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Elias Savada

Elias Savada
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 83% 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 71% 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 96% 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 73% 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 9% 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 76% 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 94% Sami Blood (2017) Lene Cecilia Sparrok's performance is a showstopper.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4.5/5 94% Baby Driver (2017) With an intensely supercharged soundtrack driving the frantic editing in this way-cool heist flick, there isn't much fat left to gnaw off the bones by the time the action hits the curb in the final act.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet The Lion's Mouth Opens (2014) You'll probably need a hankie. This is raw filmmaking at its finest.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet A Place Called Pluto (2014) Memory and focus is what A Place Called Plutois all about. Losing it.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
4.5/5 No Score Yet Atomic Homefront (2017) If you're not screaming mad by the end of Atomic Homefront, you obviously believe the system works.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
4/5 75% Wakefield (2017) Cranston is extremely impressive as a damaged, resentful soul - a man second guessing his own worst fear. Himself.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
4/5 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) For Kuosmanen, The Happiest Day... is really a love story, and the low-key attitude is what makes it such a winning film. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
3.5/5 90% A Dark Song (2017) For a first feature, Gavin certainly provides plenty of anxiety-inducing moments.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
2.5/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Sadly,Alien: Covenantfeels like warmed over gruel. The ending (as expected, you'll find more than one) won't provide much closure.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
4/5 91% Obit (2017) This is an excellent little film about the poetry and eloquence that a big New York City landmark finds in writing about the dead.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Fun, action, nonsense, classic rock, and over-the-top situations abound. Popcorn is optional.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 63% Tommy's Honour (2017) WhileTommy's Honourtries to expand the sport's stage, it putters along like a glorified public service announcement for visiting Scotland (it's on my wish list) and golf. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
2/5 85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) The film is more for the fans of Dash Shaw. For the rest of any possible audience, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea will be dismissed.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
4/5 94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) In aspritely edited feature, Tyrnauer pushes his audience to make the connection between the turbulent growth spurts of the 1950s and 1960s with today's political aspirations.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
4.5/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda's modern day set piece is small but potent.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
3.5/5 90% Frantz (2017) The late section of the film taking place in Paris and the small town of Saulieu found me in despair. Such a promising film stumbles as its characters misfire in unexpected ways. But, then again, Ozon likes to do that. Play with your expectations.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
79% Personal Shopper (2017) Personal Shopper is a ghost story looking for answers, except no one seems to know the questions. Least of all Stewart, who can't seem to focus her inner turmoil into an effective presence.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3.5/5 93% Donald Cried (2017) ...you have to admire Avedisian for pushing his repulsive character beyond the limits of social acceptance (as far as Peter is concerned), and for directing such a focused drama as a first feature.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
3.5/5 94% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Rather than dig deep on one particular issue, Herzog opts for Lo and Behold to provide a broad and engaging discussion on the topic, one that should be revisited a decade from now.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
4/5 91% When Two Worlds Collide (2016) Much like the Native American struggles in the United States, the film focuses on the battle for truth, justice, and the South American way by Peru's ethnic citizens.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
4/5 95% Command and Control (2016) Command and Control is one heck of a deadly doomsday scenario.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
1.0 25% The Pickle Recipe (2016) Its table scraps tossed about in hope of striking a smile with some of its viewers, The Pickle Recipe leaves the laughs on the floor.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet 24 Hour Comic (2017) ... an interesting look inside the creative minds of some of the disposable/collectible medium's brightest architects...‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
3.5/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island is an action-packed Darwinian fairy tale, full of digitally appealing assets in a beautiful setting. Are you ready for your close-up, Mr. Kong?‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) Obama may be out of office, a fool may be in the White House, but leave it to Peele to make a film that plays with the notion that the masters of Get Out's white house might just be crazier than Donald Trump.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3.5/5 85% A Patch Of Fog (2017) The director offers up a steady build of tension aided by mostly nocturnal activity and guided by director of photography Matthias Pilz's hand-held work.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
1.5/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Like the myth that the real Great Wall can be seen from space, The Great Wall visibly crumbles into absurdity.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3.5/5 90% Elle (2016) There is a brazen, dangerous atmosphere floating about the French-language feature Elle, a dramatic thriller with much to admire but, depending on your sensibilities, not as much to like. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival is one of the best films of the year.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/5 71% No Pay, Nudity (2016) No Pay, Nudity is very much like filmed theater, and it might actually work better as a play. As light drama, the movie is fairly inert.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
3.5/5 85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) As a portrait of a genius, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is a pleasant enough historical primer on what was the best part of television in the 1970s.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
1.5/5 70% Café Society (2016) The romantic comedy-drama script seems regurgitated from some of director-writer Woody Allen's earlier works, and his alter-ego [has a] lackluster stroll through Hollywood's past. There's no magic in Café Society.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
3.5/5 61% Carnage Park (2016) Mickey Keating has chomped down on a big slab of 1970s grindhouse meat and spat out Carnage Park, a grizzled B-movie crime-gone-awry blue plate special.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) It channels the original without rising above it. Then again, Ghostbusters (1984) is a very hard act to follow. Been there, done that, but let's tweak it ever so slightly.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3.5/5 91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) Microbe and Gasoline's nostalgic adventure ride provides a nice diversion for the director's usual whimsies. Like the film's home on wheels, should you strip away its roof, the small scale frame would reveal a very large heart.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
4.5/5 97% Krisha (2016) Other than a kitchen catastrophe, there's not a sloppy moment in Trey Edward Shults' micro-budgeted, crowdsourcedKrisha, an incredibly well-constructed debut feature that plays like a home movie gone awry.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
4/5 89% Dheepan (2016) The millions of hard-working immigrants (illegal or not), and anyone sympathetic to their struggle (maybe even a Republican or two), should find this story of assimilation and trust a well-acted celebration of life in a new land.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
4.5/5 85% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) Music and cinema are both universal languages. I can't think of another film that blends the best of these audio and visual worlds into a most enjoyable adventure about mixed cultures and disparate lives that becomes the sum of much more than its parts.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
2.5/5 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) If you're looking for a taught spy thriller, don't look for Our Kind of Traitor for nourishment.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
3.5/5 74% The BFG (2016) The BFG casts a wondrous spell.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
1.5/5 No Score Yet Beta Test (2016) In an attempt to meld the pc gaming world with that of modest-budget movie-making, Beta Test doesn't score many points.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016