ArtsATL

ArtsATL is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Steve Murray
Rating Title/Year Author
Lillian Smith: Breaking the Silence (2019) Donna Mintz Driven by a passion to share Smith's work, Jacobs and Henry are responsible for every aspect of the film, from direction to research to photography and interviewing. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Born to Be Blue (2015) Steve Murray Hawke is very good here. I'm not his biggest fan, but he gets Baker's distinctive, whispery voice, whether speaking or singing. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
Venom (2018) Steve Murray Like the character of Venom itself, the movie doesn't seem to know what the hell it's supposed to be. But at least by my count it seemed to run not much longer than an hour-and-a-half. Still too long. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
Blaze (2018) Steve Murray You stand a good chance of liking Blaze as much as I did if you meet the movie halfway and allow yourself to be a little confused at first. The film is structured like memory: nonlinear, impressionist. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Blaze (2018) Scott Freeman Blaze digs deep into the Blaze I knew, and also the Blaze I didn't know. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Steve Murray Shifting fluidly from comic romp to serious drama, Nights resuscitates Dickinson from the cobwebbed, sexless mythology that we see, at the movie's end, her prudish literary executives invented for her after her death. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
When the Beat Drops (2018) Steve Murray The movie could benefit from a stronger structure, but as we follow these guys - and learn their stories - as they prepare to compete in Detroit, it's an engaging ride. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
What Keeps You Alive (2018) Steve Murray The movie may have a couple of twists and logical lapses too many, but that's a minor drawback. Fair warning: If you're not a fan of nail-biting, bloody suspense, this thrill ride isn't for you. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
1985 (2018) Steve Murray The movie doesn't hold any surprises, though it's a useful reminder for younger members of the LGBTQ community who don't know what a scary, sad time the 1980s were. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
My Best Friend (2016) Steve Murray The movie is a smart, aching look at the ways young people can fall in love, even when they know the object of their affection doesn't feel the same way. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
A Moment in the Reeds (2017) Steve Murray Sexy, idyllic, bittersweet. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Mario (2018) Steve Murray A smart, sexy and heartbreaking drama that reminds us that coming out is very different for everyone. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Mapplethorpe (2018) Steve Murray It takes some effort to turn the story of New York City's notorious bad boy of photography into something of a yawn, but this biopic pretty much manages. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Studio 54: The Documentary (2018) Steve Murray A deep dive into the three-year, drug-fueled insanity of the nightclub cofounded in 1977 by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, it's a reminder of that brief, frantic bubble between the invention of the pill and the advent of AIDS. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Man Made (2016) Steve Murray Throughout it all, director T Cooper's film is uplifting in showing us the bravery of these emerging men. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story (2017) Steve Murray If there's a fault with this affectionate documentary, it's that it leaves you wanting more. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Good Manners (2017) Steve Murray The slowly paced movie feels about half an hour too long, but it's an adventurous genre-bender. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Every Act of Life (2018) Steve Murray Like the playwright, it's wise, kind, amusing and more entertaining than deep. For theater lovers, the film is sparked by interviews with Broadway icons, from Audra McDonald to Angela Lansbury, Edie Falco to Christine Baranski. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Kusama: Infinity (2018) Steve Murray What Kusama: Infinity offers is a grand if glancing overview of the scope of her artwork. And that is, literally, plenty. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
Older Than Ireland (2015) Steve Murray Fegan treats his venerable subjects with care. If he doesn't seem to push them hard (we never hear him guiding the questioning), he clearly finds a place of rapport with them. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Steve Murray This reviewer is here to tell you the romantic dramedy's runaway success is no fluke, and more than warranted. It delivers a splendid time at the movies the likes of which is all too rare from a studio release. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Bookshop (2017) Steve Murray Ultimately, The Bookshop dramatizes a kind of very British, quiet, polite asphyxiation. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Cakemaker (2017) Steve Murray A delicate character study about grief and recovery. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Leave No Trace (2018) Steve Murray I recommend it as much for what it doesn't do as for what it does. It's a gentle, troubling drama that contributes to the sort of questions many of us have these days: Who are we now? Who are we really? EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Steve Murray Highly recommended, but fair warning: it's not just funny. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2018
Damsel (2018) Steve Murray Damsel is often too quirky for its own good, but the cast is committed...More interesting than Damsel's middling whimsy is the handful of narrative surprises it springs. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2018
Nancy (2018) Steve Murray The movie is heartfelt and always interesting, if never really convincing. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Steve Murray Like I said, I enjoyed watching Hearts. It's just so intent in coloring within the lines, it never once springs any sort of surprise or observation you don't see coming. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
The Seagull (2018) Steve Murray Like much of Chekhov's work, The Seagull is about missed opportunities, and the film version is one itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
Estiu 1993 (2017) Steve Murray Summer 1993 is a film that reminds me why I love the medium. By the final scene, it's both a love letter and a gut punch, and it's a tiny, enormous wonder. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
The Endless (2017) Steve Murray The Endless is a kind of sci-fi, Lovecraftian puzzle box. The pleasure of watching it is probably like what people feel when they sign up for one of those escape room adventures. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2018
Beast (2017) Steve Murray While not gratuitous or gory, Beast won't be everyone's cuppa. But it's a really memorable debut by Pearce - and maybe even more so for Buckley. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2018
Un beau soleil intérieur (2017) Steve Murray Any cinematic immersion in that city has its pleasures, but by the time Gérard Depardieu shows up as some sort of relationship guru, launching into a tedious monologue like most of the other characters, it's time to return home. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Anything (2017) Steve Murray Bomer is fine, for the record, though the character is a little overly refined and well-put-together to feel completely plausible. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Logan Lucky (2017) Steve Murray It's a guilty pleasure, but it's definitely a pleasure. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
Secret Smile (2005) Steve Murray Though the drama is over 10 years old, it's pretty relevant for our #MeToo era. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
Les affamés (2017) Steve Murray The movie isn't entirely effective. The rhythm it sets - long, poetic shots of greenery, interrupted by a sudden, bloody scare - gets repetitive quickly. But give it credit for trying something new. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
6 Balloons (2018) Steve Murray The movie is modest and honestly scaled - adult in the best sense. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
Kodachrome (2017) Steve Murray Ultimately, it's not a very good flick. But it features a splendidly nasty performance by Ed Harris. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
The Rider (2017) Steve Murray The Rider is slow going in spots, but it will surprise you with moments of great, simple beauty. Climb onboard, and you're not likely to forget it. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2018
Ghost Stories (2017) Steve Murray A dramatic and visual sleight-of-hand that works in the moment but may leave you feeling a bit cheated once the credits roll. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2018
A Beautiful Day (2017) Steve Murray The movie gives us glimmers of trauma from Joe's childhood life, but they're never explained, simply served up as fractured psychological backstory. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2018
Little Pink House (2017) Steve Murray Watching the tension between both [Catherine] Keener and [Jeanne] Tripplehorn's characters and the women's acting styles is one of House's pleasures. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2018
Crooked House (2017) Steve Murray It's not great, but it's a fun, old-fashioned mystery. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
1945 (2017) Steve Murray It's a fine addition to post-war films, just not one of the great ones. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
Journey's End (2017) Steve Murray It's like a handsomely constructed, old-fashioned item of furniture, the sort of well-crafted drama that's fallen out of favor but still captures your admiration. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (2017) Steve Murray By the documentary's end, the artist and the filmmaker have drawn you into their own meditative rhythms and philosophy. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
Foxtrot (2017) Steve Murray It's a rigorous, fascinating deep dive into the immediate, numbed aftermath of sudden loss, injected with very dry comedy as the military reps try to be helpful. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
The Death of Stalin (2017) Steve Murray Death is the liveliest movie about brutal oppression I've seen in a while (since 1995's Underground, anyway); it's funny as hell - then suddenly chilling - and it's more audacious than just about anything else playing now. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
Nelyubov (2017) Steve Murray But despite director Zvyagintsev's reliably sinuous, controlled filmmaking, Loveless too often comes off as just a relentless bummer. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2018