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Christine N. Ziemba

Christine N. Ziemba
Christine N. Ziemba's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 71% Holy Hell (2016) What begins as a video memoir evolves into a much larger portrait of betrayal, grief and healing. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4.9/10 33% Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) (2016) It's bogged down by hackneyed characters that do no justice to the film noir titles it tries to emulate. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 23, 2016
6/10 80% The Family Fang (2016) Bateman's strength is his ability to work so well with actors-as someone in the business for a long time (he started at age 12 on Little House on the Prairie), he's able to coax nuanced performances from his cast. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 6, 2016
7.7/10 58% The Brainwashing of My Dad (2016) Through anecdotal and social science research, Senko's film also provides much-needed insight as to why Donald Trump's caustic discourse and demagoguery is catnip for so many people. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2016
3.3/10 0% Backgammon (2016) The new feature film Backgammon has at least one thing in common with its namesake board game: After watching it for just a few minutes, you're bound to get bored. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2016
7.9/10 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) At its core, the film is a welcome piece of mindfulness and moral complexity on our increasingly black-and-white world stage. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 9, 2016
5.4/10 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) The film's snide humor can't lift the veil of melancholy that pervades it, nor can Moore repeatedly placing himself in front of the camera to explain the most obvious ideas already on display. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2016
6.8/10 70% Touched With Fire (2016) Touched with Fire is at its most successful when Dalio attempts to articulate the bipolar mind. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/10 12% The Choice (2016) If we were to measure The Choice on a scale which is only used to measure other Sparks films, The Choice is par for the course, pandering as ever to a built-in audience. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
4.9/10 44% Synchronicity (2016) A lot of homage and genre too often get in the way of what could have been a well-paced, smart story ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2016
7.9/10 83% Lamb (2016) A beautiful, confounding and unsettling ride. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2016
4.5/10 73% Dementia (2015) Any horror or suspense film worth its salt raises the audience's hackles at least once, but Dementia is a wimpy psychological thriller. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2015
6.4/10 70% Miss You Already (2015) [Collette and Barrymore] capture the bond between two women who love each other unconditionally, for better or worse. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2015
4.1/10 50% #Horror (2015) #Horror is a prime example of style over substance. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2015
3.9/10 No Score Yet 10 Days in a Madhouse (2015) Bly's life is an intrinsically compelling one, and the failure of 10 Days in a Madhouse is that it never once lives up to the indelible nature of the life it portrays. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2015
7/10 71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) Rather than falling into cliché, Hardy's quickening pace, coupled with truly creepy cinematography by Martijn van Broekhuizen and gruesome makeup, creates a surprisingly taut thriller. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/10 9% Rock the Kasbah (2015) If Levinson were trying to capture the sentiment of his earlier film Good Morning, Vietnam, which successfully mixed comedy and war, Rock the Kasbah completely misses the mark. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2015
6.8/10 73% Suffragette (2015) Director Gavron does a respectable job in capturing the political and social atmosphere of the era, though her gauzy filter can be a little too on the nose to evoke the past. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2015
6.4/10 73% He Named Me Malala (2015) Such dramatic, awe-inspiring scenes are plenty in the film, but the dearth of the small moments, the everyday occurrences, places Malala higher and higher on Guggenheim's pedestal, farther and farther out of reach for the rest of us. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2015
8.2/10 83% Uncle John (2015) Uncle John is an audacious combination of genres: a slow-burning mystery-thriller mixed with a mumblecore love story. There's a dash of morbid comedy thrown in for good measure, too. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2015
6.1/10 67% Break Point (2015) Break Point has its moments. It's passable, light entertainment, but ultimately comes up short when reaching for deeper comedic or dramatic flair. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
7.8/10 85% Meet The Patels (2015) Something revelatory happens during the course of Meet the Patels: We watch as a family learns to communicate, honestly, with each other. With that, Meet the Patels is a journey of self-discovery, but it's not Ravi's alone. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
6.9/10 100% Top Spin (2015) There's triumph, heartbreak and loss in Top Spin. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2015
6.1/10 66% Learning To Drive (2015) Both Wendy and Darwan are familiar cinematic archetypes, yet the performances keep the film from becoming too preachy or maudlin. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2015
8/10 77% People Places Things (2015) Strouse's script is so entertaining and Clement and supporting players give such endearing, heartfelt performances, relatable to denizens of Brooklyn, Astoria and beyond. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2015
4.5/10 No Score Yet Lawrence & Holloman (2013) The questions the film posits about fate and destiny and whether they can be changed by disposition are intriguing, but the one-note nature of the leading characters distracts from any subtler, and therefore more rewarding, character development. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2.5/10 5% Home Sweet Hell (2015) In the end, Home Sweet Hell is neither an adequate black comedy nor a good slasher film. It's just hellish. There's nothing sweet about it. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2015
8.9/10 96% The Look of Silence (2015) While the first film was more visually inventive and, to an extent, playful, The Look of Silence, with its straightforward storytelling, is devastatingly powerful. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
5.4/10 40% Strangerland (2015) Despite all of its well-intentioned, high-minded aspirations, Strangerland is a hodgepodge that plods along at a torpid pace. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2015
8/10 88% Mr. Holmes (2015) Though the sadness of aging permeates the film, moments of levity throughout Mr. Holmes come via Hatcher's smart script, which plays with the widely accepted Sherlock canon. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2015
5.9/10 19% Self/less (2015) Self/less is a sci-fi thriller that revisits several familiar cinematic tropes... The mishmash unfortunately falls flat, hampered by a weak script and some unusually wooden onscreen moments from usually excellent actors. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2015
6/10 84% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) While Do I Sound Gay? provides an entertaining and humorous look at Thorpe's gradual self-acceptance, its unfocused narrative and lack of depth only hint at a subject that runs much deeper. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2015
5.9/10 62% The Little Death (2015) This is apparently a comedy, and yet only a few of the characters' exploits are even mildly humorous. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
8.8/10 89% Dope (2015) Despite jarring shifts in tone, the film deftly raises important issues about socioeconomics and race in America without sermonizing its audience. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2015
6.4/10 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) It spends too much time on tragedies that are inherent to most war films and only begins to explore some of the most interesting parts of Vera's life at the film's end. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2015
5.9/10 52% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) While it's generally a pleasure watching Catherine Deneuve, the grande dame of French cinema, sometimes the material just isn't quite up to snuff. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 14, 2015
4.5/10 20% Bravetown (2015) The film turns so overtly melodramatic during its third act that it volleys between a Nicholas Sparks film and Tropic Thunder. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 13, 2015
2.4/10 17% Helicopter Mom (2015) Breziner's disjointed film is rife with storylines that go nowhere and characters that briefly appear and disappear without explanation. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2015
6.9/10 40% 1915 (2015) Thankfully, after this rocky start, the filmmakers largely find their footing to deliver riveting storylines that provide important history lessons along the way. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4.9/10 14% Kill Me Three Times (2015) In his latest film, Kill Me Three Times, Pegg plays hitman Charlie Wolfe, a character who's neither menacing nor mercurial; he's just boring -- and that's a crime. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2015
7.7/10 91% Faults (2015) Faults is at times horrifyingly funny-before it becomes just plain horrifying-carried by stellar performances even when it falters. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.6/10 5% Outcast (2015) In other words, been there, done that. And you'd be wise not to go through it again with Outcast. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
8.3/10 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) The film not only tweaks the vampire genre by adding a number of mumblecore elements, but also pays a tongue-in-cheek homage to its history. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2015
7.5/10 73% The Voices (2015) A genre-blending exploration of mental illness and murder, every one of its facets, from theme to tone to imagination, ratcheted up to the nth degree. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2015
4.3/10 20% One Small Hitch (2015) One Small Hitch should have settled on being a cute but insipid romantic comedy. By emphasizing a lead character who does nothing more than play into a wedding fantasy in hopes that a frog will turn into her prince is ultimately more tragic than comic. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2015
8/10 96% Girlhood (2015) Girlhood is a remarkable film that neither casts judgment on its characters nor does it offer a tidy ending to Marieme's problems. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2015
6/10 80% Black Sea (2015) The limits of incredulity are stretched thin, and in the end, though Black Sea is at times an admirable, even memorable film, it could have used a lot more of the sad realism with which it opened. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2015
7.2/10 53% Little Accidents (2015) In her artful feature film debut, writer-director Sara Colangelo deftly avoids the hillbilly stereotypes as well as movie-of-the-week territory with compelling characters who struggle with their own lies and grief. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2015
7/10 74% Beloved Sisters (2015) Those who do take on Beloved Sisters' nearly three-hour running time and somnambulant appeal will discover a surprisingly modern story of women who dared to flaunt convention and approach love, marriage and society on their own terms. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2015
6/10 62% Goodbye to All That (2014) Goodbye to All That explores divorce in a low-key manner, but it lacks an emotional punch or clear sense of humor to carry it much beyond its repetitive series of sexual trysts. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2014