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
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
Looper (2012) Molly Templeton Looper embraces the paradox that's required for the two-Joes story to even happen, knotting improbability, vengeance and the notion of choice into a taut, sleek, imperfect but intelligent action movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Frankenweenie (2012) Molly Templeton Frankenweenie, which made me cry almost as much as the audibly sobbing kids in the theater, is a big-hearted optimist's tale beautifully warped through Burton's trademark twisted vision. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) Molly Templeton An affectionate portrait of one creative man, Beauty [is Embarrassing] may make you wonder how many other artists like [Wayne] White have stories just as deserving of a cinematic telling. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Arbitrage (2012) Molly Templeton Pointed but not polemical, [Nicholas] Jarecki's allegorical film moves along steadily, buoyed by an eerie and modern score, as it traces the fault lines of one man's delusions. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
The Sessions (2012) Molly Templeton The Sessions, a candid, gentle film about a paralyzed man's quest to have sex, walks a tricky, balanced, grave and funny path that's all its own. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Lincoln (2012) Molly Templeton Lincoln's flaws don't keep it from succeeding on several levels: as a showcase for Daniel Day-Lewis; and as an uncomfortable and pointed reminder about the hideous racism that's an unavoidable piece of America's makeup. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Anna Karenina (2012) Molly Templeton Anna Karenina drags in the middle and rushes to its ugly end but the sets, the choreography, the glorious costumes and the secondary characters are pieces of a superior film. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Old Goats (2010) Molly Templeton Old Goats has moments of subtle wisdom and is refreshingly straightforward in its depiction of the lives of older men. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Molly Templeton The Hobbit is a long and bumpy walk worth taking. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Holy Motors (2012) Molly Templeton Léos Carax's baffling, magical Rorschach blot of a film, Holy Motors, is a magic mirror: It gives you what you want from it. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Molly Templeton The story [Kathryn] Bigelow and [Mark] Boal tell is an ugly one, brutal, disconnected, horribly human, but what makes the film such an exceptional piece of work is the way they center it in the quietest moments: EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Bill W. (2012) Molly Templeton If you're hoping for a full, deep understanding of the founding and success of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W. probably won't be the film you'd like it to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Molly Templeton Though Silver Linings deserves credit for its portrayal of the middle ground of mental illness, it's as much of a mess as its characters, veering between tone-deafness and deep sympathy, convincing portrayal and cheap cliché. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Rust and Bone (2012) Molly Templeton It's far more layered and subtle than its summary suggests, thanks to the magical combination of [Jacques] Audiard's direction and Marion Cotillard's uninhibited, prickly, incredible performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Amour (2012) Molly Templeton Never easy but always tender, Amour is quietly unforgettable, and one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
56 Up (2012) Molly Templeton 56 Up is both an exceptional standalone documentary and an excellent teaser for the series as a whole. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Molly Templeton Predictable, burdened with unfunny dialogue and stilted performances, and insulting to its audience and its source material, this Oz is anything but great. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
The Host (2013) Molly Templeton The Host might have been stronger as a TV series, with more time to spend on character development and a gradually building plot, but Niccol's cool direction and his solid cast make is a perfectly watchable genre piece. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) Molly Templeton It's possible to admire lots of things about The Place [Beyond The Pines] but still feel like the movie stumbles on its own ambition. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019