling Strings works on a number of levels." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 4, 2013
2.5/5 80% Generation Iron (2013) " The film ends up being about much more than itself, much more than just bodybuilding or bodybuilders. Although a bit overlong, it is really a triumph of intelligent, strategic filmmaking." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 4, 2013
1/5 6% Battle of the Year (2013) " In particular, as mentioned, the dance sequences are a mess, which is the kiss of death for a film in this genre." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2.5/5 56% Instructions Not Included (2013) " Charming and entertaining, if overlong and a bit too melodramatic, Instructions ultimately works because of the cast." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 6, 2013
1.5/5 2% Getaway (2013) " The film is more than a bit of a mess, with the crashes, explosions, and gunfire all dominating the action, if never quite coalescing into anything coherent." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 29, 2013
1.5/5 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " Not only have we seen this all before, but we were probably hoping to not see it again." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 23, 2013
—— Far Marfa " The landscape, texture, sensibility, and atmosphere of Marfa is what really makes this film so captivating and unique." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2013
3/5 64% Pandora's Promise (2013) " Pandora's Promise is a fascinating documentary about nuclear power that argues it is the true green energy. It would be hard to imagine a film more controversial than this one." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 21, 2013
2/5 11% After Earth (2013) " Given the talent involved, one hoped for so much more." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 30, 2013
3/5 64% Epic (2013) " Fast-moving, involving, and entertaining, the tale sweeps you deep into its current and carries you swiftly along." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 24, 2013
2/5 66% The Iceman (2013) " There is an enormous amount of effort put into this film which at its end just seems like noise, wind, and dust." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 17, 2013
2/5 20% Arthur Newman (2013) " Arthur Newman is overwhelmed with arty ambitions and a heavy-handed acting style. Ultimately, all the weight prevents the film from taking off and soaring." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 10, 2013
2.5/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " The film provides more of the same and nothing startlingly innovative, but what's here is good." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 2, 2013
3/5 45% Filly Brown (2013) " Sure, we've all seen this story before, but that doesn't hamper this film from being enormously entertaining, with riveting performances, great beats, and poetic rhymes." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 26, 2013
2/5 45% Home Run (2013) " This slightly better-than-average family film is all paint-by-numbers." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 26, 2013
2.5/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " Yes, the canon invoked for this film is that of the Three Stooges, but it's still not as magnificently berserk as they can be. Set your expectations carefully for this one." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 25, 2013
2/5 —— The New Juarez (2012) " Ultimately, The New Juarez is too passionately partisan regarding a very important and hard-to-fully-comprehend human tragedy." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 19, 2013
2.5/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " Admirable in its look and style, the film is not unique or exceptional. Nevertheless, given the state of current science-fiction fare, the film does hold its own." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/5 79% 42 (2013) " Yes, it is an overly sincere history lesson even more than a paint-by-numbers biography, but it's a history lesson of which we regularly need to be reminded. Entertainingly, comprehensively, and in very human ways, that is what this film does." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 11, 2013
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