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Joanna Connors

Joanna Connors
Joanna Connors's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B No Score Yet Who Is Arthur Chu? (2017) In any case, the hero of the film turns out to be Eliza. You end up rooting for her to achieve her dream.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
B+ 89% Jackie (2016) Enormously moving, but flawed.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
A+ 97% Hell or High Water (2016) Every element of the movie feels at once lived-in and alive. Don't miss it.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
82% Indignation (2016) Indignation is a film in a minor key, one that engages the intellect but not, quite, the emotions. Still, Schamus plays it beautifully.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
B- 94% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) [A] sometimes ponderous but devastating film.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
A 65% The Land (2016) I was blown away by this movie.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
C 71% Café Society (2016) Sitting through this movie, it's hard to imagine there was time when the release of a new Woody Allen film was exciting.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
B+ 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) You know what's really fantastic about this movie? Ross asks his audience to think about who's right, too.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
B+ 93% Tickled (2016) An amazing and disturbing documentary by David Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
A 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) The story, told in Wes Anderson-style storybook chapters with titles like "Goodbye Ricky Baker" and "Close to the Sky," grows ever more absurd, almost to the breaking point.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
B+ 74% The BFG (2016) If it's not quite scrumdiddlyumptious, The BFG sends you out of the theater lighter of heart, and very glad to have met Rylance's wonderful BFG.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
D 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) A lot of talented people went all in on this movie, including Dano and Radcliffe, as well as the inventive scene designers and whoever did Radcliffe's makeup. They committed to the Daniels' ridiculous junior-high-school concept.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
B- 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) The only thing that brings the film to life is Skarsgard's fantastic performance, by turns jubilant and despairing, and always absolutely riveting.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
B- 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Ross generates excitement in the skirmishes and stand-offs as the story builds to its climax, but he then kills his own momentum by cutting away at various times to a courtroom in the 1940s.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
B+ 90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, does just what its title promises and then some.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
C 51% Genius (2016) Perkins' joylessness weighs down a film already heavy with a sepia-toned palette and filled with dust motes and rain, its Depression-era look turning into actual depression.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
A 97% Dark Horse (2016) Midway through it I scrawled in my notebook: "This is the movie that 'Seabiscuit' wanted to be, and wasn't."‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
B+ 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Familiar stuff, but Miller makes this mini-genre all her own, turning the world of New York academics and intellectuals into the perfect setting for a wickedly smart screwball comedy.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
B 97% Weiner (2016) If Weiner sounds like an amusing, even funny take-down of a narcissistic politician (and aren't they all), think again. It's illuminating, but not all that much fun, to watch a troubled man disintegrate in public.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
B- 84% The Meddler (2016) Sarandon carries the movie with her full-blooded performance, taking Marnie well beyond the stereotype of the title by gradually showing the raw, unexamined emotions she's buried underneath her compulsive charm.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
B 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Irons and Patel, each playing deeply reserved, almost secretive men who disagree on almost everything but mathematics, give the conflict an emotional nuance that is both rare and moving.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
A+ 90% A War (Krigen) (2016) This is an extraordinary film, not to be missed.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
B+ 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Civil War resonates not only with our current climate of hostile political divisions and questions about American intervention in foreign conflicts. It also carries echoes of American anxieties that stretch back to the beginning of the 20th century.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
B+ 90% Green Room (2016) Sualnier tucks genuine mysteries into the plot, but gives a sly wink to genre tropes like don't-go-there basements as he keeps you on edge and guessing.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
B- 73% Miles Ahead (2016) [Cheadle] delivers a spectacular performance. It's clear that Miles Ahead is the very definition of the term labor of love... Alas, much like its difficult, cranky, unpredictable and genius subject, it is a very hard movie to love.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
A+ 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) Spacey and Shannon are among the best American actors working today, and you can see how much fun they're having together in this movie.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
A 70% Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy) (2017) This immigrant clash-of-generations set-up risks falling into cliché, and sometimes does, but director Frank Lotito and the screenwriters find enough specificity and comedy in Smith's dilemma to keep the genial, family-friendly story afloat.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016
B 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) It may not be hip or cool or young, or even particularly hilarious, but a night with the Portokaloses is like any family reunion: fun, awkward, funny, sometimes embarrassing, but full of love.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
B 33% The Bronze (2016) The movie doesn't abandon its gleefully caustic tone, or its often disagreeable (but just as often funny) protagonist easily.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2016
B+ 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) For those who surrender to its atmosphere, and appreciate an unconventional cinematic experience, it's extraordinary.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
B 90% The Lady In The Van (2015) Maggie Smith gives a performance so vibrant, so sharply funny and at the same time so painfully honest, she single-handedly rescues the movie from the lesser angels of its nature.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
B+ 70% Touched With Fire (2016) Dalio steers the film away from the movie clichés that romanticize the condition.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
B 61% Race (2016) Owens' performance at the Olympics, a series of beautifully shot scenes, are of course among the highlights of the movie, as are the scenes at the 1935 Big Ten track meet, when he set three world records and tied a fourth.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
A 96% Son of Saul (2015) Nemes is unsparing -- almost merciless -- in his insistence that we go beyond merely bearing witness. He wants us to go deeper, to feel and hear and see, up close, what the prisoners of Auschwitz experienced.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
A 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) This is one of those movies where the actors are plainly having a great time; they're all terrific and give the Coens loose, funny, deadpan performances.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
A 97% 45 Years (2015) A quiet and chilling look at the fault line opening under a long-term marriage.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
C+ 63% The Finest Hours (2016) Bland, family-friendly entertainment that was once a Hollywood standard. ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
B 83% Lamb (2016) It is at once earnest, sinister, tender and impossible to figure out.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
D 44% Moonwalkers (2016) Absurdist comedy with a level of violence so extreme, and so jarring, it makes the ultra-violence of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange look tame.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
B 76% Band Of Robbers (2016) A nice little cache of comedy gold. ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
C- 81% The Revenant (2015) This is The Passion of the Christ with all of the suffering, but without the mystery of faith and redemption.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
A+ 88% The Big Short (2015) Until you see The Big Short - and I encourage you to do so as soon as possible - it's hard to imagine the near-miracle that director Adam McKay and his co-writer have pulled off.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
B 94% Carol (2015) The film's cool, distant beauty is mirrored in the performance of the wonderful Cate Blanchett, who plays the wealthy, older and experienced Carol. As Therese, whose infatuation with Carol opens her eyes to who she is and what she desires.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
A 60% Joy (2015) A movie that waits until the third act to introduce Bradley Cooper is either totally crazy or unbelievably confident. Luckily, Joy is both.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
B 60% Concussion (2015) The league itself emerges as the truly scary bogeyman in this movie -- which, it's safe to say, plenty of mothers and fathers will view as a horror flick.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
B 16% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) The ending does teach a predictably sweet message, but it's the journey that's more than half the fun in this appealing movie perfect for a winter break afternoon.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
A+ 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) At the risk of committing blasphemy, "The Force Awakens" is the best of the seven "Star Wars" -- followed closely, of course, by the 1977 original.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
A 80% Chi-Raq (2015) [An] exuberant political satire.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
B- 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) It's worth seeing, in large part for McAvoy's performance.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
C+ 73% Trumbo (2015) Takes a fiery character and a hot subject and cools them to lukewarm.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015