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
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
Knock Down the House (2019) Diane Pershing We are struck by the honest passion of those who try to make changes, and we wish them well; they are, after all, the future. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Diane Pershing It was fun seeing Theron-always elegant and, of course, gorgeous-lighter and sillier than I've ever seen her. And comical, clever Seth Rogen, formerly cast as the buffoon or best friend in movies, is now slimmed down and almost believable as her guy. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Double Lives (2018) Diane Pershing This is a treat for those of us who care about books and ideas, and who are suckers for foreign films with subtitles. I raise my hand. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Diane Pershing Charlie Says is a small gem of a film...if you can bear re-visiting the entire horror story. I was reluctant to do so but am glad I did. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Penguins (2019) Diane Pershing It's the Disney version of nature, made palatable for the young set. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Diane Pershing Shazam! is definitely a film for 15-year-olds, but might I suggest it's also for grown-ups who haven't seen their teen years in a very, very long time? EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Us (2019) Diane Pershing Peele is a gifted filmmaker, the ending is satisfyingly chilling and it boasts another brilliant performance by Lupita Nyong'o in a dual role. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Diane Pershing If you just want to see the result of groundbreaking computer restoration of hours and hours of black and white WWI footage that honors the centennial of the "war that was to end all wars," do see They Shall Not Grow Old. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Free Solo (2018) Diane Pershing Honnold's journey elicits audience-wide gasps, mixed in with an "Oh, my God" or two. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
The Isle (2018) Diane Pershing I found myself mostly unimpressed. In fact, it felt like a predictable B movie from the 1950s, albeit with much better special effects. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Diane Pershing Even if you're not a comic books fan, or not a "Spiderman" films fan, there will be something for you in this unique, creative, even daring cartoon adventure. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
The Wife (2017) Diane Pershing The movie itself has its origins in Meg Wolitzer's 2003 novel, and its literary roots show too much, which is why it's not a great film. But worth seeing, for sure. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Diane Pershing Daniel Stiepleman's script is more than serviceable and Mimi Leder's sensitive direction gets the job done. Not a masterpiece, but definitely worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Roma (2018) Diane Pershing Cuarón's camera switches back and forth from long, deliberate takes interspersed with short, action-filled sequences. The black and white photography is simply gorgeous and exactly right for the story. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Green Book (2018) Diane Pershing But it is the performances by Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, their on-screen chemistry, their characters' moments of quiet reflection and startling revelation, that make this a must-see. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Diane Pershing This much-hyped and eagerly awaited film has lots of dazzle, lots of talent, great new songs, gorgeous costumes....and is totally empty at its core. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Becoming Astrid (2018) Diane Pershing Anchored by a brilliant performance by Alba August, this is a charming-yet-realistic small gem of a film. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Diane Pershing Brilliant, brittle dialogue, three amazing female actors and a setting of the English court of Queen Anne (her reign was 1702-07) are enough to make this sumptuous, cynical and gorgeous film a worthwhile Oscar contender. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Widows (2018) Diane Pershing The widows' journey is spearheaded by the always-brilliant Viola Davis as a character who is quite buttoned-up with all kinds of depth just beneath the surface, doesn't hurt at all. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Diane Pershing [It's] not a great movie but is anchored by a standout performance by Melissa McCarthy (even though she simply cannot pull off a born-and-bred, tough New York broad) that makes it worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
First Man (2018) Diane Pershing The really standout performance is Claire Foy who makes "the wife" part into a pivotal role, a woman with inner fire, by turns put-upon, excited and exasperated by her husband... worth an afternoon or evening at the cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Diane Pershing If I have any nits to pick it's that there is too much music and it's too long. But so what? It's really good. Go see it. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Diane Pershing If you miss him and if you missed this documentary when it debuted a few months ago, don't miss it now. I laughed and I cried. So will you. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
Quincy (2018) Diane Pershing This Netflix documentary honors his career, but it's the focus on the man himself that sets it apart from others like it. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Diane Pershing This HBO production is too long. And I found some of the modern day interviews somewhat self-serving and filled with inconsistencies. On the other hand, who among us can look back on long lives with total emotional and factual recall? EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Diane Pershing Michael Moore's new film is one of his more successful endeavors: a hard-hitting exposé of raging greed that disregards the horrific toll it takes on human beings. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
The Children Act (2017) Diane Pershing It moves with deliberation and rich dialog, many silences, and thoroughly captures the surface charm and inner struggle for disengagement of Judge Maye. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Diane Pershing "A Simple Favor" is a clever film, filled with lots of twists and turns-perhaps one or two too many?-and enhanced by two fine actresses, Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
Juliet, Naked (2018) Diane Pershing It's a funny little film but it also has moments of profundity, such as wishing for do-overs when life makes that impossible... I recommend it highly. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Operation Finale (2018) Diane Pershing Operation Finale is not a particularly successful nail-biter; in fact, it can be downright dull at times. What a waste, because it's a great story EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Diane Pershing Crazy Rich Asians is the perfect way to avoid reality, so if that sounds tempting, I suggest you avail yourself of its charms. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Diane Pershing Bravo to the technical and location directors and the fine editing. MI: Freefall is sheer fun and, while it's much longer than usual at two-and-a-half hours, it's worth every tense moment. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Diane Pershing I wanted to like it more than I actually did... But much of the humor totally escaped me and I walked out only mildly impressed. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
Three Identical Strangers (2018) Diane Pershing British filmmaker Tim Wardle has done an exquisite job of... weaving i[information] all together like a well-made mystery, full of twists and shocks and possible villains. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Diane Pershing It is exemplary in explaining just who this Mr. Rogers was, warts and all. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018) Diane Pershing So, a caper film with no tension. Check. But at least I got to see a bunch of actresses I like very much including Anne Hathaway utilizing her comic chops playing a narcissistic celebrity. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Diane Pershing When they cross the line into noncomic violence and torture with me, I'm done being amused. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2018
The Rider (2017) Diane Pershing With its slow pace that subtly builds tension, its breathtaking camera work and its heartbreaking-yet-life-affirming view of a world unfamiliar to most of us, "The Rider" swept me away. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
Borg vs. McEnroe (2017) Diane Pershing Highly enjoyable, even if you're not a huge tennis fan. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
RBG (2018) Diane Pershing "RBG" is a treasure trove of historical information, landmark court cases, and a glimpse into the mind and world of this living legend. Long may she reign. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018) Diane Pershing A Quiet Place could be placed in the horror genre, but it's so much more than that. It's a love story, a rich tapestry of family life. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2018
Ready Player One (2018) Diane Pershing Even though I'm not the target audience, and even though it went on too long and sagged somewhat in the last half, I was carried away by the gorgeous special effects, the energy and Spielberg's sheer joy in filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018) Diane Pershing By turns wry, scary, comical and deeply gloomy, it lingers on each emotional note for only moments, then hops onto the next. It's fast-paced and gorgeous to look at. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2018
Icarus (2017) Diane Pershing This is fascinating, scary stuff, not the least of which is the bald-faced lies told all around that are delivered as fact. Icarus is the perfect fable for our time. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018