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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 96%

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
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
Posted Dec 7, 2016
C+ No Score Yet

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
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
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
Posted Dec 2, 2016
B- 75%

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
Posted Dec 2, 2016
A- 87%

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
Posted Dec 2, 2016
C+ 61%

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
Posted Nov 29, 2016
B- 56%

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
Posted Nov 27, 2016
A 96%

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
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
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
Posted Nov 18, 2016
A 97%

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
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
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B- 71%

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
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 94%

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
Posted Nov 17, 2016
A- 74%

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
Posted Nov 16, 2016
B 95%

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
Posted Nov 15, 2016
C+ 45%

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

"The film certainly is technically impressive, sharp as a diamond, but its story, adapted by Jean-Christophe Castelli from Ben Fountain's book, is oddly flat, only a few characters really coming to life." Reeling Reviews
Posted Nov 14, 2016
B+ 93%

Arrival (2016)

"This science fiction is a rarity, a cerebral film that will break your heart while expanding your mind." Reeling Reviews
Posted Nov 11, 2016
B+ 89%

Loving (2016)

"Nichols doesn't go after big moments here - even the Supreme Court scene ends after Cohen's opening remark. What he's done instead is presented a normal family and left his audience to deduce the madness of their condemnation." Reeling Reviews
Posted Nov 4, 2016
B- 95%

Gimme Danger (2016)

"This is Jim Jarmusch's second documentary after 1997's poorly received "Year of the Horse" and while it's a messy, scattershot affair, the Indie auteur's love of the band is clearly evident" Reeling Reviews
Posted Nov 4, 2016
B- 75%

Trolls (2016)

"...a day-glo musical about finding one's inner happiness...Kendrick and Timberlake make beautiful music together" Reeling Reviews
Posted Nov 4, 2016
B+ 98%

Moonlight (2016)

"As good as [Hibbert, Sanders and Rhodes] all are, it is Holland who makes the strongest impression, the director's alter ego in guiding this young man towards the light." Reeling Reviews
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B- 67%

Trash Fire (2016)

"...a twisted piece of Southern Gothic which pinpoints its writer/director Richard Bates Jr. ("Excision") as one to watch." Reeling Reviews
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B 87%

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"After a lengthy absence from the Hollywood forefront, director Mel Gibson ("Braveheart," "Apocalypto") is back with a heroic and brutal war film that checks off all his recurring themes." Reeling Reviews
Posted Nov 3, 2016
B- 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"although "Doctor Strange" is often a 'been here, done that' experience, this origin story is still worthwhile because of the high pedigree of its casting and special effects." Reeling Reviews
Posted Nov 2, 2016
A 100%

Tampopo (1985)

"One of the three greatest food movies of all time, 1985's "Tampopo" arrives back in theaters in a 4K restoration and it is cause for celebration." Reeling Reviews
Posted Nov 1, 2016
B 80%

The Monster (2016)

"The upcoming "A Monster Calls" may have a higher pedigree, but the rougher and rawer "The Monster" mines similar emotional ground." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 23, 2016
C 20%

American Pastoral (2016)

" 'American Pastoral' the novel is a primal scream. "American Pastoral" the movie is a whimper." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
A- 94%

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"Lush, kinky, twisty and erotic, writer/director Park Chan-wook springs back from his gorgeous but emotionally anemic "Stoker," returning to the warped mind games, three act structure and cephalopod mollusc of "Oldboy"...a delirious cinematic experience" Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
C- 19%

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

"Michael LeSieur's run of the mill screenplay has about as many laughs as a second tier sitcom." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
C+ 38%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"The first "Jack Reacher" was a pretty good franchise starter for Cruise, so what's gone so wrong with its sequel? The film feels like a cheap knockoff rather than a successor." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
B 43%

King Cobra (2016)

"a stylish presentation of a sleazy story of the exploitation of a willingly corrupted youth and desperate hustlers." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
B+ 96%

Aquarius (2016)

"Mendonça Filho's biggest achievement here is his constant connection of the past to the present. Much like Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Our Little Sister," places and things are haunted by memories." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B+ 95%

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016)

"Hara's use of exaggerated sound compensating for O'Nao's lack of sight [is] even more compelling than his visuals...easily one of the best animations of the year" Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
A- 90%

Certain Women (2016)

"features the kind of beautiful writing, direction and acting that say more in what is left unsaid..."Certain Women" has a strong emotional undertow beneath its placid surface." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B- 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"an adult popcorn thriller that gets more mileage out of its hero's affliction that its last twist, but that's not a bad thing. Here character trumps plot." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
C- 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"It's a wallow in bad male behavior and the women broken by it, capped with a ludicrous climax...Star Emily Blunt gives it her all, hurt, woozy and hysterical, but it's not enough to keep this train on the tracks." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 6, 2016
C+ 72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

" It starts strong then takes too long to build to an abbreviated, muddled climax...Parker appears to have lost his nerve as a director at the pivotal moment, the full horror of Turner's rebellion too muted" Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B+ 92%

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016)

"a minor miracle. We've all seen plenty of films where an older crank is sparked into new life by crossing paths with another, but this one feels fresh because of its layered structure, Scandinavian sense of humor and first rate performance from Lassgård" Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 4, 2016
A- 96%

13th (2016)

"Eugene Jarecki's 2012 "The House I Live In," although more limited in focus, arrived at the same conclusion. DuVernay has expanded on the concept, going a big step further by pointing at the very document which defines our country." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 4, 2016
B+ 98%

Under The Shadow (2016)

"Horror is the toughest genre to get right, so it's always a thrill when one comes along that not only serves up chills, but has something on its mind as well." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 4, 2016
B 81%

Denial (2016)

"The film operates on three levels as it studies the Holocaust through a legal lens, views an American struggling within the British court system and develops character to counter snap judgements." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 3, 2016
A- 81%

American Honey (2016)

"something magical...a slipstream of a movie, one which you hitch up to and get carried along in its glorious wake." Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 2, 2016
B- 83%

Girl Asleep (2016)

" ...despite [Myers'] film's stage origins, it's obvious she's been cinematically inspired, most notably by Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman" Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C+ 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"...a by the numbers account of the incident which highlights fiery, explosive destruction over the eleven crew members lost that day...The film's best asset is its villain, Malkovich relishing his Cajun chicanery." Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 29, 2016
C- 63%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"It's easy to see why Burton was drawn to material developed from freaky pictures, but this is simply the worst thing he's ever committed to celluloid (or hard drive)...Burton only excels here at what he's always done best, making the weird cool looking." Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 26, 2016
A 93%

Under The Sun (2016)

" It's extraordinary how revealing Manskiy's film is even before he begins to include behind the scenes 'outtakes'...we come away with a portrait of a brainwashed people told what to do every waking moment since their births." Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 24, 2016
B- 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"You've seen this movie so many times before...But with Nyong'o on board, director Mira Nair and screenwriter William Wheeler have found this story's true heart, that of a mother's faith." Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 23, 2016
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