The Saturday Evening Post

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 No Time to Die (2021) Bill Newcott In the best Bond tradition... offers up implausibilities with shameless abandon, like a helpful bartender serving one martini after another, fully aware that each serving is dulling your critical thinking skills. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2021
4/5 The Guilty (2021) Bill Newcott A taut, twisting tale of madness and misdirection. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
3/5 Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Bill Newcott There are questionable plot hooks and discordant character changes aplenty, but all is well thanks to a buoyant song score and flawless performances from all involved. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2021
3/5 The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) Bill Newcott Tammy Faye is relentlessly respectful when it comes to faith - it's religion, and the seemingly irresistible human compulsion to utilize it as a cudgel of control, that the filmmakers can't stand. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
4/5 Wild Indian (2021) Bill Newcott It's clear there's no happy ending in store...Yet there is undeniable joy in discovering a master of the screen acting art, buoyed by an insightful script and splendid cast, fully formed yet somehow just arrived. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2021
2/5 The Suicide Squad (2021) Bill Newcott The jocular élan with which the Squad dispatches victims is a trademark of the franchise. And they don't just slaughter bad guys: EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
5/5 The Green Knight (2021) Bill Newcott The Green Knight is, simply, not home screen material. To witness...David Lowery's epic...on anything other than the largest screen possible would be like reducing the Grand Canyon to a postcard; the Sistine Chapel to a page in a coloring book. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 The Lost Leonardo (2021) Bill Newcott A head-spinning yarn...populated by self-important art experts, steely-eyed Russian oligarchs, and haughty auction house owners whose only vested interest in the authenticity of the painting lies in how much they can get for it. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/5 The God Committee (2021) Bill Newcott We didn't need a movie to tell us we never want our fates... before a room of disinterested experts. The revelation of The God Committee, however, is just how many unhealthy people reside on either side of that life-or-death equation. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
4/5 In the Heights (2021) Bill Newcott In this joyously tuneful adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, not only are the streets singing; so are the sidewalks, the tenements, the very air this colorful collection of endearing characters breathe. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2021
3/5 Georgetown (2019) Bill Newcott A guilty pleasure that trades on the occasional pleasures of guilt. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
4/5 Cruella (2021) Bill Newcott A movie that knows precisely when to pull the levers of familiarity and when to whirl off into some unexpected realm of dark whimsy. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
4/5 The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) Bill Newcott Writer/director/editor Robert Machoian...doesn't urge us to look for the private pain of those around us; he merely asks that we understand it's always there, whether in large measure or small. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
4/5 Tiny Tim: King for a Day (2020) Bill Newcott The naive, waif-like singer who stubbornly resisted hewing to musical norms of the time comes off a lot better here than the rest of us do. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 Here Today (2021) Bill Newcott Here Today clicks...when the comics get to be funny. But...like Jerry Lewis before him, Crystal seems to have a pathological need to remind us that the clown also knows how to cry. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 Voyagers (2021) Bill Newcott It's frankly a tough sell to accept social moralizing from a gang of Barbie and Ken clones. Not surprisingly, the film works best when it settles into being a straight-up outer space adventure yarn, briskly paced and lushly envisioned. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2021
4/5 Concrete Cowboy (2020) Bill Newcott We hang on every sentimental clip-clop, drinking in the film's earnest performances and its distinctive glimpse of a big-city lifestyle that we can't help but fear is even now riding off into the sunset. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 The Courier (2020) Bill Newcott Patriotism and heroism inform every frame of The Courier , a film that comes at a time when those terms have become perilously cheap, too often confused with selfishness and chest beating. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
4/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Bill Newcott Boseman's final scene, a mystical passage in which one of the Bloods envisions Norman visiting him with a message of forgiveness, was originally merely the emotional high point of the film; now it seems almost supernaturally inspired. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2021
5/5 The Father (2020) Bill Newcott Hopkins' Anthony remains utterly accessible to the audience, never once losing us in the labyrinth of his mind even as he himself stumbles into the gathering darkness. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
2/5 The World to Come (2020) Bill Newcott When they finally introduce an actual plot twist, about 80 minutes in, we're distressingly relieved by the tragic development, just happy to have something to hold onto. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
4/5 The Vigil (2019) Bill Newcott I was not aware the world needed a Hasidic Jewish horror movie, but it turns out yes, yes it did. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
5/5 Minari (2020) Bill Newcott Sometimes a film is so infused with humanity you could swear you hear its heart beating. And here is Minari...the film this country needs right now. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 Supernova (2020) Bill Newcott Firth brings his trademark aura of stiff-upper-lip decency, Tucci embodies a man whose creative sensitivity makes him all too aware of the pages falling from the book of his life. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
4/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Bill Newcott (Evokes) not only the unique social issues of the time - and our time, as well - but also the timeless challenges men face when they drop their guards and become genuinely accountable to one another. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
4/5 Herself (2020) Bill Newcott The feel-good movie of a year that, for the most part, did not feel very good at all. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Belushi (2020) Bill Newcott Through previously unreleased interviews, voice recordings, and archival footage, the film not only explores Belushi's uncommon success, but also his enduring impact on comedy and music. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 Soul (2020) Bill Newcott The film's score hums with jazz written and performed by Jonathan Batiste...Indeed, the film's most transcendent moments may well be those set not in the supernatural realm, but in a dark, crowded Manhattan jazz club. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 The Last Blockbuster (2020) Bill Newcott The best movie rental store film of all time remains Michel Gondry's Be Kind, Rewind...but this is a worthy follow-up; a fond tribute to a place that never got the memo when the rest of the world hit the fast-forward button. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/5 The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) Bill Newcott Happily, Coppola has left intact the film's soaring set pieces, which stand up to anything in the first two Godfather films. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Bill Newcott A Grapes of Wrath for the 2020s... not only evokes the visual language of John Ford and Terrence Malick, it stands beside those directors' very best work. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
3/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Bill Newcott Director Ron Howard miraculously finds the humanity in emphatically irresponsible and emotionally stunted characters, thanks largely to a cast that shares his dogged determination to find flickers of warmth in the darkening embers. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 The Climb (2019) Bill Newcott At times The Climb plays like a John Cassavetes movie shot by Jean-Luc Godard. But it serves as a reminder that life's most meaningful relationships are here for the long haul, and we don't get to cut away just to move the narrative along. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 Kindred (2020) Bill Newcott A snappy British thriller that lives in the same twisted neighborhood as Jordan Peele's Get Out. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
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