Alan French

Alan French
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T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 73% French Exit (2021) Pfieffer is worth the price of admission for French Exit. Her marvelous turn will likely find attraction in the awards race, and may even find itself in the driver's seat. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
8/10 100% The Truffle Hunters (2020) Dweck and Kershaw expertly place their cameras. The cinematography shines. The use of light and the beautiful landscapes helps to elevate the story. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
9/10 100% City Hall (2020) City Hall marks another masterwork in Wiseman's career. In terms of accessibility, practicality, and message, his latest is one of the best films of the year. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
6/10 92% The Best Is Yet To Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) (2020) Wang's direction of the material and his visual eye are never in doubt. He keys in on the specifics of a journalist's life in glaring detail - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
6/10 95% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) There's something reliable about the later works of Werner Herzog. Nothing about his films are bad, and in fact, the moments he captures are often fun. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
8/10 98% MLK/FBI (2021) Pollard's pacing, storytelling, and style contribute to a stunning portrait of government malfeasance. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
9/10 100% 76 Days (2020) Chen and Wu tap into the pathos of the moment, and it becomes difficult to ignore the destruction the virus causes. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
7/10 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) A stellar cast leads The Trial of the Chicago 7 into special territory. Sorkin knows how to pitch the dialogue, and his performers willing step into the actor's showcase. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
8/10 90% Gaza Mon Amour (2020) Buoyed by Salim Dau's wonderful turn, Gaza Mon Amour reminds us its never too late to reach for love. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
8/10 80% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The undeniable Vanessa Kirby delivers a star-making turn that keeps the audience engaged at every turn. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
8/10 98% Wolfwalkers (2020) The use of minimalism creates uniquely beautiful images that feel indebted to Ghibli fantasies. Wolfwalkers's artists consistently challenge what is possible in animation. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
4/4 96% Psycho (1960) Psycho remains one of the ten best horror films ever made. Hitchcock balances comedy, sex, and death at a knife's edge, creating a riveting story from start to finish. - InSession Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
9/10 97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) t does not take long to establish why Spike would be interested in bringing Byrne's show to life. Unlike Stop Making Sense, American Utopia crackles with political activism. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
8/10 88% The Social Dilemma (2020) The dramatic narrative shows relatable, subtle changes. Rather than holding up radicalized strangers the audience can explain away, Orlowski explores the transition. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
8/10 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Kaufman expands on the abstract nature of the book, allowing the characters to drift further and further into the strange mind of the director. He does not provide answers. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
2.5/4 82% Hail to the Deadites (2020) Villeneuve and his team keep upbeat energy throughout the film but make time for emotional and heartfelt detours when needed. The love is real. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
2.5/4 96% Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020) McConnell's willingness to turn the camera on himself and provide a mostly unfiltered, stream-of-consciousness approach to the process provides authenticity many films lack. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
3.5/4 96% Feels Good Man (2020) To understand Pepe as both symbol and creation, Feels Good Man explores his evolution from cartoon to icon. Director Arthur Jones creates an empathetic portrait of Furie. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
2/4 35% Crazy Samurai Musashi (2020) If you've ever wanted to see a movie primarily shot from a 3rd-person perspective (e.g. Assassin's Creed), here is your film. The style works but gets repetitive fast. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
3/4 100% Host (2020) Savage and company add genuinely terrifying kills and injuries throughout. The variation of the scares is one of the most impressive aspects of the film. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
1/4 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Made with the hope that audience members like myself would be interested in checking on their childhood stories, Artemis Fowl makes a strong claim for the worst film of 2020 - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
4/4 93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods is an American masterpiece about the psychological damage of America, the bonds that bring us together, and a world in disarray. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/4 87% Emma. (2020) Emma. does not bring anything new to the tale. However, the bubble gum pop feel and sugary sweetness make it supremely entertaining. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
3/4 91% Miss Americana (2020) Swift inserts herself into the tradition of pop stars using their platform to create change. The fact this comes mere days before the Iowa primary is no coincidence. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
2/4 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficient: Mistress of Evil could certainly be worse, but that does not make it a good movie either. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) It's an undeniably exciting and fun time. For those on the fence, Smith and Lawrence's return to the big leagues should be plenty of reason to see the latest entry. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/4 85% The Emperor's New Groove (2000) Ultimately the silly and zany attitudes within The Emperor's New Groove provide it with a levity that few other Disney films featured. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/4 68% Troop Zero (2020) Supported by another great performance from Mckenna Grace, Troop Zero delivers as a feel-good indie film to kick off the new decade. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/4 75% King of New York (1990) Combining the gangster film with the rise of hip-hop in the late 1980s, and the film carries itself, unlike any crime film that had ever existed. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/4 100% Honeyland (2019) The camerawork feels greater than one would expect from a documentary. Like Free Solo, the audience leaves with a grander appreciation for the natural world. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/4 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 earns its place in the pantheon of great war films. Beyond the spectacle, the film creates beloved characters you'll follow into the face of death. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) Featuring fascinating energy and political commentary laced throughout, Johnson proves he has plenty to say as a filmmaker and writer. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
3.5/4 95% Little Women (2019) The living and breathing 2019 version of Little Women proves Gerwig might be the most exciting director in Hollywood. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/4 89% Rocketman (2019) With Rocketman, the young star Taron Egerton showcases incredible talent. Shockingly, Rocketman might live up to the promise of an Elton John biopic. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.5/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The things that make Sandler so damn likable are on display, and you empathize with a man who is the textbook definition of unlikable. Sandler's revving on all engines. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/4 74% Harriet (2019) Harriet gets the story right, and will surely have its fans. However, with so much talent involved, you'll wish there was more to write home about. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
4/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Each frame feels like it belongs in The Louvre, hanging alongside the great artists. Few cinematographers capture so much emotion and artistic merit within a single shot. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
2.5/4 68% Bombshell (2019) The uneven Bombshell suffers from a litany of problems. Yet the core three performances are each so compelling, you'll be sucked into the story. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2020
3/4 92% Clemency (2019) With all the attention focused on Woodard, she takes full advantage of her opportunity. Her performance sells the humanity of a position that is often inhumane. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/4 94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Kirshner's direction gives the film an extra flare that Star Wars did not have. He got to make things bigger, both physically and in terms of the ideas at play. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
2/4 82% Judy (2019) Zellweger performs the hell out of the role, putting tons of effort into nailing an approximation of the actress. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/4 92% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Star Wars began as a story that paid homage to what came before while forging its own path into the future. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
.5/4 27% Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978) You will curse god for this show's mere existence. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/4 90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Johnson unleashed one of the most spectacular visual feats within the Star Wars universe. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
1.5/4 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The sprint to the finish leaves the audience with a movie that has more in common with Transformers than Return of the Jedi. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3.5/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) You cannot question why Francis has become so beloved after watching this film. The way in which Pryce layers pain and regret into the performance will leave you speechless. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
4/4 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The visual splendor of Rogue One often gets ignored, but few images can haunt an audience like The Death Star coming up over the horizon. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
3.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Yes, The Force Awakens cribs from previous incarnations of the franchise, but the true power lies in the heart of the characters. Both Ridley and Boyega pop off the screen. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 36% 6 Underground (2019) With more explosions and non-sensical plot points than any movie he (Michael Bay) has ever made, 6 Underground is another fun action romp. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
3/4 94% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story has earned its reputation as a complicated look at divorce. Johansson earns the standout status, and Driver should continue to build on his strong body of work - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019