Alexa Dalby

Alexa Dalby
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Dog and Wolf

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) It's always gripping, and though it can be a bit uneven and the first half works best, it leaves you with an indelible final image. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems is a brilliant achievement for the two Safdie brothers - it's exciting, entertaining filmmaking, a bittersweet soufflé with a hard centre, well worth seeing for [Adam] Sandler's virtuoso performance alone. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) That said, it is quite a wonderful contemporary version of a popular - though rather cloying - woman-centred original. Gorgeous to look at and swirling with dance and music. Go see it. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 97% The Kingmaker (2019) The Kingmaker is fascinating, horrifying and essential viewing to understand a phenomenon of personality that's both specific and international. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 87% Aquarela (2019) [Aquarela's] like a very deep, and much more artful, National Geographic project. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Undocument (2019) These powerful, moving stories give human faces to the undocumented people who are so desperate that they will accept any dangers to find a better life in another country. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) The film is told in a circular way, flashing back and forth between adult Otis and young Otis navigating his way through prematurely adult complications. It works well: it reveals why the adult turned out as he did. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
5/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) So Long, My Son and its use of the tune of Auld Lang Syne will break your heart. But finally it comes to a resolution which revisits the past and repays all the emotions it has put you though during its epic sweep. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 83% La Belle Époque (2020) La Belle Époque is charming, touching, serious and funny. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
5/5 96% I Lost My Body (2019) [O]ne of the most beautiful and also one of the saddest things I've ever seen on screen. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 81% Greener Grass (2019) Greener Grass ridicules a very American way of suburban life and social interaction that perhaps doesn't have as much visceral relevance in this country: the idea is stretched thinly, it's a laugh but the fun palls over a feature length film. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) The film is totally fascinating, glitzily made, not at all nerdy and well worth seeing for anyone who has ever seen a movie. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) There's scant regard for narrative structure or continuity - bizarre things just happen. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 84% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry We Missed You is a coruscating anti-capitalist manifesto from a veteran politically engaged filmmaker. The performances and every detail are so realistic, it's hard at times to remember you're watching a drama and not a documentary. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It's a disorientating, thought-provoking story of love and loss. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 73% Harriet (2019) Harriet is a thriller, an adventure and almost a superhero movie at times... It's an inspirational story of a woman who became a national hero as an abolitionist and later a fighter for women's rights. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Deathless Woman (2019) [Roz] Mortimer's adaptation of the myth of the Deathless Woman here becomes vitally political, creating a harrowing and spectral account of the tyranny imposed upon the Roma. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) [F]unny, endearing and inspirational in a totally unsentimental way. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 88% American Woman (2019) American Woman is sensitively directed by Jake Scott, son of Ridley, who produced this surprisingly emotionally involving saga with a star-making lead performance from Sienna Miller. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 91% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse defies rational description. Shot in black and white in Academy ratio, on screen it's dark, grimy and claustrophobic. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) [W]hatever your stakes in religion, Pryce and Hopkins are a joy to watch together on screen. It's a must-see. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 100% La Llorona (2019) Water and drowning are used as a weapon and a symbol as the past and the spirit world invade the present and no one... is unaffected by terror, guilt, violence and death. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 84% The Perfect Candidate (2019) [A]s this endearing and entertaining film clearly shows, though Saudi Arabia is a country where at all times women are reminded of their second-class status, it's also a society in rapid transition. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 89% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Bacurau is a savage political satire of the American exploitation of Brazil, Brazilian corruption at local and national levels and the racist attitudes that feed that exploitation and corruption. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 96% Atlantics (2019) What makes Atlantics so interesting is its focus for the first time on the people - mainly the young women - who are left behind in Africa once the young male would-be migrants have left on their perilous pilgrimage across the sea to Europe. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 93% The Climb (2020) There's some nice droll observational detail and some really interesting inventive direction and camera work. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) Chalamet has a sensitive, intelligent face and his delivery is thoughtful and intense. His performance is gripping. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 100% Hitsville: The Making Of Motown (2019) The film is an enjoyable, nostalgic and selectively chronological stroll through the label's early history. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 95% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The Personal History of David Copperfield is brilliantly imaginative, beautifully visualised, peopled with memorable characters and grotesques. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/5 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Portrait of a Lady on Fire has well written dialogue and is sumptuously filmed, each shot tells a story. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon is beautiful, sentimental and oh, so sweet. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) By the Grace of God is a totally involving film about what has in recent years been revealed as a widespread problem in the Catholic Church and a major topical issue of concern. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/5 93% Monos (2019) [Monos] has been described as 'Lord of the Flies' with guns and that nails its emotional impact, though its beautiful cinematography ranging from mountains to jungle is also stunning visually . - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Phoenix is shot in dark, restrained tones. It's unremittingly grim for the first half hour in its observation of the details of Jill's life. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not is fast-moving, ridiculous, scary and absurd all at once. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 99% For Sama (2019) Don't miss this moving, award-winning documentary, either in the cinema or on television. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is a compelling film which makes us sympathise with a complex, sensitive human being, his loves, friendships and regrets. He is someone who missed so much of life, yet created so much. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 42% Opus Zero (2017) Willem Dafoe does his best to make sense of an incoherent, pretentious film. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 79% Photograph (2019) Photograph is a kind, gentle, slowly unfolding possibility of love. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Though the film is a predictable, though undeniably very enjoyable, one-trick pony, it has lots of nice little touches and is genuinely great, feel-good entertainment. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 50% Tell It to the Bees (2019) It's an unsatisfactory film, a strange mixture of pedestrian scene-setting, an uncertain tone and an overarching and overused metaphor of the bees, which at one point takes off into magic realism. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
5/5 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) Unmissable. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Their story is compellingly told. Cohen's life is well-known but now at last, through Broomfield's wonderful film, Marianne too gets the recognition she so richly deserves. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 31% Summer in February (2014) The film is clearly a labour of love, but it never really transcends its safe Sunday telly atmosphere and sadly it feels like a missed opportunity. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 72% Renoir (2013) As a slice of life of the great artist over the course of a year or so of his great old age, Renoir, the film, is structured like a series of beautiful, softly lit tableaux of his paintings. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 39% Vita & Virginia (2019) Vita and Victoria could have been a wonderful addition to feminist literary film. But it's just so disappointing. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
4/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) Though the filmmaker (Andrew Bujalski, Funny Ha Ha, Computer Chess) is gloriously on their side, society certainly doesn't seem to be. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 94% In Fabric (2019) If you loved Strickland's two earlier films Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy, you'll like In Fabric too, but perhaps not so much. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
5/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Dylan remains typically enigmatic throughout, but the film is always fascinating on many levels. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 91% A Season in France (Une Saison en France) (2017) A Season in France compassionately presents two of the tragic human stories at the heart of the migration crisis in Europe, giving them a face and an identity in a kind of Ken Loach way. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019