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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The film is a comforting, middlebrow arthouse release in the old Miramax tradition. But it does have Dench, who is perfection as the stubborn, lonely queen and the production cannot be faulted.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
C+ 17% Woodshock (2017) The Mulleavy sisters have a talent for expressing the sensual and "Woodshock" never bores, yet it's never wholly satisfying either, its trippy logic too opaque.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
C 51% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) ...or how the inventive surprise of "The Lego Movie" has turned into creative bankruptcy in just two steps.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
B 95% Stronger (2017) Director David Gordon Green surprises us once again with his refusal to be pigeon holed, this time around adding new life to the 'inspirational' genre with inventive visual story telling and his flawed protagonist.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
B+ 82% Brad's Status (2017) Mike White has orchestrated all the right choices to bring his profoundly considered screenplay to life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
A- 95% Fireworks (Hana-bi) (1997) Released on blu ray for the first time in the U.S., Film Movement's disc features a glorious looking HD digital restoration of the film.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
B 89% First They Killed My Father (2017) like a female counterpart, from both a filmmaking aesthetic and protagonist POV, to the streaming platform's 2015 release "Beasts of No Nation."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
C+ 34% American Assassin (2017) doesn't waste its time on little things like believable character motivation and ability, yet director Michael Cuesta ("L.I.E.," "Kill the Messenger") delivers brutal, believable fight sequences and one corker of a climax.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B+ 68% mother! (2017) Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan," "Noah") pulls out all the stops with this intense dose of horror, a shattering metaphor for humankind's assault on Mother Nature‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
D 47% Year by the Sea (2017) a script that confuses motivational poster phrases for dialogue, a character who continually twirls about with scarves, and saccharine music you'll swear you've heard before.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
C- 18% Rememory (2017) With some streamlining and tweaking, "Rememory" may have been something special, but as it stands it's not very satisfying despite Dinklage's best efforts.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
C 84% It (2017) The hype machine has been working overtime to promote Muschietti's adaptation...as 'terrifying.' It's not. What it is is boring, predictable and too safe, its scare set pieces so competently over stylized they lose any sense of the frightening unknown.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
A- 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) Even if you think you are well versed in French cinema, there will be surprises to be found here. In fact, some enterprising programmer should consider building a retrospective around this documentary.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
B+ 80% The Ghoul (2017) Writer/director Gareth Tunley's moebius strip of a movie is a puzzle piece like "Memento" crossed with the satanic tone of executive producer Ben Wheatley's "Kill List" and Simon Rumley's "The Living and the Dead's" unsettling portrait of mental illness.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
C 7% Tulip Fever (2017) there's more fever than tulips in this tale, its overstuffed seams spilling coherence.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
B 82% Beach Rats (2017) If Hittman's trippy combination of visuals and sound don't pull you in, Dickinson surely will.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
B- 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Baruchel's not as adept as his predecessor at staging extreme on ice violence for laughs, this time around much of it coming across as flinch inducing brutality, but he stages some great on ice action and most of the laughs land...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
C 76% Crown Heights (2017) This egregious case of injustice...is an important story to tell, but although Ruskin attempts moments of poetry, he succeeds with the procedural more than the personal, his pedestrian direction dragging his movie down.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
B+ 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) [Danielle MacDonald] is downright phenomenal in this role, creating a hugely sympathetic character without sentiment, rapping so rat-a-tat-tat one wonders how she breathes.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
B+ 97% Columbus (2017) Placing his figures in cinematographer Elisha Christian's meticulously composed frames, the filmmaker uses Eero Saarinen's modern designs as a communication bridge between two strangers, a meditation on asymmetry and balance.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
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 77% 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+ 37% 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 85% 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+ 30% 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- 89% 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 99% 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- 85% 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 48% 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+ 68% 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 86% 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+ 96% 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- 78% 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- 83% 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 58% 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- 74% 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+ 50% 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 89% 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 85% 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- 76% 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