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Richard Whittaker

Richard Whittaker
Richard Whittaker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin Chronicle

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 No Score Yet River City Drumbeat (2020) Upbeat stories are hard for news outlets to handle... That's why documentaries like River City Drumbeat are so important, as it tracks - with empathy, insight, and respect - White's final year as conductor. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) Diaz stays out of the way of her own lens, instead giving a portrait in context of Ressa's valiant struggle for truth, and her determination to simply do the job even as she becomes part of the story. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 100% Jazz on a Summer's Day (2020) Jazz on a Summer's Day is as quietly vital a political document as it is a gloriously entertaining sprint through a long weekend that changed the music industry forever.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 100% You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski (2020) If you don't already know his work, You Never Had It may be opaque. However, that's deliberate. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2.5/5 54% Made in Italy (2020) Predictable, affable, and completely guileless, the only part of Made in Italy that distinguishes it as having been made now, rather than any other random point in the last 30 years, is how grizzled Neeson's beard has become. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2/5 84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) She Dies Tomorrow often feels more like an experiment than a film - which would be fine, but Siemetz doesn't do much to define her metrics for success or failure. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
4/5 100% Host (2020) Even if Savage didn't ground the film so perfectly in the inherent social terror of moment - setting this specifically in the time of pandemic, where Zoom parties aren't a thing, they're the only thing - Host would still be a nerveshredder.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
2/5 86% Max Reload and the Nether Blasters (2020) Max Reload isn't for everyone, but it's not trying to be. It's a pizza-and-soda Saturday night gamer film for serious gamers - not the kind that just grind through bug releases, but can name a developer other than Hideo Kojima.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
2.5/5 68% Amulet (2020) Garai undoubtedly strikes a consistent mood of dread, amplified by Laura Bellingham's luxuriously squalid cinematography. Unfortunately, there's a lack of thematic coherence to her tale of dark magic. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3/5 65% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) If von Boehm adds anything to what's known of Newton's life, it's to explore his iconography, about which he was very honest.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/5 74% The Rental (2020) Brutal, smart, wild and mean, The Rental savagely reinvents the summer camp slasher for the vacation rental generation, and delivers a punchline payoff that will leave you reeling.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3/5 79% Flannery (2020) Explanation, the documentary proposes, is not endorsement, and definitely does not match who she was. Instead, O'Connor comes across as the kind of person who says they don't see race, will all that clumsiness that the statement involves.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 80% Black Magic for White Boys (2020) It's not streamlined, but somehow it's still graceful, a convoluted landscape rather than a portrait, touching on hot button topics like men and abortion, racial profiling and gentrification, as well as more universal themes like emotional laziness.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 76% Followed (2020) The claustrophobia of our pandemic digital existence adds to the later scenes... moreover, the reveal for why Mike is so determined to do something so dumb as wake the dead adds a surprising poignancy to the well-executed chills.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
4/5 94% We Are Little Zombies (2020) Nagahisa's script dares to embrace true nihilism: not selfishness, not posturing decadence, but the genuine commitment to your core that the meaningless of the world isn't a bug, it's a feature.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5/5 81% The Beach House (2020) Jeffrey A. Brown truly grasps that what makes this kind of horror work is the sense of corruption - of the surface hiding the menace, whether it be the calm waves above a roiling, toxic ocean, or the skin that is being consumed and degraded from within.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
0.5/5 78% Homewrecker (2019) Honestly, you'll feel as trapped in Linda's not-so-funhouse as Michelle. At least you'll have an easier time getting out.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5/5 92% Relic (2020) James captures that sense of incremental, irrevocable loss, balancing the uncanny and the intimate in a way rarely seen since Joel Anderson's 2009 funeral march, Lake Mungo.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/5 63% Skyman (2020) Myrick's decision to keep the narrative simple, and instead concentrate on the characters, means there's always a thick strand of sympathy and tragedy at play.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
2.5/5 98% Beats (2020) The script may be a bleaker take on a tale we've seen so many times before, but their trembling steps toward adulthood hit the right rhythm.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
1.5/5 40% Irresistible (2020) Irresistible is exactly what it accuses everyone else of being - haplessly, groundlessly condescending.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
4/5 83% Aviva (2020) It could have been clumsy, could have been a gimmick. Instead, it's another feather in the wings that lift this extraordinary film.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
3.5/5 95% My Darling Vivian (2020) Together, Riddlehoover and the four Cash-Liberto daughters give her the dignity of reminding the world that hers, tragically as it ended, was a love story too.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Tainted (2020) What you do get is a bleak and brutal morality tale, one that carries the heavy message that you can never really walk away from all this violence. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
4/5 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) In her remarkable, warm, and sometimes delicately sad debut feature, writer/director Channing Godfrey Peoples sees both sides of this intergenerational struggle.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Warning: Do Not Play (Amjeon) (2019) Warning: Do Not Play would make the great second act for a double bill with Shinichirou Ueda's hilarious and sweet metacommentary on life in the indie horror trenches. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
3/5 100% Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'Extraordinaire voyage de Marona) (2020) Each sequence carries a different tone, a reflection of Marona's inner life and inner light. Even in her tragic end, her fantastic tale keeps wagging with hope.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Shadows of Freedom (2020) The greatest compliment that can be paid to Carlen and Robichaud is that you'll wish there was more of their film. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
3.5/5 73% The King of Staten Island (2020) Apatow isn't interested in just letting Davidson run the show, and when Burr and Tomei are left alone it's a wonderful depiction of a couple finding a little happiness later in life.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 77% Tommaso (2020) Even if third-act nods to Malick and late-era Jodorowsky may be a little too far removed from Ferrara's true strengths. Yet better a director like Ferrara strive for fascinating reinvention and self-reflection than rest on old laurels.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/5 70% Becky (2020) Even if this all seems a little absurd for you, just take a degree of pleasure in seeing neo-Nazis getting brutalized by a teenage girl. That never gets old.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
2/5 69% The High Note (2020) At its worst it still has the natural charm and skills of Davis and Harrison Jr. on which to coast.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3.5/5 95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) What's most fascinating is that there's no self-indulgence on Medak's behalf. It's a filmmaker coming to terms with a deep bruise in his life, and the realization that time may heal all wounds, but will still leave a scar.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
2.5/5 95% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) The Wolf House undoubtedly has sharp and fascinating pints to make... But those messages get lost in a slow-moving avalanche of undeniably impressive images that never quite touch the emotions in the way they are meant.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3.5/5 96% Lucky Grandma (2020) The fusion of Andrew Orkin's score and Eduardo Enrique Mayén's cinematography, which coats everything in the grimy yellow of a lifelong smoker's room, tips the hat towards noir, but Sealy balances that with a deft wit and charm‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
2/5 65% On a Magical Night (Chambre 212) (2020) Sadly, while the intention may be a Big Fish-esque rumination on everyone's penchant for self-mythologizing, it's more a Sliding Doors-style tale of shoulda, woulda, coulda that never quite does.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
4/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Part Close Encounters of the Third Kind, part American Graffiti, and wholly its own stunning self, The Vast of Night is a debut of captivating weight and ingenuity. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Nothin' No Better (2020) Nothin' No Better hides what must have been a staggering amount of research and time spent in the community to get so many voices into such a small package.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
3.5/5 89% Alice (2019) Even an overly-optimistic denouement cannot undercut either that message, or the audience's desire for Alice to have a happy ending.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
3/5 71% Raising Buchanan (2019) It's all absurd, which adds to the charm, knowing that everyone here (even the 15th president of the United States) is vaguely ridiculous, yet with some redemptive depths. We're all flawed, Dellis says, but there are worse things to be.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
2/5 66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) There's a constant refrain about the multiple masks we wear through our lives: if The Burnt Orange Heresy had just picked one, it might have been a better film.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3.5/5 46% Arkansas (2020) With its brooding tone of tired inevitability, his Arkansas knows exactly how to find drama and sentiment in what could otherwise just be a dour path to the inevitable.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3.5/5 92% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2020) Mixing Ken Loach-style social realism with Mike Hodge's grasp of stylish murder, much in the vein of 2012's equally razor-balanced sniper shocker Tower Block, you'll be cheering for this good woman when she faces the inevitable showdown.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
4/5 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Even those dead-ends cannot overcome the fascinating story of compromised idealism and hardheaded optimism that underlies it all.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
4.5/5 100% Slay the Dragon (2020) This is the best primer on political gerrymandering imaginable and should be mandatory viewing in grad school public policy symposiums and high school civics classes alike. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 88% Earth (Erde) (2019) What holds Earth back from greatness is that, like the human erosion of the planet's surface, it too ends up being a little wearing.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 80% The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020) The Times of Bill Cunningham is slight, but that's an element of design, not a flaw.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 88% The Dog Doc (2020) A must-watch for animal lovers with a strong stomach (there is some pretty graphic surgical footage) and a stronger heart (because no one likes to see an animal suffering), The Dog Doc isn't always going to convince everyone. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 90% The Booksellers (2020) The overall experience is like wandering through an antiquarian book store, picking up a volume, starting to flip through in a leisurely fashion, and then having your arm jostled, losing your place, and picking up another tome.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 100% Driveways (2020) There's no drama or even melodrama here. Instead, this is just a small and very human piece, anchored around small and very human moments.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020