Lisa Trifone

Lisa Trifone
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 100% House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2020) Combined with Park's beautifully thoughtful performance, it all creates a profoundly deep exploration of feminine youth. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
3/4 98% Beats (2020) Beats is a pulsing, frenzied exploration of pushing boundaries and running right up to the edge... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
4/4 100% On the Record (2020) On the Record requires that, whatever you bring to the viewing-whatever worldview, whatever experience, whatever preconceived notions-you put it all aside and just listen. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2020
3.5/4 88% Shirley (2020) Shirley is a haunting, unblinking portrait of a woman navigating a world she isn't quite made for... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2020
2.5/4 85% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) It's nevertheless delightfully thoughtful, a sweet way to wrap up a film that delights in its own charisma even as it explores heavier themes of grief and loss. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
3/4 96% Lucky Grandma (2020) What follows is a treat of a heist film only made more charming by the unexpected hilarity of Chin's performance. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2020
3.5/4 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) The Painter and the Thief is that rare documentary that not only chronicles an exceptional story but does it with a masterful grasp of the craft. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2020
3/4 92% Alice (2019) Mackerras proves herself a confident storyteller, creating a central character that is realistically multi-dimensional. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
2.5/4 98% Fourteen (2020) Something about Fourteen feels downright retro...as if it was made in another era. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
3/4 94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) It's a shot in the arm, a snap to attention that articulates-if you can keep up with it-just how we got to here. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
85% Deerskin (2020) Everything in Deerskin escalates quickly and it's a credit to Dupieux that we can get so much out of such a brief glimpse into Georges and Denise's lives. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
2/4 49% Arkansas (2020) Duke's debut is more of a knock-off than an original. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
3/4 93% Becoming (2020) Hallgren pieces together a much more robust picture of Obama, one that honors where she's come from and what she's accomplished while creating a space for what's yet to come. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
1/4 84% 1BR (2020) What's really the issue is that neither Bloom...nor the first half of the film's script seem willing to truly commit to the horrors of the sort of forced indoctrination it aims to explore. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
3/4 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Feldstein commits to every moment with the zeal of someone who understands their character on a cellular level. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
3.5/4 100% Someone, Somewhere (Deux moi) (2019) Through smartly placed cuts and clever conventions in the plot, we understand just how connected Rémy and Mélanie really are. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/4 91% Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991) Thousand Pieces of Gold remains both a worthwhile exploration of individuality and agency as well as a beguiling love story. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
2.5/4 83% Eating Up Easter (2020) It's clear there is no shortage of important stories for Rapu to tell, and his worst offense may be trying to tell them all in a single film. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3.5/4 96% Incitement (2020) Zilberman creates something of a slow burn over the course of the film's two hours, making its final moments all the more dramatic. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
2.5 89% Selah and the Spades (2020) It only manages to match the style of the superior films that've come before it while lacking their substance. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
4/4 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Loach has created a devastatingly affecting portrait of life against a system and circumstances that don't make it easy to get ahead. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
1.5/4 31% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) The film's ensemble is so lacking in chemistry and energy that whatever potential the script has for greatness is squandered. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3/4 72% The Other Lamb (2020) Szumowska's film is...not for the faint of heart. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
3/4 83% The Whistlers (2020) The Whistlers is filled with bright, bold colors and colorful, bold performances. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
2.5/4 93% Uncorked (2020) Charming performances and a genuine sense of tenderness throughout create a film that's certainly enjoyable enough for a family movie night in. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
3/4 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Bacurau is a dark, dystopian statement on the depths of depravity that humans are capable of-and often without too much needed to push them to it. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
4/4 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) A heartfelt recollection of a place that shaped lives and a stirring record of a civil rights movement that still impacts lives today. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3.5/4 88% Swallow (2020) Swallow is a weird one, and that's high praise. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
3.5/4 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) A treat of a movie that effortlessly mashes up comedy, romance, horror and adventure. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2020
4/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Portrait of a Lady On Fire is a film that demands repeat viewings in order to truly unravel the mastery with which Sciamma builds her world, her characters, her exploration of women. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/4 87% Emma. (2020) Nearly every scene in Emma. looks as if it would be as at home in an Instagram feed as it is on the big screen. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
2.5/4 91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) It's a daunting, harrowing film that challenges an audience to trust its creators to send us on a journey worth experiencing - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/4 84% The Way Back (2020) O'Connor smartly balances all this aggressive signaling with an ultimately deeply human story about love, loss, grief and recovery-something one assumes Affleck knows a thing or two about - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/4 97% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Bielenia's magnetic performance, all piercing eyes and daring energy, infuses the film with a vitality and masculinity not typically associated with the clergy. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 92% And Then We Danced (2020) Gelbakhiani's performance is captivating, creating a vividly realized character who navigates a tumultuous phase of his young life with all the wonder, fear and uncertainty one would expect. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 91% The Assistant (2020) With the camera focused on her nearly the entire time, Garner excels in a focused performance that delivers an emotional punch... - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
2.5/4 87% Color Out of Space (2020) You won't always know what's going on or why, but you won't be able to look away, either. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
.5/4 39% The Song of Names (2019) It all culminates in a full-circle moment that the film hasn't earned in any way at all. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/4 85% Les Misérables (2020) Despite strongly written characters and compelling performances, the third act feels entirely tacked on as an exercise in over doing it. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
3.5/4 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Aïnouz creates a world where pain, longing and unanswered questions linger just under the surface of life's most meaningful moments. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2/4 65% Troop Zero (2020) Just as it earns a modicum of goodwill, it squanders it on predictable plot points and overly twee intentions. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) A worthy exploration of a system that needs shaking up and the people willing to do it. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/4 88% Cunningham (2019) Alla Kovgan's captivating new documentary explores the artist's work, life and lasting legacy in a film that blends the past and the present in beautifully inventive ways. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
4/4 94% Little Women (2019) Gerwig creates a film that is at once delightfully modern and fresh yet wholly familiar and nostalgic - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/4 98% 63 Up (2019) Collectively-especially now, with so many of them-the Up series paints a captivating portrait of the arc of a life - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
2/4 70% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell was recently shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyle, and it's perhaps the only accolade I can understand it earning. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 100% Chained for Life (2019) He's crafted something wholly unique as it navigates the serious and meaningful as deftly as it does the darkly funny and creepy. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 72% The Aeronauts (2019) Though more than once I found myself silently pleading with them to please just stop leaning over the side of the basket please god please, I was nevertheless on the edge of my seat throughout - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) Agnès Varda accomplished quite a lot in her years behind (and in front of) the camera, a woman of vision who always managed to see something new, interesting and valuable in everything and everyone. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/4 63% American Dharma (2019) Whether or not American Dharma is worth your time is ultimately up to you and whether you enjoy giving space in your life to controversial figures. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019