Bill Arceneaux

Bill Arceneaux
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 72% 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 79% 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 40% 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 93% 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 86% 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 85% 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 81% 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 97% 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
5/5 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Hale County has determination in spite of sensory trauma. It never rests, nor should it. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A movie of our better angels being put to the test. It's a film of realism certainly, romantics completely, and love eternally. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2.5/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) A confounding smash-up of genres, of societal themes, and of various fantasy mythologies, making for a film that is equally as interesting as I am personally disturbed by it. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Cuaron brings new definition to what is considered a "spectacle". Indeed, Roma is spectacular. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) If we are to think of cinema as escapism, and we also consider what we're escaping from and what we're escaping into, Spider-Verse isn't a mere crowd-pleaser; it's a major accomplishment. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
5/5 94% CAM (2018) It's dystopian now. It's a road that follows back into itself, repeating on and on. It's a data-mosh where all that matters in this or that world is persona. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Olivia Colman, if there is any justice in this world, ought to get an Academy Award for her tragically pathetic and miserably afraid turn. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Not a documentary but more, THE GREAT BUSTER is quite a lovely way to round out a year of modern classics. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) If Lars Von Trier were to make a toilet humor/fart joke farce, The House That Jack Built would be it. This conceit alone is disturbing but goes farther ... - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Shakedown (2018) An artifact of a bygone time and place than anything. Weinraub captures everything, from interviews to in your face/fly on the wall conversations, with attentiveness and courage, spending the kind of effort only someone who truly cares would give. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) This new entry plays things just above safe, being a crazy good crowd pleaser that is both level-headed and daring, but within set limits. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
4/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Scruggs is a cinematic achievement of the marriage between the strange and the mainstream, of the reconciliation between the legendary and the literal, and of the push/pull between the known and the unknown. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
5/5 66% Suspiria (2018) The beads of sweat coming off my brow and from my pits made for some discomfort but didn't rival the uncomfortable horror, the unnerving attractiveness, and ultimately the deeply embedded sounds and images the film put forth. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
5/5 98% Thunder Road (2018) It's a singular performance in a singular movie, to be certain. One that will have you smiling and teary-eyed for various - right or wrong - reasons. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
5/5 100% Chained for Life (2018) The finest, funniest, and most cryptically thoughtful film on the subject (of ableism) that I've seen in this or any year. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Jaws will be dropped and cheers will be had from watching this one, which is already a frontrunner for my best of the year list. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
5/5 80% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) Enthralling from first to final frame, Have a Nice Day stays constant in tone but ever evolving in how the content changes our perspectives. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
4/5 82% Tragedy Girls (2017) Tragedy Girls evokes and provokes, pushing the label of the protagonist and our relationship with/understanding of the "hero/heroes" in a given story. Time will tell where it'll rank among this decade's best movies. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
5/5 67% Golden Exits (2018) Golden Exits is a post love, post-passion and pro anti-depressant film. It is expressing its own curiosity at what it feels to be the inevitable conclusion of youth and living like there's no tomorrow. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/5 63% The Rainbow Experiment (2018) Don't let the many characters fool or overwhelm you, as it isn't some sort of exam for the audience. There are many details hidden and expressed directly in each shot that gives the story obsessive something to salivate over. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is a cinematic fight for that world, one that could be born out of creativity and dreaming. Out of romance. Out of the movies. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is smoothly tender and will speak to everyone everywhere, in unexpectedly sweet and cutely funny ways, if you give it a chance to do so - which I hope you do. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 57% LBJ (2017) Sincere in its duty but concerned in its thought, LBJ ranks as an excellent adaptation of Johnson. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is magic in the real. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
2.5/5 71% Dayveon (2017) A story that doesn't quite live up to its spirit filled images and lofty vision, but will sting no matter what? Lay off the honey, this writer says to himself. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Slimed (2010) There is beauty to be had in these low-budget images...Slimed is at its best when it just scratches the surface of its "message" and lets the events unravel and wash over us all. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
0/5 33% Kuso (2017) Kuso commits a violation far worse than gross toilet level existence; it's straight boring. A moebius strip of distasteful sickness. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3.5/5 94% Gook (2017) [Gook] slipped on the words, but understood the music. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
5/5 86% Okja (2017) Okja is biting with tenderness and edginess. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/5 50% Burning Annie (2003) Burning Annie very much is a dissection and reworking of the arcs and lessons of Annie Hall, clever and introspective. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
1.5/5 No Score Yet People (2016) Its grand intentions can't keep pace with its wordy nature, its heavy handed and blunt conversations or its story that feels more like a moebius strip than an elliptical. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
5/5 87% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night is not an easily watched time at the cinema, but through its perilous devastation and mood is a rewarding and valuable time, spent with your own anxiety and the lump in your throat that you try to choke down. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet I'm Not Fascinating - The Movie I'm Not Fascinating gets in and gets out with enough funny to not leave regret in its wake. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
5/5 69% Free Fire (2017) A violent romp, a mishmash of tropes and personalities, an example of what can be done when a director sits back and focuses more on the aftermath of an inciting incident than worrying about chapters or resolutions. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
5/5 85% Sylvio (2017) No matter what, Sylvio gave me belly laughs and evocative feels. Thus far, it is my favorite film of the year. A most disturbing year, but still. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) A perfect example of what is perceived as "escapism." - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
2.5/5 63% Before I Fall (2017) However good Before I Fall is at painting its portrait of a teenager in an existential crisis most severe, it is equally bad at giving way to schmaltz. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Fare (2016) To fully elaborate on this summation would be to undercut the surprise and impact Fare is sure to have on unsuspecting viewers. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017