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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 53% 12 Strong (2018) long on build and short on payoff. It says a lot that the most memorable character in this tale of American bravery overcoming incredible odds is the Afghani warlord who would become the country's vice president.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
B 77% Mom and Dad (2018) Cage and Blair are one dynamic duo, he blasting off into full-on patented Cage lunacy while she keeps things grounded with a more realistically emotional, conflicted performance.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
A 100% Paddington 2 (2018) King isn't content to simply tell a marvelous tale. His film is full of magical transitions, such as a flight of fancy where Paddington steps into the pop-up book to show his aunt the sights or where his nighttime prison tears sprout a jungle dream.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
C 57% The Commuter (2018) ...just another junky January thriller where logic is thrown under the bus in favor of enough red herrings to open a fishmonger's and 'twists' that exist for their momentary spin.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
C+ 78% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) As in her "20th Century Women," Benning once again seduces a younger man with her dance moves, she and Bell grooving to each other and a disco beat. But director Paul McGuigan can't find the hook to elevate this story...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
B 92% Thelma (2017) a gorgeous film with stunningly dark imagery, but it follows too many other movies instead of its own path.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
B+ 93% Phantom Thread (2018) This perverse adult drama examines the give-and-take of marriage through a very specific microscope, Cyril haunting the relationship like "Rebecca's" Mrs. Danvers.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
B 67% Happy End (2017) This may be minor Haneke, but it is a refreshingly funny take on the cold cruelty of bourgeois capitalists and the desperate escape attempts of family members unable to compete.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
B- 81% Molly's Game (2018) Sorkin's rhythms and beats flow right into the power plays and bluffs of the sharks and whales at Molly's game table, but outside of the game, his dialogue frequently falls into Hollywood cliche.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
A- 88% The Post (2018) Streep is at the very top of her game here, a wealthy society woman loyal to friends and the family business who finds the gumption to jeopardize both to become a formidable publisher.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
B 77% All the Money in the World (2017) Scott weaves back and forth in time to flesh out the family history which informs the summer of '73 and one comes away aghast at the soul curdling effect of vast wealth and full of admiration for the wily strength of Gail Harris.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
C 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) ...stretches the truth and condenses time, Gracey's overly modern interpretation wearing its message of diversity and acceptance on its sleeve.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B+ 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) a glorious cinematic soak‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
B- 50% Downsizing (2017) the caring Paul, taken advantage of by others all his life, finds love while being taken advantage of, the film's most decent character finding redemption. It's all a little odd, not unlike John Patrick Shanley's 1990 "Joe Versus the Volcano."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
B+ 80% 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- 70% 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+ 91% 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- 89% I, Tonya (2018) "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+ 92% 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+ 92% 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+ 90% 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- 84% 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+ 86% 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 82% 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- 49% 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+ 96% 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+ 57% 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 77% 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+ 69% 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- 88% 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