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
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Dan Webster Besides being the most accomplished film I've seen this year, "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" doesn't go where anyone trained by Hollywood or TV melodrama would expect. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
The Painter and the Thief (2020) Dan Webster By researching something that intrigued him, he stumbled onto a story far more interesting than a mere art heist. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
Crip Camp (2020) Dan Webster The film uses the word "crip" and reclaims it. By doing so, a pejorative is thus transformed into a badge, maybe of honor, certainly of power. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Zombi Child (2019) Dan Webster Overall, though, his "Zombi Child" is a haunting watch, with long sequences of girls lounging, tortured - so to speak - by boredom ... similar to the girls in Peter Weir's 1975 mystery classic "Picnic at Hanging Rock." EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Dan Webster From the soulful gazes of her film's two protagonists, to the repeated references to women bemoaning the powerlessness of their positions, Sciamma's "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" is a testament to the depths of feminine desire. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
The Times of Bill Cunningham (2018) Dan Webster A style that some of us love as much as we love the city itself. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
Bad Education (2019) Dan Webster Jackman is very good. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
The Way Back (2020) Dan Webster Affleck deserves special mention for not just for pulling off a credible acting performance but for, given his own well-publicized struggles with alcohol, taking the role of Jack in the first place. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Dan Webster What's most impressive about "What She Said," which was written and directed by Rob Garver, is that it is, at times, nearly as critical of Kael as she was of those whose work she had no use for. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
The Wild Goose Lake (2019) Dan Webster Diao isn't content just to make an engaging story, either, no matter how poignant... What Diao attends to most of all is his shot selection. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
Nighthawk (2019) Dan Webster The way this film's story develops - well, I wasn't surprised at all when Udo Kier appeared on the scene. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
Sorry We Missed You (2019) Dan Webster Give Loach this much: He refuses to compromise his vision. And that vision doesn't include the kind of false hope that television sitcoms in particular offer. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
Prefontaine (1997) Dan Webster Behind decent performances by R. Lee Ermey and Jared Leto as Oregon running legend Steve Prefontaine, James manages to capture a feeling of reality that augments this tearful, yet stirring, tale of a great athlete who dies young. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Dan Webster [Leigh] Whannell creates a solid sense of place and he affects a narrative pacing that punctuates long, slow sequences with sudden stabs of graphic violence. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Super Frenchie (2020) Dan Webster All in all, Super Frenchie - a title that comes from the nickname that Giraud has given himself - is an exciting feature. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
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
Everybody Knows (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