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Richard von Busack

Richard von Busack
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
31% Rebel in the Rye (2017) [Danny] Strong makes Salinger's triumph Hollywood-simplistic. ‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
67% mother! (2017) But the tight, ever tighter camera overexposes [Jennifer] Lawrence's face. You're reduced to spending an hour or so counting the moles on her neck.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
34% American Assassin (2017) ... American Assassin is of a piece with other 2017 action flicks that are turning our multiplexes into mausoleums.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
100% Dolores (2017) It's an amazing story.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
No Score Yet Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan 35th Anniversary (2017) What is an appropriate 35th anniversary present?... It's the Coral Anniversary of 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) ... the mystery's revelation is unsatisfactory, with withheld evidence and reverse angles we didn't get clues on the first time around.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) Happily, I Do... Until I Don't is better than it sounds.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
84% Patti Cake$ (2017) This is a sweet movie, but it'll gall viewers who believe that fighting the viciousness of the world with troubling art is a duty-it's not just a stage you get over, as if you were a rebellious kid who finally learned to clean up and be nice.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
100% Pursued (1947) Raoul Walsh's Pursued is a different animal-a noir-Western with Freudian underpinnings.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
No Score Yet Track of the Cat (1954) Track of the Cat (1954) a late period William Wellman picture in fine CinemaScope, exemplifies the 1950s Westerns that were trying to muscle in on Eugene O'Neill's turf.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
99% Whose Streets? (2017) THIS IS ESSENTIAL viewing.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) Here is a likable, sometimes uproarious, movie in which every actor comes up with something funny. We've got a lot of Southern gothics, but very few southern Ealing comedies.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
37% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) There's no other word for The Hitman's Bodyguard than garbage. But it's not a failure; it does what it was intended to do, which is to give a showcase to Samuel L. Jackson.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) The latest Stephen King adaptation shoots blanks.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
87% Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (2017) If there were a more thorough account of second-wave punk than Corbett Redford's documentary Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, would you even be able to sit through it?‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
82% Detroit (2017) It's said you can never make an anti-war movie, that some of the thrill of battle will leak in to even the most pacifistic film. Give Bigelow credit -- this certainly isn't an anti-rebellion movie.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
75% Atomic Blonde (2017) This vicious, contorted spy film is without the smoother qualities of a Bond flick, movies made for an audience that accepts the old movie euphemisms for sex and violence.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Oldroyd deserves praise for some ingenious sailing with the prevailing winds. The British describe Jane Austen-mania as "Bonnet tradition films." At a quick glance Lady Macbeth looks like such a film, but it's colder, trickier and bloodier.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Watching this, your cerebral activity may not be as intense as usual.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan makes up a triptych with war's relativity -- time stretching or standing still in the presence of death.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) A musical more than a rubber-burner, Baby Driver is the La La Land of caper films, derivative and occasionally fun -- take that as praise if you loved La La Land.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) In director Jon Watts' hands, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a true comedy. There may be better Spider-Man movies, but there's never been a funnier one, one that avoids the origin story and poor old Uncle Ben.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
89% Maudie (2017) Maudie would be captivating even if the title character had never painted a lick.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola seems to be one of those directors who believe that if you get the actors into the right costumes, the story will tell itself.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
100% Monterey Pop (1968) With its banners touting love and flowers, Monterey Pop shows the tribes before they went their separate ways.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Bewilderingly bad.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) Kurtzman prefers the kid fodder of zombies, rot and crazy double-irised eyeballs to romance. And by the time of the final wire-work fight, with Cruise and Boutelle throwing each other around the room, it's all just another bent tent pole.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
68% Cars 3 (2017) Children have a lot of anxieties, but being made old, useless and surpassed by the new generation might not quite be one of them.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) A long, long overdue movie, given our taste for superheroics, Wonder Woman deserves to be a hit. All the things that go right here overwhelm the few that don't.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) My Cousin Rachel withholds an extremely important bit of information until the last minute. And the denouement isn't set up in a way that can be believed. It's rushed, it's abject.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
No Score Yet Heartland (2016) Here's to a director who knows that a love scene should tell a story about what the characters have been through, and not just be an erotic display for us. And here's to a director who prefers a well-played, hopeful ending to a forced happy one.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Loach's half-century long efforts in his many films about the working class haven't always succeeded, but he's always tried. For the most part, this time he's succeeded beautifully.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) Dickinson's struggle against lifelong underestimation had its light side. Sometimes wrenchingly sad, A Quiet Passion is a funny movie, by far Davies' funniest.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
70% Alien: Covenant (2017) There's more monster for the buck than there was in the previous Prometheus, but the human hosts don't make an impression. I'll walk that back. Katherine Waterston makes an impression, a negative one.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) The cockney-dickhead approach to Arthurian lore has never been tried before.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
84% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) It's a veritable Poseidon Adventure for a new century. The school may be wet, but Shaw's writing style is dry, having the tang of brilliant, bored high school kid comedy to them.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) There are a lot of morsels here -- dozens, really -- and it starts off the summer with a bang.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
50% The Promise (2017) The script here is more than problematic, uneasy with levity ("Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder," says Myers, telling a joke already centuries old in 1915). It's ready for mawkishness.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
61% Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (2017) The historical back and forth wears out this film.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Autos cascade like a waterfall from the top of a parking garage; sometimes their on-board computers are cyber-jacked so that they besiege midtown Manhattan in an attack wave of shiny expensive plastic and chrome.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
66% Tommy's Honour (2017) Connery excels in showing the changing of times, the shifting from the early to the middle Victorian era over the course of the young Tommy's short life.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
89% The Curse of the Cat People (1945) Despite the snazzy title... Curse of the Cat People has as much pity and tears in it as chills.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
52% The Boss Baby (2017) It's vibrantly colorful, delightfully odd and seriously under the influence of Looney Tunes.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) ScarJo breaks a lot of real and synthetic bones, but the movie doesn't break any new ground.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
67% Life (2017) It's unclear this movie has a reason to exist, beyond the reason of showing what a sucker's game it is to try to top Alien.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Even Kore-eda's lesser movies show a Japan that doesn't appear much in the movies, and After the Storm is one of his best.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) Very sexy and very scary.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
87% My Scientology Movie (2017) My Scientology Film's novelty is it finds a bleak humor in the problems of a reporter trying to crack a stone wall.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) One of the blandest, most nervous and most cluttered fairy tale movies that Disney has ever released -- Bill Condon's redo is a rococo La La Fantasyland, complete with sort-of dancing and autotuned singing.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The witty and energetic director Jordan Vogt-Roberts corrals hallucinatory megafauna, who attack with viscera-splattering violence.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017