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David N. Butterworth

David N. Butterworth
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 65% Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) (2016) An affectionate--and Austrian!--take on vampire lore that's a lot more in keeping with the recent "Things We Do in the Shadows" than the less-subtle Mel Brooks parody, "Dracula - Dead and Loving It."‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2016
3.5/4 50% A Second Chance (En chance til) (2015) Together, Bier and Jensen totally devastate us. This is what they do.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
2.5/4 61% The Trust (2016) Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood co-star as inventors of the medical apparatus consisting of a pad usually supported by a belt for maintaining a hernia in a reduced state. No, wait. That's "The Truss." ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted May 7, 2016
3.5/4 96% Spotlight (2015) Now *this* is more the Tom McCarthy (Director) we know and love...‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2016
2/4 43% Mark of the Witch (Another) (2016) Cinematographed within an inch of its life (and death), "Mark of the Witch" (aka "Another") would have worked beautifully as a silent picture.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2016
3/4 83% Pontypool (2009) Tightly scripted (Tony Burgess) and directed (Bruce McDonald), but Stephen McHattie's Mazzy is the star!‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2016
3/4 96% Sing Street (2016) John Carney's "Sing Street" is a pint-sized, new wave -- and similarly crowd-pleasing -- version of "The Commitments."‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2016
3.5/4 98% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) All Hail the Republic of Pilgrim!‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/4 95% Amy (2015) What a voice. What a waste.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
1.5/4 43% Pandemic (2016) Aren't we yet done with all this cheap 'n' cheesy hand-held, wobbly-all-over-the-place, found footage so-manic-you-can't-tell-what's-going-on POV movie stuff?‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Papagajka (2016) A small yet satisfying psychological drama, dripping with atmosphere and surreal beauty.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016
2/4 28% Camino (2016) This Noah/Waller picture, featuring stuntwoman-turned-actress-turned-stuntwoman Zoe Bell, is neither taxing nor terribly potent. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
1.5/4 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) Bear jokes, poop jokes, bear poop jokes--this movie's got it all.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
2.5/4 64% The Visit (2015) With "The Visit," M. Night Shyamalan might well be coming out of his 12-year sophomore slump.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
3/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "The End of the Tour" made me want to try reading "Infinite Jest" again, so compelling a portrait Jason Segel paints of its troubled author.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
2/4 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) First-timer Forbes's earnest resolve to demystify bipolar disorder prevents her film from establishing a satisfying story arc. Ruffalo is good though.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
3/4 84% The Walk (2015) A technically brilliant, sweaty-palmed account of the man who walked between the Twin Towers.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2016
No Score Yet The Inner Light (1995) Even now, some twenty years on, this iffy production still remains questionable.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/4 80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009) Richard Shepard's loving, 39-minute tribute to the influential performer who was taken from us all too soon. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2016
2.5/4 58% Maggie (2015) Highlights include the post-apocalyptic near-monochromatic look, intriguing sound design, and Schwarzenegger, who taps into an emotional vein he's rarely considered before.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2016
3/4 96% Nina Forever (2016) Dead good.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2016
3.5/4 75% Gored (2015) Fighting bulls. It's a tough job, but does someone *really* have to do it??‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2016
3/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Vinterberg has fashioned a handsomely-mounted version of Hardy and populated it with a winning quartet of workmanlike thespians. And it's still a great title, whichever way you slice it.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2016
2/4 17% Serena (2015) When Rhys Ifans doing a Carolina accent is the best thing in your movie, well... Maybe it's time to call the whole thing off.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2016
1.5/4 17% Durant's Never Closes (2016) Tom Sizemore has long deserved a juicy leading role. Unfortunately, Jack Durant isn't it, at least not as written here. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2016
3/4 89% Bedlam (1946) Why the Brits banned this creepily effective Boris Karloff thriller for fifty years is unclear.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2016
3/4 77% Secret Honor (1984) Altman's take on a fascinating one-man show, with Philip Baker Hall staggeringly good as the disgraced Richard Milhous Nixon.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet Raid on Rommel (1971) A rubbish film of the post-consumer recycled variety.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Deep Six (1958) Less "the thundering story of the mighty bring-'em-out-alive mission of the USS Poe," and more a character study of a conflicted man of faith. And in that latter regard, "The Deep Six" succeeds.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet That of God (2009) An engaging documentary that ably illustrates the Quaker testimonies of peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and community.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Man In The Orange Jacket (2015) This Latvian slasher is an ambiguous, starkly-photographed puzzle that reminds us never to judge a film by the color of its jacket.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Good Morning Karachi (2012) Model Amna Ilyas's "enlightened innocence" carries the picture, plus we also get to see Pakistan in all its colorful, volatile glory.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2016
2/4 57% Jeruzalem (2016) The whole jumpy, blurry, one-trick pony affair, mostly shot at night or in dimly-lit subterranean caverns to mask the limitations of the budget, feels inordinately derivative.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2016
2.5/4 88% Friendly Persuasion (1956) While painting one of the better portraits of Quaker life, the film's sober, Civil War-focused intentions are constantly undermined by slapstick situations and erstwhile tomfoolery.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Iron Jawed Angels (2003) Despite the film's anachronistic approach -- fast-tracking camera tricks and a soundtrack pulsating with contemporary musical numbers -- there's a lot to appreciate in Katja von Garnier's classy precursor to the recent (and less effective) "Suffragette."‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet George Fox and the Quakers (2001) A dry but well-researched documentary about the life and legacy of the founder of the Religious Society of Friends.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2016
3/4 76% OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) (2008) The first of two OSS 117 spy spoofs from the director (Hazanavicius) and star (Dujardin) of "The Artist" is sublimely silly stuff.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2016
3/4 96% High Noon (1952) Deserving of its classic western status... although for a movie predicated on its titular twelve o'clock showdown, the gunfight itself is oddly anticlimactic. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet Courageous Mr. Penn (1941) Ooh, Minister... This shoddy excuse for a history lesson bears more than a passing resemblance to those bawdy British Gerald Thomas/Peter Rogers vulgarities of old. Call it "Carry On Quaking," if you will.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Einstein and Eddington (2008) Gollum and Dr. Who play the eponymous genius physicist and relatively-unknown astronomer, respectively, in the impeccably-made BBC docudrama "Einstein and Eddington." ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
2/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Less a reason to celebr8te than might have been, even in Ultra Panavision 70(mm).‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
2/4 48% San Andreas (2015) Best Performance by a Semi-Retired Professional Wrestler in an Irwin Allen-styled Disaster Movie? That'll be the day I go back to Annandale...‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
3/4 93% The Gift (2015) Joel Edgerton proves a triple threat in "The Gift," as writer, director, and creepy villain of the piece.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
3.5/4 71% Angel and the Badman (1947) With its stunning Flagstaff, Arizona locations and a breezy tone, the John Wayne-produced "Angel and the Badman" is a delightful mix of romance and action, with excellent chemistry between the leads.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet Dear America: Standing in the Light (1999) This television adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne's novel is saddled with pat performances and overreaching platitudes. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet Beauty's Worth (1922) Robert G. Vignola's film is a beauty all right. It's witty, worldly, and wise. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
3.5/4 95% Wild Tales (2015) This wild and wacky six-pack of revenge-tinged dramas is "Falling Down" for the art house set.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/4 96% Citizenfour (2014) A risky and revelatory documentary weakened only by its awesome source.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Prayer in the Dark (1997) As a contemplative view of a contemporary religious family, and how their ideals shape the unfolding drama, Jerry Ciccoritti's "A Prayer in the Dark" is refreshingly faithful to its core.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
2.5/4 17% The Baroness and the Pig (2002) "The Baroness and the Pig" is an odd duck.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015