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Craig Takeuchi

Craig Takeuchi
Craig Takeuchi's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Georgia Straight

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It's all disposable and inconsequential fun, and enough to tide audiences over for the next power-packed, supersized extravaganza.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Compared to the other Disney offerings in the franchise, Solo is the most consistent.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) Overcomes its flubs by simply bulldozing through them with hyperactive pacing.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
46% Allure (2018) It's a valiant effort overall but it's also one that requires further plumbing of depths to truly pull off what is being attempted here.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) ... director Ryan Coogler (Creed) enlivens what could have been a tired rehashing of familiar tropes with a bracing blast of fresh elements.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) What serves filmmaker Johnson well is his willingness to take more risks within classic elements than Abrams may have been able to. The real measure of the success of a film in a franchise of this stature is whether or not it ignites the imagination.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
83% Never Here (2017) Although there are several ingredients that don't quite jell as a whole, the overall concept and individual elements remain compelling.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
71% Cardinals (2017) A finely wrought feature debut by filmmakers Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Here, battles boil down to one big punch-up: bad guy pounds good guy, good guy pounds back, and so on. Rawr.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
84% The Square (2017) ... this tense high-society takedown remains taut, gawk-worthy, and thought-provoking, to say the least.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Spontaneous elements add to the film's liveliness, while writer-director Robin Campillo's unsentimental approach heightens the overall impact of the high stakes and heartbreaks during a period when silence = mort.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
26% Birth of the Dragon (2017) What do work are the hypnotic displays of martial arts and other physical feats. In fact, the film finally takes off when it shifts gears from drama to "kicking ass".‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) While the film overexercises its imaginative muscle visually in dazzling ways, its characters and plot suffer from neglect and undernourishment.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
100% Mermaids (2017) Beautiful to watch, even as the content sometimes thins out in this otherwise gentle crowdpleaser of a film. ‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
44% Rough Night (2017) While it may intimate aspirations of a female take on the likes of The Hangover, the movie shies away from going to the extremities it promises by playing it too safe.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Finally.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
90% The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017) Bright and breezy like his writing, this documentary is as much about Armistead Maupin as it is about the LGBT community of his dearly beloved San Francisco.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
No Score Yet Horse Being (2015) An unusual yet illuminating watch.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
100% Unrest (2017) The film is both a chronicle of how the illness devastates lives (as Brea puts it, it was as if she died but was forced to watch the world move on) and a cold-case mystery.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
89% Tokyo Idols (2017) An uncomfortable yet gawk-inducing watch.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
68% Life (2017) What results is serviceable entertainment that may leave many audience members wondering if there's more to Life than this.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
No Score Yet Dvojina (Dual) (2013) Despite the contrived elements of the first half of the film, the latter half does provide some compelling material and emotional engagement.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
No Score Yet Svenskjävel (Underdog) (2014) While the characters lean towards blandness, the cast delivers convincing performances and it's the skilled cinematic construction that truly carries the movie.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
No Score Yet Luck-Key (Leokki) (2016) While there are numerous elements that stretch credibility, the film's saving grace is its good-natured humour, which conveys the understanding that the key to true comedy is surprise.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
73% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) Putting the queer back into queer cinema and the art in auteur, Alain Guiraudie creates strikingly unusual emotional textures with his latest offering‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
No Score Yet Our Love Story (2016) There's an easy, unhurried flow to this chronicle of the intimate relationship that develops between two South Korean girls.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
89% Maudie (2017) Sally Hawkins delivers an unforgettable performance as Nova Scotian folk artist Maude Lewis in this gently flowing biopic set in the 1930s.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet Mother (2016) A lightly engaging dark comedy that sustains interest through its careful pacing and curious characters.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet Human (2015) Despite its flaws, it's an indelible cinematic experience.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet Prison Dogs (2016) Everyone loves a comeback story, and this moving documentary captures a multifaceted tale of second chances in life.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet A Copy Of My Mind (2015) Like the meandering, observant nature of the film, the point of this story is more about exploring what happens when you lose your way, rather than simply getting to where you want to go.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
83% Kiki (2017) Ultimately, it's the power of how the Kiki scene empowers, emboldens, and ignites its participants, who are all facing racial, gender, and sexual discrimination, to transcend all that while declaring to the world: "I am beautiful. No matter what you say."‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
91% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) La belle saison, is more fitting than the English one, for the film manages to capture the natural, if ephemeral, beauty that arises from life as it is, that we all should be so lucky to enjoy at least once in our lives.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
94% Strike a Pose (2017) The thoughtful approach by cordirectors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan bestows respect upon its seven subjects, something that had been a long time coming.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
92% In Pursuit of Silence (2017) This documentary is so replete with such well-composed cinematography and intriguing, occasionally worrisome ideas that it's a worthwhile, even necessary, watch.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
No Score Yet Rehearsal (2015) While this light rom-com remains congenial and Greenwood delivers a solid performance, there's an overall blandness to the proceedings.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
No Score Yet The Oyster Factory (Kaki Kôba) (2015) Although much could have been omitted, the film remains an intriguing time capsule capturing a vanishing way of life.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
No Score Yet Ik ben Alice (2015) Despite Alice's limitations and the women's initial reluctance, this thought-provoking documentary captures the caregiver robot providing a surprising amount of interaction for mobility-challenged people.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
100% The Grump (Mielensäpahoittaja) (2014) Although this solid and entertaining domestic comedy takes a while to move beyond predictable generational clashes, the story develops more dynamically after Dad's Achilles' heel is revealed.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
50% A Tale of Three Cities (San cheng ji) (2015) With an overabundance of subplots, the narrative struggles to find its way under the weight of history even when a less overblown account of this remarkable tale would more than adequately enthrall.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
100% 100 Yen Love (Hyakuen No Koi) (2014) In this darkly comedic commentary on Japan's sexism and achievement-oriented society, Ichiko (played wonderfully by Ando Sakura) ranks as one of the most unlikely film heroines.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
No Score Yet I dine hænder (2015) Unfortunately, the story doesn't venture quite far enough in pursuit of the extremes it promises or in the illumination of its main characters' curious psychological depths.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
71% Ville-Marie (2015) Evenly balanced performances and thoughtful direction keep the momentum going.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
No Score Yet The Dinner (2015) A solid cast and a screenplay that improves upon the original material make this thought-provoking drama required festival viewing.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
100% Hilda (2015) A mesmerizing illustration of how luxury can turn people into the living dead.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
20% An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) (2014) While there are brief moments of emotional intimacy that shine, it's a film to look at more than feel.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
100% Lyle (2014) Writer-director Stewart Thorndike works wonders on a micro-budget production shot only in five days. This debut intimates the promise of even greater things to come from Thorndike.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2015
92% Dohee-ya (A Girl at My Door) (2015) July Jung's debut feature film is not only impressive for its professional finesse but also for its ambition in tackling a bevy of challenging subjects. While the results are uneven, the film remains an overall captivating composition.‐ Georgia Straight
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2015