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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 99% God's Own Country (2017) This is not a movie about coming out and the collateral damage that ensues. It's a universal tale about giving yourself over to love, even when you seem hopelessly broken.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/4 100% The Departure (2017) This is a film that manages to be simple yet thought-provoking, sad yet comforting, and anguished yet tranquil. In short, a work of art.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
1/4 29% All I See Is You (2017) The best thing about "All I See Is You" is that it's not afraid to experiment. But it's an experiment that went wrong, a film in which ambiguity trumps complexity.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Serenade For Haiti (2016) None of the subjects - or themes - end up making much of an impression.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 93% Human Flow (2017) Weiwei doesn't break any new ground in covering the global refugee crisis, but he vividly illustraes - in straightforward yet artistic terms - the scale of the problem without compromising the dignity or humanity of the survivors.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/4 100% Bending the Arc (2017) It's a rousing, feel-good story about overcoming barriers, even when the challenges - poverty, lack of medical access - are inherently bleak.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/4 76% Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) "Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton" doesn't exactly wade deep into the psyche of the legendary surfer, but his spectacularly filmed exploits on the water are awfully fun to watch, even for those not immersed in the sport.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4/4 89% The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017) ... filmmakers Jennifer Kroot and Bill Weber have captured that zest with a joyous filmmaking style of their own: breezy editing, fun '70s graphics and the use of great archival footage from the city's past. It's all great fun, from beginning to end.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
1/4 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) For all its breathless action, mind-boggling gadgets and stylized fight sequences, nothing much happens in the comic-book spy caper "Kingsman: The Golden Circle."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/4 89% First They Killed My Father (2017) Jolie has crafted an intimate epic about a tough war subject that probably would have gone unmade without her humanitarian influence and star power.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/4 82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) As the carnage mercilessly piles up, we begin to feel nothing. Perhaps that's the point, but it's hard not to want more.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/4 100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) What makes the astoundingly edited "Let It Fall" so powerful is that it's an oral history, told through many angles: residents, police officers, victims, families of the victims, witnesses, jurors and a host of others.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2.5/4 90% Good Time (2017) In the end, the whole enterprise comes off as too clever for its own good, a social satire without a clear target. It's a movie that you admire more than you like.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
1/4 13% Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement And The Swami Who Started It All (2017) Revealing moments in this glorified infomercial are few and far between. Most of the time, the film is a story waiting to be told.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
2/4 36% Kidnap (2017) It's a serviceable thriller: nothing more, nothing less.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
3/4 99% City of Ghosts (2017) City of Ghosts, a harrowing documentary about ISIS atrocities in Syria, is both timely and terrifying, but it will be remembered most for putting a human face on the citizen journalists who - at great risk - exposed the terrorist group's horrors in Raqqa.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
3/4 68% The Journey (2017) Even if the construct seems a tad forced, the winning performances make the excursion worthwhile.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) In the end ... the movie's superior craftsmanship can't overcome its aura of joylessness. It feels like a set-up to yet another sequel - which is no doubt on the drawing board - not a film that stands confidently on its own. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/4 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Fukada never resorts to melodramatics, and instead allows the carefully calibrated performances to give the movie its disquieting power.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
3/4 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) This flick is a summer diversion, pure and simple, so don't expect a deep message. Except, that is, when you go on vacation next, leave your scuba diving equipment at home.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/4 62% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) "Slack Bay" is devoid of any emotional satisfaction, and laughs come few and far between, perhaps because the humor is so French-centric.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/4 96% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) It's impossible to resist a film that has such rich characters, and makes a complicated subject both enlightening and entertaining.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/4 95% Radio Dreams (2017) We want additional time with these characters, and that's a credit to this film: Like Hamid, we yearn for even more.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 92% Obit (2017) These folks are neither dour nor sappy; they are just talented journalists who want to do right by the people who left their mark on the world.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
1/4 32% 3 Generations (2017) This is a movie that derives most of its suspense on whether a piece of paper will be signed, not a strong basis for dramatic tension.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/4 25% Unforgettable (2017) Drag queens from around the world will eagerly await their chance to play these roles in the near future, whether on stage or at midnight movie screenings.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 67% Tommy's Honour (2017) Like the Masters Tournament and Masterpiece Theater rolled into one: beautiful fairways, polite gentlemen, and a little drama every now and then.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/4 92% In Search of Israeli Cuisine (2017) An education about Israel's surprisingly diverse cultures, and an exploration of how social, demographic and economic forces have propelled the country's food scene from the bland to the exciting.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/4 48% Wilson (2017) One of those films where the whole is not quite as good as the parts. There are plenty of laughs and fun characters to keep us engaged, but they don't add up to an emotionally satisfying story.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/4 69% Contemporary Color (2017) Often dazzling, yet somehow distant.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 93% Everybody Loves Somebody (2017) Mastretta gets considerable mileage out of her bilingual concept, but it's never forced, and we enjoy being in both of Clara's worlds.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
1/4 No Score Yet Smile Again, Jenny Lee (2015) A cringe-inducing, bloated story about a bratty tennis star in search of her long-lost father ... painful to watch, because it feels like a passion project in which everyone is trying to serve aces, yet all we get are double faults.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
1/4 31% Monster Trucks (2017) "Monster Trucks" feels less like an ordeal than a well-intentioned misfire made by intelligent people.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 80% Evolution (2016) The character development and plot in "Evolution" are minimal, and its bold themes aren't fully explored, but as an exercise in creepy atmospherics, this is one of the most accomplished films of the year.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
4/4 94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) We feel the bewilderment of the parochial yet decent residents, the helplessness of the well-intentioned yet overwhelmed rescuers, and the anguish and disorientation of the refugees.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/4 96% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) Perrin and Cluzaud struggle to find a footing in their vast cinematic terrain. We never quite know why we are seeing a particular animal at any given point, and none of the creatures - or the humans, for that matter - has any impact on us.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/4 47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) Director James Watkins keeps things reasonably interesting, but his characters are not well drawn, which hinders the buddy dynamic between Mason and Briar.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/4 51% Almost Christmas (2016) We get too many slapstick set pieces and extraneous subplots that bog down the proceedings.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 97% Aquarius (2016) This is a film more about the sacredness of our memories than the evil ways of gentrification, but skilled director Kleber Mendonca Filho is clearly interested in both.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 95% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) Angelou's epic journey - from a mute girl in segregated Arkansas to an icon of civil rights, literature and entertainment - could easily be a 10-part miniseries.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/4 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Chess is not the most visual of games, but Nair makes these competitions come alive. She also gets the most out of her mostly nonprofessional African cast, not to mention her two stars, Oyelowo and Nyong'o.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
2/4 65% The Vessel (2016) We keep waiting for the film to wash over us, and it never quite does.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/4 91% Demon (2016) The exquisitely shot "Demon" is not gory or particularly scary, but it has its fair share of chills.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/4 79% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Working in the film's favor is that the JT saga remains relevant today, in this age of Internet alter egos, blurred-reality shows and our continued obsession with fame and celebrity.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) This is a movie that doesn't quite come together, on both thematic and tonal levels, even though most individual scenes are competently acted and engaging.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 100% Ixcanul (2016) "Ixcanul" provides a window into a culture that we rarely see. But it's not just an anthropological study - it has a powerful story to tell, too.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/4 88% The Kind Words (2016) It's mostly engaging, even if the proceedings get a tad burdened with awkward tonal shifts and subplots.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/4 91% Last Cab To Darwin (2016) Takes a tough subject and amiably rides it out into the Outback sunset. It's a wry film that remains upbeat without betraying its rough-around-the-edges cast of characters.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 75% Wiener-Dog (2016) At the end of the day, "Wiener-Dog" seems to be saying that life is mundane, then you die. It's not the stuff of Hallmark cards, but Solondz has a way of making it palatable.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
2/4 57% The Neon Demon (2016) It critiques our obsession with models and beauty and style, even as it obsesses about those very same things. There is a lot of flash, but little substance.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016