Bill Goodykoontz

Bill Goodykoontz
Bill Goodykoontz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Arizona Republic
Publications: Arizona Republic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) This is a really great cast, but it's just impossible to recapture the antic feel of the first film in a sequel. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet El Coyote (2019) Maybe there's a place in the film world for "El Coyote" as a cult artifact, something that years from now enthusiasts will defend as a kind of dada experiment. In the moment, though, as you suffer through it, it's just an ill-conceived mess. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) "Where's My Roy Cohn?" makes it clear that his influence is still felt today, all the way to the White House. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 84% Villains (2019) "Villains" is a fun movie, but it's not a great one. Their next one might be. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 26% Zeroville (2019) Your mileage may vary. Clearly, "Zeroville" is not a film for everyone. But if you love movies and you're willing to experiment, it's an enjoyable trip. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 63% Edie (2019) The story in "Edie" may get sidetracked from time to time, but Hancock never does, with a focus every bit the equal of her character's, if not more so. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) I don't know if you can have spoilers when actual history if involved, but by the end you may be happy, unhappy or something in-between. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Hader rises above the rest. If you've seen "Barry," his HBO series, you know he has no problem blending comedy and drama. In this case, he adds horror to the mix, and he's just as good at that, too. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 59% Brian Banks (2019) "Brian Banks" is an OK look at a grave injustice, the kind of film that you can tell while you're watching it ought to be more inspiring, but never quite is. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/5 64% Them That Follow (2019) "Them That Follow" is a tough slog, no doubt. But it's also a worthwhile one, even if you might appreciate it more than you'll enjoy it. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) [I]n "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' outstanding documentary, [Morrison] tells stories, right to the camera, about herself and her life and her work, and it's magical. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 42% Stuber (2019) Whether you think he's funny enough to justify the violence and the predictability is another question. I laughed more than I winced, if that helps, and I'd love to see Nanjiani and Bautista in another film together. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 67% The Quiet One (2019) Play simple, sure. But "The Quiet One" could have used a lot more complexity. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/5 60% Round of Your Life (2019) You want to root for it, but it never quite measures up. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The "Toy Story" saga felt fully complete without it, which makes this a movie that doesn't really need to exist, but whose existence doesn't diminish the whole, either. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2.5/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Ugh. "The Dead Don't Die" isn't bad, exactly. It's just that with all this talent and all this beautiful weirdness at hand, it could have been so much better. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Credit where it's due: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" is exactly what you think it is, nothing more and nothing less. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) It looks drop-dead gorgeous and, despite a few storytelling short cuts, it's unexpectedly moving. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 95% Shadow (2019) "Shadow" is absurdly entertaining once you get past that first introductory hurdle. But the rest of the film is well worth the wait. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 38% El Chicano (2019) There's a need for a Latino superhero film. "El Chicano" is not it. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 66% The White Crow (2019) It's a good movie, so smartly directed by Ralph Fiennes, who also appears as Nureyev's dance instructor, that at times it feels like an IQ test. But the story is intriguing and, ultimately, gripping enough to overcome all that. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 42% William (2019) The intentions here are noble, but the execution is too obvious and strained to make much of a lasting impact. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) There's no way to know in the moment you're admiring this that it carries meaning that informs the rest of the film. That's just terrific filmmaking. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It may be haphazard and loosely focused. But thanks to Skarsgård it's never really boring. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) It's a weird little genre, the sick-teen romance. "Five Feet Apart" winds up as just a pedestrian entry in it, because it tries way too hard on the melodrama front. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/5 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) If you love art, "Ruben Brandt, Collector" is a non-stop visual fest, from the first frame till the last. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) A movie can only be a pleasant surprise once. So it goes with "Happy Death Day 2U," the inevitable, and perhaps inevitably disappointing, follow-up to the 2017 hit "Happy Death Day." - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) "Cold Pursuit" is the kind of movie that places its tongue firmly in cheek - and then chops off the whole head. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) "Capernaum" is a tough slog, no doubt, even by tough-slog standards. But that's a big part of what makes it so rewarding. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins brings an urgency to "If Beale Street Could Talk," along with the melancholy of problems still yet to be solved. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
4.5/5 66% Vice (2018) Uses flashes of absurdity and whimsy, along with drama and documented facts, to give us a portrait of a man who quietly accumulated wealth and power while no one else was looking. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
4/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Mostly we just exist in the moment with Tucker, and that's fine, because we're existing with Redford, too. "The Old Man & the Gun" is his film, ultimately, and that's fine. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/5 73% The Children Act (2018) [Thompson] is so good that she overwhelms the story's shortcomings. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
4.5/5 95% Blaze (2018) It's the kind of movie that, if you give yourself to it, you'll love. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4.5/5 95% Bisbee '17 (2018) In some respects "Bisbee '17" serves as a kind of therapy for the town. But it's still difficult material. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 66% The Little Stranger (2018) Sneaks up on you, little by little, till the final scene smacks you in the face. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) If you like Hornby's work, you'll like "Juliet, Naked." If you don't? Well, the soundtrack is pretty swell, and it's really great to see Rose Byrne get a chance to shine. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) The story is fine, but the movie features a terrific performance by Jonathan Pryce and a flat-out brilliant one from Glenn Close, who dials up a slow burn for the ages. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
3.5/5 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) There's more to the film than lurid stories, though there are an awful lot of lurid stories. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) I'd watch every episode of a reality show with a camera following Awkwafina while she attends parties of the rich and famous while cracking wise about them. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/5 7% Slender Man (2018) "Slender Man" bravely goes against the well-established notion that scary movies should be scary. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2.5/5 46% The Meg (2018) Whether you like The Meg depends on how much you like seeing Jason Statham in and out of a wetsuit, doing action-hero things. He's certainly good at it, and he's the best thing about the movie, not that the competition is particularly fierce. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 95% Dark Money (2018) "Dark Money" exposes the dangers of unbridled, anonymous political spending so expertly that it will make you fume with anger, practically quake with distress. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/5 63% Dog Days (2018) It's all pretty by-the-book romantic-comedy stuff, with dogs thrown in for additional adorableness. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4.5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) "BlacKkKlansman" is Spike Lee's best movie in years, bringing together everything that makes him such a dynamic, exciting, urgent filmmaker - as well as some of what can drive you crazy about him, too. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4/5 83% Puzzle (2018) The acting is uniformly good, but Macdonald is excellent. She captures the frustrations Agnes didn't even know she had, and her performance is authentic throughout. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
4/5 99% McQueen (2018) "McQueen" is an intriguing look at genius, its inspiration and ultimately its cost. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Death of a Nation (2018) D'Souza fans and Trump apologists will flock to this, misguided moths to a misleading flame. In that way, it's a perfect representation of the current climate. In every other way, it's a mess. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
4.5/5 94% Blindspotting (2018) This is a movie that should be seen. You will think about it for a long time, wrestling with the questions it asks and doesn't always answer, at least not in a traditional way. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) "Fallout" plays like a kind of "Mission: Impossible" greatest-hits album. If you like the franchise, you'll love it. If you don't ... well, you still might. - Arizona Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018