Eleanor Ringel Cater

Eleanor Ringel Cater
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T-Meter Title | Year
87% The Nest (2020) Studies in free-floating anxiety are rarely as well done as the one in The Nest, a sort of haunted-house movie in which, despite hints to the contrary, the house is probably just fine. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
40% Rebecca (2020) Hitchcock and his cast do it right. And then some. The recent remake, alas, does just about everything wrong. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Borat 2 is one of the few bright spots of 2020. One of the brightest, actually. I can't wait to watch it again. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It reminds us that the schisms first paraded on the streets of Chicago or inside an out-of-control judge's courtroom haven't gone away. If anything, they've become more dangerous. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) We're left with a film that seems at odds with itself. The Boys in the Band gets the job done, but it doesn't always get it right. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
69% The Glorias (2020) A missed opportunity is probably the kindest thing one could say about The Glorias. An excruciating botch is probably more accurate. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
49% Made in Italy (2020) With its delicious cast and setting, Made in Italy promises a lot but delivers very little. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
96% Feels Good Man (2020) The documentary contains an inarguably eye-opening element that introduces many of us to the extent and, sad to say, power of the Dark Web. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) I'm Thinking of Ending Things is somehow both too much and too little. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
60% Tesla (2020) The point, I guess, is that the filmmaker treats Tesla as someone who keeps getting in the way of his (i.e., Almereyda's) story. But Tesla is the story - and I would've liked to have known more. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
61% Radioactive (2020) ... the film is worth seeing for Pike alone. One of our least appreciated and under-used actors, she's been a canny scene-stealer... - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) Milioti is a wonder. She steals the movie from the ostensible star (Samberg) without taking anything from him. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Good Trouble is the right film at the right time. About a truly righteous man. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) A victory at sea for writer/star Tom Hanks, his entire cast and crew and us -- their lucky audience, Greyhound gives moviegoers a gripping taste of the World War II combat zone known as the Battle of the Atlantic. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) One hopes Medak found some sort of closure here. The whole enterprise does suggest some sort of expensive public therapy session for which we, the audience, have helped pay for. But you can't help but like Medak... - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Oh, how we've missed you Jon Stewart. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
97% Knives Out (2019) We are absolutely going to miss [Craig] as Bond, but perhaps he's trying out a new franchise under the unlikely name of Benoit Blanc. I certainly wouldn't mind. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
74% The King of Staten Island (2020) It offers a good story rooted in character and human interaction, sprinkled with some truly unexpected humor. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
78% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) What's appealing about the documentary is that it's about Wood's life, not her death. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) If envisioning the Ottoman Empire as a discount furniture store or Laurel and Hardy as Stan Laurel and Tom Hardy in his villainous Batman incarnation, well, this trip may be the one for you. And since we can't go anywhere anyway.... - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
35% Seberg (2020) [Stewart is] reduced to a supporting player in her own movie, as used in her way as Seberg was in hers. And it's a shame. And, almost as bad, a bore. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) The movie works efficiently as biography. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
20% Cats (2019) Here we get a deadening and earthbound Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, a comic turn that, nonetheless, calls for movement. And Mr. Mistoffelees' magic becomes a matter of special effects, not sublime dance moves. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) It blows up our notions of what makes a female superhero picture. It's antic and sure-of-itself and fabulously frenetic. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) Despite competition from two excellent predecessors (the 1996 Gwyneth Paltrow version and "Clueless," the ever-so-clever Alicia Silverstone update), this "Emma" couldn't be more delightful. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) But "The Invisible Man," alas, comes off as underpopulated, unpersuasive and cheap. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
38% Wendy (2020) The only version I can think of that is worse than "Wendy" is Spielberg's "Hook." And even then, it might be a toss-up. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Though an unabashedly gorgeous movie, "Portrait" is not an easy film. It is deliberately slow and hypnotic, demanding you adjust to its rhythms and mood. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
47% Greed (2020) "Greed," much as it bounces merrily about, also has bite. And you have to have a certain respect for a film that tries so hard to do the work for you. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
84% The Traitor (2020) It's unlike anything you've seen - or could've made up. And the picture captures it perfectly, with just the right mix of humor and horror. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) It's not especially funny, but it's not bitingly satiric either. And the supporting characters are wincingly insufferable... Their scenes are excruciatingly off-key, and they drive the picture further into the ground. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
29% The Rhythm Section (2020) It's difficult to feel much connection with our protagonist or her movie. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) "The Gentlemen" may not be everyone's cuppa' tea, but in the midst of a dull, wintry January, its devilish spark can be most welcome. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
84% Just Mercy (2020) Somehow that message never gains the power it should have, and we're left with a film that's easy to respect, but hard to admire. Emotionally, "Just Mercy" just sort of lies there. Maybe a chifforobe would've helped after all. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) War remains hell, and "1917" shows us that inferno to devastating effect. Not an easy movie, but certainly a memorable one. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) The ensemble cast is superb, with Ronan, Pugh, Chalomet and Dern as, perhaps, first among equals. Movies like 'little Women" aren't just great. They are a gift. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) "Bombshell" is not only one of the best movies of the year. It's also one of the most important. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) The picture is an appealing, often exhilarating experience. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The cast overall is fine, but you can't help but be drawn to Hanks. It's essentially a supporting role, but he does it with the same precision and emotional intelligence he brought to "Sully" or "Bridge of Spies." This is a deceptively major performance. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman," which I'd hoped would be his piece de resistance, his final say on what he had to say about the gangster genre that, with few exceptions, he pretty much owns, didn't do it for me. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) The picture doesn't feel like an absolute failure or even a cheat. It's more like a movie with too many ideas that hasn't quite figured out how to pull them all together. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) 'The Current War: Director's Cut" is impressive in so many ways. Sadly, it's not the movie it could've been. But I've seen much worse. And so have you. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Perhaps the greatest compliment one can pay "Parasite" is you're never sure what's going to happen next. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) There are some funny lines and a smattering of semi-clever plot twists. But mostly, the movie is stale and sloppy. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Overall, "Gemini Man" is oddly cold ad mechanical. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
82% Judy (2019) Overall, it's an unexpectedly safe film. Still, you should see it for no other reason than Zellweger's powerhouse performance. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) "Ad Astra" isn't superficial. Pitt won't allow it to be. And it's not a yawn. Sutherland, Jones and Negga won't allow it to be. But once you take a step back, you realize that, despite its impressive trappings, it just doesn't add up to very much. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) No matter how many A-Listers director John Crowley ("Brooklyn") brings in, "The Goldfinch" remains inert and dull. One wonders if the material would've been better served as a limited mini-series. It certainly doesn't work as a two-and-a-half hour movie. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
98% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Max Lewkowicz's film, "Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles" demonstrates, with great affection and sometimes exhaustive detail, just how this tale of a poor milkman named Tevye and his relationship with God, became a world-wide hit. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
42% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) While it's easy to go along with the sometimes strained concept, there are also moments when you just throw up your hands and wish the movie truly knew what it was doing. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019