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Lisa Jensen
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) This is sly, smart social commentary, as much fun as a barrel of puppies.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
4/4 100% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) This movie is a feast. Peel your orbs and dig in!‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2.5/4 83% The Party (2018) But, worse, the movie never transcends its own artifice to give us something more meaningful to ponder. It's content to be a bright, shiny bauble.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) So the role was not exactly written for [Daniela] Vega, but thank heavens for serendipity-her performance is outstanding.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
80% Dear Basketball (2017) A heartfelt love letter.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
100% Negative Space (2018) A reserved, yet surprisingly touching tone poem about a father and son who bond over the art of packing luggage.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
78% Lou (2017) A comic, but empathetic tale of schoolyard bullying thwarted by a boxful of plucky lost-and-found items.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
100% Garden Party (2017) Astonishingly life-like animation.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
91% Revolting Rhymes (2016) It's a sly, subversive mash-up of classic tales conveyed in Dahl's waspishly elegant verse.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/4 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Still, there are moments of emotional truth, especially a key scene when Peter finds a way, however briefly, for Gloria to realize her dream of playing Juliet onstage. And if this movie revives interest in Gloria Grahame's vintage movies, I'm all for it.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
2.5/4 14% Winchester (2018) There's a vibe of earnest, eerie elegance about it all, but the whole construction never rises above the ordinary.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2.5/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) But we never become invested in these prickly characters, their relationship, or their insular world.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) But the timeless torture of trying to decipher if his feelings are reciprocated, what to do about it if they are, and how each of them should feel about it, is rendered with poignant delicacy. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) As wacky as the movie's tone often is, I Tonya delivers a scathing look at gender and class politics, and the hypocritical fantasyland of professional sports.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
4/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro's sheer joy of filmmaking is contagious, from precision chase scenes and glimpses of period TV shows like Mr. Ed and Dobie Gillis, cannily chosen to inform the story, to his gleeful homage to vintage Hollywood musicals...‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
2/4 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) But the weird rhythms of the dialogue and the familiarity of the characters finally keep us from ever feeling invested in their story.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist is directed by James Franco, who also stars as Wiseau in a performance of fascinating weirdness.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) [Frances] McDormand commands the material, instead, by playing Mildred small and close; her volatility-and her pain-are right there in her acute gaze and pursed mouth, but she rarely even has to raise her voice. ‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Yet this is a highly original work of holiday cheer: witty, bracingly unsentimental (yet honestly moving), and hugely entertaining.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) The affection with which she portrays her hometown on screen, coupled with the impatience of her youthful alter-ego, imbues much of Lady Bird with a refreshing ring of truth.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3/4 67% 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 96% 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 64% 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 85% 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 60% 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 92% 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 88% 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 70% 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 84% 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