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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 39% I Feel Pretty (2018) Schumer is perfectly cast here, wringing a lot of laughs out of her oversized but not misplaced new found belief in herself, but [the] film only works in fits and starts, a number of plot strands underwritten or trailing off into the ether.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
C+ 84% Ghost Stories (2018) Their influences can be seen a bit too clearly, though, in three overly familiar stories that build tension well but offer few scares. Where they do excel is in the ingenuity of their wraparound story, yet even this is rooted in 'The Twilight Zone.'‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
B+ 96% The Rider (2018) Brady's world is also one of tragedy and hardship, biological fragility taking its toll not only on Brady but those he loves, changing times curtailing his options.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
B- 82% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) With a script by Ronnie Sandahl, Danish documentarian Janus Metz ("Armadillo") jumps about time to illustrate how much the man known for keeping his cool and the man known for losing his were really alike.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
C- 51% Rampage (2018) To be sure, there are pleasures to be found in a giant ape flipping off 'The Rock,' but everything surrounding this central relationship is eye roll inducing.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
D+ 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) a PG-13 dud whose early promise quickly devolves into unscary situations and a strained origin mythology.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
B 78% Beirut (2018) Screenwriter Tony Gilroy ("Michael Clayton") delves into the complexities of Middle Eastern conflicts with the panache of a John Le Carré novel in this fast-moving political thriller.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
B 95% November (2018) If Canada's Guy Maddin collaborated with Czech stop motion animator Jan vankmajer using an abandoned location from a Bela Tarr film, the result might be something like this strange (and often strangely humorous) gothic fairy tale.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
B+ 90% Lean on Pete (2018) Plummer is so good in this role, a young man who refuses to ask for help, insistent on making his own way - watch his face whenever he receives payment for a job well done, the actor flushing with joy at his ability to provide for himself.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
A- 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) This psychological portrait cum modern pulp noir is not for the faint of heart, often playing like an homage to the last fifteen minutes of "Taxi Driver," but the film's horrific elements are cloaked in a state of grace, Ramsey's achievement remarkable.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
B+ 95% 24 Frames (2018) Continuing themes of snow and tides populated with birds (including two combative crows who make multiple appearances), horses, cows, wolves and deer give us a perception of the author's soul, the types of images which moved him.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
B+ 95% A Quiet Place (2018) ...the Abbotts have restructured their family life into "A Quiet Place." And that aspect of the film...is one of the continuing pleasures of John Krasinski's tense, beautifully crafted and acted third film.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
B 79% Chappaquiddick (2018) Director John Curran's ("Tracks") measured approach to the political scandal which derailed a second Kennedy presidency works as a treatise on the corrupting influence of power and wealth...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
B 88% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) Huppert's delivery has that artificiality that comes into one's inflections when speaking to a person in a language not their own, her halting emphases adding to the humor. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
B- 74% Ready Player One (2018) The film is stuffed with 80's nostalgia - look there's the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty, Batman and Beetlejuice! - but the film is so visually busy it overloads our senses and cast in such murk it fails to please the eye.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
A- 100% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) This horrific and heartbreaking tale is given a Guillermo del Toro-like touch of magical realism and supernatural fantasy by writer/director Issa López, who, after this, should break into the boys club of great Mexican filmmakers.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
B 100% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2017) ...casts traditional Brazilian werewolf lore into the aesthetics of a fairy tale.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
A 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Dog lovers are sure to embrace "Isle of Dogs," a film that champions man's best friend, but it is Anderson's kinship to children that appears to inform his best films - "Rushmore," "Moonrise Kingdom" and now this one.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
B- 95% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2017) It's like watching a series of painstakingly created storyboards...but there is something to be said for a nightmare sequence created by the crosscutting of a swinging hammock or the lighting of a cigarette becoming an inferno.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
B 79% Unsane (2018) Steven Soderbergh's latest stealth release is a high quality refresh of drive-in B pictures set in psych wards (think "Don't Look in the Basement" or "Disturbed") and it is a lot of depraved fun.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
C+ 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) ...the type of movie that will be forgotten in a week.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
B+ 96% Foxtrot (2018) Moaz gives us information with no grounding, then contextualizes it after the fact, the device working to add layers of meaning as well as deliver one gut punch of an ending.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
B 92% Love, Simon (2018) ...finely tuned situations and sharp dialogue delivered by a thoroughly charming cast that makes this "Simon" something special.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
B+ 100% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) Riedelsheimer... gives us the momentary illusion of seeing the world through Goldsworthy's eyes.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
C- 33% The Leisure Seeker (2018) While Sutherland's addled John makes for a surprisingly assured pilot of the couple's old RV, Virzi's film veers all over the map, too frequently straining the limits of taste...Mirren and Sutherland make a great pair, but they need another vehicle.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
B- 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) First time writer/director Cory Finley wows with his technical prowess, cinematographer Lyle Vincent's striking compositions and a provocative sound design, the film's greatest asset, giving Finley's work psychological edge.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
B+ 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) a deft achievement, the telling of a treacherous historical event with the comedic chaos of the Marx Brothers and abrupt physical farce of the Three Stooges.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
A- 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Featuring stunningly bleak cinematography from Mikhail Krichman ("The Return," "Leviathan") complemented by Evgeniy and Sacha Galperin's ("The Family") stark score, "Loveless" offers a dark forecast for humanity.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
D+ 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) This mawkish, simplisitic adaptation...is like a bad children's version of a Marvel movie sprinkled with Narnia dust. It's about as deep as knock knock joke, introducing ideas it does little if anything to explore. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
A 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) The most genuinely uplifting film of 2017...Despite their 55 year age difference, Varda and JR are 2017's best cinema couple, their shared humanity and offbeat senses of humor making every moment spent with them a delight.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
D 17% Death Wish (2018) This remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson vehicle...is not only irresponsible, it's just plain ridiculous, Joe Carnahan's screenplay and Eli 'torture porn' Roth's direction implying both a satirization and glorification of American gun culture.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
C+ 47% Red Sparrow (2018) This romance doesn't exactly generate sparks...Far more entertaining is watching Stephanie Boucher (Mary-Louise Parker), chief of staff for a U.S. Senator, caught up in a game way above her head.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
B 84% Mohawk (2018) Geoghegan's second movie is not a horror film, but shares a commonality with his first, "We Are Still Here," in burnt bodies and soot-smeared faces. This period piece has horrors of its own and flirts with the supernatural...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
C+ 82% Game Night (2018) Directors Daley, Goldstein and a game cast intermittently keep this film aloft, McAdams' nutsy enthusiasm and Plemons' creepy obsessiveness particularly on target, but Mark Perez's labored script creates a drag that ultimately overtakes their efforts.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
A- 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Lelio occasionally steps out of his narrative to visualize Marina's state of mind...with its haunted lovers and dynamic use of color, frequently recalls Hitchcock's "Vertigo."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
B 81% The Party (2018) In just over 70 minutes, writer/director Sally Potter establishes a situation, introduces 8 characters, then, with one sentence, changes everything...like "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" times two.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
B- 82% Early Man (2018) ...despite the amazing craft behind Aardman's stop motion animation (this time enhanced with CGI effects) and a starry vocal cast, "Early Man" is a bit of a disappointment, cute but slight.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
B 96% Black Panther (2018) Black Power indeed...presents some great role models for an underserved audience while promoting an anti-nationalistic message and that's no small thing.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
B 71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Ozon has liberally adapted...'The Lives of the Twins' into a kinky psychological thriller with the spirit of De Palma, the body horror of Cronenberg and the stylish paranoia of 'Rosemary's Baby,' all with his tongue firmly planted in cheek.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
B+ 69% Golden Exits (2018) ...boasts a terrific ensemble demonstrating the unhappiness and self doubt revealed when their routines are nudged off tilt by one lone outsider.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
B- 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) The war between Peter and two generations of McGregors eventually goes over the top and the romance between Thomas and the reconstituted Beatrix is utterly unconvincing, but Corden and company keep things hopping.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
B 93% Becks (2018) What they've captured is so natural, so real, it announces Powell and Rohrbaugh as filmmakers to watch and Hall as an all around talent. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
B 100% Rebels on Pointe (2017) These guys may bring a lot of humor into their act, but they can really dance, ABT principal dancer James Whiteside stating that 'he doesn't know how they do it.' They're to ballet what the Harlem Globetrotters are to basketball.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
B+ 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) Beautifully acted and shot, "The Silent Child" is my pick to win. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
B+ 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata's "Negative Space" is the most ingenious of the nominees. This French stop motion features a man's remembrance of his father as he prepares to attend his funeral, their only true bond the packing of luggage.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
B+ 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2018) ...in Netflix's "Heroin(e)." Elaine McMillion Sheldon's work is the crispest, cleanest treatment of subject matter among the nominees, one that serves up despair and hope in equal measure. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
C- 71% Permission (2018) Hall may be a terrific actress, but if this is any indication, her filmmaking instincts need to catch up. Within five minutes the most striking aspect of "Permission" was how immature its characters are.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
B 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) ...engages via its performances, particularly El Basha's inward one, but this political courtroom drama is built upon a pretty simple premise goosed with a reveal twist.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
C+ 55% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) ...a homogenized message about false gods, freedom and equality in a story that plays like 'Spartacus' without its gladiatorial arena.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
A 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) 2017's best feature film...a masterpiece, an emotionally affecting epic. Campillo saves his most provocative moment for last, an astounding depiction of love, death and the fight for life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018