Mick LaSalle Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 77% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) I accept that she was popular, and am even willing to take on faith that her work is brilliant. But I would have liked to know why it's brilliant.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) This newest entry in the "Jurassic" series is a pretty good dinosaur movie, entertaining most of the way.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 88% Duel (1972) This simple premise -- a killer truck stalks a driver -- becomes the basis for an exceptionally fraught and well- made suspense film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 88% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) One of the nicest things about "Hearts Beat Loud," and there are several nice things, is the way that Offerman and Clemons seem like father and daughter.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Whatever the intention, "Incredibles 2" plays out as the worst of both worlds, a combination of the typical weaknesses of both animated and live-action superhero films, with few of the strengths.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
4/4 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) Maybe no one should ever get in Pearce's way again.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/4 86% American Animals (2018) "American Animals" evokes the feeling of an anxiety dream, specifically the common one in which you know you've done something bad and irrevocable and now must live with the consequences.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2/4 33% Mary Shelley (2018) There's nothing internal about Fanning's performance to suggest that Mary is an artist with something she needs to say and that must be said.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
1/4 70% Adrift (2018) Here's a thought: Sharks might have livened things up. Two or three? Half a dozen?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4/4 96% First Reformed (2018) A direct expression from the soul onto celluloid, unvarnished and uncompromised, and Schrader's best film in years.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/4 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) I half expect that "On Chesil Beach" may, in fact, be the driest, subtlest British comedy ever made, and that, if you were to see this in London, the audience would be falling into the aisles laughing. Or maybe not. It's impossible to say.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/4 53% Book Club (2018) "Book Club" isn't a serious movie and wasn't meant to be - it's just a diversion, but it's only mildly diverting.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
2/4 70% The Seagull (2018) All in all, this "Seagull" will do until the right one comes along.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/4 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Though "Solo" finishes with a satisfying sense of arrival, the movie leaves room for a sequel, and it may be the best measure of this movie's ultimate quality that the idea of another one of these sounds fun.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/4 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) Caustic and unexpected.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
4/4 93% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) The performances are extraordinary, as they often are in Beauvois' films, with Baye a study in quiet suffering and Bry wonderfully enigmatic - seemingly simple, but hinting at a soul capable of expansion and adaptation.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
2/4 25% Breaking In (2018) Yes, there's no higher purpose behind the movie, just an ambition to make you enjoy being uneasy. Still, in its very limited way, "Breaking In" could be called some kind of a good movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2/4 38% Life of the Party (2018) How strange. McCarthy is hilarious in every movie she's in, except in the ones that she and her husband create for her.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
1/4 45% Measure of a Man (2018) It's a movie of gestures and feints, in which we're constantly being told of events and relationships rather than seeing or feeling them.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
2/4 33% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) Two good characters and two good performances go into the old poubelle - or, as we say in English, the garbage bin.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
4/4 84% Disobedience (2018) It's rare in film to see such a symbiosis between actresses - rare, because there are so few opportunities.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 93% RBG (2018) Given the partisan divide, the documentary probably will be of interest only to people who already admire Justice Ginsburg, but it's a good story that will inspire many and should appeal to anyone with an open mind.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
4/4 85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It's the great Binoche performance of the decade.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
4/4 55% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) Hazanavicius' irreverence toward a living icon is unexpected, but appropriate. Yet the movie also pays tribute to Godard by imitating the loose playfulness of his early work.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) There's just too much of it. A victim of its own success, there are just too many appealing characters here to stuff into one story.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 74% Little Pink House (2018) It's an entertaining movie; but to an extent it's also a public service, in that it persuades the audience to think about an issue it might never have previously considered.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/4 53% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) There are moments in this movie that are richer than anything you can possibly see in a movie theater this month, scenes that will fill you with awe.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
71% Kodachrome (2018) "Kodachrome" mostly avoids cliché, thanks to something a little extra in the writing and a lot extra in the acting.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
1/4 80% Where Is Kyra? (2018) Pfeiffer is good - she's always good, and raw, and effective - but watching her here is like seeing her under glass from a block away.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 52% Rampage (2018) Obviously, this makes no sense, but if you worry too much about sense, you will never really love movies or appreciate a star like Johnson.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/4 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) In a case of trying to run before knowing how to walk, Ramsay tries to make a different kind of action movie without bothering to master the rudiments of the form.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 80% Chappaquiddick (2018) If you're looking for something to make you feel good about chubby, cherubic Ted, the venerable lion of the Senate, this is not your movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3/4 77% Beirut (2018) This is a good movie for Hamm, and also for Pike who, in her recent films, has too often been either a madwoman or a victim of circumstance (and sometimes both).‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3/4 83% Blockers (2018) Not every joke is a home run, but the jokes keep coming, and more than a few times, they're hilarious.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski directs himself well, as the solid, protective fatherly presence. But he wisely throws most of the movie to Emily Blunt, who turns out to be a strong silent film actress.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3/4 89% Itzhak (2018) "Itzhak" is ideal for Perlman fans, but it's also persuasive enough to create new fans. It's just impossible not to like this guy.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3/4 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) It remains more a dazzling conceit or experiment rather than a realized whole. We stay on the outside, admiring its originality and all the talent that went into it, without ever really finding our way in.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/4 73% Final Portrait (2018) "Final Portrait" is basically just an anecdote about a painting.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3/4 74% The China Hustle (2018) A brisk, entertaining documentary that shows how the world of investment works.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) It's good to see Spielberg, at 71, still finding new forms of cinematic language with which to express his humanism.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) DeKnight doesn't attempt to invest his monsters with majesty, the way Guillermo del Toro did in the previous film. With DeKnight it's just a lot of pounding, smashing and driving, purely functional.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3/4 79% Unsane (2018) "Unsane" is shrewdly paced, with quiet interludes that allow the audience to breathe, followed by stretches that escalate right to the edge of a viewer's endurance.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
2/4 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Give the filmmakers credit, they had an idea for something no one had ever done before. What they didn't realize is that there was a reason for this: The idea was horrible.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
1/4 48% Tomb Raider (2018) Story problems tank the new "Tomb Raider" - small, essential things like lack of motivation, lack of reasons for people to do the things they do, and lack of any reason for the audience to keep watching.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
4/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) "The Death of Stalin" is a weird sort of hilarious, in that you easily might not laugh for minutes at a time. Instead of one big pie in the face, doled out at intervals, the movie presents an unending series of comic jabs ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
2/4 38% Gringo (2018) Inconsistencies in character behavior undermine the storytelling throughout. When things are so glaring that they make you stop and say, "Hey, hold on a second, why did - " you know there are problems.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2.5/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) There's something about A Wrinkle in Time overall that doesn't take flight. It doesn't fall to the ground, either, just sort of hovers when it should soar.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
1/4 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) There's beauty here - Virzi is too humane to make a movie without beautiful moments. But a scattered eight or 10 minutes of splendor just isn't worth an almost two-hour investment of time.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
3/4 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) The movie reveals and demonstrates over and over that Lamarr was a fascinating and brilliant person, a true eccentric with considerable will and personal courage.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
3/4 18% Death Wish (2018) Willis is a worthy replacement for Bronson, and it can be safely said: This new movie is way better than all the "Death Wish" sequels that Bronson kept churning out, the last when he was 72.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018