Laura DeMarco

Laura DeMarco
Laura DeMarco's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Cleveland Plain Dealer
Publications: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's a modern day, fractured fairy tale about the city of dreams that flawlessly blends fact and fiction. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
B 52% The Lion King (2019) Despite some slow spots, The Lion King is a lush, dramatic getaway to the land ruled by lions. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
A 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It has it all: great battles and special effects, a touching human tale, dramatic twists, wit and humor, stunning scenery, super-cool gadgets, a clear place in the Marvel mythology. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
A 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Talbot focuses on a downtrodden side of America rarely seen on film, but presents it with love and joy as well as sadness and heartbreak. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
B+ 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is not as great as the original two, or as moving as the third installment, but it's a sweet summer movie that honors the innocent, creative spirit of childhood. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
B 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A Ghoulardi-like irreverent, rock 'n' roll, B-movie, anti-establishment spirit is all over The Dead Don't Die. Jarmusch may be serious in his condemnation of what we're doing to our planet, but he's warning us with a wink and a laugh. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
A- 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) It's a wonderfully entertaining, luminously illustrated film, again with a slight undercurrent of sadness that adults may pick up on more than kids, but which makes the happy moments all the brighter. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
A 83% High Life (2019) Denis' brilliant formalism is in play from the first moment... Despite its out of this world location, High Life is ultimately a tightly focused human drama. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
No Score Yet Mosul (2019) The powerful documentary is comprised of combat footage and raw interviews taken by Iraqi journalist, Ali Maula from October 2016 to August 2017. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
A 47% Dumbo (2019) Instead of the over-the-top quirkiness that has come to dominate his movies, Burton allows this (bitter)sweet, inspiring story of outsiders under the big top to shine on its own merits. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
A 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Ultimately, "Gloria Bell" is not a film about finding love, but about finding yourself. Or, like fifty-something Gloria in this lovely, poetic, bittersweet film, rediscovering yourself . - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
A 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Everybody Knows has plenty of twists and scares, but it's the insight into human nature and the lies we all tell that elevate this Spanish film to more than just a thriller. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
A 78% Never Look Away (2019) Loosely based on German artist Gerhard Richter, it's a decade and world-spanning drama whose ambition is matched by its finesse. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
A 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It's a lot of thematic ground to cover, but it's all conveyed effortlessly in this poignant, poetic film that is never heavy or didactic despite its weighty subjects. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
A 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) No spoonful of sugar is necessary to help this modern delight go down. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
A 69% Hot to Trot (2018) In many ways, these same-sex couples are more creative than their mixed-gender counterparts -- because they need to be. For them, dance is both a personal and political expression, one of great passion. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
A 59% The Grinch (2018) The new-era "Grinch" is a holiday treat, a modern take on a classic tale sure to make the hearts of viewers of all ages grow a few sizes. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
B 66% The Little Stranger (2018) A sophisticated thriller for those who would rather be scared with quiet chills than axes and chain saws. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Strutting along with glam rock boots, flared jeans and laid back vibes, the carefree era of ABBA comes happily alive in director Ol Parker's vision. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B+ 50% Disappearance (Verdwijnen) (2017) [Rifka] Lodeizen is stunning as the driven woman in this quiet, yet powerful family drama. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
A 100% Júlia ist (2017) Embodied by the wonderfully natural [Elena] Martin (who stars and directs) [Julia] finally begins to chart her own life. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
A 97% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) Somewhere along the way, though, the journey becomes more about [Paula] finding herself in [Leonor] Serraille's beautifully filmed, touching and funny ode to young women and Paris. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
A 90% Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2018) As a pretty American Jewish lawyer investigates, the tale turns dark - but never hopeless. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
A 96% The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes) (2018) The interlinked stories are full of whimsy and childhood wonder that will delight the young - and young at heart. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
A 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) [Diane] Kruger carries the film with both pathos and fierceness. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
A 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Marina, however, lives up the title. She truly is a "fantastic woman" - facing her abusers with toughness, sass and even compassion as she quietly fights - alone - for simple dignity - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
A 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) "Peter Rabbit" is a charming children's film that captures the magic and whimsy of Potter's books while transporting those well-dressed rabbits to modern England. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) Marmalade-loving Paddington will sweeten the day of anyone, young or just young at heart, in this delightful sequel. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
A 91% Phantom Thread (2018) The second collaboration between [Paul Thomas] Anderson and [Daniel] Day-Lewis is a masterful, gorgeous and provocative work of art. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
A 89% I, Tonya (2018) [Craig] Gillespie's film is a hilarious, heartrending masterpiece -- a comedy, tragedy and drama of Shakespearean proportions with teased hair and sequins. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
A 85% Wonder (2017) [Jacob] Tremblay is fantastic in the role. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B+ 99% Lady Bird (2017) The ordinary has become special thanks to the vision of these three women. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B+ 60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) But even if you see it coming, it's a treat watching how the quirky detective gets there. As is the rest of this delightful voyage. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
A 91% Human Flow (2017) A stunning, provocative meditation on the state of a world in which such a staggering number of men, women and children are without a state, home or basic human dignity. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
A- 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Who wouldn't want to spend one more magical day in the Hundred Acre Wood? - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
B 85% Loving Vincent (2017) An innovative, vibrant film that seems to spring from the screen in the same energetic brush strokes as the iconic Dutch artist who took his own life in 1890. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
A 96% The Florida Project (2017) Rarely has such a heartbreakingly innocent portrait of childhood been portrayed on film. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
B 23% Woodshock (2017) While Woodshock may not completely hold together at the seams, it's a dreamy, gorgeous concoction that is never not a pleasure to look at. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
A- 75% The Oath (2016) The Oath is a philosophical drama that asks is it right for a father to go to such lengths. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
A 85% Dave Made a Maze (2017) "Dave Made a Maze" is totally unique. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
B 89% Maudie (2017) Hawke does his best to convey both Everett's brute nature and love for Maud that grows as they age. But it's Hawkins who really shines in this unaffected film, full of poetic Canadian seaside vistas. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
A- 58% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Though not as hilarious as the Minions movie -- except for a gleeful Minions jailbreak sequence -- there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this wacky and good-hearted but not saccharine comedy. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
A- 75% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) The inestimable Christopher Plummer stars as the aging and disgraced Kaiser, and it's worth seeing the film for him alone. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
A 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) I, Daniel Blake, is a film imbued with dignity, grace and great sadness -- as well as a bit of humor and a lot of anger. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
B 46% The Dinner (2017) Coogan, in a broad American accent, is perfect, and perfectly unlikable as the increasingly unhinged Paul. Linney is steely as his wife, while the usually excellent Hall recedes to the background with her smaller role. Gere steals the show, though. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
A 83% The Fixer (Fixeur) (2016) Director Adrian Sitaru's latest is a powerful, neo-realist tragedy for the modern world, deeply upsetting, but a must-see. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
B- 80% Aloys (2016) Director Tobias Nolle's first full-length film is a tense, dark thriller that delves into contemporary issues of digital isolation, technology, surveillance and privacy. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
A 80% The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell) (2016) Nothing is at it first seems in this dark thriller that ends with a fantastic twist few fans will see coming. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
A- 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) [Condon] doesn't try to update or alter the classic tale. Instead, he hews close to the Disney original but makes it larger than life -- more sumptuous, more beautiful, more romantic, more extravagant and yes, darker. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
A 98% Kedi (2017) Though Kedi has no narrative, Torun does tell a story of a city in flux through these cats and people and urban vistas. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017