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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 73% Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) It's truly fascinating to witness Stewart first perform as the naive, likable Knoop, and the as the affected, aloof LeRoy. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 98% Free Solo (2018) Free Solo goes some way to explaining just why someone would want to do such a thing, but is ultimately more captivated by the vicarious thrill of watching Honnold do his thing.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
5/5 86% High Life (2018) Denis has crafted an astonishing and original film, one to be pondered over, reflected upon and ingested. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 67% Kursk (2018) The claustrophobic brilliance of these scenes is undermined a little by the film's frequent journeys back to the surface, which though also effective, illustrates Kursk's main flaw - it doesn't always know what kind of film it wants to be. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 67% Maya (2018) There's a therapeutic quality to Maya's gentle, winding river of a story, moving at its own pace. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 100% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Herzog has a knack for extracting pithy, poetic responses from his subjects, but here he outdoes himself. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2/5 33% A Million Little Pieces (2018) A Million Little Pieces is its treatment of addiction as an obstacle to be overcome, instead of a condition to managed throughout life. Issues as complex as this have little need for such reductive, simplistic narratives.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
5/5 95% Widows (2018) Widows is as thrilling - and as relevant - as it gets. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 100% Gloria Bell (2018) Gloria Bell's strongest suit is the way the film alchemically creates weaves emotional textures without any obvious change in tone.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2/5 58% American Dharma (2018) Perhaps the most important lesson of American Dharma is that Bannon and his ilk are spoilt children, and like lazy, indifferent parents we have let them run riot. Perhaps it's time for the adults to start acting as such and finally put the kids to bed.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
1/5 7% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018) A baffling screenplay in which all the characters speak in the same, pretentious voice, stylistically vapid direction and non-existent drama add up to a fatal verdict. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 79% Her Smell (2018) Her Smell's ambivalence towards the allure of artistic genius and its toxifying effect on the ego eschews moral judgement or sentimental lesson-learning in favour of pragmatic, fragile redemption.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
5/5 100% In Fabric (2018) Never has a garment of clothing invoked such terror and fascination, from the explicit erotic power of its crimson red, to the way that it eerily hanging in space, like a ghostly voyeur.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 88% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s may lack real political punch, Hill has nonetheless crafted an honest and warm paean to a nostalgic past, its story relatable to anyone who remembers the daft friends that helped them navigate the baffling maze of adolescence.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2/5 33% The Predator (2018) "If it bleeds, we can kill it", Arnie said of the original monster. Perhaps it's finally time to finally put this bleeding, limping series out of its misery for good.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 85% Boy Erased (2018) Hedges is, as one would expect, superb in the title role, but performances across the board are excellent. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
5/5 93% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) If Beale Street Could Talk is a rich, tender and poetic film as much about love as it is about injustice.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Saf (2018) Saf's greatest strength how it explores the ways that systems of economics, community loyalty, moral relativism and prejudice interact with each other in often harmful ways. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 38% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2018) Garrel's winking sensibility is far too fun for real darkness. Instead, he gives us a wonderful soufflé of a film - light, airy, and a rare treat.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 65% Beautiful Boy (2018) Carell walks away with the film, his tortured parent a well-spring of love, frustration and disappointment. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 78% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Moore's signature emotive style has drawn criticism in the past, and in Fahrenheit 9/11 it's certainly clear and present. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 60% Out of Blue (2018) Out of Blue undeniably works as a stylish, psychological neo-noir, but significantly less so as metaphysical rumination.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 89% Freaks (2018) Lacking the spectacle of a superhero flick and the depth of a psychological thriller, in straddling multiple genres, Freaks is nevertheless successful at carving out its own little niche.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 86% Cities of Last Things (2018) Ho's film succeeds in using fractured time as way of puzzling together the essential drives that move a city and its inhabitants.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 71% One Last Deal (2018) One Last Deal is a redemptive, moving and stunningly shot depiction of the search for meaning in later life. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 82% Loro (2018) Luca Bigazzi's cinematography is a stunning kaleidoscope of colour, naked pleasure and voyeurism; it's at once a vision of desire and shattering, vacuous ugliness.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 82% Ever After (Endzeit) (2018) It's this ecological theme that leads to some truly inspired visuals which sustain the film until its unexpected, conciliatory conclusion. Endzeit is an unbalanced film, to be sure, but proof nonetheless of zombies' enduring relevance in horror cinema.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 67% Peterloo (2018) Performances all round are good, even if some of the cast of British heavyweights' delivery of their 18th century rhetoric occasionally slip into stagey line readings.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 100% Smithereens (1982) Wren's shallow cynicism and willingness to exploit others ultimately exposes her own vulnerability. Deeply unlikable, she remains sympathetic, both perpetrator and victim of the meat grinder that is the city.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
4/5 91% Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972) You'll never hear the phrase "Mind the doors" in the same way again.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Assault (In the Devil's Garden)(Satan's Playthings)(The Creepers)(Tower of Terror) (1970) Assault is not the strongest in its class, either as an exploitative shock film or as a police procedural. Yet its visual execution elevates the film above its more formulaic qualities. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
3/5 94% Sicilian Ghost Story (2017) While Sicilian Ghost Story doesn't entirely fulfil its promise as a richly themed gothic romance, the visual craft on display throughout is more than enough to recommend.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/5 80% Iceman (2017) The violence on display throughout the film certainly proves compelling, though it is thematically slight.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
5/5 93% Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) Exhausting and exhaustive, Berlin Alexanderplatz is an epic tale of brutality, betrayal and redemption.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
2/5 44% Allure (2018) Allure is an intriguing, stylishly visualised neo noir, but in the end, has neither the depth as a psychological drama, nor the suspense of a thriller, too often feeling dark and nasty for its own sake.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Essentially perfect.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
2/5 48% 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