Joanne Laurier

Joanne Laurier
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Born in Massachusetts, a regular contributor on film and art to the World Socialist Web Site since 2000.
Publications: World Socialist Web Site

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
61% Brian Banks (2019) The movie is an intelligent and heartfelt account of a serious miscarriage of justice. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Overall, Once Upon a Time is an extremely confused film in a tremendously confused body of work. It remains the job of the critic to try and sort through the disorder. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday is somewhat unfocused. Curtis is a pleasant, clever enough writer when he is not being sentimental, with a certain ability to create comic-touching moments, but the overall argument is unclear... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
92% Wild Rose (2019) Unfortunately, the obligatory and unconvincing "uplifting" element and ending in Wild Rose is a central problem. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
87% Pavarotti (2019) One of the film's most compelling moments, aside from "Nessun Dorma," is the performance of The Three Tenors, Pavarotti, Spaniards Plácido Domingo and José Carreras... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) The Command is a taut, tension-filled movie, with all actors giving committed performances. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
89% Rocketman (2019) Whatever Rocketman' s shortcomings, or its subject's, the film is an exhilarating ride and a reminder of why so much of Elton John's music is appealing and enduring. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
88% I Am Richard Pryor (2019) I Am Richard Pryor presents a sincere and moving account of the comedian/actor's life and career. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
97% American Factory (2019) This level of brutal exploitation is once again becoming the norm in the US... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
No Score Yet The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant (2009) The Last Truck captures a social tragedy, the destruction of hopes and lives in the naked pursuit of profit. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
97% Midnight Family (2019) Midnight Family suffers from a certain passivity, and it lacks any social or historical context, the products apparently of what the director calls "observational" filmmaking. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
No Score Yet The Little Comrade (Seltsimees laps) (2018) ...The Little Comrade takes the opportunity to advance anti-communism and Estonian nationalism, which have their own foul history and political trajectory... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
96% Rojo (2019) The movie's eerie, ominous atmosphere is legitimate, but can't substitute itself for historical concreteness. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
No Score Yet What We Left Unfinished (2019) What We Left Unfinished attempts, with only partial success, to grapple with Afghanistan's complex, tortuous history. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) Washington and its European accomplices have largely destroyed Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. Millions have died, tens of millions are on the run. Midnight Traveler records one case. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
100% Kabul, City in the Wind (2018) Kabul, City in the Wind is a devastating and intimate portrait of daily life in Kabul. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
89% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Wild Nights with Emily is crude and amateurish for the most part, and not amusing. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
No Score Yet John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky (2018) Lennon [is] a figure who continues to fascinate... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
93% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Welles portrayal is appropriately cynical and menacing... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
92% Stan & Ollie (2019) Coogan and Reilly are outstanding and perhaps more genial than their real-life counterparts... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Capernaum is a difficult movie to watch. The levels of economic hardship, want and degradation are extreme. Labaki's camera is unflinching. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlikowski may have decent artistic instincts, but those prove entirely inadequate in face of the complex questions bound up with the postwar conditions. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
71% Hold the Dark (2018) An absorbing movie that deals, if only obliquely, with American capitalism's historic crimes against indigenous peoples and, more recently, the Iraqi population. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
64% Bird Box (2018) ...Bird Box does give visual and dramatic life to a fairly widespread conviction at present in certain upper middle class circles, in Hollywood and elsewhere... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) ...because it does not extend itself very far into the world, the film tends to fall back on itself, generating a somewhat precious, self-absorbed tone... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins' movie is sensitively and thoughtfully done, but almost inevitably reflects some of the problems of the identity politics-obsessed age. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Mangold's Ford v Ferrari, at its best, is thrilling, taut entertainment...Overall, the energy and talent of the fine cast tends to uplift the generally predictable narrative. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
81% The Report (2019) The film is relatively hard-hitting in certain ways, but pulls its punches at decisive moments. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
90% Dark Waters (2019) Dark Waters is a harrowing, gripping film. Straightforward and zealous, its rich cinematography captures DuPont's environmental destruction of West Virginia. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
82% Queen & Slim (2019) Frey and the others responsible for Queen & Slim have created a largely fabricated picture of American life as dominated by a virtual race war. Refunds, however, are not likely to be forthcoming. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
84% Just Mercy (2020) Cretton's Just Mercy is a moving film with committed performances. Johnny D's trial scenes are taut and emotional. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
69% The Kill Team (2019) By contrast, the new fiction film tends to suggest that the "Kill Team" was an aberrational exception in America's otherwise praiseworthy fighting force... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) A technological step forward, several ideological and artistic steps back... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
92% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird has few likable characters...Soderbergh should know better. Why is he promoting and arguing for these big and little entrepreneurs? - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
71% The King (2019) A film drama (insufficiently) inspired by Shakespeare's work... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
89% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Slater's work is an amiable, moving and, at times, fascinating look at a group of talented musicians who are relatively honest and occasionally insightful about their experiences. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) Emma. is attractive enough in costume and decor, but is flat and devoid of nuance and emotional or social spark. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Even though Sciamma has certain technical skills and a stylish touch, the movie's premise of a manless "utopia" is barren and, frankly, stupid. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
77% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood's film is a serious, humane and sincere artistic and social accomplishment. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
100% Colewell (2019) Quinn adds a surreal element to the generally sober realism. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
92% Clemency (2019) Clemency is hauntingly effective. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
97% Knives Out (2019) In its criticism of the rich for their avarice, xenophobia and general lack of humanity, Knives Out turns out to be more than a run-of-the-mill mystery yarn. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
93% Bad Education (2019) Everything about the situation in America made the thievery in Roslyn not only possible, but inevitable. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
100% The Resistance Banker (Bankier van het Verzet) (2018) The Resistance Banker is made and acted with genuine commitment. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
56% Resistance (2020) Resistance is not a great film, but the Marceau story is the stuff of great drama. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
100% #AnneFrank. Parallel Stories (Vite parallele) (2019) The new documentary has chilling and moving elements. Anne's tragedy is brought to life through the heartfelt reading of excerpts of her diary... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
72% Vivarium (2020) The question arises: is the movie's central thrust just an attention-grabbing gimmick? Probably. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) Hodge, Reid and Dyer are competent adjuncts. The movie makes use of conventional horror tropes, while Wallfisch's pounding score borders on the hysterical...but Invisible Man doesn't have anything even vaguely radical or oppositional about it. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
69% Detroit Unleaded (2013) Detroit Unleaded, by debut writer-director Rola Nashef, is not a head-on social critique, but it is a warmhearted piece about the complicated interactions between the city's Arab and African American populations. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
87% The Attack (2013) The Attack is a well-done, intelligent work. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020