Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Adam Lubitow, John Wirt
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Nomadland (2020) John Wirt Frances McDormand poignantly haunts the American West. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
2.5/4 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) John Wirt Splendid principal cast members make the most of their roles, earning their audience. Even so, they can't fix a scattershot, simultaneously overreaching and underachieving screenplay. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/4 News of the World (2020) John Wirt Hanks has earned his way into a classic Hollywood fraternity. Like John Wayne, James Stewart and Gary Cooper, Hanks has shaped an indelible screen identity. His new old-fashioned western, "News of the World," is another feather in his filmography. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/4 Soul (2020) John Wirt Another major achievement from Pixar, and obvious contender for best animated feature awards. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
2.4/5 Godmothered (2020) John Wirt Before its fairy dust dissipates into the cold Boston night, "Godmothered" is an almost magical delight. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
3/4 Unhinged (2020) John Wirt Yes, it's a latter-day B-movie potboiler, but also successful at provoking thrills, shocks and some timely thoughts about the anger and disunion that characterizes our time. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/4 Greyhound (2020) John Wirt Hanks' courageous and conscientious commander joins his splendid line of classic characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
4/4 A Hidden Life (2019) John Wirt Playing Franz Jägerstätter, August Diehl gracefully shoulders the cruelty inflicted upon a common man who heard the better angels of our nature. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2020
3/4 Uncut Gems (2019) John Wirt Famous for playing annoying louts in comedies, Adam Sandler goes viscerally dramatic as a grating gambling addict in 'Uncut Gems.' EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
2.5/4 Bombshell (2019) John Wirt Despites its big ambitions and abundance of talent, 'Bombshell' does too little with too much. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) John Wirt "Dolemite Is My Name" is filled with heart, bust-out-loud comedy and a whole lot of cussing. Murphy lives the role of Moore, a man who doesn't let choruses of naysayers keep him down. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 Harriet (2019) John Wirt Cynthia Erivo's performance as the film's heroic title character is the move's highest card. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 Black and Blue (2019) John Wirt A tense action-thriller featuring the Oscar-nominated Naomie Harris. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/4 The Laundromat (2019) John Wirt Has entertaining sequences, a master director's touch and Meryl Streep, but the pieces don't make a satisfying whole. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/4 Downton Abbey (2019) John Wirt There's plenty of Downton Abbey charm to go around. Enough for fans of the series to love and even nonfans to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Adam Lubitow Toni Morrison was a treasure, and "The Pieces I Am" paints a luminous portrait of this cherished writer. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) John Wirt Despite the awesome responsibility thrust up young (Peter) Parker, this superhero romp doesn't take itself too seriously. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
8.5/10 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Adam Lubitow The effect is to take something as enormous and incomprehensible in scope as a world war and make it shockingly intimate. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
9/10 Amazing Grace (2018) Adam Lubitow At one point the Reverend Cleveland sits, holding his head in his hands and begins to sob - and I get it, man. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
8/10 Burning (2018) Adam Lubitow Wherever you land on the film's meaning, the picture that finally comes into view is a difficult one to shake. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Adam Lubitow Just as clever, inventive and funny as the original, even if a bit of the novelty has worn off. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 High Flying Bird (2019) John Wirt The brisk tempo may leave some in a ball of confusion, 'High Flying Bird' ultimately rallies and wins. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 Blaze (2018) John Wirt A deeply personal explanation of a gifted, flawed artist, the film earns empathy for the legend it reveals. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
3.5/4 Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) John Wirt The alarming and amusing "Rodents of Unusual Size" documents the nutria invasion of Louisiana. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
1.5/4 Billionaire Boys Club (2018) John Wirt Billionaire Boys Club would fail even if Kevin Spacey's career hadn't crashed. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/4 BlacKkKlansman (2018) John Wirt BlacKkKlansman wades into the same comic-horror-suspense territory that "Get Out" so brilliantly explores. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
3/4 LBJ (2016) John Wirt Rob Reiner directs a high-achieving cast led by Woody Harrelson, who grabs his role as Lyndon Baines Johnson by the ears. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/4 Mudbound (2017) John Wirt Writer-director Dee Rees' adaptation of Hillary Jordan's 2008 novel contains powerful moments and loads of atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2017
3.5/4 Patti Cake$ (2017) John Wirt In writer-director Geremy Jasper's impressive first feature, Australian actress Danielle Macdonald brings the aspirational title character all the spunk and vulnerability she needs. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2017
2.5/4 Kidnap (2017) John Wirt As exploitation movies go, "Kidnap" delivers in primal, high-octane style. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 Girls Trip (2017) John Wirt 'Girls Trip' is about friendship and loyalty. But that warm foundation is also fertile ground for ladies on the loose in the Big Easy. Director Malcolm D. Lee and his quartet of ready-to-play actresses hit the streets running. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/4 The Beguiled (2017) John Wirt A droll, atmospheric adaptation of Thomas Cullinan's 1966 novel. Although the 1971 film adaptation starring Clint Eastwood is well-regarded, writer-director Sofia Coppola deftly reimagines the story from a delectably feminine point of view. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2017
2/4 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) John Wirt Never Go Back never met a cliché it didn't like. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/4 Deepwater Horizon (2016) John Wirt Peter Berg directs the calamitous spectacle in mesmerizing style. The movie delivers a spellbinding, heart-rending story about the human cost of the catastrophe. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/4 My Golden Days (2015) John Wirt A devastating romance that lingers feverishly in the mind. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2016
2.5/4 Finding Dory (2016) John Wirt Finding Dory has its moments, but it's not one of Pixar's home runs. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 Triple 9 (2016) John Wirt In the bloody muddle "Triple 9," Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet manage to make a few scenes count. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 Macbeth (2015) John Wirt A worthy 'Macbeth' refresher course, highlighted by Michael Fassbender's feverish Macbeth and Marion Cotillard's simmering Lady Macbeth. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 Of Mind and Music (2014) John Wirt "Of Mind and Music," an intimately told story with few characters, surprises with unexpected impact, thanks to the talented cast and the powerful dual forces of music and human kindness. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3.5/4 Coming Home (2014) John Wirt The performances, appearing as they do in an intimate, elegant drama of love, separation and loyalty, are so affecting and so devoted to the characters in the most unselfish ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2015
2.5/4 All Things Must Pass (2015) John Wirt Director Colin Hanks lets his affection for his subject run over. The film probably is for record aficionados only. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2015
2/4 Trumbo (2015) John Wirt Trumbo leaves a door open for someone, sometime to make a better movie about the blacklisted screenwriter who lived long enough to be vindicated and honored. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2015
4/4 Brooklyn (2015) John Wirt A beautifully staged and acted immigrant drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2015
2.5/4 The Good Dinosaur (2015) John Wirt Beautiful sights, stale storytelling. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2015
2.5/4 Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) John Wirt A documentary that's at its best when it's dealing with the irony of Hunter as a heartthrob to millions of young woman and a closeted gay man. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2015
2/4 My All American (2015) John Wirt Other than a moving conclusion, this is a mediocre sports drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2015
3/4 The Night Before (2015) John Wirt Seth Rogen climbs to gonzo comedy heights in this Christmas Eve buddy-picture EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2015
2.5/4 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) John Wirt It's too long and padded, but on balance "Mockingjay - Part 2" wins. That's a tribute to Jennifer Lawrence's commitment to Katniss and to some of the strongest action scenes in the series. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2015
2.5/4 Spectre (2015) John Wirt Heavy on homage, short on originality. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2015
Truth (2015) John Wirt Despite Cate Blanchett's and Robert Redford's earnest work, the truth about "Truth" is that it fails to engage on the emotional and intellectual levels that would have made it commanding drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2015