M.V. Moorhead

M.V. Moorhead
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
44% Reality Queen! (2020) I can't deny it made me laugh, but nothing in it seemed more imbecilic than "real" reality TV. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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100% Midnight Family (2019) [An] astounding film. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) 1917, shot by the great Roger Deakins, rambles around from open countryside to narrow trenches and tunnels with supple effortlessness. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
83% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Other than in the broadest possible terms, I'm not sure we're given a clear sense of what makes Tower tick... But the movie is still watchable and amusing. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
No Score Yet Tyrus (2015) As cinema, Tyrus is a polished, straightforward biography in the American Masters style, but two factors render it fascinating. First, there's the highly likable title character... Second, there's the chance to see his paintings. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
93% Saturday Church (2018) The two styles -- naturalistic drama and extravagant musical -- coexist a little awkwardly in the same movie, but the result is heartfelt and original. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
No Score Yet Hippie Family Values (2018) Running just over an hour, Hippie Family Values is a sweet, somewhat melancholy portrait of a community. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
57% The Bookshop (2018) The Spanish director, Isabel Coixet, doesn't let the movie go cutesy; she gives it a lowering, sober atmosphere. And the actors give it bite. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
60% Operation Finale (2018) Operation Finale, skillfully directed by Chris Weitz, and driven forward by another superb score by Alexander Desplat, is crisp and absorbing and satisfying, both as a thriller and as a moral drama. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
26% The Nun (2018) The pleasant surprise about this very silly movie: how old-school hokey those chills are. The scare scenes and even the style of the acting wouldn't seem at all out of place in a Mario Bava Italian horror picture of the '60s. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
93% We the Animals (2018) Without a trace of luridness, We the Animals manages to be heartbreaking and harrowing. What saves it from being depressing is the exhilaration of Zagar's direction, and the unbridled energy and unstudied authenticity of the cast. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
88% To Dust (2019) Genuinely original and unpredictable. And while it's a meditation, eccentric but warm and often moving, on mortality and grief, the movie is also, once you adjust to its quiet, unforced rhythm, deeply funny. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
50% Bullitt County (2018) McCracken's direction is expert, down to some flashy split-screen razzle-dazzle, and the performances... are volatile yet engaging. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
60% Impulso (2018) Impulso is highly enjoyable in its own right. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
44% The Wedding Guest (2019) The story feels realistic in a way that this sort of noir material doesn't, always... They're human, and I rooted for them. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Ruben Brandt, Collector is weird and cool and witty and seductive; I can't remember when an animated feature had this level of visual appeal for me. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
34% Wonder Park (2019) It's a sweet story for a kiddie matinee on a slow afternoon; there are many funny moments, but it's maybe a little on the corny side. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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81% The Wind (2019) For me, at least, this period shocker was spooky as crap. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
68% Storm Boy (2019) It has the visual wonder and strangeness of a Carroll Ballard movie like The Black Stallion or Fly Away Home. And the skeptical-looking pelicans are surprisingly endearing. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
67% The Public (2019) The canvas is broad, with lots of supporting characters and subplots, and while the writing is heavy-handed at times in the Golden Age of Television style, Estevez imbues the movie with a large and generous heart. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
90% Shazam! (2019) [Shazam] was the hero of a movie serial back in the '40s, and a silly Saturday-morning show in the '70s, but this is his first full-on feature treatment, and it's a lot of fun. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
48% Little (2019) The script, by Tracy Oliver and director Tina Golden, is episodic and scattershot, but the movie works anyway, as a showcase for Marsai Martin of TV's Black-ish, who gives a spectacular turn as the little version of our heroine. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
61% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) It's doubtful that any actress has had this many close-up shots since Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc. But [Juli Jakab] makes the most of them, creating a deeply admirable heroine. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
82% High Life (2019) It has the moody flavor of some "existential" '70s-era sci-fi dramas like Tarkovsky's Solaris or Douglas Trumbull's Silent Running, but with a more overtly sexual tone and with lovely, old-school special effects. I just wish it was more fun. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Even with the revelations about Dickinson's affairs, of course, it's hard to say whether her private life was truly this jolly. But the movie makes you hope it was. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
52% Stuck (2019) The performers attack the tunes with vigor and bounce off of each other agreeably. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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76% Family (2019) The revelation, however, is Taylor Schilling... She's hilarious, infuriating and likable all at once. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) I'm not naïve enough to suppose that anything I can say here is likely to change anyone's plans about going or not going, so I'll simply say that I enjoyed this silly but thrilling superhero free-for-all. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
66% The White Crow (2019) In the last half-hour, at just about the point that you're as sick of Nureyev as his KGB chaperones must have been, the movie takes off irresistibly as a thriller. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
95% Shadow (2019) There's a certain traditional type of ink finger-painting in China that director Zhang Yimou's new movie evokes to seductive perfection. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
72% All Is True (2019) Branagh's pacing, intended as idyllic I guess, is glacial... That said, the acting is magnificent, from Dench and McKellan and the other supporting players, but above all from the star. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
86% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) The analogy is obvious, but this domestic drama from Japan and Singapore is like a good bowl of soup; it's warm and nourishing, simple in its appeal yet maybe a more complex piece of craftsmanship than it seems on the surface. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) What matters is if this sequel to the disappointing 2014 American Godzilla gets the monsters right. And for me, it does. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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42% Katie Says Goodbye (2019) Cooke gives the character such an indomitable spirit that she single-handedly lifts Katie Says Goodbye above its own miseries. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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87% Pavarotti (2019) Cinematically, there's nothing terribly distinctive about the film; just the usual clear, capable, well-managed Ron Howard narrative craftsmanship. No more was necessary here. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
92% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Here's one more documentary that's worth a look... The movie still includes extensive chats with [many artists], along with generous doses of their music. How wrong can you go? - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
76% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) It's an amazing tale; Berg seems like the lovingly-crafted hero of a Michael Chabon novel. Kempner spins it straightforwardly and briskly, with enthusiastic talking heads and deftly-edited archival footage. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
31% Shaft (2019) There's not much else to this routine and sometimes retrograde actioner. Jackson deserves better material, but even so it's impressive how far he can carry it. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Alas, maybe the dead don't die, but this time, too many of Jarmusch's jokes do. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco has an ecstatic, almost hallucinatory beauty reminiscent of Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi-style visions. But really, this isn't all that comparable to anything you've seen before. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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72% This One's for the Ladies (2019) This movie is graphic, make no mistake, but its warm, loving side is what you're most likely to take away from it. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) This is an easygoing summer-movie trifle, make no mistake, and yet... In years to come, this may seem very much a movie of its era. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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63% Yesterday (2019) It's an endearing high-concept fantasy, even though the premise doesn't bear a ton of scrutiny. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) This subject matter must have hit home hard for the prolific British documentary director Nick Broomfield; he too had a long personal history with Ehlen. Perhaps that's why there's an unusual emotional intensity to the film. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
50% Miss Arizona (2019) At its core, Miss Arizona is a wistful, sweet-natured ensemble piece for five good actresses -- along with Braddy and Lively, Shoniqua Shandai, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson and Otmara Marrero round out the strong quintet. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
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86% Luz (2019) The brooding atmosphere of dread, touched at times with a clammy eroticism, is powerful. And the supernatural manifestations... had a hair-raising, matter-of-fact suddenness and believability. It's a freaky movie. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
No Score Yet Raising Buchanan (2019) Simply as a showcase for two of the best character actors of the last fifty years, Raising Buchanan deserves praise. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It isn't on the level of [Tarantino's] very best work, but it's still a one-of-a-kind movie; fascinating, funny and tacitly poignant. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
78% Skin (2019) [Seems] after awhile to take on an allegorical quality, analogous to America's agonies in trying to erase our country's own disfiguring racist heritage. Let's hope we can someday come out as unblemished as Widner's face. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
43% 15 Minutes of War (L'intervention) (2019) The actors are strong and whatever one's feelings about colonialism, the conflict here is such that you can't help but root for the snipers to get the kids to safety. - Phoenix Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020