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Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 76% T2 Trainspotting (2017) "T2" is not a great film, but its pleasures are great - and so rare and accomplished that it raises "T2" to a level approximating greatness.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
48% Song to Song (2017) "Song to Song" is Terrence Malick's first truly awful film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/4 18% CHIPS (2017) As light entertainment goes, "CHiPs" is fairly accomplished, and Pena and Shepard make a good team.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/4 84% Frantz (2017) Ozon creates a beautiful stillness in Frantz that makes us feel we are there in the midst of these lives, witnessing the purity of their sadness.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Beauty and the Beast creates an air of enchantment from its first moments, one that lingers and builds and takes on qualities of warmth and generosity as it goes along.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
2/4 33% The Last Word (2017) Beyond the contrivance and a gimmicky story that not only would never happen but would never happen in the way it happens here, there are positive aspects to "The Last Word."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 92% Donald Cried (2017) It's all absurd and enjoyable, and yet to spend one minute in his Donald's company is to realize something is wrong with him. This is not someone who can function in the world - and that's not funny.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/4 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It has a smart script, imaginative filmmaking and a cast of fine actors that actually get to act.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
4/4 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) This is the stuff of nightmares, but also of powerful drama.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1/4 19% Table 19 (2017) "Table 19" is a comedy to the extent it can get laughs, and when it can't ... the movie switches to trying to make us feel sorry for everyone onscreen. That doesn't work, either.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1/4 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) Even accounting for the difficulty, "Bitter Harvest" is a weak effort, with nothing to redeem it save for a certain base level of competence.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 99% Get Out (2017) It may be somewhat rough and unrefined and even ill-considered in some of its particulars. Yet it may stand as a kind of pop culture document of this historical moment, a moment that's not nearly as funny as this movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/4 27% 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 82% 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 97% 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 42% 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 66% 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 83% 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 88% 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 34% 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 85% 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 40% 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 93% 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 71% 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 90% 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 46% 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 87% 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