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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+ 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- 71% 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- 89% 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
B- 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) If you like moral quandaries, this one presents a doozy. And that's its chief asset.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
A 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) "Zucchini" is timeless in its gritty, realistic examination of how children process tragedy and disappointment. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
A- 96% Kedi (2017) If ever there was a movie that grabs you by the shorthairs, it's Ceyda Torun's "Kedi." It's catnip for felinophiles.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
B- 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) If you're expecting "The Red Turtle" to be a raucous animated tale with anthropomorphic critters conversing in pop-culture cliches, you're in for an acute case of shell shock.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
B+ 99% Get Out (2017) It may fizzle in the end, but for 90 solid minutes it scares the hell out of you, taking all the color out of black and white to remind that inside we all bleed red. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
B- 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Life's too short; stop and smell the roses. That's the central premise behind the anointed "Toni Erdmann." Simple, right? So why does it take a grueling 165 minutes to make the point? ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
A- 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) It's like a comprehensive civics lesson for a fast-food world.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
B 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Hilariously deconstructs the Caped Crusader brick by interlocking brick. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
A- 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) It's set in modern-day Tehran, but Farhadi's Oscar-nominated tale of self-loathing and vengeance is timeless in its debunking of the male myth. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
A 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Much about the civil rights movement has been written, spoken and performed, but seldom has it been so powerfully packaged as it is in "I Am Not Your Negro."‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
A- 96% Paterson (2016) Driver cleverly doles out pieces of Paterson's being in such slow, steady increments that you're surprised by how deeply you've come to love this incredibly average guy.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
B 75% Split (2017) You don't need a sixth sense to know the latest discombobulation emanating from the singular mind of M. Night Shyamalan is -- if nothing else -- a hugely entertaining affair.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
B 84% Julieta (2016) It's short, bittersweet and to the point. And it's Almodovar, a filmmaker who even at his slightest, is never less than fascinating. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
A- 88% 20th Century Women (2017) Mills puts so much of himself into his work, you can almost see yourself. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
A- 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Three strong, brilliant black women doing it for themselves by forcing a racist, sexist government agency to swallow a little Jim Crow in order to take America to the stars and back. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2017
B- 87% A Monster Calls (2017) "A Monster Calls" is a lovingly rendered meditation on grief, packing plenty of bark and just enough sap to keep it sweet. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2017
B 93% Fences (2016) Even when Washington's Troy becomes an unbearable pain, you remain intoxicated with Wilson's mastery of dialogue and turn of phrase. It's almost musical, like a great jazz band riffing in harmonic bliss. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
D 31% Passengers (2016) An inane space opera that eschews logic, not to mention a moral center. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
B- 80% Patriots Day (2017) You always feel like you smack in the middle of the investigation. But that's about all you feel until pictures of the real victims pop up at the end. It's then that you dissolve into tears. But by then, you may have already dropped out of the race.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
A+ 93% La La Land (2016) Damien Chazelle heard the call: "Make musicals great again." And he's responded bigly with "La La Land," his dazzling display of spectacle and heart that will lock him up -- a front-row seat at the Oscars. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
C 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) For the filmmakers, it's all about pandering. And for this group of outstanding actors it's a colossal waste of their time, like a molecular scientist working at McDonalds.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
A- 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Huppert is sensational at communicating both the frustration and the fight in a woman who never allows herself to dissolve into self-pity.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
B- 89% Jackie (2016) Larrain succeeds - to a point. His hindrance is Portman, whose Jackie exists without an inner-life.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
D 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) It may have it's share of fart jokes, but it's no gas. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
B 61% Allied (2016) It befits a relic from the past. And I mean that in the most complimentary way. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
A+ 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Affleck's Lee is a figure too tragic even for Shakespeare. But his pain, and yes, his courage, is seared into our memories, making "Manchester" not just a place by the sea, but also a piece of our hearts.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
B+ 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) "Edge" is the operative word, as Craig grinds the genre's conventions to a razor sharpness that cut deep and give Steinfeld a platform to tap all her best instincts in fleshing out the most loveable narcissistic cynic since Larry David.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
C- 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Rowling has no grasp of screenwriting. Her characters are flat and underdeveloped, her plotting scattershot and her action scenes tired and derivative. It's boring, and -- except for Fogler and Sudol -- utterly lacking in fun. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
A 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's fabulous work that asks much of the viewer, who is left to interpret and distill. It's subliminal art at its finest. And it does what art does best: get you thinking and talking.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
A- 94% Arrival (2016) Villeneuve uses sci-fi the way it's meant to be used in melding the metaphysical and the metaphoric into a timely tapestry that echoes our turbulent times. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
B+ 97% Moonlight (2016) It's a coming-of-age tale writ large, yet director Barry Jenkins renders it so small and intimate you almost feel like you're eavesdropping. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2016
B 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson is giddy to once again be granted the all-mighty power to indulge his love of faith-based martyrdom. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2016
C- 19% Inferno (2016) Howard, in his third go-round at the helm of the much-maligned, but financially lucrative franchise, still hasn't gotten a handle on making these bungled endeavors anything more than a chore.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2016
B 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) You'll rush to your iPod to dial up those greats songs. But you'll also walk away disappointed that "Supersonic" doesn't dig deeper. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
B 92% Certain Women (2016) The beauty of "Certain Women" is in the subtle details.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
B- 33% Good Kids (2016) It's not a great first feature for McCoy, but it's surely a competent one that speaks loudly -- and somewhat profanely -- to a budding talent with intriguing possibilities. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
A- 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) With so much turmoil in the world, the power of a charming little bromide like "A Man Called Ove" can't be underestimated.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
C+ 51% The Accountant (2016) Instead of books being cooked, it's the disjointed, coincidence-heavy plot that does a number on a story that ultimately fails to add up. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
C+ 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) The mystery is a good one, at least for a while, but unlike David Fincher's two "Girls" -- "Gone" and "Dragon Tattoo" -- Taylor shows no interest in nuance and subtext. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
B 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) "Birth" is disjointed, rambling and devoid of much originality, a sort of "12 Years a Slave" meets "Braveheart." But there's never any doubt that it flows from Parker's impassioned heart. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
B- 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) There's something undeniably alluring about what Berg has cobbled together from a scattershot script that foregoes subtext in favor of kick-ass special effects that put you smack in the middle of an exploding ball of fire. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2016
B 94% Command and Control (2016) The meat of Kenner's story is the heroics of the Air Force technicians who risked their lives. It adds a personal touch that immensely humanizes a story that could easily get lost in the minutia. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
C- 77% Goat (2016) Hearing adorable little Nick Jonas drop the F-bomb over and over just seems to go against God's law.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2016
C 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) If there's a pulse emanating from a single member of Fuqua's high-falutin' cast it's undetectable. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2016
A- 92% Demon (2016) It's a horror picture that derives from the worst horror of the 20th century -- the Holocaust -- and how its ghosts continue to haunt the people of Poland no matter how hard they try to forget.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
B+ 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Bumping into Bridget Jones again is like time standing still. It instantly reminds you how much you missed her.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
B+ 89% Morris from America (2016) Yes, it's the old fish-out-of-water scenario, but Hartigan does so much with it that it actually seems fresh. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016