Boulder Weekly

Boulder Weekly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Michael J. Casey, Ryan Syrek, Thomas Delapa
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Night of the Kings (2020) Michael J. Casey It's a tense piece of work, and Lacôte maintains a firm grasp on the material until an odd choice in the third act momentarily breaks the spell. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
4/5 Rio Grande (1950) Michael J. Casey Popular entertainment from a complicated time made by strong personalities with contradictory beliefs. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Michael J. Casey Even though the final sentence imbues 'Promising Young Woman' with contemporary currency, director Emerald Fennell keeps the audience on uneven footing and refuses to provide easy answers or unearned triumphalism. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
4.5/5 Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968) Michael J. Casey As brief as it is dense-a movie you'll chew on for years to come. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
4/5 Song of the Sea (2014) Michael J. Casey Based on Irish folklore and soaked with mythic iconography, "Song of the Sea" confronts loss and sorrow head-on. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
4.5/5 Soul (2020) Michael J. Casey It's got everything, really - even life itself. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 Another Round (2020) Michael J. Casey A really good movie with a questionable conclusion. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/5 Apples (2020) Michael J. Casey Greece has never looked this empty. But the world has never felt this hollow, and it's fortuitous that Apples is reaching audiences at the exact moment when the story on the screen matches the world surrounding it. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
4.5/5 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Michael J. Casey It's unnerving, no doubt, but there's a touch of humor courtesy Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum. They hold the horror at bay long enough for all hope to slip away. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
3.5/5 Undine (2020) Michael J. Casey Not be a direct movie, but an engaging one - and a bit mischievous. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
4/5 Martin Eden (2019) Michael J. Casey The writing is tight, the acting is solid, and the cinematography from Alessandro Abate and Francesco Di Giacomo is lush: rich colors, deep blacks, grainy texture from the Super 16mm. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
4.5/5 Crazy Pete (1965) Michael J. Casey The film is beauty, whimsy, and magic all wrapped around a sour center. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
4.5/5 The Gunfighter (1950) Michael J. Casey One of the best westerns from the 1950s - a decade replete with magnificent westerns. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
4.5/5 Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Michael J. Casey Happy sad. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
4.5/5 Lucia (1969) Michael J. Casey Humberto Solás' first feature, and he managed to pour in so much the frame practically burst with guerilla aesthetics - kinetic, frenetic and exciting. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
4/5 Kajillionaire (2020) Michael J. Casey A wonderful interplay of light surfaces and dark recesses. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/5 All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Michael J. Casey A compelling case, one that falls along the lines of: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 Losing Ground (1982) Michael J. Casey To watch it today is to discover a missing piece of history. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/5 Zero Motivation (2014) Michael J. Casey Apparently, there isn't much difference between a desert army base and a suburban office building. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/5 Tenet (2020) Michael J. Casey Ridiculously complicated, childishly simple, and completely overwhelming. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
5/5 Good Work (1999) Michael J. Casey Hypnotic and dreamy, with one of the most ecstatic endings of all time. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 Mulan (2020) Michael J. Casey A lot of humorless action with no songs. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Michael J. Casey Iannucci takes Dickens' 620-plus pages and distills it down to 120 minutes of tight, joyous storytelling. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
5/5 The Watermelon Woman (1996) Michael J. Casey A playful approach to the truth; history with the suggestion of manipulation. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
4/5 Tesla (2020) Michael J. Casey Electric. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
4.5/5 Boys State (2020) Michael J. Casey The tightest, most entertaining two hours you'll spend in front of a screen this summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.5/5 Manakamana (2013) Michael J. Casey Slow cinema doesn't get much slower than this. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
4/5 Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (2011) Michael J. Casey As meditative as it is methodical, stunningly photographed, and as existentially provocative as anything Albert Camus ever wrote. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
5/5 Solaris (1972) Michael J. Casey It's as if the film is a living, thinking thing: A reflection of what you want when you need it. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
4/5 Diego Maradona (2019) Michael J. Casey Kapadia constructs Maradona's matches in images the way Ernest Hemingway recounted bullfighting with words EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
5/5 Senna (2010) Michael J. Casey You don't have to know a lick about racing to become completely engrossed by 'Senna.' EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2020
3.5/5 You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski (2016) Michael J. Casey An engaging piece of work. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
4/5 The Housemaid (1960) Michael J. Casey Claustrophobic and relentless, 'The Housemaid' is the perfect intersection of noir and horror, and one of South Korea's greatest films. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
3.5/5 After the Storm (2016) Michael J. Casey It's quiet, sweet, and surprisingly hopeful - just the sort of story you'd expect from Japanese maestro, Hirokazu Kore-eda. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
5/5 Winter Light (1962) Michael J. Casey The trick of Bergman is that he finds his way from god's silence to Tomas's despair to Molly Bloom's heart going like mad announcing affirmations in triplicate without an ounce of comprise or concession. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
4/5 The Trial (1963) Michael J. Casey Welles thought it was one of his best, and he might be right. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
4/5 High and Low (1963) Michael J. Casey It's like walking in a strange city without a map: You have no idea where you're headed, what's around the next corner, and where the touristy part of the city ends, and the red light district begins. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2020
3.5/5 Frenzy (1972) Michael J. Casey Hitchcock's most graphic film is also his most unsettling. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2020
3.5/5 Summerland (2020) Michael J. Casey 'Summerland' is light, airy, and sweet. It's the angel food cake of cinema: You may not crave it, but you always enjoy it when it's on the table. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
3.5/5 Rope (1948) Michael J. Casey Hitchcock manages to keep everything light and humorous, but not without taking a couple of shots at a callous society actively choosing not to hear what they don't like. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
5/5 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Michael J. Casey There's something rotten in small-town, U.S.A., and Hitchcock chose Santa Rosa, California-one of the most picturesque cities in the nation-to set his tale of a modern-day wolf in sheep's clothing. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 The 39 Steps (1935) Michael J. Casey Made in England 1935, 'The 39 Steps' isn't the first Hitchcock film constructed around "the wrong man" conceit, but it's one where he found his touch. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
4.5/5 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Michael J. Casey It has one of the best endings in all of cinema - if it doesn't break your heart, nothing will. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
4/5 Dancer in the Dark (2000) Michael J. Casey Björk plays Selma, a Czech immigrant suffering from a degenerative eye disorder. It's a rare, hereditary disease, and it'll steal her sight but not the song in her heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
3.5/5 Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) Michael J. Casey Directed by Gero von Boehm, 'The Bad and the Beautiful' is your typical documentary hagiography, but with a little sex. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 The Breaking Point (1950) Michael J. Casey Phyllis Thaxter steals the show. Her scenes are the best in the movie, and some of the best domestic scenes in cinema history. You don't often see a husband and wife on equal footing like this, nor do you see it this sexually charged. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
4/5 Black Orpheus (1959) Michael J. Casey An elative fever dream. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020
3.5/5 Palm Springs (2020) Michael J. Casey Sweet and funny, and surprisingly original for a derivative high-concept movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
2/5 The Painted Bird (2019) Michael J. Casey Shot in striking black and white by cinematographer Vladimír Smutný, 'The Painted Bird' is atrocity after atrocity, piled on with such frankness you begin to wonder if Marhoul delights in making the audience cringe. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
2.5/5 The Old Guard (2020) Michael J. Casey Decent, but the movie's reliance on excessive gunplay and an impersonal body count leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Yet, it's the characters that sink this story: Not one has a personality to speak of. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020