Richard von Busack

Richard von Busack
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
53% Across the Universe (2007) What a bloody mess. ‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Roma (2018) Roma, the film of the year, is an exquisitely tender work, and a deeply layered historical re-creation.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It runs long but it never fails to impress with its confidence, its angles, its sensational color and its sense of bringing animation into a new century.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
82% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe is very pure here. The rawboned face hides nothing, showing lucidity even in the torment of his madness.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
82% Green Book (2018) It's excerpt-ready for the Oscars, with the little blocks of conflict quickly precipitated and solved in a fast minute. The self-congratulation is thick.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) The bluntness in Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara's screenplay isn't wit. The script defeats the actors.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) The eclectic soundtrack (everything from the hippie-days prog band Pavlov's Dog to Gorecki) adds to the movie's formlessness rather than defining it.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The highly witty original was about learning and appreciating the groove you're in; the sequel seems stuck in it.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coen brothers' new anthology film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, portrays the frontier as a place of death so sudden and terrible that the word "ironic" is too fancy for it.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
88% Prospect (2018) Thatcher is a strong, resolute heroine, and this is an impressive debut, both solid and atmospheric.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) If the Coens' Hail, Caesar! seemed like inside baseball, this savage assault on the milk-drinking cowboys of yesterday delves even deeper into semi-forgotten movies.‐ North Bay Bohemian
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Alvarez escapes the doleful and unbelievable realism of the series to date, and makes it fun... This Lisbeth is just one mask and two pointed ears away from being Catwoman.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) In this evocative satirical drama, Welles demonstrates a last magic act. He was still ahead of his time even at the end of his career.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Ornery and salty as the film is, it has a cool counterpoint of loneliness to it. And it shows how lost even the recent past is.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Halloween isn't scary, but like the film that started it, it's moody. What does survive is the malice endemic to the genre. ‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
92% Mandy (2018) Mandy tries and sometimes succeeds to be the kind of movie you should only see after midnight, but a slow pace is fatal to grindhouse. The changes of emphasis and time that are so fearfully disorienting in Lynch are more like dead air here. ‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
88% First Man (2018) First Man isn't a session of hero worship, but it does help one understand the otherness of Neil Armstrong, the seeming nervelessness that still exemplifies bravery in this age of scoundrels.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
40% Hell Fest (2018) Honoring the knife-wielding maniac multiplex fodder of the 1980s, this mostly scare-free thriller lets you admire the hard work of the art directors and designers.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) This A Star Is Born is like movie night at the rehab clinic: all the shame of drunkenness and none of the elation.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
96% The Atomic Cafe (1982) The Atomic Cafe is a true horror comedy, with a wealth of death's-head humor that even Dr. Strangelove can't match.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
79% Bad Reputation (2018) While the testimonials for Jett abound, particularly from Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill, we don't get very deep into her inner life. It's a warm film, though.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Fahrenheit 11/9 is a buffet movie -- you take some of it and leave the rest. Moments throughout justify it handsomely.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
33% The Predator (2018) The script for The Predator does approach the rampage of a crab-faced superalien from the Howard Hawks' point of view... But the problem is that it isn't always possible to go comic, and Black tries it anyway.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Subjects that would seem like rom-com contrivance in lesser movies are sturdy and thoughtful here. It's a well-filled romance.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
74% Bernard and Huey (2018) This is mid-century comedy masquerading as millennial, and the mask keeps slipping.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
92% Searching (2018) It's neither the first nor the best movie about living (and dying) online, but San Jose-raised filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty's thriller Searching is an absorbing picture.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
84% The Wife (2018) What makes The Wife insufferable soap is the masochistic insistence that the men are all crushers, and that that's all that's possible for them to do.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
94% The Dark Knight (2008) The Dark Knight always ought to be played on the biggest screen possible, and played loud, like a Led Zepplin song. Director Christopher Nolans' skyscapes, the helicopter shots and views from the 200th floor, are IMAX at its best.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) The Meg's target audience, the bloody-minded kid who wishes shark week was every week, isn't over served with guts and chum... There's neither speedy fun or much emotional investment in this.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
100% Rock Rubber 45s (2018) Garcia's autobiographical documentary Rock Rubber 45s is a delight - this 50-something man of many talents is a born ambassador. ‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This is a big movie from Lee, warm and smart. It's not essentially radical, unless the subject of self-defense is radical.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) McKinnon brings in the franticness, but it's not the same thing as chemistry. This is the kind of buddy movie that has the characters telling each other how much they love each other, instead of letting us feel it.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) A story of recovery such as this usually isn't as balanced between the scary fun of carousing and the time spent in contemplation and making amends. The movie offers a sense of place as well as a sense of play. ‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Mission: Impossible - Fallout gives one nothing to suffer over except for the winching of nerves during one of its expert fight sequences, it's rousing soundtrack by Lorne Balfe and it's soaring mountain and cityscapes.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
95% Dark Money (2018) This impressive and infuriating study isn't here to make the audience despair... It's imperative to see Dark Money's expertly told tale of political skullduggery.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Nanette isn't for someone who wants to laugh a lung out, and yet it's something everyone should see.‐ North Bay Bohemian
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This is a wonderful toy that one imagines young girls in particular would like - and it's hard to believe that there will be anything funnier this summer.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) There is a surfeit of running and screaming... done mostly by Bryce Dallas Howard, whose relation to the far more interesting Laura Dern is like the difference between the first movie and this tired and strangely vicious sequel.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
53% A Kid Like Jake (2018) An issue film that doesn't completely come to life.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
42% The Valley (2018) The Valley gets at the angst of high tech with an almost burning acuteness.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) For all the nostalgia, this doesn't seem like a replay or a retread. It's particularly welcome, elating and thrilling, and it's less kid-pitched than recent Pixars: the older you are, the more you'll be pleased by what's going on.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) An inspiring study of the friend of millions of children, perhaps insufficiently appreciated in his time but respected in ours.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
42% The Valley (2018) The Valley gets at the angst of high tech with an almost burning acuteness, with the constant work and the price of it as alienation at home.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
95% Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955) Straight-up terrifying melodrama.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
100% The Wages of Fear (1953) A masterpiece of cruel suspense.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) The anger in it - the American quality, that refuses to swallow wrath instead of expressing it as violence - gives it a simmer.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Certainly one of the most romantic of the 10 films so far. But it's also spotted with doughy patches, heavy info dumps and battle scenes that aren't quite coherent.‐ North Bay Bohemian
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The film is not as overfilling as the first Deadpool, and from a nerd standpoint it has a little more respect for the chrome giant Colossus than its predecessor.‐ North Bay Bohemian
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
83% Disobedience (2018) Chile's Sebastián Lelio exemplifies the best talents of a women's director: the empathy, the ability to dramatize without soaking in cheap emotion and the expert use of the close-up shot.‐ North Bay Bohemian
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
95% Foxtrot (2018) Astonishes with its ability to thrive on serious tonal shifts, flash-forwards and a bit of animation... Samuel Maoz demonstrates a depth of feeling and a sense of bitter absurdity.‐ Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
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