Le Noir Auteur

Le Noir Auteur is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Terence Johnson
Rating Title/Year Author
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Terence Johnson Yes, we enjoy getting to witness two people be awful, but if it doesn't come from a truly emotional place or have someone other than the main couple to bounce off, it just feels awful. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Terence Johnson The main problems for this film start with the script and its lack of attention to detail. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Terence Johnson Both of those actresses are quite gifted at digging into characters, but this movie does not give them much tangible to grab hold of. This gets to the movie's fatal flaw: an inability to tap into anything specific to elevate the story. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Uncle Frank (2020) Terence Johnson Paul Bettany is really phenomenal in Uncle Frank... So phenomenal in fact that he singlehandedly helps rescue the movie from some plot foolery. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Nine Days (2020) Terence Johnson I felt unmoored rather than inquisitive about the premise. The movie is at it's best when it relies on actors doing thing in a space to an amazing score, but the ideas didn't make me sit forward and ponder. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Wolfwalkers (2020) Terence Johnson Beautiful images and a wonderful score make this movie a breezy watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
The Boys in the Band (2020) Terence Johnson The Boys in the Band might be a classic text, but even with this new production, it feels more like a museum exhibit than a vibrant account of the past. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
Mulan (2020) Terence Johnson Stuck in a battle of wills between an American sensibility, the Chinese legend, and the spectre of a previous film. This battle extends to every arena of the film with the exception of the acting and gorgeous costume work. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Sputnik (2020) Terence Johnson Sputnik rises above expectations by investing in the science and the characters, trusting that the amazing work of the cast and crew can carry the audience through. And carry us through they did. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Terence Johnson Miliotti and Samberg are so brilliant in their roles, I was mesmerized. The depth of their performances in channeling varying degrees of weariness and struggle is worth the price of admission (or clicking play on Hulu). EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
The Old Guard (2020) Terence Johnson Theron gives a great performance of the weariness of a cause and a lifetime of both great successes and failures. The movie also features wonderful diversity that's both integral and not for the story. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Terence Johnson Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is the type of film that knows itself, and though it can't hold up entirely, I found the earnestness and quirkiness endearing. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
The Vast of Night (2019) Terence Johnson The Vast of Night has a lot going for it: it has a lot of mood, a lot of tone, a lot of fancy camera work, a lot of long takes where actors can chew into a lot of dialogue. However, even with all of this muchness, the movie never really seems to elevate. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
15 Years (2019) Terence Johnson Every single glance, pause, and tongue lashing in 15 Years is imbued with the 15-plus year history of these characters, and it is truly a sight to see. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
Selah and the Spades (2019) Terence Johnson The writer-director has created a fascinating world that you'd want to live in... and then never really lets you live in it. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2020
Superman: Red Son (2020) Terence Johnson Not only is this a good film, it's also a superlative adaptation of the source material, being both more brutal and less foolish than the (very good) comic it is based on. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Terence Johnson Filled with nothing but manufactured tension. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020) Terence Johnson Amazingly costumed, well acted, and chock full of entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Terence Johnson The Rise of Skywalker really sidelines is the originality that would have made this a fitting conclusion in favor of servicing a particular type of fan. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Terence Johnson Eastwood has crafted a movie that sits alongside our current moment of journalistic inquiry, though it doesn't have much to say. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Little Women (2019) Terence Johnson Little Women is a well composed story and I'm sure this eighth adaptation will prove a fine watch for both new to the tale and true to the tale alike. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Waves (2019) Terence Johnson Waves is sterling film made all the more prescient due to the issues it tackles and just how much care everyone from the director to the actors put into the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Parasite (2019) Terence Johnson Bong Joon-ho has crafted one of the funniest comedies, most bristling class takedowns, creepiest thrillers, and contemplative films of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Terence Johnson There's much to admire about the movie and the ensemble is enough to carry you where you need to go, I'm just not sure I understand where that is exactly. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Terence Johnson It: Chapter Two is a mixed bag that the actors manage to really sell and because of them, the movie is a stressful, fun experience for the most part. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Terence Johnson Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark is a fun, at times incredibly intense horror film. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Terence Johnson The script of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is truly terrible. Tarantino is fully on the loose with this picture and with nothing holding him back, he unleashes a torrent of bad ideas. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Terence Johnson This new version of The Lion King is a nearly shot for shot remake... That sense of normalcy and nostalgia is a comforting blanket to be wrapped around, but I found myself longing to be free of it, because it so rarely hit the heights of the [original]. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Terence Johnson Pet Sematary is a tale with some fascinating themes and ethics, but I don't feel like any of them are here in this remake. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Terence Johnson I thought the premise behind this film was smart and the pairing of Daisy Ridley and George MacKay breathed new life into Ophelia and Hamlet, but this movie devolves into nonsense so quickly. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Little (2019) Terence Johnson Little is a really charming and funny movie... So great at getting to everyone's humanity. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Fast Color (2018) Terence Johnson Fast Color really is a lovely, quiet movie... Lorraine Touissant steals the show as the matriarch of the family and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is as magnetic as ever as the lead. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Terence Johnson Spider-Man: Far From Home is one of the few films in the MCU that suffers from having too much connective tissue. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Terence Johnson This movie elevates itself above regular jukebox musicals because it understands its subject and the music, leading to just some brilliant sequences. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Terence Johnson Guy Ritchie is a talented filmmaker, but he forgets that just because things look cool, doesn't mean it will feel cool. Or any emotion really. The comedic beats in the film play but much of the pathos of the narrative just didn't land and that's on him. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Terence Johnson The film will have you laughing, jumping out of your seat, and an emotional wreck, often in the same beats. What a time to be alive to see a movie like this. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Terence Johnson A mixed bag, but its a good time at the theatre. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019) Terence Johnson What I truly enjoyed about this movie was the animation and the movie's deeper themes. This animation style is a throwback to Batman the Animated Series and Superman of the 90s, and it is nice to be back in that world and interpretation of characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Us (2019) Terence Johnson Peele's sense of balance as a filmmaker is on display for much of this movie, blending incredible shots and truly laugh out loud moments with ease. That is, until he needs to find a way to end the film and tie together his cavalcade of ideas. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Terence Johnson Captain Marvel isn't just a feat of directing and good writing, the acting is some of the liveliest in a Marvel movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Terence Johnson It will make you feel like a young child discovering something new and wonderful and at 93 minutes, simply breezes by... EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Terence Johnson The movie cannot decide whether it wants to go all the way or be more restrained... Everything is played so safe, without any joy in the visual language of the film or in the script. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature (2019) Terence Johnson Most importantly it's got a wonderful understanding about the legend of Superman and what an icon like him can mean, even after death. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Terence Johnson If Beale Street Could Talk is a movie of moments, beautiful, emotional moments, but it did not cohere into a [fully] realized film for me. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Terence Johnson It's like a comic book come to life but not just panel hopping: there's a cinematic fluidity to this movie that rivals the best animated films of all time, not just of this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Roma (2018) Terence Johnson Cuaron is an auteur in his own right, and as such puts his stamp on his own life's story. But in doing so, he never picks the stamp up, too often letting shots linger far longer than they are interesting. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Widows (2018) Terence Johnson The kind of high quality studio fare adults have been begging for in the age of the big blockbuster. It's whip smart, flawlessly directed, and ferociously acted. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Burning (2018) Terence Johnson Forces you to shift your focus, allegiance, and expectations with the simplest of camera moves or moments from its actors. Lee keeps this tale spinning so smoothly that you don't even notice that the movie has been playing you. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Terence Johnson Redford understands that his movie star charisma has not dimmed in the many years he's been a star and uses it to full advantage. His character is a man everyone is charmed by in various capacities, and Redford certainly gives us plenty of reasons why. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
First Man (2018) Terence Johnson Manages to make space travel both incredibly awe inspiring and fear inducing... These scenes are technical marvels that also manage to keep the emotion and dialogue working in concert. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018