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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 60% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) [Lane] sheds Anne's cares away slowly, as if sinking into a warm bath. Filmmaker Viard is a delight as the irrepressible Jacques, a kind and considerate man with a hint of the rogue, a true charmer.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B- 32% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Well, blow me down - the fifth entry in a listing franchise is the best "Pirates" movie since the first.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
C+ 18% Baywatch (2017) It works for a while, largely due to the comedic talents of its stars and two early rescue set pieces, but as usually happens with these types of films, the superficial plot ends up overtaking the comedy.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B- 76% Wakefield (2017) Cranston, who narrates Wakefield's thoughts throughout, roots himself in this absurdly compelling character...[Swicord's] film is an interesting experiment, but it suffers from the inherent distancing of Wakefield's life going on without him.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
B- 47% Everything, Everything (2017) The movie has its faults, but Maddy and Olly make for memorable, intellectually curious characters whose romance blooms in extraordinary surroundings.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
B 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) Koler's spirited performance is a thing of beauty, the actress fascinating to watch as we root for her character's faith to be rewarded.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
A- 93% Obit (2017) an extraordinary account of what makes the New York Times's obituaries so special, complete with pearls of wisdom on good writing and how to shape a story.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
B- 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Scott's "Alien" franchise still entertains and horrifies, but with two more movies still to arrive, the screenwriters need to find new ways to delve into its mythology. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
A- 73% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) ...a sumptuous vision for the eye, lit like a Rembrandt, Léaud the picture of corporeal decay cushioned in rich burgundies.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 13, 2017
B 84% Risk (2017) a segment added after the film's Cannes showing is chilling. Assange expresses his hatred for Hillary Clinton. Wikileaks - true transparency or a personal vendetta?‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
C- 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) ...such a cultural mishmash (George (Tom Wu) the kung-fu master! A Syren that looks like "The Little Mermaid's" Ursula!) that it loses all distinction.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
D+ 37% Snatched (2017) Amy Schumer appears to be appropriating the man-child personna of last decade's comedies and it's not a good look.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
B+ 93% Glory (2017) the perfect movie for our times, a fable of economic inequality and government corruption. If the 2000's brought forth the social justice films of the Romanian New Wave, now may be the time to begin looking southward towards Bulgaria.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
B- 77% Chuck (2017) Schreiber gives Wepner an appealing blue collar quality, a bear of a man with an open, easy going nature.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
C- 51% The Dinner (2017) Jumping about in time from the dinner to Paul's perspective on the past and the evening in question with amateurish dissolves, "The Dinner" might keep you guessing but the road to the answer is arduous.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
B+ 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Gunn really excels in icing his cake, references to 'Cheers,' Pac-Man and "Mary Poppins" not only amusing but integral, much like the juvenile name calling that occurs throughout.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
B 85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Graphic novelist Dash Shaw's first feature animation is a hilarious pastiche referencing everything from video games to "Scooby Doo" to "The Poseidon Adventure."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
A- 100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) Raim probably wasn't trying to dynamite the auteur theory...but seeing Harold's story boards for such films as "The Graduate" and "The Birds" is a startling reminder of just how many people contribute to the making of a film...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
B 92% Hounds of Love (2017) Ben Young's feature debut is a beautifully shot, superbly acted psychological thriller with more on its mind than its subject matter would suggest.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
B 67% Free Fire (2017) The film is an amusing romp in the director's humorously violent style, but it's essentially "Down Terrace" squared (or "Reservoir Dogs" in a warehouse).‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
C+ 48% The Promise (2017) Its fictional love triangle characters may add geographical scope, but the film is a Europudding which never articulates why the Turks wished to obliterate the Armenians in the first place.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
B+ 87% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere, who uses the vocal inflections of a toned down Woody Allen, is never less than sympathetic, his attempts to be meaningful to the powerful always as genuinely well intentioned as they are grasping.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
A- 85% Disneynature Born In China (2017) With noted Chinese cowriter/director Lu Chuan ("City of Life and Death") at the helm, the series' first entry into China is their most stunning release to date, the landscapes as breathtaking as the creatures which inhabit them.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
B 88% The Lost City of Z (2017) James Gray has made a film the like of which hasn't been seen in years, a classical, shot on 35 mm adventure story which also serves as a biography of one enlightened man wishing to change the mindset of the colonialists who charted his fate.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
B+ 87% Their Finest (2017) This love letter to cinema's unifying and inspiring power is a love story, a workplace comedy and a celebration of the human spirit.."Their Finest" accomplishes all this and features what may possibly be the most unexpected on screen death since "Psycho."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
A- 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) Davies' screenplay is a marvel of wit and compassion, revealing humor and tragedy in the life of a woman few knew.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
B- 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) When Cipher (Charlize Theron) commands 'let it rain,' you're in for perhaps this franchise's most inventive mayhem.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
B- 79% Colossal (2017) Vigalondo gave us a fresh twist on time travel with "Timecrimes." With his latest, he's spun travel itself into a whole new ballgame by combining the Japanese Kaiju genre with a psychological character study into addiction and control.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
C+ 73% The Void (2017) This Lovecraftian take on the Monkey's Paw legend may be embraced by some, and it is effective in its setup, but I came away from this one thinking the special effects crew had more fun than I did.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
C 16% Queen of the Desert (2017) Falling swan feathers and scattered rose petals in a Werner Herzog film?‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
B- 46% Going in Style (2017) If the first film required a box of tissues, this one's more aptly paired with a whoopie cushion.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
A- 95% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Koreeda is a master of portraying complex human emotions without spelling them out, a downward glance or an actor's stance telling us all we need to know.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
C+ 52% The Boss Baby (2017) Director Tom McGrath (the "Madagascar" trilogy) envisioned the film as a love letter to his older brother, but his baby boss shares some Trumpian attributes, like his favorite phrase 'you're fired!'‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
B+ 73% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) The son of "Psycho" himself, writer/director Osgood Perkins, rejuvenates the 80's slasher film with an art house template, a slow build soaked in atmosphere delivering serious creeps.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
C+ 42% Wilson (2017) ...it's the smaller performances that stick, like Lauren Weedman's ("The Five-Year Engagement") curmudgeonly turn as the pet store lady.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B+ 94% Neruda (2016) Following his brilliantly unorthodox Jackie Kennedy film, director Pablo Larrain takes another unusual tack with his latest, (written by "The Club's" Guillermo Calderón) depicting one year in the life of Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco, "No").‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
C- 45% Song to Song (2017) For 129 minutes, we're treated to Oscar winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki's ("Gravity") camera swirling around characters breaking into little dances, Mara and Portman's belly buttons and birds taking flight.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
B 92% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) The artificial acting style in this modern twist on the Nativity story may take some getting used to, but Green's puckish tweaking of the French literary set along with his moving take on paternity, make this one a charmer.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
B 95% Prevenge (2017) Lowe's film is hilarious in its skewering of leering men and unsupportive women, but her film also comments on the trials of pregnancy and the often condescending attitude toward the mental competency of expectant mothers.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
B- 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) the filmmakers have retrofitted echoes (and flashbacks) of the first film's groundbreaking style into their tale of middle-aged men dealing with a present shaped by their pasts [but] "T2" won't work nearly as well for those who come to it uninitiated.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2017
B+ 81% Mean Dreams (2017) Canadian director Nathan Morlando channels Jeff Nichols and early Malick in both his material and artistic sensibilities, his film a more heroic, humanistic twist on "Badlands."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
B- 92% The Devil's Candy (2017) ...a heavy metal vision of hell.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
C 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) After Kenneth Branaugh's surprising rejuvenation of "Cinderella" and Jon Favreau's masterful retelling of "The Jungle Book," Bill Condon's live action remake of the 1991 Disney animation is a crashing disappointment.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
C+ 72% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) There are some good performances here, with Emily Mortimer as Veronica's flirtatious mother the highlight, but "The Sense of an Ending" is truth in advertising.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B- 84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) while its musical numbers soar with the grimy glamor of "The Rocky Horror Show," the story that ties them together (screenplay by Robert Bolesto) is too scattershot and the lyrics to original songs by Barbara and Zuzanna Wronska often juvenile.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B+ 90% Raw (2017) ...a very intense horror film, one which uses its setting to unsettling degree.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B+ 79% Personal Shopper (2017) ...a genre film unlike any in its class, an interior journey studded with spectral stumbling blocks...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) With a story by John Gatins, screenwriters...have reimagined Kong as a Vietnam era anti-war movie, the film's real villain Lt. Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), itching to kill after having 'abandoned' the war in Vietnam.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B- 34% The Last Word (2017) Watching Shirley MacLaine be a pill turns out to be more entertaining than a lot of what passes for comedy these days‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
C+ 66% Before I Fall (2017) In repeating one fateful day, Sam will learn about the consequences of bullying, what's important in adult relationships, empathy, judgement and the importance of family.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017