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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 39% 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+ 96% 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- 49% 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 94% 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- 76% 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+ 82% 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- 93% The Devil's Candy (2017) ...a heavy metal vision of hell.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
C 70% 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+ 71% 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- 83% 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+ 89% 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 78% 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- 33% 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+ 67% 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
C 19% Table 19 (2017) ...an assembly of underwritten character sketches that had nowhere else to go.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
A 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) a serious look at how children survive all sorts of terrible trials. But despite some darkness, "My Life as a Zucchini" is a charming, often hilarious stop motion animation crafted with exceptional expressiveness.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
C 89% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) pointless nihilism‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
B 94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) Weaving together two narratives which gradually converge, Kurosawa keeps turning the screws, aided by a deliciously unsettling performance from Kagawa.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
B+ 99% Get Out (2017) Writer/director Jordan Peele puts a racial spin with a sly twist on his sharp horror film rooted in such classics as "White Zombie," "The Stepford Wives" and "Rosemary's Baby."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
B+ 96% Kedi (2017) This remarkable film works on two levels, as Torun provides an insider's look at Istanbul's vibrant neighborhoods while following her cats.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
B+ 92% Logan (2017) director James Mangold has wrapped the trilogy with R-rated violence and gore while also giving his protagonist that which has always eluded him...what's so refreshing about "Logan" is how divorced it is from the genre that spawned it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
B- 35% The Great Wall (2017) ...like a highly derivative ("The Wizard of Oz" and "World War Z" to name but two) video game, a silly goof of a movie with outstanding production design (John Myhre, "X-Men: Days of Future Past"). It's not very good, but it sure is entertaining.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
F 27% Fist Fight (2017) Welcome to the worst movie of 2017. And 2016. And possibly several years before that.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
C+ 71% XX (2017) While the concept is strong, the films are middling, only the last, Karyn Kusama's ("The Invitation"), delivering a punch.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2017) The live action shorts comprise the strongest overall of the shorts categories.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary (2017) All are about compassion in one way or another.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Action junkies are going to love this...With Keanu Reeves judoing, jiu-jitsuing, car-fuing and pencil gouging his way through a 141 body count, "John Wick: Chapter Two" is 120 minutes of mayhem in a game gone global.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B+ 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Spinning off "The Lego Movie's" message, that creativity is more important than following rules, "The LEGO Batman Movie" makes super heroes fun again by diving into the toy chest and mixing things up.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B+ 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) It's clear what kind of message the Academy is sending when one looks at their nominees for short documentary, three of which are about immigrants and refugees, another about rescue efforts in Syria.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
C+ 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) the climax arrives and the whole thing collapses into schlocky Gothic horror...the film's themes condensed into the most generic platitude. It's like opening a Tiffany box and finding a piece of paste jewelry.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
C 17% The Space Between Us (2017) Working with a screenplay by "Collateral Beauty's" Allan Loeb that crosses "Roman Holiday" with "E.T.," Chelsom fumbles his film's sweet romance for preteens with preposterous plot elements and shoddy details.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
C+ 45% Youth in Oregon (2017) ...gets by on the talents of its cast...But this divided family's problems are resolved all too easily, Raymond's crisis an overblown catalyst.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
D No Score Yet American Violence (2017) There are so many head-slapping moments, it would take paragraphs to recount them all.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
B- 25% The Comedian (2017) De Niro and Mann prove a surprisingly punchy pair.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
A 100% Tower (2016) Maitland's achievement is to plunge us into the nightmare right along with the people who lived through it...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
A- 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) ...it is [Baldwin's] voice that is the greatest takeaway here, Baldwin's passionate and deeply considered arguments irrefutable. Peck's painstaking work is as powerful in content as DuVernay's "13th" and a poetic tribute to Baldwin's life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
C 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Making the film from Bailey's point of view might seem like a good idea, but Cathryn Michon's adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron's best seller offers only the most obvious perspectives and the device inhibits human characterization.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
B 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) ...a combination of digital and hand drawn animation which reflects both the beauty and cruelty of nature and man's place within it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
B 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) This winner of Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Cannes observes a couple who dance around a stressful event without ever verbalizing their innermost thoughts, beautifully realized in Farhadi's closing shot‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
A 96% Paterson (2016) ...about dreamers, opposites and the deep happiness found in an optimistic view of life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
B+ 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Writer/director Maren Ade's ("Everyone Else") generational comedy is like a bizarre game of chicken, Ines's prankster dad pushing all her buttons until she finally recognizes the absurdity of her priorities.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
B 75% Split (2017) "Split's" biggest asset is James McAvoy...portraying 8 or 9 of his character's 24 alters, often within the same scene (in one scant minute or so near the end McAvoy runs through them all in a jaw dropping display).‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
C 32% Monster Trucks (2017) Director Chris Wedge makes the leap from animation to live action and gets surprisingly committed performances from his surprisingly recognizable ensemble, but any sense of real world logic and spatial integrity have been jettisoned.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
C 23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) like "A Nightmare on Elm Street" for the waking crossed with the Bloody Mary urban legend and "It Follows'" contagion concept. If only it were as good as any of those reference points.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
B- 34% Live By Night (2017) If the film plays, as it did to me, as one full season of 'Boardwalk Empire' crammed into two hours, note that [novelist] Lehane was a writer for the HBO series...Affleck's adaptation weakens Lehane's story instead of strengthening it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
B 88% 20th Century Women (2017) [Mills's] screenplay, rich in the details of a turbulent time as experienced by two generations, is unfortunately undercut by some fanciful directorial choices‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
B+ 84% Julieta (2016) With "Julieta," Almodóvar puts one central mystery front and center, but in solving it, provides answers to questions we may not even knew we had.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
C+ 31% Passengers (2016) ...essentially a pile of contrivances supporting science fiction concepts we've seen before and a moral question it neatly sidesteps.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016