Kevin Crust

Kevin Crust
Kevin Crust's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Los Angeles Times
Biography:
Staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
98% Wolfwalkers (2020) It is the type of stirring entertainment that delivers both the thrill of the moment and the kind of sophisticated ideas that can lead to discussion and even debate long after viewing. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
97% The Donut King (2020) The story behind the documentary "The Donut King" is large and it contains multitudes. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
92% Mother (Madre) (2020) Despite its melancholy bearing, "Madre" is a hopeful meditation on grief and memory. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
91% Coming Home Again (2020) As is so often the case, cultural specificity begets a very recognizable universality in this depiction of parents and children, love, death and grief. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
100% Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) "Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something" is an uplifting tribute to an impressive human being. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
96% Shithouse (2020) Even decades later, one can clearly remember the highs and lows, the small joys and the big heartaches, and "S-house" brings them home - whether you like it or not. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) At a little more than two hours, "Enola Holmes" may be a tad long, but there are a lot of threads to unravel and it does so more than satisfactorily. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) "The Wolf of Snow Hollow" is a pleasingly quirky outing that has fun with the mythologies of both monsters and men. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
No Score Yet Blood on the Wall (2020) The film's two brutal narratives - the caravans and the web of narco-trafficking - don't always coalesce and may have benefited from a longer format. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
87% Kingdom of Silence (2020) A compelling profile not just of Khashoggi, but of the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia, the documentary charts a quixotic path, from young reporter to self-exiled critic of his homeland. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
83% Kiss the Ground (2020) It's dense but nutritious. The science is explained in simple terms with plenty of visually striking graphics and animation. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
63% The Last Shift (2020) Trying to get a spark from a damp match is a lot harder than holding a flame to dry kindling. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
100% Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2020) "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" is a moving portrait of a man taking deep stock of his life with great satisfaction and verve. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
93% Residue (2020) A righteously angry meditation on people, place and time, "Residue" marks not just an arresting directing debut for Gerima, but a blunt statement on contemporary culture. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
85% The Way I See It (2020) Though it goes adrift at times, the film lands at a moment when you may need some uplift and provides a welcome reminder of what executive dignity looks like. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
94% Alone (2020) Top-tier performances from Jules Willcox and Marc Menchaca provide 98 minutes of heart-pounding diversion. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) "All In" manages the triple-E feat of being entertaining, educational and enlightening. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
63% The Secrets We Keep (2020) In its modest package, it asks some interesting questions. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
88% The Social Dilemma (2020) Jeff Orlowski's "The Social Dilemma" may be the most important documentary you see this year. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
87% Get Duked! (2020) The plot, such as it is, makes little sense until the end, long past the point of anyone caring. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
90% Rising Phoenix (2020) You will never watch the games in the same way. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
78% The 24th (2020) In many ways, [Wilmott's] classical approach to the filmmaking leaves us vulnerable to the gut-punch of the film's climax and resolution. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
62% Chemical Hearts (2020) Tanne... also hits the physiological explanation of the pain of heartbreak (from which the book and movie draw their titles) pretty hard. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
88% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Written by Nick Naveda and directed by Thor Freudenthal, it takes some big swings at a big subject and almost - not quite - pulls it off. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
100% A Most Beautiful Thing (2020) An evocative hip-hop score, poetic narration by Common and crisp graphics appropriately underline the timeliness of the film. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
28% The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) "The Secret: Dare to Dream," a romantic drama about the power of magical thinking, may not be the worst movie of 2020, but it has to be the dopiest. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
88% Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2020) A thoroughly engaging retrospective of a hard-working, hard-living performer who survived to tell the tale. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
100% We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019) Goldstein Knowlton presents a vibrant view of the Oakland community, using radio news soundbites for context to track the organization's growth from the age of Obama and the shadow of Ferguson to the foreboding specter of Donald Trump. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
91% Father Soldier Son (2020) "Father Soldier Son" is a demanding film, a sometimes brutal story told with immense empathy. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) An efficient, satisfying war film. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
74% Family Romance, LLC (2020) In the curiosity shop that is the oeuvre of filmmaker Werner Herzog, "Family Romance, LLC" fits right in. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) France deploys digital means to distort identities but preserve emotions and facial reactions - think "The Irishman" but ultimately less distracting. The effect is initially disorienting but preferable to subjects speaking in the shadows. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America (2019) In sharing these often harrowing stories, "Unsettled" paints a sobering but ultimately hopeful portrait of possibility for those who are allowed to enter. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
80% All I Can Say (2020) That Hoon lived such a prototypically rock 'n' roll lifestyle, while simultaneously commenting on it - he notes his first broken hotel room mirror - is fascinating. And heartbreaking. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
75% The 11th Green (2020) There are a number of sharp political and philosophical points made, but they are undercut by "The 11th Green's" overload of history, speculation and fantasy that strands it in a narrative Bermuda Triangle. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
84% Mr. Jones (2020) Though it's a shame that "Mr. Jones" is not more cohesive, the remarkable story of Gareth Jones retains its potency. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
70% 7500 (2020) Although "7500" - the air traffic control code for hijacking - lacks the real-life stakes of Paul Greengrass' "United 93" or the bigger-budget action of movies such as "Executive Decision" and "Non-Stop," it manages to make the story land emotionally. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
83% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) It's Nighy who will have you enthralled. He delivers a subtle, nuanced performance that allows the actor to shine while in full support of his costars. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Anyone looking for entertaining young-adult fantasy adventure might as well move along. There's nothing to see here. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
100% I Will Make You Mine (2020) More evolution than sequel, Chen's chapter maintains the laidback, low-fi charm and black-and-white aesthetic infused with Nakamura's dreamy, pensive music but also grows the characters, infusing them with more narrative purpose. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
100% 2040 (2020) The status quo is unsustainable, and Gameau illustrates that transformative change is not only necessary, but possible. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
100% Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own (2020) While director Daniel Traub has little time to dive too deeply, the documentary serves as a fascinating glimpse into an artist's work, inspirations and process. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
78% And We Go Green (2019) The film frequently feels like a branding exercise but manages to remain entertaining and informative. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
91% Parkland Rising (2020) An impassioned record of incremental change in an age of uncertainty. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
92% End of Sentence (2020) In his feature directing debut, Icelandic filmmaker Elfar Adalsteins demonstrates a steady hand with both his actors and the pacing. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) What began as a fairly lighthearted series of vignettes has developed some gravitas in the end. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
76% Military Wives (2020) No surprises await, but the performances by Scott Thomas, Horgan and company and some pleasant harmonizing make "Military Wives" palatable Memorial Day weekend viewing. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
93% Working Man (2020) Once the movie shifts gears, it's less about the working man and more about the human. That sounds like a good thing, but the further "Working Man" creeps into emotionally over-calibrated basic cable territory, the less real it feels. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
92% Blue Story (2020) It's a Shakespearean rhapsody in indigo where love, friendship, betrayal and revenge swirl and blur with life-changing consequences. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
93% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) A sleek tour of economic history over the last 400 years or so. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020