Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 66% Yesterday (2019) The movie feels breezy and fun, even as it touches on serious issues. And then there are the songs, every one of them a gem, all of them well-performed, usually in interesting situations. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/4 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A smart, controlled film, made with considerable integrity. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/4 94% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) A frustrating story, but also an exhilarating one, in that Guy-Blaché's work is deserving and we're finally finding out about it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) "Toy Story 4" is genuinely gripping for most of the way, with just a couple of minor dips. But it arrives at a lovely place, with an embrace of life in all its danger and uncertainty. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) For about 10 minutes, the script and the actors have some of the breeziness and freedom of "Thor: Ragnarok." Then it all goes away. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
1/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Really, on the basis of "Rocketman," you'd think Elton John never had a moment of fun. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 79% Late Night (2019) "Late Night" is a fairly agreeable experience, and every time Thompson is on screen, there's a reason to keep watching. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/4 100% 5B (2019) This is an aspect of San Francisco cultural history and American medical history that deserves to be known. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
1.5/4 53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) It's hard to figure out why this film was even made, beyond the fact that it could be made, that there was a loose idea and talented people willing to join in the fun. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) At all points in the story, Turner is focused on the character's mental state, on her pain, anger, confusion, grief and terror. It makes for a different kind of X-Men movie, one of the better ones. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/4 88% Pavarotti (2019) With "Pavarotti," director Ron Howard serves up a straightforward documentary about the great tenor's life and career. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 55% Ma (2019) Audiences will walk out with that good chiropractor feeling, the one that says, "Yes, I have been manipulated. I have been nothing but manipulated and pounded on for the last 90 minutes. And it was a very satisfying thing." - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) What little pleasures the movie offers are small and intermittent. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
1.5/4 56% Brightburn (2019) A superhero movie with the soul of an '80s slasher film. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 57% Aladdin (2019) Today, "Aladdin" is a Disney movie, or a Guy Ritchie movie. But I wouldn't be surprised if, in five years, "Aladdin" is thought of as the film where Naomi Scott broke through. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 89% Non-Fiction (2019) One scene just flows into the next in such a natural way that it seems that life is unfolding as it always does, but that, for some reason, real life is suddenly interesting. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Wilde vigorously made this picture, finding the tone and teasing out the laughs and the performances with a combination of bold and subtle strokes. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) "Trial by Fire" is not a feel-good movie. It's a feel-bad movie. Yet somehow, if you go in expecting that, you might enjoy it in a weird way. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
1/4 15% The Hustle (2019) When the end finally arrives, it brings no sense of completion, just a sort of numb awareness that the pain has stopped. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 66% The White Crow (2019) Unless you have a special interest in Nureyev, Russian ballet, or the Cold War's impact on the arts at mid-century, "The White Crow" might be something better heard about than experienced. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/4 51% Tolkien (2019) At its best, Tolkien creates, within the audience, a sympathetic understanding of the forces that gave rise to Tolkien's works. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) What a terrific, high-stakes background for a romantic comedy - just the whole world, and the future of the whole world. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Wild Nights accomplishes reconciliation by showing the disparity between Dickinson's public and private selves. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1.5/4 31% Red Joan (2019) The sentimental treatment that director Trevor Nunn adopts seems misplaced, almost crazy in its subjectivity. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/4 82% Dogman (2019) "Dogman" is a strange case: Great actor, great character, but a story that's like an overstretched anecdote infused with art-film portent. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It's a quality action movie that accomplishes, with seeming ease, a number of difficult things. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 84% Her Smell (2019) Moss is endlessly fascinating, basking in the liberating comfort of surrendered glamour. She inhabits every cranny and crevice of the character's despairing, terrified, burnt-out, blasted self. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
1/4 80% Fast Color (2019) It's hard not to see in "Fast Color" a reflection of the current national mood. But there are winning and losing strategies for doing such reflection, and a static story about static characters is inevitably a loser. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/4 96% Little Woods (2019) Everyone comes out of "Little Woods" looking good, and DaCosta comes out with a directing career. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/4 82% High Life (2019) A movie that is always vaguely interesting but that, here and there, finds ways to be brilliant in a wonderfully twisted way... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 72% Teen Spirit (2019) "Teen Spirit" is not a particularly ambitious film, and its impact was always going to be limited. But it's consistently intelligent, and Minghella assumes that the audience is intelligent, too. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 45% Little (2019) It goes along pleasantly, unimportantly, predictably. Here and there, a mild chuckle might escape your lips. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 44% The Chaperone (2019) The movie does have an intelligent TV feel in its technique, with its focus on actors' faces and on acting moments that can be easily seen, even on a small screen. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) "The Best of Enemies" is a pleasure to watch, thanks not only to Henson and Rockwell, but also to the meticulous recreation of the era. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 61% The Public (2019) Estevez, directing himself, knows what emotions Estevez, the actor, is trying to put over. He's the only one. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/4 93% Diane (2019) With "Diane," as in life, it feels like nothing's going on, but everything's going on. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/4 91% Shazam! (2019) This is the superhero movie that explains why kids love superhero movies. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Like the original 1941 "Dumbo," from Walt Disney, this movie will probably outlast every single person connected with it and will move and delight children who haven't yet been born - and maybe their kids, too. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/4 94% Us (2019) Last time, Peele made a movie about the country. This time he made a movie about himself, and it's even better. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/4 94% The Mustang (2019) Within no more than a minute of screen time, we know that director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre has authority and vision, and that we are watching a good movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/4 27% The Aftermath (2019) There's nothing wrong with "Aftermath," but for one strange and nagging thing: To watch it is to want to be far away from its world and everyone in it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/4 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) At 116 minutes, "Five Feet Apart" is too much of a just-OK thing. All the same, I want to see Haley Lu Richardson's next movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
1/4 56% Yardie (2019) Elba has a nice day job acting and he ought to stick with it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Though it's set in the world of wrestling, "Fighting With My Family" can be understood by anyone who has ever wanted anything intensely, which is everybody. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/4 92% Giant Little Ones (2019) Despite its lapses into self-consciousness, the movie presents us with a set of characters that we end up believing and caring about - not tremendously, but enough to keep watching to see how they all turn out. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/4 89% Who Will Write Our History (2019) The film has problems, despite the inarguable worthiness of the material. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Good thing it's still March. "Captain Marvel" would have made a weak start to the summer blockbuster season. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2.5/4 71% Climax (2019) Climax is hard to love, but there's something going on here that's worth respecting. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2.5/4 60% Greta (2019) "Greta" is visually seductive, and every frame of it seems considered and carefully chosen. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
1/4 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) By the middle of the movie, it's as if every single plot point must wait until a tribal council convenes and pronounces on what should happen next. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019