Gary M. Kramer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
11% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Actually really mostly pretty good.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
70% 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
92% 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
78% 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
53% 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 (2017) [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
87% 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
63% 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 (2017) A lovely, graceful documentary.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
No Score Yet Discreet (2017) Ambitious but pretentious. ‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
60% After Louie (2017) 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
96% 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
78% Nobody's Watching (Nadie nos mira) (2017) Nico is achingly sad and human, which is what Solomonoff's film captures so beautifully.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) French screenwriter (and frequent director) Céline Sciamma excels at making coming-of-age films.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
90% Raw (2017) "Raw" will be a difficult movie for many viewers. For those who can stomach it, however, it is rewarding - and certainly unforgettable.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
98% Truman (2017) Cesc Gay is not a sentimentalist, and while Truman may tug at viewer's heartstrings, it is never mawkish or maudlin.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Boasting a fantastic soundtrack of '80s hits... [and] a commanding performance by Theron, "Atomic Blonde" delivers visceral kick-ass action with tremendous panache.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
97% Whose Streets? (2017) "Whose Streets?" will certainly appeal to viewers interested in social justice, activism and accountability.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
81% Patti Cake$ (2017) "Patti Cake$" certainly lets its freak flag fly, but that's a good thing. This tough but tender film is a surefire crowd-pleaser.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
90% The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017) The [stories] flow from the author's mouth with ease and will hold viewers in rapt attention. ‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
23% Below her Mouth (2017) What Mullen's film lacks in a strong story, it makes up for in its charged eroticism. Some viewers may feel the need to head for the bathtub Dallas enjoys so blissfully.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
73% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) "All These Sleepless Nights" raises this central question: Who would want to spend one minute, much less 105 minutes, with this guy? I did - and regret it.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
No Score Yet Taekwondo (2016) Taekwondo is a leisurely-paced film that lets viewers bask in its hazy homoeroticism....anyone who succumbs to the film's sensual rhythms, it will be a stimulating experience.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
31% The Assignment (2017) So much of "The Assignment" is offensive. Rodriguez and Weaver both try to enhance the lousy material, but these fine actors deserve better than this lousy B-movie‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
98% In Between (2018) The three lead actors are superb, creating characters who are tough and vulnerable in equal measure. Their stories tug at the heartstrings but never strain the emotions.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
No Score Yet The Cakemaker (2017) "The Cakemaker" is an affecting story about love, loss and pastry.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) "Battle of the Sexes" adroitly captures the era and an event that still has importance for women and the LGBT community.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
56% Hazlo Como Hombre (2017) "Hazlo Como Hombre" is a sweet bromantic comedy about (in)sensitivity. What's more, it ends with a terrific punchline that is sure to leave viewers smiling.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
100% Rebels on Pointe (2017) Hart's doc may be very much like a 90-minute commercial for the company, but it will prompt fans old and new to seek out a performance by the troupe at first opportunity.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
69% Wonderstruck (2017) "Wonderstruck" is a cinematic delight because Haynes creates images and set pieces that carry the story along silently. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
83% Dream Boat (2017) "Dream Boat" includes plenty of buff bodies but Milewski has more serious topics in mind, and that is why his wistful doc resonates. ‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
96% Mudbound (2017) "Mudbound" generates considerable emotion in the scenes between the two men, and Hedlund and Mitchell have a terrific natural rapport.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
83% My Friend Dahmer (2017) My Friend Dahmer may walk the fine line between satire and horror, but the film succeeds because it is not judgmental. ‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
80% Sollers Point (2017) Sollers Point crackles as Keith tries in earnest to improve his life... Lombardi is magnetic and hypnotic as Keith.‐ Metro
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) The biggest disappointment of this feature is that it's not even so bad it's good.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
5% The Last Face (2017) "The Last Face" is the worst kind of good-intentioned noble failure, one that muddles its message because it tries too hard to tell it.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
No Score Yet Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks (2017) "Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks" has a split personality. Unable to decide if it should be a comedy or a tragedy, the modest film lands as a mostly successful tragicomedy.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017