Butler's Cinema Scene

Butler's Cinema Scene is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Robert W. Butler
Rating Title/Year Author
B Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Robert W. Butler Questioned about his borderline brutal methodology, Wallace would say he was motivated by a search for the truth. But as Avi Belkin's documentary makes painfully clear, much of Wallace's bulldog style was born of insecurity, of a sense of unworthiness. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
B+ Blinded by the Light (2019) Robert W. Butler Blinded by the Light is a valentine to Bruce Springsteen and his music. But it's a whole lot more. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Brian Banks (2018) Robert W. Butler Shadyak plays things straight, with no show-offy visual flourishes, slowly building a full head of indignation and then letting all that pressure out with a whoosh of relief. Best of all, he gets really strong performances out of his players. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Robert W. Butler No film that offers both Walton Goggins and Olivia Colman can be dismissed out of hand. They are among our best actors, and here give solid performances. But Them That Follow left me wanting more. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Maiden (2018) Robert W. Butler This is an engrossing and inspiring saga , one that leaves the viewer with a profound respect for the men (and women) who go down to the sea in ships. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
B The Farewell (2019) Robert W. Butler The Farewell hits universal themes of kinship and mortality with unerring accuracy and delicate grace. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
B Sword of Trust (2019) Robert W. Butler Sword of Trust is largely fluff. But it's great fluff, a consistently entertaining character-driven wonder. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
B Echo in the Canyon (2018) Robert W. Butler Divided almost equally between talking heads and musical performances, this doc is tuneful, insightful and, yeah, awesomely nostalgic. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Robert W. Butler Wild Rose sidesteps the anticipated rags-to-riches denouement in favor or something far more subtle and satisfying. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Robert W. Butler You could dismiss The Art of Self-Defense as a one-joke movie, but it's a pretty good joke with just enough twists and revelations to keep the viewer alternately amused and appalled. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
C Under the Silver Lake (2018) Robert W. Butler David Robert Mitchell's Under Silver Lake looks so good while evoking a palpable aura of dread (despite its sunny setting) that it pains to report that the movie makes no damn sense. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- The Lion King (2019) Robert W. Butler Is it colorful and diverting? Diverting enough, anyway. Is it moving? Not particularly. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
B Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Robert W. Butler Greenfield-Sanders intersperses talking-head observations with vintage newsreels, family photos and Morrison's own testimony (recorded in sessions going back to the '70s) to create a panoramic history of her life and career. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Robert W. Butler Less a conventional narrative than an extended tone poem, Joe Talbot's The Last Black Man in San Francisco is bursting at the seams with color, movement and, quite often, stillness. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
B+ Pavarotti (2019) Robert W. Butler Pavarotti falls short of being encyclopedic...but there's enough here to convince us that despite some blips this was a life well lived. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
B- Ophelia (2018) Robert W. Butler Ophelia is a smart piece of work. True, it lacks the genius of Shakespeare's original dialogue...still, Chellas' script achieves a sort of Masterpiece Theatre eloquence. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Robert W. Butler Good thing the movie has Patel, whose bumbling likability factor is off the charts. And then, of course ,there are the songs. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Robert W. Butler It is in the little biographical details that the doc stands out... EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
C+ The Dead Don't Die (2019) Robert W. Butler Here's the bottom line: the film's trailer contains just about every good laugh in the picture and never wears out its welcome. Also, it's free. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
B+ American Woman (2018) Robert W. Butler American Woman represents a career high for Miller; one only hopes this little movie isn't overlooked at awards time. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
C+ Late Night (2019) Robert W. Butler On certain topics the film is as timely as hell. Alas, in other important areas it feels tired, cliched and passe. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
B All Creatures Here Below (2018) Robert W. Butler Schiffli and his players find a core of humanity there that holds us even as Ruby and Gensan's situation becomes increasingly more dire. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
B- Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Robert W. Butler There's enough of interest here to keep us engaged. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
B The World Before Your Feet (2018) Robert W. Butler Matt Green may be a bit nuts, but it's a wonderful nuttiness. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B- Oh Lucy! (2017) Robert W. Butler Many of the performances are perfunctory and/or badly thought out (not sure what to make of Hartnett's John), but there's no denying that leading lady Terajima is a compelling screen presence. She makes it worth the visit. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
B+ Wait for Your Laugh (2017) Robert W. Butler As a recap of a monumental, astoundingly rich life, Wait for Your Laugh is a marvel. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2018
B Being Evel (2015) Robert W. Butler Oscar-winning director Daniel Junge chronicles the man's life and lasting influence through a plethora of hair-raising news footage and the memories of those who knew him, hated him, and still revere him. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2015
Land Ho! (2014) Robert W. Butler Land Ho! feels like the perfect combination of scripted dialogue and off-the-cuff improvisation. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2014
B- The Discoverers (2012) Robert W. Butler There's nothing earth shaking going on here, and on occasion the proceedings deteriorate into pure silliness. But The Discoverers is gorgeous to look at, and the cast is astoundingly deep. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2014