Martha K. Baker

Martha K. Baker
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: KDHX (St. Louis)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% A Love Song For Latasha (2019) [A] maddening and poignant memorial. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
34% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) [Eddie Izzard' s]earnest acting is presentable if not stellar. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
94% Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words (2019) The documentary records slow steps toward justice, always worth measuring. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
74% The World to Come (2020) "The World to Come" offers a delicate and passionate note of courage in love. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
55% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" is tough to watch, tough to reckon, but vital to record. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) "Malcolm and Marie" is Friday Night Fights without ring, gloves, or bloody blows. Love and hate pound a tattoo throughout and as terraced dynamics in "Liberation" over the credits. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) Reasons for not engaging with "The Little Things" include the range of acting and the too-tricky storyline. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
70% Land (2021) "Land" is biblical, natural, admirable. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
99% MLK/FBI (2021) Excellent. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) The film might be a tad long and it might be a skosh scary for really wee ones, but it fights for wolves and for girls with admirable animation. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
96% Soul (2020) "Soul" has a lesson, one children can afford to learn, about our purpose in life, about our spark, about our music. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) It requires a strong heart and close attention to its layers and nuances, for it presents a woman's story as intense as any man's story of war. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
41% The Professor and the Madman (2019) Winchester's well-written book evolved into a mess of a movie. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
83% Happiest Season (2020) Well directed by Clea Duvall. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
31% Superintelligence (2019) It's a massive moral wrapped in founts of fun. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Every single minute matters. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
55% The Prom (2020) For the film adaptation of "The Prom," director Ryan Murphy ("Glee") saps energy from the live stage production, but he could not erase all the fun. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) A tolerable film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
100% Belly of the Beast (2020) No one should watch this without becoming exercised over racist exploitation of eugenics. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Radha Blank is a tour de force. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
87% Us Kids (2021) No matter what the director does, it's impossible to watch these stalwart young people without weeping - for their losses as much as for their gains. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
90% The Dilemma of Desire (2020) "The Dilemma of Desire" breaks no new ground with the form of the documentary film, but it piles on plenty of needed sex ed. for home and school. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
69% Ammonite (2020) "Ammonite" may not be totally true, but at least it brings these women's names before the public. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
86% The Social Dilemma (2020) Truly, this outstanding documentary is scarier than a horror film because it investigates truth in social media, and truth terrifies. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
79% I Am Greta (2020) "I Am Greta" does not electrify in and of itself, but it does record a few years in the life of a dedicated young woman who makes a difference. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
74% Radium Girls (2020) These stories must be told even today because a Geiger counter, waved over the grave of a radium girl, clicks for 1,000 years. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) The mystery worked for Du Maurier and Hitchcock. Not here. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) His satire stands on the shoulders of Jonathan Swift, the 17th-century Irishman, who knew a modest proposal when he wrote one. Baron Cohen has written another. And it bites immodestly. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
99% On the Record (2020) Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, who co-directed the searing documentary, "The Hunting Ground," about serial rapes on college campuses, have directed another outstanding wedge film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
95% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) [Director Mary Wharton] skillfully enfolds the political with the musical. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
99% Totally Under Control (2020) [A] powerful, persuasive documentary. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
74% Flannery (2020) [A] fantastic documentary. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
No Score Yet In Case of Emergency (2020) A moving force of a film... The film - beautiful and painful - enforces gratitude for nurses and encourages change. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) "The Trial of the Chicago 7," the epitome of excellence, comes at just the right time: to show today's protestors some of the shoulders on which they stand. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
89% The Nest (2020) Durkin's latest tale keeps do-si-do-ing around a real plot with real characters, but "The Nest," like "Mary Marcy May Marlene," is exhausting and a little embarrassing. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Felicity Jones, so credible as Jane Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," brings similar credence to the role of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) Twin a feminist icon with a theater icon, and you produce one remarkable film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
100% Public Trust (2020) As a documentary, Public Trust takes a side with vigor and heart - and gorgeous scenery. Just don't miss the information cards preceding the credits. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
62% The Secrets We Keep (2020) The Secrets We Keep is more than a thrill. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
55% Coastal Elites (2020) The television play is compassionate and true and (this is Paul Rudnick) very funny. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) An astounding documentary... All In is a civics lesson worthy of studied absorption. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
No Score Yet A Step Without Feet (2020) The film redefines the freighted word "refugee." A Step Without Feet is a delicate homage to harmony. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
81% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) The witnesses present an inarguable case that the President, with his hands on the nuclear codes, is a danger to this country. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
58% Tesla (2020) Light on each face - whether sun or bulb or fire - adds interest when the dialogue cramps. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) The result is a flaccid film... But it does raise interesting questions about art, so the discussion afterwards might prove more interesting than the film itself. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
44% Made in Italy (2020) Made in Italy weaves in and out of Life and Art, but its seams bunch a bunch. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Yes, God, Yes is slight, offering little besides the story, but that story may just save one young woman from the Puritan propaganda designed to make her feel sinful just for being incarnational. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) What is gained makes the transition from stage to television worthwhile. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) The weak writing, fumbling directing, and scene-chewing acting are ground up into to soap opera in the end. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) The international song competition... was cancelled this year due to the pandemic. So Eurovision Song Contest fills in with just enough sweetness and sappiness and silliness to distract. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020