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Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 32% Fist Fight (2017) It takes place in a world that is intended to be funny but is repellent in every way.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
1/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) The narrative is clumsy, and the monster scenes are ridiculous, but not ridiculous enough to be funny, just ridiculous enough to be boring.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/4 84% A United Kingdom (2017) "A United Kingdom" features committed performances and illuminates events that are, in themselves, worthy of note. It's not a bad film, just, strangely, not a good one.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
2/4 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) In some weird way it really is good, even as it bypasses sense, reason and a viewer's intelligence.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) This is pathetic. What kind of person is this?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) It presents a compelling situation, genuinely touching moments and pockets of strong acting ... and dialogue that has people in the audience turning to each other and laughing because it's so absurd.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/4 98% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Hosseini and Alidoosti are superb, with rich internal lives that give depth to their characters' actions - and these characters are indeed active.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/4 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) If it revives interest in Baldwin and demonstrates to the public that his work is still vital, 30 years after his death, that would be a service, indeed.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3/4 25% The Comedian (2017) "The Comedian" is the story of a comic's career and of his personal life, and despite having been written by a committee of four, it has cohesion and the power to surprise.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
1/4 41% Gold (2017) For most of the year, bad movies have the same general ailments. But in January, they have exotic diseases. They have things wrong with them that you've never seen before.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 68% I Am Michael (2017) Franco gives a sensitive performance, and this is a film worth seeing, but it's not easy to see.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2.5/4 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Toward the end, the action becomes repetitive and tiresome, but there are pleasures to be had. Diesel is a terrific action star, in that he can give a movie a lift just by being there. Collette embraces the cold-blooded extremes of her role.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/4 82% The Founder (2017) Keaton is fun to watch - fun and a little bit eerie. He plays Ray as all drive and no soul.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/4 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Every time the story is on a knife edge and can drop deeper into turmoil or recede back to the normal flows and ebbs of life, Mills chooses the latter. But this time, the strategy works. It feels real.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/4 80% Patriots Day (2017) This is an undeniably effective movie that I mostly enjoyed, even though I'm not altogether sure it should ever have been made.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/4 35% Live By Night (2017) Affleck stands around looking too tall, too handsome, too 21st century, too tailored, too rational and too soft. Yes, too soft even to play a guy who is thought of as too soft.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/4 84% Julieta (2016) There's not a scene in this film in which there is not both something to see and an acting moment to savor, as well as some nuance or implication or suggestion to ponder.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
1/4 84% Silence (2017) It's a strange case, a movie about spiritual doubt that unintentionally provokes spiritual doubt. "Silence" is just ugly and drab, with not a hint of the transcendent about it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/4 67% An Eye for an Eye (2016) "An Eye for an Eye" may very well be the most unpersuasive documentary ever made.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3/4 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) It has slow patches, but it has a cumulative effect, thanks equally to Hansen-Love and Huppert. We come away feeling enriched and expanded, without exactly knowing how or why.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
0/4 39% Why Him? (2016) What was Bryan Cranston thinking?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 31% Passengers (2016) Despite the confinement and the limited cast, "Passengers" has moments of intense drama that take the actors to places of extreme feeling.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Henson, Spencer and Monae all excel, conveying the intensity and worthiness of these women's ambitions, even as they deal, almost in a matter of fact way, with obstacles that are maddening.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/4 93% Fences (2016) Washington delivers not only one of the year's best performances, but one of the best self-directed performances in cinema history.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Most of "Collateral Beauty" is spent rooting for it to be better. Even the concept behind the title comes up short.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
1/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It's a downer. It's morally tangled. The characters are as depressed as the scenario, and Michael Giacchino's music can't make it better.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) We don't generally think of musicals in these terms, but, following the impersonal splashiness of the opening number, "La La Land" slowly dawns as a film of great intimacy. It's as if it were whispering to us.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain takes this role by the throat, smashes it against the wall about ten times and then devours it while it's still quivering.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
1/4 89% Jackie (2016) What is the tension of the movie? Where is the drama? There's nothing at stake, no transformation to witness, just the weird spectacle of Portman's peculiar Jackie impersonation and the promise, hinted at throughout, that the assassination will be shown.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Affleck is magnificent, but the movie is something less than that, because it can't completely overcome some built-in challenges. Even so, Manchester by the Sea deserves honors for being so different, and for working on the mind in a particular way‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
3/4 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Beatty is so good at playing mental illness - he's even better here than he was in "Bugsy" - that he saves the movie. But no amount of flash and dazzle can quite quell the disappointment that comes of a story that begins promisingly and then derails.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 61% Allied (2016) A movie that is old-fashioned in every possible good way, but that in no way seems passe or cliched.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/4 89% Elle (2016) Verhoeven creates an elegant frame for his lead actress and lets her fill it, and what we end up with is Huppert's best collaboration with a director since the death of Claude Chabrol.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Kelly Fremon Craig is a good writer, who is also a good director, and "The Edge of Seventeen" is the beginning of a career worth watching.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/4 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Taking place mostly over the course of a single day, it's a smart and languorous film that finds time to luxuriate in conversations and to create a feeling for small-town American life.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/4 47% How To Be Single (2016) How to Be Single is over a half hour before it's over.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
3/4 89% Loving (2016) It doesn't grab you by the shirt and insist that you watch it. It's quieter and more like life, not exactly triumphant and definitely not sad, just complicated.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
4/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) This is a tough movie, but it's also accomplished and driven filmmaking, ultimately in the service of something good.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) At least the movie takes awhile before it goes into full tilt action, and even when it does, it never completely loses itself or its central character.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/4 95% Gimme Danger (2016) Pop is an easy guy to watch for almost two hours - amusing, self-deprecating and instantly likable.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
2/4 93% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) Ultimately, there's a sense of just one thing after another, linked only by an overarching aura of portent that the characters themselves seem to be complicit in.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 19% Inferno (2016) You want an audience to care about the fate of the protagonist, no matter what the situation? Cast Tom Hanks. You want a young actress who can suggest fierce intelligence and conviction? Cast Felicity Jones.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Every year, we get only a few of these, movies that come out of nowhere, that are different, unexpected and wonderfully right. "Moonlight" is that kind of movie, one of the gems of 2016.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
1/4 No Score Yet reVISIONS (2016) Put this one down as an honest and respectable failure.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The pairing of Cruise and Smulders is a good one. In a way that's both satisfying and compelling, they seem evenly matched.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
1/4 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) "Keeping Up With the Joneses" collapses in on itself.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 90% Certain Women (2016) A movie in which it becomes very possible to respect the intent and yet be frustrated by the result.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) Chalk this one up as a close one, a bold attempt by a McGregor, but a near miss.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/4 94% Command and Control (2016) As a child, I worried about nuclear war. It never occurred to me that I should have been worried about a nuclear accident.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/4 51% The Accountant (2016) There are worse movies.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016