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Richard von Busack

Richard von Busack
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This is a wonderful toy that one imagines young girls in particular would like - and it's hard to believe that there will be anything funnier this summer.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) There is a surfeit of running and screaming... done mostly by Bryce Dallas Howard, whose relation to the far more interesting Laura Dern is like the difference between the first movie and this tired and strangely vicious sequel.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
52% A Kid Like Jake (2018) An issue film that doesn't completely come to life.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
42% The Valley (2018) The Valley gets at the angst of high tech with an almost burning acuteness.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) For all the nostalgia, this doesn't seem like a replay or a retread. It's particularly welcome, elating and thrilling, and it's less kid-pitched than recent Pixars: the older you are, the more you'll be pleased by what's going on.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) An inspiring study of the friend of millions of children, perhaps insufficiently appreciated in his time but respected in ours.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
42% The Valley (2018) The Valley gets at the angst of high tech with an almost burning acuteness, with the constant work and the price of it as alienation at home.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
95% Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955) Straight-up terrifying melodrama.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
100% The Wages of Fear (1953) A masterpiece of cruel suspense.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
95% First Reformed (2018) The anger in it - the American quality, that refuses to swallow wrath instead of expressing it as violence - gives it a simmer.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Certainly one of the most romantic of the 10 films so far. But it's also spotted with doughy patches, heavy info dumps and battle scenes that aren't quite coherent.‐ North Bay Bohemian
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) The film is not as overfilling as the first Deadpool, and from a nerd standpoint it has a little more respect for the chrome giant Colossus than its predecessor.‐ North Bay Bohemian
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) Chile's Sebastián Lelio exemplifies the best talents of a women's director: the empathy, the ability to dramatize without soaking in cheap emotion and the expert use of the close-up shot.‐ North Bay Bohemian
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) Astonishes with its ability to thrive on serious tonal shifts, flash-forwards and a bit of animation... Samuel Maoz demonstrates a depth of feeling and a sense of bitter absurdity.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Director Lynne Ramsay cuts away anything thrilling, or even compelling. It's a vigilante movie so aestheticized that it loses its energy - knuckle sandwiches with the crusts cut off, served on a doily.‐ North Bay Bohemian
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
100% California Typewriter (2017) [Director Doug] Nichol's excellent sense of place expands even to the Vince Guaraldi instrumentals on the soundtrack.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
32% I Feel Pretty (2018) A minor comedic fable about the power of body image, I Feel Pretty by first time directors and long-time rom-com writers Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn has a couple of worthy assets.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
87% Tully (2018) Ultimately, there's too much sting in Tully to dismiss, and Theron's fierceness nails this down. The movie is so fervent, it's a kind of apology for the callowness of Juno.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The flavors of this multi-movie sundae blend beautifully.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
96% 1945 (2017) The fateful year 1945 may seem like the distant past, but this movie is timely.‐ North Bay Bohemian
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Though accompanied with a rich score by Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place communicates the power and simplicity of the silent cinema.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Doesn't really arouse feelings, no matter how many animated dogs in full face stare us down, sometimes with tears in their eyes.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) The movie is as hollow as a chocolate bunny.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) Spielberg wouldn't be Spielberg if he didn't know how to make this galaxy of pixels alluringly strange, a wow-machine jampacked with cool stuff.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Like the '60s British political comedies it resembles, The Death of Stalin may be too clever, too mordant. But it does have tang, Tom Stoppard-like wordplay and some big and surprising laughs.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
40% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Ultimately, the multi-colored style of this movie will triumph. This film's failure won't even be a wrinkle in the progress to come.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms (2018) Watching this documentary, one gets a vicarious sense of the fun and sorrows of an actor's life.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) The movie is a refrigerator, and you can smell that something's gone bad in it.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
No Score Yet Burden of Genius (2017) ... an unappetizing story in itself, fascinatingly told by Tjardus Greidanus in the documentary Burden of Genius.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Garland, one of the smartest directors making speculative fiction films today, fills his screen with terrible beauty.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) This movie has serious tartness and sharpness.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) ... Black Panther is one remarkably rousing comic book adventure.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
2/10 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The film descends into paralysis as the three head for their date with fate at the end of a European vacation.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
14% Winchester (2018) Like the house itself, Winchester is two-thirds scary, one-third unfinished.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
69% Happy End (2017) The Michael Haneke film Happy End, made up of an all-star cast, is a chilly story of the decadence of a French family.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) If the job of a film is to immerse you into another world, its customs, its music, its glitter and its rottenness, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Phantom Thread fulfills its mission beautifully.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Debuting as director in Molly's Game, the eminent screenwriter (Moneyball, etc.) uses Oliver Stone- and Martin Scorsese-style visual overload to accompany all the endless proactive talk, talk and more talk.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) A much ado about nothing movie, I, Tonya retells the true-life tale of the assault on skater Nancy Kerrigan in the winter of 1994.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
87% The Post (2018) To its credit, the film is nostalgic for journalistic responsibility-the antithesis of the scares, half-truths and conjecture on internet news.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
96% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) The young director, Ciro Guerra, working from the diaries of two real-life explorers, lures you in with visuals so verdant and dense, in black and white widescreen, that you can almost overlook the moral simplicity.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
18% I Saw the Light (2016) It's just like its subject on New Year's Day 1953: The film I Saw the Light is dead on arrival.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) [director Liza] Johnson includes details that are supposed to reveal more about the big day, but they all seem to be discursive-padding to overlook the lack of source material.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
85% Francofonia (2016) Enjoy scoping the things you can never quite get a look at because of the stampede of tourists, and mull over Sokurov's sentiment that the contents of the Louvre are worth more than all of France.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
No Score Yet Being George Clooney (2016) Perhaps Being George Clooney is a small thing considered, but its particular focus adds a fascinating footnote to the study of voice acting in the movies...‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
77% Wedding Doll (Hatuna Meniyar) (2016) Good looking as the movie is-and good looking as Rosenblatt is, with an inconquerable grin reminiscent of the young Travolta's-Wedding Doll inevitably calls up memories of a certain speech by Robert Downey, Jr. in Tropic Thunder.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
89% Real Life (1979) Real Life is a jewel of American comedy and one of the first mockumentaries ever made.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
59% War Dogs (2016) Among the myriad problems with this unconvincing, unfunny and often sleazy comedy from Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is that co-star Miles Teller's David doesn't get much of a conscience until he's held at gunpoint.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
88% Don't Breathe (2016) Lang's work here is physically impressive and justifiably evil-so much more striking than his performance as the scarfaced villain in Avatar.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
45% The Girl on the Train (2016) Parsing it is like trying to comb out boiled pasta.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
86% Company Town (2017) It's a hopeful but necessarily bleak account of the 2015 District 3 supervisor's race between Aaron Peskin and the incumbent Julie Christensen.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018