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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
A- 100% Paddington 2 (2018) A nearly perfect movie that thoroughly and genuinely restores something we haven't seen a lot of lately - childhood wonder.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
C- 73% Hostiles (2018) Clearly, it's Cooper's intent to make "Hostiles" his "Unforgiven," but what he's wrought is closer to "Unforgivable." ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
B 88% The Post (2018) Streep is magnificent, and when it comes time to compile her legacy, this performance, one full of fear, confidence, verve and doubt, will rank among her best. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
A- 81% Molly's Game (2018) When you ante up the mellifluous writing of Aaron Sorkin with the unparalleled acting of Jessica Chastain, you're bound to hit the jackpot. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
B 89% I, Tonya (2018) It's puzzling why Gillespie opted to retell Harding's off-told story, but with big assists from Robbie and Janney, he makes it seem new. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2017
B- 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The spirit of Eric Rohmer lives vibrantly in the luscious-looking "Call Me by Your Name." But, unfortunately, not his talent.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2017
C+ 80% Tom of Finland (2017) Touko Laaksonen sketched out an enduring legacy with his homoerotic images of hyper-masculine men. So, why then is Dome Karukoski's depiction of Laaksonen's rise from closeted pornographer to celebrated artist so flaccid? ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
C 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Much like "Blue Jasmine" owed a debt to Tennessee Williams, "Wonder Wheel" enables Woody Allen to indulge his inner Eugene O'Neill - but not in a good way. Call it "A Long Day's Journey into Slight."‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
B 84% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Volpe undermines the gravity of her tale with periodic dashes of quirk that are admittedly funny but tonally deaf. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2017
B+ 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Tommy Wiseau is flat-out weird, even a tad scary, but Franco seldom fails to make his character's acute form of self-delusion charming and infectious. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2017
A 97% Coco (2017) You'll go cuckoo for "Coco."‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
B 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) It's hard to argue with an invention as amiable as this.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
B 93% The Breadwinner (2017) "The Breadwinner" proves both eye-opening and insightful, vividly depicting how miserable life can be in a country where a woman has little or no worth. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
B- 99% God's Own Country (2017) Just about the time you're ready to secede from this dank, muddy pity party, HE walks in. And by "he" I mean Alec Secareanu's Romanian hunk, Gheorghe. You can't quit him.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
B- 85% Wonder (2017) The whole enterprise goes down like a big ol' gulp of Robitussin. It's good for you, but the aftertaste is a tad pungent. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
A 96% Mudbound (2017) It reads like a novel with its richness of characters, its palpable sense of place and its lacerating commentary on a nation where equality exists only on a dusty old document called the Declaration of Independence. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
B- 98% Dina (2017) Romance, no matter what your mental capacity, is something beautiful. It's also a necessity for a woman like Dina, who has every reason to be mad at the world, yet soldiers on fueled by the unwavering belief that love conquers all. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B+ 87% Novitiate (2017) In Betts' highly capable hands the staid becomes excitingly alive with a story that pulses with energy and guile. Oh, and did I mention the sex? Yes, this could become a habit.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2017
B- 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The stated goal in the schizophrenic "Thor: Ragnarok" is to liberate the Norse kingdom of Asgard. But what's really going on is the freeing of the Henny Youngman inside Chris Hemsworth. Take my hammer, Please! ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
B 81% The Square (2017) It's a far cry from Östlund's last film, the marvelous, men-are-chickens comedy "Force Majeure." What's missing this time is any real sense of drama. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
B- 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) You can't deny the movie serves its purpose by shedding light on forgotten heroes who love a country that shamefully doesn't always love them back.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
B+ 94% Human Flow (2017) Ai, in his own unsubtle way, dares us to ask ourselves what's become of empathy and humanity.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
B 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) It will either blow your mind or make you want to blow your brains out. Whichever side you come down on, you won't soon forget what you just saw. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
B 84% The King's Choice (2017) It's handsomely mounted, extremely well-acted and tells a little-known story of bravery on the part of one man daringly taking on the might of the Third Reich.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
A- 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Like they say, love hurts, and in Baumbach's capable hands, you can feel the sting right down to your funny bone. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
A 96% The Florida Project (2017) A three-dimensional microcosm of the millions of families denied their share of the American dream by a corrupt system that tends to only reward the rich. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
B+ 100% Dolores (2017) If you've never heard of Dolores Huerta, it's because there's been a concerted effort to erase her from the history books, a racially motivated slight the fascinating documentary "Dolores" determinedly seeks to correct. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
A 98% Lucky (2017) Consistently finds profundity in the mundane.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
B 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Instead of so much emphasis on the obvious, you wish Beaufoy had dug a bit deeper.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
B+ 87% American Made (2017) This is Cruise's show all the way, and he delivers with a performance that will take you higher than any drug or airplane ever could. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
B 89% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) What "Rumble" lacks in comprehensiveness, is more than compensated by its level of fun and allure, as it fills you with a hefty dose of nostalgia.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
C 50% Year by the Sea (2017) "Sea" is little more than a lame excuse for good actors to embarrass themselves by uttering eye-rolling bromides about aging gracefully. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
C 28% 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- 91% 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- 97% 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- 82% 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- 97% 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 80% 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 77% 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 92% 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+ 91% 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- 78% 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