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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 50% 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 30% 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 99% 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 78% 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 88% 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 50% 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 18% 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 77% 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 46% 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 87% 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 20% 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
4.5/5 100% 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 17% 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
4.5/5 98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Your Name takes an unexpected turn, and what a turn it is. It transcends the mundane, and becomes more emotionally compelling than any animated movie you've seen since Inside Out.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) Not surprisingly, the best thing about The Boss Baby is Baldwin's imperious vocalization as the authoritative rugrat with a head the size of a bowling ball, punctuated by Margaret Keane eyes.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/5 67% Life (2017) The movie's predictable wind-down and ho-hum twist at the end make this Life hardly worth living. In space, no one can hear you yawn.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3.5/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The movie largely succeeds due to the guiding talent of director Bill Condon, who breathed new life into the film version of the already stellar stage show Dreamgirls over a decade ago.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 98% Kedi (2017) A work of unconditional love that celebrates a spot on Earth where an odd symbiosis between humanity and a purring segment of nature has flourished for centuries.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2.5/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) It honors this extraordinary couple's defiant and unwavering love for each other, but it doesn't celebrate it much beyond a cliched falling-in-love montage and a chaste wedding-night scene.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1.5/5 34% The Great Wall (2017) Whether it's a case of miscasting is unclear, but without a willing hero to anchor this already dubious movie from start to finish, The Great Wall hits a brick wall.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Whatever your perspective, there's one thing for sure: The Red Turtle is unlike anything else you've seen in a while.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3.5/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The future sure looks bright for the Lego movie franchise. As the Boy Wonder might say: "Holy Sequels, Batman! What next?"‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2.5/5 25% The Comedian (2017) They say dying is easy, comedy is hard. It's an observation that applies in more than one way to The Comedian.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/5 44% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Diesel lacks the screen presence of Arnold Schwarzenegger, an actor of limited talents who nevertheless epitomized the contemporary action hero in American popcorn cinema for two decades through the power of his sheer will.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/5 82% Julieta (2016) Straightforward and yet emotionally complex, the film is Almodóvar's most sobering work to date, a mystery about a daughter's abandonment of her mother without explanation.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
1.5/5 32% Monster Trucks (2017) At times, Monster Trucks faintly echoes E.T., but it has all the grace of a jacked-up Ford F-150 with a four-link suspension and tractor tires crushing a row of cars by steamrolling atop them.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 24% The Bye Bye Man (2017) The borderline campy The Bye Bye Man is a horror movie in search of an urban legend.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/5 88% A Monster Calls (2017) Utterly heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) There's no doubt about the veracity of Aisholpan's inspirational story. She exists, and she's a champion in every sense. But many sequences in the film appear planned out, even staged.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
1.5/5 60% Allied (2016) Bombs away!‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/5 39% Why Him? (2016) Luckily for Franco, Cranston makes for the perfect comic foil in Why Him?. That craggy, lived-in face can launch a thousand laughs with a simple squint of the eye, cock of the brow, or clinch of the jaw.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet A Winter Rose (2016) The wilted music drama A Winter Rose is a showbiz tale with a premise so improbable there's a good chance it might inspire a reality competition show.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) If you've ever felt the same about a Felis catus, you'll cut A Street Cat Named Bob some slack for the same reason I did. You won't be able to help yourself. And stock up on some Kleenex beforehand. You're gonna need them.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/5 89% Loving (2016) Loving (a title that works on more than one level) unhurriedly recounts this husband and wife's near decade-long ordeal in a manner commiserate with their quiet and unwavering commitment to each other.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) A Man Called Ove deftly incorporates the seminal moments of its titular character's past in a series of flashbacks that inform, rather than intrude upon, the present.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
4.5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Truly, madly, deeply: There's magic in this Moonlight.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) A sumptuous tapestry of color, shadow, and light.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) It's meant to be thrilling fun, but it never takes off in the way imagined. There's no merriment in the .357-caliber chaos, no mirth in the staccato of bullets.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) The lovely Long Way North is an old-fashioned animated movie, but don't let its unfussy execution fool you.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
1.5/5 32% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête) (2016) It's beastly.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/5 33% Masterminds (2016) Galifianakis' cluelessness can tickle, but he's having a progressively difficult time making things feel fresh. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
1.5/5 35% Max Rose (2016) The script is replete with filler inserted in the name of "real life": bad jokes and silly riddles, spontaneous songs, and improvised scenes in which conversations go around in circles.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/5 64% Storks (2016) Storks flutters like a bird with a broken wing -- it never quite gets off the ground.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016