Craig D. Lindsey Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Possibly the season's -- even the year's -- most stunning, complex film.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
4/4 94% Carol (2015) What's fascinating about Carol is how Haynes and his performers create a sophisticated story about two people trying to be together in an environment that's quietly suffocating them. ‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2016
4/4 94% All Is Lost (2013) As grim and hopeless as things could possibly get in a movie called All Is Lost, the movie is essentially about perseverance: playing it smart, staying safe and not giving up until -- well, see the title.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
4/4 74% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) With The Adventures of Tintin, Steven Spielberg remembers that even if you make a movie that isn't about that much, at least make it an exciting, awe-inspiring movie about not that much.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/4 94% The Guard (2011) Much like its protagonist, the film appears to enjoy taking the piss out of its audience, giving them a cynical yet cheeky neo-noir that tweaks the usual conventions and comes up with a story that may be familiar, but is told in fresh fashion.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/4 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) Joyous, uplifting, melancholy and nostalgic, Twenty Feet From Stardom is a stunning salute to the singers who stay in the background, but whose talents can never be contained there.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
4/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) It's a sad state of affairs when movies like Fruitvale Station have to show everyone what they should know by now: Black people are people, too.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
4/4 95% Her (2013) This retro-futuristic romance (set in a world where people dress like colorful Quakers) has not only a lyrical sharpness but also the most sincere of faces. ‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
4/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) Funny and sad, poignant and profound, elegant and elegiac, ambitious and ambiguous, The Great Beauty is one of the most utterly enjoyable movies I've seen in years.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
A- 98% Toy Story 3 (2010) Toy Story 3 is just the right mix of adventure, joy and, most of all, wonder that we all need right now.‐ News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Posted Aug 25, 2014
3.5/4 81% The Assassin (2015) An epic martial-arts period piece that's beguiling, ambiguous and -- for some, at least -- frustrating in its storytelling.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) Like so many prior films about immigrants looking for a better life on these shores, Brooklyn lays out a wondrous, overwhelming and romantic vision of America's past -- the same vision that brought people here in the first place.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
3.5/4 94% Wild Tales (2015) A wondrous, whacked-out look at people doing what they think is right.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
B+ 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) Locker is merciless in its wretched view of life during wartime. IEDs, suicide bombers, even old-school sniper fire -- all these things are around to remind soldiers that death is imminent at any waking minute.‐ News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Posted Feb 25, 2015
4/5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Through the amazing, appalling story of Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave recreates how painfully wicked our country once was.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/4 96% Tangerine (2015) Tangerine will go on to be a gonzo, offbeat Christmas story for Grinchy people who are sick of watching the usual sentimental yuletide sap during the holidays.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
3/4 86% The Wolfpack (2015) Hopefully, The Wolfpack will also remind some parents that you can't hold onto your kids forever. Their desire to see and do everything is too strong. Sometimes, you just gotta let those little bastards roam.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
3/4 83% The Overnight (2015) A knock-around sex comedy where the actual act is hardly the point, The Overnight shows that wedded bliss can also be a rough, raunchy trip.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
3/4 92% Red Army (2015) Through a vivid collection of clips and interviews, this enlightening, rousing documentary shows us how these proud but cautious athletes have a complex love-hate relationship with the place they call home.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
3/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) Though exhaustingly grim, it reminds the viewer that a moment in history this horrific should never, ever be forgotten.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 89% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) Blue is the Warmest Color may lure people in with its graphic, Gallic eroticism, but its universal tale of doomed endless love will most likely be the thing everyone will leave out the theater talking about.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
3/4 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Unlike the Bond films, this movie reminds us that being a British government agent is always a job, and rarely an adventure.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/4 92% Arthur Christmas (2011) It may look like a holiday trifle, but it's still a sleigh ride worth taking.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/4 95% The Muppets (2011) If anything, The Muppets succeeds in reminding us why audiences both young and old adored these talking pieces of felt in the first place: They were the first icons of family entertainment to keep it real.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/4 75% Hope Springs (2012) I won't reveal if these two adult learners rekindle the flame they thought was out long ago. But I will tell you this: I never thought seeing Meryl Streep pull an Alanis Morissette would be one of the highlights of my summer.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/4 87% Margin Call (2011) Margin Call effectively portrays these masters of the universe as flawed folk who were just as ill-informed, unaware and ultimately scared of losing it all as the general public. ‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 86% Puss in Boots (2011) It doesn't rely on annoying pop references or scenes of shameless schmaltz. Credit is probably due to executive producer Guillermo del Toro.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 95% The Queen of Versailles (2012) Be prepared to find yourself trying to find sympathy and compassion for the Siegels.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 78% Brave (2012) It's really the most sympathetic salute to mothers Disney has released since Freaky Friday.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 79% Killer Joe (2012) Killer Joe is such a hideously over-the-top, black-hearted view of Southern-fried scumbags that even Texans like myself can't get offended. ‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 80% Pitch Perfect (2012) The movie almost makes me consider watching an episode of Glee-almost.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 66% 2 Days in New York (2012) It's quite amazing that both Delpy and Rock pull this off, convincingly playing a couple who, despite being polar opposites, are straight-up smitten with each other.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 82% Seven Psychopaths (2012) Violence may be served up in copious amounts, but McDonagh also creates characters who have no qualms going gently into that good night. ‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 71% Not Fade Away (2012) As the title oh-so-obviously implies, it's a love that will-well, you know.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 91% Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013) He was the perfect by-product of the Reagan era and, as Evocateur reminds us, someone rabid, right-wing broadcasters should gratefully praise every day of their lives.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 80% Quartet (2013) The movie, like the play it's based on, is more about reminding audiences that talented people are often still talented in their later years. It's safe to say that Quartet will be the feel-good movie of the year-for anyone over 65.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 78% Ginger & Rosa (2013) With Ginger & Rosa, Potter once again documents the usually lonely road a woman takes in finding out who she really is, this time showing it from the perspective of someone who isn't even a woman yet. ‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 91% Gimme The Loot (2013) Gimme the Loot may scare off future visitors to New York City, but it'll certainly make those who grew up there homesick as hell.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 49% I'm So Excited! (2013) A ribald, ridiculous party in the sky, I'm So Excited is basically Almodóvar's Soul Plane-and I mean that as a compliment.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 61% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) I will say that of all the Oscar-bait movies the Weinstein Company has released this holiday season, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is one that won't make you grimace in agony while you're watching it.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 97% Muscle Shoals (2013) An occasionally doleful but otherwise lively trip, Muscle Shoals is yet another cinematic shout-out to those unsung heroes who came out of nowhere and made music that mattered.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/4 99% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) Ultimately, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me makes you root for her even when you've had your fill of her. ‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
B 89% Tangled (2010) It wove itself around me, getting a tight grip on my senses, and trapped me in a web of loveliness that I was quite comfortable with.‐ News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Posted Dec 8, 2014
B 95% The King's Speech (2010) This year's likable Brit period piece that will most likely win over both awards voters and older audiences looking for something to see that's not in 3-D.‐ News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Posted Feb 20, 2015
2.5/4 83% The Walk (2015) While Zemeckis, who co-wrote the film with Christopher Browne, makes sure the movie looks wondrous, most of the characters are campy caricatures, especially after Petit and company touch down in the Big Apple and mingle with the Noo Yawk folk.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
2.5/4 65% Million Dollar Arm (2014) The movie certainly found the right screenwriter in Tom McCarthy.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
2.5/4 51% I Still Believe (2020) [Directors Andrew and Jon Erwin have crafted] a story that'll hopefully bring in church-goers and people just looking for an effective, romantic tear-jerker.‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
2/4 72% Fright Night (2011) The producers had the right idea hiring former Buffy the Vampire Slayer scribe Marti Noxon to write the screenplay. Unfortunately, they also hired director Craig Gillespie, who once again shows why he shouldn't be allowed around film equipment.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
2/4 52% John Carter (2012) The movie is still one tacky sight.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
2/4 32% Man on a Ledge (2012) They basically patch a narrative together by jacking the best moments from fun popcorn flicks like The Negotiator and Inside Man.‐ INDY Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017