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Lauren Humphries-Brooks

Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) It successfully gives the lie to any dude-bro masturbatory fantasies that claim that Wonder Woman is, by design, a thing to be objectified, ogled, and fetishized. There is so much more to her, and so much more to those behind her creation.‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
78% Phenomena (Creepers) (1985) Phenomena is something like an amusement park ride that sails along pleasantly but uninterestingly, and then drops you fifty feet down. You know it's coming, but it's still quite a stomach-churning experience.‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% The Firemen's Ball (1968) The film is shot through with the darkest of Czech humor-everyone, from the committee to the people to the landscape itself is the butt of a joke, representative of petty rivalries, drunken idiocy, and smug leadership that cannot lead.‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
No Score Yet Hell House LLC (2015) While not all of its scares work perfectly, it's a damn fine piece of found footage horror. It also has a creepy clown that puts Pennywise to shame.‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
87% The House of the Devil (2009) there are times when 80s nostalgia produces something really unique, as is the case with Ti West's The House of the Devil, a deliberate throwback to the decade that immerses its viewer in the chills and thrills of slow-burn violence.‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
66% Wonderstruck (2017) Ridden with clichés and overly predictable plot turns, it seems to believe that whimsy can replace emotion and that style can paper over a paucity of script that has all the sentimental honesty of a Hallmark card.‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) At another time, on a second or third or fourth watch, I'm sure I will be able to find something to criticize about Lady Bird. But right now, having ruminated on this film for a full day, there is little to nitpick. ‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
89% Rift (Rökkur) (2017) As an exploration of a dead relationship, it fails to summon emotional resonance. As a horror film, it is not scary. As both, it's simply incoherent.‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) I'm almost inclined to write off The Killing of a Sacred Deer as a failed attempt to reconstitute the meaning of tragedy, a very ambitious but ultimately incoherent work of art. ‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
86% Colette (2018) Colette is ultimately a mixed bag, a film that needs a cohesive narrative arc and a deeper engagement with the concepts it introduces but fails to entirely tease out.‐ CC2K
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
87% Love, Gilda (2018) Love, Gilda is a wonderfully intimate and generous film, a love letter to a woman whose persona and comedy made the world a little lighter.‐ CC2K
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
98% Wildlife (2018) Based on the novel by Richard Ford, the film is an ambitious project for Dano and co-screenwriter Zoe Kazan, as they attempt to craft a quiet and intense chamber drama about a family eking out an existence in 1960s Montana. ‐ CC2K
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
86% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) "We don't talk about the film," says Huston, biting on a ubiquitous cigar. Maybe The Other Side of the Wind is the film that we never should have talked about.‐ CC2K
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
90% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War is an imperfect work, evoking a sublime beauty despite its clichés, and cliched despite its sublime beauty.‐ CC2K
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The searching for identity in a world that contains only narrow definitions of it expands the story, giving it heart and understanding and even sympathy for the adults imposing their warped fears on teenagers who actually do know better. ‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
No Score Yet Nigerian Prince (2018) Nigerian Prince pulls you in, charms you, and tells you a complex and powerful story without losing itself. The film draws no clear moral conclusions, no clear solution as to what, or who, is right or wrong.‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
29% Mapplethorpe (2018) Mapplethorpe is as much a contradiction as the man himself, a film that wants to investigate both art and artist, and yet can't quite come to terms with either. ‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee employs all of his considerable skill and filmmaking prowess, developing a narrative that is at once blunt and nuanced, horrifying and funny in the most unexpected ways.‐ Suddenly A Shot Rang Out
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
93% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) An adaptation of James Baldwin's 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk, Jenkins creates a film that mimics Baldwin's prose in its imagery and cadence without sacrificing one iota of cinematic meaning. ‐ CC2K
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
95% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is Lanthimos's most accessible film, shaped by aesthetics but driven by plot and character. ‐ CC2K
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/5 66% Detour (2017) Detour is not quite great, but it is one crazy mile along the road.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
53% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) Woman Walks Ahead doesn't accomplish all that it could, but it's far from a bad film, or even a mediocre one. It avoids over-romanticizing the American West, even as it trades on romance. ‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
100% Egg (2018) As a chamber piece brimming with vicious humor and barely contained fury, Egg is enduring, frightening, and deeply troubling.‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
40% Mary Shelley (2018) This is a CW version of 19th Century Britain, more interested in mediocre aesthetics than in any real exploration of these characters or their age.‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
85% Disobedience (2018) There are moments of exceptional beauty in this film, warmth and affection piercing through repression, love interacting with faith, the need to expand beyond the bounds of an orthodox world. ‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana (2018) The question is not do we like the art, but whether or not that art should be censored and its creator fined and imprisoned for producing it. Can we excuse an attack on First Amendment rights because the art is personally repellant to us?‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% The Vanished (2018) The Vanished is a twisty South Korean psychological thriller, a clever amalgam of classical cinematic influences - especially Diabolique-filtered through a powerful narrative about the nature of perception and guilt. ‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch (2017) Despite its pitfalls, Rokuroku is a fun piece of Japanese horror, the sort of film you watch with your mouth slightly open. Don't expect a coherent structure or payoff. Go into this film as though it's an amusement park funhouse, and enjoy the experience.‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed ultimately plays as a personal religious polemic, one steeped in an existential despair over the world and God, that somehow manages to avoid even a remote sense of the spiritual. ‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
83% The Witch in the Window (2018) The Witch in the Window is unlikely to become the next big sleeper hit, but then it doesn't aspire to be - it aspires to tell a good scary story.‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
100% Number 37 (Nommer 37) (2018) Nosipho Dumisa's Number 37 is certainly Hitchcockian and makes no attempt to conceal its influences, instead playing with imagery and plot points to tell a new story that would've made the Master of Suspense proud.‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) This is a story about people denied emotional openness, humanity, the freedom to express themselves. It is the horror of lives controlled by an unseen force, and the violence that results.‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) Tigers Are Not Afraid is a searing, emotional celebration of children, told through their eyes, in a world in which magic is possible and tigers stalk the night.‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) A dive into the complicated psyche of a young woman whose work with an experimental theater troupe begins to blend into her own life, emotional problems, and relationship with her mother.‐ Citizen Dame
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
6/10 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) Four powerhouse performances cannot quite make Richard Linklater's occasionally moving dramedy, Last Flag Flying, into more than a minor war movie. ‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
5/10 67% The Pirates of Somalia (2017) Despite an excellent secondary cast and an interesting story, Dabka fails in its aspirations due almost entirely to its own smugness.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/10 16% The Circle (2017) A half-baked thriller with a strong cast and a few good ideas, The Circle lacks originality, immediacy, or basic coherence. ‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
8/10 30% The Clapper (2018) The Clapper is a sharp combination of sweet romance and biting satire on the cruelties committed in the name of entertainment. ‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
8/10 76% Manifesto (2017) Difficult to understand and impossible to codify, Manifesto is a stirring post-modern rumination on artistic meaning filtered through the persona and performance of Cate Blanchett.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
6/10 71% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Despite its undoubted ambition and an excellent central performance from Rami Malek, Buster's Mal Heart slips into the traps that so often face thrillers of its type. ‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
6/10 44% The Dinner (2017) An imperfect but fascinating film, The Dinner's stellar cast delivers a deeply troubling and psychologically complex treatment of class and family.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Parents (Forældre) (2016) If it is a somewhat confounding experience, it is also a profound one.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
4.5/5 78% Junction 48 (2017) Junction 48 celebrates music as a force for expression and cultural fusion, as Kareem and his friends praise sexuality, love, and the realities of their lives in Lyd as the most profoundly political statements they can make.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
3/5 36% A Kind of Murder (2016) There's too much that's intriguing in this film to ignore it, and although the third act shows signs of strain, the first two acts more than justify the film's existence.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/5 79% Magnus (2016) To make a movie about such an elusive figure is a challenging undertaking, and it's a testament to the quality of Magnus that the film succeeds as well as it does.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
5/10 86% The Lost City of Z (2017) Despite gorgeous cinematography and a strong cast, The Lost City of Z is a shallow and overly romantic film that falls into the trap of hero worship. ‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
8/10 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Intellectually vibrant and emotionally complex, Things To Come is a luminous film drawn along by Huppert's central performance and Hansen-Løve's delicate script.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
6/10 88% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women relegates a set of extraordinary female characters to supporting players in a standard coming-of-age narrative. It's entertaining, but also disappointing. ‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
9/10 83% Julieta (2016) Julieta is a timeless and mature examination of femininity and guilt that marks a return to form for director Pedro Almodóvar.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
8/10 91% Certain Women (2016) Certain Women more than justifies itself as a serious argument for the beauty of the small and intimate drama and the importance of female-driven filmmaking.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016