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
3.5/5 No Score Yet New French Shorts 2021 (2021) It's an eclectic mix of styles that consistently surprises and delights. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3.5/5 67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) Cinematographer Yves Cape brilliantly segues from the handheld chaos of the insurrection to the disquieting static frames of its aftermath, adding to the anxiety. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
1.5/5 88% 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (Number 1 Will Blow Your Mind!) (2021) However tempting it may be to risky click on 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (#1 Will Blow Your Mind), you'd be advised to save yourself that now common feeling of shame for being so gullible. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
4/5 94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) Funny, tragic, moving scenes unfold in Andersson's meticulously crafted frames. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
1.5/5 51% Four Good Days (2021) Both Glenn Close and Mila Kunis are very talented actors, but Four Good Days gives them absolutely nothing interesting to say or do. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
3.5/5 91% Together Together (2021) Watching Matt and Anna discover the parameters of their friendship, and the impact they have on each other's lives, is quite rewarding. Both Helms and Harrison nail the fluid nature of the tonal shifts as their bond tightens, loosens, and tightens. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
3.5/5 93% The Fever (A febre) (2019) It is to Da-Rin's talent as a filmmaker that her political and ideological intent never overshadow this deceptively simple and astute tale of a sick man yearning for his home, and finally hearing the call of the wild. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
2.5/5 26% Voyagers (2021) It's a lazy film, one whose future will most likely live on in mediocre undergraduate term papers. Oh, the humanity. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
50% Mau (2021) The filmmakers end up with a fawning portrait of Mau that never moves beyond the survey course structure of "Mau 101." - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
74% WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) WeWork could have perhaps shown more of that human element in the film, but that's a quibble for an engrossing deconstruction of 21st century folly. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
100% Dear Mr. Brody (2021) Contemporary interviews with Brody's widow, his then bodyguard, and assorted satellites around the story, fill in the gaps. But it is Melissa Robyn Glassman, a film producer, who becomes the anchor of Dear Mr. Brody. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3.5/5 90% Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) Keep an Eye Out serves as a solid starting point. For those already indoctrinated, it's another welcome dispatch from cinema's premier purveyor of perplexing paradoxes. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
2/5 88% My Darling Supermarket (Meu Querido Supermercado) (2019) It is difficult to see My Darling Supermarket for the whimsical anthropological oddity it so desperately strives to be. After discovering the soul of the working class, perhaps Yankelevich should next tackle the nescience of bourgeoisie. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3/5 22% Chaos Walking (2021) Chaos Walking has some things going for it, notably the ramifications of the Noise, and Todd and Viola's uncovering of the secrets of Prentisstown and New World. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
3.5/5 88% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Nadiv's film forgoes an overarching narrative structure, which - depending on your patience with such things - is either exhilarating or exasperating. I found it to be the former, in no small part because newcomer Tom Mercier is absolutely riveting. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
2.5/5 52% Silk Road (2021) Silk Road is not without its pleasures - Clarke especially is fun to watch as he gets increasingly cornered with his shakedown shenanigans - just don't expect the kush; this is strictly schwag. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
2.5/5 70% Land (2021) When, in the final moments of the film, when the last piece of this very lovely looking landscape puzzle is placed, I couldn't help but feel that the film was a missed opportunity for something more intriguing, profound. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
3.5/5 90% M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (2018) Journey to Infinity prompts us to contemplate: our world is not binary, it is infinite. And so perhaps, are we. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
No Score Yet Death of a Telemarketer (2020) Writer/director Khaled Ridgeway's film has some chuckles, and Morris is clearly having fun with his unrepentant character, but that is part of the film's problem. There is no redemption for Kasey... - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/5 100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) An unsettling feeling hums through the film, and remains well after. Less of a jolt, then; call it a sustained current. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/5 88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) The film is reminiscent of works by Krzysztof Kieślowski and Claire Denis, and the noir-tinged cinematography by Róbert Maly adds much to the mystery. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3.5/5 93% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) Some Kind of Heaven effortlessly blends humor and pathos into a memorable and at times unsettling study on where life's trajectory might land us, and that is a concept that deserves more than mild contemplation. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
2.5/5 83% Pinocchio (2020) Pinocchio's ultimate transformation from puppet to human boy lacks much of the transcendence inherent in the parable, and thus the film never moves beyond its wooden machinations. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
2.5/5 92% Herself (2021) Herself ticks off all the standard boxes of restoring faith in humanity, but it is a temporary and unmemorable high. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
1/5 33% Half Brothers (2020) For the banal Half Brothers, a beneficial perspective would be one of the "eyes shut" variety. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 89% Black Bear (2020) There is a carefully sustained mood pulsing through Black Bear... The source of that power emanates from Aubrey Plaza. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4.5/5 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) What makes Nanau's film utterly compelling is the unfettered access he had to both the Sports Gazette journalists and to Minister of Health Voiculescu. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 98% City Hall (2020) While the phrase "required viewing" gets thrown around a lot, I cannot think of another film that plainly and comprehensively lays bare the both the complex apparatus at work, and the people dedicated to serving its populace. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3.5/5 92% Mother (Madre) (2020) While it engages in this liminal balancing act, the film is a deeply compelling portrait of how intense loss shapes our behavior, our perspective, and most importantly, ourselves. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.5/5 95% The Planters (2020) The Planters is a lovingly crafted film full of genuine wonder and surprise, like finding buried treasure. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Cummings is so whip-smart in sustaining his manic energy with a layer of genuine pathos, that the effect transcends one-note cliche. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/5 77% 12 Hour Shift (2020) Bettis is perfectly cast as Mandy, her hazy disaffection to the increasingly bloody mayhem she has to deal with is best described as nonplussed irritation. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/5 57% Sibyl (2020) A mess Sibyl is, although at times it is a glorious one. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
0.5/5 42% RAD (1986) Rad is a tedious exercise of endurance that has nothing to do the number of bunny hops achieved. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 90% Kajillionaire (2020) The way July is able to juggle both the slyly cruel circumstances and the genuinely heartfelt transformation makes this her best work yet: a fractured mirror fable broken into perfect pieces. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Dev Patel is glorious in the title role, skillfully weaving between pathos and slapstick, often mere moments apart, anchoring the film with an exuberant affability. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3.5/5 90% Denise Ho: Becoming the Song (2020) Denise Ho: Becoming the Song offers an affecting timeline of a political awakening of a person, of a movement, and of a generation utterly frustrated with the machinations of oppression. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3.5/5 99% The Fight (2020) The Fight is an endlessly engaging look into the often labyrinthine legal apparatus, and the film seamlessly moves between the cases with such incredible skill that the team of editors deserve all the accolades afforded to them. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) As you might be able to discern, this is not an easy film, but it is a brilliant film, and one that encompasses an aspect of the contemporary world with both grace and fisticuffs. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
2.5/5 35% Seberg (2020) Seberg's life was quite interesting, but alas, this film is not, and that's a shame, because she was so much more than the girl in that iconic shirt wandering Paris with Jean-Paul Belmondo. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 87% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) The tale is in the telling, and Standing Up tells it well. Peter Hoare's script runs through the numbers at times, but often subverts expectations in Scott's journey. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
0.5/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) This film is a mess. It's so grim and inept. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 91% Clemency (2019) Clemency establishes its tone quite quickly, one that mirrors the life of Bernadine. It is one of clipped and workmanlike scenes of her life. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
0.5/5 36% Reality Queen! (2020) While Reality Queen! seeks to parody contemporary culture, the irony here is that it is the very vapid thing it mocks. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.5/5 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Hélène Louvart's beautiful and evocative cinematography adds much to the melodrama. The colors are vibrant and the frame shifts are seamless. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.5/5 89% Cunningham (2019) Cunningham adheres to a distinctly romantic approach to the artist: irascible and railing against the hypocrisy of humanity through these wonderful and complicated movements that soar above and beyond. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3/45 89% The Two Popes (2019) A meditation on humility and the role of faith in the modern era of secularism, The Two Popes showcases two heavyweight actors perfectly cast and nimbly spending the best parts of the film in debate with each other as a friendship blossoms. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) But visual affectations aside, Fantastic Fungi is an engaging look at the scope of an organism that is so much more than a pizza topping or an ingredient in beef stroganoff. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) A spiritual successor to Love, Actually, Last Christmas is the Fight Club of holiday movies with George Michael looking from the beyond, and I couldn't be happier. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 81% Greener Grass (2019) Greener Grass feels sometimes episodic, but it can be an incredibly entertaining romp through the picket fence yards of an America that only exists in our collective unconscious. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019