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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 83% Tom of Finland (2017) Karukoski does his subject proud, his own artistry with visuals and sound complementing the artist and the art he depicts.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
B- 73% Ferdinand (2017) I certainly wasn't expecting this to be the second film this year to feature a little girl's oversized cuddly best friend suffering a terrifying ordeal in a slaughterhouse.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
B+ 93% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Older characters pass the baton to a new, female-centric generation led by the outstanding Daisy Ridley, the new face now a confident actress with great screen charisma.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
A- 90% I, Tonya (2017) "I, Tonya" is not only a great American satire, but a revisionist take on an athlete that plays something like "Rocky" derailed by "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
B+ 94% The Shape of Water (2017) One could speculate that this is del Toro's origin story for "Hellboy's" Abe Sapien...but the film also harkens back to his love of old monster movies...distinctly del Toro, yet it also recalls the films of Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
B+ 93% The Disaster Artist (2017) James Franco's all-over-the-place career hits its sweet spot with his hugely entertaining recreation of one Hollywood hopeful's master class in how not to make a movie.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
B- 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) seesaws between naturalism and playing to the rafters.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
B+ 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) a film that is food for the soul‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
B- 83% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Although it runs down an expected checklist, the movie is incredibly likable largely due to Leuenberger's shy, unlikely heroine.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
B+ 84% Darkest Hour (2017) "Darkest Hour's" greatest achievement is reminding us how different the world almost was but for one man's ability to lead others to fight against fascism. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
B 80% My Friend Dahmer (2017) The most remarkable thing about Meyers' film is its compassion. We may never understand Dahmer's actions, yet we can sympathize with what he endured early on, conditions favorable to the creation of a monster.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
B- 50% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) "Nightcrawler" writer/director Dan Gilroy's second film is guilty of narrative muddle, but it is still well worth seeing for Denzel Washington's brilliant character study, a performance unlike anything we've seen from the actor before.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B+ 97% Coco (2017) a giddy, emotionally satisfying adventure popping with color and animation so breathtaking it's often photo realistic.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
B 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) [McDonagh's] third film finds him back in form with a pitch black, if not quite pitch perfect, comedy brought to life by an outstanding cast.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
B- 40% Justice League (2017) while it offers little new story-wise...and suffers from the same, sludgy CGI battles that marred the end of "Wonder Woman," it's better than the film it picks up from and two of its three new characters are a lot of fun.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
B- 85% Wonder (2017) a well-intentioned family film with a good message...but the fairy tale landscape that is Auggie's world gives him a considerable leg up before his story's even started.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B+ 97% Mudbound (2017) Dee Rees ("Pariah") tackles an epic story from the Deep South to WWII battlefields, adapting Hillary Jordan's novel from multiple points of view with the assurance of a far more experienced filmmaker.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
D+ 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The fifteen or so minutes given over to a case involving a rabbi, a priest and an imam...could have been sorely used in later, more climactic, yet logistically muddled goings on...tedious and takes itself far too seriously.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
C 87% Novitiate (2017) [Betts's] tone flirts with the hysteria of Ken Russell's "The Devils," giving her film a camp quality she surely never intended.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
B+ 99% Lady Bird (2017) Gerwig's stuffed a lot of story into her 93 minute comedy, yet it never feels overpacked nor have any of her cast been given short shrift, a remarkable achievement. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
B+ 81% The Square (2017) a witty, if somewhat obvious, art world set satire examining the 'bystander effect,' humankind's willingness to help a stranger in need decreasing the larger the crowd is. Bang is perfection in the lead role...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
A- 99% Jane (2017) a one-of-a-kind biographical nature documentary, the story of a young woman who dared to get close to the powerful creatures who would mold her entire life as she studied and came to love them.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
C+ 54% LBJ (2017) Harrelson disappears and reappears in the title role, hamstrung by an immovable neck prosthetic, but an almost unrecognizable Jennifer Jason Leigh wows as the loving, supportive Lady Bird.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B- 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The choice of New Zealand director Taika Waititi has created a lot of excitement for the latest installment, and while it is fun, one cannot help but feel that Marvel television writers..don't bring enough wit to the proceedings.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
B 98% Dina (2017) Dina is quite the character, such a non-stop talker she chatters through a dental procedure....The film, like its couple, is sweet and awkward, ending with hope for their future.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
B 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The latest feature from...Yorgos Lanthimos is once again concerned with rules, most absurdly, personal preferences as a means of control, most terrifyingly, the fairy tale ultimatum wielded by the film's wolf in sheep's clothing.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
B 76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) really deserves an audience, its following of the four men we see ambushed in its opening scene offering fresh insights into the behaviors and obstacles facing battle scarred soldiers... a welcome reminder of this young actor's [Miles Teller] talent.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
D+ 28% Suburbicon (2017) Clooney's film telegraphs everything with a beacon, eschews basic logic and didn't elicit a single smile, let alone laugh. The best that can be said about "Suburbicon" is that it sports some cool vintage wallpaper.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
C+ 71% Wonderstruck (2017) overly simplistic, an obvious and sentimental tale whose greatest assets are Carter Burwell's score, used in the silent black and white 1927 setting until the stories merge, and Mark Friedberg's production design celebrating museum and book curation. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
C 66% Breathe (2017) We never see a single moment of strife within the Cavendish home, the family and their circle's upper lips so stiff they could serve tea on them.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
B- 89% Only the Brave (2017) This true life accounting of the worst loss of firefighters since 9/11 based on the GQ article "No Exit" casts its group of stalwart men as a battle troop where each looks out for the other fighting a common enemy.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
A 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) Watching it is almost a spiritual experience, history coming alive through flickering images of the past which almost seem made for Morrison's purposes...a masterpiece.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
B- 83% Marshall (2017) Director Reginald Hudlin ("House Party") casts his protagonist like a Western hero, a confident do-gooder who rides into town, deputizes a local, then rides off into the sunset. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) It is Elizabeth Marston, the most doubtful, who emerges as the strongest character, Hall's ability to express often conflicting emotions creating a mesmerizing performance.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) a melancholy, ironic biopic delving into child stardom at a time when Britain latched on to that child's Teddy to ease their post-war pain‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
C 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Maybe screenwriter Scott Lobdell didn't realize he was on the same track as this year's earlier release "Before I Fall," but it is uncanny how similar they are - sprinkle a little of the 1950 noir "D.O.A." on the latter and voila!‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
A- 95% The Florida Project (2017) The film ends on a fantastical note that is jarring in its change in tone, yet provocative in what it has to say...a humanistic work of art that lingers.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
B- 88% Better Watch Out (2017) Chris Peckover's Christmas horror comedy is a deft melding of "Scream" and "Home Alone" that takes a surprisingly nasty turn in its last act...he really excels in his direction of his young cast‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
B 96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) ...classic Wiseman, presenting multiple facets of his subject, segueing from one to the next with street signs, establishing shots and empty interior spaces.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
C 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) There are no new ideas here, poignancy achieved by rehashing moments of the original film with dollops lifted from Spielberg's "A.I." and Spike Jonze's "Her."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
B+ 98% Lucky (2017) John Carroll Lynch makes his directorial debut with this autobiographical homage to the late, great Harry Dean Stanton. It's a stunning swan song, [the] writers...gifting the actor the equivalent of David Bowie's 'Blackstar.'‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
B- 87% American Made (2017) The 'cheeky' opening title card tells us Gary Spinelli's screenplay is 'based on a true lie,' and it is this flippant treatment that keeps the film from soaring higher.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
B+ 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) ...directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris keep a number of balls in the air, juggling actual tennis play, the hype leading up to a game that would be watched by 90 million, and the personal lives of their protagonists.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
C+ 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The film is a comforting, middlebrow arthouse release in the old Miramax tradition. But it does have Dench, who is perfection as the stubborn, lonely queen and the production cannot be faulted.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
C+ 18% Woodshock (2017) The Mulleavy sisters have a talent for expressing the sensual and "Woodshock" never bores, yet it's never wholly satisfying either, its trippy logic too opaque.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
C 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) ...or how the inventive surprise of "The Lego Movie" has turned into creative bankruptcy in just two steps.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
B 94% Stronger (2017) Director David Gordon Green surprises us once again with his refusal to be pigeon holed, this time around adding new life to the 'inspirational' genre with inventive visual story telling and his flawed protagonist.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
B+ 82% Brad's Status (2017) Mike White has orchestrated all the right choices to bring his profoundly considered screenplay to life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
A- 95% Fireworks (Hana-bi) (1997) Released on blu ray for the first time in the U.S., Film Movement's disc features a glorious looking HD digital restoration of the film.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
B 88% First They Killed My Father (2017) like a female counterpart, from both a filmmaking aesthetic and protagonist POV, to the streaming platform's 2015 release "Beasts of No Nation."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017