Tim Appelo

Tim Appelo
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) The script wobbles at times, but the performances are must-see. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
5/5 88% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) This absorbing doc takes us inside a fascinating parallel universe, as elders golf, dance, swim, flirt, cheerlead, do karate, play tennis and binge movies in the place envisioned as the Disneyland of retirees. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
5/5 87% News of the World (2020) Director Paul Greengrass's Jason Bourne movies are jittery, but this one's a stately, old-fashioned epic. There's action, but what drives the story is the deep emotion. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/5 51% The Midnight Sky (2020) The plot has fuzzy logic and the characters are a bit sketchy. Still, there's about an hour's worth of epic, ambitious, thoughtful, deeply heartfelt story in there. Clooney remains one of our most promising up-and-coming directors. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) It's hard to say which actor scores the more towering performance. It's like a duet between geniuses... Both win, as do all of us. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/5 89% Let Them All Talk (2020) Everyone's terrific, but Bergen's the standout. She hasn't had a part this good in many years -- it capitalizes on her gift for peevish outrage, and it's the first time she's ever improvised dialogue. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
5/5 98% Farewell Amor (2020) Inspired by a true story in Tanzanian-American director Ekwa Msangi's family, this is one of the most moving films about immigrants since The Namesake, Mira Nair's masterpiece. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 97% Billie (2020) It's kind of a mess as a movie, but a must-see for jazz fans. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
5/5 92% Dear Santa (2020) Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Prize winner Nachman warms your heart with the skill of an auteur. Have Kleenexes on hand. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
90% Belushi (2020) "Belushi" documents his tragic fall, but the focus is not on his notorious overdose -- it's on his heart. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
5/5 93% The Life Ahead (2020) At 86, Sophia Loren is back! In her terrific new tearjerker, directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, she heartwarmingly plays a former prostitute, Holocaust survivor and caretaker for streetwalkers' children. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
94% Crazy, Not Insane (2020) Lewis got Bundy to admit things nobody else could, and with some of her killers, she's got eye-opening revelations. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 96% Sound of Metal (2020) Ahmed learned both American Sign Language and drumming to play the part, and he's convincing. It's an eye-opening film. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
5/5 82% Mank (2020) Even if you don't give a fig about film history, it's a showbiz time trip as meticulous and marvelously immersive as Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 82% Let Him Go (2020) The story strains credulity, the dialogue is clunky (sometimes awful), but dazzling acting redeems it. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 63% The Last Shift (2020) The writer and the elder try to open each other's eyes to reality, and their colliding minds add up to a thoroughly entertaining take on race, class, age, retirement, and morality. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
5/5 No Score Yet Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold The Concert (2020) A humdinger that doubles as a documentary, packed with fascinating reminiscences that cast light on immortal tunes. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/5 39% Rebecca (2020) The melodrama flatlines mostly, but it's worth watching for Kristin Scott Thomas, 60, as the formidable Mrs. Danvers, bane of the second Mrs. de Winter's terrified existence. When Scott Thomas is onscreen, it feels like a real movie. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) It's as light as a petite madeleine, but who doesn't want a tour of Manhattan's swankiest spots with roué Bill Murray at the wheel? - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
5/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) An utterly wonderful, vivid dramatization of the trial of Chicago's 1968 demonstrators, with bravura performances. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 84% Martin Eden (2020) Intellectually, the book and film are a muddle, but a beguiling one. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Escape from Extinction (2020) With golden-throated eloquence, Helen Mirren narrates a documentary that sounds the alarm over a billion animals dying in Australia's fires. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
5/5 97% What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Her funny, searing monologue is eye- and mind-opening, and deeply personal... This is the most inspired dramatization of history on stage and film since Hamilton! - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 100% Meeting the Beatles in India (2020) It's not the world's most sophisticated filmmaking, but it's quite a story Saltzman stumbled into. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/5 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) [A] silly featherweight comedy. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/5 82% Herb Alpert is... (2020) Like the TJB, this movie is apt to make you happier. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) It's one eccentric comedy, cult heroine July's best movie yet, and there's real moral tension in Melanie's campaign to save Old Dolio from her self-serving parents. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
4/5 92% The Dark Divide (2020) It's a loping, droll shaggy-dog story -- mostly true, but too slow for some -- about the dark divide between love and loss, rural and urban America, science and belief. The soundtrack by the Avett Brothers and Krist Novoselic is terrific. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
4/5 100% Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2020) It's a tale as wild as any case history he turned into literature. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 68% The Glorias (2020) The script is clunky, the animated Wizard of Oz tornado fantasy sequence doesn't work, but it's still a vivid trip through a fascinating, important American life. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 68% The Artist's Wife (2020) Olin and Dern... are perfect together. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 60% Blackbird (2020) Mostly, this is a sensitive, superbly acted film about an important topic. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
4/5 88% The Nest (2020) Law and Coon have never been better, depicting a marriage that's hot in bed yet fissioning before our eyes, and about to go nuclear. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
67% I Am Woman (2020) While it's very square and predictable, it's nonetheless thrilling to watch Reddy's tormented ascent, and Cobham-Hervey lip-syncs well to singer Chelsea Cullen's recreations of Reddy's style. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 65% The Owners (2020) This one's worth watching to see Rita and Sylvester show young actors how it's done. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) It's way smarter and more intriguing than normal horror flicks, but if you found Kaufman's head-scratchers Anomalisa and Synechdoche, New York torturous to endure, that's how you'll feel about this one. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 73% Mulan (2020) Liu is an emotional blank and between rip-roaring action scenes, sometimes the movie feels like a glum slog. Still, it's a stylish war film with a marvelous sense of place. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
5/5 94% Critical Thinking (2020) It's the kind of movie that gives you hope for America. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
90% Rising Phoenix (2020) These people make Stallone's Rocky look like an underachiever. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Totally silly! Most triumphant! - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
5/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Director Armando Iannucci softens the nasty sting of his brilliant Veep and The Death of Stalin with gentler satire that still kills. It's an abundant, rollicking ensemble piece studded with genius. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
5/5 89% Robin's Wish (2020) It may move you to tears -- you'll also bust a gut laughing at his dialogue-recording scenes from Aladdin and stage-show improvs -- but this important documentary about the last days of actor Robin Williams is must viewing. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/5 59% Tesla (2020) It's a high-IQ, Drunk History-like romp, alternating between low-lit 1890s scenes that look like daguerreotype photos and jaunty modern touches. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 78% The 24th (2020) It's a grim, important tale rich with historical detail. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 49% Made in Italy (2020) The plot is predictable, the jokes lame, but it's a satisfying intergenerational story and a virtual vacation under the Tuscan sun. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
5/5 100% A Most Beautiful Thing (2020) It's like a fairy tale -- only real -- and healing. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
4/5 76% Summerland (2020) If you like veddy British period dramas set in spectacularly charming seaside locales (in this case the cliffs of southern England), this one's for you. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
5/5 98% The Go-Go's (2020) A fine tribute to an immortal band. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
66% Fisherman's Friends (2020) It's like a trip to gorgeous Port Isaac, in Cornwall, and the singing is exhilaratingly beautiful. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 62% Radioactive (2020) The film is not without its flaws, including clunky flash-forwards to consequences of her research: kids saved from cancer, Hiroshima, Chernobyl. But the film is worth watching for Pike's performance, not to mention a truly fascinating life story. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020