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Alex Lines

Alex Lines
Alex Lines's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Inquiry

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Gustav Möller's compact but crushing single-room drama successfully secures our emotional and visceral involvement whilst quite boldly moving into some genuinely dark areas.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
80% West of Sunshine (2017) The endearing dynamic between the central father and son isn't enough to disguise the frailty of this material, as it lacks any continuity of suspense or the urgency necessary for hard-hitting stories like this.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
79% Ladies in Black (2018) Producer Sue Milliken noted that the reason this project took so long to get off the ground was that St John's book didn't have enough dramatic material to work for a feature. After seeing the final product, whoever told them that was correct.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
71% The Merger (2018) This is the Full Monty for the Footy field.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
40% 1% (2017) 1% is a gritty gang flick soaked in blood, sweat, beer and cinematic history, with the haze of Once Were Warriors and Romper Stomper wafting in the air of the Copperheads hideout alongside the stale stench of hard liquor and tossed cigarettes.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
63% Jirga (2018) It might not be as polished or meticulous as its contemporaries, but its motives, and the audacious effort to bring them to life, should be congratulated - the eventual DVD release is going to have one hell of a behind-the-scenes featurette.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
88% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2018) Managing to balance dispassionate observation with a sympathetic interest in individual motivations, The Wild Pear Tree once again demonstrates Nuri Bilge Ceylan as a filmmaker patient with a world that demands superlatives.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
71% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) It's easy to place a camera on a sad child and immediately generate sympathy - this isn't a film as much as it's a two hour infomercial for your local church's outreach program.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
83% Museum (Museo) (2018) American Animals dealt with similar thematic territory, but it merely just asked these questions - Museum succeeds because it actually digs into them, imbuing Juan with a sense of moral complexity that grounds the escalating drama.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
99% Blaze (2018) This isn't so much a rags to riches story as it's a rags to more rags morality tale, examining the flaws within the country singer that prevented him from becoming a headliner, a failure that this memoir hopes to re-correct.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
75% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018) Anybody labelling this as 'accessible' ought to have a think of what that word means in relation to cinema; Crazy Rich Asians is accessible, The Image Book is merely a composite product made purely for future textbook analysis. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
55% At War (En guerre) (2018) It's told with a brutal directness that should appeal to anybody sick of the persistent problems of corporate greed.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
86% Diamantino (2018) It's hard to knock its ambitious nature, but with nothing to ground the film's escalating insanity in, it all feels like two frantic filmmakers seeing what they can get away with, quietly laughing as they pile on further absurd elements.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
93% Donbass (2018) Donbass is a great example of harrowing, but undeniably compelling, filmmaking.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
67% Los silencios (2018) It's rare to find a new filmmaker who is able to combine the political and the personal so poetically, but Los Silencios solidifies Beatriz Seigner's natural talent for doing so.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
76% Dogman (2018) Dogman carries many flaws, but thanks to the parade of dogs that we get to meet, it's the first Italian crime drama that can be called 'adorable'.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
98% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Sex, love, puberty and even death are all handled with a refreshing level of honesty, never letting a life lesson become a big moment, but rather another step in growing up, a true reflection on the way real life works. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
70% Damsel (2018) Unfortunately, after the main gag has been revealed, it feels like the film doesn't have anything else to say, padding out its sluggish third act with the cinematic equivalent of small talk; bumbling, inconsequential scenes that carry zero momentum.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
78% Fugue (Fuga) (2018) I found myself lulled into sleep, fatigued by countless scenes of evasive opaqueness and stilted kitchen sink conversations that make for a film that I strongly doubt will live on outside of the festival circuit.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
93% 3 Faces (2018) Despite at times feeling like a megamix of Kiraostami's greatest hits, 3 Faces manages to be much more than a product of its ingredients.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
91% Transit (2019) Classical in its restraint and directness, Transit continues Petzold's streak of being one of Germany's strongest directors working today.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
98% Wildlife (2018) Dano's direction is reminiscent of the coming-of-age lyricism of Terence Davies' best work, blended with the melancholic poetry of David Gordon Green's early films.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
90% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2018) Layering this crime drama with a level of mysticism not only manages to maintain the contemporary understanding of the Wayuu people, but also breathes some new life into the "rags to riches" crime thriller subgenre.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
76% Tyrel (2018) The camera isn't afraid to get close and intimate with these guys, but it's nothing that you haven't seen before from any micro-budgeted college project about the misfortunes of a sad white hipster.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
33% Murder Me, Monster (Muere, monstro, muere) (2018) It'll take more than a group of Argentinian cops to crack exactly what the metaphor is, as any definable cultural, political or literal meaning behind the case is buried under layers of monotonous characters talking in laboured whispers. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
85% U: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) It's not just an unpleasant lecture on the real-life consequences of gun violence, but an emotional gut punch that hopes to stick with you long after its sombre fade to black ending. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
79% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) What Will People Say? is both potent and problematic, an experiment on how much merciless grief a viewer can tolerate before declaring "Okay, we get the point!".‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
74% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) Five Fingers for Marseilles is a powerful and poetic debut from an exciting new cinematic voice, a captivating achievement that should hopefully open the gateway for other South African filmmakers to make their mark.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) In a time where entertainers have become incredibly outspoken about current political issues, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. is a heartfelt celebration of an artist who was publicly convicted for doing something that so many people have the freedom to do today.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
40% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) A quirky but accessible comedy that feels like one of Jared Hess' awful post-Napoleon Dynamite attempts at reclaiming former glory.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
82% Ghost Stories (2018) Nyman and Dyson's outstandingly confident directorial debut is a true callback to the old-school portmanteau's of their youth, the days when Amicus Productions and Ealing Studios were regularly rolling out horror-themed anthology pictures.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
61% Our New President (2018) It's ironic that a film damning the use of propaganda is blatantly propaganda itself, as Pozdorovkin lacks the confidence to let the various clips speak for themselves, using obtrusive techniques to spell out the eerie nature of his footage. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
70% Animal World (2018) It's not perfect, but big bold swings like this never are - I'd take a messy, but genuinely innovative feature like this any day over the parade of generic blockbusters offered up at most matinees.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
90% Brothers' Nest (2018) The late, great Richard Franklin would be proud - Jacobson has crafted a truly impressive Australian Hitchcockian thriller.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
100% Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible (2017) Hopefully the film becomes a go-to tool for beginners to understand the art of film editing‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
50% Best F(r)iends, Part 1 (2018) To really enjoy this picture, one must require severe acclimatisation to the 'so bad it's good' style of filmmaking, the only discernible way to get the most out of Justin MacGregor's tame debut.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) If you love distinctive genre cinema, this is 105 minutes well spent in the company of talented people who love it just as much as you do.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
No Score Yet Samui Song (2017) I was not insulted by its final twists, as that would denote that I cared about anything that happened before it; all it did was confirm that this joyless cacophony of crime thriller tropes is not only stale, it's downright irrelevant.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
No Score Yet Wrath of Silence (2017) Wrath of Silence is a damning condemnation against the dictatorial elite and their tyrannical control on working class citizens, wrapped up in a slick, commercial package that's sure to satisfy both action and drama fans alike.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
75% Holiday (2018) Holiday succeeds as an unsympathetic, subversive spin on the rape-revenge genre, a film which offers no easy answers to its many probing objections.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
93% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) Those sick of the apprehensive nature of modern "elevated horror" movies will find some relief here, as well-known werewolf traits are treated respectfully and without irony.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Blood of Wolves (Korou no chi) (2018) The film really pops when it indulges in the nasty side of criminal behaviour, especially when the chaotic shootouts and gory limb severing sequences get excessively graphic.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
No Score Yet A Or B (2018) There are flashes of genuine artistic ingenuity, but not enough to cover the frequent amount of glaring plot holes, inconsistent character decisions and general implausibility of the whole scenario. v‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
No Score Yet The Trough (Di ya cao) (2018) For those who indulge in the "so bad its good" type of film-watching, The Trough offers enough steady laughs and pockets of incomprehensible decisions to warrant an ironic watch.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
78% Breath (2018) The slight story-telling often feels inconsequential, and the sombre visual and thematic tone feels like every Australian social realist drama we've seen a million times before.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
40% Gold (Oro) (2017) It's hard to take this film seriously when it depicts so much violence, but chooses to censor it in a way which that is detrimental to its impact, especially when it's willing to show a rape scene, but not someone being shot with an arrow.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
86% Tully (2018) Despite a premise that welcomes comparisons to psychological thrillers of the past, Tully is an honest look at the tireless situation of one mother, that thanks to its sincerity and universal nature, speaks for the lives of so many others.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
75% Operation Red Sea (2018) Despite only being 3 months into 2018, I'm not afraid to call Operation Red Sea one of the best action films of the year.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
93% See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (2017) Albert Dupontel's ambitious adaptation of See You Up There is a conflicted production, an unconventional story told in quite a surprisingly ordinary manner.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
54% Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) Chen Sicheng's Detective Chinatown 2 is a colourful feast of bizarre antics, old school buddy cop discord and creative amateur detective adventures.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018