Steve Davis

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 61% Into the Darkness (De Forbandede År) (2020) You'd think this chapter in Danish history would inspire passion in a native filmmaker, but the movie lacks fervency. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
3.5/5 97% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) It's a comparatively solid quartet of short films that critically examine the country's dehumanizing system of capital punishment, putting a human face on the citizen-executioner asked to carry out the all-too-frequently enacted death penalty. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
4/5 92% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) Director/screenwriter/editor Machoian is firmly in control throughout The Killing of Two Lovers, deftly sustaining a slow-burn tension in this unflinching story of a disintegrating marriage. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/5 90% Moffie (2019) Although Moffie is competently executed, its genre-straddling will leave you vaguely unsatisfied if you decide too quickly the kind of movie it should be. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/5 82% F.T.A. (1972) While the cabaret performances are the documentary's draw, the movie comes most alive in the interspersed interviews with servicemen and women willing to speak their minds. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
4/5 95% Stray (2021) Although Stray is a tonic for dog lovers, it also speaks to something greater than just the humane treatment of its animals. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
2.5/5 94% Sin (Il Peccato) (2021) The film leaves you hanging, ending with a puzzling 11th-hour epiphany followed by a cheesy greatest-hits montage of Michelangelo's masterworks. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/5 74% The World to Come (2020) When in the presence of Kirby's warm and exotic pre-Raphaelite beauty, Waterston smiles with pure delight (at first, it's a jarring sight), relieved in the discovery that life can be more than everyday drudgery and pain. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/5 88% Supernova (2021) With these two actors in command, Supernova doesn't just dare to speak the name of a love between two deeply committed men facing an untenable situation. It shouts it from the rooftops. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/5 85% Our Friend (2020) It dares to speak to the rare joys of life in the midst of tragedy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
No Score Yet Two Deaths of Henry Baker (2020) The no-man-standing conclusion has the whiff of dramatic nihilism, and it's nowhere as perversely operatic as you might hope it would be. Still, the film projects both a strong intelligence and lots of ambition. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
2/5 45% Fatale (2020) The movie requires her to go full on crazy-ass slasher-bitch, much like the character at the end of another movie previously mentioned here. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/5 26% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) The two leads are watchable enough, but the script keeps their characters emotionally separated, so you never see anything remotely like chemistry between them. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 100% Nationtime (1972) The pleasures of Nationtime are largely observational. Its you-are-there immediacy can be thrilling; you often feel like you're witnessing something important. What you see is what you get. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3/5 88% Monsoon (2020) Director/screenwriter Khaou evinces a keen sense of geography here, first in a bustling Saigon renamed Ho Chi Minh City... and then in the more provincial and less dynamic Hanoi. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
100% Pier Kids (2019) A sociological offspring of Paris Is Burning. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
100% Fugitive Dreams (2020) The film's non-linear narrative is challenging; it won't be everyone's cup of tea. But while events may seem to occur randomly, debut director Neulander and dramatist Caridad Svich's screenplay, based on the latter's play, isn't haphazard at all. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
67% The Arbors (2020) It's a fairly sophisticated (almost noirish) psychological narrative for the genre, and director Witmer does a fine job of maintaining a keen sense of anxiety in the film. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
100% Dave Not Coming Back (2020) The film's core elements are firmly entrenched in the documentary genre. Regardless, few can deny the mourning and mortality on display here aren't the real thing. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet True to the Game 2 (2020) Another stab at the TTTG series could only yield more satisfying results. Directionally speaking, the only way is up. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet One Vote (2020) There's nothing fancy... In an era in which voting rights are blatantly under attack, she and her colleagues have chosen to simply focus on the will of Americans to find ways to overcome the obstacles that inhibit the ability to cast their ballots. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2/5 85% Martin Eden (2020) Every so often, a spark in Marinelli's mesmerizing blue-gray eyes flickers and you can imagine the passion that drove the man to his madness. In those moments, Martin Eden subtly flames, if only briefly. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3.5/5 100% J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs & The Church of the SubGenius (2020) Director Boone and her crew make good use of those interviews, as well as grainy film footage and subliminal imagery, to document the story of Bob and his Church. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
93% Give or Take (2020) The denouement is predictably optimistic, involving a canoe and a box of ashes, but there are just enough authentic moments of one-on-one connections and provincial preciousness in Give or Take to appreciate its unassuming generosity. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Sicily! (Sicilia! (1999)) (2020) Whenever this theatrical pause occurs, you ask: To what end? Perhaps a question mark in the geographically inspired title, rather than an exclamation point, is in order. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/5 79% House of Cardin (2020) While House of Cardin devotes a few more than a glancing minute to this intriguing episode, perhaps it's a worthy topic for another documentary at another time. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3.5/5 92% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Rebuilding Paradise speaks to the resiliency of human beings, and maybe something about the American can-do spirit. There's a sense of legitimate optimism when ground is broken to construct new homes around the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
3.5/5 82% The Painted Bird (2020) The more likely question will be whether it was necessary for this film to adhere so closely to its source and chronicle a multitude of barbaric acts over its relatively long duration. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
4/5 94% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Director Porter has done an excellent job assembling archival footage and interviews to tell Lewis' story; she has the markings of a great storyteller. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/5 90% Up from the Streets: New Orleans: The City of Music (2019) The musical trope the movie returns to time and time again is the chaotic joy of a brass band strolling down a French Quarter street, attracting people of all stripes to come together and celebrate life, if only for a while. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
3/5 90% Bull (2020) While the near-absence of emotional commotion doesn't hobble Bull, there's no question it keeps it tied down. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
2/5 51% I Still Believe (2020) The meet-cute romance between Apa and Henning is diverting enough, but everything happens so quickly it's difficult to fully engage in the emotional ups and downs of their relationship once Melissa falls ill. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3.5/5 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) It's a scrummy omelette of a movie, a dish that's off the menu. The ingredients are unorthodox, but they come together in an uproarious way. As a Dubliner would say, it's absolute gas. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) Just another Hollywood example of the tale wagging the dog. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3/5 37% Downhill (2020) To its credit, Downhill strives to remain character-driven rather than devolve into a jokey take on a delicate premise. Given Hollywood's rehashed bastardizations of reputable films from abroad, that plaudit amounts to something more than faint praise. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
2/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The Gentlemen already feels dated, even anachronous, particularly in these woke times. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
1.5/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) Aside from the committee-written script with no coherent perspective, the trouble with Like a Boss is that it never crudely outrages. It's a bust in so many ways. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 77% Richard Jewell (2019) [Paul Walter Hause] has the chance here to play a fuller, more rounded character for a change, and he's unexpectedly up to the task. The performance is an eye-opener. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Greed is definitely good when it's this funny. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) While the movie has its share of racetrack thrills in keeping with a cinematic tradition that began with the silent classic Ben Hur, it's the personal and professional friendship between [Carroll] Shelby and [Ken] Miles that gives the movie traction. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
23% Playing with Fire (2019) In the silence following each flat-footed joke, one right after the other, you can hear oxygen molecules bumping into each other. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 83% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Director Mark Landsman and editors Andrea Lewis and Ben Daughtrey keep the spirited Scandalous moving at a fast clip. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 73% Harriet (2019) This Harriet Tubman has become a fierce social warrior, a wonder woman who deserves her own action figure. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Well-researched and candid, this documentary will not change anyone's perception of [Roy] Cohn or rehabilitate his character in any way. Although his self-loathing insecurities may slightly humanize him, he will always be one-dimensionally evil. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 89% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) The film's stunning visuals of these and other impacted places, particularly the aerial shots, capture an abstract imagery that is at once beautiful and horrifying. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
2.5/5 82% Abominable (2019) There's some gorgeous animation and impeccable camerawork on display here. But as George Lucas' 2015 fiasco Strange Magic demonstrated, beautifully executed visuals will get you only so far. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 81% Judy (2019) [Renée] Zellweger gives a fearless performance in this movie. She captures the essence of [Judy] Garland with such immersive nuance that the line between the actor and the role doesn't only disappear, it's as if it never existed. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Credit director [Gavin] Hood for eschewing sensational melodramatics, but the movie has all the excitement of a Wikipedia page. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The movie is a lovely feel-good experience, even when it traverses certain cultural tropes and amplifies emotions beyond what you might rationally imagine. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 83% Coyote Lake (2019) Coyote Lake is hardly a shallow enterprise. Its still waters still run pleasurably deep. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019