April Wolfe Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0% Maximum Impact (2018) Hoo-boy, this movie has some pretty blatant intentions of specifically making the FSB (née KGB) look nice and not shady at all. But aside from the political implications, you'll find this film is also quite hateful of women, too. Goody!‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
11% Life Itself (2018) There is about as much honesty and genuine emotion in this film as you would find in a damage-control ExxonMobil commercial.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) Here's hoping The Bleeding Edge gets the right attention on a decidedly unsexy topic.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) Even the carnage, here, is inspired...More times than I could count I had no idea what the hell was happening, and also just didn't care that I didn't know. Let the Corpses Tan is that strange and beautiful.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
54% The Bookshop (2018) Sometimes nice to be reminded of violence of the papercut variety, that some troubles can be worked through without an ass-kicking.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
89% Skate Kitchen (2018) In Skate Kitchen, the kids come as they are, and they're wildly fascinating.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Peretz could have given each potential pairing equal time in the story, but he sticks with the most evocative of the two; Juliet, Naked has its charms, and they are named Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
49% Like Father (2018) These are two phenomenal performers giving their all to a sharp family drama disguised as an outrageous cookie-cutter comedy. I had no idea how much Like Father was something I needed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) ... King Cohen endeavors to remove the stigma of indulging in a Cohen classic, and largely succeeds.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
49% Like Father (2018) These are two phenomenal performers giving their all to a sharp family drama disguised as an outrageous cookie-cutter comedy. I had no idea how much Like Father was something I needed.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
79% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) The quiet psychological terror and the simple, blunt manner in which it was shown stole my breath.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
94% The Endless (2018) The grounding force of this film is the brothers' relationship, which is contentious but loving, and wholly realistic.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
52% Boundaries (2018) There's real love in that routine, and that's where Farmiga and Feste shine.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Hey, there are some sick one-liners, and somewhere in the convoluted plot is a heart-pumping chiller of a story with no easy heroes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
No Score Yet The Icarus Line Must Die (2018) What sets Grodner's story apart is its intense focus on specific people in the scene who are emblematic of a way of living and surviving in Los Angeles that's slowly dying.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
100% Half the Picture (2018) Even though so much of what this film has to say is so ingrained in me already, I still found myself being surprised.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is wicked existential horror.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
42% In Darkness (2018) The first third of the story then presents [the protagonist] like a typical Hitchcock ingenue before branching out into a promisingly ambitious mystery. Too bad that story ultimately loses focus and its protagonist's point of view.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
84% The Gospel According to André (2018) a thoughtful meditation on the life and career of fashion guru André Leon Talley‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) Even though it follows the map of every romcom before it, Holderman's film still offers the too-rare chance to marvel at just how good these women are at their craft, how easily they inhabit the bodies and lives of other people.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) Offers a woman's POV on the age-old tale and succeeds in turning a B concept soaked in blood into a pure adrenaline rush of terror, grounded firmly in the real and horrifying dynamics that breed rape culture.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
53% Bad Samaritan (2018) There's frightfully little atmosphere to this film - anything from creepy sound design to evocative cinematography - rendering the flaws in the story all too visible. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
85% The 12th Man (2018) One of the wildest, most creative fugitive stories told about the Nazi occupation...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
32% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) This is melodrama, after all, but borderline boring melodrama, painting over scenes of potentially high tension with blasé realism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
82% Ghost Stories (2018) This film nails its black humor and finds a bizarre but satisfying conclusion to manage all the loose ends.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
71% Wildling (2018) The attention paid to images does not translate to character development, story, or dialogue, leaving little emotional resonance, while making me seriously wonder if the men telling these stories understand much at all about female sexuality.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) When films are made about straight men in this predicament, they're often considered explorations of a "mid-life crisis," but Denis' film poses the questions: What if crises aren't limited to a certain age, and what if love itself is the crisis?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
10% Krystal (2018) So baffling that it must be appreciated at least for its ability to defy all logic.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
95% Sweet Country (2018) [Warwick] Thornton delicately peels back all the layers of Aussie injustice in this film, but what's most unnerving is that the story proves to be so universal.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
79% I Kill Giants (2018) [Madinson] Wolfe is a talent, simultaneously tough and tender in her performance.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) It's the little, almost imperceptible twists to the story that make Blockers a worthy entry into the teen sex comedy canon, most notably that girls and women are funny and can play more than the killjoy or the babe.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
41% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) I was transported by DuVernay's adaptation to the mind-set of my girlhood - embarrassing insecurities and all. This is not a cynic's film. It is, instead, unabashedly emotional.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
83% Game Night (2018) Mark Perez has written one of the tightest comedy scripts to make it to be the big screen in ages.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
81% The Party (2018) [Sally] Potter isn't what you'd call subtle, but she also knows not to overstay her welcome, and this pithy comedy is a masterclass in all that a filmmaker can squeeze from the most basic theatrical concept. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
100% Seeing Allred (2018) As the directors dive into Allred's historical reasoning for holding press conferences, we see a fuller picture of the woman and the necessity for airing grievances in public.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
53% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) Where Bilal exceeds in animation and direction, it lacks in entertaining, cohesive story, possibly owing to either the directors' desire to remain accurate to Muslim texts or the huge span of time they are trying to cover in a single movie.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
71% Like Me (2018) [Director Robert] Mockler's and Jessalyn Abbott's artfully chaotic editing style, full of ultra-slow dissolves, double exposures and scrubbed footage playing forward and backward in time like the image is possessed, elevates Like Me to video art.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
83% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) These characters are fixed. They have no arc. And Garrel seems to prefer them learning no lessons from the experience. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
36% Devil's Gate (2018) In a cardinal sin of genre filmmaking, [Clay] Staub also lets his audience figure out the twists before his characters do, all while he overexplains the plot‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) The Greatest Showman is a perfunctory effort in story, music, dance, and direction that proffers empty messages about uniqueness, reaching not for the stars but for bland homogeneity.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
70% Happy End (2017) Can't we have a little more life in a movie about death?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) What Molly's Game portrays best is the absolute vulnerability of women who attempt to enter the dens of men.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
65% Beyond Skyline (2017) [Frank] Grillo and his castmates play for serious, but there's still an undeniable wink in their performances, as if they know what they're saying defies logic. It's like if CSI: Miami got invaded by aliens - and Grillo is doing his best David Caruso.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
90% I, Tonya (2018) Offers thoughtful and somewhat objective critiques, plus much seriously dark humor that'll elicit a lot of uncomfortable gasps of laughter - and invites you to ponder difficult truths.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
0% November Criminals (2017) What follows is something like Veronica Mars, only set in snowy D.C. and on heavy sedatives.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) A scary yet sometimes fanciful story of a little girl...like a dirtied-up Guillermo del Toro flick.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) There's something quaint and comforting about this film and its brand of old-fashioned storytelling, where coincidences are extremely likely, everyone somehow knows a countess, and a man puts honor above all else. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% Princess Cyd (2017) Sometimes the calm between these two women is realistic. But the director often cops out the second his characters get into messier emotions.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Luca Guadagnino's romantic drama Call Me By Your Name sneaks up on you -- by the end, it stings with the lingering ache of a late-summer sunburn.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) A heartfelt coming-of-age story that perfectly captures the bittersweet transition from adolescence to dawning adulthood... ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017