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Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 92% In The Shadow of Women (2016) ""In the Shadow of Women" will appeal to a passionate, but limited, audience. I happen to be in that audience ... " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/4 79% Hail, Caesar! (2016) ""Hail, Caesar!" is a flimsy construction that depends on a zany spirit and the charm of individual scenes to hold it together. There are times when this begins to feel like a dubious strategy, but each time the movie rights itself. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/4 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Compared with other Jane Austen movies, it isn't much, but compared with other zombie apocalypse movies, it's an intelligent, literate effort. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/4 96% 45 Years (2015) "What's the big deal? How does an entire film come of this? There are satisfying answers to these questions, but to state them would be to ruin a perfectly good movie. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2016
1/4 53% Lazer Team (2016) ""Lazer Team" is a sci-fi comedy that is somehow getting released into theaters, which is good for everyone connected with it, except audiences. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/4 88% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2015) "For most of its running time, it's a bit of a slog. To some degree, it's a rewarding slog, and yet even then, not entirely. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/4 59% The Finest Hours (2016) "The appeal of "Finest Hours" can't be its suspense, but its execution. What happens is important, but more important is how it happens and whom it happens to. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2016
1/4 17% The 5th Wave (2016) "Have you ever dreamed with your eyes open? Have you ever sat in a theater wondering who keeps snoring, only to wonder if it might be you? There are new experiences to be had here, not experiences that you'd want, but experiences. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 21, 2016
3/4 100% Aferim! (2016) "The laughs come from our disorientation at witnessing a world that is insanely peculiar, so different from ours in its understanding of right and wrong that we sit in amazement. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2/4 55% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "It's long, downright dispiriting, enjoyable only sometimes, and yet there's a feeling of authenticity. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 14, 2016
1/4 13% Ride Along 2 (2016) "To watch "Ride Along 2" is to get the sense of a screenplay that was never right, that was just pushed along on the faith the actors could rescue it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/4 95% Son of Saul (2015) "The opening sequence achieves the outer limits of film art. Movies simply don't get more powerful than this. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 14, 2016
1/4 11% The Forest (2016) "The only thing good to say for "The Forest" is that Dormer is interesting, that she creates a different vibe and essence for each sister, and that it would be nice to see her in a better movie. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 8, 2016
3/4 82% The Revenant (2015) ""The Revenant" is a director's movie, a showcase for a filmmaker's vision and innovation. Inarritu employs long, complicated shots that make full use of the wide screen. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) ""Anomalisa" finds an adult story that could only have been effectively achieved through animation, and then realizes it with precision, sensitivity and shocking humor. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 7, 2016
1/4 31% Daddy's Home (2015) "The problem with "Daddy's Home" is that it takes a nasty premise, best suited to a farce or a harsh satire, and tries to make a heartwarming comedy out of it. This not only doesn't work, it can't work. It's not possible. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 24, 2015
3/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "If you see "The Hateful Eight," you'll see an almost three-hour film that never drags, that is enjoyable from beginning to end. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3/4 63% Concussion (2015) "Sometimes a good story is enough, and "Concussion" is one of those cases. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2/4 60% Joy (2015) "Lawrence remains a sympathetic focus throughout, and "Joy" never completely loses its way. But it almost does, and it never quite arrives. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 23, 2015
1/4 60% Sisters (2015) "I counted five laughs in the whole movie, and these were mild laughs, at best. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 17, 2015
4/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "The seventh installment in the series, started by George Lucas in 1977, is the best Star Wars sequel yet and one of the best films of 2015. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 16, 2015
4/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "Simply the most relentlessly entertaining film of the last few months. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) ""Hitchcock/Truffaut" gets a lot done in only 79 minutes. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/4 93% Carol (2015) "Haynes elicits two great performances and provides the perfect frame for them, not just in terms of setting, but through smart casting and attention to the smallest of performances. Notice how even actors with one line grab one's attention. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "A predictable disaster-at-sea story that follows the pattern of all disaster-at-sea stories, with guys floating in still water, under a hot sun, getting so hungry that they start looking at each other with a funny expression. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 10, 2015
1/4 80% Macbeth (2015) "Kurzel and three screenwriters have figured out a way to make "Macbeth" boring. Now that they proved it can be done, no one need ever do it again. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2/4 91% James White (2015) ""James White" starts well, descends into cliche and ends in ambiguity, but for about 30 of its 80 minutes, writer-director Josh Mond is on to something. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 3, 2015
1/4 26% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "A bleak, tedious enterprise, shot in earth tones and Gothic gray and blue. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 24, 2015
1/4 62% Legend (2015) "To take such a subject and render it without focus, interest, or joy-to make a long, dull movie from it - qualified as some perverse sort of achievement. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 24, 2015
4/4 94% Creed (2015) "Coogler knows what Stallone has always known: It's not about the fights. It's about making an audience feel deeply about the people involved in the fights. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 24, 2015
2/4 42% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "With every improvement, some magic is lost. In "Secret in Their Eyes," we get a story that has been improved almost to the point of nonexistence. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 20, 2015
2/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "The concluding installment of the "Hunger Games" series is not the insult and embarrassment that the first "Mockingjay" was, but a person would have to be very young to take it seriously. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 19, 2015
4/4 98% Brooklyn (2015) "Something in the richness of its relationships puts an essential truth before us - the brevity and immensity of life. We know all about that, of course, but that's the beauty of great art: It takes what you already know and makes you feel it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 12, 2015
1/4 68% Miss You Already (2015) "Is this really an honest portrait of a beautiful and intense friendship between women? What's intense about it, or beautiful, or honest? " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 72% Trumbo (2015) "Cranston's connection with Trumbo's struggle and frustration, and with his streak of canny practicality, couldn't be stronger. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) "The movie finds drama, not in telling the audience what it doesn't know, but in showing us people finding out the scope and dimension of what we already know, and then letting us see them react with shock, horror and a firm sense of purpose. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 31% By The Sea (2015) "Once we know what the couple's big mystery is, "By the Sea" doesn't make sense and begins to seem the one thing it hasn't all along - silly. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 53% I Smile Back (2015) "The movie's intelligent respect for that which is unknowable allows it to cover an enormous swath of ground in just 85 minutes. Sarah Silverman is very good in "I Smile Back," and the movie is even better. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 4, 2015
4/4 64% Spectre (2015) "One of the great satisfactions of "Spectre" is that, in addition to all the stirring action, and all the timely references to a secret organization ... we get to believe in Bond as a person. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 4, 2015
2/4 29% Burnt (2015) "The real issue is that everything about Adam's journey feels half digested and tossed back up. We've seen it before. It was better the first time. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) ""Our Brand Is Crisis" is in that annoying category of movie that sends audiences away thinking, "It's almost good, but something is off." " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 73% Suffragette (2015) "It's a movie that's easier to respect than love, but it is something to respect. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 28, 2015
2/4 96% Room (2015) "Abrahamson paces the movie as though the audience were in the palm of his hand, so that he follows slow scenes with musical interludes in which nothing happens, and he keep this up for 118 long, long minutes. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/4 88% Experimenter (2015) "Seemingly loose and free-associative in style, "Experimenter" builds to an effect and, for all its humor - or rather, through its humor-makes a sober and chilling point. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 61% Truth (2015) "Blanchett's journey from the top to the bottom is spellbinding - we see everything crumbling as through her eyes. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 22, 2015
1/4 69% Crimson Peak (2015) "Del Toro just goes for effect, and the effect he seems to be going for here is something like, "Ew, Guillermo, that's really gross." " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 21, 2015
3/4 81% Victoria (2015) "Obviously, no one should wish all films were shot like this. But the approach suits this story and these characters, and that's all it had to do. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Boyle films the proceedings on a slightly grainy stock that gives the movie just the hint of a documentary. There's propulsion and energy. He takes Sorkin's script and pumps it with amphetamines. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 14, 2015
3/4 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "It is, at times, not the easiest film to watch, but it's artfully made and will leave audiences feeling as if their world has expanded. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 14, 2015
4/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Steven Spielberg is so smooth, so good at what he does, that his best movies have a way of seeming inevitable, when they're the furthest thing from it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 14, 2015
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