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David N. Butterworth

David N. Butterworth
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 No Score Yet Hired Gun (2016) An A-list roster of session musicians--on tour with the likes of KISS, Pink, and Billy Joel--get their 15 minutes of fame in director Fran Strine's slick and professional tribute.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2016
3/4 81% The Revenant (2015) Both the CGI bear and Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar-winning performance were perfectly well done.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet Uncle David (2009) David Hoyle's doomed love affair "Uncle David" is constantly at odds with itself, yet somehow it works.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Texas Heart (2016) This Texan crime drama wears its heart so high on its sleeve that light bruising is inevitable. ‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Open Your Eyes (2015) Director Irene Taylor Brodsky brings sensitivity and insight to the global reality of cataract blindness, and the inexpensive ease by which it can be cured.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Makeover (2013) A genial, gender-reversing take on George Bernard Shaw's timeless "Pygmalion."‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Muloorina (1964) David Cobham's BP-produced, John Barry-scored documentary short proves a fitting tribute to ill-fated British speed racer, Donald Campbell (1921 - 1967).‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
2.5/4 100% Of Horses and Men (2015) Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson's equine-accented debut is passionate and pleasing, yet remains somewhat culturally aloof.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2016
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 62% 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