Eugene Weekly (OR)

Eugene Weekly (OR) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Molly Templeton, Rick Levin
Rating Title/Year Author
Saint Frances (2019) Molly Templeton O'Sullivan's script knows when to press and when to pull back, and the entire cast is beautifully comfortable in director Thompson's hands. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Phoenix, Oregon (2019) Molly Templeton Lived-in, warm and life-sized... EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) Rick Levin Mostly, the documentary conveys the way The Band, a product of the '60s, stood both inside and outside the culture of the time. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Molly Templeton I'm ready for the sequel. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
The Lodge (2019) Rick Levin The Lodge takes everyday family dysfunction and cranks the knob to 11, and the result is a postmodern fairy tale that brilliantly churns our contemporary fears and phobias into something resembling a 21st-century Hansel and Gretel. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Rick Levin Stanley, with tasteful precision, walks the finest tightrope between Lovecraftian grandiosity and grindhouse grit, resulting in a movie that is both really scary when it's scary and really funny when it's funny, and supremely in control of both poles. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
1917 (2019) Rick Levin Cue awards season. This one's a shoo-in for the Oscars, which can't resist imitation, regurgitation and the great-man theory of bunk history. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Rick Levin Uncut Gems spools out like an Old Testament parable updated for our late-capitalist collapse, a timely tale of greed, envy and idolatry which - like that chunk of mined rock - hides an eternally glimmering truth inside its jagged exterior. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Honey Boy (2019) Rick Levin I can't imagine what sort of emotional reckoning, not to mention courage and risk, was involved for LeBeouf to bare his soul - and his family's past - with such raw vulnerability, but the results are invigorating. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Molly Templeton Knives Out effectively re-establishes Johnson post-The Last Jedi as a filmmaker with a lot more on his mind than just franchise pictures. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Rick Levin For all its tragedy, the story of The Irishman is told with love - a grudging but expansive love, one that neither condemns nor praises but rather looks deep inside each character to find a strangled humanity. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Rick Levin Beneath the madcap action, the goony characters and Wes Anderson scenery beats a big heart coursing with the stuff of life, against all odds and, often, in the throes of unspeakable crimes. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Rick Levin Eggers balances the film's darkly religious and malevolently Freudian themes by portraying the visceral realities of two men scrunched together in ramshackle surroundings on an island of rain and rock. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Monos (2019) Rick Levin Monos has the feeling of being dropped with no map into the middle of a world in collapse, and the confusion on screen telegraphs a kind of psychic and social fracture. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Rick Levin If our humanity is going to be restored, fostered and buttressed, it's art like this that will accomplish the deed, by reminding us all what it means to believe in one another. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Rick Levin Despite the cartoonish exterior, Ready or Not is a nasty movie, a millennial revenge fable that takes full cathartic aim at the monstrousness of our social upheaval. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Maiden (2018) Rick Levin Exaltation, not outrage, is the primary experience of this film. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Melvin (2009) Rick Levin Channeling the spirit of Troma's low-budget horror grinders, director Henry Weintraub creates a decisively anti-John Hughes teen fantasy, full of high-concept raunch and low-blow delight. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Rick Levin Tarantino has upped his game with this one, and in the process revealed the mature sensibility of a filmmaker capable of looking backward without simply cannibalizing his own achievements and becoming a self-parody. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Rick Levin As in Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery," Aster hints that the price of paradise is not dreaming; it is blood. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Rick Levin Directed by Pamela B. Green, this documentary is at once a love letter to and a furious argument for the lasting legacy and inarguable genius of Guy-Blaché. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Late Night (2019) Molly Templeton The movie isn't without its clichés... but Kaling and director Nisha Ganatra build in nuance wherever possible. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Rick Levin Wilde humanizes this much maligned but rarely understood generation, giving it a voice that is properly rapturous, chaotic and, yes, dignified. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Molly Templeton Tolkien has no idea how that magic happens - no idea how to show it, no idea how to infuse a film about a master of imagination with anything but the most literal of fantastic imagery. Its subject deserved better. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Rafiki (2018) Rick Levin Director Wanuri Kahiu deftly balances vibrant, expansive scenes of Kenyan street life with more-intimate peeks into the relationship between Kena and Ziki, evoking a very specific sense of time and place that only heightens the story's emotional impact. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Molly Templeton These broad-appeal movies have to please a lot of people just enough to keep us invested, and this one gets the job done. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
High Life (2018) Rick Levin Denis' film defies all categorization: If it's a sci-fi movie, so is Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, and if it's horror, so is David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Molly Templeton Hellboy wants to have it both ways, to cover familiar ground and present a new story, and it fails at both. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Us (2019) Rick Levin Peele proves that he's not going to be content resting on his laurels, and that he's fearless and talented enough to hold a mirror up to our own worst selves - literally, it turns out. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Rick Levin Dark, violent and, at times, wickedly funny, Zahler's film harkens to the golden era of independent film, though it's hardly an exercise in simple nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Molly Templeton Captain Marvel is about Carol - it's not about saving the world, though that happens along the way. The antagonist, a brilliantly cast Ben Mendelsohn, is not the problem. Something much bigger - and subtler - is. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Micmacs (2009) Molly Templeton Micmacs is clever, sweet, beautifully shot and disappointingly unsatisfying. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Some Days Are Better Than Others (2010) Molly Templeton [Matt] McCormick's eye for the small things that change a day, or a life, is sharp and compassionate; he finds the moments that initially seem unremarkable and follows them until they gradually transform into something greater. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010) Molly Templeton Tucker and Dale is a surprisingly sweet movie, even when kids are chucking themselves into wood chippers or getting accidentally impaled on conveniently located sharp sticks. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Mr. Nice (2010) Molly Templeton Part of the problem with Mr. Nice is that the endless sequences of [Howard] Marks and company moving, packing, hiding or hiding drugs lead to a muddled, disconnected narrative that lacks emotional impact. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Skeletons (2010) Molly Templeton The way [Nick] Whitfield never bounds his characters' existences with biography, gives Skeletons the resonance of a short story that contains an entire life, painted on a tiny canvas but composed of vital details that tell all the important truths. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Lemmy (2010) Molly Templeton Lemmy is a fascinating, slightly overlong, almost-warts-and-all documentary about Motörhead's bassist/lead singer. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Cold Weather (2010) Molly Templeton Cold Weather is more formally lovely than any mumblecore film I've yet seen (and I do have a modest taste for the genre, if you can really call it that). EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Skateland (2010) Molly Templeton Skateland, Anthony Burns' 1983-set coming of age story, is warm, welcoming and seen through a high gloss of nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Molly Templeton How to Train Your Dragon, an animated wonder of a film, does have often-familiar, heartwarming themes about individuality, acceptance, teamwork and prosthetics. It also has wicked awesome dragons... EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
() Molly Templeton You don't have to be a tattoo junkie to find this story fascinating as a vivid, historical look at a subculture and the way it has developed, expanded and become commercialized. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Hood to Coast (2011) Molly Templeton Lovingly pieced together from a patchwork of stories, Hood to Coast is gorgeously shot and cheerfully sincere. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
How to Die in Oregon (2011) Molly Templeton For a film about death, How to Die in Oregon is awfully life-affirming. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Molly Templeton The obnoxious and ungrateful shall inherit the Autobots, the power and the cash. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) Molly Templeton [The Best Exotic Marigold] Hotel charms while you're watching it, lightly pushes a few buttons (some unintentionally), and gives you little to chew on when you leave the theater. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Molly Templeton Beasts [of the Southern Wild] has the contradictory, inevitable, glorious feel of a myth, a folk tale about a place that never was but is everywhere, in a time that's entirely now and could have been decades ago. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Lawless (2012) Molly Templeton Complex, horrifying, pitch-perfect and exceedingly well acted, it's the near-brilliant film you never expected at the end of summer. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Sleepwalk With Me (2012) Molly Templeton Sleepwalk [With Me] takes familiar material and twists it slightly, bringing new themes into focus even as it relies heavily on [Mike] Birbiglia's tales of screwy gigs, stoic audiences and downright dangerous sleepwalking episodes. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Elena (2011) Molly Templeton Luxurious cinematography, careful choices about focus and editing, and excellent, constrained performances, particularly from [Nadezhda] Markina, give Elena much greater depths than its plot suggests. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Samsara (2011) Molly Templeton I can't fault the film on a technical level and I can appreciate the years of work that went into it. But it's manipulative and condescending, a series of striking visuals appropriated and arranged into a film that's not half as deep as it thinks it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019