Ed Frankl

Ed Frankl
Ed Frankl's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Film Stage
Publications: The Film Stage

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 72% The Aeronauts (2019) This is a movie about breaking through invisible glass ceilings, headed by a go-getting young woman following her own pursuits, in a crowd-pleasing yarn headed by a role model for children to look up to. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
A- 85% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry We Missed You is, simply, one of [Ken Loach's] best films that links the personal and the political. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
C+ 52% Sibyl (2019) As a metaphor for artistic invention, it's an interesting, but unsuccessful one. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
B 100% An Easy Girl (Un fille facile) (2019) This is a straightforward coming-of-age story from France, a country for whom this is almost a national cliché, but elevated by a key eye for gender roles of its protagonists and an up-to-date message for a teenage generation growing up in a #MeToo world. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
A- 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) This is perhaps the director's most outstanding work since his peerless fin-de-siècle diptych of Talk to Her and All About My Mother. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
B+ 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) As an exercise in depicting the disjointed link between national and personal identity, Synonyms is dazzling. As a portrait of displacement in a world becoming both more globalized and more nationalistic, it is a testament. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
B 93% I Was at Home, But... (Ich war zuhause, aber...) (2019) A film whose aesthetics may be intensely controlled and yet whose narrative is sprawling with meanings and readings. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
C+ 40% The Operative (2019) As the film crawls towards its conclusion, there's not much of a sense of righteous anger in Rachel at her Israeli masters after she believes she's been used. Audiences will rightly feel they have been used too. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
C+ 67% Little Joe (2019) It promises a crossbreed of shrewd science fiction and health care satire, but it scuppers its genre creds in exchange for a sterile arthouse drama that rather muddles its conceit. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 91% A War (Krigen) (2016) Lindholm's film is one of the best movies about recent Western interventions into the Middle East, and a great post-9/11 war movie in its own right. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 71% In The Courtyard (2015) The dark heart of Dans la Cour makes its comedy ever more piquant, while Deneuve and Kervern are exceptional as two lonely souls finding solace in each other's company during the twilight years of their lives. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 54% Gemma Bovery (2015) It feels more that Gemma Bovery goes through the motions of the novel, restricted by its own pretensions to meet high-brow literature. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 89% Mr. Holmes (2015) McKellen, delivering his inimitable drawl, is inevitably the star attraction here. He doesn't have to speak to have his presence felt, he can frown and find audiences laughing, and Jeffrey Hatcher's script sparkles in his hands. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 56% We Are Monster (2015) An apparently well-researched drama that feels more like a hopeless shot in the dark at reaching the inner psyche of a killer. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 77% Hyena (2015) Johnson is adept at carrying all the baggage that come with such a meaty thriller, and the concluding tragedy comes across with a novelistic sensibility. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 92% Catch Me Daddy (2015) Catch Me Daddy is by no means flawless... But there's poetry in the filmmaking, which marks Wolfe out as the real deal. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
1/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) [General audiences] might need to be handcuffed to their seats and wonder how something so wildly popular could be so stiflingly unerotic. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 44% Snow in Paradise (2014) Hulme is less able to fully gauge the emotional development of his main character, whose changes come with a little too suddenness. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 18% Queen of the Desert (2017) Queen of the Desert has the note of a travelogue about it -- that is to say, it feels well-travelled, but not well-lived. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 100% Chorus (2015) A festering beauty of a film slowly reveals itself in this bleak but uplifting black-and-white study of grief from Quebeçois director François Delisle, an acutely aware portrait of a relationship after the unimaginable. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
5/5 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) At 82 minutes, this is a brisk but hugely powerful work that is cinema of the oppressed par excellence. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 58% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) This melancholic picture, filmed in South Wales, should make a fine addition to contemporary reflections on the famously roguish poet. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 67% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) A Walk Among the Tombstones carries its B-movie thrills with aplomb. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) We're carried through in impressionistic fashion, sound and vision beautifully in sync with stirring images of the Brighton landscape where Cave lives and gig footage that betters any recent concert movie. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/5 21% Into The Storm (2014) At least nobody says "there's a storm coming", because every other disaster cliché going is thrown at Into the Storm. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 68% God Help the Girl (2014) Some of the songs aren't as strong as others, but the film somehow carries them off with an air of self-aware, carefree charisma. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 73% Dinosaur 13 (2014) Miller keeps you absorbed in Sue's tale despite the legal shenanigans that take up most of the film; he keeps it simple, focusing on the story of Larson, a passionate, smart and lovable expert. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
1/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Because the screen is now so incredibly saturated with CGI, we simply don't believe for a single second that anything that happens in front of us is anything other than millions of engineered pixels jostling together for our ill-deserved attention. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 89% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2015) A coming of age drama of sorts as four kids up sticks and hike towards America, it never shirks away from the horrors of their journey. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 34% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) The best stuff is when McFarlane plays up the rag-tangled daftness of the genre, which is perhaps why comparisons to Mel Brooks may not be entirely defunct. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 83% Tracks (2014) There may have been times when it looked like Alice's Adventures in the Outback, but Wasikowska herself gives a performance of stature in Davidson's battered shoes. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
1/5 13% Almost Married (2015) Laughing with the film would probably promote the same kind of moral issues one would have watching a public execution for fun, but thankfully there's barely a joke that registers. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B 57% Touch Me Not (2019) A studious, intelligent, if flawed and scattershot, work with an open mind about modern sexuality and intimacy. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
C- 14% Eva (2018) You may struggle to name a dull Huppert performance, but as Eva, the great French actor is going through the motions. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
B 83% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) (2019) A wrenching, heartfelt drama with an unfussy social commentary that again seeks a new definition of womanhood. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
B+ 94% Transit (2019) It's an engrossing, uncanny and somewhat disturbing film, and completes something of a trio of historical melodramas after Barbara and his worldwide hit Phoenix, but develops the themes of those in an adventurous, if oblique, way. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
B+ 97% The Rider (2018) Zhao's combination of the visual palette of Malick, the social backbone of Reichardt, and the spontaneity of Cassavetes creates cinema verité in the American plains. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
B+ 84% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) Garrel has the touch of a wiser man not taking judgment on his characters' youthful foibles, where setbacks are to be embraced and learned from rather than experiences discarded from memory. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
B 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) A sophisticated, idiosyncratic, thoroughly modern interpretation of a French romantic farce, perceptive if not laugh-out-loud funny. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
B+ 85% Mimosas (2017) Despite offerings of the open landscapes of North Africa, if there's a wild west in Mimosas, it's internal and spiritual, the quest being for meaning in a world that, like the film, doesn't give easy answers. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
B+ 90% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) There's much to interest the Lynch fan here, but it also might be an unparalleled assessment of the artistic learning of a great American filmmaker. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
B+ 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A bolder, brasher film, fiery in comparison with Gloria's relatively tenderness, but anchored once more by a stellar central performance. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
A- 97% God's Own Country (2017) A bold and brilliant drama rightfully garnering Brokeback Mountain comparisons. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
C 55% Barrage (2017) Anchored by three great performances, but it feels rather distinctly average - and it's hard to make Isabelle Huppert look average. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
B- 59% Django (2018) Reda Kateb is given his meatiest role to date as one of jazz's foremost artists. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
B- 81% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The melancholy here is truthful and painful, but T2: Trainspotting rarely shows insight into what that failure brings about. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
78% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Kika Magalhaes lends a vampiric presence to the central role, ready to suck her victims into a life of servitude inhabited only by nightmares. Indeed, this chilling film may just occupy yours. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
B+ 98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Much of the directness in the film's attitude to difficult issues is surely down to Sciamma, whose own projects Girlhood and Water Lilies didn't shy away from the conflicts of growing up. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
B 86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) A campy, nasty, tremendously fun horror experience in which death proves not the ending we might expect. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
C+ 50% Porto (2017) A messy, scattered drama that, for all its visual resplendence, is too narratively slippery to reach much in the way of profundity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016