Malibu Times

Malibu Times is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Diane Pershing
Rating Title/Year Author
Soul (2020) Diane Pershing With a mixture of slapstick humor and gorgeous LSD-trip type images, the geniuses at Pixar pull it off. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
The Midnight Sky (2020) Diane Pershing I'm a fan of a tale well done that takes its time. But Midnight Sky, while well done, is simply ponderous. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) Diane Pershing This is a well-deserved tribute, major recognition at last that this was a singular group of singer/songwriters who broke ground with their harmonies and amazing songs, and whose music will live on forever. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Diane Pershing Alternately funny and heart-rending... EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
The Prom (2020) Diane Pershing I'm afraid even that wasn't enough to thrill me. Bottom line: I admire the production without admiring the show. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Luxor (2020) Diane Pershing ...the need keeps building for us to know more and to stick it out to the end. I did and I'm glad I did... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Mank (2020) Diane Pershing I found the whole thing rather cold, smugly in love with its own snappy, cutting dialogue ("All About Eve" did it better), too long and generally off-putting... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Dating Amber (2020) Diane Pershing A delightful, insightful, funny film from Ireland. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Diane Pershing Special kudos go to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the small but significant role of the leader of the Black Panthers, Bobby Seale. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Diane Pershing Please don't let the title be a turn-off because, yes, it is about the Constitution but only as a reference point to a whole variety of subjects, somber, heart-breaking, insightful and funny. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Diane Pershing ... while I wouldn't say this is an award-caliber film, it moves along at a rapidly pleasing pace and is sure to bring more notice of Ms. Brown's many gifts. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
My Octopus Teacher (2020) Diane Pershing Superlatives really aren't enough to describe the joys of watching this documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Fisherman's Friends (2019) Diane Pershing Not that original, but the ambience, the stories, the delightful old and young salts, kept a smile on my face from beginning to end. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Diane Pershing Sarah glows with a complex inner life, and the connection she makes with Nyles leads to outrageous capers and silliness in a truly enjoyable way. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
Howard (2018) Diane Pershing Musical comedy buffs will know the name and be eager to see this faithful, if not particularly innovative, rendering of [Howard Ashman's] life. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Diane Pershing Talking heads ranging from family members, friends and news anchors Rachel Maddow and Dan Rather bring excellent analysis of this once-in-a-lifetime and sorely missed pundit. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
Robin's Wish (2020) Diane Pershing A touching and heart-breaking exploration. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Diane Pershing If you love Broadway musicals or offbeat documentaries or admire the comedy mind of one of David Letterman's chief writers and are interested in his obsessions, check out this one. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
Mr. Jones (2019) Diane Pershing Mr. Jones is a worthy addition to the canon. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time Volume 1: Midnight Madness (2020) Diane Pershing ...an engaging, if somewhat repetitive, documentary featuring a bunch of talking heads and wonderful film clips from all those movies that drew crowds of fans... EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
Crip Camp (2020) Diane Pershing These are amazing people whose inner lights shine through their distorted bodies and often difficult speech. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
The Night Clerk (2020) Diane Pershing Not only that; the film lacks rising tension - there are too many lulls in the action to keep the suspense going. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Diane Pershing This Emma is all froth; if you like froth, by all means avail yourself of it. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
Waiting for Anya (2020) Diane Pershing The scenery is gorgeous; one would wish the screenplay and its execution measured up to the scenery. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
The Two Popes (2019) Diane Pershing The script by Anthony McCarten is crisp and often amusing; director Fernando Meirelles does a fine job of basically taking what could have been a two-character, one-set stage play and opening it up with gorgeous sets. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Diane Pershing Won't You Be My Neighbor? was a more successful work, but this one is worth seeing, for sure. Let's face it, in the world in which we live today, more of the acceptance and gentleness of Mr. Rogers can't hurt any of us. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Harriet (2019) Diane Pershing Harriet, while not a masterpiece, does the job quite nicely of highlighting her amazing grit, bravery and dedication. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
1917 (2019) Diane Pershing One of the most amazing productions I've ever seen. The cinemaphotography, with its opening super-long tracking shot...(what did we do before Steadicams?) EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Bombshell (2019) Diane Pershing It is a film that is not particularly riveting as we know the ending, but has enough going for it in star power and shining production values that it's worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Diane Pershing It's so very enjoyable, not to mention offbeat and bizarre, all in a good way. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Little Women (2019) Diane Pershing It is a glorious, passionate film, filled with siblings who love and fight with each other with an equal fierceness that none of the other adaptations has managed to convey. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Mike Birbiglia: The New One (2019) Diane Pershing Funny? Not so you'd notice, right? In Birbiglia's world, yes, yes, and yes. Trust me. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Diane Pershing An old-fashioned story of challenge and victory made with amazing modern technology that allows us to not just watch racecars as they do their thing, but to be in the car with them, turning the corners... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Diane Pershing The Irishman is a violent yet poignant film about a man caught up in the only world he has ever known and the friendships and betrayals that went along with it. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Diane Pershing The direction by Alma Har'el is fluid but even with a short-ish running time (1 hour 34 minutes), "Honey Boy" is exhausting to watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
By the Grace of God (2018) Diane Pershing The film's pace is deliberate, made with a documentary style-no histrionics, just raw determination and mounting tension. An important, engrossing work-highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Diane Pershing I was alternately interested and bored by the repetition... Can you tell that I am not the demographic for this film? But at least it was good to see the talented and gorgeous Mackenzie Davis. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Cyrano, My Love (2018) Diane Pershing Do yourself a favor and follow the chaos, setbacks, frustrations and ultimate triumph of Rostand (Thomas Soliveres) that produced a masterpiece. You'll be glad you did. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Diane Pershing Ad Astra works well as a kind of quiet and reflective inner journey that feels more existential than formulaic, more adult than most sci-fi films. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Diane Pershing Thank you, Julian Fellowes, for creating these people and their trials and tribulations; you've performed a service for us all. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Diane Pershing The second half picks up the pace somewhat, leading to a resolution that tries to be about the enduring strength of female friendships but just feels artificial. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Diane Pershing Alternating between performance clips from the past (oh, the bell-bottoms and the hair! oh, the amazing songs!) and today in retirement and surrounded by family, this is a moving, historically fascinating, thoroughly enchanting film. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Diane Pershing Yes, it has a fine multi-racial cast, but it's too long by at least 20 minutes, and after a while even The Boss's music becomes way too much of a good thing. Yes, it deals with racism and school bullying, but the story is predictable, the ending treacly. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Diane Pershing The promotors lost their shirt but oh, what they created. Fascinating stuff. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Diane Pershing Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) et al., we have a new toy (Forky) and another from the past (Bo Peep, voiced by Annie Potts), not to mention a magical toy store, and an ending that is bittersweet but just right for a finale to the series. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Diane Pershing I found the film lots of fun to watch, but by the end, the special effects -- amazing as they are -- took over and had a numbing effect. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Diane Pershing I was enchanted by the amazing photography (bravo, Caleb Deschanel) and voice work of terrific actors (Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogan) and the always-wonderful James Earl Jones. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019) Diane Pershing Do yourself a favor and catch this amazing one-hour stand-up routine. The woman is a treasure and not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Diane Pershing Wong and co-writer and co-star Randall Park work well together, each with different pacing and comic timing that successfully counterbalance the other. A perfect escape film. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Diane Pershing For those of us who have been there from the beginning, the three-plus hours went by without me once looking at my watch. I enjoyed how it delved more deeply into the characters with terrific back-and-forth banter of old friends. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019