Diane Carson

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% Non-Fiction (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
89% The Souvenir (2019) Some stories are important to tell but boring in their unfolding. That's how I felt for the entirety of Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
95% Shadow (2019) A mesmerizing film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) For my money, there's no one who communicates Shakespeare's ideas and emotion as well as Branagh. All Is True is an aesthetic treasure. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Beautifully composed, with music that adds ambience, and with acting so convincing it feels like a documentary, The Wild Pear Tree is a remarkable film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
78% Photograph (2019) It takes aim at the heartstrings, and for those who can relax into a slowly paced, hour 45 minute character study, it succeeds. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
90% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) Overall, the story of Apricot Lane Farm should be both a warning and an invitation to those who want to "return to nature." - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
67% The White Crow (2019) David Hare's screenplay gives the dialogue a literate vitality, with convincing delivery of the drama depending on the superb Russian ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) [Director Rachel Lears] captures the energy, the intelligence, and the optimism that fuels our best representatives in her animated, well shot, and edited documentary. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) [Irisz Leiter's] hypnotic, dream-like movement can cast a spell, as it did for me, though abandoning hope of any narrative drive or logic is required. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
82% The Brink (2019) Those who support and those who disagree with Bannon will learn a lot from The Brink as it reveals why and how this 64-year-old political operative works and what makes him tick. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
94% Barbara (2012) Nina Hoss as the title character Barbara gives a sterling, complex performance, convincingly combining wary guardedness with steely determination. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) As Louise, Haley Lu Richardson brings a welcome jolt of joie-de-vivre to her character, not an easy achievement given Brooks' fame. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Tao Zhao as Qiao delivers an equally superb, multifaceted performance, moving from ebullient dominance to mind-numbing depression. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
58% Saint Judy (2019) Director Sean Hanish and writer Dmitry Portnoy both have their values in the right place. What they lack is an elegant dramatization of their ideas without a didactic subtext. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
55% Yardie (2019) The pace editor Justine Wrights sets keeps the action clipping along, with some striking cross cutting. And yet, over all, Yardie feels for all the world like a familiar ride to nowhere new. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) This is a unique, amazing, beautiful film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) Matthias Schoenaerts gives a convincing, frightening performance as a feral beast himself. Bruce Dern offers a complement as Myles, alternately cajoling and correcting inmates. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) I'm relieved to report that, despite some tired Hollywood touches such as the local law enforcement versus the national agents, writer John Fusco gets many details exactly right. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Co-writer and director Benedikt Erlingsson has an appealing sense of humor, essential to creating an entertaining work for such a serious social-issue film focused on the need to preserve our precious environment. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
98% Apollo 11 (2019) Detail after detail astonished and delighted me. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Stan & Ollie is a delightful, lyrical tribute to a pair of comedy icons. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning is a film in which to lose oneself. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
96% Roma (2018) Roma is, hands down, in the top cinematic tier. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) As Dr. Don Shirley, Mahershala Ali embodies the inflexible gravity of his self-image. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
91% Widows (2018) As always, Davis commands and rewards a viewer's attention. Steve McQueen has superbly reinterpreted the cookie-cutter heist genre as an absorbing drama. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Adapted from Richard Ford's book of the same name, Dano and his partner Zoe Kazan have made one of the most insightful, deeply intelligent, and profoundly moving films of the year in Wildlife. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner is brilliant and engrossing on its own terms. With its unmistakable relevance, it's downright disturbing. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) Above all, however, Lucas Hedges as Jared carries the film, more often watching and subtly reacting rather than overplaying his own heartache moving to acceptance. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family is a charming film that has a heartfelt message. What a great combination. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) As usual, the Coens have reinterpreted our mythic tales and jolted our imaginations. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy said she purposely resisted toning down Lee's antisocial, caustic, angry and miserable attributes. It is striking, then, that McCarthy's award-worthy performance as a decidedly unlikable woman is exactly what makes Lee Israel so captivating. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
88% All About Nina (2018) Only Common as Rafe offers the energy and appeal that consistently buoys this character study. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
87% First Man (2018) Director Damien Chazelle's First Man puts that phenomenally difficult, dangerous event in the context of the wonder, the terror, the tragedies and the triumph that go along with it. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) There's no sane way to comprehend such horror, but, significantly, July 22 honors Norway's strength and knows where the heart belongs. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
97% Free Solo (2018) It is breathtaking and terrifying. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's the feel-good film of the year exactly when we need one. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) As Ally Campana, a gem in the rough, Lady Gaga is dynamite. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) As with his politics, Michael Moore's documentaries have never been subtle. So Fahrenheit 11/9 comes as no surprise with its compelling, vibrant approach to contemporary American issues. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
92% We the Animals (2018) Based on the novel by Justin Torres, director Jeremiah Zagar shows a solid grasp of this boy's challenging situation. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
98% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) But the primary appeal of "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda" comes from following this humble, quiet man as he reminisces, composes, and contemplates nature. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
No Score Yet Swimming to Ferguson (2018) [Henry Biggs'] wife, son, and support staff take us on a daunting adventure with some beautiful cinematography. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) Always authentic, never condescending in its tone, this world unfolds through exceptional performances. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
85% The Wife (2018) Above all, the awareness of the sacrifices Joan and of so many other women gives "The Wife" an important, still relevant intensity. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
56% The Bookshop (2018) Helping with a needed shift to laidback receptivity are self-assured performances by Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, Patricia Clarkson as Violet Gamart and Bill Nighy as the reclusive Edmund Brundish. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) "The Little Stranger" includes gothic elements but doesn't bring them to life. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
92% Searching (2018) As David, John Cho handles it all entirely convincingly, alternating between concerned and infuriated, bobbing and weaving with the demands of detective Vick, a fine Debra Messing. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) Shots seldom last more than a few seconds, music pumps up the emotion, and flashy camerawork dominates, all of this complementing a tribute to what is really McQueen's performance art. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018