Michael J. Casey

Michael J. Casey
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I cover movies for Boulder Weekly, program for CU-Boulder's International Film Series and write about them whenever I can.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
98% One Child Nation (2019) Wang spins the political out of the personal; preserving and presenting an atrocity with the hope that empathy might be the only way to move forward in this world. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
84% Just Mercy (2020) Director Destin Daniel Cretton handles courtroom scenes well but resorts to bland visuals elsewhere - except for scenes set in prison, particularly one night on death row. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Whenever Carroll Shelby or Ken Miles slide behind the wheel, it's a giddy work of combustible energy. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
98% 63 Up (2019) A fascinating watch and a unique social experiment. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
91% Uncut Gems (2019) Feels like Harold stepped off the pages of a Dostoyevsky novel and landed in the streets of New York City. And Sandler makes a meal out of it. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
81% A Hidden Life (2019) Quiet and moving. It sticks to the ribs, and not just for its ecstatic message of faith and defiance, but for its stunning cinematography and moving performances. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's like watching a runner trip mid-stride: Keep moving forward, no matter how clumsy it looks, or fall flat on your face. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) Few books in the American canon are as beloved as 'Little Women,' or as adapted. In Gerwig's version, it's four sisters, similar but different, trying to find their way in an America trying to find its footing. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Rhetoric as exciting as action and two solid performances. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) One of the year's funniest films. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Skewers the adult skepticism often heaped on the children's television host while also making a case for the holy ground between the screen and the viewer. Strong stuff. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
81% The Report (2019) Well acted and tightly constructed, The Report is a gripping piece of work until it falters in the finale. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) The animation is more refined, more realistic, and the story isn't a simple rehash of the first installment. Not a bad showing for a piece of pop entertainment designed for the whole family. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) Two good leads do not a movie make. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Works on every possible level. And it's unbelievably moving. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
100% Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (2019) The aesthetics of the movie might be foreign to Western audiences, his story is anything but. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Feels safe. And a little smug. ... And yet, it's an enjoyable, funny movie for most of its 108 minutes. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) There's a bit of Hemmingway in the way director Robert Eggers tells the tale of THE LIGHTHOUSE. From masculine relationships to the ability to weave old myths through new images. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
86% The Bigamist (1953) Lupino's treatment of an adulterous husband is so even-handed, so sympathetic, you don't just feel for him; you understand him. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) It's a sweet movie, though a bit saccharine and preachy at times. Then again, it's hard not to be when you crack some sort of cosmic code. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Zellweger is the reason to see Judy. The supporting cast is equally compelling, but the movie is ultimately let down by a lackluster presentation of a rote story. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
69% Joker (2019) A profoundly upsetting movie that is powerfully constructed. There's a precision to the camerawork, but the images are gritty and dank. It's as if the film stock is rotting away before our eyes. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) It's not a celebration of a singular focus; it's a celebration of the teamwork necessary to make even the smallest moment in a movie happen. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) There's an odd cynicism running through Late Night that has less to do with being who you are and more to do with being the person everyone wants to you to be. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
88% American Woman (2019) American Woman does not move the way you think it might. It is a strong, confident piece of work that unfolds the way it wants to at the pace it feels it ought to. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A mellow take on the zombie genre, one less interested in jump scares and gore, and more interested in riffing on George Romero's zombie-hypothesis. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
86% Ms. Purple (2019) Though director Justin Chon seems to be going for something authentic, the use of languid camera moves, slow motion, moody lighting, and a droning score adds little and frustrates much. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) Fantastic Fungi makes the case that the answers to disease, anxiety, depression and global warming might be found underfoot. And they're tasty to boot. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra isn't so much about the science of space and space travel as it is about the spaces between people. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
83% This is not Berlin (2019) Smacks of autobiography without reflection. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) "I can't go on like this," Estragon says. "That's what you think," Vladimir replies. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
75% Halston (2019) Disappointingly bland and routine. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Brutal and enchanting. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
83% Official Secrets (2019) Engaging without relying on blockbuster bravado. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Simply one of the year's best. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet Phoenix, Oregon (2019) It's not one-dimensional, but Phoenix, Oregon is still flat and a little like Bobby's blank face. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
90% Walking on Water (2019) "There's not moment you are not an artist," Christo says. It also appears there is no moment when Christo isn't an overbearing ass. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Jane Jacobs, Jonathan Lethem, and Edward Norton walk into a theater to see Chinatown. Motherless Brooklyn walked out. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) The inventions and imaginations are a product primarily of the story and not of the visuals. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday is a trifle of a movie: a light, sugary sweet confection that is delicious and satisfying. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
67% The Quiet One (2019) The Quiet One isn't a bad documentary on Bill Wyman, the bassists for The Rolling Stones from 1962 to 1993, or a bad documentary in general. It just suffers from arriving too late to the party to add much to a well-worn story. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Sword of Trust is funny. Laugh out loud so. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) A time-traveling murder mystery with the swiftness of a noir and a little YA throw in for good measure. Must be a Blumhouse. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) A wonderfully human portrait of life on the bottom rung. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
96% Love, Antosha (2019) Yelchin was the kind of performer who made everything on the screen look easy - natural, even. But as "Love, Antosha" shows, that naturalism was the product of hours of work, study and thought. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
95% The Queen (2019) A movie that presents and accepts. It doesn't needlessly explain, psychoanalyze its subject, or provide the distance and condescension of an ethnographic survey. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The movie has heart, but the filmmakers don't rely on it too long. Sentimentality can only get you so far; then it's time to bring in the pyrotechnics. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
57% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) Eternal violence. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) The portrait of a happy family who are momentarily unhappy. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) "It's a miserable world from top to bottom." - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019