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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 93% 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 91% 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 74% 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 80% 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 60% 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 60% 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 96% 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 42% 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 66% 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
4/5 93% Us (2019) There's no way to know in the moment you're admiring this that it carries meaning that informs the rest of the film. That's just terrific filmmaking.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It may be haphazard and loosely focused. But thanks to Skarsgård it's never really boring.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) It's a weird little genre, the sick-teen romance. "Five Feet Apart" winds up as just a pedestrian entry in it, because it tries way too hard on the melodrama front.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/5 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) If you love art, "Ruben Brandt, Collector" is a non-stop visual fest, from the first frame till the last.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/5 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) A movie can only be a pleasant surprise once. So it goes with "Happy Death Day 2U," the inevitable, and perhaps inevitably disappointing, follow-up to the 2017 hit "Happy Death Day."‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) "Cold Pursuit" is the kind of movie that places its tongue firmly in cheek - and then chops off the whole head.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) "Capernaum" is a tough slog, no doubt, even by tough-slog standards. But that's a big part of what makes it so rewarding.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins brings an urgency to "If Beale Street Could Talk," along with the melancholy of problems still yet to be solved.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
4.5/5 66% Vice (2018) Uses flashes of absurdity and whimsy, along with drama and documented facts, to give us a portrait of a man who quietly accumulated wealth and power while no one else was looking.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
4/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Mostly we just exist in the moment with Tucker, and that's fine, because we're existing with Redford, too. "The Old Man & the Gun" is his film, ultimately, and that's fine.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/5 73% The Children Act (2018) [Thompson] is so good that she overwhelms the story's shortcomings.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
4.5/5 95% Blaze (2018) It's the kind of movie that, if you give yourself to it, you'll love.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4.5/5 95% Bisbee '17 (2018) In some respects "Bisbee '17" serves as a kind of therapy for the town. But it's still difficult material.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 66% The Little Stranger (2018) Sneaks up on you, little by little, till the final scene smacks you in the face.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) If you like Hornby's work, you'll like "Juliet, Naked." If you don't? Well, the soundtrack is pretty swell, and it's really great to see Rose Byrne get a chance to shine.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) The story is fine, but the movie features a terrific performance by Jonathan Pryce and a flat-out brilliant one from Glenn Close, who dials up a slow burn for the ages.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018