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 51% Coming 2 America (2021) Ultimately "Coming 2 America" isn't a sequel that ruins the original. But it doesn't improve upon it, either. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 50% Boogie (2021) "Boogie" is a sometimes-fascinating film about the pull of culture and family on a teenager trying to figure out his complicated life. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
3.5/5 67% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) But I will say that "SpongeBob" is what we need all the time. The more the merrier. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3.5/5 69% Moxie (2021) Ultimately though, it has powerful moments and it's hard to complain too much about anything that introduces zines, Bikini Kill and the riot grrrl movement to another generation at a time it really needs it. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
3.5/5 98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) It's often said of films about artists that you don't have to be a fan of their work to like the movie. But why else would you watch? On the other hand, why wouldn't you be a fan of Eilish? - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
2.5/5 38% Cherry (2021) Meanwhile, the Russos are ensuring that you never forget you're watching a movie, and a stylized one at that. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/5 55% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) It's not perfect, but "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" is a reminder that it doesn't matter how many times we've heard these stories, in how many ways. We have to keep telling them, and never forget. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 80% I Care a Lot (2021) "I Care a Lot" is one big fattening hunk of dessert. You know it's bad for you even while you can't stop enjoying it. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Zhao has emerged as a brilliant storyteller, able to convey a lot of emotion in such a subtle way you don't even realize the wallop till a while after it's hit you. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
5/5 98% Minari (2020) "Minari" is as moving as it is entertaining, and it is a lot of both. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3/5 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) It is a film as brutal as it is beautiful, and it is quite beautiful. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
4.5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) The story is infuriating - not in the way King presents it, not at all, but in its details. The manipulation of justice is heartbreaking. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3.5/5 47% 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 92% 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 34% 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 88% 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 35% 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 77% 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 90% 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 95% 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 51% 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 88% 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 59% 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 55% 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 83% 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 77% 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 25% 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 83% 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 57% 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 62% 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 87% 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