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Leah Pickett

Leah Pickett
Leah Pickett's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Consequence of Sound

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) The most damning aspect of this movie, more damning even than its pandering or blatant commercialism, is how deeply unfunny it is.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/4 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here amounts to more than a Taxi Driver for our time. Despite the obvious homage, this is a Ramsay film, rooted in the Glaswegian auteur's feverish, kaleidoscope style.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
100% On Her Shoulders (2018) Director Alexandria Bombach avoids the details of Murad's brutal captivity, showing instead the intense pressure and responsibility the 23-year-old feels as a spokesperson for her people.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
1/4 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Freed appeals to women's biological urges-to secure a protective mate, to nest, to procreate-and depends on them leaving their brains at the theater door.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
74% Mom and Dad (2018) Cage and Blair, both giving their best performances in years, revel in the black comedy and social satire while also giving emotional weight to the parents' resentment, toward the kids and each other.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
3/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya seems to implicate the viewer in Harding's cultural abasement, rhetorically asking: It should've been about the skating, but you didn't really care about that, did you?‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
No Score Yet Tormenting the Hen (2017) Theodore Collatos amplifies dread in interesting ways, tinting the screen red when the couple fight and inserting jerky dream sequences of a confused, bleeding hen.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
3/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) What's most interesting to me about The Last Jedi is Luke's return as the mentor rather than the student, grappling with his failure in this new role, and later aspiring to be the wise and patient teacher.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
96% For Ahkeem (2017) [For Ahkeem] is a compelling but often frustrating documentary, a microcosm of the struggles faced by many disadvantaged young people of color today. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
94% Most Beautiful Island (2017) The second half is chilling and well directed, culminating in a high-wire act of a finale.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
90% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) Philippe's geekiness is infectious. His passion for film shines through most when he invites some of his interviewees-like horror nerd Elijah Wood and his friends-to watch the film on camera and comment on its foreshadowing and subtle motifs. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
86% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Despite some awkward attempts at broad comedy, the film works as an uncomplicated reminder of what can happen when disenfranchised women speak up.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
70% The Paris Opera (L'Opéra) (2017) Eschewing interviews, he, cinematographer Blaise Harrison, and editor Julie Lena craft a compelling narrative through a mosaic of scenes.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
No Score Yet Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) The latest provocation from Japanese director Sion Sono is an awkward theatrical cut of his nine-episode miniseries for Amazon Prime Japan‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
No Score Yet Mutafukaz (2017) The visual style and narrative are imaginative, and there's enough social commentary to give this silly caper some weight.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) Tracing every step of Lucky's protracted daily routine becomes a powerful exercise in both empathy and discomfort as he ponders the meaning of life and the inevitability of death, without the balm of spirituality.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
100% In Transit (2015) The nonlinear, dreamlike narrative focuses on internal as much as external journeys, with strangers connecting across racial, cultural, and generational divides to express wisdom or compassion. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
66% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) Frothy but entertaining. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
No Score Yet Bones of Contention (2017) Though simple and straightforward, the film is a potent argument for justice, even-and especially when-the fight is ongoing.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
70% After Louie (2018) ... a valuable meditation on generational differences, particularly between gay men who lived through the worst years of the AIDS crisis and those who came of age afterward.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
80% Dave Made a Maze (2017) ... this is a fun ride.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
83% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) [Polina] is a fine example of visual storytelling.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
44% Bronx Gothic (2017) [Okwui] Okpokwasili uses song, dance, and soliloquy to explore, with a political edge, the intricacies of black girlhood, and onstage she's a magnetic force, physically commanding and emotionally raw.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
33% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) Almost laughable in its broad, empty portrayal of sexual desire.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
97% Whose Streets? (2017) Even through this more personal lens, Folayan and Davis take an evenhanded approach: civilians loot stores and burn police cars, whereas police officers fire tear gas and aim rifles at peacefully protesting crowds. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) This striking animated adaption of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale makes a lean and dark story feel sweeping and warm.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) Not wasting a minute of its two-and-a-half-hour running time, this remarkable documentary echoes O.J: Made in America by examining the Los Angeles riots.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
No Score Yet Killing Lazarus (2015) Even as the clock ticks, the narrative drags, in large part because writer-director Desmond Faison includes several unnecessary scenes and side characters.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
No Score Yet The Noonday Witch (2016) The climax suffers from unimpressive visual effects, but not enough to sink the measured, atmospheric buildup of the first two thirds or the exquisite performance from Geislerova.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
91% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) Though flecked with dark humor, the film is a chilling reminder of what people can get away with, and what can become normal, if one consents to an oppressive system.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Jenkins tries not only to include men on Wonder Woman's side but also to make male viewers feel better about a woman saving them.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
No Score Yet Kuro (2017) The result is a creepy experiment in nonlinear storytelling that successfully blurs reality, memory, and fantasy.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
No Score Yet Much Loved (2015) Without being overly political, Ayouch touches on the hypocrisy of gender norms in the Middle East.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
No Score Yet La lutte pour la vie (Struggle for Life) (2014) Yet the clever premise fails as many of the running gags and attempts at old-fashioned slapstick fall flat. Aiming for broad comedy, Peretjatko delivers his message with a wink, though the explosive subject calls for a bang.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
58% Urban Hymn (2017) What begins as a gritty, documentary-style dive into the young women's world -- they're introduced as looters during the 2011 Tottenham riots -- quickly devolves into a Lifetime movie.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
98% In Between (2018) They grapple with various issues connected to their race and gender, yet Hamoud keeps the tone relatively light, the women's wit and vibrancy accentuated by a brisk pace and Itay Gross's colorful cinematography.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
94% Gook (2017) Nodding to Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and Kevin Smith's Clerks, this sophomore feature exemplifies the grunge and angst-ridden energy of the 90s, with a humorous streak as frank as its racially charged title.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
76% The Tiger Hunter (2017) The period setting provides some fun costumes, hairstyles, and musical cues... the humor comes mainly from the protagonist's interactions with his new friends and the endearing specificity of their situation.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
90% Rat Film (2017) The metaphor may seem obvious, but Anthony's blend of well-researched scientific and historical background with deep existential questioning recalls Werner Herzog's best work, presenting a fresh take on a centuries-old subject with poetry and urgency.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
No Score Yet Godless (Bezbog) (2016) Ivanova is a fine actor, but her character lacks dimension; the nurse's sordid environment and the abasement she endures to the point of numbness make her feel like a personification of the country's political corruption and social unrest.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
26% Table 19 (2017) The film has a clever premise that probably would have worked as a half-hour TV episode but fails to sustain a feature-length comedy.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
93% Logan (2017) Director James Mangold, returning after the second installment, The Wolverine, orchestrates several jaw-dropping action sequences, heightened by Jackman's and Keen's intense performances and by Marco Beltrami's taut and plunky score.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
63% Before I Fall (2017) The main characters are high school bullies, but director Ry-Russo Young refuses to stereotype them; they can be sweet and endearing one moment, petty and cruel the next, but their motivation is always clear.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
74% You're Killing Me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) (2017) [An] engaging film, exploring the link between honesty and intimacy.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
No Score Yet Unbroken Glass (2016) A study of grief, forgiveness, and how family history can provide a greater understanding of oneself. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Seems to last forever and, when it finally ends, leaves a sour aftertaste of overproduced, overblown schlock.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2017) Of the five live-action shorts nominated this year, three focus on personal fulfillment... The other two shorts are overtly political, and they throb with an urgency the others lack.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
60% Sophie and the Rising Sun (2017) The premise... demands more heat and complexity than this hokey 2016 drama provides.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
20% 1 Night (One Night) (2017) This romantic fantasy works on a conceptual level, but not in execution.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Even more entertaining the second time around.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017