Gary M. Kramer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Night Comes On (2018) Fishback is riveting throughout... Spiro's film is full of smart details and compelling performances.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
87% Tully (2018) Obviously, something is not quite right with Tully, and something is also not quite right with Tully, either. There are too many head-scratching moments that will pull viewers out of the action. ‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci (of In the Loop and Veep fame), the film incorporates farce, wordplay, sight gags, and satire into one hilarious Molotov cocktail.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Lynne Ramsay's astonishing film, You Were Never Really Here, adapted from Jonathan Ames' noir novella is a taut, hypnotic drama. It is also one of the best films of the year. ‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
96% The Endless (2018) What transpires is an intriguing mystery/sci-fi film that cleverly plays the ends against the middle. ‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) It may be damning with faint praise to say that the mild not wild Book Club is only briefly cringe-inducing, but given the cast and comic potential, it should have been much better.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
No Score Yet Buddies (1985) "Buddies" ends with an inspiring moment - how could it not? But its greatest power is how Bressan humanizes people with AIDS and tells a story that people needed to see - and still do.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
96% Studio 54 (2018) Studio 54 shows what it is like to capture lightning in a bottle, as well as what it means to get burned. The archival footage is fabulous, and this film is a rollicking good time.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
27% Mapplethorpe (2018) Mapplethorpe continues to hit the expected beats of the photographer's life, having about as much depth as a Wikipedia entry.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
56% Tag (2018) Tag is possibly the best extended chase film since Run, Lola, Run.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
77% Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) (2018) Barbosa has beautifully honored his friend's spirit with his lovely, touching film.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
88% The Gospel According to André (2018) Out gay fashion editor and writer André Leon Talley has an infectious personality that is on full display - along with his fabulous, inimitable style - in a rollicking documentary.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
71% The Misandrists (2018) "The Misandrists" is take-no-prisoners cinema, which makes it cheeky entertainment. The film's early scenes suggest an entirely different film than the one LaBruce ultimately delivers. ‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) "Disobedience" provides a didactic lesson in choice and free will. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
60% Anything (2018) "Anything" never achieves the humanity of the recent Oscar-winning film "A Fantastic Woman," which depicted a similar relationship between an older man and a trans woman with dignity. McNeil's film might be ambitious, but it is not very good.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
52% Duck Butter (2018) The big question is: Are these characters and their actions interesting? The answer is maybe. Or rather, occasionally. "Duck Butter" asks viewers to spend 93 minutes with Naima and Sergio, and at times these women will grate on their nerves. ‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
92% Lean on Pete (2018) Haigh may try to jerk tears from viewers throughout this bleak but tender drama, but "Lean on Pete" never feels manipulative. Audiences will likely be as attached to this bittersweet film as Charley is to his horse. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
86% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) [Jones] is utterly unconventional and totally alluring. In a remarkable documentary, "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami," director and editor Sophie Fiennes reveals her subject's essence in performances and personal moments.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
77% Gemini (2018) The best aspect of "Gemini" is how this cool and clever thriller unfolds. Katz provides a juicy set-up and some prime suspects, but he flips the typical script a bit in ways that are best left for viewers to discover.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
87% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) [Lucci] is absolutely riveting to watch. So too is "The Workshop."‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
46% Allure (2018) Brothers Carlos and Jason Sanchez, who wrote and directed this intriguing film, may or may not reveal why Laura is so self-destructive, but viewers open to exploring her disturbing behavior will find this daring film compelling.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) For the most part, this film is as affable and amiable as its title character.... It may wear its good intentions on its sleeve, but this feel-good film has no reason to feel ashamed about doing that.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
80% Where Is Kyra? (2018) Pfeiffer's remarkable, gutsy performance makes her character's despondency palpable just through the weariness of her expressions and body language. ‐ Metro
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
81% The Party (2018) A deliciously bitchy black comedy.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
58% Half Magic (2018) Graham's well-intentioned film probably plays better as a television series than a feature‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) The five animated shorts competing for this year's Academy Award are each satisfying for their clever narratives and visual storytelling.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Actually really mostly pretty good.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Despite all of the filmmaker's skilled effects, Ozon fails to generate real emotion.... it all ends up feeling artificial and inauthentic. The film folds in on itself before it self-destructs.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Vega is terrific in the film's larger than life moments, but she is actually best when she underplays her role. She lends depth and shading to her character.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
No Score Yet Quiet Heroes (2017) Where Quiet Heroes excels is in the personal stories that put a face on both the doctors and their patients.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) If viewers buy into the lovers' May-December relationship, "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" is an affecting romantic drama. Cynics, however, should steer clear.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
48% Souvenir (2018) Defurne's film is highly stylized with vibrant colors and modern interiors. The incomparable Huppert gets to sing a few songs and model some fabulous dresses, but it is her sly, expressive performance that really dazzles. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
100% Strong Island (2017) "Strong Island" is both confessional and confrontational.... Yance's storytelling style is particularly shrewd and compelling.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Devil's Magnificent (2016) There are too many scenes of her dancing in the streets and parks of Paris, meant to signify her free spirit, and the film feels more self-indulgent than satisfying.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
No Score Yet Tale of the Lost Boys (2017) "Tale of the Lost Boys" is crudely made, but the film is a tender, engaging bromance in which each man helps the other to find the means of living their true selves.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
No Score Yet One Last Thing - A Chicken Soup for the Soul Event (2018) [Wendell] Pierce delivers a low-key performance that elevates this stagy and sudsy film. [Jurne] Smollett-Bell is fine in support, but both actors deserve better.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
No Score Yet The City of the Future (A Cidade do Futuro) (2016) The film, co-directed by Marília Hughes Guerreiro and writer Cláudio Marques, does not break new ground, but it features a strong sense of place and three attractive leads.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
91% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) "Heal the Living" does not break new dramatic ground, but it is an engrossing film - even if its vivid medical moments are not for the faint of heart.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
93% All This Panic (2017) Director Jenny Gage, obviously cares about what teenage girls think and feel - and she wants viewers to, as well.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
88% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) "The Untamed" is never uninteresting, Escalante having crafted a film as slippery as its creature. Engaged viewers, caught up in its spell, will likely feel compelled to puzzle it all out.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
85% Beach Rats (2017) "Beach Rats" traverses familiar coming-of-age territory - Hittman also brilliantly explored a teenage girl's sexual awakening in her debut feature, "It Felt Like Love" - but here the realism and emotional rawness set "Beach Rats" apart‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
93% Prick Up Your Ears (1987) "Prick Up Your Ears" may shock less than viewers might expect given the gruesome facts of the story, but the film's extraordinary writing, directing, and acting still hold up 30 years later.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
66% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) For the legions of fans who will see "Manolo," the film's drawbacks may not be an issue, except that they take away from the time spent showcasing the shoes.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
No Score Yet Hot to Trot (2018) A lovely, graceful documentary.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
75% Discreet (2018) Ambitious but pretentious. ‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
70% After Louie (2018) But the film is overstuffed with messages that, while important, are imparted in a didactic fashion. At least Cumming's poignant turn as Sam helps the film over its rough moments.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
No Score Yet Fascination (1979) "Fascination" is at times bloody and baroque, but it remains intriguing even if there are few surprises in how the story will play out.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
100% The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) [James ]Whale's film is fantastic and essential queer gothic. He exquisitely uses light and shadow to highlight the actors' faces and creates a marvelously eerie atmosphere in mist-covered moors. ‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) While viewers may have to suspend disbelief for some of the film's plotting and action, the dazzling combination of romance, fantasy and satire is highly satisfying.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Luca Guadagnino's exquisite adaptation of André Aciman's exquisite novel...casts a truly seductive spell.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017