Diane Carson

Diane Carson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Downstream to Kinshasa (En Route pour le Milliard) (2021) Congolese writer/director Dieudo Hamadi fearlessly and directly documents the legacy of the 2020 Six Day Ugandan - Rwandan war. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
100% Hope (Håp) (2021) [Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård's] performances transported me in their unadulterated discovery of the beauty of love. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
92% Charlatan (2020) With flashbacks from 1958, this beautifully shot story comes to life through superb acting. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
100% Malni - Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore (2020) [Director Sky] Hopinka creates an all-enveloping, multilayered confluence. I found this hypnotic invitation to that mystical world irresistible. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
100% Slalom (2021) "Slalom" makes a strong statement, addressing the victimization head on without ever exploiting the repulsive interaction with titillating moments, as too often happens with molestation stories. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
100% If Anything Happens I Love You (2020) Appropriate music and "Wonderful Dreamer" complement the sad content, beautifully presented. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2021) Some directors grasp the concept of film art. To that esteemed group I now add Mosotho filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
80% I Care a Lot (2021) I offer my grudging admiration for refusing to soften the edges. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
No Score Yet Two Ways Home (2020) It's honest in its invitation to consider those involved in and affected by mental illness, knowing the ripple effects reach far and wide. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
87% The Courier (2020) "The Courier" resonates today with its finely tuned, thrilling story. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
No Score Yet Lands (Terras) (2009) The commercial and personal interconnections defy bureaucratic obstacles in this rich profile of the rhythms of diverse people and commerce via boats, taxis, motorbikes, and on foot. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
93% The Fever (A febre) (2019) Régis Myrupu, who won best actor at the Locarno Film Festival, brings a regal presence to Justino. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
70% Somewhere (2010) Coppola brilliantly captures the state and Johnny's boredom, but so little happens that the end result is a dull, downer of a film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
93% The Inheritance (2020) With arresting effect, [director Ephraim Asili] does use vibrant, primary color, wall backdrops - orange, green, yellow, blue - to enliven the staged scenes, a nod to Jean-Luc Godard. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
90% Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) I happily embraced [writer/director Quentin] Dupieux's surreal absurdity and creative storytelling. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
98% The Truffle Hunters (2020) Getting to know these truly eccentric, fascinating men, their wives, their solitude, and their worlds is as rewarding as the truffles they hunt. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
89% A Dramatic Film (Un Film Dramatique) (2019) This was probably an excellent class assignment, but in the opening, one student comments that a film should draw you in or what's the point? Exactly. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
98% The Father (2021) All of this works so impressively because of the master class in acting presented by Anthony Hopkins as Anthony and Olivia Colman as Anne. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
97% Atlantis (2019) The opening and closing scenes provide arresting, profound infrared imagery. Between these bookends, events unfold in lengthy takes through long and extreme long shots, inviting viewers' patience and careful observation. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
98% Minari (2020) Some rare films offer insight into the human spirit, family dynamics, and tenacious determination. "Minari" achieves that and more in writer/director Lee Isaac Chung's stirring tribute to the Yi family. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
100% City Hall (2020) What accumulates is a breadth and depth of understanding, both pedestrian and prosaic, of a huge city government, Boston's, in all its complicated, complex, humdrum and contested spheres. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
94% Hero (2004) [Zhang Yimou] has taken the wuxia style to another level in "Hero." - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) First time feature-film director Filippo Meneghetti has crafted an elegant, sophisticated narrative in "Two of Us." - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
92% Softie (2020) While some scenes are difficult to watch, "Softie"-the movie and the man - testifies to the undefeated spirit of the best of us. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
94% Dear Comrades! (2021) With its ironic title, "Dear Comrades!" honors the victims, revealing the horrors, first investigated (with no convictions) thirty years later and, to this day, with some unmarked graves. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
88% The Dig (2021) [Australian director Simon Stone] makes archeology fascinating, thanks in large part to an economical script and understated performances. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
88% Supernova (2021) The superb acting of Stanley Tucci as Tusker and Colin Firth as Sam reveals the depths of their relationship and understanding of each other. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) With the compelling performance of Natasa Stork as Márta who is in every scene until very late in the film and with Róbert Maly's superb cinematography relying heavily on close-ups, it's challenging and tantalizing to decide how much really occurs. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
100% Just Don't Think I'll Scream (Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle) (2020) Viewers will have to embrace overpowering stimuli. For those who can, it's quite a wild ride. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
93% Herself (2021) As Sandra, Clare Dune, who co-wrote the script, is exceptional, registering the spectrum of emotions. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
92% The White Tiger (2020) As talented director Bahrani demonstrates in his earlier films set in America ("99 Homes," "Man Push Cart," and "Goodbye Solo") this contrast of privilege and struggle is not just an Indian story. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
100% Film About a Father Who (2020) It may raise the question, "Can we ever really understand another person?" Whatever the answer, Lynne Sachs shows her effort results in a powerful, haunting film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) These actors astonished me in almost every scene, their vulnerability and believability flawless. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
43% Fatale (2020) I was attracted, to my dismay now, by two actors I admire immensely-Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy... Nevertheless, they soldier on, delivering good performances in ludicrous roles. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The supporting actors perform well, and the technical crew create an appealing, fanciful world. So, if superheroes appeal, though there are mere nods to non-sexist presentations, "Wonder Woman 84" beckons. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
73% Bright Future (2004) [Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa] embeds astute social commentary in narrative details, as he does exceptionally well in "Bright Future". - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
88% Let Them All Talk (2020) As often with Soderbergh, what comes across as lightweight entertainment harbors a deeply insightful awareness of human behavior. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
88% News of the World (2020) Revisiting familiar terrain, as accomplished as this filmmaking is, "News of the World" has an uphill battle to surprise and please. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
98% The Dissident (2020) [Director Bryan] Fogel courageously pulls back the curtain to reveal the ugly truth of Khashoggi's death. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) As Martin, Mads Mikkelsen delivers another complex, compelling performance, his face a landscape registering his kaleidoscopic fears, hesitation, and elation. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) The script is both clever and deceptively astute... On the Rocks" is quiet, restrained, and wonderful. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
95% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2020) To the Ends of the Earth" raises consciousness of outsiders and appreciation of what truly makes life worthwhile. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
83% Mank (2020) "Mank" is entertaining but also glib, cavalier, and trite-the alcoholic, genius writer. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) A credit to great journalism. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
No Score Yet America's Last Little Italy: The Hill (2020) Rich with informative interviews with long-time residents, fascinating archival footage and photographs, this masterfully edited documentary highlights uplifting community spirit. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
87% The Grizzlies (2020) As Russ, Ben Schnetzer expresses the perfect balance of dismay and determination, listening and learning, connecting to these beleaguered teenagers, most appearing for the first time in a film, handling humor and serious events with equal skill. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
100% Mayor (2020) "Mayor" remedies the derelict absence of complex depictions of Ramallah, expanding our understanding in gratifying ways. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
92% The Life Ahead (2020) I hope Sophia Loren and her son work together again, soon, given the accomplished filmmaking in "The Life Ahead." - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
69% The Last Vermeer (2020) Perhaps a bit too cerebral, nevertheless, "The Last Vermeer" probes important historical and moral issues. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
92% Fire Will Come (A Sun That Never Sets) (O Que Arde) (2020) In their debut films, Amador and Benedicta suggest volumes with few words. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020