The Saturday Evening Post

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Rating Title/Year Author
3 of 5 Radium Girls (2018) Bill Newcott Outrage is the order of the day...anger that corporate greed could have so callously doomed loyal employees to protracted, painful deaths - and the nagging suspicion that...things have not changed all that much. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Bill Newcott Byrne insists all is not lost. There is still uplifting music. There are still those synapses of compassion that fire through our brains. And there is still that spark of hope that we can, despite ourselves, make a better world. Same as it ever was. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 Small Group (2018) Bill Newcott Director Chastain...momentarily sheds the friendly confines of an off-kilter Sunday School comedy to dip his toes into a kind of street-smart cinematic realism that owes more to Rossellini's Rome, Open City than to Heaven Is for Real. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/5 Herb Alpert is... (2020) Bill Newcott The story of Herb Alpert is a lot more than a snappy greatest hits collection; it's a deep dive into the agonies and ecstasies that drive profoundly creative people. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
4/5 Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) Bill Newcott Bill Clinton may have been the first U.S. President born after World War II, but as this tuneful, nostalgic documentary reminds us, it was Jimmy Carter who first harnessed the energy of rock and roll to catapult himself to the highest office in the land. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 Blackbird (2019) Bill Newcott The entire cast hurls itself into this sentimental stew with such abandon you come away unexpectedly sated. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
5/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Bill Newcott Forget every Charles Dickens screen adaptation you've ever seen - Armando Ianucci's take on David Copperfield is the funniest, freshest, most fulfilling cinematic foray into Victorian England since, maybe, ever. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
3/5 Tesla (2020) Bill Newcott Ethan Hawke, one of the screen's great chameleons...succeeds admirably in bridging the chasm between us and the inventor. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/5 Made in Italy (2020) Bill Newcott I'm all for any film that manages to pry a gun from the hands of Liam Neeson. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/5 Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Bill Newcott As powerful a 15 minutes as you'll ever see open a film. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
4/5 A Most Beautiful Thing (2020) Bill Newcott [The] men from Manley High have a couple of lessons for us all: First, don't assume that everyone who's not on your side is your enemy. And second, it's possible to find common cause with just about anyone, even if you have to keep them at oar's length. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 The Truth (2019) Bill Newcott I don't have much patience for films about how hard it is to be a movie star - I hear Starbucks is hiring - but there's no denying the thrill of seeing the great Catherine Deneuve as a fading screen goddess coming to terms with movie mortality. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Bill Newcott You don't reach the level of stardom Ronstadt did without a white-hot fire of blind ambition, and although the film paints a portrait of an artist hell-bent on success, it's also clear she was also forever doubtful of her own abilities. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
4/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Bill Newcott A reunion in the best sense: Nearly two dozen characters...each get a welcome moment in the spotlight; some to say apparent goodbyes, others to leave tantalizing hints of yet another return as the clouds of...War gather on the Hampshire horizon. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
3/5 Joker (2019) Bill Newcott It all reminds me of a Goth teenager: He dresses in black, circles his eyes with mascara and mopes around in his room, all the time with no idea what he's so depressed about. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
4/5 Judy (2019) Bill Newcott This is emphatically a movie about Renée Zellweger playing Judy Garland, reclaiming the mantle of 'serious actor' that marked her for greatness nearly two decades ago...To which I can only add: Mission Accomplished. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
4/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Bill Newcott The story of Rudy Ray Moore in a nutshell: It's better to be authentic. And that's a lesson Eddie Murphy seems to have learned, as well. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
4/5 Harriet (2019) Bill Newcott Harriet explores the thin veil that separated the free states from those that practiced slavery, a veil that was so easily pierced it becomes impossible to sustain the myth that the North was utterly non-complicit in the sin of slavery. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
3/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Bill Newcott If only Edward Norton the producer had told Edward Norton the screenwriter to streamline Edward Norton the star's lines a bit, Edward Norton the director might have had a mini masterpiece on his hands. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Bill Newcott If you opened the hood of the Fast and Furious movies and dropped in a brain, you might come up with something like Ford v Ferrari. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
5/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Bill Newcott What are we to do with...a film with not a mean millisecond in its length; a film that celebrates kindness, forgiveness, compassion, faith, and innocence with reckless abandon? Here's what you do: You embrace it. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
4/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Bill Newcott Flamboyantly cinematic, epic on a scale as vast as the sky itself, director Tom Harper's airborne yarn about a history-making 1862 balloon flight offers more authentic thrills than a dozen Marvel movies. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Bill Newcott As usual, Eastwood displays his astonishingly streamlined style of storytelling. There's not a wasted beat in the film EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
4/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Bill Newcott Spoiler alert: There are Ewoks at the end. Dancing. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
5/5 Little Women (2019) Bill Newcott I came kicking and screaming...but now writer/director Greta Gerwig has gone and forced the issue, creating an artful, impeccably acted, and unexpectedly thrilling film that has stubbornly elbowed its way to the top tier of my favorite films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
5/5 Just Mercy (2019) Bill Newcott Not all good-for-you movies are actually all that good. Just Mercy, populated by monumental performances and powered by a story of uncommon courage, is by every measure a great film. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
5/5 1917 (2019) Bill Newcott While in some ways 1917 speaks the visual language of a current-day shooter video game, the performances elevate the film to almost operatic drama EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Bill Newcott Even as the plot spirals out of control to the point of incomprehensibility, Cage manages to hold our attention, largely by matching the escalating developments, outrage for outrage. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 Come to Daddy (2019) Bill Newcott If you like your cinematic tea served with a dash of arsenic and a teaspoon of bile, this gleefully twisted tale of intergenerational angst might be the sip you've been waiting for. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 Seberg (2019) Bill Newcott It may be small solace that Seberg finally tells Jean's tragic story, but it's never too late to be reminded of the insidious power of gossip - and how it can swallow reputations, causes, and even human lives, whole. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) Bill Newcott Billy Crystal has...found a worthy return in this big-hearted comedy about two hard-drinking, emotionally tormented loners who, despite themselves, strike up the most meaningful friendship of their lives. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Bill Newcott [Writer/director Celine] Sciamma is blessed with two lead actors whose haunted round eyes and exquisitely calibrated performances offer portraits of studied desperation, crushed beneath centuries of societal expectations. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Hope Gap (2019) Bill Newcott A bookend to last year's A Marriage Story...a portrait of a marriage exploding like a white-hot supernova -- while Hope Gap depicts one that has dwindled to a dwarf star, collapsing under its own weight. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Resistance (2020) Bill Newcott Inspiring and simultaneously horrifying, the film is a testament to how unspeakably awful we humans can be...and also to how astonishingly often the right person emerges at the right time to do battle with the darkness. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 Inside the Rain (2019) Bill Newcott Inside the Rain can't help but be a brave piece of filmmaking. But you might not expect it to be as funny as it is. And above all, you may well be caught off-guard by its frequent moments of visual beauty. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Love. Wedding. Repeat (2020) Bill Newcott I laughed...I liked most of the characters. I was dazzled by the Rome setting. And the story is...so proudly implausible that I... willingly wallowed in its ridiculous excesses. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Bad Education (2019) Bill Newcott Director Cory Finley deftly walks that caper film tightrope, allowing us to enjoy the company of scoundrels while never asking us to identify with them. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Driveways (2019) Bill Newcott [This] gentle and sweetly endearing...tale of a lonely eight-year-old boy who befriends the elderly Korean War vet next door is defiantly positive; a big wet kiss on the lips of a world that normalizes cynicism and celebrates conflict. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Military Wives (2019) Bill Newcott What could have been a mawkish flight of sentimentalism is kept firmly on the ground mostly thanks to the script co-written by Rachel Tunnard, who similarly avoided easy sentimentality in her criminally overlooked 2016 comedy Adult Life Skills . EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 American Trial: The Eric Garner Story (2019) Bill Newcott [It] won't replace To Kill a Mockingbird or Inherit the Wind as the cinema's quintessential courtroom drama, but it may well endure as the most authentic EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 The Trip to Greece (2020) Bill Newcott The main focus is on banter, the scenery, and the so-beautiful-you-can-taste-it food. But from the outset of this installment, there's a sense that the guys and director Michael Winterbottom are aiming for something a bit more substantial. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 The Short History of the Long Road (2019) Bill Newcott I have a feeling a decade from now lots of us will look back at this big-hearted road movie and say, 'Oh, yeah - that's the first time I noticed Sabrina Carpenter.' EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Radioactive (2019) Bill Newcott History is always more fun when filmmakers leave the rough edges intact, and Radioactive does just that - thanks mainly to the superb work of an actor who thrives on showing those edges in stark, supremely human, relief. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
4/5 The Outpost (2020) Bill Newcott More than qualifies as one of the most important war films of the past decade. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020