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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The movie falls into some of the pitfalls of telescoping events to fit the format. But it heroically depicts the Queen era (late '70s-early '80s), and the band's phenomenal creative energy and output.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 68% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett's towering performance as Wilde is mesmerizing. Often shot in extreme close-up, we see every millimeter of his dissipation, but also every glimmer of stubborn, ironic wit.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/4 100% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) These four great ladies of stage, screen, and television, and longtime friends in real life, get together for an afternoon of tea and conversation -- always, trenchant, often hilarious.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/4 87% Colette (2018) The movie looks beautiful (largely shot in old-world Budapest), and Knightly captures enough of Colette's spirit of adventure to encourage viewers to explore the rest of her story.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 83% Monsters and Men (2018) Green's movie urges us to delve beneath the headlines and slogans and face the nature of injustice in our dysfunctional society.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2.5/4 64% Lizzie (2018) A crawling narrative pace and repetitive last act mar the film's effectiveness.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) This is a scorching portrait of a nation on the brink of utter chaos that challenges even Moore's patented brand of raging absurdist humor. That Moore manages to identify thin rays of hope is sort of miraculous.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/4 91% We the Animals (2018) Manages a very deft balance between powerful, evocative visual style and the casual poetry of Torres' narrative voice, using minimalist dialogue, documentary realism, and fanciful animation to tell a simple-seeming, yet complex and moving tale.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/4 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) This isn't a weighty film, but its pleasures are consistently entertaining.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
4/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) Both actors turn in virtuoso performances as friends confronting issues of race, class, identity, and their own volatile, longtime friendship.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) It's a return trip most of us would not care to make in real life, but we can view Burnham's intense replication from a safe distance, with a spectator's eye - and escape, intact, after only 93 minutes.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
3/4 76% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Westwood is proof that fashion and political audacity have no age limit.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
3/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) This is a family drama, not a Social Studies discourse, and in that respect, it succeeds with quiet grace.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3/4 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Tim Wardle's engrossing documentary follows the true story of three young men who met by chance and discovered they were triplets... How this happened - and the darker question of why - makes Wardle's movie as gripping as any thriller.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) !t's another engrossing peek behind the scenes of a popular culture phenomenon by filmmaker Morgan Neville... in Neville's skillful hands we see just how radical Mr. Rogers could be.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Hearts Beat Loud touches on serious themes - financial hardship, broken dreams, grief and loss - but the movie's attitude is refreshingly buoyant.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/4 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) Sloppy, inconsistent storytelling keeps us from getting caught up in the tale's emotional core, and the audience, too, leaves unsatisfied.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2.5/4 93% First Reformed (2018) The movie loses focus when it most needs it.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/4 94% Beast (2018) For his impressive debut feature, writer-director Michael Pearce crafts an eerie mood of unspecified menace in which anything might happen, and anyone might be capable of the most heinous actions.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
3/4 85% Disobedience (2018) [Rachel] McAdams is the wild card as the more reserved Esti; her buried emotions smack the movie like a tsunami.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3.5/4 94% RBG (2018) Here's a movie that's really worth cheering about, entering the marketplace with the same quiet, unassuming, yet determined demeanor as its subject.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/4 74% Final Portrait (2018) Final Portrait may not plunge you into the miracle of artistic expression-go see an Andy Goldsworthy movie for that-but it offers a lively glimpse at the process from the outside looking in.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/4 70% Finding Your Feet (2018) This is a frisky charmer of a movie, with a stunning final image that will leave you cheering.‐ Good Times Santa Cruz
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5/4 89% 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 97% 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 80% 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 fant├ística) (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
75% 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
80% 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
85% 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 79% 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 94% 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 89% 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 91% 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 30% 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 91% 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 66% 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 63% 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 28% 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 84% 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