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
3/5 79% 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 88% 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 80% 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
3.5/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) For a comedy about an old weapon with a dulled blade, Sword of Truth is razor sharp in just about every way. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) The movie is like an old honky-tonk song, a little sentimental but full of heart. It torches and twangs without getting too hokey. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/5 63% Yesterday (2019) The screenplay by Richard Curtis keeps one step ahead of that unpleasant truth during the first stretch of the movie... But when [Jack's] career takes him across the Atlantic for grooming as a superstar, the movie has nowhere to go and sputters badly. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) This love letter dedicated to opera's biggest rock star, the larger-than-life Luciano Pavarotti, achieves something most documentaries about the deceased rarely do: It brings a man back to glorious life. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 32% Shaft (2019) Times sure have changed since the old Shaft made women swoon by simply treating them like shit. As for the new Shaft, is he still a bad mutha? Shut your mouth. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 89% Rocketman (2019) [It's] an unexpected performance by a relatively untried actor in the central role anchors Rocketman. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/5 98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) There's little plot in the traditional sense and much is purposely left unexplained. The movie feels like something culled from memory. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Trial by Fire loses its way by failing to trust the power of its compelling facts to convince you on their own. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 94% Rafiki (2019) While the tone of Rafiki is simple and direct, director Kahiu demonstrates a delicate touch. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 88% Satan & Adam (2019) Shifting from gritty, monochromatic, cinema verité footage shot around 30 years ago to more contemporary interviews... and other scenes filmed in color, the movie feels a little incomplete. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
1.5/5 60% Breakthrough (2019) For a movie focusing so intently on personal faith, it doesn't much trust your independent capacity to find religious, spiritual, or other meaning in what is truly an amazing story. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/5 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) Perhaps the fault lies not in our stars, but in our shameless need for a sappy ending. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 67% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) While most of the acting here is unexceptional and the direction/editing often reflects odd choices,... the movie's intended demographic of adolescent and teenage girls will likely not care. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
1.5/5 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) The tempo of the numerous dramatic scenes is on par with drying paint; characters lack consistency from scene to scene; the dialogue sounds like a first draft that needs major editing; its occasional technical sloppiness; and so forth. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/5 88% To Dust (2019) Broderick's spot-on performance replete with familiar mannerisms and line deliveries in To Dust is a bittersweet thing, reminding you how much you've missed seeing him on the big screen. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2/5 44% What Men Want (2019) The movie is really all about what she wants, consequences be damned. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 60% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Some kids may find the whole affair traumatic, particularly when the poor pooch finds herself dehydrated and chained to a corpse in the wilderness - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 74% Destroyer (2018) Kusama has the chops to fulfill the ambitions of this undertaking, but even her savvy can't justify the conflated, white-light ending that's disproportionately out of whack with everything before it. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) For no matter how derivative this carefully calculated sentimental journey may be, there's still an undeniable magic in its voice and its step likely to enchant adults - and hopefully kids - alike. Uncle Walt would be proud. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Tea With the Dames peters out as a conversation, given there's no real beginning, middle or end to the film. It's a privilege, however, to have been given a tableside seat to listen to this foursome reminisce and ruminate for an hour and a half. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 73% Chef Flynn (2018) Just wait for the grainy color film of the toddler version of the movie's titular chef blithely playing on the floor with his own pots and pans in fated anticipation of his future calling. It's too adorbs for words. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1.5/5 23% Nobody's Fool (2018) You feel like you're the victim of a cruel bait-and-switch, lured into thinking Nobody's Fool would be a crappy but nevertheless entertaining Tiffany Haddish movie, only to have it turn out to be a crappy but nevertheless crappy Tyler Perry movie. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 69% Don Juan DeMarco (1994) Although flawed in many respects -- it's not as smooth and silky a movie as it could have been -- Don Juan DeMarco nevertheless evokes a romantic mood that tickles and caresses; in a way, it's a movie version of spring fever. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It may sound like a downer, but Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a strangely uplifting tale. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) A Winogrand photograph invites you to ponder its tantalizing mystery, an enticement this able documentary unquestionably appreciates. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/5 97% Free Solo (2018) Even the documentary crew, composed of seasoned climbers and longtime friends, can barely watch their buddy painstakingly move up the peak, anguished by the possibility (God forbid) they may be complicit participants in Honnold's demise. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The beauty of Redford's rock-steady performances over the last six decades or so is that he never showed off, and yet always commanded your attention. That's no small feat. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1.5/5 29% Little Women (2018) You can't wait for this little woman to grow up and get a life. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/5 100% 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (2018) In many respects, 40 Years in the Making is a cliquey undertaking that leaves you mostly on the outside looking in, but after witnessing the joy of its participants at the end, there's little to begrudge. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) These three musketeers swagger their sarcasm like rapiers wielded in the spirit of a collective self-preservation. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4.5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham's sociological precision as a screenwriter and director, however, would likely not feel as genuine if not for Fisher in the pivotal role of Kayla. She doesn't act the part as much as she breathes it. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Three Identical Strangers may not achieve the kind of redemptive catharsis we wish for here, but it achieves something almost as miraculous, making an otherwise unbelievable story seem believably real. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 80% Breath (2018) As odd as it may initially seem, The Endless Summer becomes Summer of '42, and Breath reveals itself to be the coming-of-age story it's been all along. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 67% The Seagull (2018) [Director Mayer] soon finds his footing and occasionally reveals something heartbreakingly genuine for contemporary moviegoers in the myriad complicated relationships comprising Chekhov's insulated world. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
0/5 16% Show Dogs (2018) Stupefyingly inane... - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/5 26% Breaking In (2018) Union's Shaun Russell may not possess the superhuman powers of Wonder Woman, but she's a formidable adversary nonetheless, a fearsome warrior armed with a fierce maternal instinct serving as both a weapon and a shield. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3.5/5 84% Disobedience (2018) All three principal actors - Weisz, McAdams, and Nivola - give effectively constrained performances. They work as a team here, consistent with the delicate balance in their characters' complicated relationships with one another. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
1.5/5 29% Traffik (2018) If this movie demonstrates anything, it's that this capable actress [Paula Patton] deserves better than just being known as the ex-Mrs. Robin Thicke. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2.5/5 36% I Feel Pretty (2018) What ultimately disappoints here, however, is the conventionality of the movie's narrative arc, its mushy characterizations, and a rushed conclusion that ties up the loose ends with a sloppy bow that diminishes the movie's message. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 88% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Refreshingly unsentimental and straightforward... - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 11% God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018) To its credit, this third GND installment earnestly attempts to give some degree of lip service to diverging perspectives on the socio-religious-political scale without too much proselytizing, although there's never any question about whose side it's on. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/5 98% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) It's [Andy] Goldsworthy's version of a snow angel, a simple transitory image that will make you feel oddly happy during its short, earthbound existence. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 80% Unsane (2018) Unsane is a decent thrill ride that messes with your head just enough to make you question your own sanity for a moment or two. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 40% Gringo (2018) Oyelowo steals this movie right from under everyone else's collective nose. He's a hoot in an act of grand larceny that makes the uneven Gringo worthwhile. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3.5/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Faults aside, there's something truly revolutionary about this big-screen Romeo and Romeo romance, as Simon courts an anonymous closeted schoolmate he's met online in the hope of one day meeting him. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3.5/5 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Without preaching from the pulpit, A Fantastic Woman powerfully communicates the hostility and hatred that persons such as Marina encounter simply due to their otherness. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2/5 55% Half Magic (2018) The movie attempts to satirically explore the single-ladies world of bad dates, bad boyfriends, and bad bosses in the age of the #MeToo zeitgeist, but it does little more than nibble on the ubiquitous sexism that women experience. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018