Craig Williams

Craig Williams
Craig Williams's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Little White Lies
Publications: Little White Lies

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 78% Pasolini (2019) Ferrara has made many versions of his Revelations but, here, he unselfishly gives voice to Pasolini's. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) Demme plods through the familial tangles, but he tears through the music scenes with real verve. The film comes alive when Ricki is onstage; it's throwback barroom rock, euphorically delivered. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 44% She's Funny That Way (2015) Bogdanovich is clearly in his element, even dashing off some excellent post-modern flourishes. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 33% Entourage (2015) The key here is the relationship between satire and vacuity in showbiz narratives. Entourage isn't critical of Hollywood; it's in awe of it. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 89% Honeytrap (2016) Honeytrap is a finely crafted picture that may be one of the most recently vital films extolling the virtues and dangers of modern British black girlhood. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 76% Rosewater (2014) A film so eager to please that it forsakes political grey areas for sentimentality. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 73% The Salvation (2015) Though it talks loftily of Westward expansion and the pioneer spirit, it is in essence a picture in thrall to the masters of pulp; from the combustible Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone to the unfussy American grit of Walter Hill. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
5/5 96% It Follows (2015) A beautifully rendered vision of the teenage psyche in the 21st century, it's a stylish, intelligent and densely textured masterpiece. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 94% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) Like the nocturnal reveries of Jean Cocteau, The Duke of Burgundy feels out of time, embalmed like a dream; perhaps it's a self-contained prism though which we detect our own part in the games of love. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 33% Blackhat (2015) It's ugly, but purposefully so. Mann shoots his characters like they're a ragtag band of warriors... It's both dizzying and disorienting; creating an urgency that's maintained throughout the lengthy run time. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
5/5 93% Summer (Le rayon vert) (1986) It's a film of unwavering humanity -- unflinching in the face of prickly, tangled emotions -- and yet it is defined by a strange, magical diversion towards the metaphysical. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
5/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) A hilariously louche and ramshackle psychedelic noir, Inherent Vice is an audacious stylistic leap for Anderson, but his risks pay off beautifully. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
1/5 33% Men, Women & Children (2014) How hilariously perverse that a film about how we don't communicate any more has nothing to say... This is calamitous, inept filmmaking designed to look and feel "important". - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 97% Life Itself (2014) [Roger Ebert's] determination is heart-wrenching... The great difficulty for James is in reconciling these powerful sequences with the more traditional elements of a narrative documentary. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 89% The Drop (2014) A familiar story of families, criminality and blue collar angst, it's a meaty, entertaining work featuring fine performances from its talented cast, including the final screen bow of the late James Gandolfini. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
5/5 97% Mr. Turner (2014) Mr. Turner is a work that sees Leigh finding the ideal balance between the intimate and the epic. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 90% You and the Night (Les rencontres d'après minuit) (2013) Gonzalez's weakness is one of pace and tone. There are sensational moments in You and the Night, but he can't quite manage to bring it together. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) The ace up the film's sleeve is cinematographer Darius Khondji... his sun-kissed lenses and evocative colours make the Cote d'Azur magic hour look paradisaical. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 59% Finding Fela! (2014) It's not Gibney firing on all cylinders, but he still hits on some vital, enduring truths. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
5/5 76% Welcome To New York (2015) Ferrara has created a discomforting vision... In Devereaux, brilliantly played by veteran Gérard Depardieu, the director gives us a monstrously skewed King Lear for the 21st century. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 100% American Interior (2014) It's a deeply serious film masquerading as a ramshackle frolic. Armed with a guitar, a shonky PowerPoint presentation and a puppet, Rhys somehow manages to untangle the myth of the West and the allure of man's utopian ideals. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 87% We Are What We Are (2013) Mickle's vision is distinct; it's a stark, lyrical picture, underscored by a sense of melancholic longing. In the grand Gothic tradition, the director finds beauty in the horrific... - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
5/5 67% Bastards (2013) Bastards' nihilistic opacity may have alienated some, but it's a brilliant work of rigorous intellect and elemental force. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/5 40% Delivery Man (2013) Delivery Man's failure lies in the gulf between the two films it's trying to be. Certain moments feel like leftovers from a more serious-minded picture... The rest of the film is pleasantly inconsequential, but these lapses in tone sour the picture. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/5 79% Don Jon (2013) Don Jon is simply too broad to make hay out of its mildly provocative premise. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Daniels' lack of self-awareness actually works in his favour here, letting the director's emotions run and resulting in a work that has fire in its belly beneath the shiny surface. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 96% Gravity (2013) This won't be the film many were expecting but as pure spectacle cinema, Gravity is breathtaking. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 82% Drinking Buddies (2013) There's plenty of mumble, but it's missing its core. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) Blanchett is a true force of nature; sozzled, depressed and on the verge of madness, it's the best work of her career. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 92% In a World... (2013) The director's take on a world unfamiliar to even the most ardent of film fans may be ultimately inconsequential, but it's a sharp and witty calling card for Bell. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 51% Pain & Gain (2013) Bay's cold militarist aesthetic is perversely appropriate in Pain & Gain; the men treat themselves as hardware they can simply build up, so the film treats them as such. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 78% You're Next (2013) You're Next operates as a genre palette cleanser, with its acerbic humour bringing a fresh, vital edge to the most worn slasher tropes. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2/5 64% The Heat (2013) There's a distinctive feeling that we are watching jokes as they are being constructed. Feig is liable to let the camera just run as McCarthy fires off a dozen lines on a topic, causing the jokes to feel badly strung out. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 41% Only God Forgives (2013) Only God Forgives is still pure Bangkok grit; all blood, neon and sleaze. But it's also a surprisingly languorous riff on the superficiality of genre cinema, using subverted iconography to examine the gulf between Eastern and Western sensibilities. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 56% Breathe In (2014) There's an enquiring restlessness to Doremus' camera, always searching for small gestures and glances which, along with Dustin O'Halloran's beautifully forlorn score and DoP John Guleserian washed-out palates, creates a sensuous, longing atmosphere. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 86% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) A fun and welcome step forward for Whedon; both lively and mischievous, it's a film brimming with youthful vitality. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 46% The Lords of Salem (2013) A fun take on rock 'n' roll as the devil's music, with momentary flashes of brilliance. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 76% Simon Killer (2013) A dark, visually arresting piece that uses its ambivalence and sordidness to pose serious questions about the limits of youthful delusions. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 89% Compliance (2012) Compliance is a tremendously incisive film; deeply intelligent and clinically compelling. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
1/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) dentity Thief is awash with a hackneyed and horribly mawkish type of moralising. It's as if studios have voluntarily adopted a new skewed iteration of the Hays Production Code for its comedies. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 77% The Spirit of '45 (2013) A shame that Loach's latest has all the political sophistication of a students' union protest... As it stands, it's a respectable but flawed portrait of national endurance. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 88% The Road: A Story of Life & Death (2012) Feels like it's only ever scratching the surface of life as an exile. But as a personal portrait of disparate individuals, it's a lyrical and understated piece with a quiet emotional pull. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 68% Chained (2012) It's more successful in concept than execution perhaps, but the film's pessimistic view of humanity and genre-bending philosophical foundations keep it interesting. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 87% Ballroom Dancer (2013) While the various dramas and tantrums have the unwittingly salacious allure of soap opera, there is something sadder, more mournful going on beneath the surface. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 96% West of Memphis (2012) Sadly hindered by some questionable finger-pointing and an inappropriately celebratory ending... But West of Memphis is still commendable in its scope and passion. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 89% Neil Young Journeys (2012) Like its subject, Neil Young Journeys has a loose and rough-hewed charm. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
5/5 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) Last Flag Flying may feel like a film out of time in the present moment, but it's a terrifically funny, deeply moving picture whose time will surely come. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) The brute force is punishing, but there's real moral and intellectual rigour behind it. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
3/5 91% Bone Tomahawk (2015) A precariously balanced, genre-literate oddity with something to say. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 90% A Bigger Splash (2016) A modern cinematic opera - the sun-kissed bacchanal followed by the tempestuous comedown. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016