Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bill Muller, Eleanor O'Sullivan, Jack Garner, Marshall Fine
Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 My Family/Mi Familia (1995) Jack Garner Ultimately, My Family tells a universal story that can be appreciated by any people who have leaned on blood ties and cultural traditions to get through the challenges of life. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
1.5/4 Cool as Ice (1991) Jack Garner The plot of the Vanilla Ice movie, Cool As Ice is as simple and obvious as the rap star's wooden acting. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
4/5 El Norte (1983) Jack Garner El Norte is a considerable achievement and a moving experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
4/5 Testament (1983) Jack Garner Despite its flaws, Testament achieves a commendable goal: It makes you confront nuclear war in a very personal way. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2021
5/5 Sugar Cane Alley (1983) Jack Garner Beyond the sociological ramifications, Sugar Cane Alley is a gentle and affecting story of aspirations, determination and love. It is also marvelously crafted and beautifully photographed. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
10/10 Schindler's List (1993) Jack Garner It is a harrowing indictment of cruelty and a heartfelt testament to courage. It is a film of maturity and power, as Spielberg applies his considerable filmmaking skill to a most serious topic. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
2.5/4 Daughters of the Dust (1991) Jack Garner Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust offers so much to admire, it's too bad its occasional lack of clarity and meandering style weaken its impact. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2021
7/10 The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) Jack Garner The frustrations, anger, ambition, inherent goodness and painful loneliness of [Suzy Amis's] character come through vividly. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
5/10 Clueless (1995) Jack Garner Barbed satire gives way to a pedestrian tale of teenage romance. The result is mildly entertaining, but not what's been promised EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
3/4 Wayne's World (1992) Jack Garner Have no fear, dudes, the off-the-wall combination of metallic slapstick and Mad magazinish satire has been sustained to the max. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
5/5 Out of Africa (1985) Jack Garner In sum, Out of Africa is great film making in the best tradition of Hollywood romance. It's a stunning and immensely satisfying 150 minutes in a theater. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Home of the Brave (1949) George L. David Here we have the moving picture at its best giving uncompromising, powerful treatment to a tremendously vital matter in our society. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
10/10 Chimes at Midnight (1965) Jack Garner Well, now Janus Films has executed a wondrous restoration. It's a knockout. The story of Shakespeare's great Sir John Falstaff character is no longer a diamond the rough. It is simply a breathtaking diamond. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2016
The Seventh Fire (2015) Jack Garner The film is intimate and personal and enlightening - I highly recommend it. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2016
10/10 Eye in the Sky (2015) Jack Garner I'm ready to call Eye in the Sky, released in the spring, the best film of the year, thus far. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2016
9/10 The American Side (2014) Jack Garner It's an intriguing neo-film-noir, and amusingly convoluted (in the challenging tradition of the genre.) EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2016
Star Wars (1977) Jack Garner The special effects and technical achievement are the greatest ever. Lucas and company have created an unusual and diverse universe and put it before our eyes.Not once is there a feeling of unnaturalness or fakery. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2015
8/10 Eve's Bayou (1997) Jack Garner Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
9/10 Waking Ned Devine (1998) Jack Garner Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
9/10 The Rock (1996) Jack Garner Michael Bay's saga about terrorists on Alcatraz Island doesn't have the technical wizardry of Twister or the overly complex plot of Mission: Impossible, but it does have explosive energy to burn. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/10 Mars Attacks! (1996) Jack Garner The actors spoof stereotypes, but all too obviously. The screenplay is superficial and utterly predictable. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
8/10 Restoration (1995) Jack Garner Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
6/10 Day Watch (2006) Jack Garner Even though I never quite understood the film, I at least had the sense that there's something to it, and it's worth my effort to eventually figure it out. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2007
7/10 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Jack Garner I had a few laughs, I enjoyed the elaborate special effects, the characters are entertaining and unpretentious, and I got out of the theater in about 90 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2007
8/10 Once (2006) Jack Garner Thanks to the ingratiating lead performers and their honest music performances, and the sensitivities of writer-director John Carney, it's a story worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2007
8/10 ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2005) Jack Garner It's an entertaining primer on the surprisingly arduous process, as well as a glimpse into the involvement of folks like Rosie O'Donnell, Boy George, Alan Cumming and Idina Menzel. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2007
7/10 The Valet (2006) Jack Garner If you're in the mood for Gallic lightheartedness, you know where to go. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2007
6/10 Surf's Up (2007) Jack Garner The animation is fine, the voice work is well-cast and well-directed (with a special nod to the always-wonderful Bridges) and Surf's Up is modestly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2007
Snow Cake (2006) Jack Garner Weaver and Rickman and screenwriter Angela Pell elevate the film into something quite endearing. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
The Exterminating Angels (2006) Jack Garner The cinematic equivalent of getting drenched with a splash of ice water. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
6/10 Gracie (2007) Jack Garner It's in the same rousing spirit of many such films in the genre. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
8/10 Offside (2006) Jack Garner If you're seeking a movie that entertains while introducing you to uniquely different ways of life, Offside scores. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
8/10 In Search of Mozart (2006) Jack Garner Though casual filmgoers may find In Search of Mozart a touch long and musically technical, the film provides a bevy of biographical information and a wealth of superb music. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
9/10 Waitress (2007) Jack Garner Order up a slice of the best pie this side of heaven, and enjoy a nice movie of bittersweet satisfaction. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
8/10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Jack Garner It's beautifully shot, with lots of colorful characters, many astonishing special effects (though some approach a numbing quality), and much humor. The secret to enjoying the Pirate trilogy is to view them as operatic comedies. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
10/10 Away From Her (2006) Jack Garner The deeply affecting situation is explored with lyrical artistry, touching drama and remarkable performances in Away From Her, the impressive directorial debut of Canadian actor Sarah Polley. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2007
8/10 Shrek the Third (2007) Jack Garner If you've enjoyed the clever and very funny Shrek adventures so far, Shrek the Third will not disappoint; it's on a par with the entertaining original, and even a bit better than Shrek 2. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2007
9/10 Mafioso (1962) Jack Garner If you're curious to see the roots of Mafia-related cinema (or even if you simply enjoy a well-made, well-acted film), don't miss Mafioso, a fresh, and still engaging comedy-drama. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
9/10 After the Wedding (2006) Jack Garner A fully engaging drama, with powerful emotional punches and surprises. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
6/10 Year of the Dog (2007) Jack Garner Writer-director Mike White goes for a more restrained approach with some laughs, but also an offbeat character study. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
7/10 Lucky You (2007) Jack Garner Filmgoers expecting a Cincinnati Kid for a new age may be disappointed, for despite its card-game setting, Lucky You is mostly about a guy who we'd like to see win away from the casinos. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
5/10 Spider-Man 3 (2007) Jack Garner More is not better, even if it costs a reported $250 million. A good adventure story is better. A strong, well-examined villain is better. Lean and a little meaner is better. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
10/10 Killer of Sheep (1977) Jack Garner Though not tautly connected, the various segments generate memorable images and give a feeling for a community and for a family that would be impossible with conventional narrative. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2007
8/10 Orchestra Seats (2006) Jack Garner A warm-hearted French confection, the sort of breezy, lightly sophisticated boulevard comedy that was once plentiful in Gallic cinema, and makes a happy comeback here. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2007
8/10 Hot Fuzz (2007) Jack Garner One is tempted to label this a British Police Academy film, but it's a far smarter, more visceral, and energetic kin, and even has an honest-to-goodness mystery plot to propel it along. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2007
6/10 In the Land of Women (2007) Jack Garner Somehow, Kasdan's script is able to gloss over potential sand traps, and heads into the safer territory of emotional redemption for all involved. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2007
8/10 Fracture (2007) Jack Garner A smart script and a fun villain are more than enough to keep things rolling. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2007
9/10 Days of Glory (2006) Jack Garner [Director] Bouchareb clearly understands that battlefield action is greatly intensified when filmgoers care about the participants, and he works artfully to make that happen. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2007
10/10 The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) Jack Garner Director Loach, one of Britain's most controversial and socially aggressive filmmakers, here makes a subtle, and surprisingly restrained film, letting the volatility and pain emerge naturally from the sad and violent situation. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2007
9/10 Grindhouse (2007) Jack Garner Both films are wildly entertaining, as long as you're ready for the high-intensity gore factor, the sex (mostly talk) and the violence. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2007