Bill Arceneaux

Bill Arceneaux
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
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 98% 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 81% 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 54% 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 91% 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 92% 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!) (2017) 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 71% 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 55% 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 95% 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 94% 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 70% 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 94% Us (2019) Seriously, Us is an instant classic from an instant player. - Big Easy Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
5/5 71% 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 86% 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
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 97% 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 97% 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 (2019) 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