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Elias Savada

Elias Savada
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Science Fair (2018) The film embraces friendships across borders and above politics, and showcases teenagers striving for excellence among their peers.... Like its incredible subjects, Science Fair is a winner.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 83% A Simple Favor (2018) Mystery loves the company of Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in Paul Feig's head-spinning, twisty-turvy tale of fremily intrigue. Equal‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/5 100% Chained for Life (2018) Chained for Life's self-awareness about the nature of beauty - and how the World According to Schimberg perceives it - is obvious from the start...an hour-and-a half later, the dialogue on this topic only seems to be just getting started.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 97% Three Identical Strangers (2018) There's a large part of Three Identical Strangers that is disturbing, even though it's a smile-inducing miracle story about a family reunited, an early variant of the DNA pattern solving tv shows that abound today. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2/5 34% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) There's an unsettling blandness flowing through The Catcher Was a Spy, a well photographed and impressively designed film about a fascinating character who made a mark in two wildly divergent professions.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
4/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Haley's look at the lighter, and lightly darker, side of family life between a father and his daughter is a super(b) counterpoint to this summer's blockbusters.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/5 90% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) As for his style, Hong loves to linger. If he feels his actors are riffing on each other, he'll just let the camera roll. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
4.5/5 85% Mountain (2018) The word "breathtaking" doesn't do justice to Australian documentarian Jennifer Peedom's Mountain. It's so far beyond that. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ron Howard may be the person that Disney claims saved Solo, but it's a salvage job that proves less than endearing.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
4/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) The comedy is as dark as the blood in Deadpool 2, showcasing a truly inspired character's blend of invincibility and self-deprecation, flinging off one-liners faster than a machine gun spits bullets. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 89% Itzhak (2018) Chernick and her quartet of cinematographers and her probably overworked seamstress, editor Helen Yum, have created an entertaining, crowd-pleasing salute to a virtuoso whose life is truly inspirational.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 95% The Endless (2018) As the story becomes more unsettling, it's fun to watch how the filmmakers weave their characters into this mind-bending world.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
3.5/5 79% I Kill Giants (2018) There's a nice, intelligent air about this film, which offers up a well-crafted coping mechanism for dealing with childhood depression. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
1.5/5 47% Flower (2018) Here's a movie that might have worked with a female director and writer. Instead, it's a sad excuse for something contrived to creep you out.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) As a vehicle for self-worth and multiracial empowerment, A Wrinkle in Time scores points, but as a Disneyland ride it slides off the rails into a messy imitation of family fare.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
1/5 10% Kill Switch (2017) There is something fascinating in this film, but it can't make up for all that's wrong with it.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
1.5/5 63% The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (2017) The Osiris Child plays as a derivative space western, with escalating excursions into gunfights that are just video game shoot-em-ups. Despite feeling this movie should work, it doesn't.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3.5/5 82% Mayhem (2017) The tongue-in-check, over-the-top aspect of Mayhem, a looney tune of a film from director Joe Lynch, offers a steroid-infused day in the life of a really toxic office environment. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
1/5 8% 7 Guardians of the Tomb (2018) For me, this film sucked. Big time. Kelsey Grammer's cheeky contribution to this silly, monotonous movie is one of those debt reduction efforts that actors use to pay off mortgages - for him or one of his seven children - and alimony expenses.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
2.5/5 65% They Remain (2018) They Remain offers little genuine action until the film's final minutes - hardly worth the wait for anyone who has sat through the film's first 90.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4/5 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) Finally, Negative Space.... is a joyful, inventive celebration about a son recalling how his father taught him the old school art of suitcase packing, the last of several standouts in this year's slate.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
4/5 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2018) The two programs for the longish (29-40 minutes each) Documentary Shorts straddle both lighter and darker fare.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Astronauts' Bodies (Die Körper der Austronauten) (2018) It's a provocative, poetic trip, and an excellent debut for an international talent.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Closure (2018) ...you might want to catch this whimsical gem - and make room for its sardonically witty fish-out-of-Midwestern-water tale on the Hollywood-as-another-planet list.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3.5/5 88% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) With the political landscape throughout the world so strained, whether referring to Lebanon or the United States, The Insult takes on a global relevance in its message.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Christmas Dreams (2017) With irreverent nods to Busby Berkeley one minute and to Rocky Horror Picture Show the next, this is a truly strange and wondrous salute to Christmas.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
2/5 74% Mom and Dad (2018) All that grunting and groaning you hear during the film? A good deal of it is coming from the audience.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Crazy Famous (2018) Yes, mark your calendars: January 9, 2018-the day to do anything but watch this film.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
1.5/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) The actors work up a lather in trying to deal with the writer-director's various sour and neurotic characters, most of whom appear stuck in a bad high school production of a Tennessee Williams play.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) ...you have to admire del Toro for pressing full bore into his make-believe world with such nightmarish whimsy. The embittered, black Cold War coal he collects in The Shape of Water is somehow crushed into a diamond of a film.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
78% Sweet Virginia (2017) There is a deep sense of menacing anxiety that pervades this city-cat-vs.-town-mouse tale.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) 78/52 is a Hitchcock primer crafted with medical precision and heartfelt devotion. It's a quenching exploration of an unsettling scene that has transcended pop culture.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/5 78% Realive (2017) ... Realive will push the emotional buttons on the ethical conundrums that will greet the newly reborn, adrift in a world different from the one they left behind decades earlier. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
1/5 25% Woodshock (2017) The answer to whether smoking kills lies beneath the surface of this abstract but ultimately empty-plotted first feature from sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, better known for having created the designer label Rodarte.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
4/5 98% Lucky (2017) It's a damn shame that Stanton won't be around for the accolades he'll receive for the luckiest role of his life.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ...Blade Runner 2049 arrives at our doorsteps clocking in at 2 hours and 44 minutes. I dare say that very few of its moments are wasted, and, yes, it has been worth the wait.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3.5/5 93% School Life (2017) School Lifeserves as an intimate all-access pass to a rustic piece of Irish heaven. N Chianin and Rane offer a simple yet soothing salve which shows how an educational experience can provide worldly experience and confidence building.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
89% Anti Matter (2017) Anti Matter plays loose with science, but certainly entertains with a good, attractive cast.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
4/5 89% Marjorie Prime (2017) Marjorie Prime is an impressive accomplishment, especially when you factor in the meager 13-day shooting schedule.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
1/5 29% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) There are problems a-plenty in Vero Beach, Florida, and after watching them dribble forth in the lame ensemble comedy I Do...Until I Don't, I feel that this piece of sunshiny beach would be the last place on earth I'd want to live.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/5 81% The Trip to Spain (2017) Taken in tapas-size morsels, the original television episodes are probably fine samplings of cuisine and comedy, but when you push them all together into a 108-minute feature, the droll gluttony begins to set in.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
4/5 81% Dave Made a Maze (2017) I think it can best be paraphrased as a wildly fantastic funhouse retelling of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, staged in a grade school set of Doctor Who's TARDIS‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
1/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The phrase "lump of coal" comes to mind after watching The Dark Tower, a lavish and most definitely lackluster CliffsNotes abridgment of a CliffsNotes adaptation of the Stephen King science fiction-fantasy-western magnum opus. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
3.5/5 93% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Endless Poetry offers a ribald and revelatory road to poetic nirvana.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
3/5 74% Landline (2017) Ultimately, Landline registers as a push me-pull me emotional drama about four members of a family that are spinning uncomfortable semi-comic, barely-tragic circles around one another. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
1/5 13% First Kill (2017) Sadly, for most of the cast, the script just throws them together willy-nilly and then has them take aim at one another. They should be killing the messenger.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/51 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) There is an elegant, simple beauty in documentarian Errol Morris's affectionate portrait of his friend, soft-spoken, 80-year-old Elsa Dorfman, in his new film.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet One Penny (2017) There's a great deal of control at work here and (Michael) DeVita and (David A.) Melendez have shown a great deal of creativity in this freshman study of homeless life in the streets.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
1.5/5 79% The Little Hours (2017) The flippant dialogue dismisses some of the more obvious inconsistencies (a problem if you're working without a script). ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
4/5 96% Sami Blood (2017) Lene Cecilia Sparrok's performance is a showstopper.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017