Giovanni Fazio Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Giovanni Fazio

Giovanni Fazio
Giovanni Fazio's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Japan Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 71% Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (2015) Theory of Obscurity is loaded with clips from The Residents' deranged promo films and shows, and makes a case for them as innovators of the music video format.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
2/5 94% Arrival (2016) Like Contact and Interstellar before it, Arrival conflates inner and outer space, where contact with alien intelligence is the balm that heals one's own psychic wounds, a cosmic Oprah Winfrey delivering closure.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Quote not available.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
3/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight is a pretty good film that has been embarrassingly over-hyped.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
4/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) The caricature of self-righteous leftism on display here is spot on, and Captain Fantastic walks a fine line between seeing the good faith in Ben's Thoreau-like beliefs and acknowledging the rather authoritarian way in which he pushes them on his kids.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/5 88% Jackie (2016) This is essentially asking us to celebrate the birth of spin in modern politics.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
96% The Artist (2011) As the scattershot everything-at-once world of Net connectivity ever decreases our ability to concentrate, the mere act of turning down the sensory input for an experience seems like a bold act of cultural resistance.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
96% Argo (2012) Argo works 100 percent as a straight-up hard-boiled thriller, but its deeper thematic current is about trust. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
4/5 92% La La Land (2016) There's a melancholy to La La Land that makes it linger.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4.5/5 97% Weiner (2016) If you feel like your cinematic diet has been a bit lacking in schadenfreude lately, then look no further than Weiner, an astounding internet-age documentary of hubris and disgrace, where no stupid behavior, once recorded, ever disappears.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/5 90% Green Room (2016) These days, it seems like there's enough darkness in the world without turning to the cinema for a steady diet of mutilation and pain.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3.5/5 61% Snowden (2016) Joseph Gordon Levitt gives a stolid and precise performance in the lead role , but Stone warms him up by focusing on Snowden's long-term romantic relationship with dancer Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley).‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
4/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) It feels like Refn was born in the wrong era, because he would've been a great midnight-movie maker back in the day.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/5 75% Wiener-Dog (2016) I laughed, but I suspect most people won't be "comfortable" with it.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
2.5/5 44% Moonwalkers (2016) Bardou-Jacquet cut his teeth on adverts and music videos, and it shows; he gets an A for visuals and "groovy" set design, but a D for plotting, dialogue and the ability to milk a scene for a joke.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
3/5 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) Tale of Tales is great eye candy, and the awe-inspiring shots from Puglia's octagonal Castel del Monte and the moss-covered forest of Lazio's Bosco del Sasseto will surely leave you planning your next vacation to the south of Italy.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3.5/5 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) For casual fans or people who have yet to encounter Baker, Born To Be Blue is a good place to start, perfectly encapsulating the fragility and self-destructive urges that underlined his uniquely beautiful and melancholic music.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) It's all a bit of a bro'verdose.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
4/5 98% Heart of a Dog (2015) Incredibly poignant.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
1/5 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) The steampunk fashion by costume designer Julian Day -- all gothy greatcoats, bodices, lace-up boots and strappy leather holsters -- was about the only saving grace of two brainless hours.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
3.5/5 92% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) Coherency is not one of the film's strengths, although on a point-by-point basis, it's provocative and even amusing.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
3.5/5 93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) It looks beyond the wild-child rock-chick cliche to find different shades of Joplin.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
3/5 81% The Myth Of The American Sleepover (2011) Sleepover is evocative but a little underwhelming.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
1/5 60% High-Rise (2016) Characters you don't buy do things you don't believe for reasons you're not given.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5/5 88% Dope (2015) Dope feels a lot like vintage Spike Lee in how Famuyiwa plays it for comedy, but can't resist the urge to drop some wisdom on you too.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 73% Trumbo (2015) Trumbo just feels a bit too much like all those sainthood biopics that appear around Oscar season, with their sheen of "quality" and simplistic righteousness that defines the genre.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
5/5 100% The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) This was the first time anyone had seen a mosh pit on-screen, and Spheeris somehow gets right in the scrum, capturing a blur of flailing bodies.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) McKay takes us deep into the world of mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations -- I sense your eyes glazing over -- but makes convoluted financial fraud feel as entertaining and zany as any of his previous comedies.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
4/5 100% Banksy Does New York (2014) Banksy -- like most ruffians who took to scrawling on public property and fleeing the police -- has a strong anti-establishment tone running through his work, and his best NYC work is reliably cheeky.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
4.5/5 94% Room (2015) In our webbed-up world of total information, it's something we get to experience less and less of. Make the effort with this one, keep yourself rigorously uninformed... Buy the ticket, take the ride.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
4.5/5 95% Amy (2015) Amy shows us the vibrant and all-too-vulnerable person behind the tabloid caricature, and will make you hate yourself for ever having laughed at Jay Leno or the many other comedians who used her as the butt of a cheap joke.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
2/5 96% Brooklyn (2015) The lack of dramatic tension is startling.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
3.5/5 87% Heaven Knows What (2015) Kudos to the Safdies for not sugar-coating or otherwise romanticizing the experience of being an addict, but it is a bummer to watch.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
2.5/5 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Straight Outta Compton swears to tell the truth, the half-truth, and nothing but the, uh... you know the rest.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
4/5 96% Citizenfour (2014) [1984] is looking less like fiction with each passing day.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) The latest Iron Man has everything you'd expect from a movie with "3" in its title: more fireballs, badder bad guys and a gazillion battle-armor suits. But it's also much, much funnier, thanks perhaps to the presence of director Shane Black.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) This film does so many things right, it's hard to say what to single out for praise.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/5 87% Django Unchained (2012) Waltz gives a great performance, mixing an outwardly genial demeanor with sudden bursts of violence, and a surprisingly kind heart for someone in a Tarantino film.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
4/5 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) Drag Me To Hell is great fun in a Haunted Mansion kind of way, a spook-house designed to make you jump with fright and squirm with tension.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
3/5 90% District 9 (2009) It has become almost impossible to make a sci-fi film these days that doesn't spend its last 30 minutes in a multiple-orgasm roar of screaming, shooting and shattering explosions.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
2/5 89% The World's End (2013) The film suffers due to Pegg's wearying, laddish performance, which comes off as simply obnoxious: Imagine Jim Carrey at his most manic, throwing his arms out wide as if appealing directly to the audience for a laugh.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
90% Bridesmaids (2011) If the Hangover movies confronted dudes' sheer terror at their own poor impulse control, then Bridesmaids plunges straight into the female heart of darkness.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) What makes it all work, though, is the film's oddball sense of humour, and while this may all get a bit tired by the time we get to Guardians 3, for now, sit back and enjoy.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
3/5 78% Monsters University (2013) Great Randy Newman score, some inspired sight gags, and a sure way to let your 6-year-old learn early on that school is all about cliques, and that the people who tend to run in them are often jerks.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Dawn" really marks a new pinnacle of expressiveness in digital animation.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
3.5/5 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) [Bryan Singer] returns to give the franchise a needed energy boost, and while the dialogue's heavy on exposition, the action sequences feature enough crazy mutant superpowers to keep things reliably entertaining.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
3/5 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) While it's effective in spurts, we can only wonder when Lt. Tarantino will learn some new tactics.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
3.5/5 55% Little Birds (2012) There have been a bunch of films about teen girls with a wild streak getting in over their heads, and Little Birds isn't all that different, though it does have a bit more of a sense that this is the teen feeling it, not the adult looking back.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
5/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) A remarkable sci-fi classic.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
1/5 43% American Ultra (2015) American Ultra plays like an episode of Homeland for people too stoned to process the plot of a SpongeBob SquarePants episode.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016