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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 66% 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+ 46% 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+ 86% 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- 81% 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 87% 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+ 88% 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- 91% 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- 78% 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+ 74% 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 15% 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- 94% 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+ 53% 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
B+ 73% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) The son of "Psycho" himself, writer/director Osgood Perkins, rejuvenates the 80's slasher film with an art house template, a slow build soaked in atmosphere delivering serious creeps.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
C+ 40% 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+ 94% 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- 45% 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 95% 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- 78% 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+ 81% 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- 94% The Devil's Candy (2017) ...a heavy metal vision of hell.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
C 71% 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+ 73% 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- 84% 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+ 90% Raw (2017) ...a very intense horror film, one which uses its setting to unsettling degree.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B+ 80% 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 77% 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+ 66% 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 21% 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 90% 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+ 97% 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+ 72% 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+ 90% 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+ 41% 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