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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+ 93% Stan & Ollie (2018) It's highly entertaining, but it's also profoundly moving thanks to the nuances Coogan and Reilly inject in impeccably depicting a partnership that wasn't fully appreciated until Hardy's rapidly fading health had the last laugh.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
A 94% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) A filmmaking marvel that yields the perfect blend of artistry and passion. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
C 71% Destroyer (2018) The only excitement here is Kidman, who unleashes a chilling fury while doing everything in her power to waylay "Destroyer's" eventual destruction.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
C 71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The lackluster performances add to the tedium of a story that, frankly, just isn't that interesting, despite its importance in Ginsburg illustrious career and that of U.S. jurisprudence.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
A 64% Vice (2018) By the time McKay's finished connecting the dots, we begin to see Cheney as the epicenter of an earth-shaking collapse of government norms so destructive you keep asking yourself, "Why am I laughing?" ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
A 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) What puts you in rhythm with the story is Jenkins' thoughtful, and thought-provoking, examination of the three facets of love -- romantic, familial and friendship -- that never fail to provide hope, even when things look bleak. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
B- 59% Vox Lux (2018) You can take it as it is and be disappointed, or see it as something fuller, richer and rewarding. Either way, your reaction will be far from passive.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 89% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) We're left to deal with what to think of a man who was a great innovator but a terrible person, a real-life Charles Foster Kane. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
A 96% Roma (2018) "Roma" is a movie only in name. It's more an aural and visual experience that envelops your body before penetrating your soul.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
A 93% The Favourite (2018) The talented Greek pulls out all the stops to give you everything you want in a ribald period piece in which treachery runs rampant and it's executed with the sharpest of knives -- and tongues. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
A 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It occurs to you that this is no mere movie; it's life itself, and all the messy heartbreak and beauty that entails. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
A- 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) It's a lot of fun: cute characters and pretty colors for the kids; and lots of punny laughs for dads and moms.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
A 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It's a total mindf--k that twists you in all sorts of knots. And just when you think you've got it figured out -- BAM! -- you don't. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
B 73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Ferro's superb performance makes it a highly worthwhile ride. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
A- 81% Green Book (2018) The humor, as well as the drama, is often obvious, going for the easy marks. But "Green Book" is so relentlessly enjoyable and the two leads so pleasurable, you can't imagine skipping the ride. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
B+ 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) With "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," the Coen brothers sing a different tune, albeit in a minor key. Ah, but what sweet music! ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
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+ 84% 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 89% 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- 88% 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 69% 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 99% 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 91% 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+ 95% 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 65% 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- 54% 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- 94% 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 89% 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- 75% 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+ 91% 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 91% 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+ 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