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
3.5/5 100% Toy Story 4 (2019) The "Toy Story" saga felt fully complete without it, which makes this a movie that doesn't really need to exist, but whose existence doesn't diminish the whole, either. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2.5/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Ugh. "The Dead Don't Die" isn't bad, exactly. It's just that with all this talent and all this beautiful weirdness at hand, it could have been so much better. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Credit where it's due: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" is exactly what you think it is, nothing more and nothing less. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 90% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) It looks drop-dead gorgeous and, despite a few storytelling short cuts, it's unexpectedly moving. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 95% Shadow (2019) "Shadow" is absurdly entertaining once you get past that first introductory hurdle. But the rest of the film is well worth the wait. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 35% El Chicano (2019) There's a need for a Latino superhero film. "El Chicano" is not it. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 67% The White Crow (2019) It's a good movie, so smartly directed by Ralph Fiennes, who also appears as Nureyev's dance instructor, that at times it feels like an IQ test. But the story is intriguing and, ultimately, gripping enough to overcome all that. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 45% William (2019) The intentions here are noble, but the execution is too obvious and strained to make much of a lasting impact. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) There's no way to know in the moment you're admiring this that it carries meaning that informs the rest of the film. That's just terrific filmmaking. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It may be haphazard and loosely focused. But thanks to Skarsgård it's never really boring. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) It's a weird little genre, the sick-teen romance. "Five Feet Apart" winds up as just a pedestrian entry in it, because it tries way too hard on the melodrama front. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/5 81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) If you love art, "Ruben Brandt, Collector" is a non-stop visual fest, from the first frame till the last. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) A movie can only be a pleasant surprise once. So it goes with "Happy Death Day 2U," the inevitable, and perhaps inevitably disappointing, follow-up to the 2017 hit "Happy Death Day." - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) "Cold Pursuit" is the kind of movie that places its tongue firmly in cheek - and then chops off the whole head. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) "Capernaum" is a tough slog, no doubt, even by tough-slog standards. But that's a big part of what makes it so rewarding. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins brings an urgency to "If Beale Street Could Talk," along with the melancholy of problems still yet to be solved. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
4.5/5 66% Vice (2018) Uses flashes of absurdity and whimsy, along with drama and documented facts, to give us a portrait of a man who quietly accumulated wealth and power while no one else was looking. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
4/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Mostly we just exist in the moment with Tucker, and that's fine, because we're existing with Redford, too. "The Old Man & the Gun" is his film, ultimately, and that's fine. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/5 73% The Children Act (2018) [Thompson] is so good that she overwhelms the story's shortcomings. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
4.5/5 95% Blaze (2018) It's the kind of movie that, if you give yourself to it, you'll love. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4.5/5 94% Bisbee '17 (2018) In some respects "Bisbee '17" serves as a kind of therapy for the town. But it's still difficult material. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Sneaks up on you, little by little, till the final scene smacks you in the face. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) If you like Hornby's work, you'll like "Juliet, Naked." If you don't? Well, the soundtrack is pretty swell, and it's really great to see Rose Byrne get a chance to shine. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) The story is fine, but the movie features a terrific performance by Jonathan Pryce and a flat-out brilliant one from Glenn Close, who dials up a slow burn for the ages. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
3.5/5 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) There's more to the film than lurid stories, though there are an awful lot of lurid stories. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) I'd watch every episode of a reality show with a camera following Awkwafina while she attends parties of the rich and famous while cracking wise about them. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/5 7% Slender Man (2018) "Slender Man" bravely goes against the well-established notion that scary movies should be scary. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2.5/5 46% The Meg (2018) Whether you like The Meg depends on how much you like seeing Jason Statham in and out of a wetsuit, doing action-hero things. He's certainly good at it, and he's the best thing about the movie, not that the competition is particularly fierce. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 95% Dark Money (2018) "Dark Money" exposes the dangers of unbridled, anonymous political spending so expertly that it will make you fume with anger, practically quake with distress. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/5 62% Dog Days (2018) It's all pretty by-the-book romantic-comedy stuff, with dogs thrown in for additional adorableness. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4.5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) "BlacKkKlansman" is Spike Lee's best movie in years, bringing together everything that makes him such a dynamic, exciting, urgent filmmaker - as well as some of what can drive you crazy about him, too. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4/5 83% Puzzle (2018) The acting is uniformly good, but Macdonald is excellent. She captures the frustrations Agnes didn't even know she had, and her performance is authentic throughout. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
4/5 99% McQueen (2018) "McQueen" is an intriguing look at genius, its inspiration and ultimately its cost. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Death of a Nation (2018) D'Souza fans and Trump apologists will flock to this, misguided moths to a misleading flame. In that way, it's a perfect representation of the current climate. In every other way, it's a mess. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
4.5/5 94% Blindspotting (2018) This is a movie that should be seen. You will think about it for a long time, wrestling with the questions it asks and doesn't always answer, at least not in a traditional way. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) "Fallout" plays like a kind of "Mission: Impossible" greatest-hits album. If you like the franchise, you'll love it. If you don't ... well, you still might. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3.5/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" sometimes plays more like an acting class than a proper movie. But with acting this good it's difficult to complain. Much. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4.5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) The transition between junior high and high school is exhilarating, traumatic, funny and horrifying, and Bo Burnham's "Eighth Grade" captures the whole experience perfectly. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3.5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Goes from agreeably strange to weird to surreal, but its brilliance lies in how it never stops feeling real, genuine, lived-in. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2.5/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) You know this movie is stupid because, well, it stars Dwayne Johnson and it's called "Skyscraper." What you may not know is how stupid. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Tim Wardle's documentary contains as many twists as a great thriller. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/5 69% Damsel (2018) "Damsel" takes most of the elements you've ever seen in a Western and tweaks some, twists others and comes up with something unusual and mostly satisfying. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/5 54% The First Purge (2018) "The First Purge" follows the franchise tradition of taking what could have been an intriguing idea, stays with it for about the amount of time it takes to eat a small popcorn, then slices and dices it and guns it down in an orgy of over-the-top violence. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) We'll get back to the fight against Thanos soon enough. Enthusiasts can resume arguing over various aspects of Marvel minutiae then. For now, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is a nice break. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3.5/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" is less a political film and much more a straightforward action movie. The adrenaline is undeniable, and even when things get a little sketchy, there's always Del Toro. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/5 61% Uncle Drew (2018) You don't watch "Uncle Drew" for dramatic depth. You watch it to see great basketball players goof around. And, for better or worse, that's what you get. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4.5/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) "Leave No Trace" is a beautiful film, heartbreaking in the self-awareness - both existing and burgeoning - of its characters. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/5 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) J.A. Bayona's film never figures out what it wants to be, casting about for a coherent tone. Thanks in large part to Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow's script, it doesn't find one. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2.5/5 56% Tag (2018) "Tag" is one of those movies that's better than you'd think. But you'd think it's flat-out awful, so don't get your hopes up too much. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It's good - funny, smart and contemporary. By definition it can't be as groundbreaking as the first film, but never does it feel like a cash grab. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018