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Michael Upchurch

Michael Upchurch
Michael Upchurch's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Seattle Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 81% Chevalier (2016) The film is impeccably shot - and composer Marilena Orfanou's electronic score vividly suggests a ticking testosterone time bomb. On your mark. Get set. Go see it. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/4 61% High-Rise (2016) It has the right look. It has the right sound. But the overly frantic editing job on "High-Rise," a film adaptation of J.G. Ballard's 1975 dystopian satire, may leave some viewers scratching their heads. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 12, 2016
1/4 16% Graffiti Bridge (1990) Technically, the film is a compendium of stale MTV gimmicks -- dry ice, stylized sets. It's a neo-Expressionist tempest in a teapot. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/4 96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) Sigurjónsson's Gummi, with his quiet canniness and his fearful, conflicted feelings about his belligerent brother, is the best reason to watch "Rams." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/4 97% Red Army (2015) Wittily edited and beautifully scored, "Red Army" is not just a terrific film but an important one - even if you don't give two hoots about ice hockey. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 73% Cry-Baby (1990) It all adds up to zany, wide-eyed, quintessential Waters havoc -- the "kinder, gentler" 1990s brand, perhaps. But the genuine article, nonetheless. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 21, 2015
3.5/4 81% Let Him Have It (1991) The script, by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, finds enough quirks in its protagonists to lift them above the issues-movie premise. Michael Kamen's atmospheric chamber score is also crucial to the film's success. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 28, 2014
3/4 100% Flamenco, Flamenco (2010) The film creates a visual music as intricate and intense as its musical dramas. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
4/4 82% My Own Private Idaho (1991) One of the most original cinematic talents at work in this country, Van Sant has a knack for pulling disparate elements together and twisting them into wildly funny lyrical odysseys of the mind and heart. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 2, 2014
1.5/4 0% Folks! (1992) The film's appeal will depend largely on whether you feel like laughing at senile dementia and automobile accidents. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 4, 2014
3/4 85% My Cousin Vinny (1992) The pacing is brisk and the energy of the performances is so palpable that even at its silliest and most contrived, the film is enjoyable. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2/4 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) No one has ever made sex look like less fun. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 87% A Midnight Clear (1992) A Midnight Clear doesn't do as much as it might with its characters. But as a parable of human folly and fragile hope, it has considerable impact. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/4 100% The Witches (1990) It's not a film for small children. But for precocious first-graders with a warped sense of humor and an appetite for chills, thrills and spills, nothing could be better. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2/4 85% Santa Sangre (1989) Santa Sangre's content puts it beyond the call of duty for even the most slavishly devoted art-house denizen. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 83% Thelma & Louise (1991) There are plenty of great one-liners in Callie Khouri's script, and cinematographer Adrian Biddle never fails to give viewers an eye full -- even when it's a ridiculous eye full. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Schwarzenegger is in impeccable deadpan form, milking his tough-guy image for all it's worth and getting laughs out of the Terminator's wooden parroting of slang ("No problemo" probably will be a catch-phrase to reckon with this summer). ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/4 63% The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) This is De Mornay's film and she's a wicked treat, looking daggers at her enemy one moment and then glazing over with sweetness the next. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 10, 2013
1/4 6% Mobsters (1991) A hollow concept gussied up with a few big names, a pretty set and some fancy clothes. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 21, 2013
3.5/4 98% One False Move (1992) Franklin's convincing portrait of life on both sides of the color line isn't quite like anything I've come across before, making One False Move one very assured directorial move. We need more filmmakers like him. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 6, 2013
3/4 54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) Handsomely crafted and smartly performed, the film works on its own terms. But in expanding the story's canvas, it dilutes rather than translates the power of the book. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 2, 2013
3/4 60% Stars In Shorts (2012) They showcase not just the acting chops of Colin Firth, Lily Tomlin, Julia Stiles and others, but some fresh writing-directing talents, too. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3.5/4 97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) A sobering, cautionary tale. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 2, 2012
3/4 76% Alps (Alpeis) (2012) Lanthimos continually keeps you guessing about both the procedural and emotional logic at work in "Alps," and his actors are with him every step of the way. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3/4 70% Keyhole (2012) Patric's performance is a deadpan treat. His can-do, take-charge character is in continual zany contrast to his surreal surroundings. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 14, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet Lou Harrison: A World of Music (2012) A lively and succinct documentary by Eva Soltes. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 19, 2012
3.5/4 72% Free Men (2012) A cannily shot thriller. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 12, 2012
3/4 93% Gerhard Richter Painting (2012) Belz delivers exactly what her title promises: the sight of Richter at work on his canvases. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 22, 2012
2.5/4 100% Last Train Home (2010) Lixin Fan, handling his own cinematography, shoots with such a painterly eye that he almost undermines the social critique he's making. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3.5/4 69% Life During Wartime (2010) Solondz, through the troubled voice of 13-year-old Timmy, does rigorous justice to the difficulties of forgiving and/or forgetting. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2010
3/4 89% The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (2009) A wildly imaginative if erratically executed urban fable. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2010
3/4 70% Ondine (2010) Jordan, who also wrote the screenplay, makes some gentle jabs at small-town nosiness and claustrophobia, even as he spins out the shadowy riddles of the story. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 18, 2010
3.5/4 100% Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008) This masterful family drama by Japanese writer- director Hirokazu Kore-eda commences on a deceptively tranquil note, lightly spiced with a needling humor. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 8, 2009
3/4 100% Afghan Star (2009) An informative documentary revealing how decades of war and years of Taliban repression have fallen to the wayside, however briefly, as Kabul's answer to American Idol seduces a violence-weary Afghanistan. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 21, 2009
3.5/4 89% Séraphine (2009) The film belongs to Moreau. Half-derided, half-protected by her village neighbors, her Séraphine is dowdy, willful, gruff, determined: a blend of singing mystic and muttering madwoman. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 14, 2009
3.5/4 81% Venkovský Ucitel (The Country Teacher) (2008) The film boasts subtle performances and curious situations with unpredictable outcomes. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 23, 2009
3.5/4 89% Moon (2009) With its artful use of old-school miniatures rather than computer graphics, Moon engages the eye as much as the mind. Here's a canny director who doesn't let technical prowess overwhelm his sure, resourceful sense of human drama and character. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 3, 2009
3.5/4 96% Food, Inc. (2009) The result is an alarming film that tackles food and freedom-of-speech issues on many fronts. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 19, 2009
3.5/4 94% My Winnipeg (2007) The world would be a better place if every city had its Maddin. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 27, 2008