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
B+ 95% 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 52% 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 79% 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+ 26% 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+ 53% 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 94% 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
B 94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) unlike ["Embrace of the Serpent"], while this also charts the corruption of long tradition by greed and wealth, "Birds of Passage" becomes more of a family saga, a familiar story of drug money instigating violence. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B+ 95% Transit (2019) With his latest, adapted from a 1944 novel, yet set in modern times, Petzold centers on a male refugee on the run assuming the identity of another man, then falling in love with that man's wife, a "Casablanca" for today. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
C- 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Marvel not only finds itself lagging behind DC with its first female super hero, but utterly losing the contest. "Captain Marvel" is a boring mishmash of ideas from a score of other movies and franchises... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) While the blend could be adjusted to taste, its funnier moments on the gentle scale of humor, "Woman at War" continually reinvents itself, Geirhasdóttir's vibrant performance its compeling constant. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
A 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Miller has used this pristine, richly colored footage wisely, letting it speak for itself. There is no narration. There are no talking heads. There is just a sterling, 93 minute recreation of one of mankind's most miraculous technological feats... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
B- 78% Level 16 (2019) the big reveal undermines Esterhazy's carefully laid and creepy setup, a case of meticulous years long planning turning out to be utterly unnecessary to its end goal, if more dramatically interesting. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
C- 55% Greta (2019) Presumably, [Jordan's] meant "Greta" to play straight...Instead he may have a camp classic on his hands as the movie is a howler, a cheesy horror film gussied up with big stars and slick production. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
A- 82% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) an explosion of deftly curated imagination, a dazzling and hugely entertaining film. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
B- 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Dean DeBlois returns to complete his trilogy and while it is lovely to look at and wraps his 'boy and his dog' story up neatly, it doesn't muster the excitement brought by the first two installments. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
B 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) a warm and messy, a sprawling family sports saga where the oddest of oddballs find their niches. Merchant and his cast have created the very definition of a crowd pleaser, whether you're a fan of the WWE or not. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
B 100% Too Late to Die Young (2018) Sotomayor's coming of age tale is unique in that her focus is not only on the young, but the (less well defined) adults whose choices are every bit as questionable. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
C 73% Mega Time Squad (2019) The concept has been done before, and better, most notably by...Vigalondo in "Time Crimes," but Dammen's gang that literally can't shoot straight is so clueless, rooting for his bumbling protagonist proves an entertaining, if trifling, amusement. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
B- 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) As with "Avatar," "Alita: Battle Angel" features mind blowing visual effects in service to a been-there, done-that mashup, in this case of "Frankenstein" and "Rollerball," and also suffers from origin story-itis. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
B 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) ...deliciously twists romcom cliches into self-referential laughs...Wilson bonds with her most appealing role to date, positively shining in witty song and dance routines. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
B 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) ...fails to astound as much as the original with its LEGO brick ocean waves and rapid-fire funny, but its real world parallels pay off splendidly. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B- 77% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) [Farhadi] begins with a bang, his extended family wedding one of the most cinematically significant in some time, but oddly, his film suffers diminishing returns as skeletons start to tumble out of closets. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
D 46% What Men Want (2019) Back in 2000, Nancy Meyer had a hit with her Mel Gibson vehicle "What Women Want" about an ad exec whose bump on the noggin allows him to hear women's thoughts. It was a pretty bad movie. This one is worse. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
B+ 88% Arctic (2019) Joe Penna makes his feature debut with a gripping survival thriller that is all the more satisfying for not spelling everything out for us. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
B+ 90% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) All of the nominated short animations offer their own pleasures, but Trevor Jimenez's "Weekends" is the clear winner for me. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B 100% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) Four of the short documentary nominees hail from the U.S., but I'm putting my money on the U.K. entry, "Black Sheep," with "Period. End of Sentence." a close second. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- 79% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) The 2019 Oscar nominated live action shorts hail from Spain, the UK, Canada and U.S., but while they take on many genres - true crime, mystery, coming of age adventure and drama - they all have one thing in common, death. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B 71% Piercing (2019) Nicolas Pesce neatly sidesteps the sophomore slump with an adaptation of Ryu Murakami's novel featuring retro stylings and deliciously synched performances from leads Abbott and Miakowska. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
B+ 100% Hanagatami (2017) This nearly three hour epic about the wasted youth of Japan's war years adapted from Dan Kazuo's 1937 novel is both a moving tribute and the type of phantasmagorical experience one would expect from the director of 1977's "Hausu." - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
C- 19% Serenity (2019) It seems silly, until it doesn't, the expected closing credit updates at once chastising us for our misplaced amusement and muddying those clear blue waters with information at odds with what we have just seen. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
B- 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Cornish's film falters a bit with a vanilla villain and overly extended finale, but it mostly charms as does young lead Serkis. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
B+ 98% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) a moving and marvelous look at an artist and his inspirations through decades - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
A- 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) The plight of the powerless - children, the poor, undocumented immigrants - in [Labaki's] home country must be a cause close to her heart because you can feel her passion in every frame of her film. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
B 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) Henry Dunham's twisty, dialogue heavy chamber play is a taut psychological thriller that upends our expectations, pulling the rug out from under us in its final moments. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
C 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan has come up with a solid, if somewhat underwhelming, idea here only to undercut it time and time again with lazy screenwriting. The sole reason to see "Glass" is to once again marvel at McAvoy's tremendously entertaining acting gymnastics. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
C+ 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) While the film has a few wobbles, most notably a prominent CGI cougar named Big Kitten who won't fool anyone, it is difficult not to be affected by this tale of a dog's love and loyalty. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B 90% The Charmer (Charmoren) (2018) ...it is quite the surprise to learn that we've really been watching a psychological thriller of sorts, Esmail wearing so many masks we never see him clearly until the film's final moments. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
C+ 48% The First Wives Club (1996) While the movie frequently gets things right, the big intricate revenge set-up in the second half is mishandled and muddled. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
B 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Kulig commands the camera, but "Cold War" kept me at an emotional distance. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
B 95% No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) (2018) ...a trenchant exploration of guilt and the disparity of judicial punishment based on the class of the offender. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
B- 79% Buffalo Boys (2019) ..director Mike Wiluan fumbles a bit with tone with a film that initially seems like a Jackie Chan vehicle before morphing into a brutally violent indictment of Dutch colonialism. He definitely has a talent for staging action scenes, though - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
B+ 90% Museum (Museo) (2018) ...cinematographer Damián García knows exactly how to shoot it, the boys feet magnified as the gingerly step through archeological models, his camera swiveling until they are upside down on screen, then casting their shadows on a wall... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
B 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are simply astonishing in these roles, Coogan capturing Laurel's meek, innocent befuddlement while Reilly counters with Hardy's steam-venting exasperation and clipped diction. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
C 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Leder returns to the big screen with an effort that feels intended for the small screen. While it tells a great story..."On the Basis of Sex" feels like a Lifetime movie. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
C+ 66% Vice (2018) While the multiple story lines and complex subject of his last were buoyed by McKay's amusing financial explanatory asides, his use of the same device for this single-stranded biopic is overbearing and unwarranted. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018