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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 95% Western (2018) Valeska Grisebach explores male group dynamics, aggression, class resentments and xenophobia in modern day Eastern Europe utilizing oater genre tropes and a non-professional cast. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
C+ 81% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) The film is visually striking...well acted by lead Lorenzo Ferro..and inventively orchestrated...but when all is said and done, the film fails to justify itself, an empty exercise which offers no perspective on Carlos's crimes.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B 93% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Director of photography Bruno Delbonnel's luminous work here is the film's biggest asset, shafts of sunlight, pale faces, nighttime snowfall and verdant valleys glowing on the screen.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
B+ 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) Working beneath layers of prosthetics, makeup and an additional forty pounds, Eva Melander creates such a compelling, compassionate character, we find ourselves forgetting all about her unconventional looks.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
A- 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) a real breakthrough for Yeun, who in one monologue bears eerie resemblance to Joseph Cotten in "Shadow of a Doubt."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
85% A Private War (2018) documentarian Matthew Heineman wrestles with a disjointed, episodic screenplay by Arash Amel, his film growing stronger as it goes along...Pike, with her gravelly American accent and shellshocked bravado, honors an extraordinary woman.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B 85% Boy Erased (2018) Despite Hedges' and Kidman's fine performances, except for a welcome swipe at the patriarchy everything about the film feels preordained.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
A- 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) If McCarthy's Lee Israel never seems as horrible as we keep hearing she is, it is because the actress has allowed us in where others are denied access.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B+ 93% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) It seems like this might be that great America Republicans are so hell bent on preserving. Ironically, there are few moments in the almost two and a half hour film where anyone looks like they are having a good time.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B- 95% Wildlife (2018) Its color palette, compositions, retro production design and even David Lang's ("Youth") horn-based score suggest Todd Haynes directing a film inspired by an Edward Hopper painting.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
C 61% Suspiria (2018) It is almost an hour longer than Argento's 1977 film and while this one actually spotlights dancing...much of that time has been given over to clunky subplots that detract rather than add.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
B- 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) there is no denying the magnetism of Rami Malek's performance. You cannot take your eyes off him. But the film he inhabits...is mostly a paint-by-the-numbers affair, hopscotching from one important event to the next with little pause for reflection.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A 43% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) The film wraps with triumphantly, if obliquely, in a gothically bleak snowy England after the false sunshine of Italy. The film's beautiful cinematography and locations are complimented by a hauntingly romantic score.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
B- 88% What They Had (2018) Although there are a couple of wobbles, "What They Had" is buoyed by its terrific cast, Chicago locations and a surprising moment of spiritual grace in its third act.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
C+ 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) [Van Groeningen's] 2013 film had a definitive beginning and end within its circular storytelling, this one seems to exist on one plane‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B- 79% Halloween (2018) Where it succeeds is in positing a codependent trauma between Laurie and her 'Boogeyman,' brief glimpses of Michael Myers unmasked, a climax featuring three female warriors and a satisfying twist on one of the original's most iconic moments.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B+ 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Gustav Möller makes his directorial debut taking a page from 2013's Tom Hardy starrer "Locke," where one man faces a crisis of conscience during a series of phone calls in real time...a nerve shredding thriller that also invites serious introspection‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B 68% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett's structured his film as a series of memories held loosely together by his various recitations of his fairy tale, his death bed in a cramped Parisian rented room set like a stage play.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
C- 61% The Oath (2018) all too obvious, lacking any nuance to give it bite...This is a satire that turns into home invasion horror only to screw the pooch with a toothless ending.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A- 88% First Man (2018) The movie is so focused on Armstrong, it's as if cinematographer Linus Sandgren has him in a spotlight, peripheral action unfocussed at its edges‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B- 90% Studio 54 (2018) Tyrnauer's done a solid job relating the club and its founders' history, but while we get a feel for what it was all like it is bound to disappoint those looking for insider anecdotes about its hedonistic excesses and celebrity patrons.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
B 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) What an odd film, a Western that begins with brutality and works its way towards light, a surreal take on "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," that is also a tale of brotherhood, often funny, but also tragic. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B+ 79% 306 Hollywood (2018) If Wes Anderson made a documentary about a deceased loved one, it might look a lot like this one.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B 90% A Star Is Born (2018) The actors' support for each other translates on screen as real communion and their musical performances together are the film's highlight.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
A- 96% The Hate U Give (2018) In a year that has featured "Black Panther," "Black Klansman," "Sorry to Bother You" and "Blindspotting," who would have predicted that an adaptation of a YA novel would be the year's most trenchant exploration of racial injustice in today's America.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
C+ 76% Smallfoot (2018) While the character animation is uninspired (why do these yeti have no noses?), Kirkpatrick pays homage to the physical comedy of Wile E. Coyote, uses video gaming for visual gags and gets inventive with interspecies misinterpretations.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B+ 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Not since 1982's "The Grey Fox," in which the late Richard Farnsworth portrayed stagecoach robber Bill Miner, has a true story about a gangster been so wistful, so enchanting, so seductive in championing the criminal.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B 86% Colette (2018) a wonderful sink into the most daring inhabitants of a celebrated era, its central character reflected through various lenses before delivering her to us whole.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) This surprisingly charming mix of Harry Potter, "A Christmas Story" and "Hugo" has enough creepiness for the kids while adults can enjoy the Addams Family by way of Tim Burton production design and Blanchett's amusing eccentricity.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Laying out the sequence of events that caused an entire city to be knowingly poisoned while corporate interests were served is a smart and bracing tactic for illustrating the corruption of American democracy.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
C+ 88% Love, Gilda (2018) For a documentary about a comedienne whose greatest gift was joy, "Love, Gilda" is quite the downer.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
B+ 100% La Haine (1996) Well the setup may be a little plot-convenient... but sophomore director Mathieu Kassovitz (Cafe au Lait) has turned out a film that manages to be documentary-like and stylish at the same time and is certainly one to watch.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
A- 97% Blaze (2018) One of the most beautiful and moving films ever made about a musician, "Blaze" reveals its cowriter (with Sybil Rosen)/director Ethan Hawke as a true romantic and its star, musician Ben Dickey, as an extraordinarily natural performer.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
C- 13% Life Itself (2018) Dan Fogelman proves that gimmicks like his all-these-people-are-connected surprise of the 'This Is Us' pilot work when they can be expanded upon on TV but not when that's all he's got within a theatrical run time.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
B+ 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) a powerful feminist message as magical realism, a piece of political folklore resounding through generations.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
B 90% Hal (2018) Scott's documentary may not be perfect, but its loving embrace of an extraordinary filmmaker will hopefully vault him into a pantheon where he's so often forgotten.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B+ 70% The Children Act (2018) the adaptation sings under the direction of Richard Eyre, its themes more evident in the hands of a never better Thompson and the astonishing Whitehead, who beautifully captures the ethereal complexity of Adam Henry.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B- 85% A Simple Favor (2018) This is one of those movies whose set up promises a lot more than it eventually delivers, yet is still fun due to an Anna Kendrick unchained from the "Pitch Perfect" franchise and a simply delicious Lively.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
C 33% The Predator (2018) there are elements of his "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by way of "Terminator 2" monster movie that are certainly entertaining...It works as one of those bad movies than can be enjoyed at a drive-in with mind altering substances.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B 80% Don't Leave Home (2018) ...Tully's creepy Catholic allegory hits high notes in its climax that recall Kubrick and Polanski.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
A- 92% Mandy (2018) Panos Cosmatos' drug-fueled revenge flick is a heavy metal giallo with imagery seemingly inspired by a custom van mural painted by Frank Frazetta and a Nicolas Cage performance for the ages. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 96% Bisbee '17 (2018) As actors and locals are assigned their parts for a centennial recreation, we hear from residents, most stating that they 'can see both sides.' The rhetoric is revealing...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
B+ 85% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) For the first time in fifteen years, [Schwentke's] returned to his home country to tell a true story of its past with profound resonance in today's political climate...his best film by far‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
B 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) While the film won't be for those who like their narratives neatly laid out, those willing to experience something different are in for a compelling tug of war and outstanding performance from newcomer Howard.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
B- 93% Searching (2018) Chaganty [has] cleverly utilized relatable online investigative tools (who among us has not been frustrated by come-ons offering to find a friend if one will only subscribe for $49.95?), but they've also elevated their story above gimmickry...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
B 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) ...shines a light on an organization that deserves support and it entertains while it does so. The dog is man's best friend in more ways than companionship.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Abrahamson has cracked this Gothic ghost story with impeccable production design and art direction, a stellar turn by star Gleeson and his own directorial slow burn.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
C 59% Operation Finale (2018) Almost everything about the film is disjointed...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
B+ 53% Papillon (2018) It is the non-Hollywood, less glossy version of Charrière's story and it packs its own kind of punch.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) ...features a most amusing love triangle, that of a fortyish woman who realizes she wants a child caught between a fan boy obsessive who wants none and his reclusive, washed-up idol who has too many. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018