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Luke Goodsell

Luke Goodsell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
Recommended 61% Allied (2016) Allied fabricates a wish-fulfillment idea of Golden Age Hollywood melodrama-star-crossed gossip and all-for a 21st-century cinema that has increasingly little time for it. ‐ 4:3
Posted Jan 3, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) There's weight to this world, no longer defined by clashes between politicians and spiritual warriors; instead, there's a sense of the desperation of the people and creatures that have always existed just outside the margins of the series' frame. ‐ The Final Cut
Posted Dec 25, 2016
44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) It's an oddly satirical piece, casting a gentle side-eye at capitalism and the corporate war machine even as it hedges its bets with Lee's trademark dramatic pathos. ‐ 4:3
Posted Nov 25, 2016
Recommended 85% Sully (2016) Sully is freighted with the heaviness of memory, both personal and collective, on screen and off. ‐ 4:3
Posted Sep 8, 2016
Not Recommended 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) James Bobin's gruesomely bland Alice Through the Looking Glass both compounds the flaws of its predecessor and offers precisely none of the residual weirdness. ‐ 4:3
Posted May 27, 2016
Recommended 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The heart-over-head finale is pure cheese, but by that point Florence has engendered such goodwill that it almost dares you to mock the corniness. ‐ 4:3
Posted May 11, 2016
Recommended 60% Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands (Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve) (2016) To Love Without Demands attempts to reconcile Fassbinder's complexities by essaying his emotional landscape: his childhood, his family, and the relationships he shared with his collaborators. ‐ 4:3
Posted May 1, 2016
70% The Visit: An Alien Encounter (The Visit) (2015) While there's plenty of curiosity in what the experts have to say, there's little to indicate that it was worth devoting an entire 83-minutes of film to. ‐ 4:3
Posted Mar 10, 2016
89% Speed Sisters (2017) Solidarity through defiance that proves to be one of Speed Sisters' greatest charms. ‐ 4:3
Posted Mar 10, 2016
16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) It may not be a good film, but it's made -- or at least, acted -- with a bizarre affection that goes a long way toward being endearing. ‐ 4:3
Posted Mar 10, 2016
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Locates the sweet spot for so much (superficially) disparate recent Spielberg: morally engaged and reflective, yet playful and funny and loose -- and with the formal beauty [of] one of American cinema's greatest mainstream artists. ‐ 4:3
Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/4 81% Entertainment (2015) Conjures an elegant portrait of a nation lost in a surrealist slipstream, drawing on the iconography of its past and the shell of its present. It's one of the best American movies of the year. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Nov 20, 2015
2/4 65% Spectre (2015) Gone is the mysterious Bond-as-cipher, replaced by unpleasant, Marvel-indebted universe-building in which all the pieces of previous films must tiresomely fit together. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Nov 8, 2015
2/4 62% The Intern (2015) ...a film that keeps the good stuff hidden behind a wall of broad jokes and telegraphed intergenerational moments. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 25, 2015
4/4 93% Breathe (2015) It's only the second feature for actress-turned-filmmaker Laurent, who's probably still best known in the US for her avenging cinephile in Inglourious Basterds, yet Breathe crackles with the intuitive control of a seasoned auteur. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 15, 2015
2.5/4 70% Prince (2015) Like so many coming-of-age debuts before it, Prince isn't world-changing, but like the best of them, there's enough youthful electricity to De Jong's work to make you want to see what he does next. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 19, 2015
1.5/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) [Fantastic Four should] simply be ignored for the unremarkable-and completely familiar-corporate bowel movement that it is. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3/4 98% Phoenix (2015) If the film at times feels more interesting in theory-for what it evokes, cinematic and otherwise-then all is forgotten once Phoenix arrives at its destination... ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 95% Amy (2015) A sad air of familiarity and a creeping sense of ghoulishness conspire to sink Asif Kapadia's Amy... ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2.5/4 88% The Tribe (2015) ...there's an undeniably compelling frisson in the The Tribe's unique mixture of brutality and silence. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jun 17, 2015
2.5/4 64% Hungry Hearts (2015) ...the resulting film is unfocused but sometimes unnerving, an uneasy fusion of realism and intimations of the supernatural that never fully takes hold. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3.5/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Thirty years after his hero walked off into a nuclear sunset, George Miller returns for more than just a greatest-hits package, orchestrating a go-for-broke action symphony that's also wonderfully, wildly subversive. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 15, 2015
2/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) ...more akin to an anonymous BBC production than the work of a once-exciting Dogme 95 alumnus. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 98% Iris (2015) Iris never feigns importance as a documentary, and is all the richer for it. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Apr 29, 2015
2.5/4 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) The Age of Adaline is a "near miss," content to occasionally flirt with the sublime rather than step wholly into the uneasy. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Apr 27, 2015
2/4 30% Lost River (2015) While Lost River isn't some misunderstood masterpiece, neither is it as awful as advertised. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/4 88% Jauja (2015) Mysteriously opaque and thrillingly spooky, Lisandro Alonso's Jauja evokes what many films aspire to yet rarely achieve: a genuine lucid state of cinema-as-dream. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Apr 1, 2015
2/4 60% Run All Night (2015) Run All Night fancies itself a remix of Taken, John Wick and Michael Winner's Mechanic, with a whole lot of Michael Mann and even a little Abel Ferrara to boot. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Mar 17, 2015
2.5/4 96% '71 (2015) Demange's feature synthesizes the speed and dynamism of early Kathryn Bigelow-directed films... ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/4 94% Hard to be a God (2015) "Where is art? Where is renaissance?" an ogre wonders in one scene, before leering into the camera with a conspiratorial, rotted-tooth grin. The answer is easy: right here. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/4 27% Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) (2014) My Name is Hmmm... is ultimately too unfocused to really cohere as an effective, satisfying whole. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jan 28, 2015
1.5/4 12% Mortdecai (2015) There's just never enough ham on the buffet for Johnny Depp these days. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jan 28, 2015
3.5/4 89% Mommy (2015) Love or loathe [Dolan], it's difficult not to be dazzled. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jan 23, 2015
A 99% Leviathan (2014) Man's futile struggle. The grim indifference of the universe. Happy New Year. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 30, 2014
C+ 72% Big Eyes (2014) ...Big Eyes is most alive when Burton is doodling in the margins. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 25, 2014
B+ 86% Top Five (2014) ...Rock proves here that his comic groove is stronger than ever. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 15, 2014
C- 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) The characters haven't changed, great-but neither has the plot, comedy, or execution. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Nov 23, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) A handsome, complex enough film that mostly refuses to commit to easy psychoanalysis ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 12, 2014
96% Citizenfour (2014) A tapestry of escalating suspense. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 12, 2014
85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) Like Michael Moore at his worst, it's hard to applaud a film when it's relentlessly poking fun at its opponents as if to pat itself, and its smug audience, heartily on the back ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 12, 2014
B+ 74% Inherent Vice (2015) While it's certainly a sideways move after the astonishing The Master, one could argue that Anderson's earned himself the right to take a break, smoke up and giggle. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 4, 2014
97% Red Army (2015) Cut to play like an arc of sporting triumph, with its politics allowing the audience to cheer on the downfall of tyranny while holding close a cuddly collective ideal ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 4, 2014
95% National Gallery (2014) A film of simple, almost beguiling elegance ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 4, 2014
58% Saint Laurent (2015) For all its Viscontian sensation, the film well overstays the 150 minutes ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 4, 2014
B 88% Gone Girl (2014) Fincher uses the material's contrived plot and stabs at relationship commentary as a launching pad for a jet-black comedy that at its best approaches the japery of a Grand Guignol. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 4, 2014
4/5 71% The Science of Sleep (2006) More amazing work from Gondry. If you're interested in a basic narrative, look away; if you prize inventive filmmaking, don't miss it. ‐ Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/5 89% Zodiac (2007) Beautifully poised, slow and sinister: a trance of expectant menace in which Fincher holds his audience until the movie's finale.‐ Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3/5 77% The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) Altar Boys doesn't strive to revolutionise the genre, but by playing to what it knows the film works as an appealing teenage reminiscence.‐ Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
3/5 34% TMNT (2007) Whenever the amphibians are in action, the film finds a rhythm that mixes punk graphic cool and merch-friendly visuals.‐ Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/5 29% Tideland (2006) Surreal, inspired cinema from Gilliam that refuses to sugar-coat the dark imagination of children. ‐ Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Nov 16, 2012