Josh Kupecki

Josh Kupecki
Josh Kupecki's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin Chronicle
Publications: Austin Chronicle

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 100% A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) Call it pretentious, but these two films are a tapestry of life where a spectrum of human existence is not necessarily examined but rather observed. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/5 100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) It's all a very heady stew, and the fact that this is just the beginning sometimes makes it feel like a slog. Yet there are moments that shine so bright - where you see what Wang is working at - that they make the film hum. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2.5/5 70% The Mule (2018) Eastwood plays it cool, thankfully. It's the best film about drug trafficking that you can take your grandparents to. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 96% Roma (2018) This is a film that alternatively shows humanity in all its ugly glory as well is its quiet moments of beauty. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2.5/5 96% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) Becoming Astrid's saving grace is Alba August. She is in almost every frame of this film, and gives life to what, on paper, amounts to a Lifetime channel biopic. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/5 100% Meow Wolf: Origin Story (2018) A complex and fascinating look into a convergence of creativity, money, and iconoclasts, Meow Wolf: Origin Story is a tale that to my knowledge has no precedent. And while Meow Wolf might not be to everyone's tastes, they are trailblazers. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) There's nothing particularly groundbreaking about them, yet Alvarez, along with his cast, has kept to the spirit of the intrepid Lisbeth. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/5 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) It's a mess, and I think perhaps Welles knew it would be... I can envision this as a future cult classic, but you may need the stamina of Huston's liver to get through it. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
.5/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Is it possible for a film to be entirely composed of filler? Pick up those tickets to your local ballet show instead, and dodge this bullet of mediocrity while funding the (actual) arts. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 52% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) At its heart, Luff Linn is a very sweet love story between Colin and Lulu, punctuated by absurdity and a specific type of humor that (as I've referenced before) brings to the screen the spirit of the work of famed graphic novelist Daniel Clowes. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/5 87% All About Nina (2018) Everything hinges on Vives' direction, but it is Winstead who carries the entire movie. She is voracious in her humanity, but also extremely skillful in redressing her flaws into her routine. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
0.5/5 39% Hell Fest (2018) This is cash grabbing at its most blatant. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 87% Colette (2018) Colette is a good primer for a wonderful author, and a reflection on how your life will never turn out as you think. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Heather Lenz's new doc seeks to right those wrongs, and in the process, celebrate and provide context to the life of this incredibly complex person. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 89% Love, Gilda (2018) There are beings that light this planet, shining brightly. And Radner shined. It is impossible for me to think of a world without her, and Lisa Dapolito's documentary goes above and beyond in marking this person's life. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3.5/5 75% Don't Leave Home (2018) Don't Leave Home's elliptical tone is pitch perfect. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/5 32% The Predator (2018) Look, if you turn off your brain and just let the succession of images wash over you, the film can be dumb fun, just don't go looking for anything remotely resembling comprehensibility. That apparently does not exist in the Predator universe. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/5 91% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) I is at times a beguiling and compelling piece of cinema, but it's not without its frustrations. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) The film has a lot to say, but it thankfully does it in a manner that is natural, gentle, and if you will, authentic. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) The problem here, and what makes it so inferior to Evans' films, is the editing. It is a page that Berg perhaps lost, but the action is the very definition of discontinuous. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 52% Papillon (2018) If you're a fan of the two leads, it is worth your time, but if you're a fan of the original film, it becomes more of a curio, an interesting comparison of filmmaking in the Seventies to what contemporary cinema gives us today. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 61% Dog Days (2018) It's a film that toes the line of mediocrity while also mildly subverting those tropes, which is basically all you can ask for in this particular season of movie releases. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
0.5/5 No Score Yet Death of a Nation (2018) Great stuff if you're drinking the Kool-Aid, but to a sane person, it seems like a fantasy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A relentlessly entertaining exercise in putting Cruise's Ethan Hunt through his paces again. And again. And again. But hey, there's much pleasure in watching him continually fall off things. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/5 51% Boundaries (2018) Boundaries keeps the syrup on medium, and Plummer looks like he's having a ball. If you have a penchant for broken wing syndrome, you may want to let this one into your life. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
4.5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Audacious doesn't even begin to describe it - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 serves up that smart, funny, and eye-popping spectacle that viewers have come to expect from the animation studio whose particular brand of humanistic idealism under the guise of family entertainment has few equals. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/5 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It's intoxicating, and if that sounds like a fun way to spend 90 minutes, I think you will be rewarded by a deeper sense of the complexities of love. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/5 32% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) It's a film whose first half serves the delectable dessert before moving on to the dreary main course. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
1/5 50% Measure of a Man (2018) [Blake] Cooper acquits himself as the main character, but between the pratfall/character-building montages and the endless platitudes imparted by the wise, old mentor, Measure of a Man does him few favors, - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2.5/5 83% Ghost Stories (2018) But Ghost Stories, while trying to spin these old-fashioned tales, can best be described as hearing the same story for the millionth time by a best friend: somewhat comforting, but mostly tedious. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/5 73% Final Portrait (2018) But the magic of the film lies in [Stanley] Tucci's eye for a sense of place - Paris in the Sixties - and while the scenes in Giacometti's studio are all blacks and grays, there are shining moments of color that sparkle. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/5 53% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) Ismael's Ghosts drops a number of seemingly disparate ingredients into a stew that ends up coalescing into a satisfying treat, full of surprises and flavors you wouldn't expect. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/5 95% Foxtrot (2018) With caustic wit and fantastic performances for all involved, the film is destined to be an anti-war classic. War, war never changes. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
92% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) This Finnish black metal comedy has its heart in the right place (severed from the body, of course, and served on a stake), but never quite transcends its quirky humor to become the epic it sets out to be. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
2/5 37% Nostalgia (2018) Nostalgia feels like an incomplete reverie, an exploration of loss that doesn't have anything new to add...Don't shorten your own life by wasting it on this film. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
0.5/5 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) The Fifty Shades trilogy is an incredibly inept addition to the genre, with padded scenes, no narrative spark whatsoever, and silly coincidences about Christian's troubled past that stand in for revelations that may lead to mending. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2.5/5 89% Fashionista (2016) [Simon] Rumley is a talented, distinctive voice, and I can't wait to see what he does next, but Fashionista feels less like haute couture and more like prêt-à-porter (okay, I couldn't resist). - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) A bleakly prescient look at how the world we live in defines us, In the Fade is itself the homemade bomb of nails and fertilizer, one that will leave you shaken and stirred. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
88% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) It's a film that so confidently walks the shuriken edge of laugh-out-loud funny and cringe-inducing violence. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) A brutally honest and caustic treatise on the meaninglessness of truth and identity in a media landscape that can only see in binary, I, Tonya starts with a cough and ends with bloody spittle. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3.5/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Overall, Molly's Game is a crackerjack, quintessential holiday movie. Smart, engaging, and full of great performances, sometimes telling is the way to go. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3.5/5 92% Thelma (2017) Thelma is a beautiful and heartbreaking film that is an impressive addition to the coming-of-age story. A lady bird, indeed. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3.5/5 85% The Square (2017) As overindulgent as it is, The Square is a darkly humorous and horrific mirror to our culture. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/5 98% Jane (2017) Jane is a triumph of filmmaking, and essential viewing for humans. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/5 97% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) There are so many wonderful activities of compassion that Wiseman captures that my heart burst about a dozen times (a conservative estimate). - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) [Vince] Vaughn's performance is revelatory, and the film takes you on a scorching journey down a path of wicked heartlessness. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 85% Loving Vincent (2017) As beautiful as Loving Vincent may appear, there is nothing behind the brushstrokes. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
0.5/5 16% Friend Request (2017) Do yourself a favor and unsubscribe. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 77% Infinity Baby (2017) It's an extremely funny and caustic film, but when it tempers that with moments of humanity, that is where the film shines. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017