Glenn Heath Jr.

Glenn Heath Jr.
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
83% High Life (2019) This erotic, savage hallucination of a film is Denis' most hopeful in years. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
65% Peterloo (2019) Dry and plodding at times, this carefully detailed historical epic is nevertheless perceptive to how small, pivotal decisions by everyday people inform the momentum of grand historical events. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) The Brink doesn't end up illuminating anything new about Bannon's style or persona. It just traps the viewer in small rooms with a man who has convinced himself he's larger than life. Hard pass. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
78% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Sorry Angel honestly portrays the difficulty of connecting with another person when basically all facets of mainstream society have closed their doors on your humanity. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
57% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) With Sunset, Nemes has created an effectively brutal allegory about the local origins of national destruction. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
93% Diane (2019) If Diane were just another small town exploration of grief and guilt, it wouldn't resonate nearly as much. Jones' film is interested more in the suffocating weariness that stems from trying to remain hopeful against all odds... - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
74% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Simplistic threads of heroism and humanization are invariably presented on a silver platter, because in a situation this awful there has to be something positive to embrace, even if it doesn't ring true. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Since Jia and Zhao are not just collaborators, but life partners as well, could Ash is Purest White be a sly plea for her forgiveness? If so, the film is a masterful, epic portrait of humbling self-critique. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
51% The Hummingbird Project (2019) The Hummingbird Project tries for high-energy farce a la The Wolf of Wall Street, exposing the dark side of post-recession entrepreneurship. But it doesn't have that film's guts or gusto. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
74% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Just like styles in genre filmmaking, the characters seem to be caught in a perpetual cycle of reinvention. These kinds of dualities give Dragged Across Concrete a nuanced, long form texture. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
96% Transit (2019) Petzold creates unwavering tension from this nightmare scenario, deftly weaving together references to 21st century social issues with sly variations on tropes from the classic wartime thriller. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Birds of Passage clocks in at just over two hours yet feels rushed and incomplete. All of the gangster film tropes and archetypes are present, but the characters themselves are simply defined by redundant motivations. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) This is a stand alone film that actually stands alone. Captain Marvel may not be subtle or stylistically innovative -- or even particularly great for that matter -- but I'll still be excited to show it to my daughter once she's old enough. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
57% Greta (2019) Fables have a way of revealing the nightmarish implications of utopian façades, and Greta does exactly that. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
83% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Considering its energy and ambition, Krstić's film doesn't always make linear sense; cohesion is not the aim here. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird never forgets that these players are people first, and not merely X's and O's on a dry erase board. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) This isn't Farhadi's tightest script; messy subplots and redundant dialogue exchanges make Everybody Knows feel bloated at times. Much more interesting are the ways in which it reveals issues of class through both passive and overt aggressions. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
No Score Yet Lifeboat (2019) While well-meaning, the film pales in comparison to Gianfranco Rosi's superior Fire at Sea. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% End Game (2018) It's as emotionally devastating as it sounds. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Period. End of Sentence. (2018) Rousing and brave. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% Black Sheep (2018) Told through a stirring first-person interview with the main subject, it makes for an apt companion piece to Yance Ford's Strong Island. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet A Night at the Garden (2019) Worthy of your attention... This is pure hate on open display. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Marguerite (2019) It's easy to lose track of the delicate, sincere Marguerite, the story of an elderly woman's friendship with her home nurse. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Fauve (2018) With bleak, dystopic locales reminiscent of Tarkovsky, this elemental study of power and regret is a stunner. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Skin (2018) Simplifies a ripped-from-the-headlines tragedy, but at least has a sense of it's own ridiculousness. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
83% Detainment (2018) A brutally trite, slow-motion-obsessed portrait of banal evil. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Late Afternoon (2017) Louise Bagnall's film is modest by design and somewhat simplistic, but its heart is in the right place. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Animal Behaviour (2018) Written, directed and animated by Alison Snowden and David Fine, this comedy of unbridled rage and ego unfortunately relies far too heavily on cliché for laughs. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Weekends (2017) Its minimalist 2-D sketches are sobering and surreal, a shape-shifting monument to the protagonist's growing anxiety. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet One Small Step (2018) Directors Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas trace victories and tragedies without the crutch of dialogue, but still manage to paint in broad, sentimental strokes. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% Bao (2018) Despite its Pixar polish, the film remains a moving testament to how quickly life can pass us by. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
77% Never Look Away (2019) The film is many things at once; political critique, love story, tragedy and artist origin story. Yet, it fails to conjure any momentum with any of these specific identities. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A lumbering blockbuster with more spectacle than soul. One wonders what will it take for both Rodriguez and Cameron to rediscover the proficiency and economy of spirit that made their first works so impactful. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Like all of Jackson's best work, They Shall Not Grow Old is a humbling experience about the loss of innocence. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) There's enough wit and charm to forgive an otherwise tepidly made revision of classic Hollywood lore. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) Employing stiff camera moves and foreboding music cues, Kusama surrounds her humorless lead with an equally serious aesthetic canvas... But the revenge narrative becomes too convoluted. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) If Hale County chooses to immerse itself in environments occupied by groups of people rather than excavate individual subjects and their personal lives, it remains a compassionate film nonetheless. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Morphs into an engaging exploration of how impassioned arguments mirror the beginnings of social change. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
66% Vice (2018) For long stretches, it's a striking example of brutal American self-reflection from a time when very little of that existed. But McKay's love for absurdity and irony only takes these historical traumas so far. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It is a deeply sad mosaic of good people who are ultimately defined by the bad they've done, whether fairly or not... It remains up to filmmakers like Kore-eda to remind us that people are never this simple. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Cuarón does not conjure up nostalgia or false sentiment. He mixes personal melodrama with epic scale, creating gripping sequences where normalcy suddenly experiences tectonic shifts. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
59% Vox Lux (2018) Corbet's hyper-stylized film proves to be purely a concert for one, a thematically hollow mix of grad school philosophizing and exploding glitter. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Under a hail of uproarious rage and absurdity, The Favourite subverts the idea that only one kind of person can become a slave to the process. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Practical and deeply monotonous... The film favors the tired talking-heads model employed by countless filmmakers, which leaves much to be desired stylistically. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
73% Chef Flynn (2018) The adult world of fine dining soon comes calling, overwhelming all sense of fun and play. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Even when the film seemingly expresses a sunny disposition, that's just its devilishness playing possum. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) Green Book is very aware of the ideological divide it hopes to bridge. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) [Director Frederick] Wiseman's apolitical style has never seemed more in need of some propulsive activism. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
91% Maria By Callas (2018) Don't call it a comeback for Callas, but rather a long awaited vindication. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The synergy between McQueen's rigorous formalism and [Gillian Flynn]'s salacious overtones feel strained at times, but the result is never boring... Underneath the dime store novel theatrics is a fascinating consideration of women under extreme duress. - San Diego CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018