Mick LaSalle Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 83% 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 81% 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 84% 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 90% 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 73% 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 9% 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
2/4 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) "Don't Worry" tries to find a compelling point or purpose, but it never quite does.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/4 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) It's set in both 1979 and in 2005 and is rather like two movies. One is light, but lively and fresh; the second is maudlin and faintly embarrassing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) A movie that's watchable and intermittently pleasing. But not enough time was spent getting the substance right.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) "Blindspotting" will go down as one of the good things by which 2018 will be remembered. It's a serious work of passion, intuition and artistic intelligence.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
4/4 94% Ava (2018) Ava is a layered, complex character, and one that anyone who was ever a teenager can identify with.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/4 29% Shock and Awe (2018) Though at times the reporters seem too prescient, and the script suggests an exaggerated awareness of future history, this is an entertaining film about a frustrating situation.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) "Skyscraper" is not one of Dwayne Johnson's best. It's slow getting off the ground, and never completely achieves flight, at least not in the sense of transport.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
4/4 97% Three Identical Strangers (2018) We... come away with a deeper understanding of both the importance of nature and the awesome importance of loving, sensitive parenting.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/4 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley has someone say something to the effect that, as soon as people realize a problem has no solution, they adapt by getting used to it. That's haunting.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/4 88% Whitney (2018) To see this documentary is to be in awe of her talent, and to bask in it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/4 83% Nancy (2018) Smith-Cameron and Buscemi are both terrific, Buscemi for the fullness of his subtlety (so much going on in the looks and silences) and Smith-Cameron, for the depths of pain she can suggest, even when she plays a surface happiness.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
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 49% 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 91% 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 89% 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 40% 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 73% 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 93% 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 67% 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 94% 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 27% 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 48% 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 32% 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 85% 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 94% 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 54% 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 84% 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 51% 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