The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)

The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Dan DiNicola
Rating Title/Year Author
Up in the Air (2009) Dan DiNicola Clooney's portrayal if this terminal man is exemplary on every count. He is a man of and for our times. So too is this year's finest movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Dan DiNicola Parents and kids can rejoice. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is a delight. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) Dan DiNicola It's a movie for our times and maybe a sign that despite the turbulence in the air, sweetness prevails in American Teenland. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
Standard Operating Procedure (2008) Dan DiNicola Errol Morris' documentary... should be seen by all Americans but probably will viewed only by a relative handful. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) Dan DiNicola Do yourself a favor. Do a favor for the kids you like and love. Take them to see Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. Not just girls you like and love. Boys, too. If you are an adult, you will have a good time. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
The Damned United (2009) Dan DiNicola The searing drama amasses its considerable force the old-fashioned way; it earns its wings by virtue of impeccable performances, strong direction and a stellar screenplay. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
Cassandra's Dream (2007) Dan DiNicola It's not Dostoyevsky, but neither is it a shopworn trifle. It is, if you will excuse the literary metaphor, a good read. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
Tyson (2008) Dan DiNicola The redeeming value of Tyson is its entrée into the mind of a wild man, a furious force of nature. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Dan DiNicola The movie's overwhelming achievement is its evocation of a life and events without wallowing in any kind of pity or histrionic melodrama. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
The Band's Visit (2007) Dan DiNicola Even without the coveted Oscar pedigree, this modest comedy has to be the most delightful and enjoyable movie now playing in local theaters. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
The Hurt Locker (2008) Dan DiNicola The Hurt Locker is the finest movie yet about our war in Iraq. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
A Single Man (2009) Dan DiNicola This is one magnificent drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
Smart People (2008) Dan DiNicola An amiable, often insightful presentation of brainy characters in a dysfunctional family. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
Street Kings (2008) Dan DiNicola Swimming in bloody violence, Street Kings has plenty of holes, and it is way over the top. But you also have the sense that the filmmakers are not trying to exaggerate. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
Frozen River (2008) Dan DiNicola Courtney Hunt's work is a dramatic thriller, but it is also a rich character study of a woman we have all met. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
The Wrestler (2008) Dan DiNicola With another director, and most tellingly, with hundreds of other actors, The Wrestler might easily have descended into cliché. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
Shall We Kiss? (2007) Dan DiNicola It is, hands down, the best date movie in town. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
An Education (2009) Dan DiNicola An Education is so good, so intelligent that it invites little shocks of recognition or inspires debate. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2018
Bright Star (2009) Dan DiNicola Bright Star is a work of muted eroticism, and in its bare-bones approach, it's a story reminding us that love often grows without explosive fanfare. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
In Bruges (2008) Dan DiNicola The kind of movie that dabbles in playful allusions before it fizzles into a flat finale. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) Dan DiNicola It serves both as an introduction to the life and times of an influential American and as a way to reflect on the ways in which news is handled today. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Sugar (2008) Dan DiNicola Sugar is one smart, beautiful movie, and from where I stand, it is an instant classic with the guts and integrity to remain focused on a winning story about a flowering American-immigrant soul. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Astro Boy (2009) Dan DiNicola Astro Boy may be an old-time favorite, but as directed by David Bowers with a screenplay by Bowers and Timothy Hyde Harris, it arrives here as fresh, invigorating entertain EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Food, Inc. (2008) Dan DiNicola Want a nice juicy burger? Maybe not, maybe never if you catch Food, Inc., a calm but powerful indictment of the food industry. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
O'Horten (2007) Dan DiNicola In years to come, I would not be surprised if this droll Norwegian comedy is hailed as a minimalist masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
American Violet (2008) Dan DiNicola At the center of the drama is Nicole Beharie, who inhabits her role as a woman unjustly maligned with intelligence, conviction and regal sense of pride. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Young at Heart (2007) Dan DiNicola Their music is not brilliant, but it is accomplished and soulful, head and shoulders above the usual output of senior citizen groups. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
The Reader (2008) Dan DiNicola The Reader trips over itself now and then, but it remains wonderfully acted and beautifully realized. And it has something profound to say about shame, confidence and justice. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Redbelt (2008) Dan DiNicola With Ejiofor standing above the rest, the performances are uniformly excellent. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Jumper (2008) Dan DiNicola Jumper is a movie with no special powers. Despite its slick and sleek approach to extraordinary events, it remains quite ordinary and remarkably nondescript. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
I Love You, Man (2009) Dan DiNicola For our era, Rudd is a perfect everyman. I enjoyed Segel's antics, but liked Rashida Jones even more. A few leading roles and she would be the Doris Day of a new age. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Tell No One (2006) Dan DiNicola Tell No One grows on you, even after a first screening. It is both a dignified and rarified treat. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Funny Games (2007) Dan DiNicola Funny Games is the most disturbing film I have ever seen. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
All About Steve (2009) Dan DiNicola All About Steve may be a harmless escapade, but sitting through it proves to be a painful experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Definitely, Maybe (2008) Dan DiNicola As a result of the movie's jagged, careless, overly cute approach, a number of performances are wasted. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Paris 36 (2008) Dan DiNicola We may love the French and their spirit, their zest for life. But when they start falling in love with themselves, the whoopie turns to ennui. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008) Dan DiNicola It is likely to delight even viewers who don't give a hoot about sports. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Observe and Report (2009) Dan DiNicola Despite its wild, eclectic nature, something about the comedy is oddly appealing, if not liberating. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
Persepolis (2007) Dan DiNicola As a work of art and a fine example of a narrative unvarnished with pretension, this animated feature is a gem. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
Planet 51 (2009) Dan DiNicola Planet 51 is no instant classic, but it does rate as a pleasant diversion, a kind of bridge on connecting holiday blockbusters with movies you can take the kids to. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) Dan DiNicola It's all gripping big-screen TV. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
Lorna's Silence (2008) Dan DiNicola In a Hollywood thriller, we might encounter a conniving wife in league with a vicious gang of con men. Here, the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, contrive a richer scenario. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
The Informant! (2009) Dan DiNicola This Damon opus might be categorized as a subdued thriller, a riff in a minor key, and a compelling character study. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
Julie & Julia (2009) Dan DiNicola I liked Julie & Julia. I loved Streep's performance, and when Jane Lynch shows up as Julia's sister, treat yourself to even more fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
Invictus (2009) Dan DiNicola History lesson, classic brand of entertainment and stellar performances mark the arrival of Invictus, a testament to the legacy inspired by the return of a native and genuine hero, Nelson Mandela. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) Dan DiNicola Nothing about You Don't Mess With the Zohan is profound or profoundly classic; it's both wildly uneven and intermittently entertaining, mostly because it wants to fuse lowbrow comedy with a satiric punch. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Dan DiNicola Monsters vs. Aliens may not be a masterpiece, but it comes darn close to being one. And by the time I finish this review, I may talk myself into declaring it one. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
27 Dresses (2008) Dan DiNicola Oh, how we miss the likes of Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Katharine Hepburn. And even more, the funny, witty, adorably romantic scripts penned by men like Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Cloverfield (2008) Dan DiNicola Consistently gripping, Cloverfield is a significant accomplishment, and as I mentioned, it takes the Blair Witch approach to new and strikingly original levels. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Over Her Dead Body (2008) Dan DiNicola It's not really about love or death; nor is it much fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018