Alexa Dalby

Alexa Dalby
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Dog and Wolf

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 73% Valley Of Love (2016) The joy of the film is watching Huppert and Depardieu together, two great actors who extract every nuance from the shifts in their uncertain relationship. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) The nightmarish epilogue is a striking and terrifying collage of shots from disorientating angles -- conveying collusion, confusion, messianic adulation and menace in an unnamed nation. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 13% ChickLit (2016) The film is amiable and pleasant, though the denouement unravels rather too quickly. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 97% Hell or High Water (2016) The joy of the movie is in the shots of the wide, harsh landscapes and the empty towns, its way with words, the great acting all round from fine actors. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 66% Anthropoid (2016) The film is gripping and at times crackles with tension. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 96% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Both Ricky and Hec are dealing with grief and their journey is a sentimental mixture of charm, improbable fantasy and farce, with a nod to Thelma and Louise. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 92% Southside With You (2016) A charming imagined dramatisation of how the Obamas became the Obamas is sweet, warm, clever and suffused in a golden glow. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 95% Sour Grapes (2016) Sour Grapes is an absorbing documentary that feels like a drama as the story unravels. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Brother (2016) It's an exciting film, though somewhat confused at times and some of the themes could do with more exposition. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) It's an orgy of beautifully choreographed death and destruction -- but not without humour. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 99% Under The Shadow (2016) Under the Shadow is tense, unusual and well worth seeing, with mainstream appeal. It's a must-see even for non-horror fans. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 73% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) It's also a film about desire and frustration -- there are sexual relationships between the four main characters in varying permutations that ebb and flow throughout the film. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Mira Nair brings her characteristic fluid flair, vibrant colour and joyous use of music to the dramatisation of the true story of Phiona Mutesi. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
5/5 97% Ethel & Ernest (2016) [Briggs'] unique style of homeliness with an edge, ordinary lives charged with political content, told with quiet humour, has reached its highest point so far in the deeply affecting Ethel and Ernest and is another classic in the making. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 25% The Comedian's Guide to Survival (2016) The Comedian's Guide to Survival is far funnier than it has any right to be. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Each story thread -- the present day and the novel -- is equally riveting and Ford slides back and forth between them. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Generation Revolution (2016) Generation Revolution is a committed film that gives an insight into committed young people doing what they believe in against the odds. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 90% A Private War (2018) Matthew Heineman is a documentary filmmaker and his A Private War is a sturdy chronicle of Colvin's fearless life of speaking truth to power, only to be admired because of the unthinkable risks she herself took in order to do so. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) There are wonderful performances from all the actors. Visually, the film is like watching poetry. But the sadness and suffering that runs through it is almost unbearable. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Capernaum is heartbreaking. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 72% Destroyer (2018) The convoluted time switches that unroll the story eventually become frustrating rather than intriguing. But if the idea grabs you and you can overcome this, it's good entertainment. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 66% Vice (2018) At times it's hilarious, at times there's so much that you couldn't make up that it's spine-chilling. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 86% Monsters and Men (2018) Monsters and Men has one of the best pre-title sequences I've seen. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 91% The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017) So the film throws up a tangle of interesting ideas. It gradually becomes more nuanced than it at first appears as its characters slowly become more rounded and sympathetic. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Stan and Ollie's partnership redefines itself from double act to bromance. It's all bittersweeet and rather touching. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) It's well acted, absorbing and a surprisingly timely insight on the present-day US political scene. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 94% The Favourite (2018) Olivia Colman excels as Queen Anne. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) The House That Jack Built is shocking, horrible, and it'll maybe make you regret seeing it, yet it is also frighteningly risk-taking filmmaking, worth seeing for its artistry and the idiosyncrasy of its viewpoint. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It is complex, subtle, devastating, surprising and totally brilliant. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/5 93% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The Wild Pear Tree is a humane masterpiece that slowly creeps up on you, beautifully made and magnificently acted. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 96% Roma (2018) Roma has wonderful performances that wring the emotions and great visual beauty. It's a slow-burning masterpiece that deserves to be seen on a big screen. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 84% Disobedience (2018) It's Lelio's first English-language film, adapted from Naomi Alderman's novel, and he has conjured wonderful performances from all the cast. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) It's broad, brash, in your face, inventively shot and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny yet it also becomes a mind-bogglingly extreme Swiftian satire that predicts the Houyhnhnms that our harsh times will create. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Forrest remains a delightful mystery as he floats lightly through life - and that's absolutely fine. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 94% Arrival (2016) It's a big concept, grippingly executed. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
5/5 93% Napoléon (1929) Napoleon is an extraordinary film. It is ambitious, absorbing, intriguing and both historical and contemporary. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) Logan Lerman is superb, never off screen as fresh-faced Marcus - studious, solitary, intense, precociously intelligent yet emotionally naïve. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 50% Dog Eat Dog (2016) It centres on three unpleasant characters whose repulsive actions are amoral and almost impossible to care about. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) Paterson is quiet, low-key, meditative and deeply moving. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 84% A United Kingdom (2017) Asante's film successfully balances the personal and the political...to create a very moving insight into an almost overlooked but crucial chapter that defined the recent history of two countries. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 81% Chi-Raq (2015) Through music, celebrity and sheer pizzazz, Chi-Raq uses every weapon in its arsenal to get cinema-goers to reflect on the state of the nation. Urgent, clever and a lot of fun, Spike Lee's latest is a classic in the making. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) To see the strange fruit hanging from the trees in the aftermath, while Nina Simone interprets Billie Holiday's iconic song on the soundtrack, overtly captures Parker's outpouring of anger and injustice. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 58% Mirzya (2016) To say it's over the top would be an understatement and it's an experience not to be missed. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/5 92% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) There's a great sense of claustrophobic place in winter darkness, which enables a contrast between icy growing dread and candle-lit normality. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) It's a wonderful and spectacular film, shot from a child's point of view, though it is maybe too dark for children. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/5 91% La La Land (2016) La La Land is cute, pretty and fabulously entertaining but it's not happy ever after. Hollywood has broken many hearts. There are dreams and then there's reality - but the pull of Hollywood always wins in the end. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Manchester by the Sea is a stunningly well acted, searingly honest, complex film. Compulsory viewing. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/5 74% Wiener-Dog (2016) Blackly funny at times, it looks terrific - but basically goes to show that life's a b---h. And then you die. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/5 87% Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman gives a virtuoso performance as Jackie, capturing her breathy feminine tones and the fashion-plate public image that hides inner devastation, hinting at a contained breakdown in the privacy of her own empty bedroom. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/5 85% Lion (2016) The final resolution doesn't disappoint. Director Garth Davis...handles the emotions in a way that is satisfying and unsentimental. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018