Frank J. Avella

Frank J. Avella
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Frank J. Avella is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and film journalist. His plays include LURED, VATICAN FALLS and CONSENT. He currently writes for Edge Media Network and Awards Daily. Frank is the East Coast Rep for GALECA - The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics. He's a proud queer Italian-American.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A+ 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 isn't just a nail-biting war movie, it's a vital and timeless account of heroism and a depiction of humanity at its most desperate yet hopeful. We need stories like this one, especially now. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
C- 84% Big Time Adolescence (2020) ...the film borrows liberally from better films like Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused without saying anything new or all that interesting - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
B+ 98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell may be a difficult sit for anyone who has lost a loved one, but it's a worthwhile one as it keenly captures the glorious awfulness and fabulous ridiculousness of family. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
C- 59% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Shamefully, the women in the film don't seem to matter a damn. Neither spouse (played by Tuppence Middleton and Katherine Waterston) is given enough to do. It's ironic and telling that this was one of the last Weinstein Company films. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
A- 87% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Synonyms is a brazen dark comedy that blasts our ever-growing worldwide class divide and keenly satirizes notions of assimilation. It's a treat to watch from the eye-popping opening to the final ironic image. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
A 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) ...it happens to be great filmmaking and features an intense and richly developed script, as well as two dazzling lead performances. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
C- 43% Midway (2019) This incarnation does have Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson and Luke Evans trying their best to transcend the cliché trappings of Wes Tooke's lousy screenplay. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
B+ 90% Je t'aime moi non plus (I Love You, I Don't) (1976) ...an oddball tale of unlikely love, bizarre infatuation, raging jealousy and real pain... - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
B 82% Judy (2019) One gets the feeling that Zellweger was able to tap into her own topsy-turvy life and career to channel the artist. She will certainly be rewarded with an Oscar nomination (and probably the award itself). - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
A 95% Marriage Story (2019) The film captures a palpable love gone awry with a young boy caught in the crossfire. It's a telling, emotionally devastating, yet somehow cathartic work. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
B- 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) ...a pointed, moody, meandering work that is often entertaining and quite biting. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
B+ 82% The Report (2019) This is important storytelling because it also provides specks of hope that sometimes the truth wills itself out when it's given galvanized shoves by those who still give a damn, even in a democracy that's gone to hell. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
B+ 83% Waves (2019) A wildly cinematic feast that completely envelops the viewer. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
B 90% The Lighthouse (2019) The film is a head-scratching, exhilarating and just damned bonkers work that is richly singular in execution. - Edge Media Network EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020