Julia Raban Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Julia Raban

Julia Raban
Julia Raban's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria's story has been told pretty thoroughly, and this was probably Abdul's only shot on the big screen. It's such a shame they wasted it.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
85% The Trip to Spain (2017) If The Trip's high-strung chatter grated on you, give Coogan and Brydon another shot with The Trip to Spain-their formula is changing, and for the better.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
89% Moana (1926) Don't go into Moana with Sound expecting an accurate anthropological depiction-just look forward to the drama and intergenerational negotiation of reality and fiction. ‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
86% Xenia (2015) What Xenia captures (successfully, repeatedly) is that uncomfortable late teen age, where you're grasping desperately for your childhood and its safe comforts, and also itching to become new, independent, and powerful. ‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
89% The Lady In The Van (2015) Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd is plenty on her own.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) [Embrace of the Serpent] at least deserves a weighty, sprawling spot in our cultural imagination.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
97% Krisha (2016) Mimicking the one-track mind of addiction, this movie is about Krisha: her humanity, her fear, her actions and their consequences.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
57% The Neon Demon (2016) It feels a bit like Black Swan, with relationships between beautiful women conveying envy and lust and violence all at once, but it's less effective because each character is astonishingly boring and unlikable.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
75% Above And Below (2016) The part of this documentary that makes it honest and refreshing is the concession that society, with all its strict rules and warped ideologies and environmental desecration, isn't really what these characters are running from. ‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
No Score Yet Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously (2016) Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously depicts a rare case: an author whose persona is closer to a rock star than an academic.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
83% Captain Fantastic (2016) The mood shifts constantly, so that at any given moment the family's lifestyle seems either ideal or like a mild form of child abuse.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
91% Last Cab To Darwin (2016) Last Cab to Darwin makes good use of its new medium with beautifully ugly depictions of Australians.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
82% Sausage Party (2016) Candor that has no substance beyond easy stereotypes is just depressing.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Go watch Kubo and the Two Strings now, for its expensive and gorgeous production value, and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised by its complex emotionality. ‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
50% Complete Unknown (2016) The film (directed by Joshua Marston, creator of the heart-wrenching Maria Full of Grace) is distastefully quirky and takes itself far too seriously, but it's fun to watch because liars are fascinating.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
35% Blair Witch (2016) I wouldn't wish this exhausting nightmare on my worst enemy-and at the same time, I recommend it.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
34% Masterminds (2016) At its best, the movie feels like an extended skit, but the script feels witless and is far too focused on moving along the convoluted plot.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
92% Certain Women (2016) It's understated and beautiful.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The Edge of Seventeen excels at embracing stereotypes and tropes-then immediately destroying them with funny and surprising writing.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
90% Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016) The film surprisingly spends a good deal of time exploring the gradual recovery of people who lost limbs in the attack.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
82% Theo Who Lived (2016) [Theo] Padnos is sometimes calm and philosophical, sometimes impassioned and enraged.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
11% The Sea of Trees (2016) It's only 110 minutes long but drags on for what seems like a lifetime.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
76% Miss Sloane (2016) This political thriller is made for people who hate politics.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
84% Silence (2017) By the end of the ordeal, the question is stale and overwrought, and the end of the final scene feels like the sweet release of death.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
88% Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016) What Shoot First conveys so well is that while those scenes are part of history. ‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
92% Ma (2017) Stick with it. It's worth the wait.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
75% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) The plot is full of sex, betrayal, and death, and the acting is lovely.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
No Score Yet Oriented (2015) If HBO's Looking had been set in Tel Aviv instead of San Francisco-and if the gay trio were Palestinian-it might have played like British-born director Jake Witzenfeld's empathetic documentary.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
No Score Yet Free CeCe (2016) There's hope in the film itself, seeing the systemic issues and personal stories laid side-by-side with grace and thoughtful, motivating pain. ‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
100% Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) (2017) There's a danger in coming in to this film in particular expecting a cultural portrait of the country, because with these examples, xenophobic ideas about the brutality of Muslim strangers could easily be reinforced instead of dissolved. ‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
46% Everything, Everything (2017) What if The Boy in the Plastic Bubble had access to the internet? ‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
No Score Yet Wallflower (2017) The film should speak for itself. All judgment should be delayed until the final product is shown.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
73% Manifesto (2017) A major draw of this movie is watching and hearing how Cate Blanchett can transform herself.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
89% Sacred (2017) Religion, with all its baggage, is absolutely beautiful.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
89% Pop Aye (2017) The animals help the main characters realize that the trappings of humanity-while key for health and survival-are not the definition of existence.‐ The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017