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Bob Westal

Bob Westal
Bob Westal's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat,

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 91% Homicide (1991) But, there's also little doubt in my mind that "Homicide" is pure Mamet in its uncut form, and that's a pretty great thing.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3/5 100% El Dorado (1967) A nice serving of entertaining comfort cinema for dedicated fans of classic era filmmaking.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/5 53% Lovelace (2013) As a most apolitical black comedy and dark melodrama, Lovelace works reasonably well, and that's mostly due to a strong pace and a stronger cast.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2013
1/5 51% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) It's a movie that's more concerned with striking poses than telling a story or delivering even one exciting action sequence.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2012
3.5/5 93% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) The quirk might be laid on a bit thick... [but] the Andersonian humor is also laid on pretty thick in a good way, and most of it comes at the expense of the adults.‐
Read More | Posted May 24, 2012
3.5/5 83% Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope (2012) In 88 minutes, we get a very decent gloss on the Comic-Con experience and just what it can mean for some people.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2012
2.5/5 40% Casa de mi padre (2012) An often very funny but terribly haphazard spoof of low-budget south of the border pop culture.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2012
1.5/5 26% Act of Valor (2012) There's a reason why old-fashioned, morale-boosting Hollywood war films were populated by trained actors. They can act.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
3.5/5 82% Goon (2012) Goon is a Canadian hockey comedy with a capital CANUCK. It oozes Great White North out of its every pore, which I'm glad to say is a lot less disgusting than it sounds.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
3/5 74% Rampart (2012) The best and most enjoyable thing about Rampart is all the pyrotechnics emanating from the very interesting object that is Woody Harrelson's brain.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2012
3.5/5 80% Haywire (2012) Soderbergh describes it as 'a Pam Grier movie made by Alfred Hitchcock.' I'd say it's more like an espionage-driven Coffy as directed by Steven Soderbergh.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2012
3.5/5 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) There's a necessary coldness at its heart, and I'm honestly unsure whether it's a plus or a minus. I'm convinced, however, that this big inner chill is part of the reason why it's still creeping me out just a bit.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2012
3.5/5 71% Carnage (2011) Polanski's tremendous skill with creating dramatic tension ensures that we're in for a gripping as well as a very funny ride.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2011
2/5 37% Immortals (2011) Just one more example of why this would be a better movie world if the screenplay were perceived as being the most crucial element of a film package.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2011
3/5 35% The Thing (2011) The Thing brings no shame to the franchise, but it doesn't build on it much, either.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2011
2/5 25% Killer Elite (2011) Killer Elite had potential to be a really interesting, action-heavy political thriller. Sadly, it never really tries to be anything more than another vehicle for Jason Statham.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2011
2.5/5 83% Warrior (2011) It's just a shame that, when the punching and kicking really gets started during the film's final third, the 140-minute tale goes flabby due to an uncomfortable mix of sincere populist enthusiasm and artistic ambition.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2011
3/5 28% Your Highness (2011) [Green] does a superb job of making the most of a script that needed some serious punching up.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2011
2/5 10% Season of the Witch (2011) For long, long stretches, [it's] too leaden and dour to be any fun at all.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2011
2/5 23% Sucker Punch (2011) I hope Snyder had fun, because it might be a few decades before he gets another shot.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2011
4.5/5 93% Moonstruck (1987) For all the emphasis on its leads, Moonstruck is a brilliantly cast ensemble piece and two smaller supporting roles deserve a special mention.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2011
4/5 28% Take Me Home Tonight (2011) Dowse achieves a level of sincerity and comic bite that transcends the efficient but sometimes painfully obvious screenplay.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2011
2.5/5 79% Barney's Version (2011) One thing that even relatively short novels often do that movies can have a hard time with is telling the story of a character's entire life.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2011
3/5 92% Another Year (2010) There is no trace of acting in Manville's work, which is awfully close to the greatest compliment you can give a film actor.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2011
3.5/5 90% The Fighter (2010) Instead of trying to overwhelm us with the blood and beauty of boxing, Russell concentrates on creating an eye-level and entertaining, but also believable, family drama.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2010
3.5/5 78% Red Hill (2010) It may sound like a backhanded compliment, but I simply can't resist a suitably R-rated and rather dark action film that's also so oddly innocent.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2010
2/5 65% Tamara Drewe (2010) I can't join the chorus this time, even if the ingredients are there for a perfectly swell little semi-tragic comedy. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2010
3/5 66% Freakonomics (2010) It's probably inevitable that some segments work better than others, and it's fortunate that executive producer and co-director Seth Gordon does a nice job of tying the whole thing together.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2010
2.5/5 38% Middle Men (2010) Trust me when I say there is too much story here for a film that runs just over 100 minutes.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2010
3.5/5 46% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) More often than not, Allen seems to sidestep his worst habits.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2010
2.5/5 62% Howl (2010) As strong as most of its component parts often are, Howl just doesn't quite work.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2010
3.5/5 51% Chloe (2010) Cinephile cynics may dismiss this as Atom Egoyan's "paycheck" picture, but I suspect those who follow him in the future may end up reexamining it a decade or so down the road and perhaps find it to be as valid as his strictly art house work.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2010
4/5 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) The hype around Paranormal Activity is more than justified, but it still isn't much more than an extremely well-made engine for getting a roomful of people to squirm, giggle, and actually scream in near unison.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2009
4/5 96% Touch of Evil (1958) Even 50 years after studio heads lost patience and dumped it onto the bottom half of double bills, the final Hollywood film from Orson Welles is the opposite of ordinary.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Movies are a lot more than a bunch of pictures, no matter how ravishing, and the strong cast is key here, especially the three women who dominate Bauby's life.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 100% Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) A consistently strong piece of filmmaking with some breathtaking work by cinematographers Maryse Alberti and Greg Andracke.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
5/5 96% High Noon (1952) Carl Foreman's brilliant screenplay pays due respect to each character, no matter how sad or loathsome.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/5 85% Blast of Silence (1961) Alan Baron's film is as mixed as bags get.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 95% The Class (2008) Its approach is a million miles from any tale of educational triumph and tragedy you've ever seen. ‐
Read More | Posted May 24, 2008
2.5/5 86% Heat (1995) I admire Mann's emotional commitment and his sense of style, but it also grates on me.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2007
2/5 32% Trudell (2006) To my mind, John Trudell often starts with the truth, but then he leaps over it to say and do a lot of things that are highly questionable or worse. Politics aside, he ought to be questioned -- if only to make for a more interesting documentary.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2006
3.5/5 17% Loverboy (2006) Witty and effective, yet squirm-inducing.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2006
2.5/5 75% Nine Lives (2005) ... the first third of the film is marred by a tendency to be morbidly serious and overly dramatic.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2005
4.5/5 90% Save the Green Planet (2004) Save the Green Planet may look like an ironic, jet black comedy -- and it succeeds brilliantly on that level -- but in it's sad and wistful heart, it's a completely sincere call for saving the Earth.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 84% Rize (2005) Dealing with life's darkness is what this type of dancing is all about.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
2/5 50% Demonlover (2003) Yes, the subject is entertainment in the 21st century. A shame that it's not more entertaining.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
2.5/5 87% Junebug (2005) Junebug is an admirable film, but its charms will be visible only to the most patient filmgoers.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 88% The Brother from Another Planet (1984) It may not be the perfect John Sayles film, the perfect science fiction movie or the perfect film about black life --- but it manages to seamlessly mix wit, slapstick, poignancy and politics.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
3.5/5 89% In America (2003) In America contains enough magic and sincerity to cover the proverbial multitude of cinematic sins.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 82% Hustle & Flow (2005) An involving and fun tale of redemption with many fine musical moments as well an enjoyable subplot involving the rotund Key and his understandably skeptical wife.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005