Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Spokesman-Review (Washington) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Dan Webster
Rating Title/Year Author
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Dan Webster In the surprisingly thoughtful documentary "Miss Americana," she has far more to say about it than just "Flibberty Jib." EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Dan Webster Most of all, Lewkowicz shows how even though "Fiddler" - both the original musical and the 1971 Norman Jewison-directed movie - is primarily a Jewish story, it still manages to speak to audiences across both generations and national boundaries. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
A Hidden Life (2019) Dan Webster But Malick's style... doesn't always fit the narratives he pursues. And it isn't quite appropriate enough for the story he tries to tell in "A Hidden Life." EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Little Women (2019) Dan Webster The effect is sometimes confusing... But when the movie finds its rhythm, it blossoms into an authentic and moving portrayal of Alcott's world, smoothly melding traditional themes with contemporary attitudes. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Dan Webster There is value to this, of course. The problem is that it all feels a bit too calculated, as if Abrams were merely ticking off boxes instead of portraying a "Star Wars" world in which such attitudes are intrinsic. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
The Report (2019) Dan Webster It's [Adam] Driver's very uniqueness, his odd leading man's physicality, not to mention his skill at conveying a range of emotions - much of it with just a slight change of expression - that fuels the film's narration. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Harriet (2019) Dan Webster So while, similar to the real-life human being it portrays, the movie "Harriet" might have its flaws, it is an important depiction for our time: at least as important as a future president's supposed chopping down of a cherry tree. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Dan Webster Fueled by 11-year-old Davis' powerful performance, the film's message is that simple human kindness is the greatest strength of all. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Judy (2019) Dan Webster The result is a moving study of a talented performer who never found the love she so clearly craved. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Dan Webster But the film, written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Paul Downs Colaizzo - and inspired by the real-life experience of Colaizzo's roommate Brittany O'Neill - is far more complicated than any simple formulaic manipulation. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Dan Webster Yet in his "Downton Abbey" movie, Fellows adds in a few contemporary issues - among them women's rights and the plight of gay men. And though welcome, neither changes the overall template. Which is just what the series fans ordered. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Dan Webster Like Scorsese, Scafaria employs a number of skillful directorial touches, including beginning her film with a single-take look at Destiny entering a strip club as if she were a commodity on display - which, in effect, she is. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Dan Webster As Dolly Parton tells the filmmakers, "Linda could literally sing anything." EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Dan Webster If only peace in the Middle East were as easy to achieve as the laughs in Zorabi's satire. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Dan Webster Hogg's whole movie is based on a weak premise. And instead of giving us any reason to accept that premise... she merely indulges in a kind of artistic fancy that might make even Jackson Pollock smirk. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Dan Webster Wang is able to make her own personal culture clash, complex as it is, relatable to American moviegoers - especially to those who still believe in the notion of America being a multicultural melting pot. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Dan Webster Maron, in particular, is so natural as Mel that it's hard to believe he's acting. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/4 To Die For (1995) Dan Webster To Die For is a slickly savage look at contemporary life and the power of the media manipulators all around us. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Dan Webster As efficient a filmmaker as Berlinger is, his coup was in casting the former teen heartthrob Efron. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Dan Webster It's enough to say that [director Nahnatchka Khan]... manages to weave everything into an enjoyable example of the neo-rom-com - even if her roots in television production occasionally show through (where is that laugh-track, anyway?). EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Late Night (2019) Dan Webster Pleasant and timely summer comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Dan Webster While that tone certainly doesn't fit a traditional view of Dickinson, it just might be closer to reality than we've always been led to believe. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Dan Webster Depending on your attitude toward religion, then, you may find much of "Hail Satan?" funny, despite the uncompromising intentions of its protagonists. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Burning (2018) Dan Webster It's not hard to see the disaffection of Lee's characters, caught up in a culture - not to mention a country - that is divided both in geography and in its societal soul. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Diane (2018) Dan Webster Jones is less interested in narrative than he is in mood and tone. Many of the scenes in "Diane" are set-pieces, all featuring Diane doing her daily rounds... And in all this, actress Place is perfect. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
1/4 Street Fighter (1994) Dan Webster It's too bad that the late Raul Julia had to finish his career with this dreck. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Dan Webster Yet Kusama does film a couple of stirring bank robberies, and she gets solid performances from a cast that includes Sebastian Stan, Tatania Maslany and Bradley Whitford EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Dan Webster In the end, Qiao may not experience either purity or happiness. But she proves better equipped than Bin to bridge old-world codes with those that are new. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Dan Webster What lingers most, though, are the closeups of Holmes herself, her unblinking gaze staring back at us, as if even now, and despite all the evidence, she still can't tell the difference between a bona-fide dream and the peril of self-delusion. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Climax (2018) Dan Webster At the 50-minute mark, though, Noé heads into an aesthetic netherworld, the point of which only he is capable of seeing. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Dan Webster Throughout all this, Moore is perfectly believable as Gloria. Turturro, not a natural choice for Arnold, proves to be her match as a needy man who can't find the strength needed to break with his past. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/4 Ulee's Gold (1997) Dan Webster Writer/director Nunez holds the threat of danger over all that happens, but the film is less a study of violence than it is a look at how one makes hard decisions in the face of harsh circumstances. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2.5/4 I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) Dan Webster Scream and the even better Scream 2 have intelligence, humor and an undercurrent of self-knowing satire that shows I Know What You Did... to be a passe bit of Hollywood formula. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Dan Webster Even the way the movie is filmed, with its editing providing the narrative a freer flow, is different - though this may be merely a sign of Farhadi's new-found artistic freedom. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Dan Webster Ross' film is merely an artistic glimpse of a life, and a community, that most of us will never see firsthand, but a life put in a perspective that we can all understand: sometimes joyous, sometimes mundane and sometimes utterly, utterly sad. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Dan Webster Given everything else, Soderbergh's use of an iPhone may be the least surprising aspect of his whole movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Cold War (2018) Dan Webster Pawlikowski renders all this in the same kind of gorgeous black and white that he used in his 2013 film "Ida." EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Io (2019) Dan Webster Even if the manner in which it unfolds is, in the end, fairly pedestrian, the message it strives to make definitely is not. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Dan Webster That the compassion comes from characters who exist on the fringes of accepted society only emphasizes the heartbreaking irony of Koreeda's message. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Dan Webster Throughout all this strife, though, the main feeling that Jenkins conveys is one of hope. Not the sappy kind of hope that tells us love will conquer all, but a more realistic one about a love that, despite everything, endures. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Dan Webster The result is powerful, almost as if we are looking directly into the past, making it feel vibrant and real instead of merely a dated vision of the distant past. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Dan Webster Rourke takes a fascinating, if familiar story, and makes a movie that leeches away most everything that is interesting and replaces it with brooding imagery involving characters almost impossible to like. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
22 July (2018) Dan Webster Greengrass focuses on hope, on the message that a united front against hate is, in the end, the best way to fight back. And that's a message that needs to be stated clearly - now more than ever. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
The Happy Prince (2018) Dan Webster Everett captures much of this, if necessarily in cinematic shorthand... Yet it's exactly Wilde's penchant for self-destruction that Everett doesn't pursue enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Dan Webster The blame rests with Lagercrantz and with the producers who clearly thought that we wouldn't notice that a script boasting cheap thrills can't help but result in an even cheaper-feeling film. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Green Book (2018) Dan Webster Regardless, the actors... make them feel true. Which is precisely what a film needs to elevate it from mere melodrama to something closer to actual art. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Dan Webster Well-acted, sumptuously produced yet always challenging - especially to viewers sensitive to overt images of violence - "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is classic Coen, if not classic Western. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Dan Webster Weisz is splendidly imperious and Stone more than holds her own among the British cast, though the lesser-known Colman is what truly binds "The Favourite" to history. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Vice (2018) Dan Webster All this amounts to McKay's version of truth. And as busy and overstuffed as that truth may be, it's certainly plausible. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/4 The First Wives Club (1996) Dan Webster And as just this, a simple vehicle for feminist rage, "The First Wives Club" is effective. The trouble is that the opportunity was here to say so much more. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019