Diane Carson

Diane Carson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: KDHX (St. Louis)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
96% I Lost My Body (2019) The animation here is not, in and of itself, extraordinary. The story, however, is as unusual as it sounds and just as riotously inventive. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Writer/director Annabelle Attanasio... in her debut feature, shows a mature handling of interpersonal dynamics. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
85% Les Misérables (2020) French cinema has produced gripping police procedurals. To that group must now be added writer/director Ladj Ly's Les Misérables. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
100% Midnight Family (2019) Midnight Family offers a moving portrait of a complex, unfortunate situation for all concerned. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
100% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) This film is indescribable and amazing. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
92% Clemency (2019) This is a film of advocacy that makes its case intelligently and poignantly. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) As always, the flawless editing flashes through the breathtaking action sequences with zing and flair, animating skirmishes while enjoyably increasing most fans' blood pressure. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
81% A Hidden Life (2019) As Franz, August Diehl wordlessly telegraphs the soul searching and emotional agony of his dilemma, a poignant embodiment of moral courage. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Anthony McCarten provides a remarkable, immensely pleasurable script that cares about language. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
74% Richard Jewell (2019) Joel Cox's editing moves this story along with emotional closeups, and cinematographer Yves Bélanger's strong compositions deliver strong content without distractions. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) Some breathtaking events seem absolutely perfect for film, and that is certainly true for The Aeronauts. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
93% Honey Boy (2019) As the boy Otis, Noah Jupe gives an extraordinarily mature performance, his eyes communicating wells of sadness and pain. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story is a powerful, heartbreaking character study. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
83% Waves (2019) Great acting heightens the impact. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
62% American Dharma (2019) As always, Morris burrows deep into his subjects. Here his laser focus gives Bannon free rein to reveal his guiding principles and strategies, admirable and otherwise, and Bannon serves up some stunning commentary. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) This is a compelling, frightening, and important film. And after Dark Waters, Teflon will forever lose its luster, and should. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
82% The Report (2019) Anette Bening gives her best chameleon-like performance, verbally and nonverbally channeling Senator Feinstein. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) As with his earlier works... [director Joon-ho Bong] embeds a biting social critique in a dynamic narrative with unexpected risks and satisfying surprises. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Director James Mangold's Ford v Ferrari roars loudly and thrillingly out of the gate. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
79% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) The other actors, especially Thomas Solivérès as Edmond, Olivier Gourmet as Coquelin, and director Michalik himself as playwright Georges Feydeau, give fine performances, clearly totally committed to the style and approach. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) JoJo's mother, a superb Scarlett Johansson, navigates a delicate balance. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Motherless Brooklyn requires relaxing into this noir world and rewards those, include me, who are ready for the ride. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) Shocking and a lot of fun. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) As always with Almodóvar's films, the art direction vibrantly expresses the environment for each scene, with credit to Maria Clara Notari's expressive design. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
96% End of the Century (2019) Beautifully shot by cinematographer Bernat Mestres with a still camera and a leisurely pace. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
No Score Yet Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story (2018) Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story presents an entertaining, informative profile of an NHL superstar. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
82% Judy (2019) As Judy, Renée Zellweger expresses Garland's painful vulnerability and powerful desire to please along with the extraordinary talent to do so. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
76% Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) A great deal of the credit for the film's success goes to the wonderful Pernilla August as Britt-Marie, as unusual a protagonist as she is welcome. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
87% Aquarela (2019) Pays homage to the majesty and power of water, along with the danger and tragedies global warming has caused. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Quick-witted and funny, Brittany is likable because she embodies so many insecurities everyone experiences. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) More a rich metaphor than a full-bodied story, Honeyland hangs by a thread on Hatidze. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) We observe, invited to share if we can escape our conventional world for theirs. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
81% Suburban Birds (Jiao qu de niao) (2019) [An] impressive but elusive feature film debut. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
98% One Child Nation (2019) One Child Nation takes personal experiences and state policy on with courage. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) It is timeless and a triumph. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) After the Wedding sinks under its own artless design. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
90% Luce (2019) The drama works because of the convincing performances, even when some events feel false. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
93% Millennium Actress (Sennen joyû) (2001) Co-writer/director Satoshi Kon's 2002 Millennium Actress comes close to achieving the highest artistry while delivering a bittersweet, deeply moving narrative. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
89% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Salam had me rooting for him throughout. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
41% The Operative (2019) The Operative gets lost in its own machinations and clichés too much for me to highly recommend it. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood really is, with apologies to Faulkner, a lot of sound and fury, essentially signifying nothing. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) At best a cartoonish lampoon, it exaggerates its nerdish protagonist and lacks needed, nuanced development. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) Watching Maiden is a thrilling realization of just such impossible dreams achieved. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) Ophelia tries too hard to maintain emotional distress and nonstop momentum. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
59% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) Even at a slightly too long two hours plus, the well-acted, unconventional (albeit flawed) escapade has more on its mind than most heist films. I do wish it had more effectively presented its arguments. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Told with unique artistry and poignant compassion. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is absolutely delightful for adults and children. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) French filmmakers keep proving they have a knack for burrowing into personal and professional relationships, the latest exhibit being Non-Fiction. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) The impression is of a dreamlike blend, some shots repeated, inspected at leisure with an implicit critique of colonial exploitation, contemporary sociopolitical circumstances, and gender inequality. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
100% The Russian Five (2019) For all of us who can never get enough hockey, count me in, 'The Russian Five' is an incredibly enjoyable film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019