David Lewis

David Lewis
David Lewis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Francisco Chronicle Hearst Newspapers

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 73% Shooting the Mafia (2019) The unfocused yet still engaging documentary "Shooting the Mafia" is a compelling curiosity. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3/4 100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) What makes the film emotionally satisfying, beyond the stirring music, is that we witness the healing and enlightenment of chorus members, some of them bearing scars from their oppressive red-state upbringings. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/4 79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) In the end, the goal of the documentary, told mainly from the point of view of Enquirer alumni, is to be entertaining, and director Mark Landsman succeeds on that level, keeping things brisk and highly visual. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 94% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) "The Ground Beneath My Feet" consistently serves as a powerful showcase for the talented Pachner, who manages a performance that is both distant and achingly vulnerable. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 76% Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) Fortunately, "Britt-Marie" doesn't pretend to be anything other than a feel-good film with a simple message: It's never too late to chase your dreams. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 96% End of the Century (2019) Overall, this is elegant, transcendent work, both modern and nostalgic. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/4 83% Before You Know It (2019) "Before You Know It" isn't without its moments, but it could have used more of them. Sometimes it's a slog. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/4 55% Becoming Nobody (2019) There's nothing particularly innovative about the filmmaking, but "Becoming Nobody" does its job: helping spread Ram Dass' message in a polarized world in which we tend to emphasize our differences, not our similarities. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 100% Vision Portraits (2019) There is not a whiff of self-pity or self-indulgence here, only a desire to tell a story from a viewpoint that rarely reaches the screen. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Zoabi relies on the old adage that we have more in common than not, but it's a lesson that bears repeating - particularly when laughs come with it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/4 95% The Queen (2019) The gender identity and racial undercurrents of "The Queen" have a prescient quality, foreshadowing some of the tensions that the LGBTQ community is dealing with today. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2.5/4 91% Framing John DeLorean (2019) Like DeLorean, this documentary admirably is not afraid to take risks. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/4 92% Sauvage / Wild (2019) By the end, we've experienced one of the best films about street hustling ever made. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/4 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) "JT Leroy," despite some interesting performances, never quite catches fire. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/4 81% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) The film pleasantly meanders from time to time, but it knows exactly where it's going - and we embrace every step. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/4 72% Triple Frontier (2019) The idea behind "Triple Frontier" could have easily supported a multi-layered movie filled with action, interesting characters and ethical quandaries. That was certainly the intent, to be sure, but the film comes up short in all three areas. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
1/4 19% The Aspern Papers (2019) It's like a Merchant-Ivory film - on Quaaludes. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
3/4 92% Bumblebee (2018) The script stays on safe, formulaic ground, but it's effective - and somehow breathes new life into a franchise that had become a junk heap. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2/4 27% Mortal Engines (2018) There is fine craftsmanship on the screen, and the acting is competent, but the movie never quite reaches magical heights. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) Equally fascinating, sad and scary... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/4 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Even if all these disparate genre elements don't always come together, the film exudes a sense of zaniness and breeziness that make it easy to watch. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Both a gentle examination of what constitutes a real family and a harsh dissection of Japan's faltering social landscape. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/4 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) A 76-minute visual poem that pays homage to folks who still harbor hopes and dreams despite a hardscrabble existence. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/4 82% Instant Family (2018) This is a funny-serious, family-friendly movie about a weighty subject, and somehow it works. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 62% Outlaw King (2018) Sometimes its screenplay gets a little stuck in the medieval mud, but there's almost always something on the screen to admire. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) As usual, Wiseman's scenes extend for long stretches, which can be an acquired taste for some viewers. Yet this time around, he ends his film with one of the most shattering sequences of his career... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/4 81% Mid90s (2018) "Mid90s" is not brimming with plot, but there isn't a frame in which we don't feel transported to another time. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) "The Guilty" provides a master class in low-budget yet high-concept independent filmmaking. It's riveting. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet I Believe in Halloween (2018) Taylor has the good sense not to make his family film too lengthy - it runs about an hour - and he never forgets his core audience: young kids. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) It's not certain what a Western purist would think of this revisionist approach, but we still can't help but revel in it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
1/4 14% Life Itself (2018) Even in failure, it's clear that Fogelman has talent and can work with actors - it's just that his story is so unwieldy that it doesn't allow us to relate to his characters. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/4 73% The Children Act (2018) Thompson and Whitehead shine, and director Richard Eyre has crafted a highly textured, respectable film about grown-up issues. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2/4 73% Assassination Nation (2018) "Assassination Nation" won't get any points for narrative cohesion or character development, but it's a timely, visually arresting statement about how pandemonium in this country threatens to become the new norm. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2/4 67% American Chaos (2018) It plays like a rerun of a dated CNN segment. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) The dazzling effects can't mask a slow narrative. Also, creaky floors, jump scares - and just about every horror cliche we can think of - can only take the movie so far. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/4 88% A Whale of a Tale (2018) Always interesting and informative... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) A bit icky yet full of charm. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
2/4 32% Kin (2018) "Kin" is not a snoozer, at least, and the Baker brothers are certainly not untalented, but their genre-mashing experiment doesn't work on any emotional level. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/4 80% Alpha (2018) For the most part, the film is harrowing, suspenseful and gritty - and a perfect vehicle for impressive 3-D effects that bring to life an exquisitely beautiful but unforgiving land. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/4 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) This is essentially a movie about teenagers stuck in an overly strict summer camp, and watching youths quietly whiling away the hours in a detention center is not exactly scintillating conflict. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/4 76% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) The biggest problem with "Jeannette," beyond what some may consider the blasphemous elements, is that Dumont limits his story to the less compelling parts of Joan's life - before she took on the British occupiers. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/4 63% Dog Days (2018) In the end, this family-friendly movie is pretty darn syrupy, but it knows its audience. Like a dog, it's eager to please, and sometimes it does. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
3/4 99% McQueen (2018) A savagely beautiful tribute that the late, irreverent fashion designer Alexander McQueen would surely have appreciated. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
2/4 61% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Once the hackers infiltrate everyone's computer and a sense of dread hangs over the unwitting young folks, "Dark Web" develops an effective rhythm. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
3/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Soldado is beautifully crafted and requires some brain cells. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/4 32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Lewin has crafted a biopic spy thriller, kind of, but the script has neither the character shadings to be a biopic nor the pacing and twist and turns to be a spy thriller. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/4 89% Hereditary (2018) In the end, horror and supernatural fans will certainly get their thrills, but it's the psychic damage on the screen that will make the film hard to forget. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
2/4 58% Always at the Carlyle (2018) "Always at the Carlyle" takes a potentially juicy subject - a swanky landmark that caters to celebrities and zillionaires - and turns it into a 90-minute infomercial, with nary a revelation in sight. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Dark Crimes (2018) The cast is game, the production design is impressive and a few surprises await - but even as things heat up, the film somehow remains cold. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
2/4 91% Beast (2018) Even if it has B-movie trappings and the tension wanes in the second half, it's a stylish psychodrama. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018