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Katie Rife

Katie Rife
Katie Rife's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): AV Club

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 23% Proud Mary (2018) Henson's both-feet-on-the-ground performance tries to rein in the chaos, but the simple fact is that she-and the moviegoers, many of them people of color, who will come out to see this film-deserve much better support behind the camera.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
C- 27% Bright (2017) Finally, high fantasy for the sunglasses-on-the-back-of-the-head set.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
C+ 79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) In everything from the score to the costumes and hairstyling, McGuigan seems to think that there's no such thing as too much, a lavishness that just isn't supported by the film's obviously modest budget.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
B- 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) If you're going to coast on charm, you could do a lot worse than Dwayne Johnson.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
C+ 35% The Leisure Seeker (2018) If only the film had something to say about America-or about memory, or about families.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
80% Boys in the Trees (2016) ... its hallucinatory imagery anchored by realistically profane teen dialogue and a tragic LGTBQ subtext.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
B 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Marvel Studios probably won't be hiring Takashi Miike to direct his take on any of its properties any time soon. But Blade Of The Immortal makes that seem like an exciting idea.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
92% Super Dark Times (2017) I wasn't as impressed with the film as some of my fellow audience members, but Kevin Phillips, transitioning from music videos to feature films and from cinematography to directing, has an undeniable eye.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
80% Tilt (2017) [A] deathly dull character study. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
100% Lowlife (2017) Being a debut feature, the film at times struggles to stay on track tonally-a graphic autopsy scene at the beginning seems to portend a much different kind of story-but once it rights itself, it's off like a bullet from the chamber of a gun.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
57% Game of Death (2017) Game Of Death's playful tone does land some absurdist laughs, but attempts to reconcile the film's ironic distance from its pervasive bloodshed and the serious moral conflict produced by the game's rules land with a splat.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
No Score Yet Mohawk (2017) Mohawk has crescendoed to a powerful symbolic reckoning between oppressor and oppressed, well worth sticking it out through the opening scenes of characters chasing each other through the woods.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
83% Vampire Cleanup Department (Gao geung jing dou fu) (2017) Watching the film, you get the feeling that you're watching another culture's equivalent of last year's Ghostbusters remake, an impression that's only enhanced when the plot starts borrowing elements from Ghostbusters.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
B 82% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Jeffrey Dahmer was a real person, with a family and at least a couple of casual friends. The people he killed were, too. The discomfort of reconciling those two facts is where this film lives, and what ultimately makes it work.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
92% Replace (2017) It's too bad that the plot devolves into predictable sci-fi fare fairly early on, seemingly sealing its fate as a direct-to-VOD release.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
No Score Yet Animals (Tiere) (2017) The film looks absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful lighting, composition, and imagery, but it's a bit too preoccupied with mind-bending atmospherics to draw any real impact.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
100% Haruko Azumi Is Missing (Japanese Girls Never Die)(Azumi Haruko wa yukue fumei) (2016) Japanese Girls Never Die is an impressionistic, kaleidoscopic portrait of life as a woman in modern-day Japan, with a little bit of art-world satire to boot.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
C- 15% Amityville: The Awakening (2017) The script is just as lazy as the acting, leaning on a fitfully applied, Scream-esque meta subplot to justify why the hell we're all here in the first place.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
D 7% The Snowman (2017) A slow-motion car crash of a cinematic mishap featuring terrible performances from normally good actors and a bafflingly half-baked script ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
B No Score Yet Blue My Mind (2017) For a student film-director Lisa Brühlmann made Blue My Mind as her film-school thesis project-it's quite impressive.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
B 100% Pin Cushion (2017) Taking a very dark turn late in the second act, Pin Cushion's eccentric craft-fair aesthetic is ultimately protective cushioning wrapped around a broken heart.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
B 100% Revenge (2017) An aggressively stylized, absolutely brutal rape-revenge film from French newcomer Coralie Fargeat.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
B- 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) The period style in Professor Marston And The Wonder Women is impeccable, particularly in the costuming, and the cast is as compelling to watch as the actors' reputations might suggest.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
B- No Score Yet Rift (2011) The movie nearly grinds to a halt in its dramatic middle half, but kicks up the supernatural shocks in its last 20 minutes; these elements come together in a way that's emotionally resonant.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
83% Thoroughbreds (2018) [Thoroughbred] manages to pull off the tricky feat of keeping the audience engaged with very disengaged characters‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
C+ No Score Yet Vampire Clay (Chi o sû nendo) (2017) The film sports practical effects that reach Brian Yuzna-esque heights of giddy absurdity, including a Claymation sequence of a teenage girl being swallowed whole by a wormlike monster as she squirms and screams.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
B+ 91% Gerald's Game (2017) As the renewed wave of interest in Stephen King continues to crash on our cinematic shores, we can only hope that future adapters and adaptions will be so well matched.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
C 20% Woodshock (2017) Character development and motivation are practically nonexistent, and the already-thin plot pushes ambiguity to the point of incoherence. It's like Nocturnal Animals, if the whole movie were Amy Adams taking a bath.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
B 89% First They Killed My Father (2017) The film is an impressionistic, fragmented, sometimes slow affair, one that interweaves tragic and disturbing moments with quiet and hopeful ones. And, by and large, the artistic strategy pays off.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
C+ 34% American Assassin (2017) By substituting macho posturing for real personality, American Assassin's franchise prospects appear as dim as the employment prospects for Middle Eastern actors who don't want to play terrorists.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
C- 32% Home Again (2017) Home Again is built on presumptions of such staggering privilege and naiveté, it ends up coming by much of its comedy accidentally.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
B 85% It (2017) Certain aspects of It remain burned on your brain like a flashbulb on exposed film.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
B- 82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) Ping-ponging from gonzo action to domestic drama to spy thriller and culminating in an electrifying showdown aboard a speeding bus, The Villainess delivers all the overstuffed thrills we've come to expect from Korean action cinema.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
C+ 50% The Glass Castle (2017) Takes what could be a powerful tale of resilience and forgiveness and spins it into just another piece of Hollywood feel-good fluff.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) The biggest selling point of Ingrid Goes West is its screenplay, which is full of deadpan comic flourishes.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
C 35% Fun Mom Dinner (2017) It's ... undeniably disappointing when a movie called Fun Mom Dinner isn't, well, much fun.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
B 86% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) O'Dowd and Williams play well off of each other, conveying the stages of a new relationship from awkward first date to first big fight with an easy and believable chemistry.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B- 76% Killing Ground (2017) Your potential enjoyment of-or repulsion for-Killing Ground comes down to what you want to experience in a horror movie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
B+ 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) The strength of the performances and the audacity of the subject matter are enough to keep Lady Macbeth riveting, with increasingly claustrophobic mise en scène and a breathlessly still soundtrack ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
A- 99% City of Ghosts (2017) A powerful reminder of how essential freedom of the press really is, and how easily it can be taken away.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
B 89% Pop Aye (2017) It's said that elephants have distinct personalities, and Bong's is warm and charismatic, drawing attention so easily that you'd swear a spotlight was shining on him in certain scenes.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
C 42% The Bad Batch (2017) While Amirpour has put a lot of effort into creating sweeping desert photography and detailed thrift-store set dressing, those are ultimately just ornaments on a sparse narrative tree.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
B- 45% Rough Night (2017) The film has some laughs, to be sure. But it's unlikely to inspire any BFF tattoos.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
B 88% It Comes At Night (2017) The rawness of ... emotion translates to a palpable intensity, with the fear of losing those closest to you, either through death or through betrayal, smothering the film like a wet wool blanket.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
B- 41% Vincent N Roxxy (2017) Suffers from many of the same shortcomings that plagued tough-talking Tarantino homages in the late '90s but distinguishes itself with a satisfying climax.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
B- 73% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Shortland's mise-en-scène, full of close-ups of bruised limbs and peeling paint, effectively enhances the grim realism of the scenario.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
B- 46% Everything, Everything (2017) If you're spending the running time of a movie like Everything, Everything being annoyed by plot holes rather than swooning over every chaste kiss and meaningful look, you're probably too old and cynical for it anyway.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
B 97% The Survivalist (2017) Fingleton's spare, striking debut feature takes a minimalist approach to the post-apocalyptic thriller.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
B+ 89% Hounds of Love (2017) Hounds Of Love is a remarkable achievement in that it does exactly what it sets out to do, and what it sets out to do is traumatize the hell out of you. You just might not want to watch it twice.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
B- 71% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Whether you find this sort of thing pretentious or intriguing is, essentially, a matter of taste.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017