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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 33% Rebel in the Rye (2017) A slick, superficial attempt to define the 20th century's quintessential enigmatic personality by giving us the sort of commercialized phoniness that Salinger not only detested, but drove him into a decades-long seclusion in the New Hampshire woods. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
A- 88% Good Time (2017) If at the height of "Twilight" mania you had told me one day I would compare vampire-in-chief Robert Pattinson with young Al Pacino, I would have driven a wooden stake through your heart. But guess what? That day has arrived. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
B+ 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) An eye-opening feature debut by Matt Spicer goes straight for the jugular with its lacerations of social media and what he sees as his generation's dive into unmitigated narcissism.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
A- 99% Whose Streets? (2017) "Whose Streets?" leaves you shaken, on the verge of tears, as we're left to wonder what's become of an America that espouses freedom, but more and more works to take our liberties away. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
C 30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) As the writer-director-star of "In a World ...," Lake Bell delivered one of the most underrated comedies of 2013. So expectations are high for her three-hat follow-up, "I Do ... Until I Don't." But the dreaded sophomore slump hits, and hits her hard.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
B- 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) What little fun remains rests largely in the charm of our two self-deprecating traveling companions. Their appeal cannot be overstated. But like a houseguest who overstays his welcome, an animosity starts to set in before eventually festering. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
A- 96% Menashe (2017) It leaves you feeling touched, and just a bit more enlightened. To that, all I can say is mazel tov!‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
B+ 95% Step (2017) Look deeper, beyond the plethora of feel-good tropes, and you'll find something startling raw and worrisome about a large segment of society -- in this case, young black women -- with little or no chance of ever bettering themselves.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
B 78% Brigsby Bear (2017) That their tale is told with a disarming gentleness and eerie goodwill, only adds to the creepiness they expose lurking in the consumer-friendly mind control that's children's TV. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
B- 74% Landline (2017) There's an affinity you form with the characters -- especially the budding camaraderie between Dana and Ali -- that enables the movie to involve and intrigue. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
C 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) The only thing that keeps you watching - besides the terrific music -- is Theron, who establishes herself as the world's foremost action heroine (sorry Wonder Woman) by bringing style and -- yes! -- beauty to the old-fashioned butt-kicking. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
A- 99% City of Ghosts (2017) Perhaps films like "City of Ghosts" will help change minds, as it exposes the no-win situation Syrians are faced with on a daily basis. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2017
A 93% Dunkirk (2017) It's the anti-blockbuster blockbuster, full of brains, grit and a fearlessness to challenge superhero-drunk filmgoers to invest fully of themselves by finding meaning in every exquisitely shot frame.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2017
B+ 92% A Ghost Story (2017) Like a tough crossword puzzle, it challenges the mind, stimulates the brain and conjures a strong feeling of satisfaction when you think you've finally got a handle on it. Surprise! You probably don't.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
A- 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) The mood is light and breezy, with Dorfman being as funny as she is candid. But there's an inescapable air of sadness lurking beneath the surface.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
B- 77% The Little Hours (2017) A cheesy, breezy way to indulge in a little sacrilege without need of repentance. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
B+ 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) See "Homecoming" and tell me there's an Avengers character you love more. I don't expect to hear from you because I know I'm right. And I'm right because the magnificent Tom Holland proves I am. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
B+ 85% Okja (2017) It's everything you want a movie to be: smart, daring, lavish and packed with surprises. It's funny, scrumptious in look and design, and best of all, it's about something. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
B- 89% Maudie (2017) Don't let the lazy, pedestrian storytelling drive you away from experiencing the year's best -- so far -- performance by an actress. Hawkins is simply sensational. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
B 78% The Beguiled (2017) In remaking Don Siegel's sex-crazed Civil War tale, "The Beguiled," Sofia Coppola accomplishes the difficult task of staying faithful to a story of females gone wild at a Southern boarding school while also making it intriguingly her own. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
B- 68% The Journey (2017) "The Journey" never loses sight of its goal to prove, especially in the age of parasitism, that talk doesn't sway opinions --it's listening. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
B 78% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) The film's worst faux pas, through no fault of its own, is that it's too much like Paul Verhoeven's exceptional "Black Book." It was sexier, more stylish and better imagined all around than "The Exception." Yet, I can't say I wasn't entertained. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
B 78% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) It's fun watching Hayek and Lithgow work magic with their paper-thin characters, repeatedly butting heads in an escalating challenge to retain the upper hand in a caste war that grows increasingly bloody. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
B- 77% The Hero (2017) Elliott's voice is magic, filled with wisdom and experience, a craggy baritone that says gravitas with every clearly enunciated syllable. You could listen to him all day -- and want to, but in a less pedestrian environment than what Haley provides‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
C 22% The Book of Henry (2017) Just who is this film for? It's too childish for adults and too adult for kids. More than that, it's too stupid and ridiculous for anyone with a half a brain. Don't judge this "Book" by its cover; judge it by the glaringly empty pages inside.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
B 85% Band Aid (2017) The tunes are catchy; just like the movie, which hits more sharps than flats in a story that blissfully finds its rhythm. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
B 89% It Comes At Night (2017) Will you be scared? Not really, but you will be made to squirm; not to mention forced to quell that uneasiness deep inside your gut. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
B- 75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) It isn't what you'd hope, but not as drab as you'd expect. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
B- 48% Churchill (2017) Cox avoids the scenery chewing that tempts so many Churchill portrayers. Never has the PM been more like the common man, consumed by the gravity of the task he's been entrusted. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
C 63% Dean (2017) Martin's script knows but one thing -- irony. It's his lifeblood, his shtick. But it's also his downfall.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
C 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Are we really expected to admire these prigs? Worship them? Take their wealth away and what are these people? Absolutely nothing; just vacant vessels blandly consuming overpriced food and drink. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
B- 74% Wakefield (2017) Cranston, as much as you hate his character, is magnificent. No shock there. But what is surprising -- and pleasantly so -- is Garner, who does almost all of her acting without a word of dialogue. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
C+ 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Marginally fun, but it's time for this protoplasmic franchise to finally give up the ghost. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
B 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) It's a great date movie. You just might not want to marry it. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
C 80% Chuck (2017) They call it prize fighting, but "Chuck," a boxed-in boxing fable, ain't much of a prize. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 13, 2017
B 83% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Tower stands tall and defiant, a survivor of egregious childhood neglect and multiple betrayals who still finds his cool in the warmth of a kitchen. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
C 51% The Dinner (2017) A bloated five-course course in discourse that yields little beyond indigestion.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
B+ 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) A sneakily moving story about how friendship -- heck, all human connection -- has devolved from love thy neighbor to a what-can-you-do-for-ME transaction.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
D 26% Unforgettable (2017) At least it has one of the most (unintentionally) hilarious endings imaginable, with a coup de gras that has got to be seen to be believed. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
C+ 66% Free Fire (2017) Talking in Wheatley's ballistic terms, he empties all his guns in the first half hour, leaving him with 60 additional minutes of firing blanks. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
B- No Score Yet Boston: An American Running Story (2017) It's a virtual jamboree for running geeks. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2017
B 66% Tommy's Honour (2017) While "Tommy's Honour" isn't perfect, Mullan is, lifting an on-par biopic into something sure to keep the gallery buzzing. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
B- 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) Nixon mesmerizes with a performance that never panders and speaks only in truth to Dickinson's fragile state of mind. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
D 31% The Assignment (2017) Transphobia is the least of this mindless exercise's multitude of problems, beginning with the fact that the premise is so laughably implausible.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
C 15% Queen of the Desert (2017) I can't say it isn't marginally intriguing. Nor can I ignore the inspirational qualities of Bell's feisty independence and diplomatic flare. But there's no getting past the flimsiness of a movie that's too often as dry as the Arabian sands. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
B+ 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) A painstakingly real rumination on lost opportunities and regret. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
B+ 90% Frantz (2017) It's purely happenstance that Francois Ozon's "Frantz" is so timely in this era of Steve Bannon's America. But if the film fits, see it. And then decide if nationalism is all it's cut out to be.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
B+ 92% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) Surprisingly moving in a redemptive finale that pays homage to not just the Christmas story, but the French Resistance as well. And it does it with reverence and a sense of joy that's immaculate in its conception.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B- 74% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) The story never has anywhere interesting to go. The "mystery" turns out to be a yawner, and the various relationships struggle to reach the level of blah.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
A- 90% Raw (2017) A decadent casserole of brains and regurgitated -- let's just say "stuff" -- you can really sink your teeth into. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017