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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): Electric Sheep, CineVue

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 58% 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 85% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) 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 No Score Yet 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
4/5 100% Sweet Country (2017) 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
3/5 100% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman 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 88% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2017) 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 98% 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 56% 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 95% 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 41% 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 67% 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 No Score Yet 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 95% 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
4/5 100% Foxtrot (2017) Foxtrot is a bold and imaginative portrait of the confines of family. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 65% 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 (2017) 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 95% First Reformed (2017) [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
3/5 100% 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 97% 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 95% 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 No Score Yet 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 89% Lean on Pete (2017) 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 87% 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 80% You Were Never Really Here (2017) A psycho-noir featuring a stunning lead performance by Joaquin Phoenix.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 29% 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
3/5 89% Good Time (2017) Pattinson shines as Connie: grubby, compromised, smart and charming but ultimately unable to shake his own sordid meanness.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
4/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) It's a brisk sense of female imperturbability which makes The Beguiled such an endearingly subversive piece of cinema.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4/5 75% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) If David Lynch is actually bowing out of cinema then the heir for the surrealist visionary might well turn out to be Yorgos.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
2/5 28% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2016) Liquid Sky gets a remake from the guys who made The Inbetweeners.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
4/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) An artfully funny and keenly sympathetic piece of work.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
3/5 95% Bright Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2017) A pithily precise portrait of the love life of an artist.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
4/5 86% Okja (2017) Lumbering, clumsy but ultimately as loveable as its eponymous star.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2/5 70% Wonderstruck (2017) A touchy-feely cabinet of wonders which occasionally enraptures but also drags.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
5/5 92% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2017) Zvyagintsev is masterfully compiling a cinematic record of suffering, and the indifference surrounding and facilitating it.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/5 62% Ismael's Ghosts (2017) The spy story-within-a-story is moderately interesting and makes for a surprise or two, but the rest of it is utterly unbelievable.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/5 78% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) A Woman's Life is a modest chamber piece, a series of sketches revealing a life of quiet desperation, which eschews melodrama and, for the most part, platitudes but exhibits great tenderness and sensitivity.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
2/5 72% Catfight (2017) Sadly, Catfight never lands the knockout blow.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
4/5 100% Tickling Giants (2017) Youssef himself with his crooked smile and exuberant enthusiasm comes across as someone who in a normal state of affairs would be just another amiably slick joker. But in this context he takes on the bravery and the bearing of a hero.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
87% The Student ((M)uchenik) (2017) A powerful parable on the dangers and attractions of extremism.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
4/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) After the Storm is undoubtedly one of Kore-eda's best.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
4/5 82% George Best: All by Himself (2017) Serves as a corrective to the image Best himself sought to project in the 'guest speaker' years of the playboy hellraiser.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) This is heartfelt and inspiring stuff.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 90% Tanna (2016) There's a magnetism between the two leads which makes their plight all the more moving.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 100% Hostages (2017) A bleakly thrilling account of a little-known tragedy and how it unfolded.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
4/5 93% Fences (2016) The music of the dialogue, with Davis and Washington at the peak of their powers, makes the whole thing sing.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017