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Bill Stamets

Bill Stamets
Bill Stamets's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 53% The Bubble (2007) Don't bet on this Israeli drama exploding any cliches.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2007
3/4 80% Kamp Katrina (2007) This verite digital video about coping with natural disaster contains exotic characters, tragic hardships, bureaucratic indifference, inner demons and the birth of a crack baby.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2007
2/4 54% Manufacturing Dissent (2007) Too bad co-writers/co-directors Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine don't investigate -- and ingratiate -- the way their target does in his own films.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2007
1.5/4 33% Trapped Ashes (2006) Dennis Bartok writes this lackluster anthology of four juvenile horror stories dripping with sexual dread and goofball gore.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2007
2/4 62% Dans Paris (2007) Dans Paris has a lot of whining about women, interrupted with impulsive trysts and bouts of dancing.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2007
3/4 66% Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón (2007) International talents converge for an entertaining genre exercise.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2007
2/4 61% Them (2007) The fright is crafted well enough, but the twist at the end calls for more originality than filmmakers David Moreau and Xavier Palud wield.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2007
3/4 78% Summercamp! (2007) Unlike the intense cadets for Christ and creationism in the recent documentary Jesus Camp, the kids in the sweet Summercamp! have fun!‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2007
3/4 86% When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007) The camera work is always note-perfect.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2007
3/4 69% Belle Toujours (2007) Belle Toujours lets us peer at one master embroidering on the legacy of another master.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2007
2.5/4 70% Molière (2007) Moliere hardly matches the clever mockery of its 17th century inspiration.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2007
4/4 70% Day Night Day Night (2006) Loktev creates a minimalist study of unfathomable faith.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2007
3/4 68% The Treatment (2006) A smart, tender love story.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2007
3/4 63% Casting About (2007) This revelatory documentary lets us see what it's like to be an actress at an audition.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2007
3/4 83% Manufactured Landscapes (2007) Burtynsky calls for "a whole new way of thinking" about the world's economy and ecology, though he never says what's wrong with the old way.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2007
2.5/4 69% L'Iceberg (2005) Delightful in places, the surreal stunts are lovingly crafted. As a seaworthy film, though, Fiona's folly is more pratfall than plot.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2007
1.5/4 30% The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (2003) The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is far less silly than it thinks it is. The upbeat vibe of super-female power misfires with a gratuitous rape scene.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2007
3/4 75% The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele) (2007) Perverse humor pervades the films of Lars von Trier.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2007
2.5/4 63% Allegro (2006) [Director] Boe's technique has more flash than passion.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2007
2/4 71% Lights in the Dusk (2007) The director's existential sarcasm is muted here.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2007
3/4 90% Punk's Not Dead (2007) Punk's Not Dead serves as a diehard's scrapbook of three decades of living punk, not a eulogy for an extinct underground retrofitted as a fashion trend.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2007
3/4 48% Macbeth (2006) This Macbeth is true to the ugly-hearted original. No one is redeemed by gore, or absolved of madness. Nor do lines sound any less sublime when channeled through underlings and overlords.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2007
3.5/4 96% Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai) (2007) If Machiavelli's The Prince and Sun Tzu's The Art of War translate to other centuries and cultures, so might Election and Triad Election.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2007
2.5/4 86% Election (Hak se wui) (2005) Election feels routine at times, though less formulaic than other genre exercises from Hong Kong. The depiction of crime customs is sociologically detailed.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2007
2/4 56% Hula Girls (2007) Slick cinematography makes this bland social comedy always watchable, but the movie has its insipid moments.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2007
3/4 79% Shi gan (Time) (2007) An unnerving riff on South Korean women fixated on the idea of ul-jjang ('best face').‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2007
3/4 83% Rock the Bells (2007) Rock the Bells deals with the mechanics of how to pull off a concert, not with what brought Wu-Tang Clan together or split them up. The impressive teamwork of the promoters upstages the egos of hip-hop divos and their rampaging fans.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2007
3/4 63% Six Days (2007) In the compelling documentary Six Days, Israeli director Ilan Ziv details the conflict that set Egypt, Syria and Jordan against Israe;.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2007
3/4 32% Klimt (2005) An easy-viewing intro to a racy episode in art history.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/4 98% Ten Canoes (2007) Australian director Rolf de Heer deftly mingles two styles of storytelling: cinema and aboriginal oral customs.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2007
3.5/4 88% Helvetica (2007) A splendid documentary about one typeface, designed in 1957 in Switzerland.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2007
3/4 83% Ciudad de Acero (2007) Steel City is a moving look at fathers and sons. [Director] Jun neither romanticizes nor pathologizes blue-collar family life. In this earnest rust belt indie, doing the right thing means tipping the scale of justice.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2007
3/4 64% Day Watch (2007) At 2 hours and 20 minutes, this zippy follow-up to Night Watch delivers a killer pace, blasts of heavy-metal, vexed characters, and gory allegory wherein occult terrorists suck blood, cast spells and escape to a spooky zone known as the Gloom.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2007
2.5/4 89% I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2007) I Don't Want to Sleep Alone is a title to keep in mind while absorbing this allusive, humid mood piece.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2007
2.5/4 71% The Guatemalan Handshake (2006) On the index of quirk, this winsome indie scores quite high.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2007
3.5/4 79% Coeurs (2007) Resnais shapes affecting performances from a polished cast. He creates a warm, comic melancholy.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2007
2.5/4 44% Hostel Part II (2007) Roth ratchets up the retch factor.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/4 96% Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer found a strange place -- in California, of all places -- and made a video postcard about its colorful denizens and ecological calamity.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2007
3/4 64% Severance (2006) Splatter comedy meets comic splatter in this brash crossover film that puts seven white-collar workers in the scary wilds of Hungary where psycho killer Russian ex-military lurk.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2007
3.5/4 88% Syndromes and a Century (2007) The latest daydreamy film from this Thai auteur of languor is fragrant with tender love and sly humor.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2007
2/4 48% Exterminating Angels (2007) Endless auditions get the annoying Francois nowhere closer to grasping what turns women on.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2007
3.5/4 58% Zoo (2007) This experimental-style documentary invokes the waking dreams of David Lynch, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. It's like a true-crime inquiry undertaken during a total eclipse.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2007
2/4 30% The Hawk Is Dying (2006) Goldberger and Giamatti strain too hard for strangeness.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2007
2/4 No Score Yet To the Stars by Hard Ways (1981) Badly dated, this sc-fi trip to the despoiled planet Dessa drags with social commentary.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2007
2/4 56% Civic Duty (2006) Canadian director Jeff Renfroe builds only off-the-shelf suspense as Terry's suspicions increase.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2007
23% Bulletproof Monk (2003) The fight scenes are routine, the humor juvenile, and the Toronto locales rendered drab through muddy cinematography.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 3, 2007
2/4 75% Ping Pong (2002) An overlong exercise in sport as character-builder.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2007
2.5/4 70% The Valet (2007) Briskly directed, The Valet hits the brakes for an abrupt ending, but this short ride delivers few apercus on fidelity, glamor or the nice boy next door.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2007
2/4 52% Disappearances (2007) This scenic adventure is too fussy with metaphysical lore.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/4 88% Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006) Sounds like a soap opera. But Danish director Susanne Bier builds a high-minded melodrama from this plot material.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2007