Bill Newcott

Bill Newcott
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Bill Newcott is the award-winning film critic for The Saturday Evening Post, SaturdayEveningPost.com and MoviesForTheRestOfUs.com and producer/host of the Saturday Evening Post's "Movies For The Rest Of Us" YouTube series. He is the creator of AARP's Movies For Grownups franchise, where he reviewed films for 16 years. His most memorable movie moment was co-hosting an evening of films with Robert Osborne on Turner Classic Movies.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 84% No Time To Die (2021) In the best Bond tradition... offers up implausibilities with shameless abandon, like a helpful bartender serving one martini after another, fully aware that each serving is dulling your critical thinking skills. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
4/5 73% The Guilty (2021) A taut, twisting tale of madness and misdirection. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
3/5 29% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) There are questionable plot hooks and discordant character changes aplenty, but all is well thanks to a buoyant song score and flawless performances from all involved. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
3/5 67% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) Tammy Faye is relentlessly respectful when it comes to faith - it's religion, and the seemingly irresistible human compulsion to utilize it as a cudgel of control, that the filmmakers can't stand. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
4/5 90% Wild Indian (2021) It's clear there's no happy ending in store...Yet there is undeniable joy in discovering a master of the screen acting art, buoyed by an insightful script and splendid cast, fully formed yet somehow just arrived. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2021
4/5 80% Free Guy (2021) If you're not having fun watching Free Guy, don't demand your money back - insist that someone call 911. - Movies For The Rest Of Us EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
2/5 90% The Suicide Squad (2021) The jocular élan with which the Squad dispatches victims is a trademark of the franchise. And they don't just slaughter bad guys: - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
5/5 88% The Green Knight (2021) The Green Knight is, simply, not home screen material. To witness...David Lowery's epic...on anything other than the largest screen possible would be like reducing the Grand Canyon to a postcard; the Sistine Chapel to a page in a coloring book. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 97% The Lost Leonardo (2021) A head-spinning yarn...populated by self-important art experts, steely-eyed Russian oligarchs, and haughty auction house owners whose only vested interest in the authenticity of the painting lies in how much they can get for it. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/5 62% The God Committee (2021) We didn't need a movie to tell us we never want our fates... before a room of disinterested experts. The revelation of The God Committee, however, is just how many unhealthy people reside on either side of that life-or-death equation. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
4/5 64% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) Football often inspires... movies that could reduce a mad-dog lineman to a blubbering softie. Add to that list...12 Mighty Orphans. It's football - and orphans! - Movies For The Rest Of Us EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
4/5 94% In the Heights (2021) In this joyously tuneful adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, not only are the streets singing; so are the sidewalks, the tenements, the very air this colorful collection of endearing characters breathe. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
3/5 58% Georgetown (2019) A guilty pleasure that trades on the occasional pleasures of guilt. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
4/5 74% Cruella (2021) A movie that knows precisely when to pull the levers of familiarity and when to whirl off into some unexpected realm of dark whimsy. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
4/5 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) Writer/director/editor Robert Machoian...doesn't urge us to look for the private pain of those around us; he merely asks that we understand it's always there, whether in large measure or small. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
4/5 85% Tiny Tim: King for a Day (2021) The naive, waif-like singer who stubbornly resisted hewing to musical norms of the time comes off a lot better here than the rest of us do. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 48% Here Today (2021) Here Today clicks...when the comics get to be funny. But...like Jerry Lewis before him, Crystal seems to have a pathological need to remind us that the clown also knows how to cry. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 25% Voyagers (2021) It's frankly a tough sell to accept social moralizing from a gang of Barbie and Ken clones. Not surprisingly, the film works best when it settles into being a straight-up outer space adventure yarn, briskly paced and lushly envisioned. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
4/5 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) We hang on every sentimental clip-clop, drinking in the film's earnest performances and its distinctive glimpse of a big-city lifestyle that we can't help but fear is even now riding off into the sunset. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 86% The Courier (2020) Patriotism and heroism inform every frame of The Courier , a film that comes at a time when those terms have become perilously cheap, too often confused with selfishness and chest beating. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
4/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Boseman's final scene, a mystical passage in which one of the Bloods envisions Norman visiting him with a message of forgiveness, was originally merely the emotional high point of the film; now it seems almost supernaturally inspired. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
5/5 98% The Father (2021) Hopkins' Anthony remains utterly accessible to the audience, never once losing us in the labyrinth of his mind even as he himself stumbles into the gathering darkness. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
2/5 75% The World to Come (2021) When they finally introduce an actual plot twist, about 80 minutes in, we're distressingly relieved by the tragic development, just happy to have something to hold onto. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
4/5 90% The Vigil (2021) I was not aware the world needed a Hasidic Jewish horror movie, but it turns out yes, yes it did. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
5/5 98% Minari (2020) Sometimes a film is so infused with humanity you could swear you hear its heart beating. And here is Minari...the film this country needs right now. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 89% Supernova (2021) Firth brings his trademark aura of stiff-upper-lip decency, Tucci embodies a man whose creative sensitivity makes him all too aware of the pages falling from the book of his life. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
4/5 97% The Court Jester (1956) It's a Danny Kaye vehicle from the first frame...meant to be nothing more than a good bit of fun... More significantly, it's a reminder of how easily we can forget some of Hollywood's most extraordinary, if nonconforming, geniuses. - Movies For The Rest Of Us EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
3 of 5 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) If you cannot find it in your heart to draw enjoyment from the sweet-natured true story of a profoundly depressed woman who rediscovers joy thanks to a wounded magpie she nurses back to health, there is some dark hole in your soul. - Movies For The Rest Of Us EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
4/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) (Evokes) not only the unique social issues of the time - and our time, as well - but also the timeless challenges men face when they drop their guards and become genuinely accountable to one another. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
4/5 93% Herself (2021) The feel-good movie of a year that, for the most part, did not feel very good at all. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
91% Belushi (2020) Through previously unreleased interviews, voice recordings, and archival footage, the film not only explores Belushi's uncommon success, but also his enduring impact on comedy and music. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 95% Soul (2020) The film's score hums with jazz written and performed by Jonathan Batiste...Indeed, the film's most transcendent moments may well be those set not in the supernatural realm, but in a dark, crowded Manhattan jazz club. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 68% The Last Blockbuster (2020) The best movie rental store film of all time remains Michel Gondry's Be Kind, Rewind...but this is a worthy follow-up; a fond tribute to a place that never got the memo when the rest of the world hit the fast-forward button. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/5 87% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) Happily, Coppola has left intact the film's soaring set pieces, which stand up to anything in the first two Godfather films. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
5/5 93% Nomadland (2021) A Grapes of Wrath for the 2020s... not only evokes the visual language of John Ford and Terrence Malick, it stands beside those directors' very best work. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
3/5 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Director Ron Howard miraculously finds the humanity in emphatically irresponsible and emotionally stunted characters, thanks largely to a cast that shares his dogged determination to find flickers of warmth in the darkening embers. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 90% The Climb (2020) At times The Climb plays like a John Cassavetes movie shot by Jean-Luc Godard. But it serves as a reminder that life's most meaningful relationships are here for the long haul, and we don't get to cut away just to move the narrative along. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 69% Kindred (2020) A snappy British thriller that lives in the same twisted neighborhood as Jordan Peele's Get Out. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3 of 5 75% Radium Girls (2020) Outrage is the order of the day...anger that corporate greed could have so callously doomed loyal employees to protracted, painful deaths - and the nagging suspicion that...things have not changed all that much. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Byrne insists all is not lost. There is still uplifting music. There are still those synapses of compassion that fire through our brains. And there is still that spark of hope that we can, despite ourselves, make a better world. Same as it ever was. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 100% Small Group (2018) Director Chastain...momentarily sheds the friendly confines of an off-kilter Sunday School comedy to dip his toes into a kind of street-smart cinematic realism that owes more to Rossellini's Rome, Open City than to Heaven Is for Real . - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/5 82% Herb Alpert is... (2020) The story of Herb Alpert is a lot more than a snappy greatest hits collection; it's a deep dive into the agonies and ecstasies that drive profoundly creative people. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
4/5 95% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) Bill Clinton may have been the first U.S. President born after World War II, but as this tuneful, nostalgic documentary reminds us, it was Jimmy Carter who first harnessed the energy of rock and roll to catapult himself to the highest office in the land. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 63% Blackbird (2020) The entire cast hurls itself into this sentimental stew with such abandon you come away unexpectedly sated. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
5/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Forget every Charles Dickens screen adaptation you've ever seen - Armando Ianucci's take on David Copperfield is the funniest, freshest, most fulfilling cinematic foray into Victorian England since, maybe, ever. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
3/5 58% Tesla (2020) Ethan Hawke, one of the screen's great chameleons...succeeds admirably in bridging the chasm between us and the inventor. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4/5 96% Red Penguins (2020) Even for those who don't know a slash from a slap shot, Red Penguins works as a fish-out-of-water tale, a stark history lesson, and a rousing sports epic. On anyone's ice, that's a nifty hat trick. - Movies For The Rest Of Us EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
3/5 45% Made in Italy (2020) I'm all for any film that manages to pry a gun from the hands of Liam Neeson. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/5 93% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) As powerful a 15 minutes as you'll ever see open a film. - The Saturday Evening Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
4/5 94% Marriage Story (2019) Two towering performances breathe uncommon humanity into writer/director Noah Baumbach's study of a marriage on the rocks. - Movies For The Rest Of Us EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020