Cate Marquis

Cate Marquis
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
93% Premature (2020) Premature is the best kind of indie film, filled with raw emotion, honest and human portraits of life, and strong acting from a young, talented cast. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
93% Ordinary Love (2020) The two directors have crafted the kind of fine, intimate human drama one expects from the great Mike Leigh, with warm, believable and brave performances from both, particularly Manville. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
3/4 72% The Mauritanian (2021) The Mauritanian is a good film, a sincere film with a worthy subject, and one that features a powerful central performance by Tahar Rahim but one that never fully catches fire dramatically. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
No Score Yet Six Minutes to Midnight (2020) Six Minutes to Midnight offers fine historical spy thriller entertainment, solid performances and a glimpse into a little-known, unsettling bit of British history. - St. Louis Jewish Light EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
4/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) A complex film that is both entertaining and thought-provoking, with a strange but hypnotic mix of satire, social commentary and human drama. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) [Ma Rainey's Black Bottom] is an outstanding drama as well as a showcase for two great talents, Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. It is hard to imagine a more perfect farewell to Boseman, a towering talent gone too soon. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 83% Freaky (2020) Freaky is most entertaining for fans of the teen horror comedy but has moderate comedic appeal even if one isn't, largely thanks to Vince Vaughn. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
96% Incitement (2020) Incitement is a cautionary tale on the making of an assassin and a lesson in the toxic power of incendiary rhetoric. - St. Louis Jewish Light EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 83% Let Him Go (2020) The final showdown lights up the screening in a burst of bracing violence, firing up the audience in a thriller ending worthy of the best of classic drive-in Bs. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 68% The Glorias (2020) Taymor often bends time and blends different periods of Steinem's life in beautifully creative scenes, to crafting a wonderfully entertaining, insightful and moving portrait of a life and a movement that changed the world for women. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
2.5/4 64% The Artist's Wife (2020) The Artist's Wife is an imperfect movie rescued from forgettable by the perfect performances of Lena Olin and Bruce Dern. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
3.5/4 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) A technically-polished, effectively spot-on look at the history and current state of voting rights, making it a must-see in this critical time. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/4 70% Tenet (2020) The film is technically excellent, with jaw-dropping action and clever plot twists. Action fans should be more that delighted with all that, which is brilliantly executed. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) The information is bracing but often it is Maria Ressa herself who makes this documentary so electrifying to watch. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3.5/4 53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) This is an impressive piece of mythic film making, powerful parable about colonialism, brutality toward the "other," and how we can inadvertently create the danger we fear. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/4 77% Summerland (2020) Summerland is a pleasant, sweet film but not a particularly believable one, making the story almost as much fantasy as the myths about which Alice writes. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
4/4 95% First Cow (2020) ...an affecting, thoughtful bittersweet tale that warm us with its contemplative portrait of friendship while it chills us with its economic brutality. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
63% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) The Tobacconist is a touching, heartbreaking tale wrapped in a darkly comic coming-of-age story. - St. Louis Jewish Light EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
2.5/4 71% 7500 (2020) 7500 is a well-made dramatic thriller with a better cast than script, using a single-space concept which could work in its favor but which is not fully exploited. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3.5/4 85% Mr. Jones (2020) An often low-key but powerful portrait of courage, a moving, worthy drama that both revives the memory of nearly forgotten independent journalist Gareth Jones, and a timely reminder of the importance of truth-telling in these fraught and difficult times. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) The Vast of Night is a striking film, as well as an impressive debut for writer/director Andrew Patterson. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
77% Judy & Punch (2020) [A] clever table-turning, darkly comic fantasy, that takes on both patriarchy and intolerance. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
1.5/4 20% The Jesus Rolls (2020) The major appeal of the original was in the pairing of Depardieu and Dewaere, who were comedy magic. Turturro and Cannavale have some good comic moments but, unsurprisingly, they don't recapture the same magic. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
44% Robert the Bruce (2019) [It] all seems to promise far more than this modest drama delivers. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
81% To the Stars (2020) With a fine cast and nicely crafted script, To the Stars explores both the stifling restrictions of its time period and and of the timeless struggles of adolescence. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
2/4 28% Clover (2020) CLOVER is not as clever as it thinks it is but it benefits from a strong cast... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
3/4 75% The Other Lamb (2020) Unsettling to watch, and while it does not explore in depth the topics it raises, its haunting meditation on them and its haunting visuals are enough to keep it in your mind long after the film ends. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
56% Resistance (2020) The great strength of RESISTANCE is its remarkable true-story basis, bolstered by a top-notch cast and high-quality production values. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
61% Tape (2020) This based-on-a-true story about a #MeToo experience offers a harrowing journey with a gut-punch ending. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3/4 51% Burden (2020) The true story is inspiring but it is the powerful acting that makes the film so affecting. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) The gritty realism of the street blends with touches of animation and surreal, nightmarish images, magical realism that brings to mind the earliest films of Guillermo Del Toro, in a remarkable tale of traumatic childhood. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
42% Vita & Virginia (2019) Vita & Virginia is a gorgeously-appointed historical drama... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
87% Swallow (2020) Writer/director Carlo Mirabella-Davis' script and direction, paired with Katelin Arizmendi's lush photography and Bennett's performance, craft a disturbing psychological thriller with a satisfying, unexpected denouement. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3/4 79% The Banker (2020) [It] has its flaws but deserves credit for presenting this untold true story of creative black entrepreneurs, and for the fine work of its talented cast. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3.5/4 96% Incitement (2020) It is a chilling film, a true story that unfolds like a taut thriller. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/4 86% Emma. (2020) Emma. is an entertaining romp with all the costume drama trimmings and a refreshing, funny new tack, which should please both Austen fans and more general audiences. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/4 93% Ordinary Love (2020) With Neeson and Manville, Ordinary Love is a moving, romantic, inspiring portrait of mature love. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
2/4 38% Downhill (2020) This re-make falls far short despite the determined efforts of the cast to add a little spark. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
39% The Song of Names (2019) The story is moving, the acting remarkable and the music glorious, which makes The Song of Names worth waiting out its wobbly start. - St. Louis Jewish Light EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/4 95% Little Women (2019) While every fan has their favorite screen version of this story, Greta Gerwig's excellent Little Women is a strong contender to top many lists. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
81% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life is one of Malick's best films, a compelling, beautifully shot tale of someone doing what is right despite the risk. - St. Louis Jewish Light EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/5 19% Cats (2019) If you are big fan of the musical, than Cats is a must-see for you. For the rest of us, it has some charming performances and good star power, but less visual effects dazzle than might be expected. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) More a study in character with a historic and faith background, [it] has appeal for any audience. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/4 84% Waves (2019) Although a tragedy is the center of the plot, WAVES is a film about hope, feelings, human connections, and life being lived, even in the wake of the unthinkable. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/4 82% The Report (2019) The Report delivers an edge-of-your-seat political thriller that will grab you even if you think you know the story, as well as an inspiring portrait of a heroic man determined to do the right thing against all odds. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) While the race to beat Ferrari drives the plot, there is a moving human story at the center, one of personal struggle, of friendship and family. There are moments of transcendence and the poignancy, particularly at the film's haunting end. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) JoJo Rabbit offers a creative satire with humor and humanity, about a German boy discovering what lies Nazi grown-ups told, in the unique, entertaining and moving style of director/writer Waititi. - St. Louis Jewish Light EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/4 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is a impressive bit of cinema but it is, more importantly, a rich film experience for thoughtful audiences, both warm, bittersweet and satisfying. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/4 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) As the documentary explores the personal and political sides of Roy Cohn, it makes a strong case for how he shaped our current political landscape. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) While nothing happens that you don't expect, GEMINI MAN provides plenty of popcorn entertain for Will Smith fans. - We Are Movie Geeks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019