Todd Gilchrist Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% Haunters (2010) Writer-director Min-suk Kim creates vivid and complex characters that complement one another not just narratively but tonally.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
73% Lost Girls (2020) A story that works much better if you do a Google search before watching it, not after, since it offers a lot of convenient human truths, but not enough hard facts.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
84% The Way Back (2020) A rich character drama about loss, addiction and self-destruction that only incidentally focuses on the business of life lessons and whipping a ragtag team of misfits into a winning ball club.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
85% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) Funny and honest in equal measures, like a good stand-up routine, Standing Up, Falling Down uses a light touch to teach us there's always more to learn.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
86% Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations (2020) As a topic of tremendous ongoing importance with roots that desperately need exploration, anti-Semitism deserves, and needs, a look into its global impact and perpetuation that makes a deeper dive than this documentary provides.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
93% Ordinary Love (2020) A beautifully understated look at intimacy and devotion in the face of potentially devastating loss; stars Leslie Manville and Liam Neeson tap effortlessly into the relatable routines, rhythms and nuances of a lived-in, long term relationship.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
100% The Go-Go's (2020) Tackles the seminal all-female '80s rock band with such honesty and effervescence that it not only rises above that clichéd, almost telegraphed arc but transcends the ranks of other music documentaries.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Working from a script by Chris Bremner, Peter Craig, and one-time director Joe Carnahan, the Belgian duo behind the camera fails to connect the sublime and mundane in Mike and Marcus' (and the rest of the characters') lives.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
20% The Grudge (2020) Unfortunately, the set of cultural myths that drove Shimizu's 2004 remake of his earlier work to more than $187 million at the box office has not only long since fallen out of commercial vogue but also seemingly exhausted its own mysteries.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The end result feels more like a re-upped franchise than a proper video game sequel, overpowering the cast's natural appeal with set pieces engineered more for a bigger scale than a better story.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) Captures the danger and beauty of James Glaisher's real-life 1862 balloon flight, but the script by Jack Thorne weighs down Redmayne and Jones with too many fictionalized elements for the film's sense of inspiration and empowerment to get off the ground.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) Not only reframes an outlaws-on-the-run story in thrillingly contemporary, culturally relevant terms, but also finds a way to do so that combines bracing honesty about a hostile world with lyrical beauty about the relationships that make it endurable.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
63% American Dharma (2019) Where Klayman's film was anecdotal, letting Bannon hang himself with his arrogant disingenuousness, Morris' feels more intellectually rigorous - an interrogation that, by comparison, may not come across strongly enough to some as an indictment.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman offers another vivid, indelible portrait of humanity...while forging ahead with a style and creativity that feels invigorating, vital and timeless.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
83% Jesus is King (2019) At once too long for a promotional music video and too short for a proper exploration of Kanye's last year of creative exploration. But with the same earnestness as everything he's ever done, it also evidences his musical (and, daresay, spiritual) growth‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 89% You Don't Nomi (2019) McHale skillfully assembles a portrait of the film's shifting reception in popular culture both by its makers and the audiences - both for the unique space it occupies in cinema, and for what some seem eager to project upon it.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Even if Tim Miller isn't quite as far along in terms of voice and maturity as Cameron was when he tackled Terminator and Aliens, Terminator: Dark Fate showcases his considerable skill even as it marks Cameron's proper return to the world he created.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) An extraordinary narrative tapestry, aiming towards a distinct and unique finish line that aficionados of racing may be familiar with, but most audiences won't see coming.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
94% Sweetheart (2019) Not only fully delivers the conventions of genre and storytelling that audiences expect from the film's premise, but it also elevates and refines them to a sharp point.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) A mixed bag of nuts-and-bolts making-of footage, film school deconstruction, and literary analysis and theory that doesn't quite cohere.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
37% In the Tall Grass (2019) A thriller that's gorgeous and intermittently compelling but just doesn't make a whole lot of sense by the time the last secret has been unearthed.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) The way that these characters' paths intersect may involve some three-dimensional chess by screenwriter Masaru Nakamura, but Miike makes it all feel natural and look effortless...‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) The Death of Dick Long is the type of film a director makes when he or she wants to paint themselves into a corner and convinces themselves they can find a way out, but just didn't. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name is so thoughtful, compassionate, and just plain sweet about chronicling their pursuit of success.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit tells a story that's both pointedly contemporaneous and fundamentally timeless...‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
96% Jawline (2019) Offers a surprisingly compassionate look not just at one rural Tennessee kid's bid for virtual stardom, but also at the digital celebrity-industrial complex that perpetuates itself by dehumanizing people into content-generating commodities.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Operates on such a level of half-considered logic and improbable motivations that even moderately well-mounted action can't distract audiences from how dumb it is.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
44% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Returning to the well for his second film in which thrills are in more abundant supply than oxygen, Johannes Roberts reconfirms the enduring dramatic alchemy of a hungry shark and a smorgasbord of delicious-looking people.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A short fuse carefully and conspicuously laid out to explode at the absolute last minute, relieving our anticipation, rewarding our patience, and providing an emotional catharsis...‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
83% Crawl (2019) Crawl, Alexandre Aja's streamlined thriller about just that concept, manages to be so effective.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is a remarkable, powerful achievement.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
33% Shaft (2019) A reboot that conspicuously has all of the ingredients it needs to succeed, yet somehow manages to misuse every single one of them.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Cooley's well-told, exquisitely beautiful finale is perhaps only "very good" in comparison to the Toy stories that came before it, but a victory lap feels like more than enough...‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Doesn't have enough time to account for this one label's full history, but until someone else comes along and creates the great, encyclopedic story of Blue Note, it will unfortunately have to suffice.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) What makes it all so extraordinarily frustrating is that there actually is a concept buried deep inside this disaster that reimagines the dynamic of the original film's two leads in a clever and meaningful way...‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) But as with so many aspects of the life of Bob Dylan, the myth and mystery of Rolling Thunder Revue seem to add up to more than the likely real story.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Kinberg obviously knows these characters well, and he's spent more than thirteen years bringing them to life on the screen; so why don't we actively care more about them?‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) A sharp reminder not just of the distinctive patois of Milch's work...but the intelligence and above all else sensitivity of his storytelling, filtered once again through a phenomenally rich ensemble of characters it feels deeply satisfying to revisit...‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
87% Pavarotti (2019) Howard's film is a love letter to the icon, but ultimately "Pavarotti" is a more of a celebration of the individual behind that façade and a reminder that it's as much his humanity as his talent that made him a star.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman feels slightly like a missed opportunity to dig a little deeper into the life and humanity of a person who has earned his place in the pop cultural firmament.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
89% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Slightly wastes an opportunity to showcase the multigenerational reverberations of that movement because it never settles on a strong voice and specific vision to tie together their recollections into a cohesive story.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Ultimately, Aladdin transcends the limitations of its source material, creates some truly unique and memorable characterizations, and proves far more successful and sophisticated than everybody expected, or probably anybody really needed...‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
42% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Makes some astute observations about the coping mechanisms we use to protect ourselves from the world, with Jones eliciting solid performances from John Lithgow and Blythe Danner as two troubled senior citizens embarking on a tenuous courtship.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Kolstad and his collaborators have created a phenomenal ensemble of actors to populate this stylish, intriguing criminal underworld...‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
94% Shadow (2019) The filmmaker's sense of drama, imagery and choreography - always paired with meticulous plotting and deeply absorbing emotion - is as explicit, and vibrant, as ever.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) This revelatory, incredible, inspiring documentary gives you both a front-row pass to watch every hit song and backstage access to see how its musical, logistical and philosophical foundations all came together in perfect harmony.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Bi Gan's languid thriller owes a tremendous debt to the likes of Tarkovsky, Malick and Wong Kar-wai even as it forges its own indelible, impressionistic path.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
95% Some Like It Hot (1959) Ultimately, it's the whole cast and crew's commitment to an idea that on its face seem so damn silly that makes it work so well.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
46% Dumbo (2019) The movie hustles from one scene to the next with such speed that we never really get to spend time with these characters, especially Dumbo.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Ultimately, Shazam! is probably a little too mature for actual children and too childish for adults, but it's serviceable enough to warrant a sequel that explores the good, clear ideas introduced in this one.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019