Light Views

Light Views is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s):
Rating Title/Year Author
The Number 23 (2007) John Larsen The Number 23 is just a sordid exercise for a comedy actor to stretch his dramatic muscle. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
Zodiac (2007) John Larsen Methodical to the point of becoming unnerving, Zodiac meshes fact and supposition into a fascinating exploration of obsession. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
Snow Cake (2006) John Larsen Angela Pell's screenplay deals honestly with the characters and situations, and never takes the easy way out. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
Red Road (2006) John Larsen Dickie and Curran are brave actors, willing to explore and expose the complexities of their characters on every level. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
The Host (2006) John Larsen Director/co-writer Bong Joon-ho has a lot of fun with the premise, infusing political commentary into the tale of a family brought together by tragedy. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
Color Me Kubrick (2005) John Larsen Audacious and funny, Color Me Kubrick takes a small slice out of the entertainment pie to deliver a delicious and filling treat. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
Disturbia (2007) John Larsen Disturbia features an extremely likable protagonist in Shia LaBeouf... EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
Grindhouse (2007) John Larsen Raging at you harder than a televangelist on an overdose of Viagra, Grindhouse pulverizes the audience with a bombardment of hyper-violence, buxom babes, gnarly zombies, and enough exploitation to fill two movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
Jindabyne (2006) John Larsen Linney is fascinating as a woman trapped under the weight of loneliness and desperation, willing to make sacrifices for security. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2007
Norbit (2007) John Larsen Once we've seen Murphy in the fat suit, the joke is over. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2007
Hannibal Rising (2007) John Larsen You won't need a GPS to know where this plot is headed. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2007
Ghost Rider (2007) John Larsen Unless I'm rubbing ice cubes across my nipples, I don't like to use the word cool, but "Ghost Rider" is extremely cool. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2007
Alpha Dog (2006) John Larsen Timberlake is trying to bring sexy back, and after seeing his performance in "Alpha Dog," I can see why it left. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2007
Smokin' Aces (2007) John Larsen What sounds like an interesting idea goes up in a blaze of bullets as none of the characters exist beyond the film frame. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2007
Factory Girl (2006) John Larsen Hickenlooper gives "Factory Girl" a distinct Warhol look. It's cutting edge without being cluttered. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2007
Venus (2006) John Larsen Venus isn't a great movie, but it features a great performance by O'Toole. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2007
Children of Men (2006) John Larsen Instead of engrossing me with its powerful message and gripping imagery, it just meandered along like my grandfather's Rascal on a low battery. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2007
Saw III (2006) John Larsen Like an herbal blend of grand guignol and gothic horror, Saw isn't everyone's cup of tea. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
Man of the Year (2006) John Larsen Reminded me of an octogenarian circus spinner. While grounded, she looks terrific, but the moment she tries to elevate herself, she loses her teeth. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
The Guardian (2006) John Larsen There's enough testosterone on display in "The Guardian" to fuel a woman's golf tournament. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
Hate Crime (2005) John Larsen Writer-director Tommy Stovall creates characters who are real and sympathetic. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) John Larsen What makes all of this so funny is being in on the joke. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
The Departed (2006) John Larsen Monahan's screenplay effectively transplants the story from Hong Kong to the mean streets of Boston. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
The Last King of Scotland (2006) John Larsen Forest Whitaker performs the ultimate magic act: he turns a blood-thirsty butcher into a charismatic, empathetic man. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
Little Children (2006) John Larsen Former actor Phillips hits all the right notes as director, never allowing the characters to turn drama into melodrama. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
Babel (2006) John Larsen ...this is one tower of Babel which won't be coming down any time soon. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
The Queen (2006) John Larsen Flawless to the point of perfection, Helen Mirren delivers a seamless performance as Queen Elizabeth II. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
Notes on a Scandal (2006) John Larsen Judi Dench delivers a wickedly scintillating performance in Notes on a Scandal, a deliciously dark morality tale about breaking taboos. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2006
You, Me and Dupree (2006) John Larsen Anyone with a couch, a spare room or a basement knows a Dupree. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) John Larsen With dashing heroes, swashbuckling damsels, vile villains and enough plot for two films, Dead Man's Chest is worth digging up. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
Lady in the Water (2006) John Larsen Lady in the Water is like a convenience store, with the director filling his basket with easy story fixes and unnecessary junk food. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) John Larsen Anyone who ever found a boiled bunny on their stove knows breaking up with a woman who won't be ignored can be extremely dangerous. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
The Descent (2005) John Larsen What distinguishes The Descent from other cave thrillers is the way director Marshall never lets up, constantly pounding at us until our heartbeat becomes so loud we can no longer hear the characters scream. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
Snakes on a Plane (2006) John Larsen While it's hard to recommend a film called Snakes on a Plane to the Jane Austen crowd, I have no reservations telling fans of this genre they will get exactly what they pay for. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
The Oh in Ohio (2006) John Larsen Not since Sex in the City has frank, female driven dialogue been so funny or enlightening. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
The Wicker Man (2006) John Larsen LaBute comes out with both barrels blazing, but his remake misfires. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
The Illusionist (2006) John Larsen The Illusionist slowly works its magic, unveiling little pieces until it's time for the grand reveal. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
Feast (2006) John Larsen The biggest shock is how well Feast works, and it works because of Gulager, who always finds fascinating ways of taking the obvious and making it his own. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
Aurora Borealis (2005) John Larsen Sutherland is outstanding as a fine man devastated by time and disease. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
The Black Dahlia (2006) John Larsen Director Brian De Palma's fascination with crime and sexual obsession is the perfect attitude for "The Black Dahlia." EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2006
Superman Returns (2006) John Larsen Superman Returns defies the odds by taking chances, mixing old and new, layering on nostalgia while peeling away artifice. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2006
A Prairie Home Companion (2006) John Larsen What Altman and Keillor, who plays himself, have done is create a believable piece of radio drama on the big screen... EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) John Larsen X-Men: The Last Stand delivers exactly what I expected, nothing more, nothing less. It is what it is, and anyone who enjoyed the first two films will enjoy their Last Stand. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2006
The Omen (2006) John Larsen By-the-book remake of the 1976 horror thriller features scrumptious production values, a sinister turn by Mia Farrow as Nanny 666, and an overall sense of familiarity. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2006
The Lake House (2006) John Larsen Anyone concerned over the rising price of postage should invest in a mailbox like the one featured in The Lake House. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) John Larsen The Devil Wears Prada is a delicious page-turner of a movie, a wonderfully wicked examination of absolute power and how it corrupts absolutely. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2006
The Da Vinci Code (2006) John Larsen The Da Vinci Code is just another summer movie for people who like pulp in their cinematic orange juice. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2006
Cars (2006) John Larsen Cars is no exception, a breathtaking, funny, sweet, soulful, eye-popping exercise in filmmaking, another home run for Pixar. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2006
Wolf Creek (2005) John Larsen We know these characters are headed for slaughter, so the fun comes in seeing how long the filmmakers can sustain the suspense before clubbing us over the head. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2006
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005) John Larsen Some will find Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dance and Charm School quaint, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2006