Craig Takeuchi

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Girltrash: All Night Long (2014) The film would benefit from living out, rather than talking about, the message it espouses. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
100% Stories Of Our Lives (2015) With an artful and intimate touch, director Jim Chuchu beautifully gives voice to the lives of gay and lesbian Kenyans in this omnibus film, shot in black-and-white. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
No Score Yet La Once (2014) The ever-encroaching issues of mortality hover at the sidelines, kept at bay by the central conceit of the group: the lifetime companionship the group provides is a consistent affirmation of life. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (2016) Despite uneven acting...the film demonstrates admirable attunement to the introverted Felix as he hurtles down a coming-of-age trajectory with seemingly no way out other than disaster. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
50% Disappearance (Verdwijnen) (2017) Boudewijn Koole develops a deeply nuanced examination of intricate familial bonds by employing artful elliptical jumps, and an emphasis on lyrical and aural details. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
100% Madam Phung's Last Journey (2014) While the pacing lags and the content leans too heavily on everyday banalities, the conflict between acceptance as performers and rejection as individuals provides an intriguing peek at rural Vietnamese society. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet The Age Of Love (2015) Ultimately, the universal theme of seeking companionship, to fend off the loneliness that all of us experience, is one that audiences of all ages can relate to. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) There is much to relish in this passionate, visually rich romance...that particularly excels in its refreshing take on the permissiveness that's possible through liberalism guided by knowledge and experience. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet Derby Crazy Love (2013) The history of the sport is casually cobbled together but a particular strength of the film is how the women articulate their love for the sport. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
50% Sarah préfère la course (Sarah Would Rather Run) (2013) Although the charcater study doesn't necessarily break new ground, the film's overall crisp construction and Desmarais' spot-on performance keep things apace. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet Babagwa (2013) Although the dramatic trajectory plays out predictably, the story remains engaging nonetheless. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
100% The Circle (2014) Stefan Haupt beautifully re-creates the enduring love story between two members, French-literature teacher Ernst Ostertag and hairdresser/drag queen Röbi Rapp, that survived the stresses of secrecy and homophobia of the 1950s. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet The Backward Class (2015) [The Backward Class] raises the important question of how far people are willing to go to truly empower the disadvantaged on a substantial level. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet The Green (2011) Overall, though, the film provides an engaging dramatization of a worst-case scenario faced by a gay couple forging their lives in uncharted territory. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
88% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Compared to the other Disney offerings in the franchise, Solo is the most consistent. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Overcomes its flubs by simply bulldozing through them with hyperactive pacing. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
45% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
90% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
83% Cardinals (2017) A finely wrought feature debut by filmmakers Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley. - Georgia Straight EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
85% The Square (2017) ... this tense high-society takedown remains taut, gawk-worthy, and thought-provoking, to say the least. - Georgia Straight EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
24% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
48% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Finally. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
No Score Yet Horse Being (2015) An unusual yet illuminating watch. - Georgia Straight EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
91% Tokyo Idols (2017) An uncomfortable yet gawk-inducing watch. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
67% Life (2017) What results is serviceable entertainment that may leave many audience members wondering if there's more to Life than this. - Georgia Straight EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
74% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet Human (2015) Despite its flaws, it's an indelible cinematic experience. - Georgia Straight EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
81% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
95% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
89% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016