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Matthew Gilbert

Matthew Gilbert
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The writing was a bit grandiose and self-important, a tendency that the movie's writer-director, Aaron Sorkin, has turned into a style. But he structured the late 1960s story strategically, even if he decided not to worry about historical accuracy. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
96% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) The show is a musical wonder... The songs are the thing, old and new ones equally transporting, their clarity as rich as their mystery.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
81% The Boys in the Band (2020) It's the cast the kept me hooked, though. Having worked together on stage, the actors bring a strong lived-in feeling to their interplay, but they don't need to project into a theater. They can blend effortlessly.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
55% Coastal Elites (2020) Each of the actors holds attention expertly, ranging through emotions seamlessly, with Roach making only a few cuts within each monologue.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
83% The Special Relationship (2010) It's a pat view of history, of course... [But] The Special Relationship works well enough despite having been reduced and shaped. It's a miniature portrait of how political bonds can be created, and tested, and broken. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
83% You Don't Know Jack (2010) There are many, many haunting scenes in HBO's docudrama You Don't Know Jack.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
70% The Girl (2012) If you approach The Girl' as a sliver, and don't expect a full serving, you are more apt to appreciate it. And Jones is mesmerizing. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
100% Temple Grandin (2010) Even when the predictably rousing moments come, you may not feel manipulated so much as fascinated. The movie keeps its cool, so that Claire Danes can keep her dignity.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
91% Father Soldier Son (2020) It's a pure, focused look into the complex relationship between one family and the country they serve.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) A finely constructed docu-dramatic piece, Cinema Verite folds together the stories of the Louds of Santa Barbara and the PBS filmmakers who took over their home.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) Thinking while watching "The Lovebirds" is like wearing globs of red lipstick under your mask. Not needed, not recommended.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
94% Bad Education (2019) It's a small and economical movie, but not slight, as it gives us a good taste of the banality of greed and entitlement, never turning its compromised characters into easily dismissed comic monsters. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
37% Spenser Confidential (2020) There are bad cops, and there are bad movies, and there are bad Boston accents, and there are bad movies about bad cops featuring bad Boston accents, namely "Spenser Confidential."‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
71% My Boy Jack (2007) "My Boy Jack" is the kind of little gem that affirms "Masterpiece" as a worthy TV showcase.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) It's good enough to offer two solid hours of pleasure to anyone who loved the mother ship.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
100% Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh (2019) An excellent stand-up set.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
73% Prayers for Bobby (2009) That said, the movie has flaws aplenty... Still, there's no denying the story's impact, as it echoes more than 25 years after Bobby's death.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
90% Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) [Schumer] loves to play the bad girl, and she's awfully good at it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) The steadily bittersweet tone of the movie - and, to some extent, the lack of plot complexity - make it work.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
83% The Client List (2010) In a tonal twist that's mildly humorous, just as it can be in HBO's similarly themed "Hung,'' "The Client List'' celebrates Samantha's pluck for agreeing to have sex for money. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
83% My Dinner with HervĂ© (2018) But Dinklage, like Dornan, manages to convey a fully dimensional person despite the skipping of narrative steps. He is a remarkable actor.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
82% Merlin (1998) NBC managed to turn ''Merlin'' into something more than an effects-laden sweeps event, gathering an impressive cast for some lively Arthurian melodrama.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
No Score Yet Always Outnumbered (1998) HBO came through with ''Always Outnumbered,'' which featured a coolly graceful performance by Laurence Fishburne as a heroic ex-convict.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Baby Dance (1998) Laura Dern and Stockard Channing were pitch perfect.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
88% Grey Gardens (2009) Lange is flat-out extraordinary as she reveals the extent of Big Edie's big narcissism without demonizing her.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
94% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) It almost doesn't matter whether the documentary is any good. Williams is compelling enough on his own, in his run-on comedy bits - Elmer Fudd singing Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" anyone? - and in his more sincere moments, as well.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
77% Too Big to Fail (2011) Too Big to Fail is a chronicle of recent events... But it fails to transform those events into anything valuable or special, beyond docudramatic re-creation. Ultimately, it's scope is too big, and it fails.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) It's a rare thing for a film to anatomize the complex processes of memory and healing as effectively as "The Tale."‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Despite the timeliness of a story about a government abolishing facts and rewriting history, the film never really jars. It has next to no emotional punch...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
82% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country (1991) It's time to let TV's "The Next Generation" take over for good.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
70% Paterno (2018) Paterno is a small movie that tells a story many of us already know, but it nonetheless makes its big point strategically and effectively.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) [Sara] Bareilles was excellent as Mary Magdalene, bringing warmth, commitment, and distinction to her songs. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
No Score Yet The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm (2018) As the narrator, Elliott is poised and affectionate. He is a wonderful stand-in for young viewers who might be ready to hear about the Holocaust. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
90% Tour De Pharmacy (2017) The never-ending jokes are profane, obvious, ludicrous, repetitive, absurdist, puerile, crass, tasteless, and, of course, totally freaking stupid. Yeah, I loved it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) It tells the story beautifully, organically, and, by the end, tenderly, as it moves through six thematic "acts." ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
75% The Wizard of Lies (2017) Once we turn to the psychological fallout, and Levinson gives us a more intimate point of view, The Wizard of Lies is captivating.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
45% The Discovery (2017) The movie ... is a dull, nonsensical, sterile mess that left me with a headache and a tinge of annoyance from having wasted my time. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
86% To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sister (2017) This one-off Masterpiece is well-stocked with tea and melodrama, as it tells the story of one of literary history's most important times and places: the Bronte household from 1845 to 1848.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
100% Cries From Syria (2017) It provides historical context, tracking the conflict from the Arab Spring to the confrontations between resistance groups and President Bashar al-Assad's army, all leading to the massive exodus of refugees.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
50% Beaches (2017) It's like a CliffsNotes of a CliffsNotes of a melodrama. It's not so much that Menzel and Long are bad - they're consistently OK, if never better than that - but the story is too hollow for them to dig in.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) The film is an appealing intermingling of Reynolds's old Hollywood sensibilities, including her storehouse of movie collectibles and her always-exquisite hair and makeup, and Fisher's gonzo, therapized, contemporary Hollywood wit.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
89% Looking: The Movie (2016) It's all fairly slight, when you take a step back from it, but ultimately that's the strength of Looking and its closing movie. They comprise sweet, passing chapters in a small group of ordinary lives.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
100% The Dresser (2015) When a production features Ian McKellen, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Watson, and Sarah Lancashire from Happy Valley, great expectations are quite in order. I was not disappointed.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
87% All the Way (2016) It feels like you're witnessing a miracle, at times, watching Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO's All the Way, just as it did watching Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
83% Confirmation (2016) Washington captures Hill nicely - her reticence, in particular.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
70% Becoming Mike Nichols (2016) Becoming Mike Nichols will make you want to go back and rewatch Stevens's gorgeous and definitely American film, but only after you've paid a nice, long visit to Nichols's greatest hits.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
91% Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) The many interviews in particular -- with Foley's family in New Hampshire, with men who were imprisoned with him in Syria, with friends, with fellow journalists also drawn to the war zones -- are remarkable for their intimacy and clarity.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
No Score Yet Heroin: Cape Cod, USA (2015) Quite simply, the film, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, will break your heart.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2016
88% Very Semi-Serious (2015) Some of the best material in the film takes us out of the New Yorker offices and into the lives of the old-timers and the newcomers.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
78% Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015) It's a romanticized view of the past, to put it mildly, and it's as sticky sweet as the caramel apple cider you might find at Dollywood.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015