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
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 (2019) 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
Foxtrot (2017) Diane Pershing The film's effect is so powerful, its timeless themes so beautifully dramatized: War is hell and senseless but inevitable; love is what binds us together and rips us apart; life is a series of accidents-both awful and joyous-waiting to happen. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
Annihilation (2018) Diane Pershing Well-done science fiction, artful and glimmering special effects, a script that unfolds its secrets carefully so that you are constantly surprised at each new revelation and, finally, a delicious sense of creepiness throughout, I highly recommend this. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2018
Red Sparrow (2018) Diane Pershing Unfortunately, the recently released "Red Sparrow"... falls far short of what could have been. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Diane Pershing The fact that Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker and Martin Freeman are all deeply committed to their roles only makes Black Panther more effective for audiences of all colors, and an important statement. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2018
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Diane Pershing It is a masterful performance but, for me, not enough to make me a fan of the film. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2018
Molly's Game (2017) Diane Pershing [Aaron] Sorkin is blessed to have Jessica Chastain playing Molly: She can handle the pacing of his dialog and her face and body are magic on film. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2018
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Diane Pershing It is not only lovely to look at (the exquisite northern Italian countryside made me want to hop on a plane that moment), but is made even better by the subtle performance of Timothée Chalamet. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2018
Phantom Thread (2017) Diane Pershing I came away from seeing it feeling both unmoved and dissatisfied. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2018
Darkest Hour (2017) Diane Pershing The script is crisp, the acting topnotch all around. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2018
The Shape of Water (2017) Diane Pershing This is a gorgeous, sensual film, a tale filled with kindness and evil and the battle between the two. Be sure to suspend disbelief at the door. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2018
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Diane Pershing An unexpected pleasure. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2017
The Post (2017) Diane Pershing [Meryl] Streep shines. But then, she always does. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2017
Lady Bird (2017) Diane Pershing It's also funny, very real and fast-moving. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2017