Good Times Santa Cruz
Good Times Santa Cruz is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Lisa Jensen
The Song of Names (2019)
An often-moving meditation on the purpose and privilege of artistic expression.
Posted Jan 29, 2020
63 Up (2019)
With so many backstories to fill in, the movie runs to nearly three hours, yet it's an invaluable portrait of humanity in transition.
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Little Women (2019)
The movie exudes so much exuberant and heartfelt goodwill that it's impossible to dislike.
Posted Jan 8, 2020
There is fun to be had at this adaptation of the blockbuster stage production, and it's the holidays, so you might as well have it.
Posted Jan 2, 2020
There are moments when we understand that deeply felt emotions are being conveyed, but Sachs keeps everything so subdued, at such a stubbornly low-key register, that we don't feel them as deeply as we should.
Posted Dec 18, 2019
The gripping domestic drama Waves is an often-fascinating piece of filmmaking that encompasses euphoria, tragedy and every conceivable emotion in between in depicting a solid American family unit sliding in and out of crisis.
Posted Dec 11, 2019
The Good Liar (2019)
Even in its least persuasive moments -- and there are a few -- the fun of watching Mirren and McKellan prowling around the screen, leading each other a merry dance is mostly its own reward.
Posted Nov 27, 2019
The Irishman (2019)
This movie about the ashes of crime is Scorsese at his sharpest and most feeling.
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Lemmons' melodramatic flourishes can be overdone... But Harriet's story is so important, it rises in triumph over all obstacles -- like the woman herself.
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Gomez-Rejon and scriptwriter Michael Mitnick rely on effective storytelling, interesting characterizations and period opulence to give the movie its charge.
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
Nihilism and the movie's referential mania wear you out. There wasn't enough energy in the first Zombieland to channel into a sequel, and there was little left undone.
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019)
Despite its lofty, quasi-spiritual ambitions, the movie can't escape the gravitational pull of its own mundane, disappointing plotting and chaotic execution to get into orbit.
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Along with the pleasures of watching Ivins in action, answering fans and critics alike with irreverent aplomb, Engel's movie serves up an affectionate portrait of Ivins' longtime friendship with another strong, salty Texas woman, Ann Richards.
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Zellweger shines in Judy's dramatic mannerisms, vibrant emotionalism, and sly, self-deprecating sense of humor. She deserves a movie as complicated as her performance.
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019)
The darker complexities of all their relationships can only be hinted at here, but at least Fellowes and company provide two hours of easy entertainment, with plenty to look at along the way.
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Official Secrets (2019)
There's nothing slick or flashy about Gavin Hood's tightly constructed and efficient suspense drama.
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019)
While the woman-empowering message is not subtle, it's worth pondering. And the movie offers up some truly awe-inspiring visuals.
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019)
The movie never establishes its own viewpoint. It remains a random collection of clips, many fascinating in their own right, that are never quite shaped into a larger picture or more cohesive theme.
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019)
Maron is up to the task; funny on a dime, yet just as persuasive in the character's more serious and revealing moments. He provides the grounding for the rest of the excellent cast to build on.
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Lost & Found (2019)
What a pleasure it is to discover a quiet, quirky little comedy like Lost and Found. In this Irish anthology of seven interconnected stories, the characters are refreshingly life-sized.
Posted Jul 31, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
In a twisted narrative full of surprises -- never assume you know where this movie is going -- the finale packs the most explosive punch.
Posted Jul 24, 2019
Wild Rose (2019)
Rose-Lynn's oblivious self-absorption is wearying at times. Still, the movie often entertains with cheeky attitude, occasional flights of musical fantasy and droll dialogue
Posted Jul 17, 2019
There's a pitch-black earnestness to the whole thing that suggests Aster is interested not in creating pointless shocks, but in revealing some unpleasant truths about life, the universe and everything.
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Yesterday is a sly, persuasive morality play about the wages and nature of success dressed up as a pop-cultural comedy. It's also entertaining as hell, especially for those of us who do remember The Beatles, thank you very much.
Posted Jul 3, 2019
It may seem a bit thin, plot-wise, but the storytelling is everything in this splendidly atmospheric mood piece.
Posted Jun 26, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019)
We're forced to endure long stretches of ennui between unsubtle moments that drive home the message, and name-that-zombie celebrity-spotting.
Posted Jun 19, 2019
All Is True (2019)
These guys know their Bard, and they've come up with a wonderful homage -- witty, atmospheric, at times heartbreaking -- to both the towering genius of myth and the oh-so-fallible man within.
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Souvenir (2019)
The Souvenir may be an act of creative exorcism for [director Joanna Hogg], but it doesn't translate so well to viewers living outside the rarefied atmosphere of her personal life and memory.
Posted Jun 5, 2019
The White Crow (2019)
As inherently powerful as the story is, the storytelling is sometimes a little flabby... Still, the movie effectively presents the struggle of artistic integrity against political control.
Posted May 29, 2019
Writer-director Ritesh Batra, who made the charming middle-aged romance The Lunchbox... is not as sure-footed in his storytelling this time. Still, Photograph is an unassuming, life-sized antidote to the grand-scale blockbuster mentality.
Posted May 22, 2019
Tolkien's journey through the hell of the Somme gives the movie its action, but his inner journey through the landscape of his imagination makes the trip worthwhile.
Posted May 15, 2019
Wild Nights with Emily (2019)
The movie's comic tone is odd at times. But it's smart in exploring the depth of the bond Emily shared with the woman basically excised from history for 180 years.
Posted May 8, 2019
The Chaperone (2019)
It's an entertaining look at a culture in transition. And it captures some of the reckless spirit that Louise Brooks would hone onscreen during the next decade of her brief but memorable career.
Posted May 1, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2019)
It's stylish and admirable, often surprising in interesting ways, but rarely engaging. Tao Zhao's performance, however, is totemic.
Posted Apr 17, 2019
The Mustang (2019)
The analogy between wild-spirited mustangs and incarcerated men who have lost their freedom is pretty standard stuff, yet the nuances of character, story and subtle, yet profoundly felt emotion keep viewers involved.
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2019)
There's nothing especially transcendent in Maras' storytelling -- some epiphany that would make wading through all the bloodshed more meaningful.
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Peele's social commentary is as potent as ever, and it works on a lot more levels here than in Get Out.
Posted Mar 26, 2019
The Wedding Guest (2019)
Patel's uncompromising presence gives the movie its backbone. It's too bad he wasn't given more of a part to play.
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Never Look Away (2019)
Its three-hour-plus running time gives Von Donnersmarck plenty of room to tell his story in meticulous detail, but the storytelling loses tension in the midsection. Still, the journey of its protagonist... remains compelling.
Posted Mar 6, 2019
It's interesting to see how Fahardi's grasp of intricate human interaction translates to a more open, expressive culture. Everybody Knows teems with life lived in the moment, even if the destination is less compelling than the journey.
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Late Afternoon (2017)
Louise Bagnall's lyrical, emotionally stirring Irish entry Late Afternoon, beautifully rendered in fluid pastel watercolors, features an older woman diving deep into the well of memory to piece together fragments of a life she's forgotten.
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Explores deeply ingrained racism and its consequences in a manner better suited to The Twilight Zone.
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Mother (Madre) (2017)
The filmmaking is crisp and intense, but Sorogoyen has no exit strategy; the story just stops.
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Marvelously well-acted (especially by its young stars) and discreet about how much of the crime it chooses to show onscreen, it nevertheless drags viewers along in an atmosphere of non-stop dread.
Posted Feb 19, 2019
A beautifully acted tale of the bond between an elderly woman and the younger woman who is her visiting caregiver. It's an oasis of tenderness and compassion.
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Animal Behaviour (2018)
The gag wears a little thin, but crisp dialogue keeps it amusing.
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018)
In young Al Rafeea, a real-life Syrian transplant and first-time actor found on the streets of Beirut, Labaki has found the perfect vessel to express her views on the refugee experience.
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Roma builds to a celebration of simple virtues that are so undervalued in the current socio-political climate... And Cuarón observes these values in practice, with artistry and perception.
Posted Jan 9, 2019
The Favourite (2018)
The characters as written never achieve the resonance that would keep viewers engaged and invested in them. They remain pawns in an exercise of mannered absurdity.
Posted Dec 19, 2018
At Eternity's Gate (2018)