Alex Lines

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

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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Measure for Measure (2019) Paul Ireland's much anticipated follow-up to Pawno is just too cluttered, riddled with characters who wallow in their own histrionics far too often, within situations that lack any real distinctive qualities. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
82% Judy & Punch (2019) Mirrah Foulkes' folk tale of misogyny in the Middle Ages is sometimes mischievous, sometimes grim and sometimes utterly volatile, but never formulaic. Its inventive artifice is its greatest weapon. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
No Score Yet Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) A slick, accessible package that delivers an abridged history of martial arts in films covers all the familiar bases, from its evolution as a genre. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
100% Something Else (2019) It's both a mutually macabre and melancholic experience, all confidently delivered through Christian Stella's beautifully composed camerawork. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
75% Particles (Les particules) (2019) Particles is a languid, meandering drama that never materialises into anything as interesting as its pointed premise implies. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
90% The Unknown Saint (Le miracle du saint inconnu) (2019) Alongside his writing, Alaa Eddine Aljemis shows an incredible aptness for visual humour, mirroring the minimalistic Moroccan landscapes, within the rudimentary nature of his characters and the small world in which they inhabit. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
68% Angel of Mine (2019) It's hard to determine who this is actually for; genre-savvy audiences will find it all too robotic and rote, and more casual viewers will find that its same, single note is being hammered for the entirety of its feature-length runtime. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
79% The Lodge (2019) The Lodge simply meanders for way too long, content with touring its frosty interiors - of both the titular cabin and its disturbed occupants - instead of escalating the scenario. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
No Score Yet Take Point (2018) Byung-woo has delivered a slick, entertaining package that manages to do something new with a lot of worn elements. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
83% Tommaso (2019) Willem DaFoe effortlessly binds this bubbling memoir together, he's as magnetic and captivating as always, practically appearing in every frame of this overlong drama. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
86% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) It's a damn shame that metaphor is prioritized over narrative, and its rejection of structure will lead to even the most hardcore arthouse audience to largely reject it. A minor misfire, but not utterly without its episodic merits. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
92% The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Without a trace of degradation or simple-minded reduction of the central sister's feelings, The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão develops into a palpable and poignant profile of two divergent lives linked by love. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Purity of Vengeance (Journal 64) (2018) Like all formulas, it works, even though it tackles some rather weighty issues within its pursuit for unfinished redemption. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
100% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2019) It's a tough experience, for both the audience watching and the characters within, but Palmason's rugged deconstruction of traditional male masculinity is a struggle worth sitting through. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
50% Palm Beach (2019) Palm Beach comes close to reaching similar levels of casual comforts that reruns of It's Complicated or The Intern usually provide, but without a firm attachment to anything real. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
100% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2018) Thankfully, due to its twisty plot and keen sense of self-awareness, Kirill Sokolov's debut emerges as something more, a macabre tribute to post-modern crime cinema. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
No Score Yet Saturday Afternoon (Shonibar bikel) (2019) Cleverly captured without a cut by Aziz Zhambakiev, the real time tedium of its unbroken 80 minute run-time gradually embroils the audience within the unravelling drama. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
83% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) A keen interest in the current Israeli political landscape is required for full enjoyment, despite its explicit subject matter of masculinity and nationality, and especially at a lengthy 2 hours, it merely reinforces themes that Lapid has tackled before. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
95% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil's expected inhumanity and ensuing catharsis inhabit the major elements of the ruthless world of South Korean crime thrillers to an effective degree. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius (2019) Boone gives us both a nostalgic account on this underground movement and how their sci-fi inspired dystopia applies to each decade of history, up till today, where the documentary earns its whole-hearted earnestness. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) The Ghost of Peter Sellers beautifully allows the guilt-ridden director to exorcise his demons; against himself, against Sellers and against the film itself, within this surprisingly eloquent contemplation of a well-intentioned misfire. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% Davi's Way (2018) It is essential viewing for anybody who wishes to watch how most people's Hollywood fantasies usually conclude - it ain't always a fairy-tale ending. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
96% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) All of these elements work towards a resolution that will leave observant viewers with a sense of satisfaction, refusing any traditional sense of equilibrium and balance in favour of a more potentially disruptive ideological ending. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
89% The Candidate (The Realm) (El reino) (2018) The Realm becomes one of the year's best thrillers, something which has the potential to really leave a mark once given proper international distribution. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) Films like this have a general necessity in providing alternative options for certain demographics, but it helps if they're attempting to do something; whether it be comedic or dramatic, but this little picture fails at both. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
86% Top End Wedding (2019) It's a rare thing to see a film like Top End Wedding, a crowd-pleasing rom-com that transgresses social norms within a structure that defies any innovation. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
40% Back of the Net (2019) It's ironic that Back of the Net features a protagonist who operates life through the application of textbook formulas, because she's stuck in a film that's chosen to do the same. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
41% Where Hands Touch (2018) It isn't the implausibility of the script which causes this film's failure, it's the inability to create complex or practical characters from these fragments of reality. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) This isn't a comedy made to fill multiplexes, but those few who do fit within its observational grooves, will be rewarded with a satisfying cerebral serenity. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
100% Next of Kin, (Hell House) (1982) Next of Kin is more than just a simple curiosity, it's an interesting chapter in one of the most important decades of Australian cinematic history. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
94% Furie (Hai phuong) (2019) Furie proves to be a refreshing entry from Vietnam, and an equally exhilarating showcase of Veronica Ngo's undeniable talent. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
100% World on a Wire (2011) Second Sight's revival of World on a Wire is vital for not only highlighting one of his more underrated efforts, but for resurrecting one of the essential texts of science fiction, a reflection on a film filled with reflections. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
92% Stay Human (2018) Michael Franti's Stay Human is all about one simple but essential message: the only way to challenge cynicism is through hope and humanity, not through continued perpetuation of misanthropy. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
90% Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain (2018) Trust Machine is a perfect introduction into a very complex field, accessible and informative to those who are unfamiliar with Bitcoin and Blockchaining, but still enlightening to those who do. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
66% Storm Boy (2019) Nostalgia is one hell of a drug, and whilst this isn't as aggressively coddling as last year's misfire Swinging Safari, Storm Boy, much like the hang-dog protagonist at its centre, succumbs to its own nostalgia. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
94% The American Meme (2018) It's a slick and polished production, presented in an accessible manner which'll click with its target audience. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
78% All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018) Thanks to its inventive ideas, effective execution and willingness to be original, this film is bound to be another Christmas classic for every horror fan to enjoy. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
71% Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1998) The savage documentary aesthetics lends an unwavering sense of realism, and matched with Jacobson's lack of sentimentality, renders this world in the real. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) It's quite the fete to be repeatedly impressed by two halves of a film that are so aesthetically and narratively opposed, but also compliment each other so perfectly. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
80% Boys Cry (La terra dell'abbastanza) (2018) It's hard-edged, elliptical and almost wholly without the comforts of traditional sentimentality (despite what the title might suggest), riding on a formulaic narrative that feels stale, if downright irrelevant. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
83% Loro (2019) Loro manages to showcase the best and worst qualities of the Oscar-winning successor to Fellini's opulent throne. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
74% Pity (2018) The Greek Weird Wave's tendency to be uncompromising towards the audience is to be expected, and the cruelty that eventually emerges in Pity is unfortunately pretty predictable thanks to the brutality present in both The Lobster and Dogtooth. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
98% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
80% The Merger (2018) This is the Full Monty for the Footy field. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
47% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
81% Jirga (2019) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
95% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018