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John Bleasdale

John Bleasdale
John Bleasdale's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound, Electric Sheep, CineVue

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 87% A Ciambra (2018) Carpignano's mission seems to be to give the marginalized and voiceless a chance to represent their own stories.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 95% Filmworker (2018) Filmworker acts both as a specific act of homage to this unique man as well as a celebration of the thousands of people behind the scenes who might get on the credit roll but long after the audience have shuffled from their seats.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Howard keeps everything moving at a whip, as if he wants to finish the film under twelve parsecs. But speed paradoxically doesn't make for excitement. Too much breathlessness and we simply suffocate.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
4/5 86% Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman's White Nights) (2014) Konchalovsky offers up an intimate and moving pastoral.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/5 94% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) It would take someone with ears of cloth and a heart of stone not to start fishing out some of the old soundtracks to enjoy them anew.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
5/5 92% Birdman (2014) Birdman is a rich, startlingly clever and multi-layered collage, with Iñárritu creating a meta-universe of mirrors and performances upon performances.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) A whip-smart, moving comedy of family and community.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
4/5 68% Happy End (2017) It may be something of a greatest hits mixtape, but it's also an arresting offering.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 85% The Transfiguration (2017) O'Shea works hard to find a denouement which will tie up all the loose ends and lend The Transfiguration suitable pathos. Sadly, one can't help but wonder if it would make Milo's video library.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 74% Suntan (2017) The comedy is sniggery and the tragedy, at last, exasperated - the bland Suntan of the title hiding the carcinogens stirring under the skin.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 57% Rules Don't Apply (2016) [Rules Don't Apply] is an entertaining and surprisingly low-key portrait of excess.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 36% The Chamber (2018) Other than a sinking feeling, there's not much else The Chamber is going to give you.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 44% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) It's Only the End of the World, though not a disaster, will be for many a disappointment.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 68% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) Warmth understanding and affection shines throughout the film, making it a fitting tribute to this unique voice and presence, now sadly gone.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 44% Bushwick (2017) There are the occasional moments when Bushwick lets on that it knows that this is all truly awful. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
2/5 42% The Bad Batch (2017) [Bad Batch] is a post-apocalyptic cannibal movie that devours its influences without ever getting to the red meat.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Villeneuve has created a genuinely thoughtful piece of sci-fi which escapes the gravitational pull of its inspiration to become something - to paraphrase Dr. Eldon Tyrrell - more Blade Runner than Blade Runner.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/5 78% The Reagan Show (2017) The Reagan Show is timely on a number of levels. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) It's triumph is its determined optimism, even if it admits that is probably a fantasy. It's a tale of the fallen who, like Moonee's favourite tree, keeps on growing regardless.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 57% Radiance (Hikari) (2017) Radiance perseveres with its gentle optimism despite Nakamori's anger and his gradually worsening vision.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 70% Paradise (Ray) (2017) The beautiful black and white cinematography of Alexander Simonov and the meticulous and careful framing of the shots makes Paradise visually sumptuous - perhaps too much so.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
4/5 98% Lucky (2017) ... it doesn't exactly rage against the dying of the light but certainly cusses and blows smoke in its face.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
4/5 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) With Custody, [Director Xavier] Legrand has created a family drama that plays out as social realism, but it is as intense as a thriller and, with no generic get outs, far more terrifying than Kubrick's The Shining.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 40% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) Mektoub My Love is an often beguiling work, drenched in beauty and humour and an inclusive warmth.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
4/5 95% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country is a hoarsely angry film, a powerful denunciation of the racism and violence on which modern Australia was eventually founded.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/5 97% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is, on the surface, Carrey's most obviously autobiographical film, a postmodern reflection on his art and influences. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 90% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Kore-eda has unquestionably added a new, intriguing angle to his meditation on family life in contemporary Japan, complete with a haunting score from Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ... Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a multi-layered piece with such swathes of great dialogue that it will no doubt reward - if not demand - multiple viewings.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) False sentimentality can be a danger. However, The Leisure Seeker is dry-eyed even at its most moving and a celebration of love even as it reaches its end.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
1/5 No Score Yet [Una Famiglia] is a dour, monotonous, predictable and dull effort that doesn't deserve its place in competition.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a midnight movie to relish.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
2/5 29% Suburbicon (2017) In the end, Suburbicon is a town not only that you're glad to leave but that you wish you hadn't bothered picking up the brochure for.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
1/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) It is difficult to work out what to dislike most about Victoria & Abdul: the literal foot-licking or the cliché-riven plot.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
3/5 100% The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017) The House By the Sea is ultimately a deeply satisfying and occasionally moving experience.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
3/5 96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) "A library is not just a place to store books," an academic declares about halfway through Ex Libris. And indeed the thesis of the film is successfully proved.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
5/5 69% mother! (2017) Mother! is perhaps Aronofsky's most extreme film to date, but if you're going to go over the top, you might as well break through the ceiling and head for the stars. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 96% Foxtrot (2018) Foxtrot is a bold and imaginative portrait of the confines of family. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 51% Downsizing (2017) This is a film where helping other people and being empathetic are the true road to salvation and happiness rather than winning 'bigly'.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/5 100% Nico, 1988 (2018) This is [Trine] Dyrholm's film and her commitment to the role is obvious. Her Nico is a flawed survivor, troubled and scarred but still there, persisting in her art: a worker in the tower of song.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 96% First Reformed (2018) [Ethan] Hawke's performance is his most mature to date, a masterpiece of a man who cannot work himself out and yet is compelled to try.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/5 90% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The film can't be faulted for its attempt to argue for some kind of humane kinship and reconciliation, even if this attempt ends up dissolving the enmity in a sentimentality that, given what has come before, strains credibility.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Deeply satisfying filmmaking at its best. It's witty, smart and brilliantly played, plumbing the sub-aqueous depths of our psyches, our histories and desires.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 91% Human Flow (2017) With its epic scale and global reach, Human Flow is a powerful testament to a shameful crime against humanity.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 92% This Is Congo (2017) This Is Congo is an angry film, yet one which is never blinded by its anger.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
2/5 83% West of Sunshine (2017) [Damien] Hill does his best but Jim is woefully underwritten, a shuffling loser who various other characters try to bolster with the dignity of a back story that doesn't seem to fit his actual behaviour.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Endangered Species (Espéces menacées) (2017) Gilles Bourdos' Endangered Species plays like a French Riviera version of Robert Altman's Shortcuts. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
2/5 92% Lean on Pete (2018) Rather than a genuine relationship between the animal and the boy, it feels like Charley is projecting his needs onto the animal, who could just as easily be stuffed.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 88% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) The Untamed is an examination of the strange otherworldly nature of desire, the way sex is often out of joint with our desires and expectations, even with our identities.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
5/5 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) A psycho-noir featuring a stunning lead performance by Joaquin Phoenix.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 50% Jupiter's Moon (Jupiter holdja) (2017) Jupiter's Moon is a highly ambitious and thoroughly entertaining trip and if the politics is more backdrop than subtext, what remains is compelling and occasionally beautiful enough for you to enjoy the flight.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017