Bill Arceneaux

Independent film critic. Progressive po' boy. Moviegoing romantic. Member of SEFCA. Rotten Tomatoes approved.

Favorite films

  • Apocalypse Now
  • Roman Holiday
  • Inland Empire
  • Sherlock, Jr.

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  • Jackass Forever

    ★★★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

  • One Road to Quartzsite

    ★★★

  • The Innocents

    ★★★★★

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  • Jackass Forever

    Jackass Forever

    ★★★★★

    It's not the funniest or most daring entry... but it may be the loveliest. A sense of pure positivity radiates from each and every stunt and prank. A crazy joy to watch. Tired bodies, genuine smiles.

  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★★

    Chilling. It's a chiller. It chills.

    And challenges. I changed my rating a few times before settling on this one, and for me, that can be a good sign of a great film.

    Where THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT hesitated, THE INNOCENTS just does, either a bit or a lot unnaturally. Instinctually perhaps, but unnatural when compared to the daring of other films. In playing to staring contests, this movie never blinks. Not once.

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  • 9/11

    9/11

    Utterly deplorable. Horrid melodrama with a time and setting used only for dramatic exploitation. Nothing new is revealed or anything found within us, just people weeping, bickering, coughing and yelling like Nolan's Batman. When you use green screen, cgi smoke and desaturated lighting to indicate fiery conditions, you're telling me how cheap and uncreative you are. Rushed through to ... make a buck? To capitalize on ... that sweet 9/11 nostalgia we all share? Why was this movie made? It…

  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely incredible. Nails down the feels and the chills of being an early teen, and the pressures of maturity. Crisp and fun. A lovely kind of Pixar animation that blends color and clarity with culture and care. Why won't this play in theaters? See it as big as possible.