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Luke Goodsell

Luke Goodsell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
46% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Sanders' film is impressive enough on its "own," or at least as impressive as a commercially-minded, committee-driven bastardisation of an iconic text might hope to be.‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Skull Island manages to hold [its] precarious balance of haphazard social commentary and B-movie thrills for an admirable distance, assisted immensely by the levity of the screenplay and performances.‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) A Sistine Chapel of transcendent stupidity. ‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
Not Recommended 30% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
91% Speed Sisters (2017) Solidarity through defiance that proves to be one of Speed Sisters' greatest charms.‐ 4:3
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
2/4 64% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2015
2/4 61% The Intern (2015) ...a film that keeps the good stuff hidden behind a wall of broad jokes and telegraphed intergenerational moments.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
2.5/4 89% The Tribe (2015) ...there's an undeniably compelling frisson in the The Tribe's unique mixture of brutality and silence.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2015
3.5/4 89% Mommy (2015) Love or loathe [Dolan], it's difficult not to be dazzled.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2015
A 99% Leviathan (2014) Man's futile struggle. The grim indifference of the universe. Happy New Year.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2014
C+ 72% Big Eyes (2014) ...Big Eyes is most alive when Burton is doodling in the margins.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2014
B+ 86% Top Five (2014) ...Rock proves here that his comic groove is stronger than ever.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) A handsome, complex enough film that mostly refuses to commit to easy psychoanalysis‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2014
96% Citizenfour (2014) A tapestry of escalating suspense.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2014
95% National Gallery (2014) A film of simple, almost beguiling elegance‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2014
58% Saint Laurent (2015) For all its Viscontian sensation, the film well overstays the 150 minutes‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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