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David N. Butterworth

David N. Butterworth
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker might well be the next big thing... if he's ever given the chance to work in Hollywood again. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Tourist Trap (1979) A limp 70s horror entry from mannequin meister David Schmoeller (the "Puppet Master" series).‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
2.5/4 79% Educating Rita (1983) Time has not been kind to "Educating Rita."‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
2/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Do we really need another franchise with a tall-ish, "42"-year-old vigilante drifter cracking heads? Probably not.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
3/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) David Mackenzie's modern-day Western hits the high-water mark in terms of its uniformly fine performances if not, necessarily, its narrative construct.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
3/4 79% The American Side (2016) An extremely satisfying throwback to those classic gumshoe dramas of the '40s and '50s, with the style and tone intact.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
3/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Maintains the elegance and enchantment of the original film.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
3/4 54% The Dressmaker (2016) Winslet and Davis are formidable in "The Dressmaker."‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) "Get Out" succeeds by taking a fairly-standard horror format and invigorating it with a visceral social element. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
3/4 77% ABCs of Death 2 (2014) The targeted demographic--gore fans with short attention spans--are going to eat this superior sequel up.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet Play for Today (Abigail's Party) (1977) Demis Roussos, anyone?‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
2.5/4 33% Masterminds (2016) Not every gag lands, but those that do make this broad yet lovable schlub of a comedy worth a $3.99 online stream.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
2/4 79% The Family Fang (2016) A humorless, Debbie Downer of a dysfunctional family drama, all the more disappointing given its promising pedigree.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
3/4 86% Inserts (1975) Byrum's X-rated smut fest is abundantly witty, often pointed, and well played by the entire cast (of five).‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
3.5/4 96% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) The very definition of a mondo midnight movie!‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
2/4 93% La La Land (2016) Alas, the stylized, wall-to-wall inauthenticity pries out the emotional heart of this modern-day musical fantasy, leaving it needless and empty. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
3/4 96% Moana (2016) Purposefully and persuasively continues the Disney tradition of tough, outspoken, and intrepid heroines without skipping a beat. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
1.5/4 40% Landmine Goes Click (2015) Just this old sick song keeps Georgia on my mine.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
3.5/4 42% 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom (2012) An unusual -- and unusually joyous -- embattled siblings flick, flush with quirks and neat asides and insanely funny bits you barely saw coming.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
3/4 85% Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016) Great Scot!‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
2.5/4 78% The Shallows (2016) Equal parts taut and titillating... until it jumps the shark in its final act.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
2.5/4 57% Feast (2006) A refreshingly arch sense of humor coupled with some non-standardization, genre-wise, elevate this gloppy creature feature.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 81% Man Up (2015) Pegg and Bell click, and that's enough to carry the picture.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 86% Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2012) A worthy baptism for those unacquainted with the genre but less fulfilling, perhaps, for the pre-converted eager to experience more. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
3.5/4 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) Does exactly what it says on the tin.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet In The Turn (2014) Queer roller derby gets its due in Erica Tremblay's impassioned doc.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
2.5/4 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) "Keeping Up with the Joneses" is a fun, silly comedy with few pretensions and an extremely likeable cast. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Day of Reckoning (2016) A jolly if undernourished SyFy channel vision, one which could have benefited from a little attention to detail in the close-up work (its script included).‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
1.5/4 45% King Cobra (2016) This disposable drama manages to blur the lines between reality and fantasy so convincingly that it's hard to tell when one shamelessly sleazy work in progress peters out and the main story arc kicks in.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
2.5/4 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Competently made -- noisy and intense -- but not a pretty picture.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/4 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) An assured and ambitious arthouse odyssey from the Zelners, with the wonderful, wistful Rinko Kikuchi at its core.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
2/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Banal and embarrassing and cliched beyond words, trite and awkward and perplexing. But hey, at least nobody dies. Well, except Hugh Grant's character, who "went down in the bush," snork, snork.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
2/4 60% Hillsong - Let Hope Rise (2016) The biggest band that nobody's heard of (to quote one of its members) is documented in this flashy, big screen hucksterfest.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
3/4 86% Bestiaire (2012) Denis Cote's elegant, wordless contemplation of man's fascination with--and indirect dependence on--animals is like a coffee table book thumbed through on film.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
1.5/4 71% What We Did on Our Holiday (2015) Proves without a doubt that America doesn't hold a monopoly on obnoxious child actors.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
2.5/4 44% The Hollars (2016) Hollar if you've heard this one before.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
3.5/4 94% The Hunt (2013) Mikkelsen makes this personal horror show his own with a powerful and remarkably controlled performance.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
3/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) A real meat and potatoes proposition -- satisfying *and* tasty!‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
2/4 40% She's Funny That Way (2015) Bogdanovich, the principal proponent of the latter-day screwball comedy, wastes a large and capable cast here.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet Brillo Box (3 cents off) (2016) The ups and downs of the titular Andy Warhol sculpture are as engaging as they are informative.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Tattoo (1981) As sleazy a viewing experience as one might expect from a movie in which Bruce Dern kidnaps Maud Adams and scribbles all over her.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
3/4 92% Grandma (2015) Lily Tomlin and her female counterparts excel in this drama/comedy/road movie hybrid -- a warm, small film, not earth-shattering, but genuine.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
1.5/4 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) I enjoyed their films. Particularly the early, good ones.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
4/4 91% Locke (2014) Together, Knight and Hardy take us on an extraordinary journey.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
2.5/4 52% I Smile Back (2015) Silverman is excellent, but she could use a better script.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
2.5/4 89% The Lobster (2016) "The Lobster" peters out about halfway through but regardless, director Lanthimos and co-writer Filippou have constructed a singular and ambitious vision, rich with symbolism and observant commentary about societal pressures to pair up.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/4 80% Macbeth (2015) As far as justifying yet another version of "Macbeth" to the Brothers Weinstein goes, this ain't a half bad way to do it. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2016
1.5/4 61% Legend (2015) Tom Hardy shines in "Legend" -- twice, in fact -- but his satisfying dual performance is the *only* thing Brian Helgeland's film has going for it.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2016
3/4 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Adorable.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
1.5/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) If you truly want to see "Ghostbusters" remade in a fresh and reverential way, rent "Be Kind Rewind" (preferably on VHS!).‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016