Bill Arceneaux

Bill Arceneaux
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sex Madness Revealed (2018) Worth a chuckle here and there, Sex Madness Revealed starts clever and fun but ends painted into a corner of its own making. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
1.5/5 61% The Riot Act (2018) A poor stage act, this is. An unfortunate disappointment. - Cinema isN'T Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 67% Human Capital (2019) I can only offer light cheer for this movie. It's a chance for these veteran actors to carve out and chow down on something with meat, even if they have to provide all of the bite. - Cinema isN'T Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Geeky but not too niche. Heavy but not over our heads. Choppy but never muddled. Appreciative and eager. - Cinema isN'T Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet My Soul to Keep (2019) A beautiful looking feature-length movie with a story meant for a short. Still, something about a haunted house battle between a kid armed with flashlights and a being of darkness is appealing. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The True Don Quixote (2019) In its own way, Poche's adaptation goes for the gut by letting Tim Blake Nelson hit at the soul of what it all means now. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 69% Joker (2019) A disturbing but somewhat courageous portrait of someone who loses everything but somehow wins most victoriously - at least, in his mind. Uncomfortable and righteous. - Cinema isN'T Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
5/5 77% Knives and Skin (2019) KNIVES AND SKIN bends genre to its will and brings up emotions that were subtly held deep inside us all, to the goosebumps that cover our arms. - Cinema isN'T Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Some quirks here, some added observations there, some action around the corner, and you have what is a somewhat enjoyable if potentially disappointing popcorn-muncher. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
5/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) It feels true because it IS true. Grave, stark, but important. Never looks away from anything. - Cinema isN'T Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 86% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) A devastating but honest observation. Accomplishes a story more interesting than plain, but plain none the less. - Cinema isN'T Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet MOOP (2019) Edited with the ferocity of a madman, MOOP lives as open, humble, and bold as can be while, for better and worse, leaving itself vulnerable to periodic chuckling. That's ok, as the colors and sounds will dazzle the mind often enough. - Rogue Sagan EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 91% Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2019) It's a cauldron of revolution and a gesture in humanity, this special is. Wonderful, really. - Rogue Sagan EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There's suspense in the comedy, there's comedy in the chilling, there's tenderness in the manly, and there's a fairy tale above a city most ruthless. A breath of mountain air. Purely wonderful. - Rogue Sagan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Werewolf Ninja Philosopher (2019) The hard to believe surprise of 2019 that I was looking for. Hard to believe that I could be so turned upside down by a film and that such a film could speak to my own weirdness so acutely. It's a rarity for sure. - Neaux Reel Idea EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
3.5/5 59% Ophelia (2019) With a score filled with whispers most haunting, OPHELIA has a richness in design, from top to bottom. Suffice to say, the craft on display is second to none, expressing the tragedy of what happened and more interestingly what could've been. - Neaux Reel Idea EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 63% Child's Play (2019) Could CHILD'S PLAY be that rare instance of an 80s remake that gets things right? Yes, it could be. It eschews that decade's aesthetic for a modern look, but still captures that old-ish mentality of Reaganomics gory satire. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) TOY STORY 4 handles its heavy doses of philosophical queries with maturity, nuance, and tenderness, never once eyeballing the children in the audience, never once demanding not enough or too much. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
4/5 82% Fast Color (2019) Through visions of family and generational trauma, Fast Color stands tall as a specialty listing, something I would call a "Pre-Power" story. When that power comes alive, the results reach fantastical heights. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
5/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) There's nothing bland about DEAD's compositions or scenarios, as still as they may be perceived. Really, plenty is happening from ear to ear. Just listen and look. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 100% Pause (2019) A gender-specific and culturally unique crisis done up in a lively landscape fraught with a wide range of emotional, vengeful, and feared imaginations. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Luke & Jo (2018) Digs in with surprising revelations and beautifully rendered bouts with faith. This faith could be with something/someone "higher" or it could be with ourselves. If it works, fine. But don't forget your feet on the ground and the support next door. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
0/5 No Score Yet Hallowed Ground (2019) Hallowed Ground is pretty terrible, you know, but more laughable than anything. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 90% I Am Mother (2019) There is science to this fiction, and that science may be too terrifying for some viewers to consider or accept. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
1/5 91% Starfish (2019) Bold, to say the least, and frustratingly pretentious to say the most. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
1.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Sanctimonious in bad places and incoherent in even worse ones. It does have heart and a definite sense of wanting. That should go a long way. It should. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
5/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) A joy to watch and a pleasure to think about. The new BOWFINGER. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/5 84% Porno (2019) Has just enough to get us through a hump but not enough to pull us to complete satisfaction. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2.5/5 54% Ma (2019) Spencer taps into something true and terrifying in all of us and that's the real horror in this. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Assimilate (2019) Assimilate, for better or worse, is happy to be around. Is glad to be watched. Is fortunate to be allowed in our eyes. It's very much a humble film, and that's rare. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Thoughtful and dedicated to the mission of history and the contrasting of then to now. An absolutely stunning chronicle. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
5/5 89% Burning Cane (2019) Resonates with the sound of thunder and the energy of a lightning bolt. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
5/5 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) An enigma on top of an enigma, contradicting and solving itself at once. That's quite the feat for any director, and even more of one for any moviegoer to sit through and enjoy. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) A splendid surprise and an equally happy achievement in erasing the erasures and righting some wrongs of the past. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) That (the movie) exists indeed and does so with much vigor, much energy, much love is a wonderment all alone. And that it works on such an impactful level is a testament to Cervantes' classic and to Terry Gilliam's very spirit. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Two and a half hours of plot for thirty minutes of magically divine statuesque iconography that's, surprisingly, worth the seat. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
5/5 71% Relaxer (2019) It's endearing, hilarious, and disgusting all at once, before a whiff of a finale that's bold and cosmic. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
5/5 93% Us (2019) Seriously, Us is an instant classic from an instant player. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
5/5 70% Climax (2019) Utterly insane and righteous, Climax not only further establishes Gaspar Noe as a Jodorowsky infused Kubrick stan but also as someone with whom the essence of drama is not lost upon. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) One of the sweetest - not cutesy - entries in the franchise, not to mention cheer-inducing and strong. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 38% Donnybrook (2019) America, as designed by Sutton and crew, is vibrant in its decay and alive in ways that make you appreciate what little you have. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
5/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) For all of its ninety minutes, High Flying Bird is a commanding force, instigating provocation of and directly encouraging serious thought. - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Buddies (1985) Buddies might be minimalist in production and design, but it's grand and courageous at heart. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) In the face of negative space, The Lego Movie 2 finds a way to break through the occasional tedium and make something I'd like to launch into infinity, as a message from us Earthlings. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1.5/5 44% DriverX (2018) DriverX is the movie version of that Simpsons meme where Principal Skinner asks aloud "Am I out of touch?" - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/5 80% A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) In the end, A Boy Called Sailboat inflicts a forced sense of whimsy that never feels rightfully portrayed or right as is. - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3.5/5 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) A movie that goes from disappointment and told you so-ism to we can still turn this around attitude, with the asterisk of "if we want to". - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) Beneath the fun cooking and wildlife anecdotes is an inquisitive motion of unwavering notions about the coast, tradition, and ways of life and family. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Never once is this a story that obstructs its telling to show off skill and craft, always technically nuanced and always engrossing. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Organizer (2017) The Organizer works as manifesto and living myth, turning action into righteous being and people into superheroes, never really taking a break or breath. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019