Godfrey Cheshire

Godfrey Cheshire
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The screenwriters' way of describing this world's fall from grace due to the lures of money and luxury has the power and inevitability of classic tragedy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/4 80% Pig (2018) The filmmaker and his work deserve to be better known, and Pig is an ideal introduction to both for American audiences. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/4 91% The Charmer (Charmoren) (2018) A sharply crafted drama that has elements of noirish suspense. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/4 89% Museum (Museo) (2018) Museo, the director's sophomore feature, builds on its predecessor's promise very handily. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/4 95% No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) (2018) The execution on display here posits Jalilvand as among Iran's most assured directors to have emerged in this decade. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
3/4 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) The film does a good job of placing all this Tinseltown rutting in the context of Hollywood's industrial need to keep secrets and maintain squeaky-clean images for its most famous denizens. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2.5/4 29% Shock and Awe (2018) The filmmaking here is so pedestrian, flat-footed and overly-obvious as to leave Shock and Awe one of those second-rate dramatic movies that make you wish that it had been a top-notch documentary instead. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3.5/4 98% The Cakemaker (2018) A terrifically impressive feature debut by Israeli writer/director Ofir Raul Graizer. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/4 98% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) It's one of those features from a distant part of the globe that seems like it may have been created primarily for Western art houses and festivals, where its exemplary direction and feminist theme are indeed likely to win Surya new fans. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
2/4 45% The Yellow Birds (2018) A rather dispiriting slog of a movie. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/4 76% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) If Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist isn't a great or greatly appealing film, that may have more to do with the subject's personal limitations and unpleasantness than with the filmmaker's skills. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4/4 93% First Reformed (2018) A stunning, enrapturing film, a crowning work by one of the American cinema's most essential artists. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/4 96% Filmworker (2018) As [Vitali] recalls these experiences, we get behind-the-scenes glimpses of Kubrick at work on his last films, though how substantive these are depends to an extent on who's interviewed (or not). - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3/4 68% The Seagull (2018) The Seagull is handsomely mounted and well-acted by a stellar cast, but it's one of those theatrical adaptations that has no reason to exist for any viewer who can recall a superior stage version of the same work. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2/4 88% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2018) A road movie story that aims toward simplistic and rather formulaic romantic wish-fulfillment. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
2/4 54% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) A film that, despite scattered amusements and insights, is fundamentally unsatisfying. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/4 97% The Rider (2018) What really distinguishes [Zhao's] work here is something beyond great filmmaking chops: a vision that is deeply humanistic, founded on a compassionate realism that honors the heartfelt struggles of all the creatures it encounters. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3.5/4 94% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) A cavalcade of images, icons and ideas that, while less innovative, are every bit as eye-popping in their own way as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, and Metropolis are in theirs. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 87% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) The film keeps you guessing, not only as to where the story's going but what kind of film it will turn out to be. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/4 75% Maineland (2018) A documentary that offers some fascinating if glancing insights into a rich and timely subject but ends up being more frustrating than enlightening. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3/4 93% Journey's End (2018) An intelligent, meticulously crafted drama about British soldiers in the trenches of World War I. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
1.5/4 86% Hannah (2018) There is a real seed of dramatic possibility in Hannah, but Pallaoro smothers it beneath the lacquer of the film's fastidiously mannered minimalism. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/4 97% Tehran Taboo (2018) Using skillful, involving storytelling and beautifully executed rotoscoped photography, director Ali Soozandeh creates a world of intersecting urban miseries and challenges. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3/4 69% Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017) One of the saddest moments I've ever seen in a film comes more than halfway into Lili Fini Zanuck's Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
4/4 92% 24 Frames (2018) How fitting that this lovely final film is one that could be enjoyed by fourth-graders as easily as the most knowledgeable of Kiarostami's admirers. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/4 88% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The year is not even two weeks old but it already has one electrifyingly brilliant film to its credit. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/4 77% In the Land of Pomegranates (2018) Informative and thought-provoking. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3/4 71% Hostiles (2018) A film that's beautifully shot and acted, but also meandering, overlong and only sporadically focused on its central issues. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
1/4 73% Sundowners (2017) It's for folks who fetishize indie-style ineptitude and amateurishness. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3.5/4 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) [Zvyagintsev] continues to solidify his place as one of the most important and original voices in world cinema. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/4 84% Darkest Hour (2017) While Gary Oldman's phenomenal work as Winston Churchill had been heralded in advance, it is astonishingly equaled by the film's achievements in direction, screenwriting, score and cinematography. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 100% A Gray State (2017) A real-life tale that's as unsettling as it is precisely of-the-moment. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 57% LBJ (2017) Captures a tumultuous political era and one of its most profanely colorful leaders with a good deal of insight and emotional torque. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/4 89% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) A fond and appreciative portrait of one of American journalism's superstars. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 95% Tempestad (2016) In showing the emotional impact of Mexico's ongoing political crisis, Heuzo has provided a valuable reminder of why broad systemic change is needed. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) I'm not sure why we need a Coney Island that looks like Bertolucci's The Conformist, but somehow it works, providing a level of visual interest that fascinates even when the dramatic interest lags. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
3/4 88% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) In providing a detailed analysis of the shower scene in Hitchcock's horror milestone, makes a persuasive case for Psycho as the film that jump-started modern cinema. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/4 100% I Am Another You (2017) So absorbing because it plays like a lyrical road odyssey that's also a detective story. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/4 84% The King's Choice (2017) One of the most handsomely realized and viscerally compelling of recent period dramas. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
2/4 29% The Wilde Wedding (2017) The Wilde Wedding seems to promise to promise a wildness that's nowhere here. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 90% Marjorie Prime (2017) A movie that leaves viewers with so much to ponder. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2/4 92% Machines (2016) A film so obedient to current academic fashions in both politics and cinema aesthetics that it ends up feeling both contrived and a bit dishonest. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
3/4 85% Santoalla (2017) A concise and well-executed example of smart documentary storytelling. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/4 100% Chasing Coral (2017) The film makes a powerful case less through argument than by using cinema's most basic tool: visual proof. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2/4 50% The Confessions (2017) The film's strongest suit is its elegant photography and confident mounting, but these virtues do little to offset the script's pervasive weaknesses. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/4 79% The Reagan Show (2017) At a time when sharp ideological stances are annoyingly ubiquitous, this film's lack of one is refreshing. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3/4 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) Not just a niche film but a film for a niche of a niche. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3.5/4 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) A film that offers an abundance of celluloid and historical riches. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 96% Sami Blood (2017) The film's success comes from how Kernell's skills as a director match the ambitions of her script. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
.5/4 49% Churchill (2017) A load of utter rubbish from first frame to last. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017