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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
89% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2016) 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
100% In Between (2016) 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
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
100% Rat Film (2016) 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
23% 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
67% 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
75% 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
42% 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
22% Below her Mouth (2017) Why these two women are attracted to each other beyond looks is a mystery; eventually they swap backstories, but neither is compelling enough for one to invest in the character.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) This corny sci-fi drama abounds with annoying plot holes and product placements, and the 2017 teenspeak ("You ghosted me!") will probably sound dated to anyone watching the movie even a few years from now.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
92% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) Director Luc Jacquet struggles to dredge up the sort of emotion he delivered so easily in his Oscar-winning March of the Penguins (2005).‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) This is only slightly less dumb and nonsensical than the previous films, but it teems with thrilling action sequences and rollicking stunt work from the middle-aged Diesel and martial artist Donnie Yen.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
94% Midsummer in Newtown (2017) Filmmaker Lloyd Kramer (Liz & Dick) delivers powerful vignettes involving three families... but shies away from such issues as the plague of gun violence and the rise of angry young men in America.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Gad's voice-over often seems incongruous with the dogs' onscreen behavior, and he's rarely as funny or touching as he tries to be.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
43% Bakery in Brooklyn (My Bakery in Brooklyn) (2017) The plot may be predictable, but the leads have nice chemistry and writer-director Gustavo Ron sprinkles in some funny and touching family moments.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
24% The Bye Bye Man (2017) The script teems with horror clichés (scribbled drawings, a creepy kid, the skeptical protagonist looking up the demon's origins on a library computer), and everything from the acting to the makeup to the special effects is atrocious.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
94% Notes on Blindness (2016) English writer and theologian John Hull, who went blind in the early 1980s and kept an audio diary of his experience, is the subject of this thought-provoking film, which takes an unusual if not always successful approach to the documentary form.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
100% In Her Name (Au nom de ma fille) (2016) The film benefits from Auteuil's moving lead performance, though the narrative is less exciting than it is resolute.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
40% Why Him? (2016) For this puerile farce, director John Hamburg recycles a tired premise -- a straitlaced father disapproves of his daughter's freewheeling boyfriend -- and then drowns it in moose urine (really).‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) Ostensibly we're supposed to like Pratt and Lawrence together, yet Pratt's character does something so unforgivable to Lawrence's at the outset that their ensuing interactions simmer with a mix of horror and disbelief.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
100% A Stray (2016) Despite the touchy subject matter, Syeed avoids preaching and instead focuses on the protagonist's day-to-day struggle; the understated drama benefits also from Yoni Brook's crisp cinematography and Abdirahman's multifaceted performance.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Except for a few jocose, fan-serving moments, the movie is a dour affair, lacking the charm and chills of J.J. Abrams's spirited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not to mention George Lucas's founding trilogy.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
96% Moana (2016) The narrative is a fairly predictable hero's journey -- Maui even calls her "The Chosen One" -- but the movie is refreshing for its lack of a love interest; instead Moana learns how to chart her own course.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) The film benefits from Zach Kuperstein's moody black-and-white cinematography and the stark compositions, but the unrelenting ugliness and senselessness of the piece negate its occasional touches of minimalist beauty. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Ultimately the drama, adapted from a 1993 book by Austin Wright, constitutes a loose assemblage of ideas about romantic betrayal, selfishness, and regret.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
92% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Factor in the feel-good story, Bell's bracing cinematography, and his meticulous observance of the villagers' customs and environments, and the film becomes a multilayered exploration of dignity, perseverance, and progress.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) This is the first feature by writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig, and despite the conventional teenpic narrative, her protagonist is richly conceived.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
No Score Yet Foam Bath (Habfürdö) (1980) This feature-length animation by Hungarian painter and filmmaker György Kovásznai reveals a gift for jazzy, kaleidoscopic storytelling.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
No Score Yet A Fool (Yi ge shao zi) (2015) Reveals a humanist core beneath layers of dry irony and cynicism.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
32% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête) (2016) This 2014 adaptation of the French fairy tale looks spectacular, with vibrant landscapes and lavish 18th-century costumes, but... [Léa Seydoux, as the fair maiden, and Vincent Cassell] are stiff and perfunctory.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) A haunting piece of high art.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
90% Elle (2016) Verhoeven masterfully stretches the suspense, and his gallows humor lands most of the time. His attempts at edginess slide into exploitation, though.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Kore-ada has explored the father-son dynamic in his previous work, most notably Still Walking (2008) and Like Father, Like Son (2013), and brings a gentle, humanist approach to the material.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) Lane, whom Arnold discovered lounging on a Miami beach, recalls Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, balancing an inherent toughness with the fragility of girlhood.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
63% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Burton has covered similar ground already, but fans will relish this spooky return to form.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
84% Kicks (2016) The motif of a faceless, imaginary spaceman following the boy around is overly precious, but what does work is Tipping's focus on sensitive boys hardening in reaction to their father figures (or lack thereof).‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016