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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 68% 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+ 55% 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 86% 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 92% 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+ 8% False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017) Not even Huppert can save this one.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
B+ 90% 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- 72% 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- 100% 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 95% 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+ 89% 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+ 94% 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 97% 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 75% 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 78% 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- 85% 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- 77% 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 90% 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- 23% 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 77% 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
B+ 88% It Comes At Night (2017) a modern, post-apocalyptic spin on the 1961 Twilight Zone episode 'The Shelter.' Shults' film, though, is far more unnerving, its twist more ironic and devastating.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
C 15% The Mummy (2017) a Monster Mash...The film resembles the studio's 2004 release "Van Helsing" more than its 1932 classic.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
B- 85% Band Aid (2017) Lister-Jones's dialogue is funny and sharp, cutting into such topics as negative female body image and male compartmentalization.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
B+ 85% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) ...the best kids' movie to embrace creativity over rules since "The Lego Movie." It's simply delightful.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
C+ 49% Churchill (2017) Casting Churchill as an impotent meddler during a crucial time in history is intriguing to a point...seems at odds with itself‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
B 92% Wonder Woman (2017) ...an old fashioned super hero movie. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but I don't think my strongest impression was supposed to be 'Robin Wright really kicks ass.'‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
B+ 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) A champion of the underdog, Loach has found his surrogate in Dave Johns, whose righteous anger lives unopposed with his generosity of spirit and dignity.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
A- 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Mungui's film compels because he doesn't just focus on bureaucratic corruption, his protagonist's undoing a series of pedestrian events.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
B 48% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) [Lane] sheds Anne's cares away slowly, as if sinking into a warm bath. Filmmaker Viard is a delight as the irrepressible Jacques, a kind and considerate man with a hint of the rogue, a true charmer.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B- 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Well, blow me down - the fifth entry in a listing franchise is the best "Pirates" movie since the first.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
C+ 19% Baywatch (2017) It works for a while, largely due to the comedic talents of its stars and two early rescue set pieces, but as usually happens with these types of films, the superficial plot ends up overtaking the comedy.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B- 75% Wakefield (2017) Cranston, who narrates Wakefield's thoughts throughout, roots himself in this absurdly compelling character...[Swicord's] film is an interesting experiment, but it suffers from the inherent distancing of Wakefield's life going on without him.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
B- 48% Everything, Everything (2017) The movie has its faults, but Maddy and Olly make for memorable, intellectually curious characters whose romance blooms in extraordinary surroundings.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
B 84% The Wedding Plan (2017) Koler's spirited performance is a thing of beauty, the actress fascinating to watch as we root for her character's faith to be rewarded.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
A- 93% Obit (2017) an extraordinary account of what makes the New York Times's obituaries so special, complete with pearls of wisdom on good writing and how to shape a story.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
B- 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Scott's "Alien" franchise still entertains and horrifies, but with two more movies still to arrive, the screenwriters need to find new ways to delve into its mythology. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
A- 84% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) ...a sumptuous vision for the eye, lit like a Rembrandt, Léaud the picture of corporeal decay cushioned in rich burgundies.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 13, 2017
B 84% Risk (2017) a segment added after the film's Cannes showing is chilling. Assange expresses his hatred for Hillary Clinton. Wikileaks - true transparency or a personal vendetta?‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
C- 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) ...such a cultural mishmash (George (Tom Wu) the kung-fu master! A Syren that looks like "The Little Mermaid's" Ursula!) that it loses all distinction.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017