Tim Appelo

Tim Appelo
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 90% Never Grow Old (2019) The plot is predictable, but the acting holds you, especially Cusack's scary, icy, purring growl of menace. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 53% The Hummingbird Project (2019) The script is incompetent. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 46% I'm Not Here (2019) The dialogue is too pat and his plight formulaic, but the acting is aces. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 54% Greta (2019) You can't stop watching the fun Huppert has playing a faux Parisian. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 83% The Hours and Times (2019) It's short (57 minutes) and sweet. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 100% Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Sharp... tells amazing tales in this absorbing, low-budget documentary. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
5/5 94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Birds of Passage glorifies violence less than any narco movie ever made, and in a way, that makes it scarier. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
85% Chicago (2002) It's a high-wire act energized by its stars' amazement at their own reckless effrontery, a brash blast, and an original sight in a cinema cancerous with cautious recyclings. - Seattle Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
60% Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (2019) He's as funny as ever but with new grownup wisdom. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
5/5 77% The Invisibles (2019) An unfamiliar part of a story you thought you knew all about, and a must-see. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
5/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) For the casualties of World War I - more than 50 million if you count the victims of the flu pandemic the trenches spawned - Jackson has done a comparable service, preserving them forever. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 19% Serenity (2019) It will test your suspension of disbelief. But it could deeply please your inner male teenager. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 34% King of Thieves (2019) The characters are well worth spending time with as they amble toward disaster. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
91% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) A must-see for any grownup who calls himself or herself a rock fan. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
81% Brexit (2019) Inspired by the irreverent style of Aaron Sorkin's Moneyball. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
57% The Last Laugh (2019) Despite the film's flaws, you can't help rooting for Dreyfuss and Chase. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/5 50% American Hangman (2019) The script isn't up to Sutherland's talent, but his superbly intelligent acting is a joy to watch. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 72% Destroyer (2018) What really works like gangbusters is Kidman's transformation, as startlingly accomplished as Charlize Theron's in Monster. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Distinguished by the superb skills of Steve Coogan as the skinny one, Laurel, and John C. Reilly (who's on a huge 2018 career roll) in excellent plump prosthetics as the rotund Hardy. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) If you want one that makes you feel good... this workmanlike, old-fashioned biopic about the future Ruth "Kiki" Bader Ginsburg should hit the spot. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt makes a magical airborne nanny. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) Eastwood directs the heck out of it, and it's gratifying to see him outwit the young by exploiting their condescending prejudices about oldsters. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 66% Vice (2018) You can't believe it's Bale. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Hogancamp's story is oddly inspiring even in this flawed film, but watch the documentary instead. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) The film is on a par with that other black-and-white foreign Oscar contender Roma, only more exciting. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
95% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Face it: this show is born to run (at least on TV) forever. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 90% The Second Time Around (2018) The script isn't as good as they are, but they're very good indeed. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The performances, excellent throughout, are capped by the diamond-like perfection that is Regina King. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Revival! (2018) If you liked the John Legend-starring Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and The Wiz, check out this black-cast musical. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It's intermittently terrific. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 76% Never Look Away (2019) As the oddly meditative, high-IQ melodrama unfolds, you scarcely notice the movie is over three hours long (though your bladder may). - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) [A] faster, funnier, infinitely nastier best picture Oscar contender. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Any full-length Coen brothers' movie beats these six shorts, but they're all gorgeous, original and often funny. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
5/5 78% Green Book (2018) Calculated to soothe your fears and make you feel good about America (and yourself!), you can't stop from leaping to your feet to applaud. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) It's the best Van Gogh biopic ever, and among the most artful films about an artist. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
5/5 92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) A window into Welles' hall-of-mirrors mind. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
100% John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons (2018) It's certainly the least boring chalk talk in the history of U.S. history classes... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Glorifying and sanitizing. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) The ninth sequel to the immensely influential 1978 slasher movie is the first good one... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
5/5 87% First Man (2018) It's a contemplative, melancholy, moving film, but it also packs you into the cockpit for some of the most bone-jangling shaky-cam action you ever saw. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) We're not watching. We're diving in with her - and ascending to an insta-stardom that feels real, not contrived. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The film lopes along, with occasional spectacular deaths and bad luck for all - except for viewers who like film noir. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Samuel Project (2018) It could use more of grandpa's drama and less teen dramedy, but it's heartwarming. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) It feels fresh, like a Coen brothers western, only kindhearted. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Tea With the Dames makes you see these four geniuses more deeply and realize that impaired vision isn't their main problem - it's society's occasional blindness to the value of our most mature, most valuable talents. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
71% Kursk (2018) A smart, sharp critique of Russian society akin to the 2014 Oscar nominee Leviathan. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) It's utterly absorbing. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
75% Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Dern is her usual, brilliantly subversive self. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) It has a final revelation too wonderfully stunning to reveal. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
4/5 63% Bel Canto (2018) There's not a conventional plot, which doesn't matter, because what's cool and distinctive about the film are the touching small scenes between disparate people. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018