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
Publications: The Patriot Ledger

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 96% Echo In the Canyon (2019) The tunes are great, the stories are great, but Jakob Dylan keeps getting in the way, stealing the spotlight to the point of frustration. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
B 63% The Quiet One (2019) While watching "The Quiet One," you get the feeling Wyman has seen it all from the perspective of both a participant and an observer. And he has the photos and home movies to prove it. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
B- 62% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The roteness is often cringe-worthy and tone shifts jarring. But darned if I wasn't wrapped up in the altruism Arcand is selling in taking broad swipes at Trump, Trudeau and the loathsome one-percenters who worship at the altar of illegal tax shelters. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
C 78% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Coming as it does so close on the heels of Netflix's awesome "Fyre" doc, this chronicle of a music festival boondoggle ain't so groovy, man. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
A- 92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) A fascinating journey into the subconscious, where our broken dreams restlessly lurk on the periphery of reality. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
B+ 76% Halston (2019) It's an ideal epithet for an icon sure to be remembered as one of history's most devout men of the cloth. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
B- 44% The Tomorrow Man (2019) "The Tomorrow Man" will either leave you giddy with its unmitigated devotion to quirk, or have your eyeballs on a continuous roll in reaction to a seemingly endless string of ridiculous contrivances. Oh, and did I mention there are nuclear bombs? - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
B 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) "Meeting Gorbachev" fills you with a renewed appreciation for what the man did to advance world peace, even if it also fortifies the notion that no good deed goes unpunished. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
B 71% All Is True (2019) Instead of dramatizing another of the Bard's masterworks, Branagh this time takes a different tack by stepping into his hero's pantofles to portray history's finest writer caught at a final-curtain crossroads. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
B- 61% Trial by Fire (2019) You can't help wishing Zwick's lockstep depiction of capital punishment felt a lot less like a death sentence. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
C 66% The White Crow (2019) What should have been thrilling is rendered clumsily flat-footed by a filmmaker flailing to make sense of a tortured screenplay from playwright David Hare that's felled by an inability to stay on pointe. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
B+ 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Westheimer says she strenuously avoids politics, but in "Ask Dr. Ruth," her agenda is clear. And that is a plea for us to make love wherever and whenever we can. And for once, she's not talking about sex. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
B+ 81% Long Shot (2019) It's a flabby script, and it probably could have stood tightening and more prudent editing, but it scores solid punches; many of them outrageously funny. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
B- 69% Stockholm (2019) Although compelling in places, Budreau's first attempt at a heist picture is no "Dog"; more a cute puppy, yearning to be loved. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
B 76% Family (2019) Normally, I hate movies punishing women who've achieved success, but "Family" -- or more importantly, Schilling -- renders it a tad-bit palpable. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
B- 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Often, the acting is cringe-worthy; the jumps in time clumsy; the tonal shifts jarring; and the method of Dickinson's writing woefully under-explored. But Shannon and a script rich in cheeky humor save "Wild Nights" from Olnek's own worst instincts. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
B+ 82% The Brink (2019) Alison Klayman's fascinating study of an incredibly smart man with stupendously stupid ideas. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
A- 93% Diane (2019) It's gloomy, but it's also an affirmation that there's life in death, evidenced through one woman's struggle to atone for her sins. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
C- 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) You keep watching in hopes of some big revelation or showdown, but Nemes merely lets his story fizzle out into hoary tropes. To save you the trouble, just know it's a colossal waste of time. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
B 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Maras scares the bejesus out of you, creating intense life-or-death situations that come non-stop. But at a certain point, you say, "enough already!" What's the point? - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
B 84% The China Syndrome (1979) The result is a film that would make Hitchcock proud, but there's no escaping the hinky feeling "Hotel Mumbai" leaves delineating acts of violence that brush up against gratuitous. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
B+ 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Zhangke contends China is moving recklessly into the future, thinking only about today, much like his impetuous lovers. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
A- 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) It's tricky, given the current political climate, to glorify an eco-terrorist, but Geirharosdottir enables Erlingsson to pull it off with her ability to remain likable in the face of Halla's escalating criminal activity. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
B+ 95% Transit (2019) Christian Petzold's dread-inducing "Transit" serves as a stunning wake-up call to what will be a bleak, dangerous outcome if the "civilized" world doesn't snap out of it -- and quick. Yes, history is repeating itself. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
B 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) It haunts you. Not because of what befalls its characters, but what befalls a once pure culture now in limbo, devoured by the rot of avarice. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
C 41% The Wedding Guest (2019) Winterbottom dwells on the "napping" in kidnapping, turning his would-be thriller into a snooze you lose. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
A- 81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Always clever and stirringly stylistic in its depiction of art's ability to etch indelibly into the mind. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
B- 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It recycles plot points and scenes from the previous two films and flaunts enough tacked-on endings to rival "The Return of the King." But darned if your eyes don't well when it's time to bring a poignant end to the story. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
B- 79% Never Look Away (2019) Like a good-bad Lifetime movie, you can't help submitting to "Away's" guilty pleasures. Then it occurs to you this digital pablum robbed "Burning" of its far-more-deserving slot in this year's Best Foreign Language race. Why? - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
B- 91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) In the wake of the president's State of the Union address, I thought it opportune to deliver my State of the Oscar Shorts for 2019. And, sad to report, they are anything but strong. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B- 81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) In the wake of the president's State of the Union address, I thought it opportune to deliver my State of the Oscar Shorts for 2019. And, sad to report, they are anything but strong. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B 100% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) In the wake of the president's State of the Union address, I thought it opportune to deliver my State of the Oscar Shorts for 2019. And, sad to report, they are anything but strong. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It's the half-dozen musical numbers that give this "LEGO Movie" its zeal. Well, that and all the great jokes. But truth be told, "2" plays a distant second to the original. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Like a demented second-coming of Bob Ross, it's fun to sit back and watch Gilroy draw -- blood. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
A- 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) The title translates to "chaos," and chaos is exactly what Nadine Labaki's brutal, unflinching film depicts in boiling down a worldwide crisis to the microcosm of an undocumented 12-year-old Lebanese boy suffering the mean streets of Beirut. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
B+ 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
A 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) A filmmaking marvel that yields the perfect blend of artistry and passion. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
C 74% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
C 74% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
A 66% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
B- 62% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 90% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
A 94% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
B 74% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Ferro's superb performance makes it a highly worthwhile ride. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
A- 78% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018