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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 90% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Tyrnauer's movie is neck deep in aspersions. If you think Scotty a backstabber maligning the dead, stay away. But if you feel, like me, that his revelations aren't exactly what you'd call news, come on in. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
B- 72% Never Goin' Back (2018) If the goal was to prove pretty girls poop, too, mission accomplished, but why must it come at the expense of our intellect? Still, if you check your brain at the door, there's a reasonable good time to be had. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
C 88% Skate Kitchen (2018) The skateboarding scenes, shot by director of photography Shabier Kirchner, are thrilling eye candy, but the script is pure pap dealing in alienated-teen clichés and rote romantic machinations. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
B+ 93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) In Singapore, the term shiok is representative of a feeling of sheer happiness and pleasure. And I can't think of a better description for "Crazy Rich Asians," the funniest, most joyous movie of the summer. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
B 94% Nico, 1988 (2018) Nicchiarelli's laissez-faire style may alienate some, but I found her light-and-loose approach in keeping with a subject known for her frustrating unpredictability.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
B 83% Puzzle (2018) Macdonald repeatedly pulls the story out of the lurch with a performance that exists almost entirely in her wonderfully expressive face. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
B+ 82% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Subtly, but powerfully they take these de facto prisons to task with liberal uses of humor and compassion. Even better, they refuse to condemn the "believers," treating them with dignity and respect, albeit while slyly skewering the error of their ways. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
C 46% Generation Wealth (2018) It may entice with opulence and riches, but in the end, "Wealth" didn't buy my love.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
C 47% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) That you even bother to stay with it is testament to the appeal of Kunis and McKinnon, both of whom are more sophisticated than the mindless drivel they're handed. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
C 90% Far From the Tree (2018) It's sloppy, disjointed and rambling ... but given the level of empathy her collection of stories stirs, it can't be fully dismissed. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
A- 94% Dark Money (2018) "Dark Money" restores your faith in democracy, as the little, almost voiceless guys stand up to deep-pocketed muckety mucks to expose how the proliferation of PACs have nearly choked the life out of a government for the people, by the people.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
B+ 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) It gets to you in unexpected ways in capturing the fear of being in the presence of a human time bomb capable of detonating at the slightest provocation.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
A- 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Cruise is a modern-day Buster Keaton, refusing to give self-preservation a single thought. In return, you're in a blissful state of amazement, repeatedly asking yourself, "How in the heck did they pull that off?" ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
B+ 82% Love, Cecil (2018) Rich in Beaton treasurers, from his avant-garde photos and illustrations, to the trove of film clips, recordings and journals. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
A- 98% Eighth Grade (2018) You quiver, you cringe and you want to break down and cry. That's how powerful Elsie Fisher's turn as Kayla is in its ability to summon the worst memories of your early teens. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
B- 74% The King (2018) "The King," like its subject, is an incomplete work. What's here is interesting and, for the most part, entertaining. But Jarecki always leaves you feeling a bit cheated.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2018
B 100% The Cakemaker (2018) "Cakermaker" isn't your average slice of hunky Aryan pastry crimping with a sweet Israeli tart. It's really about 80-odd years of geopolitical atrocity born of the Third Reich evolving into an uneasy peace between Germany and Israel.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2018
C- 51% Boundaries (2018) Unless you've got something new to bring to the highway, keep your stories at home away from classic cars and jokes about cancer and pedophilia. You're better off staying in and watching your own dysfunctional family squabble and act petty. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2018
A 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) In literary terms, it's "a real page-turner," a summer read that's an electroshock to your every thought and nerve. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2018
B- 73% Damsel (2018) I can't help admiring the daring attitude of the Zellners, even though their success rate is marginal at best. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
A 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Where does Granik find these young, superb actresses? It's like she has a patent on it. But it's her skill as a filmmaker that leaves you gobsmacked; taking small tales about people living on the margin and making them resonate.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
C 78% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Glossing over Vivienne Westwood's association with the Sex Pistols is like barely mentioning the Civil War in a profile of Abraham Lincoln.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2018
A- 86% Love, Gilda (2018) To D'Apolito's credit, her film doesn't dwell on the sadness. Rather, it's a celebration of a performer who revolutionized comedy and inspired future generations.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2018
B- 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Bird's idea to give "Incredibles 2" a decidedly feminist bent by moving Elastigirl, aka Helen, to the fore seems creaky in the wake of last year's mega hit, "Wonder Woman." Still, I can't say I wasn't mildly entertained.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
B 82% Nancy (2018) It's a role capitalizing on Riseborough's desire to disappear inside whoever she's playing. For her, no two parts are alike, allowing her to always be fresh, always be different and always be sensational. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
B- 90% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Haley and Basch fuss and fuss over creating phony conflicts designed to keep father and daughter apart until it's time for them to finally find harmony. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
B+ 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) It's a tribute to the resiliency of youth, as well as the fragility of life. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
B+ 86% American Animals (2018) A fascinating study of disaffected youth so devoid of empathy they can't conceive of their "little prank" hurting anyone but themselves. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
B- 89% Hereditary (2018) I give much due to Aster for his remarkable ability to create atmospherics, establishing a mood of uneasiness and continuing to up the ante.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
A- 94% First Reformed (2018) Hawke masterfully places us inside the head of a man with a disintegrating soul, as he gradually loses a long-running battle with his demons.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
D 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) How could they do this to a good joe like Chewie? They've turned him into a wonky Wookiee enslaved by incompetents in a universe of stifling mediocrity. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
B- 53% Book Club (2018) Holderman and Simms trade freely in the sort of stereotypes you'd expect from an enterprise intent on putting the "sex" back into sexagenarian. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 19, 2018
A- 94% Beast (2018) Pearce, in his directorial debut, has a ball torturing us with steadily building intrigue, as we futilely attempt to sort out what's what. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 19, 2018
B 90% Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2018) Just substitute Syria or Somalia for Germany and suddenly Garbarski's tale of broken people trying to pick themselves up off the mat speaks with immediacy and urgency. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B- 29% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) We're never given any reason to feel. Perhaps that's why you care more for the inanimate 911 Carrera -- praying it will never crash -- than you do the horndog lovebirds occupying its two front seats. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
B- 85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Binoche willingly opens herself up and invitingly lures you in to bask in the joy and the heartbreak of a woman who puts it all on the line in a noble quest for love.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
B- 21% Terminal (2018) With an actress -- and performance -- this alluring, Stein knows his convoluted plot need not make sense. Nor does he try. Instead, he simply creates numerous situations for Robbie to work her magic.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
B- 85% Disobedience (2018) I wanted it to be more like Todd Haynes' deeply sensual and utterly heartbreaking "Carol." This can't hold a menorah candle to that -- even though it tries like the dickens.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
B- 74% Little Pink House (2018) A fact-based story of government bullying that makes you want to turn all politicians into piñatas. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
B 94% RBG (2018) What's here is more than enough to sufficiently get your legal briefs in a twist.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
B- 82% Ghost Stories (2018) The scares are scarce in "Ghost Stories," but it's hard not to admire the craftsmanship of writer-directors Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson in creating a reverent ode to horror movies of the past. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
A+ 97% The Rider (2018) Fiction and reality blur powerfully into a dizzying treatise on not just a broken cowboy, but also America. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
C 86% 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- 71% 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 92% 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 82% 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 74% 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 80% 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