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
A- 100% Paris Is Burning (1991) All these years later, 'Pose' fans will enjoy tracing its characters (not to mention plots) back to their inspirations... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- 55% The Lion King (2019) ...the very definition of critic proof, but while others have found the film soulless, it is undeniably beautiful to look at and Seth Rogen as a farting warthog is almost worth the price of admission alone. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ 73% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) Hamaguchi himself refers to the divide as the Everyday versus the Unexpected, but his his literal symbolism of Ryôhei as harbor after an earthquake versus Baku's fireworks more aptly translates to safety and solidity versus danger and excitement. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
A- 100% Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015) Hamaguchi offers great perspectives into the dynamics of friendship, marriage and the unknowability of others, shedding surprising light on the men in these women's lives in his final acts. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B No Score Yet I Feel Good (2018) Delépine and Kervern have packed their screenplay with so many gags, the movie is enjoyable just for its surface pleasures, but by the film's musical conclusion they have also proven the joys of a simpler way of life. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
C+ 42% Stuber (2019) brutally realistic violence of the action scenes at odds with comic elements that range from gentle to slapstick to uninspired. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B 72% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) Garrel's film is both funny and wise, upending our expectations from beginning to end. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Writer/director Riley Stearns's pitch black comedy is like a feminist take on "Fight Club" had "Fight Club" been addressing toxic masculinity...Jesse Eisenberg's best role since "The Social Network..." - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
B- 82% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) ...the type of commercial French filmmaking which rarely gets released in the U.S., a silly lark which is enjoyable while you're watching it but is immediately forgettable. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
B- 100% Sophia Antipolis (2018) Vernier doesn't so much tell us a specific story as soak into the emotional feel of a place by following several different ones and this park, intended to create an international community, instead has evolved into a microcosm of society's ills. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
B- 74% Lords of Chaos (2019) That it succeeds as well as it does is largely due to Culkin, director of photography Pär M. Ekberg's striking visuals and its truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story about artists who prize image over all. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
B+ 96% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) charts how a misguided affair becomes a matter of national security while also exploring privilege, power and gender and cultural disparity. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
B 90% Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Coincoin et les Z'inhumains) (2018) It is not quite as satisfying as the first and will be even less so for those just coming aboard, but there is still much to enjoy in the warped wisdom of Van Der Weyden and the comical silent reactions of his trusty lieutenant Carpentier - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
B+ 100% The Farewell (2019) Wang excels with this mixture of levity and heart tugs, personified in Mr. Li, Nai Nai's dismissively treated live-in boyfriend who shuffles about like a ghost, attending to her needs. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
B+ 100% The Proposal (2019) Magid's most reminded me of ..."Capturing the Friedmans," another...work assembled like a piece of mystery theater, its purpose not just to relay information in the most artistic manner possible but to astonish us by just what it has withheld - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B+ 82% Midsommar (2019) Aster's sophomore film is a bit like the writing on the walls in his first - intriguing and unsettling, begging for further analysis, yet probably offering nothing more than we see on the surface. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
A- 99% Maiden (2019) ...Holmes and his editor Katie Bryer have fashioned one of this year's most rousing and emotionally satisfying documentaries. This one had me busting with pride for my gender. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B 88% The Third Wife (2019) Vietnamese writer/director Ash Mayfair makes her feature debut inspired by the life of her own great-grandmother, its visuals (by "Pop Aye" cinematographer Chananun Chotrungroj) informed by the beauty of the natural world. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
C+ 63% Yesterday (2019) Your enjoyment of this one is going to depend on just how much ludicrousness and laziness you can put up with in Richard "Love Actually" Curtis's screenplay... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
C+ 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) While Dauberman manages some amount of tension, aided by Joseph Bishara's squeaking-porch-glider score, there are also no real consequences to anything that happens. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
B 94% Wild Rose (2019) Director Tom Harper catches lightning in a bottle with his decision to cast Buckley, who appeared in his 2016 BBC production of 'War & Peace,' the young Irish actress running up and down emotional scales while crooning country classics. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
A- 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) This fourth entry in a series...long recognized as dealing with love and mortality, is a spiritual allegory that finds Woody submitting to an 'organ transplant' to give new life to another before ascending to his own version of heaven. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
C- 22% Men in Black International (2019) Even Chris Hemsworth, that sex symbol with a sense of humor, doesn't enliven the proceedings, his best bit an in joke involving a smaller version of Thor's hammer. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B 82% American Woman (2019) about the in between time, a suspension of a woman's motherhood but not her life...Sienna Miller really digs deep here - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B- 89% Plus One (2019) The appealingly down-to-earth Jack Quaid as Ben and the raunchier and offbeat Erskine as Alice share a rare type of best friend shorthand that makes them fun to be around. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B 91% Between the Lines (1977) Boston audiences will be treated to location shots of Harvard Square in its pre-globalization heyday while cinephiles will delight in early performances of stars like Jeff Goldblum before they were known... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B+ 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) This melancholy piece of magical realism is an ode to a house and a city whose gentrification is displacing those who once made it vibrant, an intraracial cousin to "Blindspotting." - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B+ 93% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Just seeing Welles's artwork is of interest in itself, the man's hand drawn Christmas cards alone an intriguing study (which, yes, Cousins is able to link back to his films). - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B 31% Shaft (2019) The plot is almost beside the point in a movie like 2019's "Shaft," which exists solely to enjoy Samuel L. Jackson's cool quotient. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
C 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) This is Jim Jarmusch's "Oceans Twelve," a movie featuring someone from the cast of every single one of his feature films (beginning with 1980's "Permanent Vacation") that appears to have been more fun to make than it is to watch - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
B- 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) While writer Brian Lynch repeats the same mistakes he made with the first movie - mainly going far afield of organic adventures like a lost toy or trip to the vet's - this time around he only errs with one of his plot threads... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
B 55% Ma (2019) Oscar winner Octavia Spencer slumming it in this "Carrie" crossed with "Friday the 13th" creepfest gentrifies this hoot of a horror movie..."Ma" sneaks up on you. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
A- 92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) You may have trouble navigating its plot, but if ever there was a movie to get lost in, this is it. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B 80% Late Night (2019) Kaling wrote for lead Thompson, who herself began in stand-up and a television sketch show, and the actress walks a tricky line, creating an entertaining public facade, a boss-from-hell workplace persona and a thoroughly sympathetic private character - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B 90% Walking on Water (2019) fascinating and often funny - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
C+ 45% The Tomorrow Man (2019) works best as a showcase for its senior love story, Danner in particular concocting an adorably odd character - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
A- 90% Rocketman (2019) uses John and Taupin's songs to dramatize various important stages of his life, usually ending in a completely different time and space where they begin. The effect is dazzling...a heady rush of entertainment with an emotional undertow. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B 76% Halston (2019) With "Halston," Tcheng may have chosen an inelegant framing device, but he's done an admirable job recounting the life of an artist whose relationship with the business world was both savvy and his undoing. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
C+ 56% 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 90% 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 71% 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- 78% 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+ 89% 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 48% 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 31% 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