Randy Myers

Randy Myers

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Biography:
Contra Costa Times movie critic.
Publications:
Contra Costa Times , San Jose Mercury News
Total Reviews:
278

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 43% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Anyone offended by graphic violence, kinky sex and eyefuls of nudity should stay away. But for those who like their fiction hard-boiled like a rock and naughty to the bone, expect to be pleased, if not thoroughly satisfied." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/4 65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " This feel-good tale about an Indian family setting up a restaurant across the road from one with a Michelin star celebrates things all cultures can get behind: family, food and transformation." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " A summer comic-book movie that effortlessly makes you feel like a wide-eyed, happy kid again." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 30, 2014
2.5/4 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " In the overall Allen pantheon, "Magic in the Moonlight" falls somewhere in the middle. There is enough to recommend it." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 23, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " "Boyhood" is a cinematic gift, a compassionate and sometimes amusing drama about growing up that extracts truths out of what appear to be life's most random moments." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 24% Tammy (2014) " "Tammy" is all over the map. But mostly in a good way." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3.5/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " "Life Itself," filmmaker Steve James' moving tribute to America's most popular film critic, serves as a poignant reminder of what a distinguished journalist and courageous man he was." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/4 24% Third Person (2014) " Haggis has written and directed better films than "Third Person," and I bet he'll make even better ones in the future." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 25, 2014
3/4 80% Violette (2014) " Few films have conveyed with such understanding about how a creative soul taps into all that interior turmoil and then somehow shape these thoughts into artful prose that can scald and heal." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 25, 2014
3/4 66% The Rover (2014) " The scarcity of expository background took me a few minutes to adjust to. But part of "The Rover's" mission is to keep us off-kilter; making us question and seek out answers about what's happened before." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 17, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " "22 Jump Street" realizes its main goal is to be ridiculously fun and that to do so it must be utterly ridiculous, as well as in on the joke." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 11, 2014
3.5/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Wise and sometimes funny, delicately reminding us to live and love honestly and fully, while we all still have that gift." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3.5/4 86% Cold in July (2014) " These unique characters and performances breathe life into the moody world Mickle creates in this vivid, shocking thriller that sticks with you long afterward." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted May 28, 2014
3.5/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Days of Future Past toys with history, but stays true to its outsider roots, expressing them with conviction and a sense of narrative sure-footedness. Even better, it's timeless fun, a summer movie that engages and entertains us in equal measures." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted May 21, 2014
3/4 72% Palo Alto (2014) " While "Palo Alto" might not point the teen genre into revolutionary new directions, it does achieve a major goal: Putting its talented filmmaker and cast on the cinematic map." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted May 14, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " You sense a struggle playing out on the screen, as the movie tries too hard to please comic book fans, to one-up the action of the first film and to advance the story." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " While its discussions about supercomputers, transcendence and god complexes send red flags flying about the near future, the story's mainframe is faultily wired and in need of repair." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " It advances the story and respects mythos of its comic book creations, yet isn't averse to taking risks and moving it into bolder directions." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 31, 2014
2.5/4 41% Divergent (2014) " For a film about a defiant young heroine discovering she's a renegade nonconformist at heart, "Divergent" sure colors within the lines of the young-adult dystopian literature's playbook." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " A sobering message movie that still know hows to tickle us with a goofy ski chase that is joyously and purely Wes Anderson through and through." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 11, 2014
77% Teenage (2014) " [Director Matt Wolf] has transformed Jon Savage's book into a visionary cinematic statement." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Feb 26, 2014
2.5/4 21% Son Of God (2014) " What this well-intentioned film lacks in poise and polish, it makes up for in what faith-based audiences so hungrily seek: a passionate and compassionate interpretation for family viewing that portrays the Christ story with reverence." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3/4 68% About Last Night (2014) " In a genre that avoids risk-taking, "About Last Night" is a breath of fresh air, a fun "date" movie that is as satisfying -- at least temporarily -- as a rebound boyfriend. Sometimes that's all you need in a movie." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2.5/4 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " "The Monuments Men" has many good intentions. It's just unfortunate that it didn't have more spirit and a steady sense of what it should be." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Feb 5, 2014
1/4 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " Even though "Awkward" has its moments, it winds up lagging behind more daring endeavors on TV right now. The film industry had better keep up." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Cluttering this adaptation with so many identifiable actors and zooming in on them for Nora Desmond-like close-ups detracts from Letts' wounding blitz of sentences." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Whether he's on the phone luring someone to send him a check for a dicey investment, or flopping around the floor after ingesting too many quaaludes, DiCaprio hits the jackpot." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3.5/4 94% Her (2013) " Jonze is an adventurous filmmaker who's never afraid of falling flat on his face and whose risks often pay off. In "Her" he is a wise observer for a modern conundrum." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " There's not much of a plot to speak of, just a piercing, evocative sense of a time and place and the characters contained within it." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " Even with a freewheeling style, "Hustle" is never aimless. All that flash, sass and canny sense for detail hit the jackpot ..." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Even though "Smaug" clocks in at a seat-squirming length -- more than 2 1/2 hours -- it rarely feels padded." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 10, 2013
3/4 48% Black Nativity (2013) " It's a sweet-natured tale that goes down smoothly, and Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou") has done an admirable job of putting a contemporary spin on the beloved Hughes seasonal favorite from the '60s." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " One of this year's best and most thought-provoking blockbusters." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3.5/4 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " The screenplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack doesn't yield to pat pronouncements or solutions, refusing to turn Woodroof into a huggable savior, even when his views about gays shift." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Nov 5, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " This is not medicine for America to swallow; it's filmmaking of the highest caliber." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/4 34% The Counselor (2013) " The action is all but blatantly telegraphed, even as McCarthy keeps shuttling his characters around from Amsterdam to Mexico." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3.5/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " In lesser hands, his character's ordeal might have been portrayed with big punctuation marks and dramatic flourishes. Redford's reactions are honest, in tune with a man of the sea." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/4 97% Gravity (2013) " Nearly everything about "Gravity" feels right, from its appropriate but compact running time to its satisfying conclusion." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Oct 1, 2013
3/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " "Don Jon" is hardly as slick as its main character fancies himself, and that's OK. After all, as Gordon-Levitt's movie takes great pains to illustrate, what we constitute as perfection often proves to be a deceptive illusion." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Sep 24, 2013
3/4 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " A movie about disease and addiction should be messy and unruly. And while it happens so quickly and piles on a lot of drama, it's essential for audiences to venture right into that horrible center." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1/4 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " Hollywood has more than enough high-caliber young adult lit to mine. Filmmakers should tap into richer human stories. We mere mortals would dearly appreciate it." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Aug 22, 2013
69% The Happy Sad (2013) " Sexy and soapy, this modern-day romance about sexually adventurous couples mixing things up is a gem." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Aug 19, 2013
2.5/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) " For a sturdy 90 minutes, one of Marvel comic's most intriguing creations is served well by director James Mangold's "The Wolverine."" — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 24, 2013
3.5/4 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " While Jordan is responsible for making Oscar Grant come to life, Coogler deserves equal if not more praise for having so successfully created a sense of the world he lived in. " — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3.5/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " "Pacific Rim" creates its own language and its own mythology, and the result is one gloriously entertaining vision that leaves us in wide-eyed wonder." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/4 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " While it isn't as touching or as exuberantly funny as the original, it's a cute summer diversion for kids with just enough wink-wink slyness and cheeky cinematic asides to hold the interests of older teens and adults." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2/4 50% White House Down (2013) " Fails to deliver on the campaign promise that it will be as fun as the original "Die Hard."" — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 26, 2013
4/4 83% This Is the End (2013) " You never know exactly what lunacy lurks around the corner, or just how far Rogen and Goldberg will push the R rating to its limit." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3.5/4 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " On the surface, this indie does sound like standard-issue material, but its dynamics are far more complex than its simple exterior." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 4, 2013
3/4 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " It is DiCaprio who really burrows into the soul and the marrow of a classic. Luhrmann just grazes it." — San Jose Mercury News
Posted May 8, 2013
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