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David N. Butterworth

David N. Butterworth
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 No Score Yet The Big Trees (1952) Leading man Kirk Douglas has himself referred to "The Big Trees" as a bad movie. Bad is perhaps a little harsh, but just a little. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet The Winds of Autumn (1976) This Quaker oater is a B-movie through and through.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Down to the Sea in Ships (1923) A boisterous affair featuring 19th Century whaling, star-crossed lovers, and a young Clara Bow in her screen debut.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
3/4 41% Tusk (2014) Yes, "Tusk" is a stunt, a comedic dare, and a fake-looking one at times (which only seems to help, not hinder, its cause). But the darkness at the film's heart is real and gross and truly disturbing. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2015
3/4 60% Surrender Dorothy (1998) Whatever happened to Kevin DiNovis?‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2015
3/4 100% LFO: The Movie (2013) The uniquely Swedish "LFO" is as droll as it is uncomfortable.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2015
2.5/4 97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) In hindsight, perhaps self-hypnosis tape recordings don't make for the most engrossing cinema.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
3/4 83% Blue Caprice (2013) Refusing to settle for easy exploitation, director Alexandre Moors paints a vivid, bone-chilling picture of the corrupting power of evil.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
3/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) Ronan dominates virtually every scene she's in -- and she's in virtually every scene -- with a maturity well beyond her years.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
3/4 94% Room (2015) Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are the reason to see this fine rendering of Emma Donoghue's unusual and contained novel of the same name.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
3.5/4 95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) An instant classic... and not just a vampire one.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
2.5/4 73% Suffragette (2015) Feels oddly perfunctory, despite valiant turns from Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
3.5/4 100% Out 1, Noli Me Tangere (1971) A cineaste's wet dream. All 13 hours of it.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet The Ministry of the Stove (2012) Finn and Katherine Yarbrough's affecting, award-winning short is a contemplation of the South Starksboro Meeting House, the oldest continually-used Quaker church in Vermont.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Meeting School (2007) Given the ultimate fate of The Meeting School, this documentary short subject remains a sad and telling commentary on the challenges of "alternative" education. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2015
2.5/4 65% Spectre (2015) Jolly, old-school Bond, if a tad low in "Spectre" gadgets.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet OzLand (2015) Well intentioned but way too obvious for its own good.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2015
1.5/4 60% Aimy In a Cage (2015) Imagine an extended episode of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" with the volume cranked to 11. That's this celluloid version of the "Aimy Micry" comic book.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2015
2.5/4 84% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) An intriguing and clever-sounding idea that unfortunately loses its way in the translation from script to screen.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2015
1.5/4 30% The Collector (2009) Plays like a collection of outtakes from some "Saw" script that never saw the light of day (or, heaven forbid, has yet to be made). ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2015
3.5/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) Jeremy Saulnier's "Blue Ruin" is a small, quiet film brimming with smart directorial decisions.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2015
2/4 18% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) Monsters are few and far between, and Dark Continent was an offensive name given to Africa by 19th century Europeans, so why exactly this film is called "Monsters: Dark Continent" is anyone's guess.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
1.5/4 80% Black Sea (2015) Cliches abound in this waterlogged post-Cold War thriller from director Kevin Macdonald.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 62% Unfriended (2015) A nifty little shocker that leverages today's plugged in experience to excellent effect.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2015
2.5/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) Another finely reenacted if longwinded history lesson from director Mike Leigh.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2015
3/4 32% Chappie (2015) "Chappie" is one sad motion picture, with Blomkamp's depiction of man's inhumanity to man never more blatant.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Like most films of its type, "Destricted" is a decidedly mixed bag. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
2/4 60% The Inhabitants (2015) You have to credit the Rasmussen Brothers for going spectral rather than splatter, but a good disembowelment rarely hurts. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Sons of Ben: The Movie (2015) An infectious documentary about a ragtag band of diehard soccer fans rooting wildly for a team that doesn't yet exist.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2015
3.5/4 67% Cremaster Cycle (2010) Matthew Barney makes Peter Greenaway look like Joel Schumacher.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Pope of Utah (1993) Temple University film grads Chaim Bianco and Steven Saylor's "The Pope of Utah" is a wacky, colorful, and savagely funny deconstruction of the American Dream.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2015
3/4 72% Backdraft (1991) Ron Howard's film is one of smoke-eaters, crispers, and torches... and it bestows a renewed respect on a profession all too often taken for granted.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet A Fish in the Bathtub (1999) A nice change of pace, with a genuine chemistry between the two leads.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
0/4 23% Bulletproof Monk (2003) Not to put too fine a point on it, but "Bulletproof Monk" is a rather large piece of garbage.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2015
2.5/4 90% Kinsey (2004) "Kinsey," like the pioneering sex researcher profiled therein, reduces its subject to a bit of a dry academic exercise.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
0/4 29% Eye of the Dolphin (2007) Blandly acted, idiotically written, and incomprehensibly directed, "Eye of the Dolphin" is quite possibly one of the most incompetently made films I have ever seen.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
3.5/4 94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) An out-and-out triumph for the Brothers Affleck.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
2/4 42% The Golden Compass (2007) Begets the less than ringing endorsement, 'Yeah, whatever. It was OK I suppose.'‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
3.5/4 96% Let's Get Lost (1989) The allure of Chet Baker's stage persona compared to the shambles of his personal life is staggering in Bruce Weber's fitting elegy to a genius who lived hard yet made it all look so easy.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
3/4 58% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008) Think Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedian" x 4!‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
3/4 52% Funny Games (2008) A cool, calculated exercise in serious discomfort.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
2/4 48% Run Fatboy Run (2007) About as funny as Ross on "Friends." David Schwimmer (Ross on "Friends") directs.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
1.5/4 94% The Guard (2011) To paraphrase Nigel Terry in "The Lion in Winter," "The Guard" is a stinker and it stinks.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
3/4 83% The Rookie (2002) Slow moving, even pedestrian at times, yet this Dennis Quaid vehicle strikes a lot of genuinely heartwarming moments along the way.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/4 89% The Visitor (2008) First with "The Station Agent" and now with "The Visitor" (aka "Muukalainen"), actor-turned-director Tom McCarthy has quickly proven himself a master of the delicately-observed social drama.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2012
3/4 87% Buried (2010) This experiment in minimalist filmmaking succeeds in part because of the tight, controlled performance by one of 'People' magazine's sexiest men (buried) alive! ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2011
3/4 69% The Wackness (2008) Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley make for an oddly engaging couple in Jonathan Levine's audacious comedy about sex, drugs, and unexpected friendships.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted May 31, 2011
2.5/4 62% Changeling (2008) Jolie is alternately distraught and outraged (in good ways) but Eastwood's film is an odd mix of genres that never quite settles into the one we want to watch.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted May 17, 2011
2/4 53% Martyrs (2008) Brutally well-conceived... for about 40 minutes, and then "Martyrs" flips on its own bloody axis and falls apart, existentially.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2011
3/4 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) This Bond -- number 22 if you're counting -- is ruthless, efficient, and tough as nails.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2011