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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 73% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) Casey Wilder Mott's delightful modern day version of Shakespeare's work is perhaps the punniest, most meta adaptation of the bard's output to date.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 76% Alpha (2018) ...a stunning looking film (cinematography by "Goodnight Mommy's" Martin Gschlacht) that is both a harsh survival tale and educated conjecture on man's domestication of the dog. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) it's a rarity that a big, splashy commercial romance gets so much right, taking well worn paths in new directions...Awkwafina is so entertaining in a supporting role she should seriously be considered during awards season.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
B- 48% The Meg (2018) a goofy melding of Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" and "Jaws" with a soupçon of "Finding Nemo."...Jason Statham is a welcome reprieve from Rock fatigue.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
B 97% BlacKkKlansman (2018) ...director Spike Lee has taken Stallworth's true 1970's tale and made it into a buddy cop comedy targeting Donald Trump.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
B- 84% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) As Rick, Gallagher does particularly fine work here, his sister's model for success's outward happiness clearly layered upon shaky ground.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
B+ 96% Nico, 1988 (2018) Dyrholm finds Nico's center by concurrently repelling and compelling, her love for Ari genuine even as she puts her junkie son in harm's way, verbalizing total disdain for her audience before delivering her most dazzling performance... ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
B 91% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) what makes Tyrnauer's work so intriguing is that despite its often lurid subject matter, the film itself rarely feels seamy due to Scotty's irrepressible personality.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
C- 45% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Action scenes...are excitingly choreographed and feature some impressive stunts. Unfortunately, this is supposed to be a comedy and the laughs are few and far between‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B- 71% Christopher Robin (2018) The good news is that once the talking stuffed animals of Christopher Robin's past come into the picture, one cannot help but be charmed, indeed won over by all involved, the screenwriters expertly mining Pooh's singular philosophies.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B 82% Puzzle (2018) "Puzzle" satisfies deeply as its heroine finds the pieces missing from her life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
B+ 100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) This is a small movie, but a real one, a look at immigrant life that focuses as much on joy as it does on hardship like one of those human interest stories that go viral.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
B+ 94% Blindspotting (2018) The film is sprinkled with the type of small moments and details that elevate, a trenchant tee shirt here, an old wedding photo there, a faulty house alarm signaling impending danger.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
B+ 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) hands down the best of the six films, a continually twisting exercise in double and triple crossing, non-stop action, insane stunts and, most importantly, emotional resonance. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
B+ 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Legrand is masterful escalating anxiety.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
B+ 83% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda takes an entirely different tack from his family dramas for a critical look at Japan's justice system. This is his first film with Koji Yakusho, outstanding as the mysterious murderer...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
B+ 100% McQueen (2018) Dividing their film into five chapters, each centered on a specific McQueen collection, the filmmakers stitch together the fabric of a beguiling artist but are less successful illuminating what tore that fabric apart.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
C 58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) unfortunately, just like the first film, once we understand what is really going on, suspense starts to flag like a slowly leaking tire. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
C+ 50% Equalizer 2 (2018) Wenk may have stuffed one too many plotlines into McCall's return, the resulting film often feeling disjointed, its central crime more MacGuffin than mystery to be solved.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
C+ 79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) ...Lily James positively sparkles as the young Donna. Unfortunately James has been surrounded with little known actors to portray her three lovers and two best friends and...they are pale imitations of the originals.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B+ 75% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Featuring a deeply affecting performance from Jonah Hill and a sympathetic, open-hearted Phoenix, Van Sant's latest is an upbeat celebration of the healing powers of black humor and subversive art.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
A- 98% Eighth Grade (2018) Writer/director Bo Burnham is a comedian, singer/songwriter/musician, actor and poet, but to the best of my knowledge, he's never been a thirteen year-old girl, which makes his feature film debut all the more impressive.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
C+ 61% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) the animation overall here is top notch, from incredible detailing in costume (check out the black-on-black embroidery on Drac's getup, then note the macabre touches on his 'Hawaiian' shirts) to photorealistic ocean waves.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
B 76% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) "The Intouchables" cowriter/directors Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano once again adhere strictly to genre templates, but do so with such verve and wit they are like master plate spinners.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
B No Score Yet Return of the Hero (Le Retour du Héros) (2018) Laurent Tirard's ("Molière") period screwball comedy is like a twist on "Cyrano de Bergerac" with a feminist heroine.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
B+ 93% See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (2017) ...it is notable that [director/star] Dupontel starred in Jeunet's "A Very Long Engagement," another French WWI set film about a soldier declared dead who is very much alive, the victim of a cruel and corrupt government.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
B 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The movie is a mess, an unfettered explosion of ideas one wishes had been more carefully crafted. And yet the ideas that land land like a megaton bomb.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
B+ 95% The Green Fog (2018) The Johnsons' artful editing can make us laugh with its stuttering effect or marvel at a transition so smooth it defies the total mismatch of the two films it bridges.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
A- 73% The King (2018) Jarecki's documentary is a masterfully constructed, elegiac ode to a career and country that began with great dreams only to lose its way.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
C 48% Skyscraper (2018) This movie so desperately wants to be "Die Hard" I almost feel a little sorry for it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
C- 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This terminally boring, by-the-numbers installment is credited to five screenwriters and all they've come up with is an inverse game of hot potato with the usual assembly of players (the good guys, the bad guys, the law and a wild card).‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
B+ 88% Whitney (2018) MacDonald's work goes much further [than Broomfield's], not only unveiling a horrific truth about Whitney's family, but illustrating how that damage was inherited by a new generation‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
B+ 100% Leave No Trace (2018) [Granik] brings McKenzie to the forefront. The young actress projects the dazed yet intelligent innocence of someone unfamiliar with the modern world.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
B 95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) Depardon's fly-on-the-wall approach suggests Frederick Wiseman with fewer cutaways and a more limited focus. The film is fascinating, but leaves us with many questions unanswered.‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
B No Score Yet Jealous (Jalouse) (2017) That the filmmakers point towards menopause as the cause of some truly awful behavior is disturbing, but Karin Viard's powerhouse of a performance goes a long way towards easing that sting.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
B- 65% Uncle Drew (2018) director Charles Stone III ("Drumline") finds real warmth and character-driven humor in Longino's screenplay, blessed with a group of former NBA (and WNBA) players who still got game.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
B 73% Damsel (2018) Featuring a hilariously bonkers turn from Pattinson, "Damsel" upends the Western tropes of hero, villain and damsel-in-distress with a mid-film twist that radically alters our perspective.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
C 45% Deep Impact (1998) A generic, paint by the number, disaster flick with so-so special effects at the climatic payoff.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
C+ 73% Ava (2018) Beautiful at times, Mysius making reality fantastical, the film also suffers for providing no motivation for Ava's continual cruelties.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2018
C 51% Boundaries (2018) "Country Strong" writer/director Shana Feste has already evinced a penchant for tired genre cliches propped up by starry casts and her latest is no exception.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
C+ 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) it is better than its predecessor, Bayona's Gothic sensibilities giving his film some creepy classicism in its second half.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
C 55% Tag (2018) if you've seen the trailer, all that's really left to this is connective tissue and it's paper thin. Director Jeff Tomsic's tone yaws from comedic to sadistic to tasteless to maudlin.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
B 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) It's a joy to have them back, even if their second adventure isn't as enthralling or fresh as their first.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
B- 82% Nancy (2018) ...while Riseborough exudes fragility and loneliness, there is a creepy undercurrent to her performance that gives the film an odd edge‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B 97% The Endless (2018) ...this filmmaking duo is a prime example of limited means sparking creativity‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
C+ 78% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) the documentary loses its flow, the film oddly structured. We come away from "Westwood" with only a partial portrait of its subject.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
B- 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) Foster's Mrs. Thomas...is a compassionate soul within a brittle and battered shell and the actress's stripping away of her character's protective artifice is moving and unexpected within Pearce's genre trappings.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B+ 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) It is amazing how timely, given our current national coarsening, Mr. Rogers' messages are.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
A 89% Hereditary (2018) a masterpiece of freaky filmmaking, unsettling from its very first image through its hellish denouement.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
C 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) ...a pleasant enough entertainment given its cast, Anne Hathaway stealing the show with her diva antics, but the heist itself isn't well plotted and hinges on a detail the filmmakers seem to have forgotten right after highlighting it as an obstacle.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018