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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
2/5 28% 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 82% 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 93% 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 33% 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 84% 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 88% 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 69% 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 88% 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 45% 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 78% 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
2.5/5 51% The Accountant (2016) In short, it's a smart idea turned into a dumb movie. "The Accountant" - apologies in advance - just doesn't add up. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 12, 2016
2.5/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) It is a somber slog through the lives of one miserable wretch after another. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 6, 2016
4/5 82% Girl Asleep (2016) Not every chance director Rosemary Myers takes in her debut feature pays off. But the point is, at least she takes some, and when they work, they work to perfection. ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 6, 2016