Linoleum Knife

Linoleum Knife is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alonso Duralde, Dave White
Rating Title/Year Author
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Alonso Duralde The seasoned cast sells the one-liners, and while there's probably at least one slo-mo montage too many, the promise of a sequel involving the trio of grandmas seems like a movie worth anticipating. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2017
Queen of Katwe (2016) Alonso Duralde Mira Nair is an emotional button-pusher of Spielbergian ability. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2016
Love the Coopers (2015) Alonso Duralde One of the few Christmas movies to acknowledge that every holiday we spend with loved ones is layered with every other holiday we've ever spent with those loved ones. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2015
Terminator Genisys (2015) Alonso Duralde Once it's clear that anything can be undone and redone by changing the time lines, everything ceases to matter. There will always be a John Connor; there will always be a Skynet; there will always be a Terminator. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2015
3/5 The New Rijksmuseum, Part 2 (2013) Dave White A weirdly watchable glimpse at the agonizingly long process of getting anything accomplished in The Netherlands. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2015
2.5/5 Magic Mike XXL (2015) Dave White These men have unrealized yearnings - for art, for singing careers, for "glass slipper" marriage, for frozen yogurt - and they're going to make it rain by acting out those fantasies, man-twerking with all the "realness" they can muster. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2015
The Overnight (2015) Alonso Duralde The kind of tame comedy that promises something transgressive but then chickens out before going anywhere that might unsettle its core audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2015
4.5/5 Inside Out (2015) Dave White I believe that its most significant contribution to pop culture will be as a lasting statement of opposition to facile, idiotic "feelings" as they're currently sold by movie studios, a chance for a moment of truth about loss, and grief, and even numbness. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2/5 Jurassic World (2015) Dave White This franchise is, itself, very much like the dangerous dinosaur park depicted. It has investors who need to see a good return. It has to sell, and sell well, globally. Nothing can be left to chance. Therefore, nothing is. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 Something Better to Come (2015) Dave White The horror on display is relentless, almost incomprehensible... [but] in spite of her circumstances, and in the face of the depressing inertia of her world, Yula refuses to accept the idea of hopeless permanence. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2015
White God (2014) Alonso Duralde Engrossing, and open to any number of metaphorical readings -- but not for people who can't handle simulated animal abuse in movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2015
Trois coeurs (2014) Alonso Duralde If your plot can be resolved by having the characters share a bottle of wine and say, "You know, funny story..." there had better be a damn good reason why that conversation isn't happening. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2015
Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police (2012) Alonso Duralde There are three stories to be told about the Police, but you're only going to hear one of them here. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2015
Chappie (2015) Alonso Duralde Like the director's previous films, it offers intriguing ideas and cool visuals before completely falling apart as a story. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2015
The Last Five Years (2014) Alonso Duralde Moving and bittersweet, with great songs performed by two very skilled performers. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2015
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Alonso Duralde I don't use the word "reprehensible" a lot, but that's what this movie becomes after a promising start. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Alonso Duralde Less interested in sexual power dynamics than in lassoing this guy into what the movie perceives as "normalcy." EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2015
Earth Girls Are Easy (1989) Alonso Duralde As funny and silly as ever, it's even more interesting to watch as a period piece, exulting in the dream of the San Fernando Valley of the 1980s. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2015
Appropriate Behavior (2014) Alonso Duralde Funny and specific, it makes you eager to see what this filmmaker does next. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2015
Mr. Turner (2014) Alonso Duralde Takes you on a bit of a meander, but you'll find by the end that you've arrived somewhere. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
Big Eyes (2014) Alonso Duralde Ultimately boils down to being just another movie about an abusive marriage. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
The Babadook (2014) Alonso Duralde An extraordinary film that taps into the fears of both childhood and adulthood. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2014
Inherent Vice (2014) Alonso Duralde I get why some people will love this movie, but for me, sitting through it was an absolute chore. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2014
0/5 Saving Christmas (2014) Dave White Hot cocoa is referenced no fewer than nine times. Cameron talks about the drink as though it were the trump card of his entire argument, as though dropping a microphone. "And COCOA!" EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2014
Nightcrawler (2014) Alonso Duralde A riveting character study, but also an unsettling look at what the economy is doing to us as a society. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2014
Goodbye to Language (2014) Alonso Duralde It's like someone gave Godard a list of everything you're not supposed to do in a 3D movie, and he did every one of them. Which is why he's a genius. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2014
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) Alonso Duralde It probably helps to have some background in Japanese folklore, but the movie is utterly gorgeous even if you don't. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2014
Fury (2014) Alonso Duralde A reminder that World War II was a hellhole, no matter how great the Andrew Sisters were. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2014
Left Behind (2014) Alonso Duralde The first movie made from this material was all about the Anti-Christ taking over the UN. This one's about landing a plane. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2014
Gone Girl (2014) Alonso Duralde Thoroughly engrossing, even when it stops being logical. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2014
5/5 Stray Dogs (2013) Dave White Tsai has created one of his greatest films, full of the fragility, daily humiliation and fear that engulfs the lives of the poor, one that points to the moral requirements of active compassion. It's a masterpiece of the deepest sadness. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2014
Space Station 76 (2014) Alonso Duralde Daringly changes tone, and challenges expectation, without ever missing the beat. The acting and the design are consistently spot-on in their homage to the '70s, but it's smarter and deeper than the gag-fest you might expect. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2014
This Is Where I Leave You (2014) Alonso Duralde This is where I roll my eyes and make a gagging noise. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2014
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Alonso Duralde Gets under your skin in a most effective way. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2014
Wetlands (2013) Alonso Duralde Shocking and outrageous -- but in the best way possible. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2014
God Help the Girl (2014) Alonso Duralde If, like me, you have a weakness for movies where people burst into song, this will be right up your alley EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2014
0/5 The Identical (2014) Dave White It's a mysterious, hilarious mess, a confusional cry for directions in a Triple Elvis Universe. Buy your ticket now, before it magically disappears from theaters, and feel the brain-breaking power of song. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2014
4/5 Love Is Strange (2014) Dave White Nothing showy or fussy from director Ira Sachs and cinematographer Christos Voudouris, the camera lingers on human details, the goodness and tenderness between these men, with a lot to say about the level of scrutiny gay lives are subjected to routinely. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2014
What If (2013) Alonso Duralde Doesn't redefine the rom-com, but it's a fine example of the genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2014
5/5 Boyhood (2014) Dave White Full of empathy and fully realized detail, its specificity transforming into universality, an achievement of time and love that's already among the best films about childhood (and parenthood) you'll ever have the pleasure to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2014
5/5 Manakamana (2013) Dave White The beauty and rhythms of the fixed camera's highly specific focus builds a hypnotic group narrative of religion's possibility, the ways in which it can bring joy and peace. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Alonso Duralde Phony, cloying, and pandering. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2014
3/5 Fed Up (2014) Dave White Fed Up is on to a very important truth: we're all going to die of sugar if we don't start talking about it like the delicious cigarette it is. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2014
God's Not Dead (2014) Dave White It's not just bad filmmaking; it's bad Christianity. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2014
2/10 Endless Love (2014) Alonso Duralde This movie has no idea how letters of acceptance work, how airports work, how relationships work. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3/5 About Last Night (2014) Alonso Duralde Comes to life whenever Hart and Hall return to scream at each other or to have passionate sex while wearing livestock masks. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2014
Angels Sing (2013) Alonso Duralde There are enough tunes and sweet moments to make Angels Sing the kind of Christmas movie I can see coming back to in Decembers to come. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2013
Nebraska (2013) Alonso Duralde Payne never shoots for big, wacky moments, but if you can allow yourself to get into the film's deliberate rhythms, it offers a trove of honest observations and satisfying (and, admittedly, occasionally acrid) laughs. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2013
A Touch of Sin (2013) Dave White In [Jia's] sorrowful vision of Life Right Now, everything on screen follows the jagged line of trickle-down cruelty, one where the bottom isn't the bottom at all. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2013
All Is Bright (2013) Alonso Duralde For people who like their Christmas movies set under slate-grey skies. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2013