Gary M. Kramer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Eldorado (2018) Superb... [A] potent, heartfelt film.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Luminously shot in black and white, with every frame artfully composed, Pawel Pawlikowski's powerful "Cold War"....casts a spell over audiences.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
74% Dogman (2018) Matteo Garrone's unflinching character study... has a strong chance at the Oscars because of Fonte's expressive performance‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2018) Outstanding.... "Birds of Passage" is closer in tone to "Narcos" than any telenovela.... Gallego and Guerra keep the story consistently absorbing as the action plays out and the bodies pile up.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
100% Girl (2018) Dhost's nonjudgmental film doesn't traverse new territory for a trans film, and it features too much dancing, but it benefits from its authenticity. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
93% Border (Gräns) (2018) This supernatural romantic thriller constantly shifts genres, but its slow burn approach keeps things intriguing. Abbasi establishes and maintains an unusual, internal logic that will satisfy viewers who go along with every strange twist.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
100% Free Solo (2018) This breathtaking doc about free solo phenom Alex Honnold will inspire both amateur and armchair climbers.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
0% Ya Veremos (2018) The comedy is neither funny enough nor clever enough to sustain the film's brief running time.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
20% I Am Vengeance (2018) The formulaic I Am Vengeance might satisfy fans of low-budget, British-based action films. But it won't quite break Bennett out to become a name action star.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
90% We the Animals (2018) "We the Animals" is a tough story, but also life-affirming. It races along like a child going every which way before stopping in its tracks and landing an emotional wallop.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
100% 1985 (2018) 1985 may moralize a bit, but the film is quite moving. Smith gives a strong, subtle performance, and Madsen is heartbreaking as his mom. Bring Kleenex.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
91% Far From the Tree (2018) It is impossible not to be inspired by the humanity on display in the film. The dignity of these individuals, all of whom want the right to just be who they are, comes across clearly. That is the strength of this very flawed, but highly compelling film.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
No Score Yet Postcards From London (2018) Witty and visually dynamic...Postcards from London unfolds as a series of clever tableaus.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% Mario (2018) This absorbing film sneaks up on viewers and packs an emotional wallop.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% McQueen (2018) While "McQueen" may be a mix of hagiography and cautionary tale, the film - like the designer's shows - generates real emotions.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
94% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) This gritty adaptation of Billy Moore's memoir benefits from a breakout performance by Joe Cole and a strong sense of place.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
95% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) [Ross] creates a sparsely beautiful film; his shots of insects at night, or cars waiting for an animal to clear the road, are hypnotic‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Scotty Bowers, the film suggests, led a remarkable life. But at this late date, neither that life nor Bowers himself comes off as particularly remarkable. And that's a significant point all on its own.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a somber drama that builds to a quietly powerful conclusion. In an age where gay conversion therapy still exists - and remains a threat to LGBTQ youth - Akhavan's film is as timely as ever‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
67% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) Ah, the course of true love never did run smooth, as Lysander has tattooed on his arm. Yet Mott can't help but show off how damn clever he is with in-jokes ad nauseum‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Custody deliberately keeps viewers on tenterhooks as the story plays out to its spellbinding conclusion. In expanding upon his short, Legrand has made a feature that improves upon the original.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) The modest quality of the film's musical numbers is not the problem; it's the lack of emotion, energy, and excitement. [The film] has all the glitz of a Carnival Cruise ship revue, only audiences are not docking at Kalokairi when the songs end.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
No Score Yet Bixa Travesty (2018) "Bixa Travesty" aka "Tranny Fag," is a bold film about the unabashed MC Linn da Quebrada, a transgender performer, as well as her friends and family. The concert scenes are fantastic, and da Quebrada's charisma extends off-stage as well.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
92% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) "Good Manners" is a strange and wondrous fable. A Brazilian fantasy and stinging social commentary, it features motherhood, lesbian passions, and werewolf instincts, plus a few musical numbers thrown in for good measure.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Van Sant doesn't milk Callahan's story for uplifting moments of inspiration, though there are some of those. Instead, he tells a story about self-love and self-worth that enlightens as it entertains.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
92% A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) (2018) "A Skin So Soft" walks a tightrope in how it presents the vanity of these guys, practically fetishizing them and asking viewers what makes these six men beautiful, erotic, or perhaps even grotesque.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
82% Love, Cecil (2018) The film is a magnificent showcase for Beaton's work as well as his thoughts about style and his impressions of people‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
66% Ideal Home (2018) "Ideal Home" offers a droll spin on queer family values. It may not be deep, but it is frequently quite funny. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
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
86% 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
88% 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
95% 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
55% Tag (2018) Tag is possibly the best extended chase film since Run, Lola, Run.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
80% 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
90% 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
75% 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
85% 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
55% 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
87% 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
75% 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
44% 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