Aly Caviness

Aly Caviness
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Aly Caviness is a co-founder of Midwest Film Journal and member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. She blames Jack Sparrow for her MA in colonial Atlantic history, Guy Pearce for her marriage, and Star Wars for her son.
Publications: Midwest Film Journal

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% The Green Knight (2021) Beautiful in spite of the subtle rot woven throughout, Lowery's England is a quiet nightmare as often as it is a wondrous dream. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) Disney doesn't usually do sympathy for the devil (or De Vil, as it were), but somehow, it works. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Must a movie be good? Can it not rest its success on the luxurious power of Pedro Pascal's hair alone? - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
82% Mank (2020) David Fincher and Classic Hollywood: two great tastes that do not taste great together. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) "Rebecca" is a perfect adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel until it suddenly isn't. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
73% Mulan (2020) Mulan is the first Disney live action remake that finds a successful balance between comfortingly familiar and refreshingly new. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey is totally liberated from the garbage that came before it, aiming an eff-you glitter bomb directly at the patriarchy. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
46% Last Christmas (2019) The combined charms of Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding do a lot to ground the film in a place that feels real and not too quirky. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) The Gentlemen wishes it were Ritchie's return to form, but after a decade of big-budget misfires, it can most generously be described as Tarantino-Lite. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Is it a blatant cash grab from Warner Brothers or a creative return to an expansive world we all knew J.K. Rowling couldn't abandon entirely? Of course it's both. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) A middling expansion of the Star Wars universe with more style than heart. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Dead Men Tell No Tales does nothing new and is exactly what you expect -- and that is perfectly okay. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
16% The Mummy (2017) Absolute garbage from beginning to end. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
79% The Beguiled (2017) Beautiful to behold but ultimately leaves the viewer unsatisfied. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman brings joy and compassion to the DC Universe. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
71% Descendants 2 (2017) Disney fan fiction in excessively vibrant living color, but man, if it isn't delightful. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
55% Lost Child (2018) A haunting examination of folklore and isolation. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
96% The Florida Project (2017) Sean Baker's latest is an achievement in empathy. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) You'll leave profoundly annoyed rather than quietly impressed. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
93% Thelma (2017) An intense treatise on loneliness, repression, and control. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
92% The Shape of Water (2017) A fairy tale as universal as it is weird. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A timeless and sumptuous tale of the rarity and fullness of love. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
77% Thor (2011) Thor changed everything. Thor gave us a universe. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is a shining example of what scifi can be when the narrative hinges on one woman and the world-altering decision she must make: Do I save my world, or not? - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) For every grown-up woman who needed this movie when they were 12, there is a girl who is still growing up and will see herself in Meg. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
87% Tully (2018) Tully brings to unvarnished life that being a mom isn't always magical. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 goes pretty deep without ever seeming like it's anything but popcorn fare. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) My first thought upon leaving the theater after Incredibles 2 is that Disney should make it a policy to wait a decade-and-a-half between sequels. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is not only the perfect rom-com, but it's the first rom-com I've seen in ages that hasn't bored me to tears. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
69% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo: A Star Wars Story is a movie I love more and more every time I watch it. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
91% Cat People (1942) To think of this film as a comfort movie is about as strange as it is to call this odd little B-picture a horror movie, because it's not, really. It's so much more. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
91% Widows (2018) A heist movie elevated by layers of empathy and complexity. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
15% Robin Hood (2018) An extremely dumb yet enjoyable movie that might be your preferred flavor of trash. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
95% Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuarón's most masterful film contains multitudes. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
80% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Practically perfect in every way? Depends on your level of Poppins nostalgia. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? is one of those movies that's so good that you almost miss it the first time. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a lot. And none of it is good. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
83% Creed II (2018) A tale as old as time, yet Creed II feels fresher than ever - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning is so engrossing it makes you wish you didn't have to blink. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
64% Unicorn Store (2019) Brie Larson's directorial debut offers a quieter, but potent, kind of girl power. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
74% Guava Island (2019) A surprise genre-defying release from Donald Glover, featuring a subtly great performance from Rihanna. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
83% Someone Great (2019) A stealth anti-romcom, Someone Great is Netflix's latest contribution to the genre's women-led resurgence. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Joe Cornish's timely retelling of Arthurian legend is an adventure for the whole family. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
96% Booksmart (2019) Olivia Wilde's directorial debut is a brilliant teen comedy for the ages. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) One of Marvel's most layered films, which only gets more enjoyable on the rewatch. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) Thanks to Mindy Kaling's superb talent, Late Night just might be the most feminist movie of the year. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) A stunning reinvention of the tale of Hamlet, thanks to Daisy Ridley's layered performance. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A bittersweet triumph, "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood is Tarantino's saddest and kindest film yet. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Sometimes you just have to let go of rooting for the humans and root for the monsters instead. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Be Natural delightfully unearths a female film pioneer forgotten by history. - Midwest Film Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019