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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 93% Logan Lucky (2017) With a charmingly relatable cast of quirky losers...and a plot that unfolds like a Rube Goldberg construction, "Logan Lucky" is ideal summer entertainment.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
C 71% Dave Made a Maze (2017) Watterson appears to have put most of his energy into crafty art direction and practical effects, sorely neglecting story and character development...might elicit a few giggles, but its padded 80 minute running time becomes an endurance test.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C+ 38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) O'Connor's recycling of cliches is meant to be read as retro homage, but if the violent action comedy goes nowhere new, Reynolds, Jackson and Hayek raise this one out of the slag heap.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Olsen and Plaza are wildly entertaining as the 'winner' leader and 'loser' follower who have more in common than either might imagine.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
C+ 31% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) it is Bridges and Brosnan who make the largest impressions, one frustrated by his son's choices, the other encouraging them.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
A- 90% Good Time (2017) We may have not seen the likes of the resulting down and dirty thrill ride since Scorcese's "After Hours"...Pattinson is mesmerizing in a flawless performance as the conniving, fast-talking Connie.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
B 98% Whose Streets? (2017) ...a very good idea of what it was like being on the streets of Ferguson during those months after Brown's murder...but their portrayal of various activists is uneven, a scattershot approach which robs their material of some of its power.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B- 83% The Trip to Spain (2017) as enjoyable as the film can be, it is difficult not to feel the bloom has come off the rose a bit.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
A 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Writer/director Sunao Katabuchi (assistant director of Hayao Miyazaki's "Kiki's Delivery Service") adaptation of Fumiyo Kouno's Manga is so achingly human, it recalls the works of Ozu with its poignant family drama and subtle, quiet wit.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B 49% The Glass Castle (2017) Destin Daniel Cretton reteams with his "Short Term 12" star...but it is young Ella Anderson who shines the brightest as Larson's earlier incarnation, the one whose idolization of her brilliant, alcoholic father curdles with repeated disappointment.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
C+ 67% Annabelle: Creation (2017) The best that can be said about "Annabelle: Creation" is that it's better than its predecessor.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B 87% Wind River (2017) A solid mystery thriller.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
D+ 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The film's main character is Jake, not the Gunslinger, which makes this movie feel like a forgettable twist on "The Last Action Hero."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
B+ 94% Menashe (2017) Menashe Lustig creates an endearing character, hapless and disheveled, barely scraping by, whose every attempt to do the right thing seems fated for failure.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
B- 79% Brigsby Bear (2017) Kinnear's gentle detective scratching his acting bug is far and away the most interesting element of "Brigsby Bear," a movie that embraces the childhood compulsion to put on a show.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
B- No Score Yet 1944 (2014) Instead of becoming immersed in war, I kept seeing storyboards brought to life. Yet as the film progresses, the human toll of brother fighting against brother overcomes this deficiency, involving us more in this little known tragedy of World War II.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B+ 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) a sexy, ultra violent action film. Theron is sensational.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
A- 82% Detroit (2017) Anyone who doesn't understand the Black Lives Matter movement would be well advised to take in Kathryn Bigelow's terrifyingly immersive account of the Detroit riots...Poulter...chills the blood as the face of American racism with the power of a badge.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
B 50% It Stains the Sands Red (2017) just after Casey Affleck managed to create a sympathetic character while acting beneath a sheet in "A Ghost Story," we now have Riedinger developing a soul without ever shedding his zombie characteristics.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
B- 73% Landline (2017) The film has a central problem in that Jenny Slate's Dana never evokes sympathy, her character using people and situations to her own ends, but the rest of the ensemble cast are aces, relative newcomer Abby Quinn stealing the show.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
C+ 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) as visually splendid as his movie is, Besson's miscast DeHaan as his 'player Major,' a serious distraction in a gloriously gonzo film.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
C 88% Girls Trip (2017) [the screenwriters] give us four cliched characters with the usual friendship and life obstacles, mix in pee showers and a couple of penises, then wrap it all up in sisterhood. If all it takes to make you laugh is a naked man, this one's for you.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
B 83% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) The film follows the well worn theme of opposing forces giving each other a new perspective on life, but it eschews easy sentiment and Frot, Denueve and Gourmet are a joy to watch.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
B 93% Dunkirk (2017) The most emotional moments in Nolan's film are the smaller ones, a soldier slipping into the sea swimming towards home, a young hero recognized in a local newspaper.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
D+ 19% False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017) Not even Huppert can save this one.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
B+ 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Katherine Lester is a complex character, something of a cross between "Leave Her to Heaven's" Gene Tierney and "Wuthering Height's" Catherine...Florence Pugh is mesmerizing as the defiant young woman who uses her wiles to get what she wants.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
B- 75% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) The latest film from Oliver Hirschbiegel ("Downfall") has much to recommend it, but suffers from both its structure and its romance.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
A- 99% City of Ghosts (2017) When news gets to Turkey that ISIS, unable to stop RBSS reporting by tracing satellite signals, has outlawed satellite dishes, we see video of them being destroyed. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
B 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) like discovering the incredible history of an old friend.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
B- 62% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) has a lot in common with his mini-series in its Opal Coast location, an odd looking young man (Ma Loute), grisly killings, a bumbling police detective and unexpected flights, but this time Dumont's film has a Monty Python meets Luis Buñuel vibe.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
B 73% Pulse (Kairo) (2005) Arrow Video releases writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2001 classic "Pulse" for the first time on blu-ray. Kurosawa's films embed social criticism within genre and his "Pulse" is a prescient metaphor for the alienating effect of Internet connectedness.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
B+ 91% A Ghost Story (2017) although his new low budget indie echoes the works of others, particularly Hirokazu Kore-eda's ruminations on time and the after life, the film's style is unique, its most startling aspect how moving Affleck is beneath a sheet.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
B+ 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Matt Reeves caps the trilogy with an epic story, but it is Andy Serkis's interior battle, Caesar's humanity dueling with his simian instincts, that is the single most spectacular element of the film.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
B 100% Stopover (Voir du pays) (2016) The Coulins use virtual reality in lieu of flashbacks and these early scenes are a bit surreal, almost an inverse "Manchurian" hypnosis.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
A- 75% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) With his adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's 'Une Vie,' writer/director Stéphane Brizé ("The Measure of a Man") plunges us into experiencing a patriarchal society through the eyes of one woman.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
B 98% The Big Sick (2017) Where the film comes up short is in the character of Emily herself, Zoe Kazan's open and quick-witted Emily becoming infantalized during her illness and recovery.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
C 76% The Little Hours (2017) The real talent behind Gunpowder & Sky's film is its trailer cutter, who has made a marginal comedy look side splitting. There are some initial laughs, but the cast probably had more fun making this than you will watching it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
B+ 94% Baby Driver (2017) Action lovers will be impressed by the film's choreography and live stunts, one driver entering and exiting a narrow alley with 180 degree spins.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
C 79% The Beguiled (2017) weak tea served in a dainty china cup.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
C 68% The Journey (2017) There's really only one reason to see "The Journey" and that is the performances of Meaney and Spall. This heavily fictionalized account is, at best, a fantastical teleplay which bleeds credibility the further it progresses.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
A- 86% Okja (2017) Starting off as a cutesy family film, "Okja" will become an adventure, a wacky satire, torture porn and a message drama before climaxing in a horrific Holocaust metaphor. It's a masterful film, Joon Ho skating across genre and tone..‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
B- 78% 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 44% 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 87% 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+ 78% 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- 83% 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- 76% 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