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Al Alexander

Al Alexander
Al Alexander's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Patriot Ledger

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 83% Julieta (2016) It's short, bittersweet and to the point. And it's Almodovar, a filmmaker who even at his slightest, is never less than fascinating. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jan 14, 2017
A- 90% 20th Century Women (2017) Mills puts so much of himself into his work, you can almost see yourself. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jan 14, 2017
A- 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Three strong, brilliant black women doing it for themselves by forcing a racist, sexist government agency to swallow a little Jim Crow in order to take America to the stars and back. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jan 7, 2017
B- 87% A Monster Calls (2017) "A Monster Calls" is a lovingly rendered meditation on grief, packing plenty of bark and just enough sap to keep it sweet. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jan 7, 2017
B 95% Fences (2016) Even when Washington's Troy becomes an unbearable pain, you remain intoxicated with Wilson's mastery of dialogue and turn of phrase. It's almost musical, like a great jazz band riffing in harmonic bliss. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Dec 26, 2016
D 31% Passengers (2016) An inane space opera that eschews logic, not to mention a moral center. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Dec 23, 2016
B- 79% Patriots Day (2017) You always feel like you smack in the middle of the investigation. But that's about all you feel until pictures of the real victims pop up at the end. It's then that you dissolve into tears. But by then, you may have already dropped out of the race. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Dec 21, 2016
A+ 93% La La Land (2016) Damien Chazelle heard the call: "Make musicals great again." And he's responded bigly with "La La Land," his dazzling display of spectacle and heart that will lock him up -- a front-row seat at the Oscars. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Dec 17, 2016
C 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) For the filmmakers, it's all about pandering. And for this group of outstanding actors it's a colossal waste of their time, like a molecular scientist working at McDonalds. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Dec 17, 2016
A- 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Huppert is sensational at communicating both the frustration and the fight in a woman who never allows herself to dissolve into self-pity. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Dec 10, 2016
B- 89% Jackie (2016) Larrain succeeds - to a point. His hindrance is Portman, whose Jackie exists without an inner-life. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Dec 10, 2016
D 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) It may have it's share of fart jokes, but it's no gas. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Dec 10, 2016
B 61% Allied (2016) It befits a relic from the past. And I mean that in the most complimentary way. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 24, 2016
A+ 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Affleck's Lee is a figure too tragic even for Shakespeare. But his pain, and yes, his courage, is seared into our memories, making "Manchester" not just a place by the sea, but also a piece of our hearts. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 24, 2016
B+ 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) "Edge" is the operative word, as Craig grinds the genre's conventions to a razor sharpness that cut deep and give Steinfeld a platform to tap all her best instincts in fleshing out the most loveable narcissistic cynic since Larry David. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 19, 2016
C- 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Rowling has no grasp of screenwriting. Her characters are flat and underdeveloped, her plotting scattershot and her action scenes tired and derivative. It's boring, and -- except for Fogler and Sudol -- utterly lacking in fun. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 19, 2016
A 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's fabulous work that asks much of the viewer, who is left to interpret and distill. It's subliminal art at its finest. And it does what art does best: get you thinking and talking. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 19, 2016
A- 94% Arrival (2016) Villeneuve uses sci-fi the way it's meant to be used in melding the metaphysical and the metaphoric into a timely tapestry that echoes our turbulent times. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 12, 2016
B+ 98% Moonlight (2016) It's a coming-of-age tale writ large, yet director Barry Jenkins renders it so small and intimate you almost feel like you're eavesdropping. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 5, 2016
B 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson is giddy to once again be granted the all-mighty power to indulge his love of faith-based martyrdom. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 5, 2016
C- 19% Inferno (2016) Howard, in his third go-round at the helm of the much-maligned, but financially lucrative franchise, still hasn't gotten a handle on making these bungled endeavors anything more than a chore. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 29, 2016
B 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) You'll rush to your iPod to dial up those greats songs. But you'll also walk away disappointed that "Supersonic" doesn't dig deeper. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 27, 2016
B 90% Certain Women (2016) The beauty of "Certain Women" is in the subtle details. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 21, 2016
B- 33% Good Kids (2016) It's not a great first feature for McCoy, but it's surely a competent one that speaks loudly -- and somewhat profanely -- to a budding talent with intriguing possibilities. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 20, 2016
A- 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) With so much turmoil in the world, the power of a charming little bromide like "A Man Called Ove" can't be underestimated. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 15, 2016
C+ 51% The Accountant (2016) Instead of books being cooked, it's the disjointed, coincidence-heavy plot that does a number on a story that ultimately fails to add up. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 15, 2016
C+ 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The mystery is a good one, at least for a while, but unlike David Fincher's two "Girls" -- "Gone" and "Dragon Tattoo" -- Taylor shows no interest in nuance and subtext. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 9, 2016
B 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) "Birth" is disjointed, rambling and devoid of much originality, a sort of "12 Years a Slave" meets "Braveheart." But there's never any doubt that it flows from Parker's impassioned heart. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 9, 2016
B- 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) There's something undeniably alluring about what Berg has cobbled together from a scattershot script that foregoes subtext in favor of kick-ass special effects that put you smack in the middle of an exploding ball of fire. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 1, 2016
B 94% Command and Control (2016) The meat of Kenner's story is the heroics of the Air Force technicians who risked their lives. It adds a personal touch that immensely humanizes a story that could easily get lost in the minutia. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C- 77% Goat (2016) Hearing adorable little Nick Jonas drop the F-bomb over and over just seems to go against God's law. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 24, 2016
C 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) If there's a pulse emanating from a single member of Fuqua's high-falutin' cast it's undetectable. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 24, 2016
A- 92% Demon (2016) It's a horror picture that derives from the worst horror of the 20th century -- the Holocaust -- and how its ghosts continue to haunt the people of Poland no matter how hard they try to forget. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 17, 2016
B+ 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Bumping into Bridget Jones again is like time standing still. It instantly reminds you how much you missed her. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 17, 2016
B+ 89% Morris from America (2016) Yes, it's the old fish-out-of-water scenario, but Hartigan does so much with it that it actually seems fresh. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 9, 2016
D 43% The Hollars (2016) Infuriatingly quirky family dramedy that makes you wanna scream. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 3, 2016
C 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Melodrama gets the best of everyone in a tale in which weighty ethical questions are presented with all the complexity of what one's obligation is when they find a wallet stuffed with money. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 3, 2016
B- 64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Portman and Tessler distractingly take turns playing the lead, causing the film to lose continuity. A flaw worsened by a tale that frustratingly rambles in spots, particularly when Portman indulges her inner Ingmar Bergman. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 27, 2016
A- 91% Southside With You (2016) If you can set politics aside for 80 delightful minutes, even the staunchest Republicans will swoon over "Southside with You." ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 27, 2016
B- 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Herzog's format is well-organized, and his array of talking heads interesting, but they're pretty much telling us what we already know. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 20, 2016
C- 25% Ben-Hur (2016) What's frustrating is that there are so many good things about this "Ben-Hur" that it's hard to understand why so much of it is laid to waste by a mountain of cheesy effects and clunky, leaden dialogue. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 20, 2016
C- 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Streep is game, but the material is just lame. And that's what makes "Florence Foster Jenkins" every bit as tone deaf as its subject. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 13, 2016
A 96% Gleason (2016) At times you sense the film is getting too intimate. But even then, you're too emotionally invested in this man, this family, to dare look away. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 5, 2016
A 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) A story that deftly sneaks up on you before grabbing your emotions by the throat. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 5, 2016
B- 85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) Their subject is just too smart, interesting and philosophically astute to not be fascinating. But you crave more, and as Archie Bunker would fondly say, "That's the crutch of the situation." ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jul 31, 2016
B- 82% Les Cowboys (2016) It succeeds in humanizing the world's biggest political football without taking sides. No easy task, but the impartiality robs the story of any emotional or rooting interest. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jul 31, 2016
C- 56% Jason Bourne (2016) It fails spectacularly on every level, from the moribund script to the lackadaisical acting to schizophrenic editing that's so fixated on quick cuts it's impossible to follow what's going on. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jul 31, 2016
A- 91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) You sense Gondry made "Microbe and Gasoline" for an audience of one, himself. Yet in doing so, he's delivered a movie that speaks eloquently to the world over. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jul 23, 2016
B- 93% Life, Animated (2016) A deeply moving, highly inspirational dive into the vastly under-served subject of autism. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jul 16, 2016
B- 69% The Infiltrator (2016) Sturdy, serviceable and ultimately forgettable. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jul 16, 2016