Loren King

Loren King
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T-Meter Title | Year
94% Together Together (2021) It's a pleasure to watch two gentle comic actors and skilled improvisers create playful, believable, non-sexual chemistry. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
67% Francesco (2021) If you don't know much about the life and work of Pope Francis, or even if you think you do, [Francesco] is an eloquent primer and reminder. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
92% The Life Ahead (2020) The legendary Sophia Loren isn't resting on her laurels. After a seven-decade career rich with many landmarks in international cinema, she is now, at 86, delivering a commanding and soulful performance in the Netflix drama, The Life Ahead. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
70% Moxie (2021) It's entertaining and certainly watchable, but it seems diluted for mass consumption. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
86% Donna (2021) Despite some clunky staging and pacing, owing to an obviously bare bones budget, the film manages to honestly show the injustice of family courts and police who fail to treat domestic violence as a serious crime. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
67% My Zoe (2021) Julie Delpy's intriguing My Zoe is an intimate and ambitious take on motherhood that mixes heart wrenching divorce drama, science fiction and thorny moral questions regarding reproduction. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
100% Hope (Håp) (2021) It takes remarkable insight and confidence to create a devastating portrait of a marriage inside a film about a woman facing her own mortality. That's what writer/director Maria Sødahl does with searing Hope. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
100% This Is Not a War Story (2021) This is Not a War Story is a powerfully scripted and acted film and a searing indictment of how badly the system fails its veterans. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
96% Stray (2021) Stray will appeal mostly to dog lovers. It may not leave you in tears, but you won't be unmoved. But it is also about people and how animals so often reveal us for who and what we really are. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
100% Crossroads of America (2020) Crossroads of America is a showcase for notable young talent in front of and behind the camera. The film's realistic and searing portrayal of physical, psychological and emotional struggle deserves an audience. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
98% Minari (2020) Minari is a gentle surprise that feels so welcome right now; a deeply personal story that is universal in its understanding of humanity, decency and resiliency. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
93% Premature (2020) Green and Howard who deserve praise for keeping this story fresh and real, blending romance, family drama and the importance of friends who make one laugh but who are also there when the chips start to fall. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
92% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant is a searing portrait of the Weinstein power dynamic. But its strength is that it could be any exploitative workplace. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman wants to push buttons and provoke reactions. It's a scorching indictment wrapped in a sophisticated revenge fantasy. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
69% Tulsa (2020) The film stays in the simple, inspirational, hopeful lane, but who doesn't welcome a bit of that right now? - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) Two of Us delivers a rare and restrained portrait of enduring love, especially between women of a certain age, right up to its devastatingly moving final frame. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
90% M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (2018) A revelation for fans of Escher and newbies, alike. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
95% The Ringmaster (2020) Capp's authenticity and enthusiasm, his desire to document a personal passion, makes "The Ringmaster" both an irresistible film-within-a-film and a cautionary tale. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) Regina King... proves she is as proficient behind the camera as she is in front of it, creating an operatic ensemble piece. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) The cumulative impact is stunning and heart-wrenching. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
93% Minor Premise (2020) "Minor Premise" is an original and well-crafted thriller that proves that, in the right hands, a movie about science does not have to be dull. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
91% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) The impressive debut from director Lance Oppenheim... looks at The Villages, a sprawling planned retirement community in Central Florida, about 45 miles from Orlando, and finds the surreal and the strange as well as the humor and poignancy. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
93% Rock Camp: The Movie (2021) [Rock Camp] certainly won't change the world, but it provides the pure pleasure of seeing people having fun simply by making music. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
87% Us Kids (2021) Us Kids is a compelling story of several ordinary but remarkable young people who refuse to be victims and of their incessant efforts to reclaim democracy. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
95% Antigone (2019) [Director Sophie] Deraspe has made a film that it is immediate, visceral and vibrant, one that's worthy of its title and lineage. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
44% Modern Persuasion (2020) There's no cliche left unturned except the heartbroken heroine gorging on a carton of ice cream. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
98% One Night in Miami (2020) Regina King is such a brilliant actor that it's not surprising she works wonders with the stellar male ensemble in her directing debut, One Night in Miami. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
69% Ammonite (2020) Beautifully nuanced performances from Ronan and, especially, Winslet. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
97% Farewell Amor (2020) One of the most realistic and insightful works of art about the immigrant experience, Ekwa Msangi's beautifully shot and acted Farewell Amor is a revelation. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
89% Nasrin (2020) Nasrin is a moving portrait of an unforgettable fighter and a vital film that should be seen by audiences around the globe. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
96% Zappa (2020) Zappa touches on so many aspects of Frank Zappa's too-short life and career that, by the end, one realizes that although a greatest hits collection is an entertaining overview, Zappa really deserves a box set. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
44% Modern Persuasion (2020) [Neuwirth's] performance, along with Witt's, make Modern Persuasion not a complete waste of time. But this updating pales next to the more faithful screen adaptation Persuasion from 1995. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
83% Proxima (2019) Green deftly captures the push-pull of motherhood and stressful professional demands as she anchors this luminous, unique film that's grounded in reality, but transcends its earthly themes for something otherworldly. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
79% I Am Greta (2020) [An] intimate portrait. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
80% Flytrap (2015) Without pretension or flashy effects, Flytrap manages to bring something fresh and creative to the sci-fi/horror genre. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
90% Effigy, Poison and The City (2020) The result is a handsome production and an absorbing story even if the subplots and secondary characters sometimes blur the film's main focus. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
100% IRL (2019) IRL is about more than an online relationship; it is grounded in complex emotions that are painfully real. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
98% The Road (La Strada) (1954) The great Giulietta Masina, who was Fellini's wife, is the heart and soul of La Strada. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
56% Sibyl (2020) Sibyl balances romantic thriller and delicious drama with comic overtones about movie-making. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) As the older Steinem, Julianne Moore is pitch perfect in recreating Steinem's speech, mannerisms, intellect and sly wit. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
87% Us Kids (2021) A compelling story of several ordinary but remarkable young people who refuse to be victims and their incessant efforts to reclaim democracy. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) Even Murray's performance starts to wear with a plot this thin. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
100% Chasing Einstein (2019) It's getting to know these individuals and their various methods and theories that makes Chasing Einstein both enlightening and entertaining. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
85% Martin Eden (2020) By weaving Martin's ideological journey and Italy's political and social trajectory as it heads toward fascism, Marcello captures the spirit of London's novel as he crafts an ambitious and haunting film. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
100% Citizens of the World (Lontano Lontano) (2020) Citizens of the World takes on a touching seriousness about the meaning of home and the hopes of finding one even in distant places. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
87% Yellow Rose (2020) The film beautifully captures the struggles of a young woman to find her voice and a sense of belonging in an often hostile world as it celebrates the joy of making music and its power to provide hope. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something is an important chronicle of Chapin, the musician and the man. But one is left with the bittersweet understanding of how much more he might have done. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
92% Give or Take (2020) If the film doesn't offer many surprises as we see through Martin's anger to his thinly masked grief, director Paul Riccio who wrote the script with Effros wins us over with gentle renderings of characters. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
95% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) The film offers an irresistible time capsule of 1970s music, but more importantly, it looks back at a time in politics that's both vanished and missed, one marked by collegiality, bipartisanship and basic decency. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
100% Man in Camo (2020) There are other talking heads in the film, but it's Minsker who dominates Man in Camo. That's just who his is and the art and film worlds are better for it. - Loren King EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020