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Lisa Jensen

Lisa Jensen
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 72% Wonderstruck (2017) In honor of the non-hearing community that inspires it, Wonderstruck features open-caption subtitles throughout. It's a thoughtful touch for a lovely movie whose message of family, friendship, and tolerance strikes a particular chord these days.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/4 95% The Florida Project (2017) It's a great idea for a story that's been plucked too soon and put up on screen before the details in the script had a chance to ripen.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 66% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) [Simon] Curtis crafts a gentle-spirited movie around a serious theme. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It's great to see [Harrison] Ford revisiting one of his signature roles. His testy, cynical Deckard plays well against [Ryan] Gosling's smooth aplomb as they become unexpected allies in pursuit of the truth. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3.5/4 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Trailblazers like Billie Jean King deserve our thanks, and the tribute she receives in this movie.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2.5/4 29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) Strong loses focus by stuffing his movie with too many incidental details, like an early draft of a novel with too much material left in that the author can't bear to cut.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/4 83% Beach Rats (2017) In the central role of Frankie, Harris Dickinson has a certain visual presence, but the part of Frankie as written is the definition of "aimless"-reactive, static, and ultimately uninteresting.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/4 86% The Square (2010) The atmosphere becomes so charged that, even the insidious way a man makes an appointment to get his hair cut seems fraught with innuendo and peril.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 82% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) [An] exotic thriller of a doc.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 83% Belle (2014) Belle succeeds as an effective portrait of a singular young woman understanding her own identity‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
2.5/4 52% Jersey Boys (2014) Large sections of the storytelling feel inert, and some key moments get short shrift.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) The film is adapted from a three-volume French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, originally published in the 1980s. Set in the aftermath of global environmental collapse, the comic is the perfect vehicle for filmmaker Bong [Joon-Ho]. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 89% Venus in Fur (2014) Venus In Fur is a saucy bit of chicanery, but so deft and entertaining, we're happy to be seduced.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 97% Life Itself (2014) In [Steve] James' affectionate telling, Ebert's life, itself, was bountiful indeed.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 80% Get On Up (2014) [Chadwick] Boseman captures the volatility, on and offstage, of the entity we recognize as James Brown, the flamboyance, the fierce ambition, and the uncompromising determination to be treated with respect.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 90% Calvary (2014) The film transcends its action, branching out into a poignant, often scathing, and even occasionally blackly humorous meditation on the human condition-at its best and worst.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 59% My Old Lady (2014) The plot thread that entangles all these people and places may not be entirely unexpected, but it's all handled with enough sensitivity and panache to keep us engaged.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3.5/4 93% Pride (2014) Pride glosses over some facts; it never acknowledges the real-life Mark Ashton's commitment to the Communist Party, which inspired his progressive politics. Yet it succeeds as an entertaining. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
2.5/4 77% St. Vincent (2014) A well-meaning movie that never is quite what it wants to be.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 93% Force Majeure (2014) Filmmaker [Ruben] Östlund's design is fascinating in the way Ebba's story soon becomes a litmus test for gender, family, and even age issues among all who hear it, including the audience.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 90% Wild (2014) While the man-(or in this case, woman)-versus-wilderness aspect of the story provides visual engagement, it's the backstory- more than the stunning landscape-that gives the movie its scope and resonance.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 87% Foxcatcher (2014) The actors save the day. [Mark] Ruffalo contributes the film's only warmth, and [Steve] Carell's portrait of repressed arrogance is chilling. But most impressive is [Channing] Tatum. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3.5/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) Into the Woods is a savvy piece of moviemaking that delivers Sondheim's witty lyrics and intricate harmonies with style and clarity, while considering timeless fairy tale themes in all their glamorous, sinister glory.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) It's a good thing Marion Cotillard has such an interesting face.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
4/4 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) Every hand-drawn frame of this movie is ravishing. You keep finding yourself reaching for the remote in the darkened theater, trying to pause the image so you can study every gorgeous detail.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 83% Cinderella (2015) What the story lacks in innovation, the film makes up for in sheer loveliness, performed by a thoroughly engaging cast.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
71% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) [Bobby] Fischer is still considered by many as the greatest chess player of all time. [Edward] Zwick's film invites us to ponder if that is enough.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
1/4 27% Pan (2015) It's a shipwrecked extravaganza for an audience that doesn't exist.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3.5/4 73% Trumbo (2015) [Bryan] Cranston plays Trumbo with an edgy, raging wit.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 81% Chi-Raq (2015) [Chi-Raq] is an in-your-face explosion of anger and vitality.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
2.5/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) There are moments that drag like a fouled anchor, when Howard's Hollywood sensibility gets a little schmaltzy-swelling music, philosophical points driven home with harpoon-like subtlety, and a bracketing story that interrupts more often than it informs‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3.5/4 68% The Danish Girl (2015) [Eddie Redmayne and Alecia Vikander] give The Danish Girl its heart and soul.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/4 88% The Big Short (2015) The filmmakers understand how arcane the business of credit-swaps and C.O.D.s can be to the layperson.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 94% Carol (2015) In the Golden Age of Hollywood-the 1940s and '50s-there was a genre called the 'woman's picture.' Contemporary filmmaker Todd Haynes has become the modern master of the form. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 80% The Revenant (2015) It's more like a post-morality play in which greed, commerce, violence, and villainy are so deeply entrenched that no one emerges with his soul unscathed.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 91% Anomalisa (2015) As admirable as Anomalisa is in so many ways, by the end, I wanted to be more moved.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) The more you know about Hollywood in the so-called Golden Age (roughly late 1930s through early '50s), the bigger kick you're likely to get out of Hail, Caesar!.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 97% 45 Years (2015) Less is definitely more in the haunting marital drama 45 Years. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 81% Eddie The Eagle (2016) The filmmakers rely on Peary's brooding soul-searching and his need to redeem the downward slide of his own life and career through Eddie to carry the drama.The thing is, Eddie's underdog career is dramatic enough.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 91% The Witch (2016) The Witch plays mercilessly on our dread of what might be lurking in the shadows, rather than actually showing much onscreen-and is all the more effective because of it.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3.5/4 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) The journey is definitely the destination in Embrace of the Serpent. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
1/4 45% Knight of Cups (2016) It's not that [Terramce] Malick's themes of emptiness and disconnect are too obscure. He just doesn't make them interesting.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 91% City Of Gold (2016) This is what community is.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 18% I Saw the Light (2016) It's like watching somebody else's home movies-interesting for awhile, but not personally involving.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 96% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) The movie radiates quaint period charm from the start.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 53% Demolition (2016) This script should have been taken apart more carefully before it reduced the movie to rubble.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) There are moments when Ethan Hawke's performance as Baker strikes just the right note of fragile, demon-haunted vulnerability. But these moments are set in a larger story that takes too long to get going, and too often loses its way‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 57% Money Monster (2016) Money Monster [is] a smart, fast-paced thriller. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 60% High-Rise (2016) It would be one thing if Laing's discoveries led him to some sort of action. But he's happy to embrace the 'weird hierarchy' of the status quo.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 98% Love & Friendship (2016) Filmmaker [Whit Stillman] has learned some of the [Jane Austen's] wit and subtlety, while tossing out the vapid whining that so often mars his modern films.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017