Elena Lazic

Elena Lazic
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 26% The Aftermath (2019) The pressure that all three protagonists are under feels genuinely affecting, as the film knows to linger on the morally thorny and painful moments that its story entails. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/5 71% Piercing (2019) Ending just as its long-teased crescendo of reciprocal madness begins, Piercing is a little too smart for its own good. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Combining a fun and silly genre approach to the concept of dying with an earnest consideration of its real-life consequences, Happy Death Day 2U is simply a matter of life and death, both literally and figuratively speaking. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 90% A Private War (2018) A Private War is at its best when it focuses on tension and danger in the field... These scenes land us in the moment unlike much of the more conventional human drama [director Matthew] Heineman builds elsewhere. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 48% Escape Room (2019) How could it be entertaining and engaging enough to justify watching the game, instead of simply playing it Adam Robitel's slick, good-looking film takes up the challenge, and succeeds to a point. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Caught between the high stakes of a superhero film, and the narrative intricacy that is Shyamalan's specialty, the film fails at both. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) Tears and thrills for all the family. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
4/5 62% Bird Box (2018) Bird Box will creep under your skin without you noticing. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
58% The House That Jack Built (2018) With The House That Jack Built, Von Trier has tapped into the fact that what makes serial murder a valid focus for a film is precisely the unsettling extremity and incomprehensible character of it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It could have been worse, but maybe it could also have been good? - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 69% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Like being slightly tipsy on good mulled wine. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
4/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Over-the-top and a little goofy, but in a good way: this is a film without limits, and you never know what's coming. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 46% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Very clearly aimed at younger children, but does not take the hyperactive approach that so many kids' films do. This is instead a very classical, old-school movie, which paradoxically makes it quite refreshing. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
93% Ray & Liz (2019) Billingham's compositions are gorgeous -- some of them are close recreations of his published photographs. Yet there is more than superficial beauty at play. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
79% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) That U - July 22 would attack its audience is one thing; that it would try to get at them by using its characters is on another level of distastefulness. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) Cinema can -- and even should -- keep showing us how people overcome horror and build themselves up again when faced with hatred and violence, but it should not confuse this project with an ability to ever understand their suffering. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 95% In Fabric (2018) The rather light, sarcastic film feels a little overextended at almost 2 hours, and its visual style less polished than one might hope. But the odd and unique style of In Fabric is worth trying on for size. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
73% The Ranger (2018) The Ranger follows the rules of the slasher film perfectly, but one wishes it had imbued them with more life. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
83% Microhabitat (So-gong-nyeo) (2017) The unpredictable reactions from people that Miso hasn't seen in years allow for both biting humour and poignant moments, and Jeon handles these changes in tone admirably in this light, entertaining, and quietly rebellious feature debut. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
100% Amiko (2018) Amiko's nonlinear association of thoughts and ideas, sign of a lively mind, determine the film's structure and its form... The film itself does not let its low budget stand in the way of visually daring and imaginative shots and sequences. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) The film does give us some insight into why its protagonists' outlook is so bleak, but one could have wished for more, if only to make the viewing experience slightly less maddening. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 20% Nekrotronic (2018) All the jokes land, and for most of its runtime, this is a slick and self-assured romp. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
5/5 50% Jessica Forever (2018) The contrast between their menacingly macho appearance (due to their muscles and military gear) and their tenderness is endlessly endearing, and the film leans into this for our greatest delight. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Roth treats his viewers as smart children, versed in movie logic: they can tell the house is magic, and he doesn't waste their time. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
71% Kursk (2019) Does put a more realist slant on proceedings. But the clunky dialogue, clichéd relationships and characterisation of every character undermine all these efforts. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 22% Mile 22 (2018) An interesting experiment but not a successful one. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 57% The Wind (2019) The film's complicated narrative structure needlessly interrupts what is at times an engrossing descent into madness and fear, and takes away from the visceral qualities of the setting. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
No Score Yet The Standoff (2016) One might wish for the bolts of this well-oiled machine to pop out once in a while, but Standoff remains a confident, engrossing, and memorable effort. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) One might wish for the bolts of this well-oiled machine to pop out once in a while, but Standoff remains a confident, engrossing, and memorable effort. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) Green's Halloween isn't a derivative sequel. The new film also brilliantly and earnestly adopts the visual language of Carpenter's creation - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Great Darkened Days (La grande noirceur) (2018) It's a testament to French-Canadian director Maxime Giroux's control over his material that, as seemingly random or absurd as the events and imagery in The Great Darkened Days may appear, they all feel ruled by a genuine and moving emotion at their core. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
2/5 82% Ever After (Endzeit) (2018) As though anxious to bore its viewers, the film's calmer moments are repeatedly interrupted by unimpressive and random zombie attacks. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
94% CAM (2018) Cam is fun but never at the expense of its heroine, a sex worker who just wants to be able to do her job safely. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Birds of Passage is an epic and wholly original take on the cartel genre, a critique of capitalism that gains in depth and emotion by daring to begin from a place that isn't simply outside of drug violence, but of capitalism itself. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
91% Certain Women (2016) Certain Women is a timely reminder that another kind of womanhood is possible. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
50% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Too intelligent to make this sort of dangerous conflation, Dog Eat Dog brilliantly manages to both delight in the darkly comic absurdity of the brutal murders and to criticise the circumstances that can drive some people to crime. - Spark Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
94% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Comfortable with tackling both the comedy of clumsiness and heavier sequences of despair, Steinfeld handles the tricky breakdown of Nadine's sham persona - the real existential crisis she is going through - with real generosity and humour. - Spark Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
90% Blue Jay (2016) Sarah Paulson's great performance and one or two genuinely funny scenes cannot wash out the sour taste of entitlement and the sentimental contentment with the mediocrity laurels that Blue Jay proudly rests on. - Spark Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
2/5 93% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) Grim and mean. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
92% Searching (2018) Among all of the films exclusively composed of images from the screens of computers and other such electronic devices, Searching stands out as the most earnest and the least silly - which doesn't mean it isn't also a lot of fun. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
89% Bodied (2018) Bodied is a brilliant deconstruction of liberal hypocrisy and nothing short of a must-see. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
89% Skate Kitchen (2018) As the film fully aligns with Camille and respects her emotions, her teenage problems feel like much more than superficial drama. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Panos Cosmatos' Mandy...featur[es] some of the best Cage-isms in years. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/5 54% The First Purge (2018) This prequel answers many of the questions that such an insane concept raises, but exposition is the best thing the new film has to offer. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Although My Friend Dahmer does not resolve the impossible question of 'nature vs nurture', it approaches it with a humanity that is too often missing from such stories. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
56% Touch Me Not (2019) This would indeed be admirable, were it not for the shallow, pseudo-intellectual way in which the film approaches its subject, its characters, and by implication, its audience. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Although this story of multiple timelines provides some interesting moments, the cryptic, excessive, often extremely muffled dialogue makes the film excruciatingly hard to follow. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
94% Gimme Danger (2016) As the story unfolds, Jarmusch's reverent approach to his subjects and relaxed sense of drama ends up underselling a band once considered not just groundbreaking but dangerous. - FACT Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
100% Supa Modo (2018) Wainaina's film never cuts narrative corners or cheaply pulls on our heartstrings; rather, it lets the spirit of its lead character permeate it and structure it in every way. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
51% Under the Silver Lake (2019) The film's brazen sexism is matched by the shameless unoriginality of the conspiracy theories and clues that take up most of its runtime. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018