Marta Barber

Marta Barber

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Miami Herald
Total Reviews:
229

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 50% El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest) (2008) " Empty Nest doesn't offer anything new in the style Ingmar Bergman made so famous, but the film captures your heart thanks to the fine acting of its two main characters and Burman's deft hand." — Miami Herald
Posted Mar 12, 2009
3/4 77% Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009) " Tyrnauer succeeds in making a documentary in which man and his creations are one and the same. Yes, Valentino lives in opulence, but his gowns exist in that stratosphere too." — Miami Herald
Posted Mar 6, 2009
3.5/4 63% Sixty Six (2006) " Hilariously funny while totally believable, Sixty Six also leaves you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. It is a father-son tale told with the details and care of someone who was there." — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3.5/4 80% Shoot Down (2007) " Even if you followed these events and know the details well, Shoot Down is quite revealing -- and moving." — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 25, 2008
2/4 83% The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias) (2006) " Mauro's character is underwritten, but Michel Joelsas delivers a believable, pained lad capable of still being a child." — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 18, 2008
2.5/4 72% I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006) " You have to like James and his outlook on life. It may not be glamorous, but it's one that eventually allows James a higher lever of satisfaction." — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3.5/4 97% Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection (2007) " A film that is hard to forget." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2.5/4 33% Music Within (2007) " Salawich's film is entertaining and leaves you with warm feelings from learning about this man who turned adversity into good for so many others." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2/4 33% O Jerusalem (2007) " In trying to be sensitive to such a controversial issue, O Jerusalem glazes over important events settling for mediocrity while giving a history lesson more appropriate for high school." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 26, 2007
2.5/4 84% Manufactured Landscapes (2007) " What the film does well is to make us part of the problem: After all we demand the lowest prices in everything we buy and that probably means it was made in China." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2.5/4 75% Lady Chatterley (2007) " The beautiful scenery complements the intimate scenes even as the story becomes something we've all seen and read in so many books and films. Yet, its candid conversations about sexuality are what places Lawrence's protagonist in a class by herself." — Miami Herald
Posted Aug 31, 2007
2.5/4 30% Goya's Ghosts (2007) " Captures the essence of the period -- an intriguing, backward era in Spain -- but without the emotional impact that such a film requires." — Miami Herald
Posted Aug 24, 2007
75% My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami) (2007) " Although Leconte allows for a certain warmth to run through the film, he thankfully stays away from sentimentality. Therein lays the charm." — Miami Herald
Posted Aug 24, 2007
2.5/4 53% David & Layla (2007) " Humor and politics finally converge in what the story is all about: finding the good in those different from you. It's a happy ending that can be enjoyed by all." — Miami Herald
Posted Aug 3, 2007
2.5/4 64% Vitus (2007) " A good example of making the differences work for you. Deep down, this is a film about childhood dreams and the determination to make those dreams come true. With such a positive message, you can't help yodeling on your exit from the theater." — Miami Herald
Posted Aug 3, 2007
71% The Method (El Metodo) (2007) " If only the writing matched the film's style and acting." — Miami Herald
Posted Jun 29, 2007
3/4 69% L'Iceberg (2005) " The Iceberg is a riot, a quintessential French comedy with an improbable plot and an unbelievable cast of characters." — Miami Herald
Posted May 22, 2007
3.5/4 88% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) " The Wind that Shakes the Barley is a multi-layered story, and the more you see those different aspects, the more you'll enjoy the film." — Miami Herald
Posted May 11, 2007
2.5/4 100% Verdict on Auschwitz: The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial 1963-1965 (2007) " The filmmakers want to cover all aspects of the individuals involved and the film sometimes digresses into side cases. Yet, as history goes, it is hard to present such an important event without showing the monumental evidence." — Miami Herald
Posted Apr 13, 2007
92% Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (Lift to the Scaffold) (Frantic) (1958) " Elevator to the Gallows is a treat for the film buff. Watching Moreau and Malle as they discover each other and a new trend in filmmaking, and listening to Miles Davis during their quest will remind you of what movies are all about." — Miami Herald
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2.5/4 73% Family Law (Derecho de Familia) (2006) " Full of subtle dark humor that won't make you bend with laughter but certainly may cause you to giggle." — Miami Herald
Posted Mar 16, 2007
3/4 91% Iraq in Fragments (2006) " In addition to the interesting camera work, the documentary's undeniable appeal comes in how close Longley gets to the characters, who are all male. They speak openly of the past, the U.S. forces, the uncertain future." — Miami Herald
Posted Feb 9, 2007
—— Moshe Safdie: The Power of Architecture " One of the most interesting parts of the documentary is Safdie's description of his relationship with Yitzhak Rabin, the assassinated prime minister of Israel who fought for a dialogue with the Palestinians." — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 19, 2007
2.5/4 —— Brother's Shadow " Brother's Shadow is an enjoyable film about family matters. Each member of the cast owns his role and the story, despite its lapses, seems real." — Miami Herald
Posted Jan 19, 2007
3/4 70% Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (2006) " Wrestling with Angels is personal and intimate, insightful about Kushner as well as instructive about his collection of works." — Miami Herald
Posted Dec 1, 2006
3/4 46% Edmond (2005) " Quintessential David Mamet: brainy, playful, engaging." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 17, 2006
2.5/4 60% Al Franken: God Spoke (2006) " Whether one agrees with his point of view or not, it's a message worth hearing." — Miami Herald
Posted Nov 10, 2006
2.5/4 88% Something Like Happiness (Stestí) (2005) " Honest and incisive, a film without a message, just telling it like it is." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 27, 2006
3.5/4 67% Sólo Con Tu Pareja (1991) " Cuaron demonstrates his capacity as a director. The camera work is impressive, his sense of humor sharp, and the characters are well defined." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 20, 2006
2.5/4 72% Clean (2005) " Cheung makes her character work, despite a weak plot and script, both by director Assayas." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 13, 2006
3/4 80% Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006) " Cynics may not fall for its melodrama, but Riding Alone is good for everyone else, including children." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 6, 2006
2.5/4 95% 49 Up (2006) " This long documentary is captivating. Not because you're peeking at lives of real people, but because it captures the way time heals all wounds and how people find a way out of deep holes if they are determined to do so." — Miami Herald
Posted Oct 5, 2006
3/4 59% Rolling Family (Familia Rodante) (2006) " The cast doesn't look like a troupe of actors; it could easily be taken for an ordinary family with plenty of physical and psychological bumps and bruises, but always loving." — Miami Herald
Posted Sep 29, 2006
3.5/4 92% La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (2004) " Grips you from beginning to end." — Miami Herald
Posted Sep 22, 2006
2.5/4 63% La Petite Jérusalem (Little Jerusalem) (2006) " This beautiful tale of two sisters living in Sarcelles, a low-income Parisian suburb of mostly new immigrants, presents the darker side of religion while offering a candid view of an Orthodox Jewish family struggling to stay together." — Miami Herald
Posted Sep 15, 2006
3.5/4 78% House of Sand (Casa de Areia) (2006) " A visual work of art and its simple story moves as effortlessly as the sands in a forsaken desert in northern Brazil." — Miami Herald
Posted Sep 15, 2006
3.5/4 97% L'Armée des ombres (Army in the Shadows) (1969) " Its lack of sentimentality and melodrama is what elevates this thriller to another level." — Miami Herald
Posted Sep 8, 2006
2.5/4 72% Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) (2006) " The cast of renegades is as appealing as ever." — Miami Herald
Posted Sep 1, 2006
2.5/4 71% Lemming (2006) " Holds enough interest throughout to keep you entertained -- unless you're afraid of mice." — Miami Herald
Posted Aug 25, 2006
2.5/4 67% Stolen (2006) " A captivating documentary." — Miami Herald
Posted Jun 30, 2006
2.5/4 48% Coastlines (2006) " Keeps you entertained throughout its two hours, which says a lot about Nunez's storytelling." — Miami Herald
Posted Jun 23, 2006
3/4 71% The Farewell (2002) " A gentle film about a lion of a man who, as a communist, was forced to leave Germany, lived almost penniless in Europe and America during the war and returned to his homeland in 1948." — Miami Herald
Posted Jun 2, 2006
2.5/4 89% Machuca (2004) " Though the film would benefit from further cuts, Machuca still manages to convey the frailty of convictions and the difficulties of growing up -- be it a child or a nation." — Miami Herald
Posted May 26, 2006
3.5/4 86% Zui hao de shi guang (Three Times) (2005) " The film is probably too slow, too silent and too long for most audiences. But look beyond the quietness, and you'll discover a three-gem jewel." — Miami Herald
Posted May 19, 2006
3/4 84% L' Ora di Religione (Il Sorriso di Mia Madre) (The Religion Hour) (My Mother's Smile) (2002) " Enigmatic and mesmerizing." — Miami Herald
Posted May 12, 2006
3/4 83% Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop) (2004) " When you understand its message, the film takes on a different level." — Miami Herald
Posted Apr 21, 2006
2.5/4 88% The Syrian Bride (2005) " This Israeli film gives us an honest look at situations we never see in the news. It may have too many flaws to be a good film, but for its content, it is a winner." — Miami Herald
Posted Apr 21, 2006
2.5/4 —— Viva Cuba (2005) " Alberti loses the edge to become more manipulative. The cinematography still shows the quality of a talented filmmaker, but his determination to be noncommittal takes that quality down a notch." — Miami Herald
Posted Mar 10, 2006
1/4 63% Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land) (2005) " With little dialogue and long takes depicting Sri Lanka's desolate landscape and even more desolate people, The Forsaken Land comes close to being unbearable to watch." — Miami Herald
Posted Mar 10, 2006
2.5/4 —— Mila From Mars " The good acting and believable characters build the kind of story you're drawn to." — Miami Herald
Posted Feb 24, 2006
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