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David N. Butterworth

David N. Butterworth
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 87% Hustlers (2019) Everything about "Hustlers" feels like a hustle.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/4 95% Little Women (2019) In Greta Gerwig's fine retelling of Louisa May Alcott's revered classic, the giddy gaggle that is the mad March clan are an easy lot to love.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Tulse Luper Suitcases Part III - From Sark to Finish (2004) Part 3 of Peter Greenaway's typically-excessive Tulse trilogy makes a strong case for keeping everything intact. Greenaway aficionados are unlikely to be put off by a piddly 6-hour running time.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet The Tulse Luper Suitcases Part II - Vaux to the Sea (2004) More of the same, including Isabella Rossellini, who plays someone called Madame Moitessier (Character Number 61).‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
3/4 49% All Is Bright (2013) The Two Pauls -- Giamatti and Rudd -- shine in another downbeat ode to humanity from director Phil Morrison ("Junebug").‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
4/4 100% The Dawn Wall (2018) The best mountaineering film (and then some) since Joe Simpson and Simon Yates first touched the void in 2004. Absolutely mesmerizing.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
3/4 68% Joker (2019) It's undeniably bleak to watch, but Phoenix demands our attention... and gets it.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) When it sticks to its guns, "78/52" is fascinating. But Alexandre O. Philippe's inconsistent documentary needs much more cut-by-cut critique, and much less rah-rah repetition.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/4 82% Victoria (2015) One City. One Night. One Take. One Wow.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 87% The Road Movie (2018) A spectacular dash-cam compilation of head-ons, side-swipes, t-bones, fishtails, jackknives, roll-overs, and other moving violations unfolding daily (heaven forbid!) on Russian roads.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
1.5/4 25% Running with the Devil (2019) "It's Nic Cage. How bad could it be?"‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/4 39% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) "Slaughterhouse Rulez" is just not in the same league as those early Wright/Pegg/Frost collaborations (of which this is not one).‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/4 40% Twentynine Palms (2004) "It's nothing sex in a movie about nothing people doing nothing in the middle of nowhere for no reason." Nicely put, Joshua Tanzer (offoffoff.com)‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/4 100% The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (2019) It's Friday and I'm in love!‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/4 50% The Outsider (2019) Most B-movies disappear without a trace. Timothy Woodward Jr.'s "The Outsider" is more likely to disappear *with* one.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2/4 24% 9 Songs (2005) Dear Mr. Winterbottom. Intercutting unsimulated sex scenes with concert footage does not a movie make. Love, David B.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Simply put, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is not Just Another Superhero Movie. It's a Marvel.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3.5/4 93% Headhunters (2012) A fun and fast-paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humor.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Bi Gan's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" is a neo-noir mystery broken into a jigsaw puzzle, wrapped in a conundrum, and hidden in a Chinese box.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Pretty much flawless, and that's saying something given the potential for something significantly less than that.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
3/4 85% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) "Tater Tot & Patton" is a sublime character-driven piece, lovely to look at and excellently played (by Jessica Rothe and Bates Wilder)‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
2/4 93% The Favourite (2018) Terrific turns from a talented triumvirate--Colman, Weisz, and Stone--cannot compensate for "The Favourite"'s calculated archness (and ickiness).‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 89% Possum (2018) Chilling genre fare that crawls its way beneath your skin like dirt under badly-bitten fingernails.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/4 100% Babylon (2019) "Babylon" burns with an energy and candid intensity rarely seen in mainstream movies.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Unapologetically denuded of depth, "Bohemian Rhapsody"'s focus is clearly on the music, not what made Mercury tick. And this despite Malek's superhuman efforts to make Queen's charismatic frontman real and alive.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
2.5/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) The film is idiotically entertaining from start to finish, with Foster's adorably wacky performance stealing the show.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3/4 24% Overboard (2018) The charisma of our two leads helps elevate this gender-reversal redo of the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell "classic." It left a pretty big grin on my face, that's for sure.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
2.5/4 80% Alpha (2018) "Alpha" proves that you can't really beat a good old boy-and-his-dog/wolf/wolf dog saga.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
2/4 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Maybe "Wild Nights with Emily" is one of those films I'll revisit, oh, ten, fifteen years from now and realize I Missed the Boat -- Maybe --‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
2/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It wasn't a total waste of an evening. mind you--I got frozen custard with *two* toppings afterwards!‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
2/4 18% All I Wish (A Little Something for Your Birthday) (2018) In Susan Walters' sudsy screenplay, Sharon Stone is subjected to stock romantic situations time and time again, dragged along by Walters' insipid and uninspired direction.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
1.5/4 91% Girls Trip (2017) It's just too bad that a film purporting to espouse female empowerment has to resort to simulated fellatio, public urination, and full-frontal male nudity in order to get its biggest laughs.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Het Diner (The Dinner) (2013) This Dutch adaptation of Herman Koch's unsettling bestseller is finely acted and confidently directed, laying the solid groundwork for both an Italian and a U.S. version to come.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2.5/4 65% Suspiria (2018) It took some chutzpah to remake Dario Argento's seminal '77 shocker, but somehow--despite its questionable length, stodgy pacing, and multitudinous plot threads--Luca Guadagnino manages to pull the whole thing off.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A thoroughly entertaining redo, with excellent work by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (behind the camera as well as in front of it).‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/4 94% Private Life (2018) Tamara Jenkins needs to make more movies. Every time she does, something special happens.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2.5/4 42% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) "'Sway Lake" mostly works as a bittersweet love song to the complexities of family and the seductive allure of an idealized past.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Fair and factual, John Curran's film showcases a living, breathing performance from Jason Clarke as the Massachusetts Senator many say got away with murder.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Writer/director Ari Aster has clearly studied the greats.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 83% Who Is Arthur Chu? (2017) A minor celebrity, whose ego vacillates between a thirst for fame and a drive to do good, is given the indie doc treatment in Yu Gu and Scott Drucker's engaging "Who is Arthur Chu?"‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2018
3/4 77% I Kill Giants (2018) Mostly successful due to Madison Wolfe's committed performance in the lead and director Anders Walter's sensitive handling of the difficult themes.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/4 100% The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2018) "'Lightning" strikes a chord with the surefootedness of its cast and crew.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/4 55% The Forgiven (2018) Powerful performances by Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana highlight Roland Joffé's latest political drama.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
2.5/4 61% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh's family friendly film is big and bold and egocentric, much like its hirsute protagonist.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
2.5/4 85% Game Night (2018) A mostly enjoyable, well-written romp wisely entrusted to the comedic chemistry of Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
2.5/4 81% Midnighters (2018) If you can get over the film's dumb title you'll likely be well entertained.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
3/4 100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) What if you're not a murderer or a rapist or a thief yet find yourself facing incarceration? You're going to need the "Survivors Guide to Prison."‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
2/4 17% Looking Glass (2018) When a subdued Nicolas Cage is the best thing about your movie, well...‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3.5/4 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Worthy of its Palme D'Or win at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.‐ La Movie Boeuf
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018