Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
Tomatometer-approved critic
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
Location: Boston, MA
Official Websites: reelingreviews.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 58% Aladdin (2019) I have to admit the film is not without entertainment value, most surprisingly within an engaging performance from Will Smith that utilizes a spectrum of talent we haven't seen from the actor in quite some time. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Although it's been goosed with dramatic license which proves unnecessary overkill by "Precious" screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, director Edward Zwick's adaptation is the most powerful anti-death penalty film since 1995's "Dead Man Walking." - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B+ 89% Non-Fiction (2019) Ruminating on everything from the digital evisceration of print media to the global rise of the far right, Assayas and his cast keep us entertained as their characters struggle to present their idealized selves in a post-truth world. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's hard to imagine just how franchise director Chad Stahelski and star Reeves are going to top Chapter 3, the most action-packed and outrageously violent of the series to date...That the film is such a treat for the eyes is gilding the lily. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B 72% All Is True (2019) Elton's cast the demoralized literary icon into a swirl of scandal, bitterness and' regret and Branagh's characterization has allowed him to climb back out again, making peace with a family sidelined by genius. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B- 79% Photograph (2019) There is a sadness to these two characters that permeates the film and its gentle romance. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B 97% Booksmart (2019) "Booksmart" may have anticipated this year's college admissions scandal...but it derives its humor from the class killjoys' laser focus on letting their freak flags fly in the last possible moments of their senior year. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B+ 96% The Souvenir (2019) In her first leading role, Swinton Byrne...is a revelation, her passion outweighing any lack of confidence, her naïveté endearing, her need to believe in her lover heartbreakingly relatable. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
C 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) [Yoon's] latest novel's big screen adaptation is also gimmicky and predictable, but it is also nonsensical and devoid of logic, a love story that requires such a huge suspension of disbelief only senseless romantics will be able to bridge it. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B- 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) ...inspirational in how it documents the resilience and intelligent design of nature, but who is it inspiring? Only those with seemingly unlimited financial resources and a large crew of devoted interns need apply. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C 30% The Intruder (2019) We can believe what Ealy and Good do with their characters, but Quaid is nothing more than a boilerplate boogeyman. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
A- 92% Sieranevada (2016) Puiu's film is darkly hilarious as we note not only just how many lies are told and why but how easy it is to accept them. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ No Score Yet The Dead Nation (2017) a masterful cinematic recreation of history, showing us a decaying, innocent world while telling us how what we do not see is destroying it. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Berlinger [illustrates] how sociopathic charm can cast strong doubt even in the face of mounting circumstantial evidence. But the filmmakers leave out some of the more disturbing aspects of Kendall's account, tilting the balance in their favor. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ 81% Long Shot (2019) Rogen's hotness quotient may never be on the same level as Theron's, but these two actors click so completely it is never in doubt that their characters are made for one another. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ 85% Her Smell (2019) Moss not only goes there, she goes beyond there, ranting, vomiting, stumbling, strumming, cinematographer Sean Price Williams and composer Keegan DeWitt supporting the assault of her amazing performance. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
B+ 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) This film's heart, though, belongs to Scarlett Johansson, whose sadness perhaps best articulates just what has been lost. ..Johansson's evolution of the character has imbued her with soulful drive and compassion. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
C 73% I Trapped The Devil (2019) [Lobo]'s taken a half hour Serling classic and stretched it out to feature length. Even the character depth which could have added flavor is punted, hinted at family history never articulated. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
A- 97% Hail Satan? (2019) Lane builds an entertaining and thought provoking case for The Satanic Temple. I know I was won over, enthusiastically so, but...be aware that these folks, while definitely edgy individualists, should not be confused with the Church of Satan - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B+ 95% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) This gothic, nightmarish ode to madness, the result of Christian persecution in a 15th century Alpine village, is surreal folk horror that creeps under your skin like the mists which curl up its mountainsides. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B 84% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) the original title, "Ramen Teh," refers to the melding of two cultures' famous dishes, Singapore's Bak Kut Teh and Japan's Ramen, into one, just like its protagonist. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B 75% Family (2019) Part workplace comedy, part buddy movie and all hilarious character study, writer/director Laura Steinel's feature film debut is a comedic breakthrough for star Taylor Schilling - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B- 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) at once a sexy, comedic romp revealing far more lived passion and duplicity in the 19th century adjoining households of Amherst...than previously imagined and a fresh look at Emily's work and her struggles to get them published - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Terry Gilliam's perseverance has paid off, subsequent script tweaking eliminating the need for its expensive time travel element by introducing a filmmaking back story that lends the movie a well deserved and elegantly executed meta quality. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
C 91% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) This franchise's heart is in the right place, a percentage of first week ticket sales benefiting each film's subject, but "Born in China" excepted, it's like DisneyNature has hired Vermeer to illustrate books for three year-olds. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B+ 89% Missing Link (2019) Punny humor, silly slapstick and classic cartoon tropes abound in Butler's tale, but he's also used his evolutionary theme to layer in more modern concepts like animal rights, feminism and male sensitivity. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
B+ 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) ...the filmmaker has captured the uncertainty of radical history with compelling artistic control. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 80% The Wind (2019) ...screenwriter Teresa Sutherland explores the [frontier madness] concept with demonic trappings, director Emma Tammi smartly using time shifts to distract from the tale's final revelation while masterfully creating a tone of oppressive dread. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 83% High Life (2019) Inspired by thoughts of a lone person on a spaceship where everyone else had died...Denis spun together a story about love and lust, reproduction and survival. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
C+ 44% The Chaperone (2019) ...has its charms, largely due to McGovern, but it's also hokey and its production is lacking - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
A- 99% Amazing Grace (2019) I stopped going to church in my teens, but if church were like this I'd be going every Sunday. The power of Lady Soul's voice produces more shivers, more goosebumps, in ninety minutes than any thriller. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
A- 93% Diane (2019) What Alfonso Cuaron recently accomplished with "Roma," transporting memories of his Mexican childhood onto the screen so acutely they felt like they were ours, has been given a New England spin in writer/director Kent Jones' feature film debut. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B 54% Blade (1998) Blade is a fine, if flawed, addition to the vampire genre and a good late summer action flick. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
C 45% Stepmom (1998) Stepmom is a piece of formulaic Hollywood product that's barely redeemed by its three fine leads and top notch production values. It suffers in comparison to the similar, but far better, One True Thing. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B 57% The Craft (1996) I really like Fairuza Balk as an actress and I really enjoyed her here. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
C- 20% Practical Magic (1998) Practical Magic has little chemistry and less movie magic. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
B+ 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) While any movie about such a horrific event is subject to criticism of exploitation, Maras has given us...one which allows us to understand what it must have been like to endure this horror as well as one which honors truly heroic actions. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C 83% The Brink (2019) a footnote past its expiration date. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C 47% Dumbo (2019) "Dumbo" is flat, even its airborne moments lacking magic. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
B+ 94% The Mustang (2019) The eventual breakthrough between man and beast is incredibly moving, the mustang comforting Roman just when he thinks the horse has beaten him. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
B 57% The Highwaymen (2019) It is a quiet film, delving into the relationship of these two older men, teasing out one final detail about their relationship until a crucial moment, while also taking a hard look at the dubious American celebrity culture that thrived even back in 1934 - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 84% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Brilliantly photographed in primary colors of blue, red and yellow... Gonzalez reflects his story back upon itself via films-within-his-film, black and white photo negative nightmares, dance floors, dark rooms and sex shows. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ 100% Canary (Kanarie) (2018) Christiaan Olwagen's hugely ambitious year-in-the-life musical charts one young man's journey to self acceptance during the height of the Apartheid regime...Bezuidenhout, who has the face of a silent film comedian, is a multi-talented lead. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
C+ 94% Us (2019) this satire of the American dream, where those who get left behind simmer in murderous resentment, resembles one of those unwieldy Stephen King novels like "The Tommyknockers" or "Insomnia" where a good concept unravels and goes off the rails. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
C+ 28% The Aftermath (2019) it is a real letdown to realize that director James Kent ("Testament of Youth") has played a game of bait and switch, a complex historical period used as a mere backdrop for the story of a marriage teetering on the brink. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
C+ 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) while Baldoni's direction of his actors is assured...his inability to rein in the screenplay's more outlandish scenarios and on-the-nose symbolism renders "Five Feet Apart" more shamelessly manipulative teen romance than authentic drama. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
A- 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Tao Zhao gives a quiet performance that nonetheless builds in power, her appearance reflecting the continual blows of dreams slipping away in a country waiting for no one. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
B 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Julianne Moore gives us a woman we wish was not alone, yet feel perfectly comfortable leaving that way. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
A- 94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) while much of "The Wild Pear Tree" revolves around the written word and oral debate, Ceylan's masterful eye, especially for landscapes, ensures his latest is yet another luxuriating, cinematic soak. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
A- 71% Climax (2019) [Noé]'s produced a film that features all of his taboo busters and yet, surprisingly, it may be his most accessible to date...a film that grabs you from its opening shoot and never lets go. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019