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Steve Davis

Steve Davis
Steve Davis'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 Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) These three musketeers swagger their sarcasm like rapiers wielded in the spirit of a collective self-preservation.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4.5/5 98% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 74% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 68% 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
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
0/5 17% Show Dogs (2018) Stupefyingly inane...‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/5 25% 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
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3.5/5 85% 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
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
1.5/5 26% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2.5/5 34% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 84% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Refreshingly unsentimental and straightforward...‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 13% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/5 97% 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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 39% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3.5/5 91% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3.5/5 94% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2/5 58% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
1.5/5 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) It's a heart-pumping 15-minute or so sequence that proves that the old man's still got it, but whether it's worth the wait will depend on your level of patience.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1.5/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) This isn't a movie musical. It's a Las Vegas revue featuring songs aiming for high rotation on a Top 40 radio station, one that will doubtlessly enthrall those moviegoers who mistake spectacle for quality.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) A nagging question persists throughout Darkest Hour: Is Oldman's compulsively meticulous turn here anything more than a brilliant impersonation?‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) As is the case with most of Allen's films in the last 25 years or so, the script plays like a first draft, with the characters spouting stilted dialogue you'd never use in conversation, much less ever say out loud.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3.5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) There's a nagging feeling we should expect something more from this guy. To borrow the most quotable line of dialogue from The Room (bellowed at the top of the lungs): "YOU ARE TEARING ME APART, FRANCO!"‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2/5 29% Hello Again (2017) Most of them look as if they're simply going through the motions: a head-bob here, a hip-thrust there.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2.5/5 56% LBJ (2017) No wonder the movie feels something like a retread: It gets you there, but the ride is neither nowhere as smooth, nor nearly as compelling‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 95% Dealt (2017) If only all of our third acts turned out that way.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/5 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) While some of the sociological theorizing voiced by a variety of talking heads here may prompt some eye-rolling, the frame-by-frame dissection of the sequence by fanboy and fangirl filmmakers in awe of its artistry is exhilarating. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1/5 6% Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017) One can only hope Perry will move on to another holiday and perhaps take the effort to reconnect with the crazy old-lady persona that has served him so well. Until then: Oh hail, no.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/5 92% Barracuda (2017) Barracuda may not have the sharp teeth of the Hollywood nail-biters that have swum before in familiar waters. But if you're attuned to its slow-burn charm, it still offers some bite.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The message feels programmed like some LGBTQ version of a Hallmark card. Sometimes capital letters are needed to get the attention of those persons who most need to hear what needs to be said.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Like its predecessor, everything about the stylized Kingsman: The Golden Circle teeters just a little over the top. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
1.5/5 33% Home Again (2017) It's like watching a pharmaceutical commercial showing you how wonderful things will be once you convince your doctor to write that cure-all prescription for you. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
1/5 33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) Having to endure these self-absorbed New Yorkers for 90 minutes is hardly worth this meh twist. All that navel-gazing, and so much lint.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 97% Whose Streets? (2017) Bristling with unapologetic righteousness, the ragged documentary Whose Streets? takes no prisoners in its raw depiction of events transpiring in the predominantly African-American community of Ferguson, Mo., about three years ago.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/5 81% Brigsby Bear (2017) Those who like things sentimental and sweet - and there's nothing wrong with that - will find comfort in the notion of leaving the past behind to allow the future to go forward. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3.5/5 74% Landline (2017) There's seldom a dull moment when this funny and bright woman is onscreen. In a nod to another Nineties memory, there's something about Jenny.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2/5 90% Lady Macbeth (2017) There's an intriguing story to be told here, but there's a better way to tell it. To borrow from the Bard, the spots in Lady Macbeth simply won't wash away.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) In the end, it's the vision (literally) of an Americanized Gallic filmmaker that makes Valerian worth a look in a season traditionally chock-full of predictable, big-budget franchise flicks. Just turn off your brain, sit back, and let your eyeballs feast.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
1/5 16% Wish Upon (2017) Wish Upon is yet another high-concept, low-budget (here: $12 million) enterprise that aims to make a fast buck with minimal effort. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Remember the visceral excitement you felt the first time you saw De Palma's Carrie, Scorsese's Raging Bull or Tarantino's Pulp Fiction...? Baby Driver induces the same reaction.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/5 78% The Hero (2017) Elliott carries The Hero with what appears to be minimal effort, but rest assured, there's a deceptive weight to his resigned character.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/5 44% Rough Night (2017) Rough Night briefly gallops when these girls-gone-wild party, but once things take that unfortunate turn, the movie goes flat-footed: Logic dissipates and transitions stumble.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/5 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Juvenile humor abounds in Captain Underpants, but the movie is smart about the way it contextualizes this lowbrow comedy. There's an innocence about it all, a rarity in this genre, one with which adults will nostalgically connect.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2/5 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Paris Can Wait may be a film à clef of sorts -- there's a hint of the autobiographical in it, the suggestion of something experienced -- but even that angle doesn't make the movie terribly appetizing. What it needs is a little salt.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
1.5/5 19% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) The actors (both professional and nonprofessional) perform each scene - each shot, for that matter - as if it had no relationship at all to the rest of film, with the emphasis more on energy levels rather than credible characterizations.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
1.5/5 36% Snatched (2017) Snatched fails to tap into the full potential of either of these funny ladies by shoehorning them into this unbecoming genre flick. It's not worth paying the ransom for this one.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
4.5/5 98% Truman (2017) Why it's taken this superb movie two years to cross the ocean is a mystery. See Truman with a good friend. You'll be closer for it.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/5 16% The Circle (2017) This might have worked as a digital-age social satire... Instead, the movie opts for paranoia on par with forgetting your password, never mining the depth of the real Big Brother fears underlying our interconnected existence.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/5 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Graduation may not occupy a place at the top of the class of contemporary Eastern European cinema like some of Mungiu's other films, but it definitely sits above the curve.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2/5 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) Lacking any true inspirational dimension, the film's depiction of Fawcett's lifelong search for proof of an ancient lost civilization hidden in the uncharted jungles of Bolivia seldom rises to anything above a historical footnote here.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017