Martha K. Baker


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

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Who Will Write Our History (2019) Prepare to be amazed again at a one-day showing of another reimagining of cinematic memorabilia, this time recorded stories of World War II. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms offers spectacular special effects, awe-inspiring costumes, parades, and the stunning dancing of Misty Copeland to songs by Tchaikovsky. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
88% What They Had (2018) Under [Elizabeth] Chomko's direction, 'What They Had' not only has the chaos of dementia down pat but also proceeds at a pace that wastes no time developing the narrative. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) David Kerr's crafty direction wisely moves fire and explosions offstage or into the background. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) As an actor, Chalamet is well-matched with Steve Carell, who vacillates from understanding to worried. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) Rosamund Pike, so effective in A United Kingdom, Hostiles, and Gone Girl, brings Colvin's brilliant words to life in voice-overs. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald weighs heavily and can be hard to follow, with very little comic relief. Still it's pretty fantastic -- that is, both pretty and a fantasy. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
38% Viper Club (2018) The cast, comprising good actors from Sarandon to Edie Falco to St. Louis-native Matt Bomer, might have elevated the performances above the words on the page. They do not. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody -- a biography, a musical, a history -- succeeds on all fronts whether Freddie Mercury is an unfamiliar face or the object of long fandom. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
70% The Happy Prince (2018) Despite everything, however, Everett tells an important story about a wild man born too soon. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
61% The Oath (2018) The Oath does not rise to the level of Pieces of April, but it offers outlandish satire amid family politics in the midst of a national situation that calls for little thanksgiving. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Utterly delicious, this tea with Champagne with the Dames. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Sisters Brothers is a Western with all its cliches, but the film also presents the unpredictable. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) Based on Angie Thomas' novel for young adults, the film asks the viewer to be alert, thoughtful, and considerate. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
95% Blaze (2018) Hawke's feature film about the life of musician Blaze Foley is sweet and slow, downbeat and deliberate. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The bloody result is more Grand Guignol than good. Bad times, indeed. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
89% Love, Gilda (2018) Love, Gilda is impressive, holding attention not just for nostalgia but for a life full and funny and fitful. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
87% Colette (2018) However, for all the period precision in the film, Colette is off kilter. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) But the best thing about the cast of "The House" is Owen Vaccaro, who brings to Lewis smiles and tears, fears and persistence. He makes the movie. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
98% Science Fair (2018) Science Fair is a documentary that produces smiles and sighs and requires tissues. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) [Nick Hornby] has imagination, which is why filmmakers like him. They take his novels, wrestle a script out of them, cast good actors, and tickety-boo, create a darling, funny, creative little film - like "Juliet, Naked." - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) "Operation Finale" moves deliberately and darkly. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
75% Never Goin' Back (2018) That you have no trouble believing the characters' actions may say something about the actresses' abilities. Neither, however, do you care. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
83% Puzzle (2018) "Puzzle," although slow, is a beautiful and significant puzzle of its own. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This attention to the wealth of the 1% is just conspicuous consumption of another sort, and it ain't pretty or funny. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Just make sure, before you go, that you're in the right mood; otherwise, you might think "The Happytime Murders" is just gross. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
65% Lizzie (2018) Chloë Sevigny does excellent work as Lizzie, whether bold or abashed. Kristen Stewart balances her as Bridget. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) The music is what matters, of course and ABBA does not disappoint nor does the choreography of cartwheels through orchards. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
93% Blindspotting (2018) The stars, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, engineer their roles toward complexity, never settling for the simple. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) In fact, interviewing her subjects after their bubbles burst says the most in Greenfield's taut documentary about Generation Wealth. It is painful and unsparing and very revealing. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The script is leaden. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
85% The Gospel According to André (2018) She does not make clear exactly what he does, but in "The Gospel According to André," [director Kate] Novack does clarify that André Leon Talley is a force to be reckoned with and to admire. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) "Hotel Artemis" is witty and scary and demanding and loud. Blessedly, it's barely 90 minutes long so the fitting violence is tolerable. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
100% Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) "I Gotta Be Me" pays homage to a consummate entertainer, who suffered greatly for being black and who chose to be Jewish to suffer more. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
40% Shelter (2018) Neta Riskin and Golshifteh Farahani play the two women in a wide range of emotions as they speak the words of Eran Riklis' compassionate and realistic screenplay. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
No Score Yet Let Yourself Go (Lasciati andare) (2018) It purports to be a comedy, but it's a comedy of the sitcom strain with the emphasis on "strain." - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
67% On Chesil Beach (2018) "On Chesil Beach" appeals to the psychoanalytical perhaps more than to the sexual or musical, but they're all there for the taking. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
83% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) Eufemia, an aged nun in Argentina, says that Pope Francis' life is a sermon. So is this good film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) Disobedience does not have the flair or flaunts of Lelio's recent films about women, but it should offer discussion aplenty - kind of like Frank Stockton's short story, "The Lady or the Tiger," always did in high school English classes. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
85% Tully (2018) It is difficult to describe, for who wants to see a film about postpartum depression? Of course, Tully is much more, so much more than that. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) This film is predictable and derivative, and its message is so old and hoary. To wit: Beauty comes from the confidence generated from inside us women and not from a mascara wand or concealer stick. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
90% Lean on Pete (2018) [Charlie] Plummer is good as Thompson, but not good enough to hold attention for this too-long film, directed by Andrew Haigh. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
89% Itzhak (2018) Fine and joyful documentary. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
97% 1945 (2017) 1945, sobering and strangely uplifting, records horrid history, a comeuppance, a stand, and a retreat, while embracing a memorial. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
95% Foxtrot (2018) Filmmaker Samuel Moaz keeps his film at a tilt, with flashbacks and forwards playing havoc with the timeline, keeping the audience alert and wondering. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
50% Flower (2018) The cast exploits the story so well. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
41% Madame (2018) It is painful to watch. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
83% Tom of Finland (2017) "Tom of Finland," a fantastic film in more ways than one, peers into another world with honesty and ferocity as well as admiration. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) "Loveless" is hard to watch, but it does encourage hugging every child you see afterwards. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
37% Nostalgia (2018) It is a truthful, heart-breaking movie that never veers far from the reality of life's tragic demands. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018