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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/5 23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) [Natalie] Portman gives her all in her performance, which is the only saving grace of the film, and in the end this film is a complete misfire. To paraphrase the titular song, picture yourself seeing any other movie than this. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
1.5/5 68% Joker (2019) It's DC Comics playing rough, but not rough enough, but maybe that's too much to ask. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
1.5/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) An enthralling story on the page, this adaptation fails to capture what good adaptations can: the heart and spirit of a story told in another medium. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) This film will be a treasure trove of insight into not just the making of a musical, but of women and men who had the courage of their convictions in the face of odds set against them. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 99% Honeyland (2019) Both laconic and poignant, Honeyland alternates between stark and austere landscapes with detours into an intimate look at two families who are struggling to literally live their lives. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/5 98% Love, Antosha (2019) Unfortunately, Love, Antosha, while providing the requisite information, never rises above a sapling. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2.5/5 79% Good Boys (2019) The film tries to mine, that cusp between innocence and awareness, but it is more interested in contrived scenarios to set up a joke that, more often than not, falls flat. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) When the landscape of documentary films is embodied by a spectrum of truly groundbreaking work, Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes just feels a bit lackluster. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/5 64% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) Our Time is gorgeously filmed, but it is also vapid, and perhaps the languorous mind of this auteur needs to be shaken up. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) [The Fall of the American Empire] is at its best depicting a certain optimism in the face of all these malicious and random forces. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/5 75% Halston (2019) French director Frédéric Tcheng seems to be cornering the market on docs about fashion... but his decision to bookend and drop in narration with a fictional character,... is a distracting and unneeded device. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) It is that very denseness of thought, and the lovely ways that these themes are examined, that make the film shine. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 51% Tolkien (2019) The performances are wonderful, especially Hoult and Collins, who exude a charming chemistry. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) The film, for all its archness and theatricality, is essentially a warm and welcome love story of two people, navigating a world that really doesn't know what to do with them. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3.5/5 100% Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun) (2019) Slut in a Good Way... is a sex-positive comedy that has a wit and a bite that are undeniable even though it at times traffics in traditional rom-com conventions. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 94% Transit (2019) Transit is a brilliant and timely film that reminds us that we may all be currently in hell, and regret the folly of our lives, but perhaps we have each other. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
100% Pahokee (2019) It is the quiet moments of genuine humanity and poignancy that the filmmakers capture that linger long after the credits. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 95% Hotel by the River (2019) Be they lover, family, or friend, Hong composes his films as a series of moments between the characters that while not often reaching a finality, linger in the mind days later. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
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 89% 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 33% 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 51% 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 86% 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 43% 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 88% 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 74% 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 89% 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 62% 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 94% 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 37% 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 52% 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