Alexa Dalby

Alexa Dalby
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Dog and Wolf

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 84% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) It's universally well acted and it's directed with an inventive, original visual style that matches the audacity of basing a film on Scrabble, by TV director Carl Hunter. The end result is unusual, intriguing and endearing. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Dead Fred (2019) All told, Dead Fred is a bright, professional film production, well acted, with clear, straightforward direction by Deanna Dewey. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 96% Dirty God (2019) Dirty God is an intimate, moving human story that is genuinely inspiring - and must never happen to anyone again. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 99% Wadjda (2013) Wadjda isn't angry or sentimental. Rather it ends up being a heart-warming and positive story with some laughs and tears along the way. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 59% The Bling Ring (2013) It's a fun film and Coppola leaves the inexplicable up to us to ponder. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 74% Kelly + Victor (2012) Well-acted and creatively directed, Kelly + Victor is... what happens when two worlds collide. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 78% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) His film has a poetic feel, it's a fully realised imaginary world, but it is a fictional world that we know mainly from other films. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 64% La religieuse (The Nun) (2013) If only the whole film had maintained this pared-down dramatic aesthetic. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 65% Filth (2014) It's a transgressive, transcendent jumble that takes you on an extraordinary journey at a breakneck pace, though it's one that may leave audiences divided. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/5 91% Nebraska (2013) Nebraska is a bleak view of contemporary America but also a loving one. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 92% Child's Pose (2014) It's an acting tour de force and she (Gheorghiu) carries the film in a terrifying portrayal of both obsessive mother-love and also the symbolic privilege of her position - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 94% All Is Lost (2013) Hollywood legend Redford holds our attention singlehandedly and though it is only him and the sea, the suspense never flags. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 61% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a carefully made, respectful, chronological account of what made Mandela who he was and the price he had to pay. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 67% The Railway Man (2014) It's a very British film which, behind its initially stiff upper lip, connects with deep emotions that make it a quietly moving story of forgiveness and redemption. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) 12 Years A Slave is such a powerful film that it leaves you overwhelmed by the horror of its truth. It's a faithful adaptation of the real-life memoir of Solomon Northup. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) Perhaps it was the disarming, cumulative effect of a combination of deadpan black comedy, witty dialogue and one ridiculous slapstick event after another. Go with it. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 70% The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) (2016) The Keeper of Lost Causes is genuinely gripping, even though the direction is fairly standard and the main plot elements are predictable. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 76% Welcome To New York (2015) It's a harshly colored film, an unambiguous statement of disgust, an experiment in how far one can go in vilifying a thinly veiled real person. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 93% Le passé (The Past) (2013) A slow-burning, thought-provoking ending to an absorbing film. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 69% Visitors (2014) Ultimately, despite its technical accomplishments, it does not seem to reach the same heights as Reggio's earlier work. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) Overall, it's a fascinating slice of modern history that may be unfamiliar to some, which can also give us an insight into the making of contemporary Nigeria. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) The Lunchbox has a wonderful sense of place and real life going on - the city, the trains, the tedious offices, the suburban flat. It's full of humor and humanity. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 96% We Are the Best! (2014) We Are the Best is a warm-hearted crowd and critics pleaser about coming of age, and female friendship that passes the Bechdel Test. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 25% The Informant (Gibraltar) (2014) Whilst as a thriller it has its moments of tension and toughness, The Informant is ploddingly and confusingly. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) Despite a plot hole in the otherwise well-plotted and enticing thriller, it's an ace calling card for its director and lead actor. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 92% Frank (2014) Michael Fassbender as Frank is extraordinary. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 81% The Two Faces of January (2014) It's a bumpy ride - however, screenwriter Hossein Amini's directing debut is assured and smooth, and the result is classy, compelling, intelligent film noir with a contemporary feel that keeps us guessing to the end. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 60% Heli (2014) All the parts are played by non-professional actors, except for Ramon Alvarez, and Escalante gets powerful performances from them. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) It's a film that shines with passion and truth, and which you can't help feeling ought to be compulsory viewing. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 89% Cheap Thrills (2014) It's good cheap quickfire shock-horror genre thrills, appropriately well directed and well scripted, a potential cult classic, with some blacker than black humour thrown in. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 81% Miss Violence (2013) Though beautifully shot, and with great artistic merit, Miss Violence is also an unremittingly harsh, disturbing movie to watch, and it leaves its taint behind in the memory. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 76% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015) It's an enchanting, imaginative film that is at times pure enjoyment, one you can watch with childlike, eye-popping wonder. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) [It] is a beautifully acted, compelling parable about the viciousness of capitalism, the invidious decisions it forces on ordinary people and the self-interest it engenders. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 91% Mystery Road (2013) Huge skies, low horizons, glowing orange sunsets and a depiction of a culture and environment we rarely see in genre mystery movies make Mystery Road an unusual and thought-provoking film. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 91% Pride (2014) It's powerful, glorious, funny and uplifting - a kind of Ken Loach with extra laughs - and avoids being worthy or simplistic. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) The film has thoughtful things to say about life and the importance of family, and overall is funny and enjoyable. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) Keira Knightley is cut-glass and surprisingly convincing as Joan Clark. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 76% Bjork: Biophilia Live (2014) These 97 minutes will be unlike anything you've seen before - unless you're already a hardcore Bjork fan. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 41% Effie Gray (2015) Dakota Fanning gives a star central performance which carries the film, and it is peopled with celebrated British actors of different generations - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 75% Pasolini (2019) Expect darkness and fireworks from Abel Ferrara's thought-provoking biopic (with a fabulously diverse soundtrack). - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 97% Mr. Turner (2014) It's an extraordinary film that brings to life an extraordinary artist, warts and all. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 81% A Hard Day (2015) It has flashes of black humor that make the prolonged extreme violence, Ko's total lack of remorse and the film's deep cynicism about Korean police corruption seem like a lot of fun. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 98% Court (2015) It's an extraordinary feature debut by first-time director Chaitanya Tamhane. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 76% Rosewater (2014) The interrogations become repetitive: it is hard to maintain suspense when the outcome is known and the end comes abruptly. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) It has visual echoes of early Jarmusch and Lynch. It's stunning to look at, slow paced, moody and haunting - an original feminist reinterpretation of vampire mythology and its gender politics. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 77% Fury (2014) Overall Fury says nothing very new, its ambitions to be more than an action movie seem pretentious and, despite its technical prowess, it has the feeling of a rather old-fashioned war film. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) What raises The Skeleton Twins above what could be a sentimental 'learning and sharing' drama is the strong chemistry between Wiig and Hader. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 26% Third Person (2014) It's a clever idea, and very enjoyable in places, but it doesn't quite come off and after the high emotion and drama the characters have been wrenched through, the resolution feels sadly anti-climactic. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 61% My Old Lady (2014) It's absorbing, even if its pace is somewhat stately, and, although its resolution is in many ways telegraphed by its context, it still has the power to tug at the heartstrings in a most unexpected way. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
5/5 84% Hockney (2016) [It] is an unprecedentedly frank visual diary, intercut with reminiscences from Hockney, fellow artists, friends and family - the most significant surviving figures from his life. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019