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Richard von Busack

Richard von Busack
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fant├ística) (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 25% 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
88% 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
87% 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
44% 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
100% 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
74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) J.K. Rowling's ingenuity, now free of old Hogwarts, gets a real workout in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. ‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
98% Truman (2017) ...Truman is stuck between realism and romanticism, and neither side works completely.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
46% The Dinner (2017) Some films you watch, thinking, "This is seriously never going to end." The Dinner is more like, "this is seriously never going to begin."‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) A particularly well-chosen mix of some 60 songs by the band fits the history of this long-lived act, both in the the dawning and the ending of their time.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It has the freshness of a story that you're hearing for the first time.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
100% The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) Director Peter Yates' backdrops of the working-class outskirts of Boston during the shabbiest part of the 1970s are unparalleled.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
100% California Typewriter (2017) Doug Nichol's friendly and ruminative documentary concerns a piece of analog tech that still has an alchemical power.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) This movie is a thing of beauty.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
No Score Yet Company Town (2016) The tense soundtrack and the rich visuals emphasize what's at stake-the city, even going through its ugly stage, certainly looks stunning.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
57% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Warren Beatty's comeback movie is a sometimes bizarre, sometimes winning film about multi-hyphenate billionaire Howard Hughes (Beatty) in 1959 and 1964...‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
86% A Monster Calls (2017) The animation in the three stories this monster tells is as gorgeous as Kubo and the Two Strings-forests and villages unfold like paper blossoms, or spiral out into the multi-colored fractals of wet-on-wet watercolors.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
86% Lion (2016) Photographer Greig Fraser's landscapes of Saroo's two worlds are extremely handsome.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
77% All the Money in the World (2017) All the Money in the World is a poor movie, and all it needed was a bad main performance to sink it. As Getty's ex-CIA security chief, Chase, Mark Wahlberg does the trick.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Without believing in this movie, one believes in Winslet.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The movie's richness invites more than one viewing.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Hawkins, topping even her remarkable performance in Maudie, is captivating, sad and sensual.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) It's a benign salute to a midnight melodrama.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Harrelson is at his most benign as the police chief, even if McDonagh is at his roughest when he tries to write tender.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
97% Coco (2017) This bright and mostly entertaining Coco honors Mexico.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) ... this engaging-even endearing-superhero movie in its brisk two hours is faster and funnier than both Man of Steel and the would-be opera of what could be called Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Superman's Funeral.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
75% Last Flag Flying (2017) Linklater's taste for eccentricity makes him a natural for road trip movies.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) This generous comedy, with its focus on a girl's life, is better than the kind of films they don't make anymore. It's the low-budget, high-incandescence movie we're all told it's impossible to make today.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
69% Wonderstruck (2017) This is a film to cherish, and it's one of the best movies about New York I've seen.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) A comedy of outsized figures bashing at one another, punching their frenemies into the next county.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
29% Suburbicon (2017) It's dark, taste-of-evil work, and if director George Clooney isn't quite as visually kinetic as the Coens, he has an admirably grim sensibility.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) As Harold, Dustin Hoffman is at his very best.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
88% Only the Brave (2017) As the actress Sylvia Sidney once said about the weepy parts she had, [Jennifer] Connelly should have been paid by the tear.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) As Bobby, the saintly, suffering bastard who keeps order, Dafoe is like a new man.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The misandry-prone geek bros won't know what hit them.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
7/10 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It's a director's duty to make sure we know that the past was a place where people really feared to step out of line. Director Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris fulfilled that duty.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017