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
2.5/5 93% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) Mariel Baqueiro's cinematography is impressive, Aleksandra Cwen gives a committed performance, but the movie's lack of momentum-bogged down by MMMD's droning, repetitive score-adds little. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
2.5/5 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) The elements are present, but the cohesion is not. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
3.5/5 100% Days (Rizi) (2020) For some, "Days" could be an infuriating endeavor. For others, it's soothing viewing that stimulates an aspect of voyeurism rarely tickled by modern cinema. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/5 63% My Son (Mon garçon) (2019) Like Perrin's quest, the movie bluntly bashes its way through the snow-covered French countryside in a relentless pursuit toward the end. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 93% Stray (2021) The movie feels more at ease in observing than imposing. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
1.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) An insulting movie ... desperately groping for some semblance of autobiography. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/5 72% The Mauritanian (2021) The performances are solid, but they're not enough to bring "The Mauritanian" out of the box the movie seems confident to confine itself to - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
4.5/5 100% Mandabi (1969) An ending that'll haunt you long after the screen's gone dark. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
3/5 98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) There's a good doc somewhere inside "The World's a Little Blurry" it just happens to be surrounded by 60ish minutes of excess. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/5 94% Test Pattern (2021) Shatara Michelle Ford smartly relies on that sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach rather than visual pyrotechnics or acterly outbursts to build tension. It works in spades. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
2/5 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) "Dark Phoenix" feels rushed, as if Kinberg wanted to cram two, maybe three, movies into one while Disney was busy gobbling up the studio and all of its intellectual properties. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 56% Ma (2019) Though "Ma" is a tad uneven, the movie crackles with uneasy electricity anytime Spencer graces the screen. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
2.5/5 78% Pasolini (2019) A frustrating disappointment ... sluggish and slow, as if Ferrara either dreads having to find his way to Ostia Beach-where Pasolini was murdered-or finds pleasure in the foreplay. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/5 95% CODA (2021) Much more than a manipulative story of familial tension. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
4.5/5 100% Voskhozhdeniye (The Ascent) (1978) A bona fide masterpiece. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
1/5 58% Dara of Jasenovac (2021) The images are dull, the performances are bland, and the story is rote. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
4/5 100% Heartworn Highways (1981) The only thing flawed about "Heartworn Highways" is the people, and they're so likable you'll quickly look past their less desirable qualities or notions. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
2/5 69% Land (2021) A pretty sentiment, but it also feels hollow at the same time. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3.5/5 100% Try Harder! (2021) Lum and her team follow six students as they chase their collegiate dreams through the halls of Lowell. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
4/5 100% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) A joyous portrait from a less-than joyous time in American history. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/5 74% The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) A tedious treatment of a familiar story. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5 47% The Little Things (2021) Neo-noir cop drama that feels like true crime fan fiction. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/5 88% Supernova (2021) Tucci and Firth are excellent, and the movie earns its premise. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
2.5/5 36% Big Stone Gap (2015) As harmless as a sleepy summer breeze. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
1.5/5 27% Pan (2015) A mess, and no amount of exposition is going to tie it together. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3.5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Solid writing from Kemp Powers and solid performances from all four leads. - Metro Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 92% 99 Homes (2015) There are contrivances to Bahrani's plotting, but they all manage to build in a satisfactory manner. The main goal here is to watch a man become what he hates: not out of want, but out of necessity. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
4.5/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Both Dylan and Scorsese love a good story, and both share a suspicion that deception and misdirection might be the best way to get to the truth. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
1.5/5 33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) One disingenuous cliché piled on top of another, right down to the Simon and Garfunkel song. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
4/5 99% MLK/FBI (2021) An effective way to engage the audience first through image, then through argument. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
5/5 100% Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) We are never as far from the past as we like to think. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
4/5 91% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) Bonkers and wildly entertaining - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
3.5/5 99% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) It's a tense piece of work, and Lacôte maintains a firm grasp on the material until an odd choice in the third act momentarily breaks the spell. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
2.5/5 97% The Dissident (2020) There's a lot at stake here, but after two hours of repetitious information, "The Dissident" remains inert. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/5 80% Rio Grande (1950) Popular entertainment from a complicated time made by strong personalities with contradictory beliefs. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Beware, My Lovely (1952) Howard Horner brings a baroque sensibility to both the design and the blocking, and cinematographer George E. Diskant's deep focus photography imbues the film with all the hallmarks of noir and women-in-peril picture. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
2/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Cumbersome, jaundiced, and too reliant on cheap screenwriting shorthand. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
4/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Even though the final sentence imbues 'Promising Young Woman' with contemporary currency, director Emerald Fennell keeps the audience on uneven footing and refuses to provide easy answers or unearned triumphalism. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
4/5 100% Away (2019) Refreshing and tranquil. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4.5/5 88% Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968) As brief as it is dense-a movie you'll chew on for years to come. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3.5/5 29% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Getting from here to there in "Wild Mountain Thyme" takes twists and turns, none dark, all odd. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
4/5 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) Based on Irish folklore and soaked with mythic iconography, "Song of the Sea" confronts loss and sorrow head-on. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
4/5 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) With corruption like this, there's no telling where the bottom is. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
4.5/5 95% Soul (2020) It's got everything, really - even life itself. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3.5/5 100% Coded Bias (2020) Sends chills down your spine. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) A really good movie with a questionable conclusion. - Boulder Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/5 100% The Changin' Times of Ike White (2020) A disarming act, and it works beautifully. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3.5/5 100% 76 Days (2020) Cinema vérité on the front lines. ... It's like trying to understand World War I from a trench in France. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3.5/5 98% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) At 78 years old, Herzog repeats himself some, but he can still tell a captivating story, and find the poetic in his pursuits. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
4.5/5 100% City Hall (2020) A stunning work of observation, understanding, and compassion. - Michael J. Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020