William Wolf

William Wolf
William Wolf's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Gannett News Service
Biography:
WILLIAM WOLF, who publishes the WOLF ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE on the web, is a critic, author, journalist and lecturer. He writes extensively on film and stage and teaches film courses at New York University. He was formerly film critic for the Gannett newspaper chain, a critic and contributing editor for New York Magazine and the film critic of Cue Magazine. His articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the country, national magazines and prestigious annuals. Mr. Wolf served two terms as chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle. He is currently a member of the National Society of Film Critics, the Online Film Critics Society, the Drama Desk, P.E.N. and the American Association of University Professors. He has covered film festivals throughout the world, including those in Cannes, Moscow, Budapest, Berlin, Toronto and New York, and has served on the juries of the Chicago and Miami film festivals. During his career he has interviewed many luminaries of film, theater and the world of entertainment. At New York University, he is known for his courses on Film as Literature in the English Department, Cinema and Literature in the French Department, and The Screening Room preview course at Lincoln Center's Walter reade Theater for NYU's School of Continuing andProfessional Studies. Mr. Wolf is the author of two books, Landmark Films: The Cinema and Our Century, written in collaboration with Lillian Kramer Wolf, and The Marx Brothers.
Location: New York, NY
Official Websites: wolfentertainmentguide.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
45% Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet' (1985) There just isn't any style or excitement in this rather tired film. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
91% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) The Journey of Natty Gann proves that family entertainment doesn't have to be pap but can make demands on audiences and give them a more realistic view of America. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
80% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Ferris Bueller's Day Off should warm the heart of every student who would love to play hooky from school. It also may bring back memories for grownups who think back to the good old days. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
83% Flight of the Navigator (1986) Flight of the Navigator, the Disney studio's new movie aimed at children, has the warmed-over feeling of other time-travel yarns. But the story is snappily told and is sure to keep youngsters enthralled. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
57% Violets Are Blue... (1986) It's worth seeing Violets Are Blue just to enjoy superb stars Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline, and Bonnie Bedelia. But the picture, directed by Jack Fisk and scripted by Naomi Foner, has other attributes. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
1.5/4 17% Heat (1986) There are some tough ingredients and possibilities for engrossing atmosphere. But Burt Reynolds never takes the central character beyond posturing and despite the Intensity of the movie's violence, the total effect is lethargic. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
29% Vamp (1986) Vamp has some sense of style. It doesn't have much else. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
94% Desert Hearts (1986) Desert Hearts, a daring and accomplished first feature by perceptive director Donna Deitch, is a movie that sneaks up on you. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
45% Heartburn (1986) Despite engaging performances by Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, the screen adaptation of Nora Ephron's popular novel is shallow and wan. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
97% Ran (1985) The great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, who has made a career of creating movie masterpieces, has at the age of 75 given the world a monumental work. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
48% The Money Pit (1986) The film would have been a lot better had there been a much stronger script that didn't seem to be straining to keep the basic idea alive. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
38% Legend (1985) Its production design, special effects, and overall look can't be faulted. But its hackneyed story about good versus evil is so insipid and dull that no matter how much one might applaud the visual achievement, the movie is still a gigantic bore. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
1/4 21% Mannequin (1987) Both lead performers are affable. It's the material that sinks them. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
46% Three Amigos! (1986) Despite the promotional promise of Steve Martin. Chevy Chase, and Martin Short pictured under their huge sombreros, the holiday season comedy is almost as unfunny as a movie can get. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
1/4 27% Over the Top (1987) Granted that it's his ticket to riches, but you'd think that by now even Sylvester Stallone might be bored playing underdogs who beat the odds and become winners. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet Wisdom (1986) Estevez writes terrible dialogue that makes the couple sound stupid rather than inspiring. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
A 86% Art Bastard (2016) Scintillating, visually splendid look at the life and satirical work of socially conscious, talented and articulate art rebel Robert Cenedella, with vast array of his work shown. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2016
A 100% Song Of Lahore (2015) Inviting documentary about discovered jazz group in Pakistan traveling to New York to find success playing in a concert with Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
A 97% Weiner (2016) A documentary as remarkable as it is sad as it explores the self-destruction of politician Anthony Weiner as a result of his repeatedly sending pictures of his sexual equipment to woman, thereby becoming a laughing stock and facing a ruined carer. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
A - 97% Love & Friendship (2016) Whit Stillman's adaptation of Jane Austen's novella "Lady Susan" wittily details hunts for husbands, conniving and amusing intrigues with colorful cast highlighted by Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
B 87% The Lobster (2016) Fantasy film in which people who remain single have deadline to marry or be turned into animals. Droll idea wears thin after a while, but there is often entertaining humor, romance and rebellion along the way. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
A 81% Sunset Song (2016) Visually and spiritually stunning drama with roots before World War I as courageous young woman on farm in northern Scotland struggles through life and the outside events that have their effect. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
A 59% Money Monster (2016) Jodie Foster-directed suspense drama clicks with charismatic George Clooney as flamboyant TV money show expert whose life is threatened on the air when an armed loser whose stocks tanked demands the truth of what went wrong. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
A 100% Rabin In His Own Words (2016) Compelling documentary look at assassinated Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin, told extensively via comments by him and assorted film clips, all set in the context of the time and issues involved. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
B- 18% Mothers and Daughters (2016) Mother and daughter issues resolved in soap opera confrontations, mostly over Skype or phone. Little emotional impact, save for one bit by excellent Susan Sarandon. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
A - 96% Dark Horse (2016) Locals in depressed town in Wales train race horse that achieves steeplechase fame against the odds. Documentary based on a true story of working class triumph. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
A - 87% Dheepan (2016) Three Sri Lankans form fake family to escape and get to France to start a new life, but drug dealing and gang warfare in the projects to which they are assigned threaten. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
B- 90% A Bigger Splash (2016) Renowned rock stars (Tilda Swinton) recovering from throat surgery and her lover vacation on exotic Italian island when her former lover (Ralph Fiennes) arrives. Passions heat up in march to tragedy, but apart from enjoying the cast, will anybody care? - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
A- 54% Dough (2016) Good-hearted and enjoyable if cliched tale of Jewish kosher baker in London whose Muslim assistant bakes with drugs in dough as business booms , trouble looms and Jewish-Muslim understanding blooms. Nicely acted. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
F 8% Mother's Day (2016) So terrible it could be reason to cancel the national holiday. A mess with multiple subplots mixing feeble efforts at comedy with gushy sentimentality and embarrassment to noted cast, including Jennnifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts.` - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
A - 12% Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016) First Hollywood movie filmed in Castor's Cuba. Based on true story, journalist befriended by Ernest Hemingway is invited to the author's home, where he witnesses writer's suicidal downs and turbulent marriage, while Castro revolution rages. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
A - 57% Streit's: Matzo And The American Dream (2016) Fascinating documentary about the Streit's matzo company and those who founded and operated it with an attempt to keep up the family tradition and the final need to shift to the suburbs after decades on New York's Lower East Side. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
c minus 91% Green Room (2016) Awful bloody and bloody awful horror film, with members of a punk band getting a gig that turns lethal and fighting for survival against a criminal skinhead gang. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
A 92% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) Superb performance by French actor Vincent Lindon as an unemployed husband and father landing a job he desperately needs but is faced with a moral decision as workers are pitted against each other. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
c 21% The Boss (2016) Melissa McCarthy does her comic shtick as an ego-driven woman who gets rich with a business venture, loses it all and must start over and become a better person. Inane screenplay with laughs here and there. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
B + 80% Look at Us Now, Mother! (2016) Documentary explores stormy mother-daughter relationship and what happens when there is an effort to get together and breach the problems. Ultimately entertaining and insightful. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
A 72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Mature, complex story of family trying to deal with death of the wife-mother (played by Isabelle Huppert), a war photographer who survived fighting only to die in a suburban car crash. Excellent performances all around. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
C 53% Demolition (2016) Jake Gyllenhaal plays husband who is unable to grieve after the death of his wife and becomes manic until he can break through. Unbelievable plot and antics. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
A 89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) The year is young but we already have a great new performance by actress Paprika Steen in this riveting Danish import - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
A 81% Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) (2016) Catherine Deneuve in one of her best performances as a sympathetic judge determined to help an obstreperous, perpetual teen delinquent, brilliantly played by Rod Paradot, change his life. Upsetting but constantly compelling - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
B 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Don Cheadle plays famous musician Miles Davis, as well as co-authors the screenplay and directs the film.. It's mainly his show as the biopic energetically plunges into Davis' ups and downs and self-destructiveness. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
B- 72% Valley Of Love (2016) Watching stars Gerard Depardieu, a gross hunk but with a sensitive face, and Isabelle Huppert is entertaining. The plot involving estranged parents and their gay son who killed himself is a bore. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
B+ 18% I Saw the Light (2016) When Tom Hiddleston sings as Hank Willilams, the country star who died at 29, the film lights up. Otherwise it is a familiar biopic slog of women, booze and self-distructiveness. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
A - 57% Lolo (2016) July Delpy directs and stars in an entertaining story spiked with comedy and malice. As divorced Violette she needs a man, but her fiercely jealous son Lolo plots to undermine every relationship, including the latest with a nice-guy computer expert. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
B 70% Remember (2016) Christopher Plummer as a man losing his memory but armed and sent on a mission to find a Nazi war criminal. Good performances and the subject hold interest but the plot and twist ending are hard to believe. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
A 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Tense drama about effort to kill an enemy with a drone but mission is stalled because a little girl on the ground is in the way. Helen Mirren excellent as military officer in charge. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
A 95% Marguerite (2016) Inspired by a real lAmerican story, "Marguerite" shifts the tale to France. Wealthy woman longs to sing opera and becomes a laughing stock for off-key concerts. Who will tell her the truth? Eleganly told with brilliant performance by Catherine Frot. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
A - 94% Colliding Dreams (2016) Extensive exploration of the history and meaning of Zionism leading to state of Israel and the conflicting desires of Israelis and Palestinians, humanized with interviews and films clips, historical and contemporary. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
A - 91% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) A well-acted, picturesque Chinese soap opera that nails changes in China over the years, especially toward the kind of materialism affecting its characters and by implication reflecting China's new financial status in the world. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
A 91% A War (Krigen) (2016) Moral complications that can arise from any war, but one especially wasteful and impossible to win, are devastatingly captured in the morass of Afghanistan as Danish soldier faces charges back home of killing civilians. - Wolf Entertainment Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016