Sarah Boslaugh

Sarah Boslaugh

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
Playback:stl , PopMatters
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
494

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 77% 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 58% 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 93% 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 No Score Yet Metalhead " 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 20% 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
8/10 100% 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 " ...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 67% 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
6/10 91% Being Ginger (2014) " Charm goes a long way, and so does a sense of humor. Fortunately, Being Ginger has plenty of both to spare. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jun 13, 2014
6/10 57% American Jesus (2014) " ...if [Garriga's] portrait of American Christianity is not representative, it certainly is interesting, taking Americans as well as foreigners to many places they have probably not been before. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jun 12, 2014
7/10 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " ...an old-fashioned Hollywood melodrama for the modern age. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Jun 6, 2014
6/10 85% Cold in July (2014) " For all the action (and there is plenty) in Cold in July, it's really more of a psychological suspense movie, and the three principal actors are so good that I can forgive the derivative nature of the plot... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted May 31, 2014
6/10 92% The Retrieval (2014) " ... less a Civil War picture than a road movie and a coming-of-age tale. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted May 22, 2014
7/10 84% It Felt Like Love (2014) " [Hittman's] offbeat visual style ... helps put you inside the mind of the lead character, for whom nothing is clear. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted May 16, 2014
7/10 90% Dancing In Jaffa (2014) " ...make[s] you feel that you are visiting the lives of real children and their families, and seeing genuine interactions rather than synthetic moments crammed into a predetermined storyline. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted May 15, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet In God We Trust " ... organized around the testimony of perhaps the ultimate insider, Madoff's personal secretary Eleanor Squillari, who cooperated with the FBI to help trace Madoff's many shady business deals. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet The Great North Korean Picture Show " Lee and Leong were working under some stringent restrictions...so in response, the film sometimes includes commentary in subtitles, detailing what was going on behind the scenes of whatever you are seeing on screen. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet American Commune " ...American Commune is more a nostalgic look back at a time now vanished than it is a critical examination of The Farm, or the "back to the land" movement in general. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
6/10 84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " ...This is Freda narrating her own story as the no-nonsense Liverpool woman she is...illustrated with lots of archival materials to take the viewer along on her journey. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet Everybody Street " Everybody Street allows the photographers to speak for themselves, and they're quite eloquent in illuminating why (and sometimes how) they do what they do. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet Salma " ...a beautiful film and a celebration of the spirit and dignity of women who have not let themselves be defined by their circumstances. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
4/10 No Score Yet Quality Balls " ...so toothless it feels like it was made to run at a retirement ceremony, with many of Steinberg's fellow practitioners chiming in about what a great guy he was, and illustrated with tame clips of Steinberg at work " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 8, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet Chimeras " ... a quiet, contemplative film, beautifully shot, and willing to raise conflicting ideas without feeling the need to bring them to a resolution. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
7/10 100% Gideon's Army (2013) " While both the structure and most of the content of Gideon's Army are familiar, it does raise a few issues often left out of similar issues docs. One is the fact that many of the defendants are in fact guilty... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
7/10 82% The Double (2014) " ... the visual elements (cinematography by Erik Wilson, production design by David Crank, art direction by Denis Schnegg) and music (Andrew Hewitt) are a lot of what makes the film work. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet The Road to Fame " ...a film that is often interesting, in a multi-culti sort of way, but also contains a lot of loose ends that make it frustrating to watch. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
4/10 54% Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014) " Hank is basically a big love letter from Paulson to himself, and it's a mystery to me why Berlinger would lend his talents to such an effort. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
5/10 No Score Yet Cheatin' (2014) " ... felt like I was watching a string of loosely connected episodes rather than a feature film. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4/10 76% The Congress (2014) " ...if you're half-distracted all the time, you might be impressed by some of the interesting ideas in this film and be able to ignore what an overall mess it is. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 1, 2014
8/10 70% Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014) " ... an amazingly sure-footed feature from first-time director Katrin Gebbe. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4/10 89% Le Week-End (2014) " ...will appeal most strongly to people near their characters in age, as it's too easy for younger people to wonder why people who have it so good are complaining... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Mar 27, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet Gasland Part II (2013) " Gasland Part II is basically a film for the converted; if you didn't get the message with Gasland, you won't get it with this film. " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Mar 20, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet Wonderwall (1969) " Wonderwall should be required viewing for anyone interested in popular culture of the 1960s... " ‐ Playback:stl
Posted Mar 20, 2014
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