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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 81% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) Leveaux's direction of Himmler's dinner is one of the film's high points. It stops his characters dead in their tracks, a solemn beat before Leveaux orchestrates a three-pronged denouement delivering suspense and romance‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
B 43% The Bad Batch (2017) an insightful metaphor for the divisiveness in today's United States couched, like her first, in a Western, this one veering more "Mad Max: Fury Road" than "Nadja."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
B 91% Maudie (2017) The film can be sad, even brutal at times, yet also a touching testament to love's endurance and the joy one can find in one's own backyard.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
C- 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) ...a jump scare movie that frequently defies logic. The camera closes tightly on the faces of Moore and Holt, darkness obscuring what's lying in wait, flashlights and flares suddenly illuminating gaping, toothy maws mere feet away.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
B- 22% The Book of Henry (2017) Surely screenwriter Gregg Hurwitz could have come up with a different way to achieve the same results, one which didn't malign the lovely character he's created. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
C+ 77% The Hero (2017) Brett Haley ("I'll See You in My Dreams") looks at aging and romance from the male perspective in his second film, which unfortunately is a far more formulaic, cliche-ridden outing than his first...But Elliott is always worth watching‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
B 76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Lithgow couldn't be better as the shameless profiteer, environmental disaster and collector of trophy wives, but this is Salma Hayek's movie and the petite actress generates so much power she should be tapped as a new high-efficiency energy resource.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B- 82% Megan Leavey (2017) The film has some pacing issues, but Cowperthwaite succeeds conveying the tremendous bond between soldiers and their dogs and the terrifying conditions in which they work.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B- 75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Writer/director Roger Michell adapts the Daphne Du Maurier novel for a new generation, his sumptuous production the film's strongest asset.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
B+ 86% It Comes At Night (2017) a modern, post-apocalyptic spin on the 1961 Twilight Zone episode 'The Shelter.' Shults' film, though, is far more unnerving, its twist more ironic and devastating.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
C 15% The Mummy (2017) a Monster Mash...The film resembles the studio's 2004 release "Van Helsing" more than its 1932 classic.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
B- 84% Band Aid (2017) Lister-Jones's dialogue is funny and sharp, cutting into such topics as negative female body image and male compartmentalization.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
B+ 85% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) ...the best kids' movie to embrace creativity over rules since "The Lego Movie." It's simply delightful.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
C+ 48% Churchill (2017) Casting Churchill as an impotent meddler during a crucial time in history is intriguing to a point...seems at odds with itself‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
B 92% Wonder Woman (2017) ...an old fashioned super hero movie. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but I don't think my strongest impression was supposed to be 'Robin Wright really kicks ass.'‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
B+ 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) A champion of the underdog, Loach has found his surrogate in Dave Johns, whose righteous anger lives unopposed with his generosity of spirit and dignity.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
A- 97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Mungui's film compels because he doesn't just focus on bureaucratic corruption, his protagonist's undoing a series of pedestrian events.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
B 49% 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- 29% 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+ 19% 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- 73% 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- 49% 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 84% 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- 74% 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+ 36% 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+ 94% 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- 79% 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 91% 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+ 50% 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+ 89% 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- 93% 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- 80% 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- 96% 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+ 51% 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