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Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) In its focus on King, it's ... a compelling internal story, demonstrating that athletic achievement is not only a matter of physical gifts. At the highest levels, where the pressure is greatest, it really comes down to character.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
84% Patti Cake$ (2017) If you see it, there may be stretches where you'll want to give up and say, "Enough already." Yet something in Danielle Macdonald's performance keeps us in our seats ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) There are lots of car chases here, and they actually aren't boring. That qualifies as a rare achievement.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
2/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) It's a genuine effort by talented people that never quite comes off.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Though I can't and shouldn't make the case that Ingrid Goes West is a great movie, it's a film that I loved, a highlight of my movie year.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
3/4 48% The Glass Castle (2017) To watch "The Glass Castle" is to feel trapped inside Jeanette Walls' childhood.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/4 86% Wind River (2017) Wind River is an impressive effort and an impressive result that opens up a world that most of us have never thought about and renders it with sorrow and vividness.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
2/4 19% False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017) The essential problem is that artifice for artifice's sake loses its fascination when divorced from human emotion or grand stakes.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
2/4 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) "In This Corner of the World" is 129 minutes, an eternity for an animated film, especially one so wispy in look and so sparing in plot.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
1/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) "The Dark Tower" could have been a better movie - not good, but better - had McConaughey and Elba switched roles.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/4 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Just as raw information, this is interesting stuff, and it's amplified by Gore's delivery, a unique mix of self-deprecating folksiness, geekiness and evangelical zeal.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
2/4 78% Brigsby Bear (2017) It's imaginative and even brilliant at times, and then it starts to cave in. But then we think no, maybe not, maybe everything's going to be made right . . . until it collapses completely.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
1/4 5% The Last Face (2017) The experience of watching "The Last Face" is of watching scenes in which the wrong people and problems are consistently the focus of the action.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/4 82% Detroit (2017) It is designed to make you angry, and it does nothing to soften the blow or create some artificial uplift. But there is something about honesty that's exhilarating.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/4 85% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) A closely observed, intelligently imagined and realized presentation of contrasting personalities.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2/4 74% Landline (2017) The characters and the actors playing them are appealing, and somehow the movie all adds up to a better than break-even proposition.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/4 89% 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 88% 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 93% 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 93% 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 76% 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 77% 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 93% 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 89% 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 68% 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 77% 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 89% 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 75% 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 16% 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 84% 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 48% 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 87% 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 18% 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 74% 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 45% 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 82% 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 70% 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 36% 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