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Julia Swift

Julia Swift
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6 71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The spirit of Ruth Bader Ginsburg shines through and overpowers the passionless script and weak performance of the lead actress. Justin Theroux owns the screen working again with director Mimi Leder - a groundbreaking force in her own right.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3 66% The Mule (2018) Although it's wonderful to see Clint Eastwood, now 88, on screen, as the director, he fell short. Each character was acting in a different tone/genre and there was no unifying directorial vision. The script's thinly sketched characters didn't help.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
10 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Try to see this amazingly visual and immersive film on the largest screen possible. And yes, it will help to see the original first. The world is beautiful, layered and fascinating and the characters keep you caring every one of its 164 minutes. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
6 84% Game Night (2018) This thriller/comedy combination is no masterpiece, especially given it's weak script and off the rails third act, but it is a light fun movie. Jason Bateman's charismatic performance carries the film over the rough spots. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3 64% Vice (2018) What a waste of talented actors and makeup artists. Yes, Bale physically transformed himself, but his Cheney had no passion and could not glue the various bits and pieces of the script together. A definite fail for writer/director Adam McKay. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
10 97% The Rider (2018) This true story hauntingly explores masculinity in the American Western tradition. A real family plays themselves in this fictionalized version of their lives. I suspect we will see many brilliant films from the director, Chloe Zhao.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
6 45% Everything, Everything (2017) This plays more like theater than film as the story is mostly contained in one room, but the actors bring such vulnerability and hopefulness that is hard not to get swept away by their romance. I can't wait to see what director Meghie does next.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
6 92% Love, Simon (2018) The first studio wide release gay coming of age film tries so hard to get audiences to identify with the main character that he ends up being too ordinary. However, the characters around him are fully developed and help us grow to care about him.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
8 90% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) This film noir, set in Cairo as the Arab Spring erupts, is a fabulous example of how have different layers of storytelling that will appeal to a variety of audiences. There is a murder mystery, a political statement and social allegory all in one.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
7 83% Detroit (2017) A gut wrenching film by a masterful director set in Detroit's 1967 Riot/Uprising. The script follows too many characters, sacrificing emotional connection, but Bigelow pulls deep performances from her cast with breathtakingly powerful results.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
9 94% Arrival (2016) A startlingly original film. This alien meets professor film is more layered character drama than thriller. Look out for the use of sound and color to express Amy Adams' character's growth and change. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
7 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Another remake of one of my favorite films. Bradley Cooper doesn't quite pull it off, but everyone around him shines, especially Lady Gaga. The script faltered as did all of the songs -- except The Shallows, which will stick in your head for weeks. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3 60% Operation Finale (2018) The director struggled with the tone, sliding into comedy and breaking the emotional thread. The film was packed with potential as the script delves into a period of Nazi resurgence in post WW2 Argentina that has largely been ignored in media. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4 88% The Post (2018) Too focused on plot -- the film looses the character threads. But every scene Meryl Streep is in comes to life, leaving a hole every time she's not on screen. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
8 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy throws herself into this true story taking us for a ride, even as the character pushes away everyone in her life and makes many questionable choices. The script is wonderful, but the director and DP didn't match the level of artistry. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
4 88% First Man (2018) The cool special effects can't overcome the flat script and ultra-restrained acting. Neil Armstrong may not have been brimming with charisma, but the director and actor needed to reach deeper and find something human for the audience to connect to.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
8 98% Border (Gräns) (2018) This Swedish film pulls on the tradition of trolls and drops them into contemporary society. The lead actress' deep soulfulness helps the audience suspend disbelief and immerse themselves in this tale of immigration, parenthood and sexuality. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
9 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Anna Kendrick shines as a young mom coming into her own sense of self and power in this quirky mashup of film noir and comedy. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
10 No Score Yet The Rest I Make Up (2018) An inspiring documentary on Maria Irene Fornes, the groundbreaking playwright, director and teacher. Filmed over years, the filmmaker/subject relationship transforms to true friendship. The film is a celebration of the undying artistic spirit. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
8 82% Green Book (2018) Filled with intimate moments from a son's memories of his father's tales, this feel good drama takes us on a road trip as opposites find common ground. Prepare for the best kind of tension as we hope/fear for the characters.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
6 64% Aquaman (2018) See it on the big screen for a fun, beautiful, underwater ride. Just don't expect too much in terms of story and acting. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
8 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) An awesome movie for pre-teens that uses hip humor to comment on our world while being unafraid to make us feel real emotions. Add Disney princesses freed from their corsets, and you've got the feel good Disney ethos updated for our electronic age.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018