Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh
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T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 64% Come Play (2020) Built around a universal quandary of our tech-obsessed modern world, underpinned with a folkloric tale that appeals to our most primal child selves, yearning for acceptance and connection, it has a heavy metaphorical resonance. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/4 63% Bad Hair (2020) More humorously incisive than truly terrifying... Simien creates space to discuss the ways in which women enforce unfair standards of beauty on each other in a white patriarchal society, using the horror genre as a blunt but effective tool. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/4 82% Synchronic (2020) This philosophical core, coupled with the cynical paramedic duo premise, akin to Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead," makes for a unique, sci-fi-tinged drama with supernatural elements rooted in real-world stakes and emotion. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3.5/4 82% Martin Eden (2020) Possesses a weight and heft, both cinematically and philosophically, that make it a rare treat. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3/4 85% Yellow Rose (2020) An affecting portrayal of a young woman finding her footing against all odds, and claiming her home in a nation that makes it unduly challenging. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3.5/4 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) [Blank] approaches these heavy-duty questions about art and identity with featherweight touch, and her voice is so cutting, compassionate, and clear, it's like oxygen. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
68% The Glorias (2020) Using every tool at her disposal, Taymor crafts an epic tapestry of a remarkable life, paying tribute to the glorious Gloria Steinem. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
3/4 86% Save Yourselves! (2020) Just as their search for authenticity is about to turn into a Reddit relationships post, a bunch of murderous pouffefball aliens descend on Earth and Jack and Su unexpectedly find the meaning and connection they seek in their own fight for survival. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
3/4 72% Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020) For such a sweet film, "Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles" evolves into a complex exploration of the symbiotic relationship between money and art, and questions what the visibility of that conspicuous consumption could portend. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.5/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) With this strange, dark dramedy, July reminds us that walls can never retain the softest parts of ourselves yearning to break free. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
100% Good Girls Get High (2019) You buy into the story because you buy into Sam's plight, her awkward missteps and glorious triumphs, and Quinn makes that story take flight. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3/4 62% Blackbird (2020) An exceedingly tender and intelligent film about the beauty and grace to be found in death. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.5/4 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) "The Devil All the Time" is a gooey slice of Appalachian noir, and Pollock tears the lid right off the pie that is 1950s small-town Americana... Underneath the golden exterior, he exposes a lurid world of murder and mayhem. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
3/4 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) With pluck and wit in spades, Viswanathan's character, Lucy, is a classic rom-com heroine whom audiences will instantly fall for. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
2.5/4 74% Mulan (2020) The visuals are the best thing about the film, the spectacle a dazzling distraction from some of the weaker elements of storytelling and performance. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/4 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) A fable that whipsaws between the rational and the bizarre, and like all of his work, it presents the unique opportunity to once again plunge into the weird, dark, mind of Kaufman, searching for rare gems of insight. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
2.5/4 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Reeves and Winter revisit their quintessential burnout bestie characters in a film that offers up an easy dose of nostalgia. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
74% All Together Now (2020) "All Together Now" crescendos so subtly and so beautifully it's overwhelming, infused with the love and power of collective care. Basking in the sheer goodness of a group coming together to lift up the most vulnerable among them is a balm to the soul. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) They've taken Dickens' epic and pared it down to the essentials, and the laughs. The result is quite airy, yet also a soulful tale about writing, and owning, your own story. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
3/4 88% Sputnik (2020) This offspring of Ridley Scott's classic is very much its own slick, engaging psychological horror-thriller, anchored by a strong lead performance by Oksana Akinshina. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
4/4 94% Boys State (2020) Potentially the most culturally relevant film of the fall, masterfully made and one heck of an emotional roller coaster. From moment to moment "Boys State" veers from exciting to troubling to amusing, and it's never anything less than utterly riveting. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3.5/4 84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Seimetz boldly leans into narrative ambiguity and metaphor, deftly manipulating film form and sound to craft this eerie, lyrical tone poem about what it's like to be alone, consumed by thoughts of your own death. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
73% An American Pickle (2020) It gestures toward controversial ideas but always swerves back to a simple but profound message of togetherness and family, and the personal importance of honoring tradition and memory. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2/4 61% Radioactive (2020) Despite the talent involved, and the incredible subject matter, the irritating tendency to overexplain means there's very little spark to be found in the enervating "Radioactive." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3.5/4 98% The Fight (2020) Although "The Fight" is swift and jam-packed with ups, downs, wins, losses, injunctions, stays, hearings and Trump speeches, the film is remarkably detailed and careful. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Maine's film captures something indelible about adolescent female desire, without condescending or objectifying, because she understands, subjectively, what that looks and feels like: all the confusion and shame, but yes, also the pleasure. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
2/4 30% Dirt Music (2019) It's an incredibly beautiful film, but it's a challenge to emotionally connect to it... in the translation to the screen, it has lost its interiority, and anything profound it might have communicated. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
2.5/4 37% Downhill (2020) "Downhill" retains the essential DNA of "Force Majeure," and therefore remains a strange and prickly piece of work. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/4 81% The Old Guard (2020) Modern but rich in mythology. Prince-Bythewood gives just enough flashback material to offer a taste of the vastness of the tale, but it never overwhelms the story at hand. This supernatural-ish concept is grounded and deeply human. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
3.5/4 94% Palm Springs (2020) "Palm Springs" belongs to Milioti, in a breakout performance... this feels like the first leading film role for Milioti that allows her to show new shades of her range. She's darker, funnier, wackier than she's been before, but still grounded. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
3/4 96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Lewis is such a towering figure in American history, and American politics, that any tribute to him is a worthy one. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
4/4 98% Hamilton (2020) What more can really be said about "Hamilton"? It's one of the greatest achievements of history-telling and history-making art of our recent era. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
2/4 47% My Spy (2020) One can't help but think the story would have worked so much better as a drama, or some kind of "Man on Fire" actioner, with Coleman's chops and Bautista's brooding presence. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
No Score Yet Alex & The List (2018) A great cast cannot save the dramatically inert and totally inept rom-com "Alex & The List," which is short on both the rom and the com. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
1.5/4 40% Irresistible (2020) With "Irresistible," Stewart wants to have his blueberry streusel and eat it too, attempting to craft "biting" commentary with no teeth, that patronizes but refuses to offend, and stumbles over itself trying to be both snarky and sincere. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
3.5/4 94% Babyteeth (2020) Murphy isn't afraid to play with color and light and text and music, or to let her characters dance like no one is watching, and often. That energy is what puts this coming-of-age film into a class all its own. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
3/4 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Peoples visually creates a rich tapestry of place, offering a peek into this world and filling it with believable characters, while carefully threading the historical and cultural significance of Juneteenth throughout. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
38% Exit Plan (Selvmords turisten) (2020) There is real potential in this premise, and a few flickers of genuine artfulness, but the storytelling is frustratingly abstruse, making for an "Exit Plan" that's a real missed opportunity. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
No Score Yet Pray for Rain (2017) "Chinatown," this is not. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
1.5/4 9% Artemis Fowl (2020) Artemis Fowl will not be the hot new kiddie fantasy franchise, based on this utterly charmless first entry. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/4 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) While this memoirist film strikes a singularly irreverent yet soulful note, it is hampered by a few too many distractions. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
1.5/4 71% Becky (2020) The problem with "Becky" is there's both too much information to sustain any tension, and not enough to sustain interest. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
4/4 88% Shirley (2020) Nothing less than a masterpiece, a powerhouse of performance, style and subtext. It is witchy and wordy and bracingly feminist; it is disorienting and strangely erotic and unpredictable. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2020
B+ 82% Kiki (2017) There is a bit of audience longing for more dance, more fun, more of the excellent music by Qween Beat, more trash talk and lingo, but "Kiki" doesn't offer up the fun without the realities that these youth face. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 70% The High Note (2020) Wafts over you like a great pop song at a summer jam. Is it the deepest, most profound thing ever? Nah, but damn if it just doesn't feel good, hitting all the right beats in all the right ways. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) A bold, surprising and deeply original piece of work, reverent to its references and haunting in its darkened, dreamlike form. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
3.5/4 97% The Painter and the Thief (2020) A story of deeply human connection between two souls that actually see each other, and the healing power wrapped up in that sense of visibility. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
2/4 25% Inheritance (2020) "Succession" ("Parasite" x "I Know What You Did Last Summer"/"Shallow Grave") = "Inheritance." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
100% A Secret Love (2020) "A Secret Love" weaves the couple's remarkable life story into a sensitive and intimate depiction of the two navigating the realities of growing older together... - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
98% Paris Is Burning (1991) Wildly entertaining, deeply humanitarian and fundamentally educational. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020