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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
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2016
B- 94% Life, Animated (2016) A deeply moving, highly inspirational dive into the vastly under-served subject of autism.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2016
B- 69% The Infiltrator (2016) Sturdy, serviceable and ultimately forgettable.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2016
B+ 91% Zero Days (2016) Flawlessly spins what could have been a tech-talk heavy bore into an enthralling espionage thriller ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2016
C 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The best thing about "The Secret Life of Pets" is that it's better than "Minions." But then that's like saying Zika is a step up from e Coli. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2016
B- 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) If you're a fan, as I once was, you'll instantly recognize Solondz' M.O., which like Woody Allen, is so bereft of ideas, he has no choice but to forever repeat himself. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
C+ 91% Last Cab To Darwin (2016) Sims insists on always playing it safe, never taking chances, which ironically, is the very thing his film clumsily preaches against. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
A 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) As funny as it is scary. But it's also utterly charming, and surprisingly moving in ways you'd never expect. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
C- 75% The BFG (2016) Where's the magic? Where's the wonder? Where's the charm? All pertinent questions that Spielberg fails to answer in what amounts to a giant mess, or as BFG would say, a wizzpopper. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
B- 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) I always had one foot in the aisle, but I couldn't pull myself away, mainly because I was eager to see what mindless trick the movie would pull next. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
B- 95% Tickled (2016) It's hard not to get caught up in the movie's thrill of the chase, as Farrier and Reeve dig deeper and deeper for clues before finally pulling back the curtain on the person behind this fetish-filled Oz. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2016
B- 94% Finding Dory (2016) For a fish story, "Finding Dory" is pretty small scale. Or at least it seems when tossed into the sea with a whopper like "Finding Nemo." It simply can't measure up emotionally or narratively. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2016
A- 89% Dheepan (2016) Audiard vividly captures the horrors of not just war, but it's even more destructive aftermath. It will leave you positively shell-shocked. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
B 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) Before falling apart in its final reel, Matteo Garrone's imaginative "Tale of Tales" proves a visually arresting, narratively captivating rendering of the 17th-century works of Italian folklorist Giambattista Basile. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2016
C+ 58% Me Before You (2016) "Me Before You" is a feast for the eyes, whether our doomed lovers are vacationing in Mauritius or trading banalities in Will's castle quarters. But it's the ugliness of the film's message that a life without limbs is not worth living that galls you.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2016
C- 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) A headache inducing ménage of Lewis Carroll's beloved characters tossed into a cacophonous tempest of family squabbles and lessons learned. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 28, 2016
A 97% Weiner (2016) The directors provide the rope, and Weiner willingly ties the knot and slips the noose around his neck. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 28, 2016
B 89% The Lobster (2016) It's a murky soup of commentary and ideas about modern love and loneliness presented in the most unsettling and imaginative way.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
A 98% Love & Friendship (2016) Its multitude of pleasures rest in dialogue rich in wit and mellifluous in structure. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
B 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Black strips the "Lethal Weapon" formula down to its undies and redresses it with moxie and snark.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
B- 61% High-Rise (2016) The resulting violence, along with the rot and decay it triggers, lacks any meaning, and frankly feels cliched. ... The acting and production design, however, are first rate.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 14, 2016
A- 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Cap has not just saved the world, he's saved a comic book universe from complacency by boldly raising the ante on all who dare follow this wonderful, magnificent entertainment. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 7, 2016
A- 100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) It was made 10 years ago but plays like new with its timeless scenes of marital strife and all the lying, deceiving and mistrust that go with it. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2016
C- 10% Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016) It turns one of America's larger-than-life icons into a sniveling, paranoid old man, who -- in Sparks' incapable hands -- lacks an ounce of gravitas. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2016
B- 76% Keanu (2016) There's a lot of busyness and action, but what we really crave is a little more time for paws.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2016
B+ 90% Green Room (2016) Welcome to the spooky, ultra-violent world of writer-director Jeremy Saulnier, as he gets his John Carpenter on by sending his plucky group of actors into a bloody game of last man (or woman) standing. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2016
B 100% Older Than Ireland (2016) The tears -- yours, not theirs -- come in the final moments when talk turns to the deaths of their spouses, close friends and some of their children.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2016
B 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Eighty percent of what's in the movie is bogus, albeit largely entertaining. But it's what's real that hits the highest emotional notes. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2016
A- 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Jon "Iron Man" Favreau proves emphatically there's no bungle in his "Jungle" -- just laughs, tears and overwhelming warmth for the talkative critters who inhabit it. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2016
C- 75% We The People: The Market Basket Effect (2016) "We the People" pounds you into submission with its inarticulate observations contributed by a succession of talking heads, most of whom had nothing to do with the messy, months-long fight for control of the popular New England grocery chain. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
B+ 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) A New Wave-style stunner that burns with passion and heartbreak.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2016
B+ 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Hawke plays Baker the way Baker played the trumpet, always open to interpretation and unafraid to color outside the lines. It's fabulous work, probably the best of his career. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2016
A- 98% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) It cavalierly toys with the history of the mechanized world, making you thankful we have luxuries like cars and electricity. But it also makes an equally solid argument that it's those luxuries we depend on that are choking the life out of our planet. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2016
B- 70% Take Me To The River (2016) You admire Sobel's tenacity, even if his reach exceeds his grasp. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
B+ 90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) It's two parts Scorsese and one part "Sopranos," and totally immersive, largely because Trapero has studied his influences well. And what he's learned most is the value of humor in telling the story of repulsive people behaving badly. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
B+ 97% Krisha (2016) It's raw, unapologetic and in your face.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
D 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Watching "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," one thing is clear: Director Zack Snyder loves sparks. They're emanating from everywhere -- everywhere, that is, except his hapless story about superheroes missing their mommies. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2016
D 62% Creative Control (2016) It captures Brooklyn's trendy Williamsburg neighborhood in a whole new light. Shame the film couldn't do the same with its lame attempts at satire. But, hey, that's reality. And as we all know, it bites. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2016
D 0% Cabin Fever (2016) The symptoms are familiar: Nausea, fatigue and impatience accompanied by excessive eye roll and exasperation. Yup! Must be "Cabin Fever," a mind-numbing disease once believed eradicated. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2016
B- 91% The Confirmation (2016) We're not in "Nebraska" anymore. We're really not anywhere in a story going nowhere fresh or relevant. But it's not a complete waste of time.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2016
B+ 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) It's probably too early to talk Oscar nominations, but when you're as good as Sally Field is in "Hello, My Name Is Doris," it doesn't seem premature at all. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2016
A- 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) What we learn about the evils of colonialism and the importance of chronicling one's past, whether European, American or indigenous, is transcendent.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
B 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) Thanks to technology, Uthaug proves he can do exactly what the big boys do, but at a fraction of the cost. And most importantly, without sacrificing any of the fun. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2016
A 98% Zootopia (2016) It should serve as a terrific inspiration for little girls to dream big and aspire high. But the larger message "Zootopia" is sending is one of tolerance and understanding.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2016
A- 90% A War (Krigen) (2016) War may be hell, but Lindholm stirringly shows us that it's also indelibly human.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2016
B- 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) It's shameless in its determination to make Eddie into a sainted blue-collar hero, but the strong performances make it hard to resist. Just don't expect to feel good about it in the morning. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2016