Movies With Butter

Movies With Butter is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Rating Title/Year Author
Rich Hill (2014) Jeff Giles A movie that will leave you feeling shaken, heartbroken, and probably pretty damn grateful. Not an easy watch by any means, but perhaps a necessary one. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Jeff Giles The whole thing comes zipping and bamming out in a rainbow-hued orgy of sci-fi, action, comedy, drama, and (trust me on this) throat-lumpening pathos. It shouldn't work at all, not for a moment, but it does -- and Gunn makes it look easy. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2014
Willow Creek (2013) Jeff Giles If the end result can't help but disappoint in a number of ways, it's still quite a bit better than one would really have any right to expect. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2014
Obvious Child (2014) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo If you see disregard or irresponsibility when you watch OBVIOUS CHILD, you're not looking hard enough. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2014
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo The sharp script makes ineffectual carnage pretty hilarious, with laughter due in part to the fact we've seen so much of Tom Cruise in BS battle mode there's something cathartic about watching him die on a loop. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2014
Maleficent (2014) Jeff Giles Consider Maleficent an old story told at least partially anew, and fairly captivatingly in the bargain. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Jeff Giles For a movie that sends an enormous cast hurling around the world and across time, X-Men: Days of Future Past does a pretty darn impressive job of never losing sight of its plot. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2014
Godzilla (2014) Jeff Giles One of the few obvious would-be franchise starters that actually gives the audience a reason to hope for something even better the second time around. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2014
NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo While NOW is an echo of Spacey's hubris and chicanery, it's also an object lesson on being in charge of your career. As such, it's a doc actors shouldn't miss. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2014
Chef (2014) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Lodged somewhere between Jimmy Kimmel's "Mean Tweets" segment and Ratatoulle, this family movie (with a few too many f-bombs) has become a high speed commercial success before it's even hit theaters and the way it's uncompromising will blindside you. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2014
Palo Alto (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Gia Coppola has taken the hazy danger of the well-heeled teen into another era of whatever-glam. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2014
Fading Gigolo (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Manhattan's economy is forcing one florist's head down-and Woody Allen figures that head might as well land in a soft place. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2014
Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Aims to prove you can't spell "meaningless" without M-E-N. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2014
Anita (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Anita is not just a film about an activist who made a difference, it's a model of transforming struggle into a more meaningful future. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2014
Veronica Mars (2014) Jeff Giles It's a fun, light watch, with just enough laughs, twists, and beautiful people to keep a viewer engaged for precisely 107 minutes before wafting back into the cloud. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2014
The Unknown Known (2013) Jeff Giles It's entertaining until it isn't, and when it isn't, that's because any movie that takes an honest look at the horrible events covered by this film probably shouldn't be entertaining. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2014
Soap Life (2013) Jeff Giles Whether you're a dedicated soap watcher, a lapsed fan, or someone who's turned up their nose at the daytime dial, Soap Life is worth watching. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2014
A Birder's Guide to Everything (2013) Jeff Giles Very sweet, and not in a cloying way; if anything, its exceedingly low-key charms are a blessed relief in a genre that too often relies on aggressively gauzy nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2014
No God, No Master (2012) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Strathairn delivers even canned lines like they're fresh from the vine, and Ray Wise, as one of two characters without an accent, is again brilliant at being the most duplicitous man you can't beat with common sense or a stick. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2014
Run & Jump (2013) Jeff Giles This is familiar stuff, but in between the rusty narrative framework, Run & Jump boasts a big, beautiful heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2014
Old Goats (2010) Jeff Giles With nowhere to go and no real urgency to get there, it's ultimately more of a dull disappointment than the flash of tender insight it should have been. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2014
The Nut Job (2014) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Like The Italian Job but terrible. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2014
August: Osage County (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Would resemble a senior version of Valley of the Dolls if it had even a smidge of desiccated glamor (a la Sunset Boulevard) or really any justification for the addictions on display-but such moralizations are void here. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2013
Labor Day (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo The most impressively cultivated tension director Jason Reitman's made to date. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2013
Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo A surprisingly apologetic celebration of Papa Walt and the herculean effort required to bring Mary Poppins to screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2013
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Wolf of Wall Street is a cinematic amphetamine. It moves at break neck speed for almost three hours and after, you'll leave the theater wanting the gym. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2013
American Hustle (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo The most exciting thing about David O. Russell's operatic-comedy American Hustle is how every piece of it double plays us. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2013
Thor: The Dark World (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Delightful. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2013
Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Dallas Buyer's Club doesn't want your love, it wants your respect and all the work's on the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2013
All Is Lost (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo As an actor, Redford feels impenetrable which may be why it's easy to project yourself onto him, but the title, like the protagonist, stands like a dare to reverse fate. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2013
12 Years a Slave (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo A parable about the fragility of the middle class. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2013
Zero Charisma (2013) Jeff Giles A surprisingly thoughtful look at nerd psychology, as well as a subtle indictment of the sort of gleeful ironic detachment that triggers reflexive scorn in the presence of unabashed passion. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2013
Escape From Tomorrow (2013) Jeff Giles A movie that's more interesting than entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2013
Last Love (2013) Jeff Giles At its most crucial moments, the movie feels arbitrary; you watch people doing things, and rather than be affected by those actions in any way, all you can do is wonder why they're happening. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2013
Gravity (2013) Jeff Giles No matter what kind of film fan you might be, Gravity offers 91 of the most unforgettable minutes you're likely to spend at a theater anytime soon. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
Don Jon (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Sexy, insightful and maybe a little twee, Don Jon is about to hit its demographic like a toy commercial on Saturday Morning. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2013
Prisoners (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Gravity to spare and performances to talk about...worth a risk, even if you're prone to nightmares. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2013
Enough Said (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo The way Holofcener redeems tiny tragedies from the wastebasket and gives them a saltbath in sidelong humor is a gently heroic gesture. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2013
Muscle Shoals (2013) Jeff Giles Whether or not you've even heard of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, or Lynyrd Skynyrd, this is one lovely testament to the the power of the human heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2013
Blue Caprice (2013) Jeff Giles It's just a movie, but it might also be a warning. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2013
All Is Bright (2013) Jeff Giles You don't feel like anyone's better off at the end of this film, and none of the characters seem to have learned much of anything. It's just a dark interlude in their lives that ends with a sigh and a shrug. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2013
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012) Jeff Giles They say information wants to be free, but after watching this delightful documentary, I'm not so sure -- I think what it might really want is to be wanted. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2013
Parkland (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Embracing ambiguity in a story of this magnitude is plain cowardly. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2013
Touchy Feely (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Shelton's gift is her naturalism. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2013
Getaway (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo It's as if the director saw a Paul Greengrass fight and figured excitement is the result of confusion and loud noises. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2013
Adore (2013) Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Depicted believably, painfully, and poignantly, we could reread this as a horror story-this could be the Winter Romance Caroline Schumacher (Cindy Grover) pined for in Network, and she's fortunate she missed it. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2013
I Declare War (2012) Jeff Giles Anyone with even the faintest memory of their middle-school years should come away feeling bittersweet recognition -- and maybe even a little shaken up, too. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2013
Rewind This! (2013) Jeff Giles Even if you grew up during the VHS era, you may never have connected the dots between the format's '80s home invasion and the entertainment marketplace we live in now -- an evolution Rewind This! traces in fascinating fashion. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2013
This Is Martin Bonner (2013) Jeff Giles If you consider yourself any kind of film fan, I can't recommend This Is Martin Bonner highly enough. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2013
Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012) Jeff Giles Bereft of momentum or purpose, it just sort of putters around on the narrative byways for a couple of hours until it coasts to a stop. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2013