Mick LaSalle Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 77% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) "Mary Poppins Returns" might have had a chance had the movie not tried to compete with the original in terms of scale. With 20 minutes of song and dance numbers cut, the movie really could have been better - not great, but better.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) This is a moderately but consistently entertaining film, with but one extraordinary thing about it, which is Saoirse Ronan in the title role.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/4 80% Ben is Back (2018) Almost every 10 minutes something unexpected happens that turns the story in an arresting new direction, and yet "Ben is Back" never once feels manipulated or mechanical.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
1/4 64% Bird Box (2018) The actors are fine, but the problem is that it's hard to care about the interaction of the people inside, because nothing they do matters.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/4 61% Vox Lux (2018) Corbet has made an insidious little masterpiece, one that uses modern techniques and a modern visual lexicon to show you everything that's absolutely dead within modernity.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 81% Dumplin' (2018) Maybe we're just going have to endure well-meaning but preachy-tiresome movies like "Dumplin'" until it simply becomes normal for an obese person to appear on screen without being defined entirely in terms of weight.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.5/4 94% The Favourite (2018) It's remarkable, the range of behavior that Colman harmonizes into one complex humanity, from the sublimely sweet to the grotesque.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/4 96% Roma (2018) To see "Roma" is to be in awe of Cuaron's gifts and to wonder how he does what he does.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 83% Creed II (2018) Merely adopting a formula is easy - that happens all too often. Investing in a formula, making it breathe - that's the challenge, and "Creed II" meets it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/4 82% Green Book (2018) There's something so deeply right about this movie, so true to the time depicted and so welcome in this moment; so light in its touch, so properly respectful of its characters, and so big in its spirit that the movie acquires a glow.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) A near-miss, but a miss all the same.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/4 90% Widows (2018) "Widows" is an unimportant movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/4 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) It's a good movie - better than good - and if you like the Coen Brothers, you should enjoy it, and if you don't like the Coen Brothers, why don't you? You really should like the Coen Brothers.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
69% Don Juan DeMarco (1994) Don Juan is a glorious nut-case, played well by Depp, who mixes a faux nobleman's hauteur with an air of gentleness and longing. The film gets off track only when it makes him too self-aware.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 89% A Private War (2018) Pike triumphs in this emotionally and physically taxing role.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
1.5/4 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) We're presented with a world under glass, a world we can't penetrate or inhabit, and we're asked to follow the adventures of characters doing things we don't understand, who are engaged in a struggle we don't care about.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/4 89% Maria By Callas (2018) The least we can do is enjoy the fruits of her sacrifice, her rich and enormous legacy of live and studio recordings. "Maria by Callas" is a forceful reminder and an invitation to do that.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
97% La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (1938) The greatest World War I movie ever made (and there were lots of good ones)...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) "Boy Erased" is a low-key film, not especially dramatic or ambitious, but dedicated to showing how people think and can sometimes change. Within its small scope, it's a positive achievement.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
0/4 63% Suspiria (2018) If life were infinite and leisure eternal and if the only challenge were how to fill the endless hours with something, anything, that might divert us even slightly, "Suspiria" would still be something to miss.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/4 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It's hard to come up with someone who would have been better than Malek. To his credit, he does the one thing that would most seem impossible: In the stage scenes, he makes you believe he's Freddie Mercury.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
2/4 82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) There are moments here that are exhilarating. But the film suffers from a near fatal lack of story...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 94% Wildlife (2018) "Wildlife" isn't dazzling entertainment but an intelligent, low-key and satisfying film with a rare respect for every character.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 88% What They Had (2018) The quality of the actors and emotional potency of the subject keep "What They Had" from being a completely wasted effort. But the script makes it a close call.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/4 37% Hunter Killer (2018) The movie is overlong, at times confusing, and it's self-important, with a soundtrack that keeps telling us we feel things that we don't. Still, if you like this kind of movie, it's not a bad use of two hours...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" is a breakthrough for McCarthy and a highlight of the movie year.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/4 61% The Oath (2018) For all the darkness and pessimism, there is a hopeful strain to "The Oath," if you're willing to pay close attention.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Stenberg, as the film's locus, is never less than true and magnetic, and there are many strong scenes. Most importantly, there's never one second of doubt that this movie is expressing something real.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 88% First Man (2018) The drama of the real-life history overcomes the weakness of the lead character.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Goddard has a weird problem. He has an advanced ability to say things, but he has nothing to say.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 79% 22 July (2018) Greengrass gives "22 July" everything he's got. The filmmaking is vigorous, with a constantly moving and sometimes jittery camera, and the social purpose is worthy and unmistakably sincere.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/4 29% Venom (2018) There's nothing memorable in "Venom," nothing to talk about the next day. But if it happens to hit you right, its lightness is refreshing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Filmmakers Unite (2018) The cumulative effect is a sense of mystery, as though the movie were giving us random glimpses into a collective American consciousness - one that's roiling and fearful, but retains seeds of its own renewal.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 94% Private Life (2018) "Private Life" shows considerable skill on the part of Jenkins, who creates the illusion that we're only incidentally watching a movie, that we're really just hanging out with some nice people and seeing how their lives work out.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's hard to imagine anyone in this role but Redford. Without him, there would be little here worth seeing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) I just loved it. It's a film that combines an overall feeling of modernity and relevance with the glow of old-time glamour.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/4 29% Night School (2018) There are just enough laughs to make "Night School" worth it, if you're in the mood. Even when it's not hilarious, there's a comic spirit that's active and never flags, from scene to scene.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 87% Colette (2018) "Colette" is smart, conscientious and absorbing, and gradually, in its diligent way, achieves a certain fascination.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/4 88% Love, Gilda (2018) We come away with the portrait of someone who was never just going along for the ride, but who was always questioning and challenging herself, working toward professional excellence and hoping for an ideal romance.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) There's just something special here.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
1/4 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) It's just one meaningless scene followed by another.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1/4 23% Mile 22 (2018) "Mile 22" is like a bad dream about a bad movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 86% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) "The Captain" is full of suspense and interest throughout.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/4 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Wondering what's real and what's just a carefully crafted crock doesn't make "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood" a better experience. It makes it a little pointless and frustrating.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/4 75% Never Goin' Back (2018) "Never Goin' Back" is happily silly and low-down and willing to indulge in gross humor, while presenting a story about friendship and about the consequences of growing up with no money or prospects.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) So, it has come to this. Spike Lee is relevant again. He's necessary again.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/4 83% Puzzle (2018) It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
0/4 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) The movie doesn't end so much as stop, while promising at least one sequel. But here's a wild guess: This is the last you'll be hearing about "The Darkest Minds."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
1/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) A movie that feels cheerful and yet misguided and even slightly ugly; an exercise in genre without conviction, a title in search of a movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/4 8% Billionaire Boys Club (2018) As Hunt's life unravels, so does the movie, though the story maintains a certain baseline of interest just by virtue of being sordid.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018