Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 28% See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) [Pryor and Wilder], who haven't always been successful in their solo film work, seem to inspire each other in their joint ventures, and See No Evil, Hear No Evil generates more laughs than their recent films. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
38% Ishtar (1987) There are three or four memorable sequences in Ishtar -- the purchase of the blind camel, the use of fake Arabic in an auction scene, and the first horrendous singing performance of stupid songs. But the film lacks pace and consistent tone. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
64% Red Heat (1988) Don't assume that Arnold is pure straight man here, though. He still gets his share of laughs, mostly based on the differences between east and west, and Belushi gets his shot at character and action. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2.5/4 44% Twins (1988) There's a diamond at the core of this film, but you have to press down on a whole lot of coal to get to it. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
5% Cocktail (1988) Ultimately, the ideas in this film fall as flat as stale beer and honest emotions are as watered down as cheap whiskey. This Cocktail is definitely on the rocks. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/4 91% The Last Emperor (1987) Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor is a stunning achievement, a rare film of great beauty and power It lifts viewers, as only the best films do, to unique and all-encompassing experiences in a land and time unfamiliar to many of us - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
2.5/4 91% Full Metal Jacket (1987) An electrifying opening segment that could stand alone as one of Kubrick's great films, except it's only about 45 minutes long. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/4 83% Talk Radio (1988) [Bogosian gives] a biting, energetic, get-under-your-skin performance -- the daring centerpiece of this impressive, thought-provoking film. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 50% Willow (1988) Time-worn myths and legends get a zestful, entertaining reworking in Willow. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/4 80% Dominick and Eugene (1988) That it achieves its goals in ways that are entertaining and engrossing and not preachy or didactic is a credit to director Robert M Young and his writers. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
10/10 98% Chimes at Midnight (1965) Well, now Janus Films has executed a wondrous restoration. It's a knockout. The story of Shakespeare's great Sir John Falstaff character is no longer a diamond the rough. It is simply a breathtaking diamond. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
92% The Seventh Fire (2016) The film is intimate and personal and enlightening - I highly recommend it. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
10/10 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) I'm ready to call Eye in the Sky, released in the spring, the best film of the year, thus far. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
9/10 78% The American Side (2016) It's an intriguing neo-film-noir, and amusingly convoluted (in the challenging tradition of the genre.) - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) The special effects and technical achievement are the greatest ever. Lucas and company have created an unusual and diverse universe and put it before our eyes.Not once is there a feeling of unnaturalness or fakery. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
8/10 81% Eve's Bayou (1996) - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
9/10 83% Waking Ned Devine (1998) - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/10 53% Mars Attacks! (1996) The actors spoof stereotypes, but all too obviously. The screenplay is superficial and utterly predictable. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
8/10 70% Restoration (1996) - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
6/10 63% Day Watch (2007) Even though I never quite understood the film, I at least had the sense that there's something to it, and it's worth my effort to eventually figure it out. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2007
7/10 37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) I had a few laughs, I enjoyed the elaborate special effects, the characters are entertaining and unpretentious, and I got out of the theater in about 90 minutes. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2007
8/10 97% Once (2007) Thanks to the ingratiating lead performers and their honest music performances, and the sensitivities of writer-director John Carney, it's a story worth seeing. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2007
8/10 89% ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007) It's an entertaining primer on the surprisingly arduous process, as well as a glimpse into the involvement of folks like Rosie O'Donnell, Boy George, Alan Cumming and Idina Menzel. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2007
7/10 70% The Valet (2007) If you're in the mood for Gallic lightheartedness, you know where to go. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2007
6/10 79% Surf's Up (2007) The animation is fine, the voice work is well-cast and well-directed (with a special nod to the always-wonderful Bridges) and Surf's Up is modestly entertaining. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2007
65% Snow Cake (2006) Weaver and Rickman and screenwriter Angela Pell elevate the film into something quite endearing. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2007
49% Exterminating Angels (2007) The cinematic equivalent of getting drenched with a splash of ice water. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2007
6/10 61% Gracie (2007) It's in the same rousing spirit of many such films in the genre. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2007
8/10 94% Offside (2006) If you're seeking a movie that entertains while introducing you to uniquely different ways of life, Offside scores. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2007
8/10 81% In Search of Mozart (2007) Though casual filmgoers may find In Search of Mozart a touch long and musically technical, the film provides a bevy of biographical information and a wealth of superb music. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2007
9/10 90% Waitress (2007) Order up a slice of the best pie this side of heaven, and enjoy a nice movie of bittersweet satisfaction. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2007
8/10 44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) It's beautifully shot, with lots of colorful characters, many astonishing special effects (though some approach a numbing quality), and much humor. The secret to enjoying the Pirate trilogy is to view them as operatic comedies. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2007
10/10 94% Away From Her (2007) The deeply affecting situation is explored with lyrical artistry, touching drama and remarkable performances in Away From Her, the impressive directorial debut of Canadian actor Sarah Polley. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2007
8/10 41% Shrek the Third (2007) If you've enjoyed the clever and very funny Shrek adventures so far, Shrek the Third will not disappoint; it's on a par with the entertaining original, and even a bit better than Shrek 2. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2007
9/10 96% Mafioso (1964) If you're curious to see the roots of Mafia-related cinema (or even if you simply enjoy a well-made, well-acted film), don't miss Mafioso, a fresh, and still engaging comedy-drama. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2007
9/10 87% Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006) A fully engaging drama, with powerful emotional punches and surprises. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2007
6/10 69% Year of the Dog (2007) Writer-director Mike White goes for a more restrained approach with some laughs, but also an offbeat character study. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2007
7/10 29% Lucky You (2007) Filmgoers expecting a Cincinnati Kid for a new age may be disappointed, for despite its card-game setting, Lucky You is mostly about a guy who we'd like to see win away from the casinos. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2007
5/10 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) More is not better, even if it costs a reported $250 million. A good adventure story is better. A strong, well-examined villain is better. Lean and a little meaner is better. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2007
10/10 97% Killer of Sheep (2007) Though not tautly connected, the various segments generate memorable images and give a feeling for a community and for a family that would be impossible with conventional narrative. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2007
8/10 74% Avenue Montaigne (2006) A warm-hearted French confection, the sort of breezy, lightly sophisticated boulevard comedy that was once plentiful in Gallic cinema, and makes a happy comeback here. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2007
8/10 91% Hot Fuzz (2007) One is tempted to label this a British Police Academy film, but it's a far smarter, more visceral, and energetic kin, and even has an honest-to-goodness mystery plot to propel it along. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2007
6/10 44% In the Land of Women (2007) Somehow, Kasdan's script is able to gloss over potential sand traps, and heads into the safer territory of emotional redemption for all involved. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2007
8/10 71% Fracture (2007) A smart script and a fun villain are more than enough to keep things rolling. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2007
9/10 82% Days of Glory (2007) [Director] Bouchareb clearly understands that battlefield action is greatly intensified when filmgoers care about the participants, and he works artfully to make that happen. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2007
10/10 89% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) Director Loach, one of Britain's most controversial and socially aggressive filmmakers, here makes a subtle, and surprisingly restrained film, letting the volatility and pain emerge naturally from the sad and violent situation. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2007
9/10 84% Grindhouse (2007) Both films are wildly entertaining, as long as you're ready for the high-intensity gore factor, the sex (mostly talk) and the violence. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2007
4/10 8% Are We Done Yet? (2007) Are We Done Yet? One can only hope. (Sorry, but when a critic dislikes a film, and is handed a title like Are We Done Yet? he has to answer the call.) - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2007
8/10 86% The Namesake (2006) The performances are formidable and moving, and there's much to be gleaned about the natural, universal clash between generations and between cultures. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2007
7/10 80% In Debt We Trust (2009) A sometimes-fascinating and frightening look at what it calls 'America before the bubble bursts.' - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2007