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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
3/5 No Score Yet 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 59% 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 41% 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 95% 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 73% 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 86% 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 42% 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 98% 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 64% 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
5/5 100% 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 33% 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 88% Euthanizer (Armomurhaaja) (2017) 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 96% 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 40% 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 No Score Yet Youth (Fang Hua) (2017) Youth is as sentimental as it is accomplished... ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 31% Mary Shelley (2017) ... it's a double shame that such a rich story should be given such surface-level treatment, and its heroine reduced to a two-dimensional shade mouthing vacuous pseudo-feminist platitudes.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 95% Molly's Game (2017) ... Molly's Game is an exhilarating, superbly crafted crime drama.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
5/5 89% Caniba (2017) Caniba offers no trite explanations or condemnations of Sagawa. Instead, we are offered a small window into his reality.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 83% Gutland (2017) Unfortunately, the film's climax doesn't quite deliver the grand reveal that the rest of the film gestures towards, favouring a shaggy-dog ambivalence that gestures towards surreal ambiguity but perhaps more accurately masks creative indecision‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 73% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2017) A charming, if insistently odd musical representation of Joan of Arc's early years... ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 37% I Love You, Daddy (2017) Though not quite up there with his best TV work, I Love You, Daddy is a hilarious, awkward and boundary-pushing comedy... ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 89% Journey's End (2018) Nevertheless, Journey's End is a worthy adaptation, offering a sombre psychological depiction of innocence lost.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
5/5 80% Valley of Shadows (2017) ... with his feature debut Valley of Shadows Norwegian director Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen has crafted one of the year's finest, most deeply affecting psychological dramas.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 42% The Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2017) ... the film wants to be a romance, a heist flick, a jail movie, and a melodrama; in spending too much time spinning multiple generic threads, it forgets to weave a cohesive story.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 55% The Unicorn Store (2017) Unicorn Store may well prove too twee for some... but Kit's existential crisis will undoubtedly strike a chord for anyone who ever wanted to retreat to the safety and freedom of childhood.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 77% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) With LaBeouf giving the performance of his career and a well-told story that hits all the right beats, Borg vs McEnroe may just well go down as a great tennis film.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
4/5 77% Una (2017) Una's ambivalence over her own abuse is upsetting, but rather than attempting to condemn the relationship from the outside, the film merely allows the complexity of Una's trauma to speak for itself.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 95% Lord of the Flies (1963) Though the boys' savagery may well be inherent, the forms of their mischief ( ... ) all stem from systems of behaviour with which they are intimately familiar.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) A little overlong and lacking the thematic clout to justify its knotty plot, Atomic Blonde is nevertheless an exhilarating, visceral actioner‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
5/5 100% Ana-ta-han (Anatahan) (1954) Josef von Sternberg's 1953 tale of shipwrecked Japanese soldiers is one of desperation, base desire and the instability of moral codes.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) As diverting, if slightly naff, entertainment, 47 Meters Down has just enough bite to sustain itself. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
5/5 100% Stalker (1979) Arguably Andrei Tarkovsky's finest masterpiece, the Russian director's 1979 film is the culmination of a career-long preoccupation with memory, trauma and the relationship between subjective perception and physical reality.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
5/5 100% Westfront 1918 (1930) Though Westfront 1918's plot lacks the conventional pacing of the similar American production All Quiet on the Western Front, its narrative is thoroughly modernist as a breakdown of coherence and context.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Weirdly, the Charlton Heston film that War has most in common with is not the one you'd expect: with an actual plague visited down on humans and a Cecil B. DeMille finale, Caesar is more Moses than Dr. Zaius.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk, tellingly, is the first of Nolan's films to induce tears in its final frames. The director's technical mastery finally transcends craft to become art and, as a result, this is his best film to date.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
4/5 100% A Brighter Summer Day (2011) A Brighter Summer Day is not for the faint-hearted, yet its rewards are manifold. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
4/5 100% Lola (1981) Lola transcends broad satire and, as with Fassbinder's best pictures, finds the raw humanity at the heart of the film's heightened reality.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) What Spider-Man: Homecoming lacks in depth, it more than makes up for with a pop sensibility that fizzes with verve and fun. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
4/5 80% Stockholm, My Love (2016) Mark Cousins' Stockholm is a contradictory space of both perdition and redemption ... where time does not pass but is layered with memory and experience.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/5 82% The Fisher King (1991) Gilliam is not a director who does things by halves, and The Fisher King is as funny and emotive as the best of his work. Indeed, it's the heightened humanity of this film that resonates the strongest.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
5/5 95% Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955) Part-noir, part-neo-Gothic horror, Diabolique is that most delicious breed of suspense thriller, beginning innocently enough, but soon peeling back layer after layer of corruption, scheming and transgression.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) After the offensively stupid Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman feels nothing short of revelatory.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2017
3/5 53% War Machine (2017) War Machine is a good film but not a great one, hamstrung by too many ideas and too little focus‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
5/5 100% 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957) In the 60 years since its release, Sidney Lumet's masterpiece has lost none of its impact. In this age of unreason, 12 Angry Men remains sorely and urgently contemporary.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
5/5 83% Mulholland Drive (2001) Knowingly exploiting the tropes and clichés of Hollywood film while eschewing its formal and logical boundaries, Lynch's film strikes at the heart of cinema's power to represent mood, sensation and altered states of perception.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 64% Detour (2017) Detour is not exactly a remake of the 1945 film noir of the same name, but ( ... ) Christopher Smith's teen neo-noir - think Brick in Vegas - is nothing if not a stylish and often gripping homage.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017