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Claudia Puig

Claudia Puig
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Lady Macbeth (2017) Katherine grows less plausible, and her motivations seem murkier as her cruelty escalates. She stars out as an avenging angel and then devolves into almost campy serial-killer criminality, the mixed tones leaving us insufficiently moved.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
72% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) While not as powerful as the brilliant Downfall, which chronicled Hitler's final days, 13 Minutes is definitely a story worth telling, and intriguingly timed.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
75% The Little Hours (2017) While the lunacy of nuns who swear like sailors makes a comically boisterous impression, it's also about women in the Middle Ages forced into religious life for various reasons and how they cope, viewed through a decidedly humorous lens.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
48% Everything, Everything (2017) Gets several things wrong, but it's admirable in the way it easily embraces diversity and rings true in its depiction of the first blush of love.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
48% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) The pointless story of a pair of privileged white people enjoying a series of lavish meals and pricey hotels is cringe-worthy in its casual and tone-deaf elitism.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
100% Menashe (2017) The film winds up compelling both from a cultural and sociological angle and as a universal story of a parent yearning to be with his son.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
38% How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) Derbez brings warmth and intermittent goofy humor to this too-broad and uneven comedy. The best moments are between him and co-stars Salma Hayek and young Raphael Alejandro, who both have an easy chemistry with Derbez.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
67% Free Fire (2017) We cease to care about who lives, dies and what body parts are shot off. It doesn't help that, at certain points in the chaos, it's hard to tell who's whom.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) It's an unalloyed pleasure to admire Gere, the former heartthrob now 66, in the finest role of his career.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
100% Roxanne Roxanne (2017) While there are some plot holes, the story we see on screen of a young girl's fierce determination is riveting, and the performances are deeply memorable.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Zandvliet's bleak compositions are particularly striking - soldiers lying facedown on the sand, inching along and fixedly disarming mines, their youthful skin almost one with the pale beach in contrast with dark warning flags dotting the landscape.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2.5/4 85% Silence (2017) While the craftsmanship is undeniable and the themes of spiritual belief, betrayal and redemption are laudable, the film feels flat and not as emotional or moving as it should be.‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/4 68% Afternoon Delight (2013) As a first film, Afternoon Delight is worth exploring -- perhaps mostly to see what film Soloway does next.‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
82% Walking Out (2017) It's a brutal, blood-drenched story, but also a captivating and poignant generational saga that will stay with the viewer long afterward.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
95% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) A comedy centered around a multi-dimensional African-American woman who is smart, funny, vulnerable, sensual, charming, flawed, resilient, well-educated, an inspiring teacher and a loving friend feels almost like the cinematic equivalent of a unicorn.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
57% Claire in Motion (2017) Robinson and Howell know how to create an atmosphere of expectation; they succeed in outlining an elliptical and murky story and establishing a sense of vague unease. Perhaps their next film will give us more to go on.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
2.5/4 67% Altman (2014) Unfortunately, the straightforward film doesn't probe deeply enough to reveal the creative psyche of the remarkable filmmaker Robert Altman, whose films didn't look or sound like those of any other director. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
2/4 51% Unbroken (2014) Unbroken is an odyssey detailing a harrowing ordeal and insurmountable odds. But this polished story feels conventional, overly long and not sufficiently involving. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3.5/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Director Steven Spielberg gives audiences a meticulously composed espionage thriller, which establishes a tense atmosphere from the start and keeps the viewer engaged throughout. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) Brooklyn is one of the best films ever made about leaving one's homeland in search of a better life, and forging a new path. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Jungle Book (2016) It's the very rare remake that's actually better than the original. The Jungle Book is that rarity. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3.5/4 99% Leviathan (2014) A palpable and melancholy aura of resignation fills the masterful Leviathan the fourth feature from Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
1.5/4 40% She's Funny That Way (2015) She's Funny That Way is trying very hard to be a sexy screwball comedy. It tries so hard, with such a contrived and silly story, that it only succeeds in wearing the audience down. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3/4 75% Chronic (2016) The daily care of the terminally ill is portrayed powerfully in the low-key and clear-eyed Chronic. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
2.5/4 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) The Hateful Eight often feels more like a sadistic stage play than a movie. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3.5/4 100% Ixcanul (2016) Ixcanul is a mesmerizing, intimate and meditative coming-of- age tale that explores a culture rarely seen in films. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3.5/4 92% The Gift (2015) The Gift is a tense, unsettling and expertly crafted psychological thriller that keeps the audience consistently on edge. [Full review in Japanese]‐ The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
94% Neruda (2016) The poetic narration, while lyrical, has a distancing effect, but that's not necessarily a negative in this context: What results is a highly artistic, atmospheric and deftly-written cat-and-mouse game.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) He offers glimmers of what lies beneath the near-mythic, elegant exterior, but Larrain's take is more impressionistic than revelatory, more presumptuous than knowing. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
71% Bleed For This (2016) The tale's powerful dramatic arc is undeniable. But Pazienza's saga as depicted here feels overly simplified and lacking in heft.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) This tale of a late 19th Century Russian teen on an Arctic quest is undeniably dazzling to behold, but as an epic action-adventure saga it must, by definition, be exciting and brisk. It is instead stately and a bit bland.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
55% The Dressmaker (2016) There are giggles to be had -- especially given the talents of cast members like Winslet, Davis, Hemsworth and Weaving -- but the laughs are not quite plentiful enough to make up for its awkward contrivances.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) This humanistic tale, helmed by a masterful filmmaker, offers a potent -- and yes, inspirational -- story of triumph against huge odds.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
83% Denial (2016) The film is talky and well-mannered, which are not usually the highest of compliments. But it works.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
15% The Wild Life (2016) A dull, uninspired and frantically tedious animated re-telling of the Robinson Crusoe story, complete with a menagerie of ditzy, caterwauling beasts. Consequently, this cacophonous misfire feels a good deal longer than its 91-minute running time.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
13% Ithaca (2016) Dsjointed, dreary and oddly structured. Seemingly pointless scenes drag. The characters feel like cardboard cutouts, and the story is so deliberately paced as to feel tedious.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
65% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Feels like a movie that left critical portions of its essential backstories on the cutting room floor, with only somberness to fill in the gaps.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
100% Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2016) While this well-made film is unlikely to change minds on the controversial issue, by giving women an opportunity to recount their experiences, it should, at the very least, least touch hearts. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
93% The Little Prince (2016) When the film hews to its source material, the results are enchanting, but the predictable and sentimental framing device around the slim tale undercuts the potency of the book's meditations on love and mortality. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
92% Women He's Undressed (2016) The golden age of Hollywood offers a feast of juicy material and Armstrong digs in with gusto.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
96% Nuts! (2016) This savvy director plays with history and viewers' conceptions of traditional documentary filmmaking, expounding in a way upon Stephen Colbert's concept of "truthiness."‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
94% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) The dialogue is superb, both powerful and understated, bolstering the emotional authenticity of the performances.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) Follows some of that played-out drug thriller playbook, but also effectively dials up the nerve-wracking tension.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Upbeat but intense threequel looks at identity, family ties.‐ Common Sense Media
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
2.5/4 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) While just a jot less fun than its predecessor, Pitch Perfect 2 is a worthy sequel in tone, even if the story feels padded with a few too many montages.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
3/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) An operatic extravaganza of thrilling action and nearly non-stop mayhem ... exhilarating, deranged and exhausting in almost equal measures.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
2/4 49% The D Train (2015) The D Train is long on high-concept comedy, then runs out of steam and becomes a forced and far-fetched drama.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
2/4 73% Welcome to Me (2015) Welcome to Me works better as a character study than a full-fledged story. Audiences will have little sense of Alice beyond what they first see.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 58% Maggie (2015) Despite its stylistic affectations, Maggie is a thought-provoking blend of post-apocalyptic thriller, teen weeper and horror flick, infused with more intelligence and humanism than that description might imply.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
1/4 7% Hot Pursuit (2015) It's ill-conceived, not funny, overbearing and not in any way worth watching.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015