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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 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 89% 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 86% 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 58% 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
1/5 74% The Void (2017) If only writer-directors Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie had lavished as much love and attention on plot and structure as they clearly did on production and theme, this ickfest might have been more than a nod to the gory glories of '80s horror. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/5 44% The Ticket (2017) The story proceeds with the deliberate, inexorable force of a fable, but never abandons its characters' humanity in the process.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
1/5 58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Again and again, the fuse is lit and then fizzles. Eventually, bewildered disinterest sets in.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3/5 53% The Boss Baby (2017) I could have done without the kewpie-doll faces and oversized eyes, but for the most part and where it counts, The Boss Baby gets its kids just right.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
1/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) A hot mess of a philosophical cyber-thriller....Some cool visuals, though.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2/5 68% Life (2017) Here is a story that knows how to put the nihilism in the vast nothingness of space. If you're into that sort of thing.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2/5 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Director Ritesh Batra's adaptation of Julian Barnes's my-theme-is-memory novel serves as a grand showcase for star Jim Broadbent as a sour old soul who is ever so gently forced to reckon with his past.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
1/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Ian McKellan makes a fine, melancholy Cogsworth the clock, but the rest of the enchanted servants come off hammy and campy, while Kevin Kline seems lost as Belle's father and Luke Evans turns alpha male Gaston into a bigger cartoon than the original.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/5 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) The saying "no good deed goes unpunished" may ring truer in wartime than in any other; Land of Mine knows it has to go looking elsewhere for the cause of human kindness.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
1/5 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It's fun to watch the [monsters] in action, but on the human side, the film is clumsily written, over-cast and underacted, with only frustrated soldier Samuel L. Jackson striking the right tone of crazy amid the chaos.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/5 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) The sins of the fathers (and mothers) are visited upon the children in Claude Barras's brief, stop-motion tale of little ones finding love among the ruins.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/5 92% Logan (2017) [Director] Mangold drags [Wolverine] - much older, if not much wiser - into a Western, and ends up with the best superhero movie in recent memory. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
1/5 75% You're Killing Me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) (2017) It might have helped if director Roberto Sneider had let his female lead be something more than the pretty thing doing the figurative killing mentioned in the title. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
1/5 80% Dying Laughing (2017) Subject after subject - joke-crafting, set-building, room-running, dying on stage, living on the road, etc. - gets treated with bloodless abstraction by people who tell funny, engaging stories about their experiences for a living. Weird.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 99% Get Out (2017) Cultural appropriation shifts from 'problematic' to 'horrific' in writer-director Jordan Peele's sharp take on the scary world of stuff white people like.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
1/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Something bland and familiar to make the keening wail of the (beautiful) funeral ceremony a little less foreign, and the brightly color-coded armor of the Great Wall's defenders a little less outlandish.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 27% Fist Fight (2017) [Day] succeeds, however, at carrying the film, partly through sympathetic wretchedness and partly through sheer energy.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) [Director Verbinski] takes the campy dread of Hammer horror films (Horror of Dracula, et alia) and builds it into a a gorgeous, epic assault on anti-immigration sentiments in Europe and elsewhere.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It may look like a children's movie, but it feels like it's aimed at Mommy and (more likely) Daddy.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1/5 91% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Here's the problem with avenging angels: after a while, their invincibility gets both boring and silly, and the viewer starts pining for something recognizably human.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1/5 81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) The film works best as an appetite stimulant for richer cinematic fare.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 94% Strike a Pose (2017) The film isn't overly interested in gory details, however; it prefers to push a narrative of hope and healing, so much so that it concludes with a reunion dinner wherein The Queen of Pop is absolved in absentia.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) It's possible that you will feel slightly underwhelmed by the end, even as you murmur to yourself, "Well, that was lovely." But underwhelmed is not quite the same as disappointed.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) [James Baldwin's] Remember this House was an unfinished work; so too, observes [director] Peck, is America's struggle with race.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
0/5 32% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Whatever a dog's purpose might be, the movie's purpose is clear: to make you smile and say, "Awww." Woof. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2/5 86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) For at least the first 50 of its 100 minutes, Andre Øvredal's coroner horror story is nearly flawless.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2/5 42% Gold (2017) It's hard to call this ode to the common businessman a success, but it's just a little bit harder to call it a failure.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 84% The Founder (2017) John Lee Hancock serves up a biopic of McDonald's king Ray Kroc that is not unlike the restaurant's product: precisely prepared, brightly packaged, and uncomplicated in its appeal. Or at least, that's how it goes down much of the time.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/5 75% Split (2017) Shyamalan juggles all these borrowed balls with grace and skill; it's only when he adds in some of his own that he falters.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
0/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) There isn't much point in reviewing a film that summarizes itself thusly: "Kick some ass, get the girl, and try to look dope while you're doing it." But a job's a job.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/5 63% One Piece Film: Gold (2017) The whole thing feels like an excellent example of its type, even if its type is adolescent fever dream. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
0/5 34% Live By Night (2017) Writer-director-star Ben Affleck goes for broke and goes bust with an American tale that mistakes muchness for greatness. ‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/5 83% Julieta (2016) The moral of the story is clear: watch out for morals. They corrode the aforementioned generosity and understanding, leaving us lonely and bereft.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
1/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) The film seems comfortable with [the police's tactics], and also with removing the pesky question of motive from its prime movers: it's enough that they're bad guys who did a very bad thing and must be brought to justice.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/5 96% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) Director Yeon Sang-ho makes smart use of the cramped quarters, and while it's true that his zombies' abilities tend to vary according to the requirements of the moment, it's easy to overlook amid the onslaught of action and emotion.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
1/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Director J.A. Bayona presents appealing worlds (real and imagined) awash in color and detail, but while his movie and its monster are very interested in exploring and explaining humanity, they don't quite get people.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/5 99% Cameraperson (2016) Put briefly, [Johnson] earns her juxtapositions of wildflowers and barbed wire.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
2/5 93% Fences (2016) Your best bet is to let those mellifluous, multitudinous words bewitch, bother, and beguile you; then maybe you won't notice the stagey presentation, slight story, and occasional emotional overreach.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
1/5 31% Passengers (2016) Fixing the malfunctioning Avalon requires addressing the fundamental damage, but the film seems to argue that the same does not hold true for the human heart.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
1/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) An over-cast video game movie.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
2/5 83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) A lighthearted/darkhearted romp through modern misery, frontloaded with imagination and light on the finish.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/5 79% Evolution (2016) It's easy to imagine the 85-minute runtime being trimmed to 60, given the limited action and abundance of long, static takes, but then, Hadzihalilovic probably wants to give the dread time to soak in.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The good news is that Edwards' effort to make a storm-the-beach war film produces a tense third act that earns most of its big moments and also justifies much of what's come before.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 71% Coming Through The Rye (2016) It's not quite coming of age, but it's definitely growing up a bit.‐ San Diego Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016