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+ 100% The Sparks Brothers (2021) Wright's labor of love may be guilty of a fan's over indulgence, but his subjects will charm the pants off of you, make you laugh and amaze with their creativity and sheer endurance. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
D+ 48% Queen Bees (2021) [Burstyn's] best scenes with a Bee are with Loretta Devine's Sally, whose uproarious bit on 'underboob sweat' is the film's funniest. But these elements are like a life raft on the Titanic. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
C 32% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) ...one would expect that more Hayek would be a good thing. While that is indeed true, screenwriter Tom O'Connor hasn't stepped up at all on the action plot which features so many extreme CGI explosions they become boring in their repetitiveness. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
B+ 85% Censor (2021) Those looking for narrative threads to be tied up neatly won't find that here as "Censor" spins into literal nightmare territory in its climax, leaving us in a state as suspended as its heroine's fractured reality. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
B- 91% Sublet (2021) The strength of the film is with its leads, the award winning veteran and screen newcomer connecting so believably from such opposing romantic ideologies we come away from the film with hope for humanity. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
A- 100% Center Stage (1992) ...Kwan's bold approach is something like analyzing a film in real time, his intertwining of feature scenes, interviews with actors and filmmakers...plus clips from what remains of her work enriching the experience. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
B+ 93% All Light, Everywhere (2021) This mind boggling documentary accomplishes the feat of criticizing the very media it delivers its ideas with as it leads us to question the incontrovertible truth of police body cam footage. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
C 87% Undine (2020) Although [Petzold's] themes ring through loud and clear in his latest, his fairy tale approach to romance renders it pretty but pointless. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
B 94% The Amusement Park (2019) While not every aspect of Romero's amusement park allegory for society works as well as others, the 52 minute film succeeds in its mission with flying colors. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
C 57% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Surprisingly, director Michael Chaves...actually keeps things interesting up through Johnson's crime only to allow the movie to nosedive once it enters territory even the Warrens would claim is fictional. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
B- 74% Cruella (2021) There are so many things right about Disney's latest villainous spin on the origin story it's a shame that one thing that is very, very wrong indeed casts a shadow over the proceedings. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
B 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Krasinski really surprised with his directing prowess his third time behind the camera and he continues to do the same with his technically assured sequel, even if, this time, the narrative is a little spottier. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
B+ 96% In the Heights (2021) takes off like a rocket which may make its soft landing inevitable. The story resolves neatly...but the cast and filmmakers have clearly given this their all and the musical's big, vibrant beating heart is a testament to them all. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
C 90% The Dry (2021) has exactly two things going for it - its stunning and spatially intelligent use of its widescreen frame and Keir O'Donnell's ("American Sniper") thoughtfully nuanced portrayal of Kiewarra's Sergeant Greg Raco. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
B+ 92% Final Account (2021) Parallels to today's right wing extremism are chilling and there are many examples...a wake-up call we'd never anticipated needing after the horrors of Nazi Germany. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
C 90% Dream Horse (2021) ...may please those unfamiliar with the story, but it is a pale imitation of the real one told in the 2015 documentary "Dark Horse." - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
C- 25% The Woman in the Window (2021) Director Joe Wright has made a valiant attempt...with his A-list cast and theatrical production... But with a cast like this, it is disappointing that so few performances stand out and that one central one is badly miscast. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
B- 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) While opening scenes setting up the action play like a series of screenwriting tropes we've seen too many times before, the cannily cast ensemble inspires rooting interest and Sheridan gets into his groove once all his action has moved to Montana - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
C 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Lynn Bousman maintains a decent amount of suspense and will please fans with his five traps and climactic homage to the original film, but "Spiral" lacks thematic teeth. Its killer, who is identified, also gets away. Prepare for more of the same. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B 87% The Djinn (2021) an effective little chiller, but after its hard won emotional climax, that final twist leaves a bitter taste in one's mouth. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
C+ 61% Profile (2021) ...may use a real life incident for its inspiration, but what you're getting follows the Bekmambetov-produced "Unfriended's" playbook with terrorism as its horror hook. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
A 67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) With a very compact running time, Franco impressively paints a city under siege, then flips the chaos into control of the most horrifying nature, a dehumanizing authoritarianism. "New Order" is shocking, but it delivers an effective warning. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
B 94% Riders of Justice (2021) Anders Thomas Jensen ("The Green Butchers," "Men & Chicken") reunites his regulars Mikkelsen and Lie Kaas in a family-of-shared-issues comedy built around a violent adventure driven by geeky statistical analysis. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
B- 65% Silo (2021) ...a great procedural on the complications of a grain entrapment rescue...But while Burnette's created a wide variety of characters in his rural New Hope, it takes the better part of the film to figure out how they are interrelated. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
C+ 39% Things Heard & Seen (2021) Seyfried engenders sympathy and a rooting interest that carries us through a film whose supernatural aspects almost feel like an afterthought and which carries its subplots a bridge too far. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B+ 96% The Human Factor (2020) With his "The Human Factor," Moreh has laid out complex situation in clear terms that leave us disconsolate at what might have been... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
B+ 94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) [Andersson's] built-in-studio (some amazingly so), neutral pastel-toned scenes filmed with a static camera and a straight face (admirable in his more absurdist moments) comprise a film which expands his trilogy into a quartet. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
A- 92% Limbo (2021) Ben Sharrock's second feature is a humorously deadpan exploration of the refugee experience that resembles an Aki Kaurismäki movie with a sprinkling of Bill Forsythe's Scottish "Local Hero" flavor...one of the best films to emerge so far in 2021. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
A 96% Gunda (2020) Have you ever imagined an adult cow could gambol? With artfully placed cameras shooting in black and white and an incredibly layered, natural sound mix, Viktor Kosakovskiy invites us to consider the lives of the creatures we share this earth with. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2021
B+ 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) With wildly inventive visuals organically inspired by Katie's filmmaking chops, offbeat humor including an intimidating Furby army led by a freakily giant-sized one and genuinely earned emotion, The Mitchells vs. the Machines is artful entertainment - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
B- 76% Stowaway (2021) ...the type of film that seems to exist all for its excruciating climax, one in which Penna keeps upping the ante to unbearable degrees. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
B+ 100% Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2008) When Greenaway isn't cracking us up investigating one figure's increasing penis size or talking about transvestite dwarves, he does it by visual imagery, at one point 'placing' his own head atop the painted image of a plated, feathered fowl. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
B- 91% Together Together (2021) [Beckwith]'s written some amusing dialogue and cast charismatic leads (along with one killer supporting performance from Sufe Bradshaw of HBO's 'Veep'), but once she introduces her plot obstacle, the film gets mired in formula. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
B 36% Perdita Durango (1997) ...a hard core cult item and a wild ride, Perez and Bardem's utterly fearless performances crowning them as one of the great cinematic criminal couples. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
B 78% In The Earth (2021) ...Ben Wheatley gets back to his literal roots with a trippy horror outing that suggests the psychedelia of of both "Mandy" and his own "A Field in England" with the urban legend of the Blair Witch and the folkloric horrors of "Midsommer." - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
B+ 98% Hope (Håp) (2021) Norway's submission for the International Oscar...is director Maria Sødahl's painfully real autobiographical reconstruction of how an alarming cancer diagnosis metamorphosized her romantic relationship...a raw and moving modern love story. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
C- 49% Monday (2021) If "Monday" makes any point at all, it is that sexual attraction does not a relationship make. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
B+ 90% Moffie (2019) The film, which is both unflinchingly brutal and often quite beautiful, lays a groundwork for understanding the white male South African mindset given the military's harsh indoctrination into hate politics... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
B+ 92% The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021) ...Ben Hania's Tunisian nominee for the International Oscar could be accused of the same thing she wishes to condemn, one of the many trippy, circular arguments her film puts forward. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
B 82% The Power (2021) Writer/director Corinna Faith (BAFTA nominated for her 2006 short 'Care') utilizes our fear of the dark to shine a light on both class and female oppression in 1970's England with her double entendre titled film. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
B+ 97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) the film is positively endearing when it spends time with Aurelio Conterno, who shares his truffled meals with Birba, the dog he loves so much his only rationale for finding a woman is so that Birba will have someone to look after it when he's gone. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
C 26% The Unholy (2021) has a plus in Morgan, a master of reaction shots and above-it-all amusement, and a find in Brown, who gives an intelligent performance and shows off an impressive singing voice. But the film walks a well worn path with its vengeful female spirit... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
B+ 100% 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2021) The short subject documentaries cover a wide range of subjects this year, three reaching into the past while addressing contemporary issues. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
B+ 85% 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2021) the obligatory Disney selection, a charming lesson for kids, an experimental rumination of city life from France, off-beat humor from Iceland, a damning expression of grief and a mind-blowing history of the entire world told in nine minutes. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
B 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) director Ricky Staub pairs a coming-of-age tale with a real, legendary Black urban equestrian institution and many of its members, giving his film a rich environment while providing an awareness boost for the stables. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
C- 76% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Someone ought to inform the three credited for this story that it takes more than two special fx sequences to create a satisfying movie experience. "Godzilla vs. Kong" is chock full of illogical nonsense... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
C+ 43% Shoplifters of the World (2021) The best thing about "Shoplifters of the World" is its soundtrack, but despite the film's flaws it has an endearing quality. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
C+ 83% Nobody (2021) If, like me, you found the assault of "Hardcore Henry" quickly became boringly repetitive despite a number of ingenious set-ups, but admire Odenkirk's work as Jimmy McGill, it won't be a surprise to learn that it is Odenkirk who carries this film - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
B 86% The Courier (2020) Cumberbatch, who lost an extraordinary amount of weight to reflect Wynne's years in a Russian gulag, leaves his genius Super Heroes and inventors behind and convinces as an average man rising to an extraordinary challenge - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B 92% Rose Plays Julie (2021) With its lush art house production aesthetic, unsettling exploration of identity and double entendre dialogue, "Rose Plays Julie" unfurls with an elegant sense of dread. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021