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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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 94% Wildlife (2018) "Wildlife" is not just tame, it's for the most part lifeless, a meandering exercise with all the excitement and emotion of a two-hour stare down. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A- 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy takes you along on a fascinating character arc in which Israel morphs from put-upon loser to a level of importance the author could never have imagined for herself. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B+ 90% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) As a child of the Midwest, I can attest to the accuracy of what Wiseman captures in depicting the views, beliefs and attitudes of rural America.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B 90% Studio 54 (2018) Burn, baby, burn, Matt Tyrnauer's "Studio 54" is a disco inferno of fun and nostalgia.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
A- 87% What They Had (2018) Chomko unobtrusive direction renders a movie brimming with realism, particularly in her impeccable use of humor amid the pathos. It's easily the most cheery story about death I've seen in ages.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
B+ 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Sure, it's derivative, but if you ask, "Was I entertained?" I have no choice but to plead "Guilty."‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
C 68% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett's admiration for Wilde far outweighs his inspiration in turning one of the most colorful characters of the 19th century into a bloated, lifeless fuddy-dud. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
B- 61% The Oath (2018) More conservative than liberal when it comes to providing laughs.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
A- 88% First Man (2018) Bring your space helmet because you're going to need it in the rarefied air of a drama that shakes you physically almost as much as it does emotionally.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
B 96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) Winogrand's verite style is jaw-dropping. So is his perceptiveness in chronicling an America undergoing a social metamorphosis in the 1960s. His mixture of blacks and whites in black and white are stark, haunting and revealing.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
B+ 79% 22 July (2018) Greengrass handles the massacre in an unexploited manner, knowing it's unadulterated evil speaks for itself. It's hard to watch and even harder to make sense of -- at least at first. And it's the "why" that most interests Greengrass.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
B- 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper obviously overlooks a potential jackpot in a co-star eager to prove she's not just another poker face. Despite those restraints, she's ultimately his savior, displaying enough moxie and heart to engage, even when the movie fails to match the hype .‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
B 100% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Don't be surprised if you crave a second cup, served just like this one, straight with no sugar.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
B 90% Hal (2018) Ashby's films speak for themselves through the evocative clips Scott has assembled into a tidy little retrospective guaranteed to inspire you to seek them out, whether it be for the first time, or -- as is my case with "Bound for Glory" -- a dozenth. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
A- 98% Science Fair (2018) It fills you with optimism. But even more, it causes you to rethink how these dedicated kids live and work in amenity - not by choice, but by society's misplaced values on what constitutes a high school hero.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B+ 97% Blaze (2018) Chances are you've never heard of Michael David Fuller or his stage persona, Blaze Foley. But Ethan Hawke thinks you should. And it's hard to argue once he's stated his case in his artfully mounted "Blaze." ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
B 64% Lizzie (2018) It's like Jane Austen hooking up with Stephen King, as blood and women's rights gush together in an act of uncivil liberty. Murder never felt so good.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Feig spins it in a light, comedic vein that borders on genre parody. But he also can't resist capitulating to the clichés at which he's poking fun. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
B- 55% The Bookshop (2018) So little happens, you could probably solve a crossword while watching it; that's how little attention need be paid. But there's something about Emily Mortimer's lovely understated portrayal of Florence that's the equivalent of comfort food. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
C 84% The Wife (2018) The rumor mill has Close as a shoe-in for an Oscar nod, for which she richly deserves. But I can't help believing voters might have second thoughts after seeing what a creaky vehicle her formidable work is hitched. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
B 52% Papillon (2018) It might not be perfect, but this "Papillon" definitely has wings.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2018
B- 92% Support the Girls (2018) You may never look at those Hooters waitresses quite the same way again. Heck, you might even feel a little bit sorry for them, realizing we -- the oglers -- just might be the bigger boobs. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2018
B 88% 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- 76% 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 89% 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+ 92% 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 82% 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+ 86% 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 45% 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 49% 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 89% 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- 95% 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+ 79% 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- 99% 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- 77% 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 98% 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- 52% 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- 71% 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 76% 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- 88% 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- 94% 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 85% 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- 91% 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+ 88% 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