Lisa Trifone

Lisa Trifone
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 91% Sword of Trust (2019) For a film that fills nearly every moment with dialogue, not a single scene feels superfluous - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/4 85% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Things get really weird, in intense and intelligent ways that establish The Art of Self-Defense for what it is: a sharp satire on tribalism, toxic masculinity and group think. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Farewell (2019) These ensemble scenes let Wang's craftsmanship shine, as her cast elevates her smart, witty script to something special. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) It's nevertheless beautiful to hear: Toni Morrison, she is loved. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/4 99% Maiden (2019) It's surely a good sign if, when a film ends, your first thought as the credits roll is that you wish there were more. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Though there are more than a few fun touches to the world created within the film, each step forward seems thwarted by an inexplicable misstep. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/4 94% Wild Rose (2019) Harper and Taylor have fun infusing what could've been a cookie-cutter film with personality and heart, thanks in no small part to Jessie Buckley's star-making turn at the center of it. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 87% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) The film's several layers hold one's attention, from the chemistry between Christian and Marion to character developments both tragic and otherwise. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) Kaling isn't shy about flexing her storytelling muscles in ways that add layers rather than filler. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco displays a confidence of perspective and an inventiveness in storytelling that, once it's done breaking your heart, will only leave you wanting more. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) ...painfully self-aware, desperate to be funny and so utterly pointless it's weirdly enjoyable. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 55% Ma (2019) Spencer is a joy to watch as she indulges in Ma's worst tendencies; her ability to flip between doe-eyed sweetness and sheer fury and evil is uncanny. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 86% Pavarotti (2019) The end result is a quite fascinating, strikingly personal chronicle of a man made up of much more than his fame. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The Highwaymen is made for a movie night in; unlike some of the platform's other offerings, no one will make the argument that you must see this perfectly OK film on the big screen. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 82% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) The film combines the uninhibited sexuality of the '70s with the slasher films of the era to create a pulsing narrative that's as captivating as it is graphic. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 79% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) One of the film's only shortcomings is its brief length; Palmieri and Mosher would've been well served to dig deeper into the lives of some of the performers at either production. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 93% Diane (2019) With a thoughtful touch, [Kent] Jones and his ensemble cast offer a highly relatable slice-of-life character study. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 65% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo takes on far too much-too many characters, too many conflicting plot lines-to ever hope to have any kind of collective impact. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/4 81% Fast Color (2019) Fast Color has been labeled a "superhero origin story" in much of its marketing materials. But that characterization is much too narrow for what the film encompasses. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 84% Her Smell (2019) Of the recent trend in female-driven fictional music-centric movies, writer/director Alex Ross Perry's Her Smell revels in an approach that is as crowded and cramped as the main floor of a general admission show. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 81% Hesburgh (2019) A glossy compilation of talking heads, archival footage and a narration based on Hesburgh's own journals, the film would feel right at home on a Sunday afternoon on the History Channel. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Everybody Knows is a gorgeous film that features some truly wonderful moments of interpersonal connection, tucked as they are in between a stilted storyline. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 78% Never Look Away (2019) For every laudable moment in Never Look Away where the filmmaker finds truth in his characters and their reality, there's another that removes us so far from caring for them that it's hard to find our way back. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Krstic has achieved quite a lot, putting on screen a style unlike anything else seen in the year's best animated films. That the storyline in the end distracts from such an impressively drawn film may be a dealbreaker for some...or it may not. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Lelio's adaptation stays essentially faithful to his original, finding its tension and emotional stakes in relationships rather than circumstances. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) What can one person do to combat the forces of climate change and globalized industry? Quite a bit, as Benedikt Erlingsson would have us believe in Woman at War. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) As biopics go, On the Basis of Sex tells her story in an appropriately approachable, pleasant way. What it lacks in cinematic ambition, it more than makes up for with admiration for its subject. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk is a near perfect film, one that marries Baldwin's poetic, evocative narrative with Jenkin's lyrical, stirring filmmaking to create a film so captivating it immediately establishes itself as essential viewing. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/4 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki and cinematographer Christopher Aoun take a no-holds-barred approach to immersing us in Zain's rough and tumble world of poverty, predators, hustlers and meaningless, frustrating bureaucracy. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 74% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer mostly successfully channels the crime and cop dramas that come before it... But as the film tries to wind down, it somehow takes itself far too seriously. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 74% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Though it suffers from a bit of a self-indulgent runtime, it's inherently a highly engaging portrait of a young man entirely devoid of a conscious and the people who enable his grizzly escapades. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) There's a reason it's landed on many year-end Best Of lists and remains a front runner in the Foreign Language Oscar race, and it's because Pawlikowski has crafted a work of art. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 96% On Her Shoulders (2018) Bombach's film, and Nadia's willingness to participate in it, reminds us that what happens a world away is happening to us, to all of us as humankind. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw may not be a film we're still talking about in a year, but as a biting commentary on art, criticism and egos run amuck, it's equally stinging and entertaining. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2.5/4 92% Hal (2018) Hal is a fittingly well-built tribute to a man who's best known for his masterful films... And as a primer for a decade's worth of must-see films, particularly for those among us who profess to know a thing or two about the art form, it's essential. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) At turns poignant, heartwarming and funny, you'll be able to take your petulant teen, your fussy in-laws and everyone in between to this simple yet powerful story of resilience, growth and friendship. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 92% Maria By Callas (2018) In his directorial debut, photographer Tom Volf brings his keen eye for framing a message to creating a solid narrative momentum for a film that's essentially all footage and dialogue that already exists. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Von Trotta builds a film that's a bit like a motorbike with sidecar; she's off an an adventure, and we're invited to hop in and sit shotgun for it all. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Aware of the potential for agony here, Groeningen is careful to imbue the difficult narrative with light and air in moments that warrant it... They're brief reprieves from anguish, and we feel them-and need them-just as assuredly as Nic does. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
90% Studio 54 (2018) Though perhaps not as groundbreaking as the club it chronicles, Studio 54 is nevertheless an interesting, entertaining look at an indulgent era and the place that defined it. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
88% What They Had (2018) Here, the combination of Chomko's pitch perfect dialogue and perhaps Hilary Swank's best performance of her career creates one of the most personal, moving films of 2018. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
94% Wildlife (2018) The cumulative effect of Dano's writing and directing, Gyllenhaal and Mulligan's acting and Diego García's camera work is a beautifully tragic account of a family in demise, three people tied by relations who, in the end, don't know each other at all. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
59% White Boy Rick (2018) As a gangster flick, White Boy Rick doesn't hold a candle to the films it aspires to be... in some ways, that's OK. Solid performances carry us through a narrative that's just one needle in a massive haystack of lives lost to the criminal justice system. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Fart jokes and head-butts aside, The House With a Clock in Its Walls might not warrant a massive franchise... But it'll do just fine in an early-fall box office as parents look for seasonally appropriate movies to send their middle schoolers to. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
87% Colette (2018) Westmoreland's effort allows too much of Hollywood-all those plush surroundings and gentle edges-to sneak in, a penchant that keeps the proceedings from ever letting Colette's true impact be understood. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
97% Pick of the Litter (2018) The story of a litter of five Labrador puppies, this warm-hearted gem of a film will cure what ails you, both in the moment and each time you think back to their journey into service and the trainers and adoptive families who make it possible. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
94% Bisbee '17 (2018) When a film takes a moment in history previously unknown to most and turns it into a riveting, compelling film that breaks all bounds of what we think we know about documentaries, you've got a winner on your hands. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
93% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) If you can, see this one with an audience where the laughs from your fellow film-goers will surely elevate this slapstick rock comedy to an eleven. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) The entire film is an exercise in immersion... This could be off-putting to those less adventurous among us, but if you're brave enough to stick with the film into its second act, Decker delivers something quite impressive amidst the chaos. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
83% Puzzle (2018) Turtletaub has crafted an unexpectedly moving portrait of strength and self-expression built around, of all things, a puzzle-solving competition. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019