Martha K. Baker

Martha K. Baker
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: KDHX (St. Louis)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
83% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim is going to be lost in the melee that is December film openings, but it deserves so much more. It deserves to be found. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) It's funny. It's scary. It's murderous. It's clichés blown apart, and it's ensemble acting to a farethewell. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
78% Frozen II (2019) A gorgeous film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The formula works, in part, because it retains strands of the original story, pounded out by writer Tom Junod. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
66% The Good Liar (2019) The Good Liar is not the best thriller or romantic comedy or mystery ever made, but with Mirren and McKellen it moves well within its reins -- like an old plug horse who knows the way home. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman stuns with its attention to detail - except for that one thing: the basic truth. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) What there isn't is substance. What there is is pretension. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) The film is so good that it's hard to tell whether it's a documentary or a feature film. By the Grace of God matters - no matter what. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) Cynthia Erivo becomes mighty in the role, singing and speechifying as she rises in glory. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) The truly winning aspect of this film is Chung Hoon-Chung's cinematography. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) An effective, dispiriting documentary. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Even if you don't like musicals but like documentaries, Fiddler has something to show you. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey, the movie, proves satisfying and enjoyable, especially for Anglophiles upstairs or down. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Really, all Janice Engel had to do was run as many old videos of the great Molly Ivins, journalist and iconoclast, to entertain her worshippers... But Engel does more than that in this classic biopic. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) What a pleasure it is to meet Jim Allison in Bill Haney's excellent documentary. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
83% Before You Know It (2019) Some films need to be seen, not for their polish but for their practice. Before You Know It is one of those films that had promise and that delivers on some of that promise. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) Aisling Franciosi from Game of Thrones impresses as Clare. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) The Kitchen provides, if nothing else, a lesson in dismemberment. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) David Crosby: Remember My Name records a life as rich as the music Crosby recorded. It's well worth remembering. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Sword of Trust demands a little patient appreciation for improvisation over plot or characterization or camera angles, but with word play and sword play, Sword of Trust is filled with funny. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Here Is Mike Wallace is a sharp and admirable film on many levels even if you never tuned in to 60 Minutes. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
60% Brian Banks (2019) Brian Banks tells but one story of our broken system of justice, and it tells it very well. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
60% Them That Follow (2019) Don't expect anything as deep as Daniel Woodrell wrote in Winter's Bone, or any of his Ozark noir, but do expect to be illuminated about a part of American culture caught in Christian cul-de-sacs of cruelty toward women. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell began as a entry in This American Life, and it might have fit pretty well there, in a tight space with words as the prevailing medium. It just does not stretch well to an hour and 40 minutes on a big screen. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
86% This Changes Everything (2019) It is well worth seeking out. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
97% Rosie (2019) Director Paddy] Breathnach shows Rosie coping, multi-tasking, melting down, loving, forging ahead with her little girl. She is beautiful in every way. Her story is, too. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is an English major's dream doc, but it appeals to anyone who loves Toni Morrison's well-wrought words. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
32% Being Frank (2019) It's hard to say who's more at fault: writer, director, actors, pool boy. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) [A] riveting documentary. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Late Night is not as good as it could be, yet it manages to amuse often enough to be a relaxant as well as to speak strongly to the bloody sexism that is rife in the writers' rooms of late-night comedy, something Kaling and Thompson know too well. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
92% Echo In the Canyon (2019) It is a delight from one scene to the other, one note to the next. Earworms welcome. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
89% American Woman (2019) Sienna Miller... brings award-worthy electricity to the role of Deb, extruding the soft woman from the hard skank. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Inventive, seductive camera shots are not enough to save this character study of two unlikeable characters. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) The pace is fast, the wit is superior, the movie is smart and fun! - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) The Finnish director Dome Karukoski has paid homage to the brilliant philologist and fantastic John Ronald Ruel Tolkien with this imaginative and intense biography. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot does not bring back the romcom so much as it reminds viewers why that genre resembles a corpse today. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) Director Trevor Nunn... does not do his best work in Red Joan. He made a serviceable film, which informs more than entertains. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
81% Hesburgh (2019) The documentary is gripping, moving, and informing about a man who made a difference whether you know it or not. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ask Dr. Ruth shows her being the funny, loving, plain-spoken, well-educated, unique Dr. Ruth. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Wild Nights with Emily is one of the most quirky, unpredictable films worth watching. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) Little Woods is [Nia] DaCosta's debut as a writer and director... She made a movie about women that transcends its realistic trail of tears. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) An amazing documentary. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
93% Diane (2019) [Mary Kay Place] has decidedly earned this role in Diane. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai... is more about heroism than horror, and it is one fine film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Among the disappointments is that Jesse Eisenberg, so good in so many other movies, is wretchedly miscast as the hustler. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
93% Us (2019) Once you're finished hoping that humor shines through the red blood off the golden scissors, you still have to sit through Us. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
43% The Wedding Guest (2019) The film works surprisingly well. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) As Gloria, Julianne Moore shows why she is such a definitive actress, whether at working, bedding, or taking sweet revenge. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) The plot is tiny and unessential. But the animation will open your eyes and the music will alert you to more art. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Greta offers nothing to the world of cinema. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019