Diane Pershing

Diane Pershing
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Malibu Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
29% Above Suspicion (2021) It's not a particularly special film-the genre has been done and overdone-but it is anchored by a stellar performance by the always-riveting Emilia Clarke. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
50% The Marijuana Conspiracy (2020) The film itself is only mildly interesting; however, as a history lesson about how mores have changed in the past 50 years and yet have not changed at all, it's worth watching... - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) ...a promising film with a timely theme and plot idea, a superb performance by Carrie Mulligan as a medical school dropout and an excellent supporting cast... - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) The story, the dialogue, the voicework and animation are all of the highest caliber. Not only are the visuals imaginative and gorgeous but there are life lessons to be learned about trust and selflessness and taking chances. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
98% Minari (2020) Based on his own childhood, filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung has crafted a lovely yet realistic depiction of hard times lived by sturdy human beings. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
97% Sound of Metal (2020) Film director/co-writer Darius Marder, in his feature film debut, has thoroughly captured the world of heavy metal, the sounds of gradual loss and the realm of silence that propel the plot... - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) This is a must-watch film for anyone who needs to learn why Black Lives Matter. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
79% I Care a Lot (2021) Yes, I'm exaggerating but you get my drift. On the other hand, if this sounds like your cup of (poisonous) tea, go for it... - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) I don't use the word "masterpiece" very often, but Nomadland deserves the appellation here, for sure. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
100% Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself (2020) The piece envelopes us, mesmerizes us, brings tears to our eyes. Do yourself a favor-see it and believe. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) While there are a couple of good ideas here, the whole thing just falls flat. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
88% The Dig (2021) Director Simon Stone and screenwriter Moira Buffini are to be congratulated on bringing this to the screen so successfully. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
98% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) For musical comedy (or drama) buffs... and everyone else, too. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Headlines might call attention to the false patriots; this is a portrait of a genuine one-someone who saw (and lived) injustice, rolled up her sleeves and got busy with changing it. Bravo. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
95% Soul (2020) With a mixture of slapstick humor and gorgeous LSD-trip type images, the geniuses at Pixar pull it off. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
50% The Midnight Sky (2020) I'm a fan of a tale well done that takes its time. But Midnight Sky, while well done, is simply ponderous. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
96% The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) This is a well-deserved tribute, major recognition at last that this was a singular group of singer/songwriters who broke ground with their harmonies and amazing songs, and whose music will live on forever. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Alternately funny and heart-rending... - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
55% The Prom (2020) I'm afraid even that wasn't enough to thrill me. Bottom line: I admire the production without admiring the show. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
90% Luxor (2020) ...the need keeps building for us to know more and to stick it out to the end. I did and I'm glad I did... - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
83% Mank (2020) I found the whole thing rather cold, smugly in love with its own snappy, cutting dialogue ("All About Eve" did it better), too long and generally off-putting... - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
96% Dating Amber (2020) A delightful, insightful, funny film from Ireland. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Special kudos go to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the small but significant role of the leader of the Black Panthers, Bobby Seale. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
97% What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Please don't let the title be a turn-off because, yes, it is about the Constitution but only as a reference point to a whole variety of subjects, somber, heart-breaking, insightful and funny. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) ... while I wouldn't say this is an award-caliber film, it moves along at a rapidly pleasing pace and is sure to bring more notice of Ms. Brown's many gifts. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
97% My Octopus Teacher (2020) Superlatives really aren't enough to describe the joys of watching this documentary. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
68% Fisherman's Friends (2020) Not that original, but the ambience, the stories, the delightful old and young salts, kept a smile on my face from beginning to end. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
95% Palm Springs (2020) Sarah glows with a complex inner life, and the connection she makes with Nyles leads to outrageous capers and silliness in a truly enjoyable way. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
93% Howard (2020) Musical comedy buffs will know the name and be eager to see this faithful, if not particularly innovative, rendering of [Howard Ashman's] life. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
95% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Talking heads ranging from family members, friends and news anchors Rachel Maddow and Dan Rather bring excellent analysis of this once-in-a-lifetime and sorely missed pundit. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
89% Robin's Wish (2020) A touching and heart-breaking exploration. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) If you love Broadway musicals or offbeat documentaries or admire the comedy mind of one of David Letterman's chief writers and are interested in his obsessions, check out this one. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
85% Mr. Jones (2020) Mr. Jones is a worthy addition to the canon. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
88% Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time Volume 1: Midnight Madness (2020) ...an engaging, if somewhat repetitive, documentary featuring a bunch of talking heads and wonderful film clips from all those movies that drew crowds of fans... - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) These are amazing people whose inner lights shine through their distorted bodies and often difficult speech. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
36% The Night Clerk (2020) Not only that; the film lacks rising tension - there are too many lulls in the action to keep the suspense going. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) This Emma is all froth; if you like froth, by all means avail yourself of it. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
36% Waiting for Anya (2020) The scenery is gorgeous; one would wish the screenplay and its execution measured up to the scenery. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
89% The Two Popes (2019) The script by Anthony McCarten is crisp and often amusing; director Fernando Meirelles does a fine job of basically taking what could have been a two-character, one-set stage play and opening it up with gorgeous sets. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Won't You Be My Neighbor? was a more successful work, but this one is worth seeing, for sure. Let's face it, in the world in which we live today, more of the acceptance and gentleness of Mr. Rogers can't hurt any of us. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
73% Harriet (2019) Harriet, while not a masterpiece, does the job quite nicely of highlighting her amazing grit, bravery and dedication. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) One of the most amazing productions I've ever seen. The cinemaphotography, with its opening super-long tracking shot...(what did we do before Steadicams?) - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) It is a film that is not particularly riveting as we know the ending, but has enough going for it in star power and shining production values that it's worth seeing. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's so very enjoyable, not to mention offbeat and bizarre, all in a good way. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) It is a glorious, passionate film, filled with siblings who love and fight with each other with an equal fierceness that none of the other adaptations has managed to convey. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
100% Mike Birbiglia: The New One (2019) Funny? Not so you'd notice, right? In Birbiglia's world, yes, yes, and yes. Trust me. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) An old-fashioned story of challenge and victory made with amazing modern technology that allows us to not just watch racecars as they do their thing, but to be in the car with them, turning the corners... - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman is a violent yet poignant film about a man caught up in the only world he has ever known and the friendships and betrayals that went along with it. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
94% Honey Boy (2019) The direction by Alma Har'el is fluid but even with a short-ish running time (1 hour 34 minutes), "Honey Boy" is exhausting to watch. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) The film's pace is deliberate, made with a documentary style-no histrionics, just raw determination and mounting tension. An important, engrossing work-highly recommended. - Malibu Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019