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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 96% Logan (2017) director James Mangold has wrapped the trilogy with R-rated violence and gore while also giving his protagonist that which has always eluded him...what's so refreshing about "Logan" is how divorced it is from the genre that spawned it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
B- 36% The Great Wall (2017) ...like a highly derivative ("The Wizard of Oz" and "World War Z" to name but two) video game, a silly goof of a movie with outstanding production design (John Myhre, "X-Men: Days of Future Past"). It's not very good, but it sure is entertaining.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
F 32% Fist Fight (2017) Welcome to the worst movie of 2017. And 2016. And possibly several years before that.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
C+ 71% XX (2017) While the concept is strong, the films are middling, only the last, Karyn Kusama's ("The Invitation"), delivering a punch.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2017) The live action shorts comprise the strongest overall of the shorts categories.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary (2017) All are about compassion in one way or another.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Action junkies are going to love this...With Keanu Reeves judoing, jiu-jitsuing, car-fuing and pencil gouging his way through a 141 body count, "John Wick: Chapter Two" is 120 minutes of mayhem in a game gone global.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B+ 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Spinning off "The Lego Movie's" message, that creativity is more important than following rules, "The LEGO Batman Movie" makes super heroes fun again by diving into the toy chest and mixing things up.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B+ 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) It's clear what kind of message the Academy is sending when one looks at their nominees for short documentary, three of which are about immigrants and refugees, another about rescue efforts in Syria.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
C+ 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) the climax arrives and the whole thing collapses into schlocky Gothic horror...the film's themes condensed into the most generic platitude. It's like opening a Tiffany box and finding a piece of paste jewelry.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
C 17% The Space Between Us (2017) Working with a screenplay by "Collateral Beauty's" Allan Loeb that crosses "Roman Holiday" with "E.T.," Chelsom fumbles his film's sweet romance for preteens with preposterous plot elements and shoddy details.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
C+ 42% Youth in Oregon (2017) ...gets by on the talents of its cast...But this divided family's problems are resolved all too easily, Raymond's crisis an overblown catalyst.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
D No Score Yet American Violence (2017) There are so many head-slapping moments, it would take paragraphs to recount them all.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
B- 25% The Comedian (2017) De Niro and Mann prove a surprisingly punchy pair.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
A 100% Tower (2016) Maitland's achievement is to plunge us into the nightmare right along with the people who lived through it...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
A- 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) ...it is [Baldwin's] voice that is the greatest takeaway here, Baldwin's passionate and deeply considered arguments irrefutable. Peck's painstaking work is as powerful in content as DuVernay's "13th" and a poetic tribute to Baldwin's life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
C 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Making the film from Bailey's point of view might seem like a good idea, but Cathryn Michon's adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron's best seller offers only the most obvious perspectives and the device inhibits human characterization.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
B 93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) ...a combination of digital and hand drawn animation which reflects both the beauty and cruelty of nature and man's place within it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
B 98% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) This winner of Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Cannes observes a couple who dance around a stressful event without ever verbalizing their innermost thoughts, beautifully realized in Farhadi's closing shot‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
A 96% Paterson (2016) ...about dreamers, opposites and the deep happiness found in an optimistic view of life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
B+ 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Writer/director Maren Ade's ("Everyone Else") generational comedy is like a bizarre game of chicken, Ines's prankster dad pushing all her buttons until she finally recognizes the absurdity of her priorities.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
B 75% Split (2017) "Split's" biggest asset is James McAvoy...portraying 8 or 9 of his character's 24 alters, often within the same scene (in one scant minute or so near the end McAvoy runs through them all in a jaw dropping display).‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
C 33% Monster Trucks (2017) Director Chris Wedge makes the leap from animation to live action and gets surprisingly committed performances from his surprisingly recognizable ensemble, but any sense of real world logic and spatial integrity have been jettisoned.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
C 23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) like "A Nightmare on Elm Street" for the waking crossed with the Bloody Mary urban legend and "It Follows'" contagion concept. If only it were as good as any of those reference points.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
B- 35% Live By Night (2017) If the film plays, as it did to me, as one full season of 'Boardwalk Empire' crammed into two hours, note that [novelist] Lehane was a writer for the HBO series...Affleck's adaptation weakens Lehane's story instead of strengthening it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
B 89% 20th Century Women (2017) [Mills's] screenplay, rich in the details of a turbulent time as experienced by two generations, is unfortunately undercut by some fanciful directorial choices‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
B+ 84% Julieta (2016) With "Julieta," Almodóvar puts one central mystery front and center, but in solving it, provides answers to questions we may not even knew we had.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
C+ 31% Passengers (2016) ...essentially a pile of contrivances supporting science fiction concepts we've seen before and a moral question it neatly sidesteps.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
B 80% Patriots Day (2017) With "Patriots Day," the big irony is that the film would have worked a whole lot better if its star had been excised entirely.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
B- 39% Why Him? (2016) This is a perfect role for Franco, whose seedy charms are well utilized here, a mixture of sincerity, over familiarity and vaguely off-putting sexuality...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
C- 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) We may not be surprised that Will Smith might be drawn to a sappy, false wallow in grief and uplift, but how did Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley and Michael Peña read Allan Loeb's screenplay and still sign up for this project?‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
B- 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) ...while it's great to see Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen placed into Star Wars lore as a catalyst for the Rebel Alliance the British Jones lacks the fire Daisy Ridley brought to Chapter VII.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
A 93% La La Land (2016) ... a musical so in love with love - and the movies - that only a stone cold heart will fail to get swept up in its glorious romance...The production is a marvel‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
C+ No Score Yet Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid and Nancy (2016) Perhaps the biggest takeaway is...that "Sid and Nancy" director Alex Cox got it right.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
C+ 80% Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015) This Romanian found-footage film may hold few surprises and drags through much of its run time, but it's worth checking out for the filmmaker's seriously deranged performance...suggests "Angst" by way of "My Date with Drew." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
B+ 79% Evolution (2016) Hadzihalilovic's poetic bio-horror doesn't answer any questions, instead submerging us into her dreamlike, watery world as seen through her young protagonist's eyes.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B+ 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Writer/director Mia Hansen-Løve ("Eden") gives her protagonist little recourse yet Huppert uses these life challenges for mind expanding introspection.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B- 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Pesce's debut marks a highly specific world view that seems to have come from a very personal place but the filmmaker's quietly creepy aesthetic is far more interesting than anything he has to say.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
A- 90% Jackie (2016) Stéphane Fontaine...uses rigidly composed frames for the interview which anchors the film while operating more fluidly in flashbacks, a device which mirrors Jackie's carefully composed legend building against real life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
C+ 62% Allied (2016) As the film twists and turns in its final act, even Cotillard is undone by a subtext of self-preservation the screenplay never addresses.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
B- 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Writer/director Warren Beatty, whose long gestating film is his first since 1998's "Bulworth," springs back with a frothy comedy steeped in the golden glow of the old, waning Hollywood studio system.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
A 95% Moana (2016) a movie that follows the Disney playbook, for sure, but does it so well, even winking at it, that it is transcendentally delightful from start to finish...the best Disney animation to come down the pike since 2011's undervalued "Winnie the Pooh."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
B+ 71% Bleed For This (2016) Teller gives an incredibly physical performance, believable in the ring, awkwardly stationary throughout the movie's midsection, his eyes always on the prize‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 89% Elle (2016) "Elle," like its heroine, is an enigma, but Huppert's monumental talent is crystal clear.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
A 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) [Lonergan's] latest, a quietly powerful examination of grief healed by a brothers' bond, is not only an emotional character-driven drama, but the best realization of Massachusetts on screen since "The Friends of Eddie Coyle."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
A- 88% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) The [circle frame] device has the added benefit of focusing our attention where it counts...the miniaturized view allowing for exquisite production design, as if regarding action taking place within a Wes Andersonesque locket.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
B- 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Amy Adams' talent makes us understand Susan's gradual, gut wrenching realization, but in making Wright's themes more obvious, Ford has also given us less reason to care, his approach more satirical.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Featuring a fleet footed, witty performance from Hailee Steinfeld, who keeps Nadine sympathetic despite her bad behavior, "The Edge of Seventeen" is an entertaining reminder of how preconceived notions can cloud one's judgement.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
A- 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) David Yates...maintains an orienting aesthetic that welcomes us back as Rowling spins out new characters which continue her themes of fighting against fascism, oppression and child abuse...but it also displays a whole new level of uproarious playfulness.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
B 96% The Love Witch (2016) this throwback to Gothic sexploitation horror films of the 60's and early 70's ia a feminist contemplation on sexual equality.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016