Randy Myers

Randy Myers
Randy Myers's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Contra Costa Times San Jose Mercury News
Biography:
Contra Costa Times movie critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Circles (2019) The result is an intimate, absorbing documentary that grabs your attention and never lets go. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
86% Auggie (2019) It's a strong feature-length debut from actor Matt Kane, and I suspect - given how good this film is - you'll be hearing more about him in the future. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
No Score Yet Bring Me an Avocado (2019) While its first 10 minutes are a bit rough, the rest of Mealla's work, getting a world premiere at Cinequest, is confident and on the mark. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
100% Cut Off (Abgeschnitten) (2018) "Cut Off" is the equivalent of an absorbing if preposterous cinematic pag-turner; you simply can't stop watching. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
No Score Yet Lucky Fifty (2019) "Fifty" hinges on the chemistry between the leads and Lawrence Kao and Jaya Prasad deliver the goods. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
93% Mine 9 (2019) A survival thriller works if the tension is authentic and the actions are believable. You get that and more in director Edward Mensore's immersive nail-better. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
66% Peterloo (2019) Still, it is a powerful, important part of anger-fueled history and is worth seeing. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
95% Shadow (2019) You've gotta see it to believe it. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
66% The Public (2019) Estevez's drama gets a little preachy in the second half, but "The Public" is passionate about its cause and the cast... deliver like the pros they are. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
73% Teen Spirit (2019) Actor Max Minghella cranks up the energy and flashy style for a directorial debut that makes you want to both cheer and dance. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
40% Blood Paradise (2018) While writer/director Patrick von Barkenberg's kooky sendup doesn't always make sense, it's undeniably sexy, weird and entertaining. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
No Score Yet Guest Artist (2019) Timothy Busfield's adaptation of Daniels' stage play benefits from the two leads, and will particularly appeal to theater lovers. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
No Score Yet A Shelter Among the Clouds (Streha mes reve) (2018) Robert Budina's feature is a stirring, masterfully photographed tale about faith, family and sacrifice. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
87% Freaks (2019) There's a dollop of Stephen King and a dash of "X-Men" to Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein's sci-fi/horror grabber. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
94% Transit (2019) Transit" is a multi-layered and intelligent thriller from a director who masters every move he makes. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Somehow, though, the bloat is almost appropriate in a story about excesses, and the devastating pitfalls of fame. "A Star is Born" portrays both poignantly, movingly, well. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) A bizarre and fascinating documentary that'll make your jaw drop. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
3.5/4 92% Searching (2018) There's a clear understanding of and respect for the essentials of good storytelling: fully developed characters, a strong narrative and a sense of purpose. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/4 94% Blindspotting (2018) Estrada has made a vibrant film, one popping with ideas and ideals as it presents a vivid and complicated Oakland. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 has a few coy tricks tucked up its sleeve, and each delivers an ace. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) The special effects team create technical marvels, which are as thrilling as going on a theme-park ride. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3.5/4 71% Hostiles (2018) It offers shreds of hope, something we can cling to even now. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4/4 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Sound too bleak? For some, perhaps. But in McDonagh's careful hands, it's a Cirque du Soleil-like tightrope walk, gracefully balancing the harrowing with the humorous. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
2.5/4 18% CHIPS (2017) It is really no plot at all, merely a vehicle to allow Shepard and Pena to riff about kinky bedroom habits, homophobia and so on. Those flippant exchanges fluctuate from funny to flat. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) The best moments in Coco are the less splendiferous, more solemn segments, especially the loving exchanges between Miguel and his great-grandmother Mama Coco, when the Pixar magic truly unfolds and our tear ducts get a good workout. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
98% The Last Laugh (2017) An eye opener in every sense - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/4 54% Dough (2016) Dough is fun, a sweet-natured confection with a hopeful message about unity that is well-suited for our socially complex, divided times. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
2.5/4 56% Sold (2016) All of this is uncomfortable to watch. Then again, given the subject matter, it should be. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 53% Demolition (2016) It demands a lot to make a complicated character like Davis sympathetic, especially as we watch him take a sledgehammer to his life. But Gyllenhaal is up to the task. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
3/4 74% Take Me To The River (2016) At a time when many films can be viewed and summarily forgotten, "River" unsettles and lingers long afterwards -- just like the ghosts that haunt this family. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016
2/4 11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) The second to last entry in what is a so-so franchise, "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" is squirrelly, chasing from one big concept to another without satisfactorily executing most of them. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 47% Knight of Cups (2016) An intriguing meander through one man's existential crisis. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
4/4 96% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra assumes the role of an ever-aware river guide, navigating us through the sweeping beauty of the Amazon while pointing to the toll on humanity and culture wrought by colonialism. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
3.5/4 90% The Witch (2016) For anyone seeking an intelligent, atmospheric American horror story reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe, Hawthorne and the Brothers Grimm, "The Witch" is the kind of pure movie magic that sends chills up the spine. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
3/4 84% Deadpool (2016) While "Deadpool" heralds the arrival of a talented new director, its success belongs to Reynolds, who also served as a producer. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
3/4 81% Audrie & Daisy (2016) The difficult-to-watch yet accessible film painstakingly recounts two high-profile cyberbullying cases. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2016
3/4 77% Yosemite (2016) A sobering, evocative drama. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
3.5/4 79% The Revenant (2015) It is a unique journey that tells a timeless parable about greed, redemption and the dawning realization that man might be even more dangerous than nature. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2016
2.5/4 60% Joy (2015) While Joy isn't a smooth ride, it is an interesting one, taking us to some unexpected places while giving us an entertaining portrait of a female entrepreneur. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
3.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) While "The Big Short" could have benefitted from an even harder, names-taking edge, its satirical approach succeeds in a key way: Shaking us awake to the possibility that history might be repeating itself. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
3/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) The Games might be over, but let's hope new chapters come soon in the form of more blockbuster franchises anchored around a strong female action hero and with an actress of the caliber of Lawrence. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
4/4 97% Spotlight (2015) One of the most accurate depictions of journalism put on film, perhaps even the finest example we've seen yet. It's easily one of 2015's best films. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
1.5/4 50% I Smile Back (2015) Let's hope the next time Silverman lands a meaty dramatic role -- and she surely will -- it will be attached to a stronger movie with a screenplay that adds more context and gives more texture to its characters. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
4/4 93% Room (2015) One of the year's best films. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
3.5/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) A mature drama that demands rapt attention and prefers studied execution over frenetic pacing. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
1.5/4 10% Stonewall (2015) If you're going to call your film "Stonewall," that is the story you stick with and tell. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2015
3/4 94% East Side Sushi (2015) A rather humanist tone infuses "East Side Sushi," offering a sense of hope as characters choose to come together rather than be pulled apart. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2015
2.5/4 67% The Visit (2015) Frightfully fun, with Shyamalan relentless toying with us and cramming in horror genre references. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2015
3/4 47% A Walk In The Woods (2015) Sure, "A Walk in the Woods" stumbles at times, but it does make for an entertaining, leisurely spent few hours at the movies. All of it goes down charmingly and you'll likely walk out with a smile plastered on your face. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2015
89% Blood Punch (2013) Wicked and unhinged. - San Jose Mercury News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015