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HollywoodChicago.com 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 Fendelman, Brian Tallerico, Jon Espino, Patrick McDonald
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 The Green Knight (2021) Patrick McDonald There are oohs and aahs in the film, as Lowery creates an Arthurian moodiness ... & is that Merlin? W/magic, mystery and a perfectly stunning ending that satisfies in every way. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
3.5/5 Old (2021) Patrick McDonald This is scary & fascinating at the same time, because physical & mental conditions emerge around those getting old, each more strange & terrorizing than the next. M Knighted! EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2021
5/5 A Hard Day's Night (1964) Patrick McDonald Never gets old, only I do. In re-seeing it again I thought "youth is fleeting!" - but great movies stay the same forever, and this film was part of the evolution revolution. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2021
4/5 Mama Weed (2020) Patrick McDonald Remarkable in the world that is created, filled with interesting characters, including a larcenous landlord. Also many edge-of-the-seat moments, so pass the "word" (Hy-oh!). EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2021
5/5 Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation (2020) Patrick McDonald Astounding in both their parallel virtues and key contrasts, the dir Vreeland emphasizes the duo's writing and icon status as influential artist/philosophers of 20th Century. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
4/5 The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) Patrick McDonald Almost like a Forrest Gump in the pre-and-post Stonewall (yep, she was there) gay pride movement in NYC, David France's overview provides mystery in her life and death. PRIDE! EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
5/5 Bernstein's Wall (2021) Patrick McDonald What is striking about "Lenny" B. in this bio is his empathetic intellectualism, how he wanted the world to melt its weapons into the ploughshares of music's beautiful noise. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
5/5 Pray Away (2020) Patrick McDonald Kristine Stolakis film debut is a primer for pain/suffering that is totally unnecessary, if only humans could accept orientation in our fellow travelers and not live in fear. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
4.5/5 The Novice (2021) Patrick McDonald The film builds a suspense around Isabelle Fuhrman's character of Alex - a ferocious and must-see performance - until the audience is swallowed up and practically becomes her. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
3.5/5 Italian Studies (2021) Patrick McDonald The film intrigues and frustrates at the same time, but Vanessa Kirby's performance is worth watching and the supporting cast of actors playing the teens are all on point. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
3.5/5 Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres (2021) Patrick McDonald Ok Boomer (ha!). The balance of the family story of Torres with his amazing rock/pop encounters raise the stakes in this film, and echoes like a power chord in an arena. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
4.5/5 All These Sons (2021) Patrick McDonald The emphasis on the lack of nurturing love and mental health imbalance in these kill-zone neighborhoods, pushes this documentary into important territory. Reformers take heed. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
5/5 Last Film Show (2021) Patrick McDonald When destiny calls, Pan Nalin's love letter to the movies reminds us that all passions can be pursued and achieved, as long as our hearts are open and our minds are willing . EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
3.5/5 The First Step (2021) Patrick McDonald It was difficult to watch this attempt at bipartisanship, but there are issues that Americans can agree on, & the work of Van Jones proves it, even in "both sides" rejection. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
4.5/5 Mark, Mary & Some Other People (2021) Patrick McDonald Hannah Mark's humor, emotion and subtlety in the story was the strongest element of this exceptionally contemporary film, especially its risky and almost perfect conclusion. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
5/5 The Sparks Brothers (2021) Patrick McDonald Hard to fathom the SPARKS underground influence, but after seeing this doc I hear them in all current pop music. Their look! Their sound! Their humor! A must see extravaganza EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2021
3.5/5 Holler (2020) Patrick McDonald Rises above it seen-it-before small town story with great performances - especially from a heartfelt Jessica Barden - and unusual touches like a deep dive into scrap metal. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
2.5/5 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Jon Espino The most infuriating part of this sequel is that it isn't technically bad; it subsists in a sort-of cinematic purgatory full of the spirits of its squandered potential. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2021
3.5/5 Drunk Bus (2020) Patrick McDonald The symbolism of doing the same thing over and over, on the same route, is apparent, but setting the lesson on a college campus bus keeps the wheels going round and round. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
3.5/5 Cruella (2021) Patrick McDonald Two Emmas for one low price! One is bipolar, the other bi-curious. After asking "why do this?" it's fun for the DALMATIAN UNIVERSE completists. Next: Cruella Marries the Hulk. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
4/5 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Jon Espino Even though this film has more bare feet than a Tarantino production, it is sure-footed and intentional with its approach. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
2.5/5 Army Of The Dead (2021) Jon Espino The way [Snyder] milks every scene, slowing down the pacing and the passage of time, is both a wondrous sight to witness and a terror to sit through. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2021
1/5 Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Jon Espino [Spiral] tries so desperately to be part of a bigger conversation like The Purge but ends up falling so short that it's more in league with the likes of The Human Centipede, only nowhere near as novel. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2021
3/5 The Woman in the Window (2021) Jon Espino ... Wright adorns this film with such big and heavy-handed references that it doesn't end up resembling a film as much as it does a drag queen with chunky Hitchcock-inspired costume jewelry who calls herself Queer Wind-hoe. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
4/5 The Woman in the Window (2021) Patrick McDonald Hitchcockian and gripping, Amy Adams is superb as the shut-in, never tipping how bizarre or not bizarre she actually is ... this had me on the edge of my seat until the end. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
3/5 Wrath of Man (2021) Patrick McDonald Guy Ritchie Filming Frenzy, check. Lotsa casual gunplay, check. Jason Statham low talk, check. The complex plot turns out predictable, which is the weakness. Stathaaaaaaaaaam! EDIT
Posted May 9, 2021
3.5/5 Mortal Kombat (2021) Patrick McDonald Fresh take on an action film, combining the chop socky of grindhouse ninja with the modern superhero take on good /bad guys. And it's rated R! Give me a game controller, stat! EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2021
5/5 Godspell (1973) Patrick McDonald An in-the-moment celebration of the Jesus story, told with frenetic energy & prescient New York City-ness. Contains an interview w/castmember Robin Lamont, plus vodcast link. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2021
4.5/5 Bad Trip (2021) Patrick McDonald An incredibly bizarre and incredibly hilarious Eric André hidden camera gem. This is one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time, I was shushed for laughing so hard. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
4/5 Lily Topples The World (2021) Patrick McDonald Goes beyond its topic - Lily Hevish becomes the world's best domino toppler - to a short hand for America. Riffs on fame, Asian identity, YouTube, an evolving world and more. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
3.5/5 Kid 90 (2021) Patrick McDonald Holy Macanoli! Kudos to Soleil Moon Frye for taping her teen years with all the ups /downs. It seems there may be more to the story, but it's a throwback to nostalgic youth. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2021
4.5/5 My Salinger Year (2020) Patrick McDonald Literature nerds unite! A film with distinct and fantastical touches that gives the story a delicate and poignant empathy, for in the end we are all both Joanna and Salinger. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2021
4/5 F.T.A. (1972) Patrick McDonald A must see for perspective on the anti-war and liberation movements of the 1960s, the roots of our divisions and how the the same concerns come up over and over. Powerful. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
1/5 The Little Things (2021) Jon Espino The Little Things pays homage to everything we love from an old-fashioned detective procedural but aside from being socially tone-deaf, it also has the misfortune of doing it a couple of decades too late. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
4/5 Supernova (2020) Jon Espino Although Supernova doesn't take us on the incredible interstellar adventure its title would suggest, the grounded, emotional journey is still otherworldly. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/5 The Little Things (2021) Patrick McDonald Too much Denzel-ing & Leto-ing, for starters. Not much there in there, and I think that has to with the tiresome police story that had been seen before, & cops aren't saints. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
3.5/5 Rock Camp: The Movie (2021) Patrick McDonald A rock doc about the never-die question of every fan's dream... can I be a rock n roll star, at least through the duration of a fantasy camp? Rock n roll keeps saving souls! EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2021
3.5/5 All My Life (2020) Patrick McDonald Worth watching both story-wise and emotionally, which is the greatest achievement of all time when producing these types of romantic dramas... also the story is less sappy. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3.5/5 Truth Is the Only Client: The Official Investigation of the Murder of John F. Kennedy (2019) Patrick McDonald The film has a worthy point of view, and is willing to admit the problems of the Warren Commission, but it also proves a cold case is a cold case and dead men tell no tales. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
4.5/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Patrick McDonald Amazing performance art, with an added jaw-dropping exposure of corruption. But Borat's theme is the film's key, and how he & his daughter can learn lessons with the rest of us. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/5 Honest Thief (2020) Patrick McDonald Too many times back to the good-guy action well for Liam? The film had decent acting and action, but the plot was too preposterous to recommend. Next for Liam: HORNY EUNICH. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/5 Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) Patrick McDonald Portrays Harry Chapin's John-Brown-like fervor to eradicate world hunger, and fills in this long past era of the music and this mythic gone-too-soon troubadour. Awe inspiring! EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
5/5 Mulan (2020) Patrick McDonald A homage to family, feminism, honor, leadership & the joy of being true to yourself. With tributes to Kurosawa, the samurai, martial arts and the mystery of China. Wonderful. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
4.5/5 Tenet (2020) Patrick McDonald A glorious mess of a film. The concepts in the film cause whiplash, but the visual cacophony of Christopher Nolan's imagination and current cinema tech is beautiful & emotion. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
3.5/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Patrick McDonald Even though it starts sluggishly, and can be viewed as a 'greatest hits' collection, it kicks into gear by the end, totally bodacious and worth the wild ride. Party on, dudes! EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
3/5 The Girl (2012) Brian Tallerico If you knew nothing of the production of "The Birds" and "Marnie" or how totally demented Hitch was behind the camera, there's an interesting history lesson here. I just wish that lesson had more creative drive and personality. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
3.5/5 Cinema Verite (2011) Brian Tallerico I don't feel like I know the Louds any more than I did before the movie. Having said that, one should appreciate Cinema Verite most of all for the performances. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
1.5/5 Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Brian Tallerico Tonally inconsistent, poorly directed (and that's hard for me to say given my love for some of Kaufman's work), and structurally flawed, Hemingway & Gellhorn is just a mess. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
3.5/5 SCOOB! (2020) Patrick McDonald There is very funny/snarky inside humor, highlighted by a high-level re-imagining of the 'Scooby Doo Where Are You?' TV opening. Fun for the whole family, and us old timers. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
1.5/5 Seven Days in Utopia (2011) Patrick McDonald What do Robert Duvall and Melissa Leo have in common? They both have won an Oscar and they both cashed a paycheck for the fake virtuous hack job called "Seven Days in Utopia." EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020