Rochester City Newspaper

Rochester City Newspaper is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Adam Lubitow
Rating Title/Year Author
Alhelm: Martin Luther King in Palestine (2012) Adam Lubitow There's sadness and heartbreak, but Al Helm is ultimately hopeful, capturing the power of art to connect, educate, inspire, and even foster change. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Adam Lubitow I can see the film driving many audience members as batty as its characters, but just as many will undoubtedly fall under its hypnotic spell. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
8/10 Honeyland (2019) Adam Lubitow A bittersweet ode to the fragile balance of all living things. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
7.2/10 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Adam Lubitow A heartfelt story about people rediscovering their own self-worth and, in seeing themselves through another's eyes, learning the value they still have to offer the world. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
7.7/10 Ready or Not (2019) Adam Lubitow Fleet, funny, and gleefully bloodthirsty. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
8/10 Luce (2019) Adam Lubitow A riveting and thought-provoking movie that resides entirely in gray areas. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
7/10 Blinded by the Light (2019) Adam Lubitow Earnest and proudly, enthusiastically corny. If you're able to give yourself over to its pleasures, you might find yourself singing right along. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
7.5/10 Judy (2019) Adam Lubitow Renée Zellweger's empathetic portrayal of the wounded and wobbly Hollywood icon imbues "Judy" with the heart and soul of the beloved performer. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Adam Lubitow The film ultimately offers a potent look at the ways fanaticism can poison the actions of even inherently decent people. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
7.4/10 Good Boys (2019) Adam Lubitow Counters all its raunchiness with an inherent sweetness that... manages to say something significant about childhood friendships and the growth that's required to make them last. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
7.5/10 Maiden (2018) Adam Lubitow An inspiring look at an unsung trailblazer. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
8.5/10 The Farewell (2019) Adam Lubitow A warm, heartfelt, and often funny story about the bonds of family and the ways we work to stretch them as far as we can; across continents if we have to. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
8/10 Midsommar (2019) Adam Lubitow For all the grisly images we see, it's moments of emotional violence that have most stuck with me. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/10 Men in Black: International (2019) Adam Lubitow Gone is the imagination and wit that made the original such a success; in its place is a lifeless and unforgivably generic piece of studio content. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
6.5/10 Late Night (2019) Adam Lubitow Though it could have used a sharper bite, it deserves credit for weaving serious, hot-button issues into such a breezy, enjoyable comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
6/10 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Adam Lubitow As much a loving homage to the horror genre as it is a lament for a civilization on the brink. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
6/10 Double Lives (2018) Adam Lubitow A breezily entertaining comedy of manners when it isn't getting bogged down by its characters' self-conscious meditations on life and culture in the digital age. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
5.5/10 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Adam Lubitow A fairly straightforward late-in-life romance between two lonely, misunderstood people. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
5.5/10 Rocketman (2019) Adam Lubitow A crowd-pleasing film, but one that clings to convention in a way that makes its story feel that much more muted and small. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
8.5/10 Booksmart (2019) Adam Lubitow Smart, funny, and empathetic, "Booksmart" is a love letter to the blissfully uncool dorks among us. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
8/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Adam Lubitow For pure excitement and craft, the "John Wick" films have grown into one of our most reliable action franchises. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
6/10 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Adam Lubitow As the start of a potential franchise, "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" is flawed but promising. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
7.5/10 Long Shot (2019) Adam Lubitow A bit raunchy, a little sweet, and totally entertaining. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Adam Lubitow Funny, genuinely touching, and committed to the kind of smart-but-stupid silliness that's a joy to watch EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
6/10 The Public (2018) Adam Lubitow A thoughtful, compassionate drama that seeks to challenge its audience as much as it entertains. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
6.5/10 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Adam Lubitow Beyond Emily Blunt's fantastic performance, Marshall's film never reveals a unique magic of its own. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 Capernaum (2018) Adam Lubitow A sometimes heavy-handed, but nonetheless powerful tale of poverty and adversity. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Adam Lubitow Pokes a bit of gentle fun at rom-coms while also functioning as an entirely earnest example of the genre it's sending up. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 Pájaros de verano (2018) Adam Lubitow A compelling variation on the narco crime-drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
7.5/10 Shazam! (2019) Adam Lubitow Sandberg juggles tone to great effect, weaving together an effervescent sense of humor, satisfyingly emotional moments and exciting, character-driven action. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
5/10 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Adam Lubitow When we're watching these [type of] events unfold in news broadcasts on such a regular basis, I'm not sure I can take reliving them all over again at the movies. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Adam Lubitow A delicate, bittersweet portrait of life and love in middle age. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/10 Maleficent (2014) Adam Lubitow A fundamentally misguided interpretation of the title character, one that seems to misunderstand what drew people to her in the first place. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
First Man (2018) Adam Lubitow Chazelle skillfully manages to create suspense out of events whose outcomes are well documented. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
5/10 Green Book (2018) Adam Lubitow Another story where white people have to learn about black people's humanity, and the black characters exist so the white characters are able to learn and grow. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
9/10 The Favourite (2018) Adam Lubitow A scrumptious confection laced with poison." EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
9/10 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Adam Lubitow There's beauty, tenderness, and hope in every frame. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Over the Limit (2017) Adam Lubitow An at times harrowing dive into exactly what it takes to be an Olympic champion. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Adam Lubitow A genuinely inspiring story of a young boy's ingenuity and how putting knowledge in the hands of those who need it the most can make all the difference in the world. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Adam Lubitow A rather half-hearted crime story, though Farhadi's textured script remains engrossing. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
5.5/10 The Wedding Guest (2018) Adam Lubitow Our investment in the plight of Jay and Samira requires more than the promise of potential double crosses to latch onto such a flimsy narrative. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Greta (2018) Adam Lubitow No one's going to mistake it for high art, but with a game cast and Jordan's slick direction, it makes for a satisfying meal, even if it's mostly empty calories. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Adam Lubitow Throughout, Aquaman maintains a level of eye-popping visuals and crazy spectacle that always keeps things interesting. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/10 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Adam Lubitow The film boasts a wonderful lead performance from Rami Malek, but its clichéd narrative and sloppy, safe storytelling let down the larger-than-life figure at its center. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
6/10 Smallfoot (2018) Adam Lubitow With fun [visuals] and gags that call to mind classic Warner Bros cartoons, Smallfoot is a bright, colorful entertainment that sneaks in some slyly subversive messages without becoming preachy. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
6/10 Lizzie (2018) Adam Lubitow Aided by two strong performances from Sevigny and Stewart, "Lizzie" takes an unexpected path, in the process adding a new perspective to a crime that continues to fascinate us and suggesting that the fascination will only linger on. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2018
Hostiles (2017) Adam Lubitow [Mistakes] a relentlessly grim tone for saying anything of substance. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
5/10 Ready Player One (2018) Adam Lubitow If Spielberg had found a way to inject even a bit of the warmth, wonder, and intelligence we associate with some of his best-loved films, this might have been something special. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
9.5/10 First Reformed (2017) Adam Lubitow A bruising experience; one that left even a non-religious person like me feeling shaken. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Beast (2017) Adam Lubitow Shifting from wounded vulnerability to an increasingly animalistic rage, [Jessie Buckley] gives this gothic horror story an unexpectedly potent bite. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018