Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
Reeling: The Movie Review Show has been produced by Robin and Laura Clifford at the Malden, Massachusetts cable access television station, MATV, since March 16,1991. Reeling is also cablecast on these cable access stations in Massachusetts: Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Wakefield, Belmont, Waltham, Salem and Lowell with more on the way. Robin and Laura have attended film courses at Emerson College and workshops in 16 mm film production at the Boston Film and Video Foundation.
Favorites:
Red Sid and Nancy Aguirre, the Wrath of God The Decalogue The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Being There The Wizard of Oz
Publications:
rec.arts.movies.reviews , Reeling Reviews
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association, Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
2978
Total QuickRatings:
69
Location:
Boston, MA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A- 100% Boyhood (2014) " ...will have you reflecting on your own life, all those moments big and small, many of which represented crossroads you may not have seen at the time." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jul 10, 2014
B+ 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " The movie's plot is steeped in xenophobia, gun control, fathers and sons and the story of Julius Caesar himself." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jul 10, 2014
C- 5% The Avengers (1998) " At only 90 minutes, sitting through The Avengers isn't exactly painful, but it's certainly not a satisfying experience either." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jul 8, 2014
B+ 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " fleet, funny and ferocious" — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jul 7, 2014
B —— Jealousy (2014) " director Philippe Garrel ("Regular Lovers") uses his uber-brooder son Louis as the pivot for a typically French carousel of morphing romantic relationships." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jul 4, 2014
B- 86% Abuse of Weakness (2014) " The entire film has an underlying S&M theme that is more potent than Maud's final interpretation of her own behavior." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jul 4, 2014
B- 100% Grand Central " By focusing on a man who's not only inept, but cavalier about his own [radiation] exposure, "Grand Central" is full of tense moments. If only the romance [Zlotowski] bogs down with symbolism were as enthralling." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jul 4, 2014
B 96% Life Itself (2014) " we see how the man who'd literally lost his voice procured a new one via his blog where he wrote about everything under the sun and if there's a weakness in this film it is that we don't hear enough about this fine work." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jul 3, 2014
C+ 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " This family entertainment may seem all too familiar to parents, but even they should enjoy the performances of its engaging young stars." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jul 1, 2014
C 23% Tammy (2014) " It is admirable that McCarthy and Falcone try to push an agenda that gives the young perspective on their elders (and vice versa), but except for a (very) few funny set pieces, the film's pretty flat." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jul 1, 2014
B+ 80% Begin Again (2014) " a wistful breeze of a film, the perfect antidote to summer's cacaphonous blockbusters." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 29, 2014
A 94% Snowpiercer (2014) " a masterpiece of action adventure science fiction fueled by a terrific international cast...Joon-ho has more on his mind than startling imagery and violence and his climax is both breathtaking and an emotional gut punch." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 28, 2014
B+ 90% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " The documentary's release as the net neutrality debate rages will only underscore what we have lost." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 78% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " Berlinger's work has revealed the warped wheels of the American justice system before, garnering a groundswell of support for the West Memphis Three. With "Whitey," he's casting an ever wider net." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 26, 2014
C+ 71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " The film's finale is so strong, it almost convinces you you've seen a better film than you actually have." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 21, 2014
B- 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " In adapting the Broadway musical to film director Clint Eastwood uses the old neighborhood brotherhood as his base note, layering in the conflicts among the original four members with the play's pass-the-baton, Rashomon-like, direct address device." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 19, 2014
D+ 12% Striptease (1996) " Striptease is two movies in one duking it out to neither's advantage." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 18, 2014
C+ 85% Korengal (2014) " If one has seen [Junger's] Oscar-nominated "Restrepo," "Korengal" plays like outtakes mixed with talking head reflections...more of the same." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 17, 2014
B 89% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) " [Côté's] actors pull us into his strange slice of life on the edge of a forest where humor, kindness, longing and brutality make for an artful mix." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 17, 2014
B 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " Here's a documentary that should be of interest to any kid thinking about his future or the parents socking away money for their children's college fund. " — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 16, 2014
B+ 66% The Rover (2014) " Some may find its ultimate reveal much ado about nothing, a long, violent road leading to a joke. Others will find deeper meaning about what we hold dear and how man's destructive impulses will find him obliterating the very thing he's sought." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 15, 2014
B+ 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " From its 'Previously on...' opening recap through its hilarious closing credit push for the animated series, video game and sequels which move their address up through 40, this meta in joke has the good sense to keep its audience in on it." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B+ 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Writer/director Dean DeBlois's second of a planned trilogy based on Cressida Cowell's children's books has a daring, shocking climax and its underlying theme could be read as championing the maligned pit bull breed..." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 12, 2014
C- 55% The Signal (2014) " Eubank has proved he can work with actors and has the technical proficiency to make a film but the idea behind this "Signal" is weak." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 12, 2014
C+ 62% The Grand Seduction (2014) " So, why do we need a French Canadian English language remake of a 10 year old French Canadian film which itself was a cute but uninspired take on "Doc Hollywood" by way of "Local Hero?"" — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 10, 2014
B- 87% Borgman (2014) " What's most effective about "Borgman" is Bijvoet's mixture of aggressive boldness and reason, his 'creepy crawling' around his benefactress's home even leading to the repeated invasion of her dreams, a homeless demon." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B- 87% Obvious Child (2014) " Jenny Slate's engaging performance keeps us along for the ride." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B- 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The film's far from perfect - director Josh Boone favors too many in your face closeups and the character of Augustus Waters is written a little too perfectly to seem like a real person - but on the whole, this teen romance is more thoughtful than most." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B- 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " a fun ride that never really arrives anywhere" — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 5, 2014
C+ 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " There are sweet moments and Grosin's dynamic performance percolates, but "We Are the Best!" is more tedious than anarchic." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 3, 2014
B- 39% Words And Pictures (2014) " Binoche is a marvel playing a painter whose rheumatoid arthritis is curtailing the scope of her art and life." — Reeling Reviews
Posted Jun 1, 2014
C 49% Maleficent (2014) " Falling into the same trap as "Oz the Great and Powerful," Woolverton's revisionist take uses the spurned love of a supernatural female as the catalyst for an evil makeover and makes a muddle of the original Sleeping Beauty tale in the process." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 29, 2014
C 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " The film's most inventive running gag involves what must be a MacFarlane obsession with the classic stiff subjects of Old West photographs." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 29, 2014
B+ 87% The Immigrant (2014) " The film's last shot is full of irony, a naturally composed split screen of hope and despair. "The Immigrant" is like an antique photograph come to life with ghosts of the past." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 22, 2014
B 93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " Indulgent, Felliniesque, funny, sad, philosophical, political, religious and some might even say incestuous, Jodorowsky's latest features the filmmaker as the compassionate guardian of his 8 year-old self..." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 22, 2014
B- 86% Cold in July (2014) " The film isn't wholly satisfying, raising questions it never answers, but the film boasts fine performances from Hall and especially Johnson, who's turning into a character actor of note." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 22, 2014
A- 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Now *this* is how you make a summer tentpole movie..This mingling of X-Men past and present, young and old, is the best outing of the series to date, its themes front and center...its life and death mission cut with character driven comedy." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 22, 2014
C 14% Blended (2014) " while television Writers Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera have come up with a concept that shifts this one away from Sandler's other vacation movie, their set up, which takes a considerable amount of screen time, is horrible and their 'jokes' puerile." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 22, 2014
C+ 79% Teenage (2014) " Granted, the film's title is taken from Savage's book, but for a documentary which concludes that the teenager is all about the future, it spends too much of its time covering WWII. "Teenage" is a niche historical document." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 20, 2014
B 48% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " Jarratt's outward Outback schtick is designed to entrap, but even without the soft sell approach, the genius of Mclean's creation is that he's part and parcel of the brutal landscape." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 17, 2014
C+ 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Talk about high concept - a desperate sports agent who doesn't value the woman right under his nose (um, "Jerry Maguire") crossed with an Indian kid hoping to win a million dollars (duh) topped off with a double dose of classic fish-out-of-water subplots." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 15, 2014
B- 74% Godzilla (2014) " When Godzilla finally makes his appearance on the eastern side of the Pacific he's like the big bungling uncle you have great affection for, but don't want to get too close to your china cabinet. He's a magnificent creation..." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 14, 2014
C+ 31% God's Pocket (2014) " Having assembled a stellar cast (including the late Seymour Hoffman in his second to last role), Slattery does a great job giving them an authentic blue collar neighborhood, but the characters who inhabit it don't always make sense." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 9, 2014
B+ 88% Chef (2014) " While "Chef" is bound to formula with its father-and-son-bonding, rising-from-the-ashes road trip tale, Favreau is in complete command, creating comfort food seasoned by a master chef. " — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 8, 2014
B- 83% The Double (2014) " Set in a dystopian London of underground cube farms, block house apartments depressing cafes and dingy alleys, Ayoade's sophomore film plays a lot like a murky, schizophrenic version of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil."" — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 8, 2014
B+ 71% Palo Alto (2014) " The film is beautifully acted, shot (cinematography by Autumn Durald, whose evening exteriors are stunning) and edited (Leo Scott, "Trash Humpers"), Coppola achieving a film that flows in story, visuals, sound and music" — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 8, 2014
C+ 82% Fed Up (2014) " ...although Dr. Atkins may not have gotten everything right, clearly he was a forerunner in understanding a lot of what's chewed on in "Fed Up," without receiving even a passing mention" — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 8, 2014
B- 73% Neighbors (2014) " Nicholas Stoller was the man who unleashed the unexpected funny in Rose Byrne in "Get Him to the Greek" and pairing her with Seth Rogen as a couple of young marrieds not quite ready to give up on their college years proves her comic abilities once again." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 8, 2014
B+ 83% Belle (2014) " Using only minor dramatic license, Sagay and director Amma Asante have crafted a historical period romance that tackles racism with all the social intricacies of a Jane Austen novel." — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 6, 2014
C 21% Devil's Knot (2014) " ...a good performance from Reese Witherspoon but little else (unless reality show level reenactments are your bag)" — Reeling Reviews
Posted May 4, 2014
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