Matthew Lickona Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Matthew Lickona

Matthew Lickona
Matthew Lickona's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Diego Reader

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) [Suzu's] life is treated as thoroughly unexceptional ... except of course it isn't. Besides a heart full of (hesitant) love and a soul full of (bashful) virtue, she has the artist's drive to capture the passing world‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
1/5 35% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) As 48 hours, Lethal Weapon, et alia have demonstrated, people love a good black and white buddy comedy. And who knows? They may even love a not so good one. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 83% 68 Kill (2017) It's cheap and trashy and tasteless, but it's not unfun, and there's a pleasing measure of low-budget craft on display. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 96% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) By the time Alejandro confronts his father...it occurs that self-indulgence is sort of the point and that it just might be in the service of something that is actually, simply profound. Jodorowsky is dramatizing his life, just like everybody else does.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) Writer-director (and co-editor) Sèbastien Laudenbach strives and largely succeeds in his effort to produce a finished animated film with the vivacity and evocative power of a rough sketchbook.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 80% Brigsby Bear (2017) A movie about storytelling that succeeds by keeping its focus on the storyteller.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
1/5 86% Wind River (2017) The cause is just and the ambition is admirable, but the result is middling in both the writing and directing departments.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/5 89% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) An explicit and excoriating story of eros unmoored and unmooring - the devastating power of sexual pleasure when it's stripped of both function and meaning.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
2/5 62% Footnotes (Sur quel pied danser) (2017) Yes, the whole thing is fantastical, a daydream of people triumphing over profits via brilliant PR, and love making a case for itself in the face of everything. But it's just believable enough to make at least some of us play along.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
1/5 86% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) An exercise in whimsicality that might leave Wes Anderson fatigued. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
1/5 84% Detroit (2017) Bigelow and Boal want to make a moral howl of a movie that burns with felt life, but they wind up with a failure of historical imagination that undermines a harrowing true story.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2/5 99% City of Ghosts (2017) An important story that loses something in the telling.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) An adventure in mundanity that makes excellent use of the tension between those two words.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
2/5 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Perhaps it's not surprising that [Leitch] winds up with something that feels like a tough-minded drama rejiggered into a hard-bodied action-adventure. But it is a bit disappointing. Still, there are consolations.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/5 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) It's smart about evil, especially about the way it tends to radiate.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
1/5 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Utterly unreal space story from Luc Besson (he of The Fifth Element fame), who seems to have watched James Cameron's Avatar and decided he could make it sillier, more scattered, and less emotionally engaging.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan's genius for treating movies like chess matches... is brilliantly employed in this account of the British (and French) attempt to retreat across the English Channel from the coastal city of Dunkirk in the early years of World War II.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2/5 76% The Little Hours (2017) Today, it requires the stainless-steel deadpan of Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and John C. Reilly (among others) to conjure up a world where such piety is possible enough to pillory. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
2/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) The general view seems to be that civilization might survive and even flourish if men weren't around to wreck it with their making of love and war, but where's the fun in that?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/5 87% Maudie (2017) An unsentimental but emotional film for anyone who suspects in their heart of hearts that suffering really is the only thing that makes anyone worth a damn. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) What are the odds that a film with six credited screenwriters and a director (Jon Watts) with more Onion content than anything else could recapture the youthful thrill of superhero movies in general and the youthful appeal of Spider-Man in particular?‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
0/5 22% The Book of Henry (2017) However hard the talented cast may try, those aren't people up on the screen; they're candles, balloons, and marbles.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1/5 16% All Eyez on Me (2017) A lumbering, illustrated hagiography of the slain rap phenom Tupac Shakur that, in its efforts to exalt and exonerate the man, reduces him to a strangely passive figure: a sweet, goodhearted, brilliant kid to whom bad things keep happening.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) Onscreen and in the audience, youth will be served.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 95% Radio Dreams (2017) Director and scriptwriter Babak Jalali cleverly uses the station's ramshackle, microbudget operations to highlight the humanity on both sides of the struggle between art and commerce (it's almost like a wrestling match...) ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2/5 100% Legion of Brothers (2017) There's some bitterness on display, plenty of sadness, and an abundance of camaraderie. But mostly, there's just an impressive frankness - about both tragedies and triumphs. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
1/5 16% The Mummy (2017) I was curious enough about Universal's decision to exhume its classic monsters to hold on until the zombie crusader frogmen started swimming after amoral (but maybe-redeemable) soldier of fortune Tom Cruise. No one would blame you for checking out sooner.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/5 71% Manifesto (2017) Some bits are less effective and/or more obscure, but few last long enough to wear out their welcome, thanks to writer-director Julian Rosefeldt's clever, complementary visuals and to his affectionate, interested approach - even when he's poking fun. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
1/5 48% Churchill (2017) Maybe one of the top five best-looking bad films ever made, thanks at least in part to cinematographer David Higgs' mastery of the long shot and the team assigned to scouting and securing locations. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Many big ideas are juggled, and while the story doesn't exactly drop them, it does flail about a bit. Still, Jenkins has an eye for moving moments, Gadot is great fun to watch, and there's genuine visual panache to be found amid the combat and comedy.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
1/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) The bounty of bawdy bits feel borrowed from Benny Hill ("No woman's ever handled my Herschel before!" says a stunned telescope operator), while the slapstick violence skews toward the Three Stooges.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2/5 90% A Dark Song (2017) Imperfectly realized, but still worthy of its ambition.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 84% The Wedding Plan (2017) An engaging (and surprisingly entertaining) examination, not of belief, but of a believer, a struggling soul who more often than not blocks her own path to paradise.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2/5 86% The Lovers (2017) It's tempting to read this as a younger generation's condemnation of its parents' me-first indulgence, and an affirmation of familial unity by an unblinking, accusatory - but not histrionic - look at its opposite. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 93% Obit (2017) The real subject here is storytelling, the creation of a stylish, authoritative, highly personal record of "how the world got to be the way it is." One more thing to miss about newspapers when they go.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Ridley Scott finishes what he started in Prometheus: the story of David (Michael Fassbender), a sentient creation who discovers that his creator is laughably inferior, but still potentially useful.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 74% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Happily, the weirdness is not for its own sake, and the story, while scrambled, is anything but incoherent.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
1/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Jude Law almost manages to chew his way through the CGI scenery and create a gloriously wicked villain, but in the end, even he succumbs to the dumb.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 69% The Wall (2017) Liman does good work in making the disembodied voice into a man, and in fitting a dialogue-heavy drama into the framework of an action film where the action is minimal but definitely not minor.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/5 92% Finding Oscar (2017) A genuinely inspiring story of courage in the face of atrocity, impunity, and institutionalized inhumanity.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Writer-director Cristian Mungiu continues his expert evisceration of his native Romania, and by extension, this whole rotten world and the people who make it that way, even as they convince themselves otherwise.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) The rich imagery and controlled composition seem alternately to highlight Dickinson's unfettered art and to mock her sadly fettered life. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
1/5 81% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Lydia Tenaglia's alternately dreamy and gossipy documentary about celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower is heavy on the "celebrity" and frustratingly short on the "chef." ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Director James Gunn has a vision and he puts it across, but it ain't pretty.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 85% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Credit goes to Heymann for both his presentation of Naharin's work (which might have been tedious and/or inaccessible for the uninitiated) and character (which might have been obscured by the maestro's presence and/or the figures he commands).‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
1/5 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) There is an unexploitative, unsensational grounding to the whole affair that lends it dignity, but that doesn't quite justify the 140-minute runtime. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/5 88% Their Finest (2017) As polite, charming, and English as its star Gemma Arterton, who sails through the chaos and calamity with the good sense, pluck, and grace of a motherly angel.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
2/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Just when the Fast-and-the-Furious-on-Ice finale threatens to drag on past the point of action-setpiece endurance, director F. Gary Gray has the grace to send a supercar from heaven as an actual answer to prayer.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
2/5 60% Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (2017) The film is sumptuous and sensuous to behold but a bit chilly on the heart and hazy on the mind, thanks no doubt to the prickly protagonists and the breadth of coverage.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
2/5 98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Throughout, there is the nagging sense that the whole thing will unravel if any one thread gets tugged too hard, but when both the heart and the sky are on fire, why lean in and go squinting at flaws? ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017