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Richard Whittaker

Richard Whittaker
Richard Whittaker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin Chronicle

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 83% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) The Third Murder is at its best in its understated moments... [are] about rehabilitation and the death penalty. That's why the piano score by Ludovico Einaudi never quite meshes, sometimes teetering over the line into melodramatic.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This is pure Lee, at times both scathingly satirical and trenchantly earnest...[but] Lee has become a master director who has forgotten how to tell a story.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3.5/5 70% Christopher Robin (2018) It all hangs from a pitch-perfect performance by McGregor, who does as much to breathe life into his old friends as anyone. He believes that the silly old bear is right there, and so will you.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3.5/5 77% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Schwentke isn't simply talking about the sins of Nazism. There's an immediate and visceral resonance to the idea that a uniform - the right uniform - is a license to inhumanity.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3.5/5 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) A peerless fusing of dumbshow performance and background sound editing, there's a rising panic that allows the final, violent closing act to seem shockingly organic.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4.5/5 94% Blindspotting (2018) Funny, vibrant, insightful, tragic, achingly timely, and yet with an underlying message about empathy that is timeless, Blindspotting may be the summer's most essential movie.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 74% The King (2018) Few directors have Jarecki's skill for pulling a massive stack of disparate themes - race, celebrity, power, wealth, drug addiction, poverty, militarism - into one coherent narrative.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/5 75% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) It's really Phoenix that binds the whole piece together.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 95% Filmworker (2018) That's where the greatest qualms may come in this stylish and sometimes overly reverential portrait: It's as if Vitali never really existed without the director.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Rudd remains the heart and soul by stepping back and letting everyone else fill the room. He's one of the great modern straight men, but when he lets rip... it's a quick-witted back-and-forth that's easily as funny as a drumming ant. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 52% The First Purge (2018) The First Purge pulls no punches.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/5 82% Nancy (2018) [Christina Choe] evokes the pained compassion of Atom Egoyan at his finest, neither maudlin nor absurd, even when the material seems fantastical. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 69% The Quest of Alain Ducasse (La Quête d'Alain Ducasse) (2018) But while de Maistre's portrait is detailed, it seems stylistically a little dated...‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/5 82% Pom Poko (Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko) (The Raccoon War) (1994) Pom Poko is so delightfully weird, and jam-packed with oddities, that it's never dull, even if it is sometimes a little too disturbing for its own good.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/5 55% Tag (2018) Much of its success depends on Tag, unlike so many recent comedies (looking at you, Life of the Party) not having a mean-spirited word in its entire script‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/5 20% Action Point (2018) Like a line at Disneyland, it feels like a long wait to not get very far.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 85% Mountain (2018) It's the one in least denial that makes the greatest attempt to remember that mountains care not, even as we obsess about them. These are, as Dafoe so perfectly explains, places of terrible joys and dreadful splendors.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is a flawless example of slow-burn horror.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) On Chesil Beach communicates all this miscommunication perfectly, capturing precisely the time and the culture, and most especially the era's tightly wrapped attitudes to sexuality.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/5 89% Itzhak (2018) It's charming rather than captivating, a fine sketch rather than a finished portrait.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3.5/5 96% Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados) (2017) Enthralling and effortlessly relevant, Birdboy is a searing contemporary fantasy, and often unrelenting in its savage attacks on greed, acquisitiveness, the disposable society, and some not-so-subtle jabs at Spanish Catholicism.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) There's no heavy lifting to be done here, just have fun with the material. And yet fun is oddly lacking...There's nothing terrible about Solo. It can be spectacular, it can be charming, but it lacks sparkle.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3.5/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) It all boils down to one important fact: Reynolds gets these comics.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 76% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) Even the moments of high danger have a bubbling joy to them: Aquatic slapstick and abandoned dogs turned into merpups set the giggly tone, while Lu flows and flops, all big grins and jellyfishlike dance moves.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/5 86% Tully (2018) Yet that tiny slip cannot undercut a charming, touching, and deeply compassionate depiction of modern middle-class motherhood.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/5 74% Little Pink House (2018) Little Pink House is not one of the great civil rights movies (it's no Loving or To Kill a Mockingbird), but its slow, steady charm never lets go of the fact that these are people's homes on the line. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2/5 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) Not even the former Time Lord's sliver of a grin can save it from slipping and sliding out of your memory.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) There is whip-smart warfront humor to lighten the mood but, most importantly, in bleak times on and off the screen, they give us something vital: hope.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3.5/5 75% The China Hustle (2018) Think the trade deficit is a source of economic concern? The China Hustle makes the imminent trade war look like a fight over small change.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 88% Lowlife (2018) [Ryan] Prows also has a more deft and adroit handling of race relations in modern America. While Tarantino has always tackled race head-on, if often with too blunt a tool, Lowlife manages to feed in more subtlety.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) But [Shinobu Terajima's] performance, especially when matched by[Kaho] Minami's hard-sighing world-weariness, is nothing less than transfixing.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/5 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) It's the devotion to that emotional truth that allows [Janus] Metz and cinematographer Niels Thastum to step back, avoiding any major visual tricks. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4.5/5 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) [Lynne] Ramsay shoots [john's] operations with the same lean, clinical skill with which he executes them: a master class in melding of performance and editing. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/5 52% Rampage (2018) It's loud, raucous fun, mostly sold by [Dwayne] Johnson, the undisputed champion of CGI smash-fests.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/5 82% Beirut (2018) [Jon Hamm's] raw charisma, and near-peerless ability to sweat martinis through a disheveled linen suit and still look stylish, sends the film's moral compass spinning - exactly as it should.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/5 83% Blockers (2018) Yet if there's a real breakout performance here, it's Geraldine Viswanathan... She doesn't deliver her lines. She slices through them with the easy charm and rat-a-tat delivery of the OG Saturday Night Live crew.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) In a genre that has often been plagued by nudge-nudge, wink-wink storytelling, the simple honesty of a family facing impossible odds and eking through is truly chilling.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
0/5 28% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) The only person who can possibly feel good about this whole mess is Elton John, who inexplicably once again licenses his songs for the soundtrack. Hope the checks cleared, Rocket Man.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) And yet, for all those weaknesses, this is a Steven Spielberg film, of the kind only Steven Spielberg can make. Big, raucous, heartfelt, referential, and unabashed in celebrating the culture he has always loved.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
4/5 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) It is beautiful, lyrical, tragic, redemptive, and focused down to the last tick on a dog's nose.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
85% Upgrade (2018) For the ambition alone, it's worth the watch; for its daring approach, and another effortless depiction of a broken soul from Marshall-Green, it's definitely worth freeing up space in your wetware.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
86% American Animals (2018) Moreover, Layton stylishly smashes true crime into the film obsessions that powered the man-child posse. Part The Thin Blue Line, part The Taking of Pelham 123, it's an all-American tale of self-destruction through delusion. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
83% Chef Flynn (2018) Yet, even with omission, there's something intriguing about how this floppy-haired kid with a santoku didn't become the Marjoe of the kitchen.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
92% Nossa Chape (2018) From finger pointing to shared sadness, and moments of unexpected communion and joy, Nossa Chape is most engrossing when it pulls back from individual players, and takes in the whole stadium.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
86% Time Trial (2017) It's hard to watch, but impossible not to be drawn into [Millar's] raging against the dying of his own personal light.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1.5/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) But that's not enough, especially since Lawrence's efforts at a glacial aloofness just read as boredom, and are boring.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2.5/5 83% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) It wants so hard to be Pulp Fiction, but it ends up 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/5 64% Permission (2018) Nearly every minute the camera is focused on her, [Rebecca] Hall wears a vague, faraway look of uncertainty, as though she is contemplating the past, present, and future all at once.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/5 86% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) Most importantly, it has the same kind of charm and wonder, and the same simple message that being yourself is the best thing to be.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) [Chadwick] Boseman carries that moral and emotional weight to reaffirm him as one of Marvel's finest casting choices‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018