The Moving Picture Show

The Moving Picture Show is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Joe Leydon
Rating Title/Year Author
The Divide (2018) Joe Leydon An uncommonly compelling and emotionally rich drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Miracle Mile (1988) Joe Leydon Deceptively simple and relentlessly gripping, it represents American independent moviemaking at its most exciting and accessible for mainstream audiences. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2015
Spy (2015) Joe Leydon A satisfyingly amusing and sporadically hilarious throwback to the era when 007-spawned comedy-adventures were as ubiquitous as comic-book epics are today. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2015
12 Monkeys (1995) Joe Leydon Constantly surprising and consistently unsettling. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2014
The Big Kahuna (1999) Joe Leydon Sometimes profanely funny, sometimes intensely dramatic, The Big Kahuna is a richly amusing and provocatively insightful film that builds to a profoundly powerful cumulative impact. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2014
The Missing (2003) Joe Leydon Ron Howard's vividly gritty and brutally arresting Western is a powerfully effective piece of work. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/4 Harry, He's Here to Help (2000) Joe Leydon All the hallmarks of a classic Hitchcock thriller. The master would certainly approve. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2014
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) Joe Leydon Soderbergh brings a bracing edge of humor to his probingly analytical drama. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2014
Trouble in Mind (1985) Joe Leydon If you've ever dreamed of turning up the collar of your trenchcoat for a solitary stroll through a fog-shrouded backlot, you'll like what you see here. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2014
Richard III (1995) Joe Leydon On its simplest and most satisfying level, Loncraine's Richard III can be enjoyed as an ingeniously sustained and spectacularly ballsy stunt. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2014
Mr. Jealousy (1997) Joe Leydon You probably haven't heard a lot about writer-director Noah Baumbach yet. Trust me, you will. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2.5/4 Clay Pigeons (1998) Joe Leydon Call this one Fargo Lite, and you won't be far off the mark. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2014
Orlando (1992) Joe Leydon It is a time-tripping, gender-bending fantasia with a cunning feminist edge, featuring the strikingly androgynous Tilda Swinton in the title role. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2014
The Lonely Lady (1983) Joe Leydon A relentlessly stupid, consistently unconvincing piece of hack work. Worse still, it's not even good, overproduced trash. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2014
4/4 Life Itself (2014) Joe Leydon A smart and moving tribute to an irreplaceable critic and a singular human being. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2014
Van Helsing (2004) Joe Leydon A chaotic blur of recycled archetypes from classic horror flicks, action sequences unbound by laws of gravity and physics, and CGI special effects that somehow manage to appear ridiculously expensive and unconvincingly obvious all at once. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
True Crime (1999) Joe Leydon A beat-the-clock thriller with an edge of moral gravity. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
Ride With the Devil (1999) Joe Leydon Like too many other young men in too many other wars, Maguire's Jake Roedel sees too much, and grows up too fast. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
Gothika (2003) Joe Leydon Berry struggles to retain some shards of dignity as she dutifully plods through the contrivances of Gothika. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
2.5/4 Double Dragon (1994) Joe Leydon There is a genial exuberance to the lead performances of Wolf and Dacascos, who behave as though the Lee brothers aren't too many rungs above Beavis and Butt-Head on the evolutionary ladder. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
Permanent Midnight (1998) Joe Leydon Stiller's fearless performance makes it painfully and graphically clear that being a junkie is an exhausting full-time job. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
4/4 Magnolia (1999) Joe Leydon Go see it for yourself. And don't be surprised if you want to see it again and again. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997) Joe Leydon By turns darkly comical and passionately angry EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
Wet Hot American Summer (2001) Joe Leydon Where is Jason Voorhess, the hockey-masked killer of Camp Crystal Lake, when you really need him? EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
The Fifth Element (1997) Joe Leydon A jaw-dropping, mind-blowing pop epic that gives you everything from the slam-bang sci-fi fantasy of Star Wars to the inspired slapstick lunacy of The Marx Brothers EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Joe Leydon Broderick's smooth, ever-confident patter gives Ferris Bueller's Day Off just the right air of breezy insouciance. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
CQ (2001) Joe Leydon Coppola and his production team have taken meticulous care to faithfully copy the costumes, production designs, peek-a-boo sexiness and budget-crunched special effects of their source material. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
Dead Man Walking (1995) Joe Leydon A powerful and provocative film -- not quite a work of art, maybe, but close enough to demand your respectful attention. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
The Devil's Own (1997) Joe Leydon The good news is, The Devil's Own doesn't live down to its reputation. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
Duets (2000) Joe Leydon A muddled and meandering long-distance road movie that strives to be engagingly offbeat, but more often comes across as annoyingly off-key. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2014
4/4 The Pledge (2001) Joe Leydon [Penn] sustains a mesmerizing intensity while relentlessly building toward an emotionally wrenching climax. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 The Rape of Europa (2006) Joe Leydon [C]ompels attention and sustains interest as an examination of Adolf Hitler's obsession with claiming Europe's art masterworks for the "master race." EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 Diamond Men (2000) Joe Leydon It's a little movie with a great big selling point: Robert Forster's subtly nuanced and effortlessly engaging portrayal of Eddie Miller. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 Cold Comfort Farm (1995) Joe Leydon [A] mischievous send-up of D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and assorted other high-toned practitioners of grimly serious rural romances. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 Clockers (1995) Joe Leydon Clockers leaves you with a sense of aching sadness, a regretful melancholy for the lives that have been blasted and the wrong decisions that have been made. Once again, Spike Lee has done the right thing. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 25th Hour (2002) Joe Leydon Spike Lee's furiously melancholy drama about life and dread in post-9/11 New York City. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 The Restless Conscience (1992) Joe Leydon The Restless Conscience is superior documentary moviemaking, and a gripping history lesson. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 The Empty Mirror (1997) Joe Leydon The Empty Mirror gives us a portrait of Hitler as the ultimate auteur, a demented director who made the world his soundstage while bringing his personal vision to fruition. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 Do the Right Thing (1989) Joe Leydon [A] movie that gives us the vitality of urban street life and the viciousness of racism in a single, brightly bedecked, booby-trapped package. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 The Dead (1987) Joe Leydon The film is a masterpiece, both a worthy translation of James Joyce's story and a wonderful summation of John Huston's career. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Joe Leydon And you can't help thinking that, somewhere beyond the grave, the most cerebral of celebrity filmmakers is enjoying the most satisfying of last laughs EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Joe Leydon Proceeding with a blunt and sometimes brutal relentlessness, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days impresses and engrosses as a work of stark, spare naturalism. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2008
3.5/4 Starting Out in the Evening (2007) Joe Leydon It's an intimate drama -- a chamber piece, really -- that deals intelligently with intriguing themes and provocative ideas regarding the ambiguous motives and borrowed-from-life material that fuel the creative process. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2008
1.5/4 Just Married (2003) Joe Leydon There's nothing wrong with Just Married that a major script rewrite, several fresh plot twists and maybe a couple of tranquilizer darts couldn't fix. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2003
3/4 Two Weeks Notice (2002) Joe Leydon This is an old-fashioned, frankly formulaic star vehicle built for two, and it brings out the best, or at least the most appealing, in its pampered passengers. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2003
.5/4 Pinocchio (2002) Joe Leydon Chalk it up as the worst kind of hubristic folly. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2003
4/4 Gangs of New York (2002) Joe Leydon A blood-and-thunder American epic, audacious in its ambition and awesome in its achievement. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2003
4/4 Chicago (2002) Joe Leydon This is the sleekest and sexiest movie musical to slither, shake and scintillate on-screen since Cabaret. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2003
4/4 The Hours (2002) Joe Leydon A quietly and methodically devastating masterwork. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2003
3/4 Maid in Manhattan (2002) Joe Leydon An undemandingly agreeable trifle that should satisfy anyone in search of an old-fashioned Cinderella story at the megaplex. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2002