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Bill Goodykoontz

Bill Goodykoontz
Bill Goodykoontz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Arizona Republic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) 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.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
2/5 50% Scoob! (2020) "Scoob!" is a poorly written, nonsensical animated update of the Scooby gang notable for a couple of things, neither of them quality.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
2.5/5 80% Raising Buchanan (2019) There are some interesting ideas on display, but the film is underwritten; a few more passes at the script might have tightened things up.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3/5 93% Becoming (2020) Certainly "Becoming" will please her supporters and tick off her detractors. But not much more.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
4.5/5 94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) 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).‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
4/5 93% Bad Education (2019) Jackman captures that dichotomy perfectly, and makes "Bad Education" an offbeat treat.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3.5/5 68% Extraction (2020) It's just a wild, explosive ride.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
3.5/5 89% Selah and the Spades (2020) 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.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
3/5 70% Trolls World Tour (2020) Again, it's no great shakes as a film. But it is a pleasant-enough diversion, and at the moment that's just enough.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
4/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) 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.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
100% After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020) "After Truth" does a good job of exposing the problem. What we need now, more than ever, is a solution.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3.5/5 86% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) "What She Said" is a good movie, an engaging look at probably the most influential film critic of all time.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4.5/5 96% First Cow (2020) 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).‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3.5/5 74% The Lodge (2020) "The Lodge" is an exceptionally creepy horror film - and a really disturbing one.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3/5 37% Downhill (2020) It all adds up to a decent movie - one that, for those in the know, stands in the shadow of a better one.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 91% The Assistant (2020) 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.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 91% Clemency (2019) "Clemency" isn't exactly a good time at the movies, but it's definitely an enlightening one.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) War is much on the minds of people right now, and "1917" is a good reminder, flaws and all, of what that really entails.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
4.5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) 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.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
3.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Abrams brings it in for a safe landing. But sometimes a bumpier ride can be a little more fun.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) 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.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 62% American Dharma (2019) Give 'em enough rope, as they say. It's become increasingly fashionable to twist or ignore facts, but it's still important to present them for all to see.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) It's not flashy, but it's how you get the job done.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" is cinema, of the highest order.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's more serviceable than inspired, but "Dark Fate" gets by on nostalgia.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/5 73% Harriet (2019) Erivo captures both Tubman's defiance and her headstrong courage. But the film overall feels too conventional. It simply cannot fully capture the inspiring story of Tubman's incredible life.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It's a nearly perfect film, from Bong's masterful use of framing and visual language and control of a wildly shifting tone to the performances (all terrific) to the commentary on class division.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Too soon? That's the question at the heart of whether you'll find "JoJo Rabbit" a story of acceptance and inclusion or an offensive lark. I'm in the former camp. Your mileage may vary.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) This is a really great cast, but it's just impossible to recapture the antic feel of the first film in a sequel.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet El Coyote (2019) Maybe there's a place in the film world for "El Coyote" as a cult artifact, something that years from now enthusiasts will defend as a kind of dada experiment. In the moment, though, as you suffer through it, it's just an ill-conceived mess.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) "Where's My Roy Cohn?" makes it clear that his influence is still felt today, all the way to the White House.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 84% Villains (2019) "Villains" is a fun movie, but it's not a great one. Their next one might be.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 23% Zeroville (2019) Your mileage may vary. Clearly, "Zeroville" is not a film for everyone. But if you love movies and you're willing to experiment, it's an enjoyable trip.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 62% Edie (2019) The story in "Edie" may get sidetracked from time to time, but Hancock never does, with a focus every bit the equal of her character's, if not more so.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) I don't know if you can have spoilers when actual history if involved, but by the end you may be happy, unhappy or something in-between.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Hader rises above the rest. If you've seen "Barry," his HBO series, you know he has no problem blending comedy and drama. In this case, he adds horror to the mix, and he's just as good at that, too.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 61% Brian Banks (2019) "Brian Banks" is an OK look at a grave injustice, the kind of film that you can tell while you're watching it ought to be more inspiring, but never quite is.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/5 59% Them That Follow (2019) "Them That Follow" is a tough slog, no doubt. But it's also a worthwhile one, even if you might appreciate it more than you'll enjoy it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) [I]n "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' outstanding documentary, [Morrison] tells stories, right to the camera, about herself and her life and her work, and it's magical.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 41% Stuber (2019) Whether you think he's funny enough to justify the violence and the predictability is another question. I laughed more than I winced, if that helps, and I'd love to see Nanjiani and Bautista in another film together.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 67% The Quiet One (2019) Play simple, sure. But "The Quiet One" could have used a lot more complexity.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/5 60% Round of Your Life (2019) You want to root for it, but it never quite measures up.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The "Toy Story" saga felt fully complete without it, which makes this a movie that doesn't really need to exist, but whose existence doesn't diminish the whole, either.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2.5/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Ugh. "The Dead Don't Die" isn't bad, exactly. It's just that with all this talent and all this beautiful weirdness at hand, it could have been so much better.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Credit where it's due: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" is exactly what you think it is, nothing more and nothing less.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) It looks drop-dead gorgeous and, despite a few storytelling short cuts, it's unexpectedly moving.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 95% Shadow (2019) "Shadow" is absurdly entertaining once you get past that first introductory hurdle. But the rest of the film is well worth the wait.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 38% El Chicano (2019) There's a need for a Latino superhero film. "El Chicano" is not it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 67% The White Crow (2019) It's a good movie, so smartly directed by Ralph Fiennes, who also appears as Nureyev's dance instructor, that at times it feels like an IQ test. But the story is intriguing and, ultimately, gripping enough to overcome all that.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 42% William (2019) The intentions here are noble, but the execution is too obvious and strained to make much of a lasting impact.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019