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
Dave (1993) Joe Leydon "Dave" is the very model of a modern Capraesque comedy, being the story of a little guy who triumphs, through pluck and luck, over a corrupt system. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
Ed Wood (1994) Joe Leydon Burton has managed to make something altogether unique - a compassionate farce - that can be enjoyed even by people who have never heard of Wood, who would never willingly submit themselves to a Wood work. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
Beetlejuice (1988) Joe Leydon "Beetlejuice" is so exuberantly batty, so outrageously zany, it makes "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" seem as somber as "Ironweed." EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
Vibes (1988) Joe Leydon Loony and lightweight, the film deals with psychics and supernatural doings, and is best when it plays both elements for laughs. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
The Patriot (2000) Joe Leydon To use the language of the movie's time, "The Patriot "deserves a whole-hearted, full-throated roar of "Huzzah!" EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Jaws the Revenge (1987) Joe Leydon After all the dire reports of production delays, inclement weather and special-effects foul-ups, it should come as no great surprise that the problem-plagued "Jaws: The Revenge" looks like something haphazardly pieced together in a hurry. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) Joe Leydon "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," a confused and cheap-looking movie that evidently was butchered in the editing room, would be better titled "Superman Farce: The Search for a Quick Buck." EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
Silverado (1985) Joe Leydon "Silverado" is the real thing, a good old-fashioned Western that shoots straight, rides tall, and moves quicker than a cowboy galloping off to the chuck wagon. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
The Lost Boys (1987) Joe Leydon Slick, savvy and scary, "The Lost Boys" is a hip horror comedy with the full-throttle excitement of a rollercoaster ride and the pop culture fluency of a Stephen King best seller. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996) Joe Leydon Lumet give us a persuasively detailed and emotionally intense film that brings out the best in just about everybody involved. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Outbreak (1995) Joe Leydon Don't expect any mercy from the people who made "Outbreak," a smashingly first-rate thriller that will do more to rev your pulse rate than a week of aerobics classes. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2020
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