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Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 88% Girls Trip (2017) For the most part, "Girls Trip" balances sincere sentiment and boisterous comedy with honesty and skill, and for people who like their comedy a little nasty, this one's a blast.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 90% Lady Macbeth (2017) Oldroyd's approach to "Lady Macbeth" guarantees some longueurs as the film wears on. But the clarity with which Pugh and Oldroyd communicate Katherine's thoughts and motives maintains a sold interest throughout.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) This is a likable documentary that casts light on two respected but relatively unknown people, who made major contributions to film and managed to have a normal life - and in Hollywood, of all places.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) It's one of the best war films ever made, distinct in its look, in its approach and in the effect it has on viewers.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3/4 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Sci-fi has become the domain for mindless action and spectacle, but "War" is something different, a subdued and somber science fiction film, with only small pockets of action.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3/4 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) We come away with a contemplative suspicion that we're all participating in something, and even if we don't ever get to see the big picture, there probably is one and it might even make sense.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
2/4 72% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) So this is fairly interesting history, not as interesting as we'd like it to be, but interesting all the same. But in terms of drama, the Elser story has some problems.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/4 20% Austin Found (2017) Linda Cardellini - wow, is she good here: scary, weirdly sympathetic, pathetic, powerful ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4/4 75% The Little Hours (2017) Though very funny, "The Little Hours" remains low-key and subtle in its effects. There's no winking or nudging, no straining for laughs. Baena devised the material, and he trusts it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
2/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The movie breaks no new ground, and action sequences that were intended to be thrilling - such as an epic battle on the Staten Island Ferry - just sit there on the screen, incapable of stirring a single pulse, but content in their competence.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
3/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) "The Big Sick," with ease and seeming effortlessness, makes us care a lot of about these people, together and separately. And their journey is odd enough to be interesting.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) Having hooked us with style, Wright knows he has to deliver on the story, and he does. His plotting is tight and fluid, wild and ultimately satisfying.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
0/4 90% Maudie (2017) One way to get through the long, agonizing experience of "Maudie" is to convince yourself it's a comedy. The spectacle of the actors flailing in a vacuum makes this possible, but intermittently, so the relief comes only in bursts.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
1/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) The grim suspicion grows that the intention here was to make a 2 1/2-hour movie at any cost, even with only 90 minutes worth of material.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
2/4 67% Cars 3 (2017) "Cars 3" goes through lots of predictable paces, and for all the emphasis on speed, it takes a long time getting to where it's going.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/4 78% The Hero (2017) "The Hero" is a film about renewal, about an unexpected rebirth that doesn't come easy and can never be complete but that represents a recommitment to life, nonetheless.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
4/4 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Every so often in comedy, the filmmakers will get into a creative groove in which every scene is imaginative, almost unhinged and completely successful. This happens in Mike and Dave.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
1/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) In the absence of such answers, or the intimation of such answers, or even of characters in pursuit of answers, It Comes at Night begins to seem thin, a torment without purpose.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) The magnificence of Weisz's performance is that she is never hiding anything, beyond what a 19th century woman might conceal out of polite reserve. In her every moment on screen, she is an open book. We're just not seeing all her pages.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 85% Band Aid (2017) Lister-Jones makes us believe in this couple, keeps us interested in their lives and keeps us thinking about other people like them.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2/4 15% The Mummy (2017) "The Mummy" is the rare Cruise film that doesn't quite give audiences their money's worth.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 83% Megan Leavey (2017) It's a movie about a woman and her dog, about the love - yes, love; not just a bond, but real, actual, soul-nurturing, life-expanding love - that can happen between a human being and an animal.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
2/4 49% Churchill (2017) As a portrait of the man, it's not only incomplete, but misleading.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (2017) If you were there with them, in the clubs, you might have a good time with this movie. But for everyone else, this is a party you can skip.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3/4 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) It's enough to make you want to scream, except you don't have to scream. Ken Loach does the screaming for you.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) What lingers ... is the feeling of hope that the movie brings, that it someday might be possible for female rationality to defeat male brutality.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2/4 19% Baywatch (2017) Something either went wrong or didn't go right enough. With all those nice-looking people in bathing suits and everyone on screen and in the audience ready to have a good time, "Baywatch" should have been a lot more fun.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
2/4 75% Wakefield (2017) To her credit, Swicord clearly made the film she wanted to make, but "Wakefield" stays stuck in one gear.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
1/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) If it were better - if it were merely a neutral experience - it might be called a waste of time. But sitting in a theater fighting restless leg syndrome is more than a waste of time; it's actively unpleasant.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
0/4 48% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) About halfway through, a sense settles in that something is bound to happen, that it can't just keep going like this, with one town, one meal and one dull conversation after another. But "Paris Can Wait" does keep going, and it never gets better.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
4/4 80% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2017) Tedeschi combines the raw sensuality of an Anna Magnani with the melancholic introspection of a Monica Vitti and is well worth discovering.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Though the scale is large and the action takes up a fair chunk of the screen time, "Alien: Covenant" remains grounded in its ideas and in the struggles of its individual characters.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/4 35% Snatched (2017) Not every scene in "Snatched" is quite that successful, but it's very clear that a real effort was made so that nothing was ever tossed off. Every scene has its comic hook - some better, some worse, some hilarious.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
1/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Ritchie aspires to be a great British director, but his working his way through British icons - Sherlock Holmes wasn't even safe - does no one any good.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/4 86% The Lovers (2017) We can read the character's history in Letts' face before we know the details. He's miserable, but like he's gotten used to misery. Misery is no big deal.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/4 100% BANG! The Bert Berns Story (2017) The story itself is arresting, and if that's all "Bang" offered, that would be enough. But "Bang" does more.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) "Guardians 2" throws a lot into the pot, but it keeps all the elements clear and finds ways to have fun at every turn.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3/4 15% The Circle (2017) What makes "The Circle" so valuable is not only that it's showing us a ghastly possible path that the world may take, but that it articulates the mentality that could create and sustain it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/4 81% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Tower is shown in the kitchen trying to do the impossible, and it's hard not to feel for him and respect his care and rigor.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
2/4 50% The Promise (2017) The historical context renders the fictional story trivial, while the fictional story keeps the audience removed from the history. We end up with an unimportant movie about important events.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) To really appreciate "The Lost City of Z," it would help not to consider its hero a complete idiot.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere, cast against type, couldn't be better. In a career of only good performances, this is one of his best.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) In Graduation, Mungiu takes a scalpel and dissects life in modern Romania.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
4/4 100% Truman (2017) There are things in life and art that are simply so beautiful that they must be witnessed, and Darín's performance in "Truman" is one of those.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 60% Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (2017) The artist's life as presented here is interesting, and you have to admire someone who can work with the same intensity, over the course of decades, in the face of indifference and rejection.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 80% Colossal (2017) "Colossal" is a high-wire act, and throughout you may wonder how the movie will make it to the end without slipping and falling. Suffice it to say, it does.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Nothing makes sense here. Nothing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/4 69% Gifted (2017) Long before the end, it has built an intense involvement within the viewer. By the time the movie is through, you end up caring about the fate of everybody in the movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/4 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) This is a thoughtful movie that's interesting now and will probably still be interesting in 100 years, whichever way things go.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4/4 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) "The Zookeeper's Wife" achieves its grandeur, not through the depiction of grand movements, but through its attentiveness to the shifts and flickers of the soul.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017