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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
C 90% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) I can't fault the two pint-sized stars for the lack of empathy and feeling. Both work their rears off attempting to bring depth and meaning to a treacly script by a gang of writers devoid of an original idea. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
B- 77% Kodachrome (2018) What are we to make of director Mark Raso's overtly sincere attempt to tell a tale we've seen a dozen times before? Are we to weep on cue? Or, recoil from its unrelenting obviousness? Well, it's actually a little of both.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
B- 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) He's no John McEnroe -- not in looks or stature. Aw, but in personality, LaBeouf is every bit the measure of the a-hole the London press once dubbed "SuperBrat." ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
B 90% Lean on Pete (2018) The points Haigh makes about the people left behind in our ever-changing economy have a resonance. But don't be surprised if "Lean on Pete" strikes you as just a tiny bit lame.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
B 78% Beirut (2018) In chipping the rust off a 27-year-old script and applying a fresh coat of 21st-century technology, director Brad Anderson unveils a twisty-turner with all the irresistible trappings of a Reagan-era John le Carre novel. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
C 57% Ramen Heads (2018) I assume it was Shigeno's intent to share his love for ramen with the world, but the final product projects more like a propaganda piece.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
B 72% Final Portrait (2018) To say it unfolds at a leisurely pace would be a vast understatement. But the actors, particularly Rush with his best part in years, somehow keep you riveted.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
B 77% Chappaquiddick (2018) What struck me most was how cleverly the movie skewers the devious way politicians think and behave, from the shaky relationship our representatives have with facts to their carefully constructed image-building that knows no moral or ethical bounds.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
C 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Visually, Anderson's second foray into stop-motion animation is a mind-blowing marvel of wondrous imagination and ingenuity. But the story, best described as a hallucinatory version of "Lassie Come Home" in reverse, is deep in dog poo. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2018
A 96% Foxtrot (2018) It metaphorically illustrates the pointlessness of expelling energy and resources on an activity going nowhere, much like Israel's many wars with its Arab neighbors - and within generations of its own society. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2018
A- 76% The China Hustle (2018) This is one of those documentaries -- like "Abacus" and "Enron" -- that make you boiling mad at greedy bankers, ineffectual politicians and a financial system shedding regulations like the snakes that these people are shed their skin. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2018
B- 89% Itzhak (2018) Chernick isn't the least bit inquisitive about a man who triumphed over naysayers and polio to become arguably the world's finest living violinist. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
B- 52% Flower (2018) Winkler turns credulity to the wind with a succession of increasingly ridiculous plot twists that can only occur in the mind of a lazy scriptwriter. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
c 34% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Italian director Paolo Virzi has much to say about old age. But just what that message might be is more opaque than Grandma's support hose. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
B+ 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) This isn't just a picture about the state of the Soviet Union in March 1953; it's very much about today. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
B 92% Midnighters (2018) The Ramsays still have a long way to go to match the Coens, but the endlessly fun "Midnighters" is one helluva step in the right direction.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
B 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) It's simultaneously silly and telling, cut through with unexpected emotion and satirical bite. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
A 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) A stunning indictment of complacency, and a reminder of how fast something you love -- like our democracy -- can suddenly go poof if you look away, even for a second. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
B 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) It confirms her prowess as an inventor of much more than male fantasy. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
A- 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Vega establishes a milestone in the push for equality playing a transgender woman determined to properly grieve for her recently deceased lover. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
B+ 81% The Party (2018) All this black and blue is delivered in glorious black and white by a septet of splendid actors spewing deliciously venomous discourse rendering you dazzlingly dizzied. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
B 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) While the truisms come fast and furious (think of an episode of "Perry Mason"), the underlying theme of hypocritical people willing to kill in the name of religion never fails to land its punches. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
B 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) This year's package of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts aren't as strong as those in recent years, but there are a couple gems to be found.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
B+ 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) This year's group of Oscar-nominated animation shorts range from the silly to the sublime.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
B 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2018) The documentary portion of the Oscar-nominated shorts explore such topical issues as the opiate epidemic, prison reform, mental illness and police brutality.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
D 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) How high do you have to get to endure this drivel? I'd say a whole dime bag's worth. Better to fry your brain that way then by subjecting your gray matter to Grey natter.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
B+ 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Campillo is terrific at conveying a spectrum of emotions through his richly drawn characters, allowing you to feel what they feel in a relentless fight to save themselves.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
B- 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Bening can elevate even the dullest flicks to a higher level. You might even say, to paraphrase another noted Liverpudlian, she takes a bad movie and makes it better. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
B- 77% Small Town Crime (2018) The one constant is Hawkes, who is so much fun you'd follow him anywhere, even through a flat-footed crime caper riddled with more clichés than bullets.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
B- 67% Happy End (2017) Haneke's "family films" offer zero warmth, little compassion and suicidal characters who've had it with phoniness and insincerity. So, why should we expect anything less from his latest dive into disappointment and despair?‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
B- 84% The Final Year (2018) "The Final Year" lacks the focus and urgency of other, better political documentaries like the superb "Weiner" or "The War Room." Even more disappointing, it's devoid of objectivity. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
A- 100% Paddington 2 (2018) A nearly perfect movie that thoroughly and genuinely restores something we haven't seen a lot of lately - childhood wonder.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
C- 73% Hostiles (2018) Clearly, it's Cooper's intent to make "Hostiles" his "Unforgiven," but what he's wrought is closer to "Unforgivable." ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
B 87% The Post (2018) Streep is magnificent, and when it comes time to compile her legacy, this performance, one full of fear, confidence, verve and doubt, will rank among her best. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
A- 82% Molly's Game (2018) When you ante up the mellifluous writing of Aaron Sorkin with the unparalleled acting of Jessica Chastain, you're bound to hit the jackpot. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
B 90% I, Tonya (2018) It's puzzling why Gillespie opted to retell Harding's off-told story, but with big assists from Robbie and Janney, he makes it seem new. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2017
B- 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The spirit of Eric Rohmer lives vibrantly in the luscious-looking "Call Me by Your Name." But, unfortunately, not his talent.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2017
C+ 81% Tom of Finland (2017) Touko Laaksonen sketched out an enduring legacy with his homoerotic images of hyper-masculine men. So, why then is Dome Karukoski's depiction of Laaksonen's rise from closeted pornographer to celebrated artist so flaccid? ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Much like "Blue Jasmine" owed a debt to Tennessee Williams, "Wonder Wheel" enables Woody Allen to indulge his inner Eugene O'Neill - but not in a good way. Call it "A Long Day's Journey into Slight."‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
B 86% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Volpe undermines the gravity of her tale with periodic dashes of quirk that are admittedly funny but tonally deaf. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2017
B+ 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Tommy Wiseau is flat-out weird, even a tad scary, but Franco seldom fails to make his character's acute form of self-delusion charming and infectious. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2017
A 97% Coco (2017) You'll go cuckoo for "Coco."‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
B 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) It's hard to argue with an invention as amiable as this.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
B 94% The Breadwinner (2017) "The Breadwinner" proves both eye-opening and insightful, vividly depicting how miserable life can be in a country where a woman has little or no worth. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
B- 99% God's Own Country (2017) Just about the time you're ready to secede from this dank, muddy pity party, HE walks in. And by "he" I mean Alec Secareanu's Romanian hunk, Gheorghe. You can't quit him.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
B- 85% Wonder (2017) The whole enterprise goes down like a big ol' gulp of Robitussin. It's good for you, but the aftertaste is a tad pungent. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
A 96% Mudbound (2017) It reads like a novel with its richness of characters, its palpable sense of place and its lacerating commentary on a nation where equality exists only on a dusty old document called the Declaration of Independence. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
B- 98% Dina (2017) Romance, no matter what your mental capacity, is something beautiful. It's also a necessity for a woman like Dina, who has every reason to be mad at the world, yet soldiers on fueled by the unwavering belief that love conquers all. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B+ 88% Novitiate (2017) In Betts' highly capable hands the staid becomes excitingly alive with a story that pulses with energy and guile. Oh, and did I mention the sex? Yes, this could become a habit.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B- 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The stated goal in the schizophrenic "Thor: Ragnarok" is to liberate the Norse kingdom of Asgard. But what's really going on is the freeing of the Henny Youngman inside Chris Hemsworth. Take my hammer, Please! ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017