Alexa Dalby

Alexa Dalby
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Dog and Wolf

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 57% Fatima (2020) The visions arrive in a bright light as part of nature out of the breezes that move the trees, though there also is a CGI sequence of hell. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
2/5 20% Agony (2020) Unfortunately, titling a film Agony invites facetious comments about what it feels like to have to watch it. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
4/5 95% After Love (2020) Joanna Scanlan, known for her biting comedy performances in television series such as The Thick of It and Getting On, is phenomenal. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
3/5 61% Rare Beasts (2021) Rare Beasts is a bold, flawed first film that will surely, excitingly, lead on to more in future. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) Sound of Metal is a must-see. Ahmed 100% deserved his 2021 Oscar-nomination for Best Actor. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
3/5 56% Frankie (2019) Though much of the film's impact is anti-climactic, and as a whole it doesn't really work though it does stick in your mind, the final shot in the sunset, where for the first time for a moment all the family are in the same place, is sublime. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 97% The Human Voice (La Voz Humana) (2020) Almodóvar brilliantly creates another female-focused world that's a curiosity of maddening, theatrical, melodramatic, verging-on-camp questions... - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
4/5 75% The Mauritanian (2021) Tahar Rahim is superb. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4/5 98% Apples (Mila) (2020) So much of Apples and its meaning is open to alternative interpretations, and this imprints it in your memory - it's a cult film in the making. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
4/5 91% Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation (2021) Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation is clever and very worthwhile, no matter how familiar you are with their work. Do see it. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
4/5 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) To see this racist humiliation now by the out-of-his-depth Judge Hoffman (Frank Langella) is gasp-out-loud shocking and yet sadly resonant in the present-day brutal treatment and killings of African Americans. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
4/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Both men are superb, Standfield quieter, and unsympathetic, and Kaluuya in the more showy part, which earned him his Oscar-winning Supporting Actor nomination. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
4/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) You know Borat. You know what to expect. This film will exceed your expectations. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
4/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Emerald Fennell's script is fun, witty and challenging. Her direction is crisp and to the point. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/5 88% Undine (2020) Undine is intriguing but its mystery is somewhat unsatisfying. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
4/5 82% Notturno (2021) Award-winning director and cinematographer Gianfranco Rosi observes ordinary people going about their daily lives in the aftermath of war, or with war still going on around them or in the distance. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Is Another Round a cautionary tale? Maybe. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/5 97% Billie (2020) As a film Billie is but a fascinating glimpse and for all its good points, it may feel just as enigmatic as the legend. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/5 92% Body of Water (2020) It's clearly a very valuable film if you have specific concerns, simply wish to learn more, or want to understand an anorexic's need to be truly themselves and how they believe the disease allows them that control. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 69% Ammonite (2020) As fossil-hunter Mary Anning, Kate Winslett gives probably the performance of her career. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 77% One Man and His Shoes (2020) One Man and his Shoes is a sadly entertaining, thought-provoking, wide-ranging documentary. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 91% African Apocalypse (2020) African Apocalypse is gripping detective work, factually revelatory and emotionally memorable. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 96% Mogul Mowgli (2021) Ahmed is electrifying in Mogul Mowgli, both as an actor and in the scenes of his fiercely angry rap concerts. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 90% Kajillionaire (2020) Kajillionaire is poignant yet funny, a dead-pan comedy drama about the poison of families, understanding intimacy and coming of age. It's also the love story of the year. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/5 100% Eyimofe (This is My Desire) (2021) [A] deeply moving slice of contemporary Lagos life. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/5 70% 23 Walks (2020) Paul Morrison's 23 Walks is a slow-burning focus on the hidden difficulties of new relationships at an older age, with great performances by Alison Steadman and Dave Johns. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/5 93% Nocturnal (2019) Nocturnal, by director/writer Nathalie Biancheri, has a suspenseful surprise that turns creepy horror into emotional drama. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/5 41% Schemers (2019) A cross between Trainspotting and Gregory's Girl with a touch of Good Vibrations. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 97% Rocks (2020) Rocks is both sad and joyous. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 100% Perfumes (Les Parfums) (2020) It's an enjoyable, warm watch. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 64% Hope Gap (2020) William Nicholson's Hope Gap benefits from a starry cast in the stagey story...Nighy and Bening are as good as you might expect, though she seems to struggle at times with her accent. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 80% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) [It] creates a hallucinatory, surreal, unsettling world, whose visual images imprint themselves like fireworks. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/5 80% Undergods (2021) The film creates a vividly realised world of the imagination... - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/5 54% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) Rylance's quietly understated performance is sincere and moving... - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
4/5 87% Papicha (2019) Papicha is urgently shot like a cross between an emotional drama and a fascinating documentary. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 93% Babyteeth (2020) In her unusual and vivid directorial debut Shannon Murphy has that knack of framing something mundane to make it look somehow distanced and other-worldly, aided by director of photography, Andrew Commis. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4/5 83% Pinocchio (2020) The film is beautifully imagined, atmospherically shot in what looks like natural lighting, with unobtrusive special effects: the well-known growing-nose incident is strikingly handled here. It's genuinely fascinating. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/5 71% Camino Skies (2019) Both heart-breaking and inspirational, Camino Skies is an uplifting story about everyday people doing the extraordinary. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
3/5 83% The Whistlers (2020) It's a twisty, hard-to-follow crime thriller, but there's clearly lots of corruption to be satirised post-Ceaucescu Romania, both police and otherwise, and a rather uncomfortable black comedy feel. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 89% Ema (2019) [S]ometimes enigmatic and confusing, sometimes fiery with emotion, Pablo Larrain's intriguing Ema peels the layers off a dance with death. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
4/5 88% Deerskin (2020) [A]n oddball, quirky black comedy about a suede jacket with killer propensities. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
4/5 85% Misbehaviour (2020) It's joyous, funny and inspirational and - when at the end we see these real women as they are now, still feminists - it's incredibly moving. This film is an absolute must-see. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/5 94% Calm with Horses (The Shadow of Violence) (2020) Calm With Horses is original, with images that stay in your memory, but it's also extremely violent and emotionally bleak, and a very hard watch indeed. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
5/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) [A] fitting tribute to a national treasure. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/5 80% Run (2019) Although the performances seem uniformly good, it relies on the clever cinematography of the driving sequences - though two people sitting in a car are surprisingly compelling. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/5 71% Villain (2020) Barantini's Villain is a genre film but a rather superior, well-made one that manipulates your sympathies. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
4/5 80% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) The film's brooding menace and brutal beauty create a post-modern picture of an Australian 'hero.' - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
4/5 89% Dark Waters (2019) The film can be heavy going at times, it has a lot of rather nerdy detailed information to impart, but it's clearly told and never less than fascinating. And, of course, it's an incredibly important subject that ultimately affects all of us. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 49% Greed (2020) Greed is a gloriously over-the-top, rollicking satire closely based on the life of the disgraced chairman of Topshop, Philip Green. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
4/5 87% Emma. (2020) A lovely, funny, pastel-coloured rom-com of manners that gently retains Austen's timeless wit and satire. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020