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Michael Wilmington

Michael Wilmington
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 95% Cold Fever (1996) Like Iceland itself, Cold Fever may seem a trip most audiences initially will reject -- as too distant, too strange, too icebound. They're wrong. Once seen, this cold, feverish wonderland is never forgotten. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 10, 2017
24% Captain Ron (1992) Captain Ron is a movie about trapped suburbanites who break out into romantic seas, but it never really leaves suburbia... Like the Cap'n himself, this movie guzzles up its dreams and ignores the busted engine. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 22, 2016
98% The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988) The appalling, horrific climax of The Vanishing will haunt your mind long after this film is over. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/4 69% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) It glides so easily over a multitude of events and characters that we're never jarred; Antonia and Bas make a winning alternative-community grandma and grandpa. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 4, 2016
85% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986) If most movies today are doomed to be sure-fire, presold properties--with ideas leached from our recent TV or cinematic past--let's hope they're all as good at the game as "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 7, 2016
84% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country (1991) There are weaknesses here--especially when the climax becomes too packed and chaotic, and the goodby over-hasty. But Meyer and Flynn get a fullness back into the characters. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 7, 2016
3/4 82% Jerry Maguire (1996) I like Crowe's movies; I mostly enjoyed this one. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 24, 2016
53% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) In almost every respect, Bogus Journey is better than the original: more imaginative, more opulent, wilder and freer, more excitingly visualized. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 29, 2016
82% Total Recall (1990) If the movie sometimes seems overwhelmed by its budget and its legendary third-act problems, it's still entertainingly raw and brutal, full of whiplash pace and juicy exaggeration. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 27, 2016
3.5/4 66% The Pillow Book (1997) Greenaway is a dedicated aesthete and sensualist who creates his own little worlds of cruelty, delight and artistic trickery. With tremendous brio and skill, he cuts his patterns into our minds, tickling our skins with his brush. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 2, 2016
85% Sign o' the Times (1987) As a concert film, judged from the music, Sign O' the Times is near the top. As a movie -- carrying inside it the embryo of other movies -- it's not fully satisfying. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 25, 2016
4/4 96% Schindler's List (1993) With seemingly effortless grace and skill, Schindler's List balances fear and exaltation, humor and horror, love and death. It evokes, superbly, a time of savagery and grief, and the inexplicable, stunning compassion that rises within and against it. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 23, 2016
2.5/4 57% Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Does this work? Is it worth the trouble? Not really. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 1, 2015
3/4 78% GoldenEye (1995) James Bond, the British spy with a taste for the high life and a license to kill, comes back in surprisingly hardy and supple form. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 28, 2015
0% Head Office (1986) The structure here is a bit like '50s social comedies but there's no satiric force, just chutzpah and energy. The movie confuses iconoclasm with wit, and bile with guts; it's mostly thin and mean-spirited. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2015
3/4 100% Mr. Lucky (1943) Cary Grant in one of his signature roles: as a suave WW II-era lady-killing gambler. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 25, 2015
89% Blade Runner (1982) Film noir cubed, science fiction a step beyond 2001. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 2, 2015
4/4 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) It shakes you up the way many other notable foreign-language film debuts once did -- films like"Breathless, The 400 Blows or Knife in the Water. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 27, 2015
1.5/4 54% Blade (1998) Blade is often ridiculous, mostly poorly written and, surprisingly poorly acted too. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.5/4 94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) The younger actors are now more confident. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2015
7% Teen Wolf Too (1987) The pacing is near-cataleptic and the movie's intended comic highlight is a frog-fight in the biology lab. Isn't that just what you're dying to see and hear? ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 24, 2015
88% Cinco días sin Nora (Nora's Will) (2010) Thanks to Lujan, it's very funny. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 18, 2015
81% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) Beyond Thunderdome is the third in George Miller's Mad Max series, and it closes the trilogy like a lightning blast followed by the ominous, resonant drone of thunder. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 13, 2015
0% Hot to Trot (1988) Hot to Trot is a movie to make ninnies whinny, audiences gag and horses hide their heads. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2015
84% Casualties of War (1989) There's a moral charge to the action, but it's also swooningly exciting, coldly scary. Every friend may be an enemy, every innocent a traitor. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 16, 2015
82% Talk Radio (1988) Oliver Stone's Talk Radio makes you laugh, makes you mad and keeps you edgily watching for the killers in the shadows. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2015
73% Rok Spokojnego Slonca (The Year of the Quiet Sun) (1984) A Year of the Quiet Sun is a great, beautiful and humbling work, a film of majestic compassion. Its conception and execution are thrilling; its actors magnificent. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/4 88% Naked (1993) Mike Leigh's Naked is a great one -- a film of brutal impact, withering wit and humanity. It deserves one of the highest accolades movies can receive: Seeing it shakes you up, changes your vision. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 4, 2015
3.5/4 100% Whispering Pages (1993) It's an art film that makes as little concession as possible to mass tastes. But if you accept that oddness, Whispering Pages can be a subtly beautiful and rewarding experience. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 3, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Cosmic Africa (2003) A ravishingly shot documentary journey conducted and narrated by noted astronomer Thebe Medupe. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 7, 2015
4/4 95% Conte d'hiver (A Tale of Winter) (1992) Rohmer's style, over the years, has become so easy and natural that, at its best, his work never seems like fabricated drama... While this low-budget Tale of Winter may seem simple, it's a masterly simplicity. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 15, 2014
4/4 86% The Exorcist (1973) The Exorcist, like most memorable Hollywood movies, gains its power from the way it mixes opposites: new-style realism and sexual radicalism, old-style horror and religion. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 15, 2014
4/4 98% The Night of the Hunter (1955) One of the great movie horror tales, with one of the greatest of all movie villains. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/4 91% Eraserhead (1977) What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 14, 2014
3.5/4 98% Eyes Without a Face (1962) Eyes Without a Face is a perfect example of how cinematic poetry can transform a seemingly disreputable movie genre. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/4 81% Underground (1995) Kusturica takes us from wacky farce to harrowing grief to lyrical fantasy to bloody horror. To ignore any side of Underground is to do it injustice. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 23, 2014
3.5/4 58% Flamenco (2014) A superb, impassioned concert film. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2014
85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) It's a great concert, but it's also a fascinating character study. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 10, 2014
89% Light Sleeper (1992) It's a failure perhaps, but an honorable failure. If it isn't saved by grace, it has many saving graces. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 9, 2014
2.5/4 67% Maverick (1994) This movie doesn't have the wry kick of the TV show at its best. Too rich, too loaded, Maverick may have misplayed its cards, kept its eyes on the pot instead of the players. In movies, as in poker, you can't always trust a pat hand. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3.5/4 90% Midnight Cowboy (1969) Midnight Cowboy moves beyond realism into an archetypal tale of the Big City destroying dreamers. Joe and Ratso, like Of Mice and Men's George and Lenny, are quintessential failed, lower-class, buddy-dreamers. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 2, 2014
4/4 96% Charulata (1964) Film masterpieces, like our heart's desire, shouldn't elude us forever; Charulata is an experience every movie-lover should share. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 29, 2014
32% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) More dialogue-heavy and somewhat less frenetic, this sequel is somewhat more to my own taste. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2014
40% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) As a movie, Ninja Turtles would make a better cereal. It looks like it needs a little milk and mother-wit poured over it, something to make it snap, crackle and pop. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3% The Apparition (2012) Dull, dreary, pointless and bad, sporting shock scenes that don't shock, a grisly premise that doesn't make sense, and a meager cast of mostly uninterested-looking Hollywood lookers. ‐ Movie City News
Posted Jul 27, 2014
7% Man Trouble (1992) It's a lazy-looking movie, amiable and smart, but so fuzzy, in its imagery and structure, that it suggests the sun is getting to everybody, that they all need a dip in the pool. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 25% Fathers' Day (1997) Williams and Crystal often supply, through their ad libs, what the writers may have left out. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4% Problem Child (1990) Sound funny? The filmmakers here think so. They've jacked this loud, lame shrieker of a movie up to the highest decibels, both aural and visual, and rammed it in our faces with almost numbing aplomb. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 14, 2014
17% Masters of the Universe (1987) A misfiring, underdone epic that takes its inspiration not from life or literature, but from a toy line and the cartoon series it inspired. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
1.5/4 5% The Avengers (1998) This movie -- gaudy, grandiloquent and often staggeringly silly -- is one more example of how bloated and top-heavy many "event" action movies have become. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 8, 2014