Alex Heeney

Alex Heeney
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Seventh Row
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% Rocketman (2019) The film's framing device was a neat idea, though poorly executed...It wasn't a good sign that I spent much of Rocketman thinking about how incredibly talented and underused Jamie Bell is. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Unfortunately, Late Night has little to offer beyond Thompson's wardrobe, and of course Thompson herself. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
40% Vita & Virginia (2019) The film's greatest strength is as a showcase for Debicki, one of the most talented actresses working today, who perfectly embodies Woolf's genius and vulnerability. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
93% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) The Ground Beneath My Feet thus raises the age-old and sadly still relevant question: can a woman ever be truly free when living in the patriarchy? - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Queen of Hearts (2019) Shot in icy blues and whites and among the hard edges of a modernist home, there's nothing very comfortable about this environment; el-Toukhy doesn't want us to get cosy. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
75% Dolce Fine Giornata (2019) Its ideas are a bit inchoate, and the final image of the film is so obvious you leave with the pang of being hit over the head with a blunt object. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
94% The Last Tree (2019) The Last Tree really makes us feel the systemic troubles Femi faces. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
86% The Sharks (Los tiburones) (2019) Unfortunately, Garibaldi finds few shades to Rosina's characterization, exploring neither her broader life nor her sexuality in much depth. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
80% This is not Berlin (2019) At times a bit clunky, This is not Berlin is a lot of fun most of the time, and Ponce de León is both a beautiful and a compelling presence. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
97% Dirty God (2019) Jade is resilient but desperate. So even when the film's script requires her to do some incredibly stupid things, she recovers and we keep rooting for her. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
No Score Yet Volontaire (2018) ...worth a watch for this albeit limited look at what it's like to be a woman who suddenly finds herself ensconced in the military when that was never previously an ambition. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) At just 73 minutes, Quentin Dupieux's absurdist black comedy Keep an Eye Out is an amusing trifle that doesn't outstay its welcome even though it doesn't quite stick the landing. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
83% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) The Trouble with You comes out mostly clean with just a few uncomfortably prejudiced jokes. But for the most part, it's an absurd and hilarious romantic comedy, in which Hanael offers perfect comic timing in a self-serious performance... - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Our Body (2018) Han Ka-ram's first feature is a thoughtful and sensitive look at late twenties malaise, female friendship, and the way both of these can turn into an obsession with the body. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles) (2018) Sébastien Pilote's third feature is a buoyant, colourful, and often very funny coming-of-age story about a clever and cynical teenager. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Falls Around Her (2018) With minimal dialogue, Naponse and Cardinal give us a portrait of a complex and sexual woman with desires and interests, a sad rarity in cinema. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
67% The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia (El viaje extraordinario de Celeste García) (2018) What starts out as an absurd premise start to lose steam in the final act as the film focuses more on Celeste's inward journey of self-discovery - and less on the light satire of Cuban bureaucracy. Still, it's an utterly enjoyable ride. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
92% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) It's a useful update and a strong reminder of the global nature of a problem that cannot be isolated by borders. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
95% Buddy (2019) Honigmann approaches each of the dogs and their owners as people in a mutually beneficial relationship full of love and trust. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet Push (2019) It's depressing to learn that, around the world, cities are becoming so expensive that the people who work in them are being priced out. Fortunately, someone like Farha is out there, trying to find solutions on a global scale. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Birth of Cool does an excellent job contextualizing Davis' music as ever-evolving. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Morrison's boundless joie de vivre and miraculous way with words make her the ideal documentary subject. The film serves as a great primer on her fiction that leave you with an urgent reading list. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
89% Sonja - The White Swan (2019) Even though it's set in the 1930s-1950s, Sewitsky features contemporary music throughout - a reminder that Henie's sexual liberty, financial independence, and business acumen made her a very modern woman. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
86% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) The film's psychological insights lack depth, but the craft is exceptional. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Advocate (2019) Even when the courts prove brutally unjust, Tsemel's belief that things will eventually change is an inspiring one. She keeps fighting the good fight. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
99% The Tale (2018) What makes Fox's film so remarkable is its ability to hold these contradictory ideas simultaneously without ever presenting their coexistence as a paradox. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
93% Journey's End (2018) These performances dovetail nicely with Dibb's intention to keep us in the soldiers' headspace. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
81% The Party (2018) Potter clearly takes inspiration from theatre, but The Party is specifically cinematic...it works on film because though these characters are three-dimensional, the precision with which Potter points out hypocrisies means we're already in satire. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
86% Sergio and Sergei (2017) It's a crowd-pleasing delight. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
89% Meditation Park (2017) With warmth and humour, [Mina] Shum subtly addresses the trauma and isolation of the immigration experience, as well as the challenges faced by second generation immigrants because of their parents' lasting trauma. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
91% Beast (2018) A fascinating look at the lies we tell ourselves about ourselves, the parts we play for other people, and the mix of freedom and danger that comes from cutting loose. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
100% Waru (2017) These are important, emotionally impactful stories that are too rarely told. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
91% Lean on Pete (2018) [Lean on Pete] leaves you almost unexpectedly gutted by the deck Charlie's been dealt, but inspired by his resilience. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
67% On Chesil Beach (2018) [On Chesil Beach] proves [Dominic] Cooke is just as much of a talent to watch on screen as on stage. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
94% Angels Wear White (2018) [Vivian] Qu keeps the camera at the height of her two young female protagonists, effectively creating empathy with these young women whose feelings are too easily ignored by the people around them. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
96% Sweet Country (2018) Every frame is meticulously composed to reveal power structures. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
73% The Children Act (2018) The Children Act is more interested in raising questions about why the characters have crossed ethical lines than in suggesting answers. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) We want to know more, but the film never delivers. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) [Young& Beautiful] works as an effective, if chilling, satire. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
55% Pioneer (2014) It's an edge-of-your-seat film, with some stunning footage deep underwaterIt's an edge-of-your-seat film, with some stunning footage deep underwater, but the basic suspense plot frequently strains - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
59% Ping Pong Summer (2014) In "Ping Pong Summer", director Michael Tully has managed to distill everything awful about eighties movies - the fashion, cheesy dialogue, political incorrectness and afternoon-special endings - minus the heart. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet El lugar del hijo (2013) The trouble is he doesn't seem to have much ambition or even conviction, which may be fairly common amongst so-called militants, but it makes it difficult to care deeply about his goings-on and whatever protest-of-the-week he's up to. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
59% Hellion (2014) Candler gets strong performances from both her young cast and adult players. Unfortunately, this gets overshadowed by the predictable plot and the distractingly shaky camera angles meant to give the film added grit. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
82% Heaven Adores You (2015) Despite repeated testimonials stating [Elliot] Smith's genius, [Heaven Adores You] never really explores what made his music resonate and endure, a real missed opportunity. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Happiness (2013) The film is an interesting inside look at monastic life and the price of progress, but the subjects often feel too stiff in their scenes together, their dialogue seemingly forced and scripted. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
84% Lilting (2014) It's occasionally a bit on the nose, but [Lilting] an often moving exploration of how we connect - or fail to -with other people through language. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
87% The Trip To Italy (2014) The characters, by virtue of switching roles, deepen, but the emotional content of [The Trip to Italy] is lighter than its predecessor [The Trip]: it's more fun but it leaves less of a lasting impression. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
92% Frank (2014) Michael Fassbender gives a virtuoso physical performance as the affable Frank: we may never see his face, but that doesn't prevent Fassbender from emoting or exhibiting impeccable timing. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) [Tim] Jenison's perseverance and singular vision keep the film engaging. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
60% How to Grow a Band (2012) There are are scenes in Mark Meatto's documentary, How to Grow a Band, about the progressive bluegrass band, Punch Brothers, that seem to be straight out of Almost Famous. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017