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Christopher Machell

Christopher Machell
Christopher Machell's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Skinny, CineVue

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Even a handful of nice flourishes from director J.A. Bayona can't rescue [the] appallingly paced, nonsensical script.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 100% The Old Dark House (1932) The Old Dark House was Whale's second horror film after 1931's Frankenstein and his return to the genre sees the director leaning fully in to its gothic tropes.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
5/5 92% Inherit the Wind (1960) Stanley Kramer's 1960 film is a searing indictment of religious fundamentalism and anti-intellectualism. Inherit the Wind's relevance continues beyond its immediate parallels with McCarthyism.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2/5 73% Breakheart Pass (1975) Breakheart Pass is an oddly inert affair, lacking the operatic violence of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, the mean realism of The Outlaw Josey Wales, or the classic romance of John Ford‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
4/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) More profanity, more Troma-esque ultra-violence, more snarky adolescent meta-commentary. In short: more Deadpool.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
4/5 91% Metropolitan (1990) Whit Stillman's directorial debut is a terrifically satirical portrayal of the upper echelons of New York society.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
4/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) An exhausting barrel roll of a narrative, functioning less as a complete story and more as a frenetic series finale.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4/5 94% Beast (2018) Beast is rough around the edges but as a feature debut marks out its director as one of the most intriguing new talents in British filmmaking.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
3/5 92% The Awful Truth (1937) Historically, The Awful Truth is probably most significant as the film that secured Grant's star, forcing him to adopt his famously relaxed persona through McCarey's improvisational approach to filming.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
5/5 No Score Yet The Boys Of Fengkuei (1983) The Boys from Fengkuei sees Hou reaching the maturity of his powers, portraying the tragedy and comedy of life with equal force. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Zai na he pan qing cao qing (The Green, Green Grass of Home) (1983) Rather than contriving narrative incident for the characters to react to, Hou portrays everyday life in its totality - both its poetry and its baseness.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Jiu shi liu liu de ta (Cute Girl)(Lovable You) (1980) For all its fluffiness, Cute Girl sows the seeds of Hou's style, gesturing towards the realism and thematic richness of his later work.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
4/5 100% La Cage aux Folles (1979) This adaptation of Jean Poiret's play is as moving as it is hilarious in its depiction of moral hypocrisy and familial love.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
5/5 96% Yi Yi (2000) Rather than the typical inciting incident of a film's typical narrative structure, Yang's screenplay builds its story organically, painting a portrait of flawed, tender humans.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
5/5 100% Legend of the Mountain (2001) Rooted in genre, Hu's film is as thrilling as any number of kung fu action flicks, even if nary a punch is thrown throughout its running time.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
4/5 82% The Age of Innocence (1993) As a cinematic exercise, The Age of Innocence is technical mastery of the highest order, yet as emotional catharsis it never quite delivers.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
4/5 100% The Barefoot Contessa (1954) At once a deeply satirical depiction of Hollywood and a sumptuous saga of the rise and fall of a star‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
4/5 90% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) The Third Murder wisely avoids the neat and tidy ending that most mysteries demand, preferring instead the let the frayed edges of the knotted truth dangle, exposed but only partially understood.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
4/5 87% Annihilation (2018) Garland's ambition occasionally outstrips his execution but Annihilation is nonetheless proper, intelligent sci-fi.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
5/5 97% Night of the Living Dead (1968) Combined with Romero's political commentary is a cinematic aesthetic that arguably outstrips its sequels in both craft and effectiveness.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
2/5 67% The Housemaid (Cô Hâu Gái) (2018) The Housemaid fails to transcend its tried and tested horror roots with a derivative effort that is short both on scares and drama.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
4/5 90% Michael (1924) Michael remains an important chapter in the history of gay cinema.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
3/5 89% Something Wild (1986) Something Wild is undoubtedly a minor work in the oeuvre of all its major players, yet it is never less than charming, and at times is almost inspired. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
5/5 100% Ivan's Childhood (Ivanovo detstvo) (1962) The surrealism of Solaris, the spatial experimentation of Stalker, the psychological insight of Mirror, these are all visible if not fully developed in Ivan's Childhood.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Easily del Toro's best English-language work, The Shape of Water is not simply a triumph, but a reminder of what it is to fall in love with cinema.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 84% The Final Year (2018) Documentaries do not necessarily have an obligation to objectivity, but they should surely reveal new truths or be persuasive of new perspectives. As moving and timely as The Final Year is, it doesn't quite hit these marks.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/5 100% I Am Not a Witch (2017) As each new injustice piles on the last, the image becomes ironically imbued with its own magical properties, symbolising the terrible absurdity that keeps beleagured women powerless while the lunatics take over the asylum.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
1/5 8% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman is a mess - but it is at least a fascinating one.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist is arguably the most unlikely film about film-making in recent memory...resulting in one of the best comedies of the year.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 75% Ava (2018) In its totality Ava is a powerful and authentic depiction of a vital moment in a young woman's life.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rian Johnson's film is the real deal, a bold, risky venture unafraid to tell its own story, freed from the weight of nostalgia and formula.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3/5 100% The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale (Daeho) (2016) An often moving fable about fatherhood, nature and respect.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 80% Tag (Riaru Onigokko) (2015) A riotous, baffling mess that succeeds at being entertaining by continually leaning into its own madness.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) There's little attempt to update, darken or otherwise mess with the original formula, and Branagh leans into the story's ITV Christmas Special trappings with aplomb.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2/5 40% Justice League (2017) The true villain of the film is the corporate nihilism that willed Justice League into existence.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) A tremendously sensitive and complex portrayal of a forgotten star which forgoes caricature in favour of a deeply personal story.‐ The Skinny
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
4/5 71% The Ritual (2017) The Ritual admittedly brings little new to the table in terms of pushing the horror genre forward. Nevertheless, as a genre exercise it is superb, and as a study of a modern masculinity in crisis it has surprising depth. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/5 66% Breathe (2017) It's classic Sunday afternoon matinee fare, replete with a worthy, Oscar-baiting central performance and a life-affirming, decade-spanning narrative.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
2/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) It is a staggering misstep in a film that does not trust the power of the unvarnished story of Churchill's premiership.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
2/5 40% The Mountain Between Us (2017) ... a prolonged final act that drains the tension with a misguided detour into romantic melodrama. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
4/5 96% Mudbound (2017) Though Mudbound represent a period of injustice consigned to history, its examination of a toxic, racist masculinity stuck in the past could hardly be more relevant today.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
3/5 80% Chappaquiddick (2018) The film ultimately ends up feeling like a shaggy dog story - a metaphor for Ted Kennedy, perhaps - engaging, charismatic, but ending with a whimper.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 98% Jane (2017) Brett Morgan's Jane blends hundreds of hours of archival footage with a new interview with Goodall and a score by Philip Glass.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) A lovingly observed, pitch perfect coming-of-age comedy, Gerwig's warm, astute account of the end of adolescence is a stunning solo debut.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/5 43% 1% (2017) If you can imagine what a biker film looks like, you probably know what to expect here.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 89% Euthanizer (Armomurhaaja) (2018) Teemu Nikki's Euthanizer reveals itself to be an affecting examination of cruelty.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Occidental (2017) ... its surreal and charming qualities are more than enough to recommend this bizarre farce.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 92% Stronger (2017) David Gordon Green's Stronger is one half of a nuanced, intimate depiction of public and personal trauma... The other half of Green's latest is a far more formulaic affair, an 'inspiring' fable about triumphing over adversity.. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 36% You Disappear (Du forsvinder) (2017) ... Danish director Peter Schønau Fog's second feature You Disappear is an intriguing, if not wholly satisfying, family melodrama, buoyed up by decent central performances and an unsentimental directness.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 85% Youth (Fang Hua) (2017) Youth is as sentimental as it is accomplished... ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017