Donovan Farley

Donovan Farley
Donovan Farley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Willamette Week
Publications: Willamette Week

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 48% Burden (2020) While certainly not without its charms, the heavy-handed Burden suffers from a presentation that relies too heavily on the true story at its core and loses focus on presenting that narrative artfully. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
92% The Invisible Man (2020) The brilliant Elizabeth Moss embodies the invisibility of abused women everywhere whose reports are often disbelieved with a typical top-shelf performance as Cecilia. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The English filmmaker has managed to breathe new and entertaining life into his favorite genre. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 89% 1917 (2020) Creatively conceived and beautifully executed, 1917 is an affecting and tense entry in the pantheon of war movies. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Sweet without being saccharine, Gerwig's Little Women, is, simply put, a lovely experience. It's also one that propels Gerwig to the fore of any discussion of modern cinema's best young directors. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Double Tap's success hinges on the audience's enjoyment of this nonstop humor, and most of the quips are delightful enough to help the movie stand out when compared to more serious zombie fare. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Uneven and downright odd cinematography plague The Current War as well, a fact made all the more unsatisfying by a brilliantly conceived segment near the conclusion. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Despite Lucy in the Sky's attempt to showcase the many difficulties women face in a male-dominated field, Hawley's direction reduces Portman's heartfelt and nuanced performance to tabloid fodder, often presenting her as a hysterical cliché. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
68% Joker (2019) His archaic views about "PC culture" aside, Philips has created a pitch-black cinematic world where the have-nots have been pushed beyond the brink...brought forth from Phoenix a performance that will be studied as long as cinema exists. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Beautifully constructed and centered on the human search for connection, even beyond our planet, Ad Astra is a reminder of the joyous awe you can still experience at the movies. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
83% Official Secrets (2019) The most intense scene hinges on spell check. Gun's story is an intriguing tale about the lies governments tell that's presented ably, if a bit too straightforwardly, in Official Secrets. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Expressing the internal lives of characters from literature has been an issue for filmmakers since cinema's inception. It's hard to recall a more glaring example of this struggle than The Goldfinch. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Even without this film, Crosby's the kind of figure who would have always been remembered, but director Eaton has delivered a fascinating document worthy of such a remarkable life. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
41% Stuber (2019) The immensely gifted Nanjiani manages to wring a few laughs out of the contrived script... - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) ...disdain for logic (and plot) is a constant throughout Yesterday, a film that wastes the talent involved by concentrating solely on its core conceit: "OMG, it's Beatles songs!" - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/4 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Like most Jarmusch features, Dead will severely divide audiences. To me, it's one of his finest works. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) Sadly, this cinematic retelling of a truly appalling story is too often hamstrung by its predictability and overreliance on the audience's outrage at Willingham's plight. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
67% The White Crow (2019) ... overall a pleasant and beautifully presented look at the artistry of dance, Cold War politics and a complicated man. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
83% Dogman (2019) Although Dogman suffers from a few plot holes, it is a visually gorgeous character study that shows you can kick a dog only so many times before he bites back-even if he's the runt of the litter. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1/4 30% Red Joan (2019) ... largely devoid of the intrigue that usually accompanies such weighty topics. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 58% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary isn't perfect, but its flaws are minimal enough to make it a fun and hair-raising escape from the actual horrors of the world, which is exactly what one wants from anything tied to Stephen King. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/4 93% Us (2019) As good as these performances are, Us is undoubtedly a film carried by its female characters and the brilliant actresses playing them. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/4 69% Climax (2019) The paranoia that slowly overcomes the group is masterfully presented... However, the characters are lesser for the illogical way they hasten themselves to incredible cruelty and violence. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Rothe shines in this film as she did in the original, and so does most of the supporting cast, but her charms aren't enough to make Happy Death Day 2U a multiverse you'd be happy to be stuck duplicating. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019