Bill Goodykoontz

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 50% The Little Things (2021) It's got an interesting structure - it's not just about catching a killer but also about revealing Deke's story. But it ultimately suffers for that, the dueling narratives not blending together so much as competing. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
4.5/5 91% The White Tiger (2020) Director Ramin Bahrani's film, which he also wrote and based on Aravind Adiga's novel, is so entertainingly made it's easy to overlook the dark nature of the path Balram takes... - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3.5/5 33% No Man's Land (2021) The movie's path is as predictable as Jackson's, but it's beautifully shot and the idea is a good one - reversing the typical border-crosser-on-the-run idea. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3.5/5 90% The Dig (2021) For a movie about an archaeological excavation, "The Dig" certainly has a lot of unearthing to do. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
2.5/5 34% The Marksman (2021) There are more clichés than bullets flying around in "The Marksman," an action movie starring Liam Neeson and all that implies. And there are a lot of bullets. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
4.5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) King, so good an actor herself, draws genuine performances from each actor. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
4/5 99% MLK/FBI (2021) That's what "MLK/FBI" drives home - that the more we see King as a human and not an icon, the greater his accomplishments become. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
4/5 97% The Dissident (2020) We are daily reminded of the importance of a free media, of free speech. "The Dissident" is a reminder of how far some governments will go to suppress it. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/5 93% Herself (2021) Dunne performance is quietly assured; Sandra's strength may waver, but it never falters. You root for her. You root for the movie, something that Lloyd purposely makes difficult to do at times. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
3.5/5 78% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) Luckily Moretz is there to bring you back in. She can't make the stupid sublime, but in "Shadow in the Cloud" she at least makes it something worth sticking around for. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
4/5 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) How much is too much? Fennell hasn't quite figured that out, which makes the film all the more intriguing. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 96% Soul (2020) Like the best Pixar films, "Soul" isn't just for kids. There are lessons here for all ages, some surprisingly complex. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) Again, it's not a bad film. And Clooney's hollowed-out performance - truly, he seems exhausted by life and disgusted by humanity, with a notable exception - is effective. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
4/5 87% News of the World (2020) Words have power, and Kidd - like Greengrass and Hanks - knows how to use them. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
4/5 60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) It's not that it's lacking in chaos. It just uses chaos more judiciously. That's fitting for a film about wretched excess, about getting what you want and realizing that maybe you were better off without it. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
4.5/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) "Ma Rainey" does look and feel like a play a lot of the time, but in this instance it's not a detriment. It's a character study, yes. But it also navigates the Black experience, territory Wilson's work often explores. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
70% A Recipe for Seduction (2020) There's no question you have to go into "A Recipe for Seduction" with the right attitude (which is basically low expectations). Even if you do, it's not exactly delicious. But it is kind of tasty. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
3.5/5 96% The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) It is, however, a sometimes fascinating look at a career that had highs and lows even fans may not know about, as well as the tricky dynamics of creating music with your family. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3.5/5 89% Let Them All Talk (2020) "Let Them All Talk" is a low-key success. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/5 57% The Prom (2020) Good intentions abound in "The Prom," Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of the Broadway musical. That's almost enough. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
4/5 96% Sound of Metal (2020) It's Ahmed's movie, really, the kind of all-in performance necessary to elevate a film like this to more than it might have been otherwise. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3.5/5 82% Mank (2020) "Mank" is all over the place. It's an obvious labor of love for Fincher, which may explain that. But it's a good movie that is at least in part about the making of a great one. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
3.5/5 78% Uncle Frank (2020) Alan Ball's "Uncle Frank" is a wonderfully warm film about coming out and growing up. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) Like the first film, "The Croods: A New Age" is a pleasant enough movie. It may not make you forget the original, but only because you probably already had. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
2/5 64% Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020) This is a song-and-dance version of the holiday transformation story. It's just not a particularly good one. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 83% Freaky (2020) It's a good movie. It's a great idea. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3.5/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) "Hillbilly Elegy" ultimately is not the movie a lot of people thought it would be. Whether that's a good or a bad thing, you'll have to decide after you've seen it. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
2/5 45% Fatman (2020) File "Fatman" in the missed opportunities file. It could have - should have - been fun. Instead, it's just a mess. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
4/5 78% Lucky Them (2014) "Lucky Them" isn't a great film, all told, but thanks to the good-natured performances and the general vibe, it's an immensely enjoyable one. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
3.5/5 82% Let Him Go (2020) It's a throwback slow-burn thriller and an over-the-top scenery-chewing buffet - sometimes in the same scene. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3.5/5 56% Come Play (2020) "Come Play" is a promising debut, one that makes you interested in what Chase comes up with next. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" is certainly funny. It's just not the flash of inspiration the first movie was - it can't be. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2.5/5 49% The Witches (2020) Maybe it's aimed at younger children than the original (and certainly the book), but Zemeckis, a co-writer of the script, sweetens the story too much. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 39% Rebecca (2020) "Rebecca" does a competent job of remaking a classic film that wasn't exactly screaming for it. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
No Score Yet Driving While Black (2020) Informative, infuriating and almost shockingly of the moment even when addressing issues 400 years ago, it is two hours well spent. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2.5/5 61% Nocturne (2020) In other words, there's catharsis in all this, like there is in any decent horror movie. "Nocturne" suggests that now in particular there's some in less-decent ones, too. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3.5/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) "On the Rocks" is a funny film, warm for the most part except when it's not - and needs not to be. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
4.5/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Breezy for a serious topic, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is something unexpected, fun. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2.5/5 28% Antebellum (2020) Don't misunderstand - any film that reminds us that the work for equality is far from done is traveling a worthy path. This one just could have done it better. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3.5/5 73% Mulan (2020) Is it going to save Hollywood? No, probably not. But it might save your Friday night, and that's not nothing. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4.5/5 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Good for Kaufman for demanding the attention and the effort of the audience. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Just go with it. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 24% The Binge (2020) There is an underlying sweetness to the film. It's hidden under mounds of cocaine and gallons of booze, but it's there. A commitment to friendship is what really drives the movie. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3.5/5 87% Get Duked! (2020) If you're up for an absurdist comedy-horror take on "The Most Dangerous Game" that involves murder, bad hip-hop and hallucinogenic rabbit poop, "Get Duked!" is the movie for you. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
4/5 78% The 24th (2020) It's a sobering reminder, during the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, how undervalued Black lives have been, and for so long, in this country. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/5 61% Project Power (2020) [W]hile some of the action is pretty intense, the actual charm of the movie lies in the chemistry Fishback develops with her co-stars. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4.5/5 94% Boys State (2020) No spoilers here on the results. But "Boys State" reminds us that no matter what the outrage of the moment might be, we're playing a long game, and you hope good wins out. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3.5/5 64% The Swamp (2020) It turns out to be all talk for the most part, but it is an interesting conversation, and an intriguing, if sometimes flawed, film. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
2.5/5 72% An American Pickle (2020) "An American Pickle" is the kind of movie that never quite decides what it wants to be. Pick a lane, as they say. Otherwise, you're all over the place. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
94% The Weight of Gold (2020) An honest, difficult look at the lives of those who we typically would be celebrating right now, without knowing the full story. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020