Arizona Republic

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Rating Title/Year Author
Baby Boom (1987) Marsha McCreadie Baby Boom is so far into the realm of fable as to be a cartoon, or a wish fulfillment. It's as if Frank Capra had read Ms. and missed the point. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
3.5/5 Zola (2020) Bill Goodykoontz The story goes a little awry at the end, but by that time, like Zola, the audience is done, ready for this story to be over. But what a trip it's been. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
3/5 F9 (2021) Bill Goodykoontz Is it a ridiculous movie? Of course, that's the point. Yet it's still kind of fun, and it all but insists that you enjoy watching it. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
4.5/5 The Sparks Brothers (2021) Ed Masley 'The Sparks Brothers' makes you want to know them better. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2021
4/5 Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Bill Goodykoontz One of the most satisfying things about the film is that through decades of struggle she clearly has found that worth. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
4/5 Luca (2021) Bill Goodykoontz It may not be a masterpiece, but its message is one that can't be expressed enough. "Luca" expresses it in a gorgeous, fun way. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
The Toy (1982) Michael Maza It is what they call a major disappointment. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
The Sunshine Boys (1975) Mike Petryni The handling of individual scenes by Simon and director Herbert Ross (who controlled Woody Allen in "Play It Again, Sam") is finest of any movie based on Simon's work. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
The Late Show (1977) Mike Petryni Many movies these days ballyhoo their stars and then deliver drivel. But "The Late Show" is genuinely one in which the slow-burning excitement started cooking the moment it was cast. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
Harry and Tonto (1974) Phil Strassberg Mazursky is to be commended for this wonderful portrait because too few movies deal with the elderly and contain the wit and originality as does this one. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
Heroes (1977) Mike Petryni A sensitive contemporary love story that doesn't cop out on modern problems. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
The Philadelphia Story (1940) Republic Staff Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart comprise the starring trio, sharing honors so perfectly it would be impossible for a reviewer to choose a top performance. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2021
The Secret of My Success (1987) Marsha McCreadie The Secret of My Success delivers, and in the fairy tale realm of wish fulfillment, this is what counts. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2021
Rear Window (1954) Patricia Smith Constantly mounting tension is seen through Stewart's field glasses and telescopic camera lenses as well as the panorama of other people's lives. As usual, Thelma Ritter takes magnificent advantage of her brittle and witty dialogue. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2021
4.5/5 In the Heights (2021) Bill Goodykoontz It's a great experience, like a beautiful summer day. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2021
From the Manger to the Cross (1912) Republic Staff The present pictures that are running at the Lamara, From the Manger to the Cross are more wonderful in fact than [the Passion Play of Oberammergau]. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
Hopscotch (1980) Michael Maza The plotting is seamless, the humor to the point, the cinematography serviceable and direction craftily precise. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
2.5/5 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Bill Goodykoontz I like both Wilson and Farmiga in most everything they do, including the previous films in the franchise. I like them fine here. It's not the acting, it's the story. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
Harry and Son (1984) Hardy Price The film seems to begin in the middle of something, just exactly what I'm not sure, and ends without ever having said anything. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
3.5/5 Cruella (2021) Bill Goodykoontz When she's playing Cruella, Stone is definitely in charge. It's a bravura performance, filled with a crackling energy that never spills over into parody. That's what saves it. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
Target (1985) Marsha McCreadie Standard as it is, Target still manages to be entertaining and fun, and it contains a fine performance by Gene Hackman, a guy who always manages to keep his cool no matter what he's cast in or as. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
4/5 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Bill Goodykoontz Krasinski takes great delight in tormenting his audience. Audiences who see this movie will be appreciative of that. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2021
The Way of All Flesh (1927) Republic Staff It is a story few who see it will ever forget. It is a picturization that reaches a plane of pantomimic art seldom reached by even the most accomplished of the screen celebrities. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
Chan Is Missing (1982) Michael Maza Chan Is Missing is craftily iconoclastic; unlike so many big-budgeted Hollywood genre-splicings and sendups, it sledgehammers old forms, not just for the heck of it, but with an eye toward building something new. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2021
3.5/5 Dream Horse (2020) Bill Goodykoontz The authenticity that Collette brings to a woman desperate for some kind of change and the willingness to seek it is inspiring. She's the real winner here. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
2.5/5 The Woman in the Window (2021) Bill Goodykoontz There is a certain appeal to watching it all fall apart. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
2.5/5 Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Bill Goodykoontz It's Rock's film, for better and worse. The worse is the tired story that overtakes almost everything else in the movie. The better is Rock's presence in it. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
2.5/5 Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Bill Goodykoontz Really, every actor is likable and, all by themselves, good here. It's that each situation is more ridiculous than the last and none of it fits together, even when everything gets tossed into the narrative blender toward the end. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
3/5 Army Of The Dead (2021) Bill Goodykoontz Imagine the most glorious, goriest orgy of zombie excess. Now imagine that's not nearly enough and you'll have a pretty good idea of what's going on in "Army of the Dead." EDIT
Posted May 11, 2021
3.5/5 Monster (2018) Bill Goodykoontz "Monster" is a good movie that could have been a better one. Mandler needs to trust both his film and his audience more. Give him points for trying, but he's just trying too hard. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 Twister (1996) Bob Fenster No one's going to buy into the romantic bickering between the lead scientists or their rivalry team of evil meteorologists. Still, if you're hooked on high-voltage special effects, Twister will give you a charge. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Bill Goodykoontz Which is not such a bad thing. "Without Remorse" is neither a classic nor a failure; it falls somewhere in-between. But like Kelly on a seemingly doomed mission, there's Jordan, giving it all he's got to save the day. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2021
2/5 Stowaway (2021) Bill Goodykoontz Even at nearly two hours, "Stowaway" feels rushed, particularly toward the end. It's a matter of pacing and choices, what Penna chooses to focus on and what he ignores. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
5/5 Schindler's List (1993) Bob Fenster Schindler's List is a great movie that serves a greater purpose. This epic story of one man's conscience reminds the world that an individual's rise to heroism in the face of mass insanity can make a difference. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
An American in Paris (1951) Jim Lindstrom [An American in Paris] climaxes with a brilliant 17-minute ballet whose only movie competition is the ballet of The Red Shoes. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
4.5/5 The Truffle Hunters (2020) Bill Goodykoontz It won't necessarily make you want to rush out and pay a fortune for truffles to shave over your eggs. But it will make you appreciate people whose love for something has so fully informed their lives. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2021
The Godfather, Part II (1974) Phil Strassberg A masterful sequel, replete with action, showmanship, humor and technical craftsmanship. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
3.5/5 French Exit (2020) Bill Goodykoontz Unfortunately, there's not a lot more to the movie than that. But at least that's something, and in Pfeiffer's hands, it's something good. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
It Happened One Night (1934) Republic Staff One of the most enjoyable romantic comedies released in many months. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
The Godfather (1972) Phil Strassberg In sum, The Godfather is blessed with top production values, is certain to be a powerhouse boxoffice draw, spotlights a terrific performance by Pacino... and brings Brando back to his plateau of excellence. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Bill Goodykoontz If you're watching this kind of thing, you're really watching it for the noise, the chaos, the concussive battles. And you will get them. With a couple wrinkles, even. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 Girlfight (2000) Bill Muller It's well-written and features a solid performance from Michelle Rodriguez in the leading role, but it's so unrelentingly morose that it becomes hard to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
3/5 Daughters of the Dust (1991) Bob Fenster Despite the plot's vagueness, Daughters of the Dust is absorbing throughout. Its strengths lie in the tapestry that details the Gullah family life, culture and philosophies. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/5 Nobody (2021) Bill Goodykoontz It's all insanely violent and gleefully silly. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/5 The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) Bob Fenster The Ballad of Little Jo is a unique bit of history that is undoubtedly far more credible than any nonsense Hollywood will produce about women gunslingers. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
4/5 Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) Bill Goodykoontz "Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal" is a pretty straightforward title for such a strange - and effective - documentary. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
4/5 Clueless (1995) Bob Fenster In a summer of great thrillers and action pictures, the comedies have been few and feeble. But Clueless stands out as a picture that's both funny and a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
2.5/5 Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Bill Goodykoontz Mostly, though, this is a dirge, an obvious exercise in making a Serious Statement, and on that front it doesn't succeed. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
3/5 Face (2002) Kerry Lengel With no access to these women's inner selves, we are left wanting at least a fuller portrait of their outer lives, some way to infer the meaning that the film declines to provide. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
4/5 Wayne's World (1992) Bob Fenster Wayne's World is a sociological dissertation on the post-adolescent, pre-existential, psychodynamic polemics of popular culture. Not. Wayne's World is a ton of fun for people who are younger than 30 or who think they are. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021