Mick LaSalle Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 94% Dark Waters (2019) The brilliance of "Dark Waters" is that it is able to lay out the case against DuPont without getting too wonky.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/4 96% Knives Out (2019) "Knives Out" shows the sure hand of a serious talent.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
1.5/4 84% Queen & Slim (2019) The movie's subject deserved better.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2.5/4 50% 21 Bridges (2019) There are worse things you can do with your time than watch Boseman, Miller and Simmons for an hour and a half. Just know that "21 Bridges" is the kind of movie you'll forget five minutes after seeing it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It sends you out of the movie feeling as if you've spent time with Fred Rogers and that you have definitely benefited from the contact.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3/4 76% Frozen II (2019) It's not a classic, but it's inspired in its own right.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2.5/4 53% Charlie's Angels (2019) As a movie, "Charlie's Angels" has serious problems, but the new Angels trio is promising and shows there's life yet in the old formula.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 83% The Report (2019) Driver's intensity, Jones's personal story and the privileged look behind the scenes all combine to edge "The Report" into the plus column.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/4 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) "Ford v Ferrari" is what it promises to be, a blast from the past.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/4 64% The Good Liar (2019) Or to put it another way, walking in, you already know it's going to be good. You don't know that it's going to be this much fun.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
2/4 47% Last Christmas (2019) It takes skill to devise a resolution that's simultaneously predictable and nonsensical, but "Last Christmas" manages it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/4 42% Midway (2019) It loses energy as director Roland Emmerich gradually gets himself lost in the weeds.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) It is to gangster movies what John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" was to westerns. Without a doubt, it's a masterpiece.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
2/4 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) "By the Grace of God" begins to spin its wheels, with unnecessary scenes that give color to the events, when we're more interested in the grand movements.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
1.5/4 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) In the end, the great fault of "Terminator: Dark Fate" is that the filmmakers didn't trust what they had. They didn't trust how much audiences enjoy Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 74% Harriet (2019) It feels like a movie perhaps a bit more than it should. Still, it's effective and, at times, moving, and it has a major asset in Erivo.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
1/4 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) This film is amazing, and not in a good way.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/4 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) As a director, Waititi is in command of the movie's disparate elements and harmonizes them into a coherent whole.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3/4 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) "The Current War" is even better than it has to be.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
2.5/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Though "Dolemite is My Name" is a fairly lighthearted story, there was a lot in Moore's life for him to feel stressed about, and the movie shows that.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/4 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) "Zombieland: Double Tap" is pure fun and worth seeing if you want to laugh.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong Joon-ho's latest masterpiece and the best film I've seen so far this year...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/4 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) The documentary tells the story of Cohn, his life and career, and it's a grim saga.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The saddest thing about "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" is that it's not bad, but typical, that this emptiness - this immersion in mass numbification - is the modern style.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
1/4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) "The Lighthouse" has only enough story to fill a 25-minute "Zone" episode, and that's including next week's coming attractions and two obligatory and very-welcome monologues by Rod Serling.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) You know what? I wouldn't want to get into a fistfight with my younger self, either. I think he'd win. But I don't need to go to a movie for such a startling insight.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) "Pain and Glory," all about healing rifts and rejoining life, is personal and universal. It's also simple in a way that's incandescent - suffused by a strange and beautiful gentleness of spirit.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
1.5/4 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) "Lucy in the Sky" has the style of a biopic, but we know it's not, so at times it's hard to know what we're watching and why.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/4 41% The Laundromat (2019) "The Laundromat" finds director Steven Soderbergh in a playful mood, but this time he's a little too playful, and the result is a scattered and seemingly trivial movie about a serious subject...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 69% Joker (2019) It's a very good movie, and it features a blood-curdling performance from Joaquin Phoenix, in the most frightening portrayal of a violent maniac in decades.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/4 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) For a half hour, the filmmakers really seem on to something, and then slowly the life seeps out of it, and we're left with a tedious, pointless exercise.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/4 83% Judy (2019) With all the taste, sensitivity and effort at work in "Judy," how could the filmmakers believe that karaoke night at the pub could possibly stand in for one of the best and most distinct vocalists of the 20th century?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
4/4 100% Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) (1958) The film is a leftist commentary on bourgeois Spain under Franco, but its passion and sensitive observation transcend its political intent. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Butler can do more, but he's so good at doing this one thing that it has become his brand. That might be a blessing or a curse, but if it's a curse, there are worse curses.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
1/4 55% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) It's visually interesting, but stylistic utility isn't enough to mask the essential emptiness at the heart of the story...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
2/4 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) "Bernadette" isn't exactly a comedy, more like a drama that wants to be whimsical. But it's too heavy to take flight. Maybe this is one of those stories that can't completely make sense as a movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
1/4 80% Good Boys (2019) The comedic situations don't compound. They stay at the same level, and the possible consequences are always mild. So are the possible rewards.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) "The Peanut Butter Falcon" is a nice little movie that barely goes anywhere, but audiences, in a certain mood, might be willing to drift along with it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 43% After the Wedding (2019) These women are powerhouses, and "After the Wedding" lets them share the screen. It's impossible to dislike a movie that does that.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) "The Kitchen" is not a great film. Its graphic novel origins can't be completely obscured. But it's a very good film, and a deeply satisfying one.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1/4 64% The Mountain (2019) There's a chill about "The Mountain" that's conveyed in visual terms. And then it all, slowly and then completely, falls apart.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/4 59% Brian Banks (2019) This movie needed a grittier treatment.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
60% Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush (2009) Ferrell's Bush imitation loses a lot in being projected to a large audience, and the script is ghastly. There's no wit, no political satire.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) "Hobbs & Shaw" does all the usual things, but it does them in unusual ways. And it stays funny.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Four good films in a row. Three masterpieces out of four. Forget the public - Tarantino owes it to himself to see how far he can keep this string going.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/4 69% Three Peaks (2019) The double impulse at the heart of "Three Peaks" is ultimately self-defeating.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) It reflects this slice of life. It doesn't comment on it or broaden our understanding of it. But it's smart and original, and that's enough.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) It has an eye for absurdity and for the telling detail, and it marks Lulu Wang as a director with the rare but essential ability to make you care about what she cares about.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) A film that is stunning to look at, even inspiring at times, but dramatically bizarre.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/4 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Nivola seduces the audience, as well as the characters.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019