Arizona Republic

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Rating Title/Year Author
Reckless (1984) Marsha McCreadie Youth on the run can be a whole lot of fun, but Reckless, by first-time filmmaker James Foley, is a particularly dreary affair. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2020
4/5 The Vast of Night (2019) Bill Goodykoontz The direction in the film is terrific, with an atmosphere and vibe so pervasively thick you can practically feel what it's like in the town. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/5 The High Note (2020) Elizabeth Montgomery Looking for a movie to get you as far away from reality as possible? Watch "The High Note." EDIT
Posted May 25, 2020
2/5 Scoob! (2020) Bill Goodykoontz "Scoob!" is a poorly written, nonsensical animated update of the Scooby gang notable for a couple of things, neither of them quality. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
2.5/5 Raising Buchanan (2019) Bill Goodykoontz There are some interesting ideas on display, but the film is underwritten; a few more passes at the script might have tightened things up. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
3/5 Spaceship Earth (2020) Weldon B. Johnson "Spaceship Earth" is an interesting look at the origins of one Arizona's most interesting tourist attractions. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
3/5 Becoming (2020) Bill Goodykoontz Certainly "Becoming" will please her supporters and tick off her detractors. But not much more. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
4.5/5 Beastie Boys Story (2020) Bill Goodykoontz It's all pretty straightforward. But Diamond and Horowitz are great storytellers - no surprise there - and Jonze adds video clips and photos on the giant screen behind them (and makes the occasional mistake, played for laughs). EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
4/5 Bad Education (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Jackman captures that dichotomy perfectly, and makes "Bad Education" an offbeat treat. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
3.5/5 Extraction (2020) Bill Goodykoontz It's just a wild, explosive ride. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
3.5/5 Selah and the Spades (2019) Bill Goodykoontz While most of the situations are decidedly more adult than who will ask whom to prom - though there is some of that - "Selah" doesn't have the inauthentic ring of an adult trying to inhabit the life of a high-school student. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2020
3/5 Trolls World Tour (2020) Bill Goodykoontz Again, it's no great shakes as a film. But it is a pleasant-enough diversion, and at the moment that's just enough. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
4/5 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Bill Goodykoontz We're conditioned to expect certain things from this kind of story, but Hittman trusts her audience enough to upend those expectations and counts on us to stay with her. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020) Bill Goodykoontz "After Truth" does a good job of exposing the problem. What we need now, more than ever, is a solution. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Weldon B. Johnson [I]n the final minutes, the characters make several choices that defy logic, leaving the audience to wonder what happened to the savvy operators presented in the early parts of the film. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
3.5/5 What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Bill Goodykoontz "What She Said" is a good movie, an engaging look at probably the most influential film critic of all time. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
4.5/5 First Cow (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Think of it more as one of those examples of how you can learn more from fiction than fact, because the movie tells us a lot about the origins of a nascent culture - country, really (ours), and the people within it (us). EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/5 Burden (2018) Elizabeth Montgomery "Burden" does a great job of giving the viewer a look at the lives of those in the KKK beyond their hatred, but it misses the mark on making an impact on the viewer. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/5 Wendy (2020) Garrett Mitchell "Wendy" is not glossy by any means but it feels like an escape from the soulless live-action Disney remakes audiences have become accustomed to. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/5 Onward (2020) Nicole Ludden [C]ompared to some of Pixar's other outstanding works, "Onward" is just OK. Considered on its own, however,the film is still really, really good. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
3.5/5 Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) Ed Masley Robertson is chasing something different here - a fond remembrance of the complicated friendships lost along the way that celebrates the good times through the music they created while they could. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
3.5/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Weldon B. Johnson "The Invisible Man" is a thrilling movie. If nothing else, it will make you question if that feeling you get of being watched is just in your head, or if there really is somebody else in the room. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
3.5/5 The Lodge (2019) Bill Goodykoontz "The Lodge" is an exceptionally creepy horror film - and a really disturbing one. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Elizabeth Montgomery "Ordinary Love" is not a movie solely about cancer. It is a raw, on-screen adaptation of what hundreds of couples experience when their limits are tested - physically, mentally and romantically. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
3/5 The Call of the Wild (2020) Weldon B. Johnson "The Call of the Wild" should appeal to fans of adventure movies or dog lovers, or both. It has more to offer than landscape shots and cool CGI dogs. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
3/5 Downhill (2020) Bill Goodykoontz It all adds up to a decent movie - one that, for those in the know, stands in the shadow of a better one. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh Love stories are as old as stories themselves, but "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" feels very much like it's inventing something. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 The Assistant (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Green shows us nothing lurid, nothing explicit. Instead she lets the toxicity build, bit by bit, until it's seeped in everywhere. That's powerful, and that's worse, too. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Nicole Ludden Director Cathy Yan, known for her 2018 comedy-drama "Dead Pigs," masters the mechanics of imaginative, swirling scenes that make otherwise overly drawn-out action sequences feel like an amusement park ride. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 Les misérables (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh When it reaches its boiling point, "Les Misérables" absolutely roils. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/5 The Last Full Measure (2020) Garrett Mitchell Unlike that medal that eluded Pitsenbarger's memory for decades, "The Last Full Measure" doesn't do its hero justice. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Elizabeth Montgomery Take away the confusing plot and throwaway punchlines and the cast is by far the best part of the film - and the reason many will go see it. If only they were part of a different movie. "'The Gentlemen" doesn't live up to the hype. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 Clemency (2019) Bill Goodykoontz "Clemency" isn't exactly a good time at the movies, but it's definitely an enlightening one. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Weldon B. Johnson If you enjoyed the first two "Bad Boys" movies, you'll want to see how the characters have developed. If you aren't a fan of the series, there is a strong enough story to make the film worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.5/5 Dolittle (2020) KiMi Robinson While "Dolittle" is unlikely to become a cult classic like its predecessors and doesn't necessarily transcend generations, it will likely find a captivated audience in its young viewers. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh With the exception of Foxx's moving performances, "Just Mercy" delivers little you can't get from simply watching the news. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1/5 Like a Boss (2020) Garrett Mitchell Haddish and Byrne, whose stars shined so brightly in the laugh-filled "Girl's Trip" and "Spy," do their best to elevate the material but can't put lipstick on this pig. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 1917 (2019) Bill Goodykoontz War is much on the minds of people right now, and "1917" is a good reminder, flaws and all, of what that really entails. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
2.5/5 The Song of Names (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh Far from heightening the sense of mystery, the flashback construction renders the present-day dramatically inert, giving fine actors little to do save deliver exposition. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
4.5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Cinematographer Darius Khondji gives the film a gritty, twitchy feel. The Safdies give it a story and a pace that never lets up. But Sandler gives it life, and makes "Uncut Gems" a must-see movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
3.5/5 Little Women (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh Watching Greta Gerwig's 2019 "Little Women" is like visiting an old friend for tea. The conversation may not surprise, but that's what makes the company a warm comfort. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
3/5 Bombshell (2019) Garrett Mitchell It may be difficult to divorce the Fox News of it all - something that never really gets indicted in the same way as Ailes' behavior - but it's still a story worth telling. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh "A Hidden Life" is less a story than an experience, a spiritual journey made accessible through light and sound. Malick doesn't transcend cinema. He sanctifies it. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 Cats (2019) Kerry Lengel I didn't hate it. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Abrams brings it in for a safe landing. But sometimes a bumpier ride can be a little more fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 Mickey and the Bear (2019) Scott Craven "Mickey and the Bear" unfolds languidly, allowing tension to build slowly, intimately. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Kerry Lengel Despite a mildly entertaining ostrich stampede, it doesn't even try to one-up the action sequences of "Welcome to the Jungle," which wasn't exactly "The Matrix" in the first place. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Ed Masley It wouldn't take much work to make a case for Dylan as a criminally underrated vocal stylist based on these performances alone, approaching each new song as one more masterpiece he can't stop painting over. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Bill Goodykoontz It's a good movie. It's also a flawed one. And in this case more than most, it's hard to separate those two things. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
2.5/5 Cyrano, My Love (2018) Kerry Lengel Maybe this is all more entertaining than the real story would have been. But how much more, really? EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019