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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
5/5 98% Chimes at Midnight (1965) Welles' vision and imagination is unmatched in film. His use of light in a forbidding, dark castle is a wonder.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
5/5 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece; Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as a ruthless oilman is without flaw.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2008
5/5 98% Up (2009) Through its writing, direction and execution, Up doesn't just achieve hipness, it transcends it. With its spirit of fun and adventure, it echoes Raiders of the Lost Ark (only funnier) -- it's a thrill ride, but a thrill ride with heart.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 27, 2009
5/5 68% Synecdoche, New York (2008) It's a strange trip, to be sure, but a worthwhile one for those willing to take it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2008
5/5 87% Inception (2010) Inception is either a great, mind-bending movie or one big swindle. Let's go with the former.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2010
5/5 94% Winter's Bone (2010) Winter's Bone is a genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances so natural, so genuine, that you forget it's a movie.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2010
5/5 96% The Social Network (2010) With The Social Network, director David Fincher has come up with a movie that, in telling the turbulent story of whiz-kid Mark Zuckerberg's creation of Facebook, isn't just compelling. It's great.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2010
5/5 100% Apu Trilogy (1954) This is in many ways essential film education. Yet the consumption of it is never a chore.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/4 90% Bridesmaids (2011) "Bridesmaids" proves two things conclusively: Women are every bit as adept as men at gross-out comedy antics, and Kristen Wiig is a bona-fide comedy star.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 11, 2011
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" is cinema, of the highest order.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
5/5 94% Stories We Tell (2013) What a great movie.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2013
5/5 96% Gravity (2013) "Gravity" is an amazing movie for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is how Alfonso Cuaron tells what seems like a familiar type of story in a way we've never seen.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2013
5/5 87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) The film flies off in all sorts of directions, all of them rewarding. But the best trick is how screenwriters Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee bring everything back together, even the seemingly least-related elements.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2012
5/5 93% 50/50 (2011) "50/50" is a tremendous movie. It's also a really funny one, which doesn't mean it won't make you cry.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2011
5/5 89% The Descendants (2011) With so many balls in the air the temptation is to rush from one plot strand to another, but Payne takes the opposite approach. He also captures the complexity of emotional reactions that grief stirs.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2011
5/5 99% A Separation (2011) "A Separation" is a great movie, a look inside a world so foreign that it might as well be another planet, yet so universal that its observations are painfully familiar to anyone, anywhere.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2012
5/5 95% The Artist (2011) "The Artist" is such an engaging, delightful film that, if you like movies, you will walk out of the theater with a smile. You just will; it's that inspired.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2011
5/5 91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) "Zero Dark Thirty" is a great movie, an astonishing achievement on nearly every level.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2013
5/5 96% Argo (2012) It re-creates the mood of an era, a nation's frustration and anger, all while rollicking along with a crackling adventure.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2012
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) You want to see this movie. You need to see this movie. Because "Inside Out" is terrific, a mind-bending concept turned into a brilliant film, a return to form for Pixar not just in terms of quality but in taking risks - risks that pay off.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
5/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are both fine actors, but you'd be hard pressed to sit engrossed in a conversation between any actors that goes on for more than a couple of minutes. Usually. But not here.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 30, 2013
5/5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Slavery is revealed for the unrelenting horror that it was. About time.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
5/5 94% Her (2013) The science fiction supports the story without overpowering it (and without forcing you to make those pesky "would this really work?" calculations in your head), and the romance is genuine - even if it's virtual.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2014
5/5 91% Birdman (2014) An amazing movie that delves into the worlds of theater, film and celebrity, directed with great skill and passion by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2014
5/5 97% Boyhood (2014) "Boyhood" is not just a great movie, it's a landmark achievement in film.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
5/5 91% La La Land (2016) If you have friends who say they don't make good movies anymore, drag them to this.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
5/5 97% Spotlight (2015) Let's cut to the chase: "Spotlight" is a flat-out great movie.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) "Dunkirk" is a great movie, both an old-time inspirational war epic and at the same time very much a Christopher Nolan movie.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) "Manchester by the Sea" is a masterpiece in a minor key, an exploration of grief that never lets its characters - or its audience - off the hook.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) It's a great movie.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/5 97% Hell or High Water (2016) Let's make it easy: If you like sitting in a dark room looking at pictures that move, you should see "Hell or High Water." It's terrific.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) "Moonlight" is a minor miracle, a movie that mines beauty out of the ugliest situations, and a glimmer of hope from heartbreak.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
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
4.5/5 92% The Women (1939) A film that deserves to be seen (or seen again).‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2008
4.5/5 100% Only Yesterday (1991) The animation isn't showy, but it's beautiful, providing clear delineations between Taeko's past and present. The attention to detail is fantastic. But the story is what sets the film apart.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
4.5/5 98% Blindsight (2006) Blindsight is hugely affecting, the rare experience that will make those who watch it thankful for what they have, yet make them realize that they aren't nearly thankful enough.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2008
4.5/5 73% Son of Rambow (2007) All part of growing up, an experience Son of Rambow portrays with genuine insight.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 8, 2008
4.5/5 83% Atonement (2007) Part highbrow British drawing-room drama, part gritty war film, all entertainment almost all the time, Atonement is a masterful study of both the hurtful and redemptive effects of imagination.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2007
4.5/5 94% The Dark Knight (2008) Whatever trepidations Ledger may have had about taking on such an iconic role, he blows past them brilliantly, carrying The Dark Knight along with him.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2008
4.5/5 97% The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) Wonderful, hilarious documentary.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2007
4.5/5 91% Michael Clayton (2007) Smart and exciting, Michael Clayton takes the audience on a ride whose pleasures almost sneak up on you and are all the more satisfying because of it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2007
4.5/5 95% WALL-E (2008) The animation is stunning; the landscapes of the futuristic Earth offer the Pixar folks ample opportunity to show off their wares.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2008
4.5/5 91% The Fighter (2010) "The Fighter" easily could have slipped into boxing-film clichés, but Russell doesn't let that happen. Instead, it lands its hardest blows while chronicling the struggle of a family, which is a far more interesting fight.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2010
4.5/5 88% Control (2007) [An] absorbing and ultimately harrowing look at Ian Curtis' short, unhappy life.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2007
4.5/5 98% Toy Story 3 (2010) Toy Story 3 is very much a worthy entry in the series, a movie well worth making (and seeing). It continues the legacy. It just doesn't expand upon it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2010
4.5/5 77% I'm Not There (2007) I'm Not There is brilliant, if often brilliantly surreal, filmmaking.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2007
4.5/5 28% Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) It's a fine-enough kids movie. Cute. Nice lesson. And better than you'd think.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2007
4.5/5 100% Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) Taxi to the Dark Side is a stunning indictment of torture as policy, a brilliant documentary whose arguments are so well-supported and reasonably made that you can't ignore them.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2008
4.5/5 88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is often an uncomfortable film to sit through, but the rewards it offers make it well worth the effort.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2007
4.5/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) The Wrestler isn't a perfect movie, but Rourke's performance gives it the impact of an atomic elbow drop.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2009