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Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark
Ashley Clark's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Sight and Sound, Time Out, Little White Lies, 4Columns

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Stuart Hall Project (2013) Simultaneously elegiac and light, dense and accessible, The Stuart Hall Project is a singular work with a built-in replay value, and possessed of its own distinct sensibility. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
81% Chi-Raq (2015) In attempting to balance tragedy with fun in Chi-Raq, Lee throws a lot at the wall, hoping it'll stick. It makes for a rather odd viewing experience.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
74% The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino's seeming obliviousness to his manifest racial privilege, the idea of him as an authoritative cinematic voice on American race relations for future generations terrifies the living shit out of me.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! moves at an easy but never draggy pace, and soars in sequences that invite viewers to lose themselves in the magic of the movies, only for the curtain to be pulled back, revealing the artifice.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
83% Detroit (2017) In one of the darkest moments I've experienced in a cinema for some time, I caught myself wondering whether the horror shown is so detailed, so unremitting, that white supremacists might actually enjoy watching it. ‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) As Microbe and Gasoline proceeds, and the boys' friendship is tested by a variety of factors, the film gathers a stark emotional force that has eluded Gondry since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
4/5 95% Creed (2015) Creed packs a serious punch, replete with crunching fight sequences captured in a probing, prowling style.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
2/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Steve Jobs is scuppered by its repetitive nature, with Sorkin's overly verbose dialogue and Boyle's proclivity for on-the-nose visual statements sorely testing the patience, even if one is prepared for them.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
80% Sunset Song (2016) A rich drama about the pleasures and strains of labour, the realities of adulthood in a harsh climate and the indomitability of the Scottish spirit.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Sadly, Green's film devolves into an anonymous mulch with little to offer beyond its central insistence that contemporary politics is a den of snakes, and that policies are subordinate to character.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
4/5 82% Second Coming (2014) Heralds the emergence of a major new filmmaking talent in Debbie Tucker Green.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
0% United Passions (2015) The major players uniformly fail to bring their A-games.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2015
20% Reset (2015) At least Bojack had the decency to bring this turgid, self-indulgent doodle in at a slim 79 minutes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2015
22% The Barber (2015) Only Glenn, whose taciturn performance is punctuated by flashes of genuine menace, lifts The Barber to "watchable."‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2015
No Score Yet Straight Outta Tompkins (2015) Straight Outta Tompkins is rarely boring, but neither does it come close to attaining the hard-hitting moral force its creator is clearly striving for.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2015
99% Selma (2015) The famed American civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr has been strangely under-represented in the cinema. Ava DuVernay's excellent third film thankfully puts this continued omission right.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
23% Enter the Dangerous Mind (2015) A narratively repetitive thriller suffused with movie-psycho clichés.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2015
72% American Sniper (2015) A stark, powerfully-acted drama featuring a career-best turn from Bradley Cooper.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) More miss than hit - and shockingly creepy in places - but a handful of sizable laughs make this sequel just about worthwhile.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2014
90% Concerning Violence (2014) In many cases, Fanon's astringent words seem as relevant today as ever.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
4/5 99% The Overnighters (2014) Demands a rewatch, and is so stuffed with incident that someone should remake it into an overcooked, Americana melodrama.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
83% Lilting (2014) Thanks to the delicate, multilingual set-up, almost every exchange carries an unpredictable dramatic charge.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2014
97% Boyhood (2014) Boyhood proceeds in brisk, implacably linear chronological fashion, and despite its 165-minute running time, is astonishingly minimal.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/5 83% Belle (2014) Race, love and social politics are deftly handled in Amma Asante's forcefully-acted feminist period drama.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2014
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) It focuses on its subject's humanity and assesses the tragedy on a personal rather than explicitly sociopolitical level. However, the way in which it fleshes out Oscar's character makes it an acutely political work.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 72% Neighbors (2014) After a shaky start, Bad Neighbours blossoms, with inspired visual gags in excellent poor taste.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2014
50% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) A valiant, but ultimately disappointing attempt to adapt a sprawling modern literary classic.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/5 19% Ride Along (2014) Ride Along is saddled with an uninvolving plot, and largely content to coast on cop-movie clichés. ‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2014
81% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) Hyperbolic adjectives such as dizzying, effervescent, kaleidoscopic and exhilarating spring to mind but don't adequately convey the craft and persistence that have gone into this confessional slice of (semi) non-fiction.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
54% Out of the Furnace (2013) An earnest, honest effort, but ultimately a torpid affair whose waste of a brilliant cast is arguably more of a serious criminal act than any of the skulduggery depicted in the film.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 76% Lone Survivor (2014) Lone Survivor isn't always sophisticated ... But there's moral complexity and a climax in an Afghan village which is tense and surprisingly moving. ‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2014
4/5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) One of Britain's greatest living filmmakers offers an outraged, intense and artful examination of American slavery.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2014
40% Oldboy (2013) An occasionally atmospheric and entertaining thriller on its own terms, anchored by a solid, committed performance by leading man Brolin. Still, it's hard to escape the feeling that Lee is going through the motions.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
83% Leviathan (2013) Rarely an easy watch, but a visual and sensory experience unlike any other: this is Captain Phillips meets Captain Birdseye as co-directed by God and the Devil.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2013
4/5 71% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Lee Daniels comes good with this rich and politically subversive tale of a long-serving White House butler.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2013
96% Muscle Shoals (2013) Warm, enjoyable, smooth and lightweight, this celebratory documentary is a gentle tribute to a remarkable man and his work.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) In Bad Grandpa, there's no shock value: the physical comedy is down to a minimum, replaced by a creaking humour almost as dated as Zisman himself.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2013
5/5 95% Nothing But a Man (1963) In addition to its marvellous performances and perspicacious treatment of difficult themes, Nothing But a Man is a technical triumph.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
86% At Berkeley (2013) Despite its intimidating length, Wiseman's structure - created entirely in the edit - fosters a set of hypnotic internal rhythms, allowing the viewer space to make their own thematic connections.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
82% The Unknown Known (2014) Though watchable, the film pales in terms of enjoyment and insight in comparison to Morris's last film interview with a former Defence Secretary, Robert S. McNamara, in 2006's The Fog of War. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
82% The Armstrong Lie (2013) The Armstrong Lie is always compelling, and Gibney deserves credit for putting his own naiveté up on the screen for the world to see.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
70% Palo Alto (2014) It wears its influences (Gus Van Sant, Bret Easton Ellis, Jonathan Kaplan's classic Over The Edge) on its sleeve, and has little new to say, but possesses a winning sense of humor and fine performances.‐ Filmmaker
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
63% The Sacrament (2014) Succumbs to wobbly cam sprints through the woods, overly violent and sloppily choreographed carnage, and timeworn religious-cult clichés.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2013
90% Locke (2014) Tom Hardy is here channeling the spirit of Richard Burton by speaking in a richly mellifluous Welsh brogue; he could be reading a McDonald's menu and it would be fun to listen to.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2013
25% Die Frau des Polizisten (The Policeman's Wife) (2013) Its needlessly affected approach detracts from the powerful moments contained within.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2013
6% Vibes (1988) Its most egregious failing is the astonishing lack of chemistry between the mismatched lead pair. ‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/5 98% Blackfish (2013) Important, informative, imperfect.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2013
4/5 93% Our Children (2013) Fully committed, beautifully acted, well realised and genuinely unsettling.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 9, 2013
89% Run & Jump (2014) Steph Green has crafted a debut as fresh, intimate, and compassionate as Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher in 1999.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2013
No Score Yet Deep Powder (2013) The end result, though well-intentioned and hardly disastrous, doesn't hit as hard as it should, even if it does bear merit as a solemn comment on America's intractable, if rarely acknowledged, class system. ‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2013