Zeba Blay

Zeba Blay

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Publications:
Digital Spy , House Next Door , Movie Mezzanine , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
30

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Showing 1 - 30 of 30
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 81% Grand Piano (2014) " While Grand Piano certainly doesn't best any of the icons of its genre, its improvisations are interesting, and at least that's something." — Movie Mezzanine
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/5 68% One Chance (2014) " One Chance avoids some of the pitfalls of the genre by having a funny if calculable script, a great supporting cast, and a very strong and engaging lead in Corden." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 15, 2013
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " It's a story that transcends the typical expectations of the slave narrative, a story that indeed isn't about a slave but a man, a human being, fighting for his soul." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 97% Gravity (2013) " This is a movie as much about death as it is about survival." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " It's the quality of asking questions and providing no black and white answers that makes The Fifth Estate, in spite of its bluster and bravado, worth watching." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 6, 2013
2/5 23% The Canyons (2013) " The Canyons is no style and no substance, an exercise in poor judgement and stunt casting gone horribly wrong." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2/5 27% Jobs (2013) " Seeing these seminal moments recreated onscreen is certainly entertaining, but the filmmakers at times rely a little to heavily on an all too reverent approach to Jobs the man." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 21, 2013
68% Coming to America (1988) " It's hard to tell if a comedy like Coming to America could be made today." — House Next Door
Posted Jun 28, 2013
52% Adult World (2014) " Adult World doesn't quite fit the bill of a dark comedy, as it's neither uproariously funny nor does it carry much dramatic import." — House Next Door
Posted Apr 23, 2013
35% Touchy Feely (2013) " The lack of connection to the protagonists or insight into what they're going through leaves the movie feeling unfinished." — House Next Door
Posted Jan 27, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " In a digital age where porn has hugely influenced the way we relate to sex in real life, it stands as a poignant and fearless exploration of what that relationship means." — House Next Door
Posted Jan 27, 2013
27% Jobs (2013) " A Disney-fied act of hero worship." — House Next Door
Posted Jan 27, 2013
45% Big Sur (2013) " A delicate, exquisite-looking film, Big Sur is a brief, glittering portrait of an artist." — House Next Door
Posted Jan 25, 2013
84% Upstream Color (2013) " If anything at all can be gleaned from the movie's visual abstractions, it might be that Shane Carruth is more interested in the relationship between memory and imagery than he is in plot. " — House Next Door
Posted Jan 25, 2013
74% The East (2013) " The East doesn't redefine the genre, but a strong cast, polished direction, and absorbing story make it an impressive effort nonetheless." — House Next Door
Posted Jan 24, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) " The film sheds no new light on Lovelace's ordeal, and indeed seems unwilling or unable to go to deeper and darker places. " — House Next Door
Posted Jan 24, 2013
68% Stoker (2013) " The stylish direction overwhelms the story's mystery with its too-heavy leaning on brooding looks, gothic atmosphere, and vague, circuitous dialogue." — House Next Door
Posted Jan 23, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " As their lives have become more complex, so too has the structure and landscape of the narrative. " — House Next Door
Posted Jan 22, 2013
76% Concussion (2013) " First-time writer-director Stacie Passon approaches the subject matter provocatively though never exploitatively, shooting the no-holds-barred sex scenes intimately, rather than with the sole aim of titillation. " — House Next Door
Posted Jan 22, 2013
57% Breathe In (2014) " While Drake Doremus initially lays out an intriguing study of suburban discord, the film's third act strains under the weight of a wearying predictability." — House Next Door
Posted Jan 22, 2013
32% A Teacher (2013) " A little more insight into the motives of the main subject would have strengthened the film and made its ending feel earned. " — House Next Door
Posted Jan 22, 2013
76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " A smartly written, deeply engaging portrait of a movement just about to begin." — House Next Door
Posted Jan 22, 2013
1/4 63% The Carrie Diaries: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " While it's not surprising that The Carrie Diaries is unlikely to appeal to fans of the HBO franchise, it's still disappointing that much of what made that series work has given way to cliche and oversimplification. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2013
3/4 100% The Loving Story (2012) " Perhaps the strongest aspect of Nancy Buirski's doc is that it allows the Lovings to tell their story in their own words." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2012
2/4 —— Le bonheur d'Elza (Elza) " Capitalizes on a vibrant tropical location and a cast of capable, but the narrative makes disconcerting leaps from the poignant to the distractingly soap-operatic." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2012
1.5/4 13% Jack and Diane (2012) " The stop-motion is meant to show us that these girls are so in love that they're turning into monsters, but because the werewolf elements of the story are never explicitly addressed, their effect is confounding." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2012
3/4 77% American Horror Story: Asylum (TV, 2012-2013) " The most interesting thing here is the show's willingness to take risks: killing off major characters, running about 18 different plot lines at once, incorporating racy psycho-sexual and religious undertones... " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2012
2/4 33% Butter (2012) " It's the film's unwillingness to deal with the sometimes hilarious and often problematic things its characters say and do that stands as one of its ultimate failings. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3/5 87% Life of Pi (2012) " Beneath everything, the heart of the story - the boy, the boat, and the tiger - manages to outshine the movie's desperate desire to be great." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3/4 83% Elementary: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " There's a rhythm to Liu and Miller's rapport that usually takes actors several episodes to build, but it shines through from the first moments the pair are on screen together. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2012
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