Sarah Boslaugh

Sarah Boslaugh

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) " f the lead character in Girls were a bisexual Iranian woman trying to navigate modern life in hipsterish Brooklyn ... it might come out something like Appropriate Behavior... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 27, 2015
6/10 No Score Yet Liz en Septiembre (Liz in September) (2015) " ...like taking a virtual trip to the Caribbean, where the sun is always shining, the water is always clear blue... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 27, 2015
7/10 80% Out In The Night " ... suggests that the court system as well as the tabloid headlines (which described the women in terms such as a "wolf pack" and "gal gang") got it wrong. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 17, 2015
7/10 100% The Book of Negroes: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " ...a model for presenting a fictional story based on an admittedly terrible historical reality (the slave trade) without oversimplifying the moral and political issues involved. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 9, 2015
8/10 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) " ...the largely black and white palette of both the set and the characters' clothing creates a sense of unreality that emphasizes how removed the court's deliberations are from real life as it is lived outside the courtroom. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Mar 19, 2015
8/10 99% Timbuktu (2015) " ...Sissako's film takes place on a simple, human scale that contrasts the absurdities of the militants' penchant for extreme and abstract values with the human scale of the villagers' lives. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Mar 19, 2015
8/10 97% '71 (2015) " '71 lacks the easy payoffs on many war films, but it's all the more absorbing for that. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Mar 13, 2015
7/10 86% Ballet 422 (2015) " ...viewing this film is like being a privileged fly on the wall who has been given access to the working processes of one of the world's greatest ballet companies. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Feb 26, 2015
6/10 No Score Yet Sex(Ed) the Movie (2014) " The film clips provide little windows into societal attitudes of not that long ago...and seeing this evidence for yourself is far more useful than hearing someone else talk about it. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Feb 12, 2015
7/10 86% Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (2015) " If I were an Academy member, my vote would go to "Me and My Moulton," directed by Torill Kove, a previous winner in 2007 for her film "The Danish Poet." " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jan 30, 2015
7/10 86% Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2015) " The nominated live-action shorts this year are an international and multilingual lot, as they usually are (and as nominated feature films usually are not)... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jan 30, 2015
4/10 72% Point and Shoot (2014) " ...[VanDyke's] behavior suggest he believes that the world in general, and the Libyan Civil War in particular, exist primarily for his own benefit. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Dec 12, 2014
6/10 100% Stray Dog " Documentaries are sometimes most interesting not for their ostensible subject-in this case, Hall-but for what they reveal in the background. In Stray Dog, the background subject is poverty in the land of plenty. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 17, 2014
6/10 96% Red Army (2015) " If you're a hockey fan, Red Army is a must-see, and even if you're not, it's worth your time for its view of life behind the Iron Curtain. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 17, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet The Priest's Children " I have to tip my hat to Bresan, because I was ready to hate this film (unintended pregnancy-what a funny joke!), but he's an expert judge of tone, and I ended up enjoying this sharp satire. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 9, 2014
4/10 81% A Master Builder (2014) " ...pretentious tedium, with the involvement of all-star talent ... only underlining how much this film represents an opportunity squandered. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 9, 2014
6/10 83% Caged Heat (Caged Females) (Renegade Girls) (1974) " ...an exploitation film of the women's prison variety that doesn't take itself too seriously. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 9, 2014
4/10 No Score Yet Warren " ...features a strong cast... and has lots of postcard-pretty shots of Chicago, but if you're female or an actual employed adult, you may, like me, find it more annoying than entertaining. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 9, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet Ostwind (2014) " ...basically The Karate Kid (1974 version) for girls, so you get no points for guessing that this city gal discovers a strong affinity for horses and makes it her cause to save one considered too wild... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 9, 2014
6/10 76% Cupcakes (2015) " ...a frothy comedy that would not seem out of place on an MGM soundstage of some 70 years ago. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 9, 2014
6/10 79% Life of Riley (2014) " ...if you go for clever contrivances, you may love it, but if your taste runs runs toward more straightforward storytelling, you'll probably want to run screaming from the auditorium. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 9, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet Ekstra (2013) " Santos-Recto is a huge star in her native country (fun fact: she's also the governor of Batangas province) but perfectly inhabits the life of a middle-aged single mother whose best efforts are required just to stay employed and keep her family afloat. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 9, 2014
6/10 91% Mommy (2015) " Mommy certainly does not lack for energy, particularly when Pilon is throwing one of his fits... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 9, 2014
8/10 92% Girlhood (2015) " ... highlights the prejudices operative within the local crime culture: It may be tough to be a black man in Paris, but it's even tougher to be a black teenage woman who doesn't fit the mold. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Nov 9, 2014
7/10 86% The Blue Room (2014) " ...an icy, elegant murder mystery that's longer on style than it is on conventional storytelling. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Oct 24, 2014
6/10 78% The Green Prince (2014) " If you're interested in Middle Eastern politics, this is certainly a film you will want to see. If you don't arrive already interested in the topic, however, The Green Prince can be a long slog. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Oct 17, 2014
7/10 100% A People Uncounted (2014) " For a subject so potentially fraught with emotion, A People Uncounted is a surprisingly calm film... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Oct 11, 2014
3/10 83% Ivory Tower (2014) " ...does more to generate heat than to shed light on key issues in American higher education, and in fact suffers from many of the deficiencies typical of discussions of this topic. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 1, 2014
6/10 59% My Old Lady (2014) " If My Old Lady does not always succeed dramatically, it's still a superb vehicle for its actors. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Sep 17, 2014
6/10 91% CODE BLACK (2014) " ...most satisfying when concentrating on the here and now-this patient needs this procedure now-and works less well when it tries to take on bigger issues. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Sep 4, 2014
8/10 89% Boss: Season 2 (TV, 2012) " ...t a hardboiled, somewhat abstracted view of power relations as practiced by a varied cast of characters... while also imparting an almost Shakespearean grandeur to the proceedings. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 29, 2014
7/10 92% Frank (2014) " ... the Hello Kitty effect: Just as the mouthless Kitty feels like you feel, so the unchanging expression of the plaster head that is Frank's primary feature can reflect whatever feeling you ascribe to it. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Aug 28, 2014
7/10 90% Metalhead (2015) " Metalhead is appreciative of metal culture and is also one of the most sensitive films I've seen lately about the contradictory ways people sometimes behave when trying to deal with grief. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Aug 13, 2014
5/10 22% Into The Storm (2014) " ...a modest weather-based thriller based on a plot and characters that are pure boilerplate from start to finish. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Aug 13, 2014
6/10 50% Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagary├╗ no hi (Real) " Real is an absorbing film but becomes overcomplicated (with a disappointing Twilight Zone-style twist that is both unnecessary and jarring) and goes on about 20 minutes too long. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/10 80% Inserts (1975) " ...pure tedium from beginning to end. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Aug 8, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet From Vegas to Macau (The Man from Macau) " Screen personas don't come much cooler that Chow Yun-fat's Ko Chun in the "God of Gamblers" series, and the latest installment in the series, From Vegas to Macao, does not disappoint in that regard. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Aug 3, 2014
8/10 80% Miss Granny (2014) " ...side-splittingly hilarious but also has a heart... " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 3, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet Four Corners " ...tells a gripping story with lots of action, with location shooting by Vicci Turpin (on some streets that it's a good bet you will never see in real life-even the cops don't want to go there) and music by Markus Wormstorm are both real pluses... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Aug 3, 2014
8/10 No Score Yet Shirayuki hime satsujin jiken (The Snow White Murder Case) " The use of social media as a plot element is the real breakthrough, however-the case is frequently discussed on Twitter, with the tweets almost filling up the screen and obscuring the characters in the story... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Aug 1, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet Monsterz " ...a spin on the theme of mutant humans, but instead of a whole crew of X-Men, there are only two mutants in this story, one evil (Tatsuya Fuiwara) and one good (Takayuki). " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jul 30, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet The White Storm " [The White Storm] has a surprisingly tender side, with emotionally involving subplots of both the familial and fraternal variety. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jul 30, 2014
8/10 83% Giovanni's Island " The animation for Giovanni's Island is hand-drawn, and to call it stunning would be an understatement. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jul 30, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet Puzzle " ...the Japanese anticipated the current craze for dystopian YA literature, but made their dystopias much more extreme than anything the American market would bear. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jul 28, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet Let Us Prey (2015) " ...if the storytelling is a bit loose, it's more than made up for by the splendid cinematography of Piers McGrail and O'Malley's knowing exploitation of horror tropes. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jul 28, 2014
6/10 83% Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (2014) " ...a conventional and straightforward documentary...[but] well done and well worth seeing if you have any interest in either pot or the political process. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jul 24, 2014
7/10 100% Detour (1945) " The world of Detour provides a sharp contrast with the cheerful domesticity and rah-rah jingoism of many Hollywood films of the period ... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jul 23, 2014
4/10 60% Go Down Death (2014) " ...it's hard to sustain interest in a film that serves primarily to communicate someone else's belief in their own cleverness. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/10 54% Citizen Koch (2014) " ...a well-meaning documentary that is essentially unsatisfying because it takes on too many issues and allots its screen time unwisely. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 20, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet TINY: A Story About Living Small (2013) " ...beautifully shot and edited, [with] a natural dramatic structure based on following Smith's attempt to build his own tiny house ... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jun 13, 2014
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