San Diego CityBeat

San Diego CityBeat is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Glenn Heath Jr.
Rating Title/Year Author
Little Woods (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. What saves Little Woods from becoming just another social realist downer are the performances (Thompson's is especially nuanced) and DaCosta's sharp attention to emotional detail. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Her Smell recognizes that the root causes of pain never really go away. But staring them down in the spotlight helps ease their stranglehold. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
High Life (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. This erotic, savage hallucination of a film is Denis' most hopeful in years. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Dry and plodding at times, this carefully detailed historical epic is nevertheless perceptive to how small, pivotal decisions by everyday people inform the momentum of grand historical events. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
The Brink (2019) Glenn Heath Jr. The Brink doesn't end up illuminating anything new about Bannon's style or persona. It just traps the viewer in small rooms with a man who has convinced himself he's larger than life. Hard pass. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Sorry Angel (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Sorry Angel honestly portrays the difficulty of connecting with another person when basically all facets of mainstream society have closed their doors on your humanity. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Napszállta (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. With Sunset, Nemes has created an effectively brutal allegory about the local origins of national destruction. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Diane (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. If Diane were just another small town exploration of grief and guilt, it wouldn't resonate nearly as much. Jones' film is interested more in the suffocating weariness that stems from trying to remain hopeful against all odds... EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Simplistic threads of heroism and humanization are invariably presented on a silver platter, because in a situation this awful there has to be something positive to embrace, even if it doesn't ring true. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Since Jia and Zhao are not just collaborators, but life partners as well, could Ash is Purest White be a sly plea for her forgiveness? If so, the film is a masterful, epic portrait of humbling self-critique. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
The Hummingbird Project (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. The Hummingbird Project tries for high-energy farce a la The Wolf of Wall Street, exposing the dark side of post-recession entrepreneurship. But it doesn't have that film's guts or gusto. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Just like styles in genre filmmaking, the characters seem to be caught in a perpetual cycle of reinvention. These kinds of dualities give Dragged Across Concrete a nuanced, long form texture. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Transit (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Petzold creates unwavering tension from this nightmare scenario, deftly weaving together references to 21st century social issues with sly variations on tropes from the classic wartime thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Birds of Passage clocks in at just over two hours yet feels rushed and incomplete. All of the gangster film tropes and archetypes are present, but the characters themselves are simply defined by redundant motivations. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Glenn Heath Jr. This is a stand alone film that actually stands alone. Captain Marvel may not be subtle or stylistically innovative -- or even particularly great for that matter -- but I'll still be excited to show it to my daughter once she's old enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Greta (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Fables have a way of revealing the nightmarish implications of utopian façades, and Greta does exactly that. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Considering its energy and ambition, Krstić's film doesn't always make linear sense; cohesion is not the aim here. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Glenn Heath Jr. High Flying Bird never forgets that these players are people first, and not merely X's and O's on a dry erase board. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Everybody Knows (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. This isn't Farhadi's tightest script; messy subplots and redundant dialogue exchanges make Everybody Knows feel bloated at times. Much more interesting are the ways in which it reveals issues of class through both passive and overt aggressions. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Lifeboat (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. While well-meaning, the film pales in comparison to Gianfranco Rosi's superior Fire at Sea. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
End Game (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. It's as emotionally devastating as it sounds. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Period. End of Sentence. (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Rousing and brave. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Black Sheep (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Told through a stirring first-person interview with the main subject, it makes for an apt companion piece to Yance Ford's Strong Island. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
A Night at the Garden (2017) Glenn Heath Jr. Worthy of your attention... This is pure hate on open display. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Marguerite (2017) Glenn Heath Jr. It's easy to lose track of the delicate, sincere Marguerite, the story of an elderly woman's friendship with her home nurse. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Fauve (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. With bleak, dystopic locales reminiscent of Tarkovsky, this elemental study of power and regret is a stunner. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Skin (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Simplifies a ripped-from-the-headlines tragedy, but at least has a sense of it's own ridiculousness. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Detainment (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. A brutally trite, slow-motion-obsessed portrait of banal evil. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Late Afternoon (2017) Glenn Heath Jr. Louise Bagnall's film is modest by design and somewhat simplistic, but its heart is in the right place. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Animal Behaviour (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Written, directed and animated by Alison Snowden and David Fine, this comedy of unbridled rage and ego unfortunately relies far too heavily on cliché for laughs. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Weekends (2017) Glenn Heath Jr. Its minimalist 2-D sketches are sobering and surreal, a shape-shifting monument to the protagonist's growing anxiety. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
One Small Step (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Directors Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas trace victories and tragedies without the crutch of dialogue, but still manage to paint in broad, sentimental strokes. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Bao (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Despite its Pixar polish, the film remains a moving testament to how quickly life can pass us by. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. The film is many things at once; political critique, love story, tragedy and artist origin story. Yet, it fails to conjure any momentum with any of these specific identities. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Glenn Heath Jr. A lumbering blockbuster with more spectacle than soul. One wonders what will it take for both Rodriguez and Cameron to rediscover the proficiency and economy of spirit that made their first works so impactful. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Like all of Jackson's best work, They Shall Not Grow Old is a humbling experience about the loss of innocence. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. There's enough wit and charm to forgive an otherwise tepidly made revision of classic Hollywood lore. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Employing stiff camera moves and foreboding music cues, Kusama surrounds her humorless lead with an equally serious aesthetic canvas... But the revenge narrative becomes too convoluted. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. If Hale County chooses to immerse itself in environments occupied by groups of people rather than excavate individual subjects and their personal lives, it remains a compassionate film nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Morphs into an engaging exploration of how impassioned arguments mirror the beginnings of social change. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Vice (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. For long stretches, it's a striking example of brutal American self-reflection from a time when very little of that existed. But McKay's love for absurdity and irony only takes these historical traumas so far. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. It is a deeply sad mosaic of good people who are ultimately defined by the bad they've done, whether fairly or not... It remains up to filmmakers like Kore-eda to remind us that people are never this simple. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Roma (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Cuarón does not conjure up nostalgia or false sentiment. He mixes personal melodrama with epic scale, creating gripping sequences where normalcy suddenly experiences tectonic shifts. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Vox Lux (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Corbet's hyper-stylized film proves to be purely a concert for one, a thematically hollow mix of grad school philosophizing and exploding glitter. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Under a hail of uproarious rage and absurdity, The Favourite subverts the idea that only one kind of person can become a slave to the process. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Practical and deeply monotonous... The film favors the tired talking-heads model employed by countless filmmakers, which leaves much to be desired stylistically. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Chef Flynn (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. The adult world of fine dining soon comes calling, overwhelming all sense of fun and play. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Even when the film seemingly expresses a sunny disposition, that's just its devilishness playing possum. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Green Book (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. Green Book is very aware of the ideological divide it hopes to bridge. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. [Director Frederick] Wiseman's apolitical style has never seemed more in need of some propulsive activism. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018