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Bill Goodykoontz

Bill Goodykoontz
Bill Goodykoontz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Arizona Republic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 82% The Founder (2017) "The Founder" examines a kind of bigger-is-better, bullying capitalism that is, for the moment at least, celebrated. That doesn't make it a better movie, but it does make it a timely one. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) If it sounds like not much happens in this film, well, have you ever seen a Jim Jarmusch movie? ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/5 76% Split (2017) After that streak of deadly misfires it's nice to see Shyamalan enjoying himself again. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 18, 2017
2/5 24% The Bye Bye Man (2017) What we're left with are a few PG-13 murders, uninspired performances, some not-so-scary urban legends and a couple of actresses who must be wondering how they got here. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/5 83% Julieta (2016) The director of films like "Talk to Me," "Volver," "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" and "All About My Mother" has made a movie a bit more reserved, but still richly satisfying. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 90% 20th Century Women (2017) If you're looking for the big plot twist, the dramatic breakdown, the heroic action or some other revelation, you won't find it here. Instead we see a woman working through her life, albeit in unconventional ways. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/5 79% Patriots Day (2017) A well-meaning, well-executed movie that tells the story of the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013 as a crime thriller - an interesting choice that works well, for the most part. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/5 34% Live By Night (2017) People love to pile on Ben Affleck, and "Live by Night" isn't going to help his case. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 83% Silence (2017) There is a fair amount of repetition here, and the film is too long (two hours and 41 minutes). But it is also gorgeous, stunningly so, and powerful. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 100% Cameraperson (2016) "Cameraperson" shows us the power of image as a tool of recording life, but also finds reasons that even in the worst situations, it's still worth living. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) OK, now Isabelle Huppert is just showing off. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/5 87% Lion (2016) If you don't cry at the conclusion you need to retrieve your heart out of cold storage. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 95% Fences (2016) "Fences" is a feast of brilliant acting, in a story that's sometimes as difficult as it is powerful. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/5 70% Sing (2016) It's not terrible - truly, there are too many good people involved here for that to be the case. It's just not what it could have been. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 31% Passengers (2016) The film rises and falls on the talents of Pratt and Lawrence, and they are considerable. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 19, 2016
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) If you have friends who say they don't make good movies anymore, drag them to this. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 14, 2016
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) "Rogue One" stands on its own, an entry that is at once part of the "Star Wars" franchise (obviously) but also separate - a tougher, grittier film. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 13, 2016
2.5/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) It's barely a movie at all, more just a bunch of strung-together set pieces about a wild party that features a group of really funny people operating below their station. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain gets to play pushy, angry, smart, hurt, almost sympathetic and more. This role is a real showcase for her formidable talents. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) It's not a one-woman show but it's clearly Portman's film, and she makes the most of it, helping Larrain to answer the question: How are myths made? ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/5 95% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) Perrin and Cluzaud let their camera do the talking, which is a wise decision - it speaks volumes. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2.5/5 46% The Duelist (Duelyant) (2016) The look of the movie is still the most appealing thing about it. Whether you watch a film on a giant screen or an iPhone, the format doesn't untangle messy plot threads. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 95% The Love Witch (2016) It's a lot of fun. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 24, 2016
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) "Manchester by the Sea" is a masterpiece in a minor key, an exploration of grief that never lets its characters - or its audience - off the hook. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/5 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) There are intriguing elements here, expertly made. Beatty is always fascinating to watch. But "Rules Don't Apply" needed a few more rules applied if it were to fully succeed. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/5 95% Moana (2016) "Moana" is a welcome step forward in its message and its look, and for young women characters in this type of film. It's a way without many satisfying twists and turns, but forward nevertheless. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/5 61% Allied (2016) "Allied" is a decent movie, but frustrating - it should have been great, but never gets out of its own way long enough to be. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 21, 2016
2/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) The plot takes a backseat to the insults and gross-out lines. Fine, maybe, but it's been done - in the 2003 film. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 21, 2016
3.5/5 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) An interesting story buoyed by good acting that feels - and this is a lazy word but the appropriate one - weird. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Steinfeld is outstanding. Good thing, too, because in lesser hands Nadine would be insufferable. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Yes, it's a boxing comeback story. But the car accident makes it different, and Teller and Eckhart make it better than it ought to be. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) There's a story within a story here, one more compelling and relatable than the other. Perhaps that's by design. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) "Fantastic Beasts" feels very much like its own thing, worthy of its own attention and box-office. It's an entertaining, visually stunning film that doesn't require Potter knowledge to enjoy (though it would probably help). ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 16, 2016
3.5/5 89% Do Not Resist (2016) As chilling as it is one-sided. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 14, 2016
3/5 48% Almost Christmas (2016) Even with the revolving door of characters and plot developments, there are some laughs in "Almost Christmas." ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 89% Loving (2016) This is a drama, but it's also a horror story. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) [A] terrific, haunting film that plays with our expectations - and rewards us with satisfying left turns. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3.5/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) A good movie, a straightforward story of faith and courage whose complications arise not in the story, but in the telling of it. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Derrickson's use of computer-generated action is a strength instead of a strain, and it's not just showing off; in the context of the film, the bizarre images make sense. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 2, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) "Moonlight" is a minor miracle, a movie that mines beauty out of the ugliest situations, and a glimmer of hope from heartbreak. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 2, 2016
2/5 33% The Pickle Recipe (2016) "The Pickle Recipe" is one of those movies that has its heart in the right place. And almost nothing else. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4.5/5 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Everything in "The Handmaiden" is ripe, sensual, rich. There's no beauty in chopping off fingers, it's true. But it can be artfully done. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) The kind of movie that stops - and stoops - to explain, early and often. Not that the explanations amount to much; the movie makes almost no sense. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) I like Cruise. But he's just going through the motions here. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/5 77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) A straight-up Western that hits its target by aiming low. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/5 23% American Pastoral (2016) The acting is good, but there's something missing - the fire of the turbulent 1960s in which the movie is set, which consumes the family at the center of the story but never ignites the film itself. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 90% Certain Women (2016) The acting is good throughout the film, but Gladstone and Stewart are a step up from everyone else. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 79% American Honey (2016) "American Honey" is a remarkable movie, which doesn't mean it's perfect - its imperfections, in fact, are what help make it so urgent, so vital, so real. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 13, 2016
4/5 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Lassgard manages to keep us from completely hating and giving up on him at the beginning of the film - no small trick - and allows us to care for him without engaging in maudlin sentimentality at the end. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/5 60% Desierto (2016) Immigration remains a politically hot topic, one that cries out for nuanced, reasoned examination in a thoughtful film. "Desierto" isn't it. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 13, 2016