Jordan Ruimy

Jordan Ruimy
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T-Meter Title | Year
C- 83% The Nightingale (2019) The film's 136-minute runtime is absolutely unnecessary, especially for a film that keeps looking for any kind of identity throughout its messy narrative. There is no groove or flow sustained by Kent, just the delirious need to deliver artsy shocks. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
B+ 100% Love, Antosha (2019) It turns out that Yelchin would frequently bring a camera with him wherever he went, from childhood on, to the point where director Garret Price actually uses Yelchin's recorded tapes to form the narrative and tell the story of his life. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
C+ 63% Yesterday (2019) Instead of expanding on the ingenious premise, Curtis decides to inject his movie with off-puttingly mawkish sentiment. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
C+ 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Barely entertains. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
C+ 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) If the first three installments felt breezy and effortless, Cooley's movie feels forced and unimportant. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
B 83% Midsommar (2019) A horror movie that, at times, almost feels like a surreal comedy, Aster's sophomore effort hits unlikely bumps along the way, but is powered by his considerable visual framing talents and a very strong performance from Florence Pugh. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
B+ 98% The Lighthouse (2019) It's Dafoe who steals the show. His Efraim is damn-near horrific to behold, a behemoth of a presence with his unkempt beard, ridiculous pirate accent and toxic machoism. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
D 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) 'Dark Phoenix' is the worst X-Men movie ever released - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B+ 100% Beanpole (Dylda) (2019) So committed to its sometimes challenging choices, the bold and exacting "Beanpole" sometimes feels damn-near radical. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
C+ 90% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2019) Impressive visual poetry might be on display again, but narrative cohesion is sorely lacking. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
10% Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (2019) "Intermezzo" is the darker, more ambitious companion to "Canto Uno." It can feel overwrought at times, but the urban naturalism Kechiche pushes for is damn-near breathtaking to behold. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
B+ 52% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2019) A bold and bracing statement from the Dardennes that, like their very best work, has the pulse-pounding urgency of a great action movie - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
B 93% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) A rather distanced affair, albeit sprinkled with these small, beautiful moments of personal filmmaking - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
C- 68% Little Joe (2019) Hausner can't really find the tension in the story. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
D 53% Matthias and Maxime (2019) It feels amateurish, as if Dolan decided to make a home movie instead of a well thought-out cinematic endeavor. The result is something that is never involving. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B- 100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) There is absolutely nothing subtle about Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite." It feels like Kore-eda on steroids. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
C 65% Frankie (2019) Ira Sachs' Rohmer-Inspired Drama Dramatically Falls Flat - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's latest juggles a mosaic of characters and story-lines and eventually strings them together for a relentlessly playful and touching finale. It can best be described as brilliant, draggy, ambitious but very personal filmmaking. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A- 100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) This is an incredibly tense and erotic movie. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B+ 60% Lux Æterna (2019) Noe is no doubt a purposeful provocateur, but an immensely talented one at that. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
C 74% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (2019) Terrence Malick badly needs an editor. If you snip about an hour from "A Hidden Life," there's an actual masterpiece somewhere in there. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
B- 89% Rocketman (2019) Annoyingly hyperactive, familiar but decently entertaining - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
C 89% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) Diop struggles to bind together the multiple narratives at hand, not one character is properly brushed upon to make you care about their fate. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 75% Sorry We Missed You (2019) Loach lays it on a little too thick by the final third, but there are some moments of powerful humanism all around this movie. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B 88% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) A perplexing mix of magical surrealism and grindhouse. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B 74% Les Misérables (2019) If anything, "Les Miserables" presents us with a new voice in French cinema, one that hasn't fully learned to restrain himself, but with this feature-length debut, shows the kind of promise not many first-timers exhibit in their rookie turn. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
C+ 89% Bull (2019) By avoiding familiarity like the plague, the writer-director corners herself into a whirlwind of dramatic restrictions, which render her film flat and unavoidably stilted. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Lazy does seem to be the right word when describing "The Dead Don't Die," as it very occasionally feels like an unfinished work by Jarmusch - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
C 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Strictly for die-hard Pokemon fans. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B- 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) However visually stimulating it may be, this third chapter in the series barely shakes off the overall sense of deja vu. And yet, if this 'Wick' lacks the fresh bite of the second chapter, its barrage of choreographic chaos is noteworthy enough. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B 81% Long Shot (2019) The best comedy of the year so far. It's very hard to complain about the excellent comedic and romantic chemistry Rogen and Theron deliver in this picture. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) This entertaining documentary focuses on a woman that has refused to tackle the hardships she has endured in life, instead opting to focus on work and keeping herself busy for the last 50 years. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
B+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) "Avengers: Endgame" feels more like a Christopher Nolan movie than one stemming from the MCU. It's also, by far, the best 'Avengers' movie of the four released. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
D+ 83% Her Smell (2019) A film filled with vile degradation and mean-spiritedness. This is absolute movie hell. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
C 94% Rafiki (2019) The meandering plot and contrived romance at the heart of this film does the film's social importance a major disservice. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B 97% Booksmart (2019) Feldstein is an absolute revelation. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
C 44% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) Despite excellently-staged action, Husson tries to juggle one too many character arcs, which ends up blurring our focus of the bigger picture at hand. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
F 17% Hellboy (2019) One of the very worst movies you will see all year. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
C 61% Native Son (2019) Despite a promising start, I didn't believe a second of Native Son's second half. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
B- 91% Shazam! (2019) The climactic battle drags, going on for far too long. "Shazam!" could have been a major revelation if it was edited more tightly and took itself less seriously. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
B+ 83% High Life (2019) It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I can safely say, after two viewings of Denis' film, that I keep discovering new and fascinating things about it. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
C 93% Diane (2019) despite its perceptive realism, this frustratingly slight drama keeps looking for an identity throughout its morose and uninvolving 96 minutes, but just can't seem to find it. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
C- 54% Wounds (2019) Tries to toss so many things at its audience that the narrative ends up crash-landing very earlier on. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
C- 47% Dumbo (2019) As it stands, "Big Eyes" was the last good Burton movie, 2007's "Sweeney Todd" was the last great one. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
B- 93% The Mustang (2019) What feels rather murky and uninvolving at first is elevated by a central performance and a director who knows a thing or two about atmosphere. The story may seem ridiculous but by the final frame you'll be converted. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 93% Us (2019) After a thrilling 100 minutes, Peele's ambitions do get the best of him - he can't quite close it out and the film's messy final 15 minutes feel overtly expository. Alas, it turns out that "Us," quite ironically, is also confused about its own identity. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
A- 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Zahler isn't in the same league yet as Tarantino, but his rebellious brand of avant-garde, right-wing cinema is making a mark, whether people would like to admit it or not. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
B+ 100% Everybody's Everything (2019) A historic account of an impeccable talent that was part of a counter-culture movement which signified the immense problem that is occurring with today's disassociated youth. You can feel Peep crying for help in every frame. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B 73% Triple Frontier (2019) Chandor is a visual master and in "Triple Frontier" he creates an epic and visceral adventure that's the kind of action movie that feels like it is part of a bygone Hollywood era, one in which smartly-delivered action spectacles used to be the norm. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B+ 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) The result is nothing short of a landmark cinematic event. - World of Reel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019