Loren King

Loren King
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T-Meter Title | Year
89% Rocketman (2019) Egerton captures John's vocal style and manner in a way that goes beyond impersonation. He also does his own singing, unlike Rami Malek's Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody." - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
100% Maiden (2019) "Maiden" beautifully captures a time and an experience, and transcends it. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Anchored by Geirharðsdóttir's lovely, winning performance, "Woman at War" beautifully balances urgency and absurdity, which is not an easy tone to sustain. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet Ask for Jane (2019) Ask For Jane depicts an important chapter in history and reminds us why women risked so much to help one another at a very dark and dangerous time. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
89% Bull (2019) As she proved with her superb, award-winning 2014 short film Skunk, Silverstein portrays marginal lives with unflinching honesty and heart-wrenching humanity. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is a pleasant enough romantic comedy about a mismatched couple. But its attempt to balance adult sophistication and adolescent silliness, and the romantic with the raunchy, never quite gels. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
66% Wine Country (2019) Despite its shortcomings, Wine Country has enough laughs and tender moments to make it worthwhile. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) It's a revealing look at an accomplished woman whose story is far more complex and compelling than anyone could have imagined. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
54% Charlie Says (2019) The film does capture the isolation and indoctrination of the women once they are under Manson's sadistic control and the need for one another's approval as well as the competition... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) Just who is rescued here is the moving question, and viewers should stay through the credits to see photos of actual inmates and their horses just in case there is any lingering doubt about the answer. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Watching "Amazing Grace" feels so raw and immediate that it's hard to believe we're watching an event that took place nearly 50 years ago. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
85% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) Grief in all its messiness, especially as experienced by a middle aged man, is the heart of this sparse, moving indie. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
43% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) Husson directs the complex action with escalating tension and horror, though it's likely just a glimpse into what these women suffered, and what they still endure. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
93% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) An important contribution to making sure no one ever again asks "Who?" at the mention of Alice Guy-Blaché. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) "Pet Sematary" doesn't explore in any original way King's deeper themes of loss and grief and the primal urge to reconnect with a dead loved one. Instead, this screen version is just another zombie movie. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo's big, expressive eyes and soft features give voice to his emotions, like a silent movie. It's too bad that the rest of Burton's "Dumbo" doesn't have the same dignity and restraint. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
No Score Yet Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema goes a long way toward correcting a glaring omission. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
94% Carol (2015) Christmas movie: the melancholy, the longing, the flashes of joy and anticipation, the rushes of despair. And, finally, hope - as a new year unfolds and love steps out of the shadows. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
79% Sadie (2018) As a portrait of adolescent angst, "Sadie" doesn't offer any new insights. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
60% The Things We've Seen (2017) Tre Manchester's The Things We've Seen, mixes elements of thriller, noir and melodrama, which is pretty ambitious for a film with obvious budget constraints. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
94% Us (2019) One can appreciate "Us" for its ambition in layering a zombie thriller with substance and darker themes. Or, one can ignore the bigger issues and just go along for the roller-coaster descent into a nightmare. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
100% Blowin' Up (2018) The film shines a light on the rare workings of a legal system that exists to help, not punish; to advocate, not to judge; and to genuinely find a way to change the bleak lives of the mostly young, marginalized women. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) If "Faces Places" is indeed Varda's final film, it's an eloquent grace note to her already rich legacy. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
83% For Now (2017) Shot on a bare-bones budget over the course of seven days, the film's loose, improvised style has its pitfalls but mostly it works, thanks to the engaging cast. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
97% Working Woman (2019) "Working Woman" realistically depicts the commonplace-ness of sexual harassment and, without preaching or resorting to melodrama, shows why women can't or don't simply leave their jobs or report a harasser. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
92% Gloria Bell (2019) With subtlety and grace, Moore captures Gloria's joie de vivre and her determination to keeping dancing as long as the music moves her. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
100% Roll Red Roll (2019) The Stubensville community has a lot to answer for, but Roll Red Roll, without being didactic, implicates by extension much of American culture in the sex shaming of women and the excusing of men, particularly boys and men of stature. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
90% The Quiet Man (1952) Credit must go to O'Hara, who is at her most magnetic in this film, and is central to what makes "The Quiet Man" so enjoyable and so memorable. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) "Everybody Knows" is a bit of a downer, but anything with these two dynamic actors set in scenic Spain is well worth the time. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
93% Fighting with My Family (2019) The characters are so freshly rendered, and the ensemble cast so uniformly good. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy is, not surprisingly, terrific in this juicy dramatic role. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
88% What They Had (2018) Pangs of authenticity fill Elizabeth Chomko's debut feature What They Had and with good reason. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
96% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) Pernille Fischer Christensen crafts an incisive, engaging portrait of the artist as a young woman. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Nadine Labaki's extraordinary neorealist film left me gutted, and grateful to be allowed such an emotional response. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
63% Bird Box (2018) Sandra Bullock is terrific in Bird Box, commanding the screen and our attention in this mostly gripping, occasionally scattershot sci-fi thriller. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
95% What Is Democracy? (2019) Astra Taylor offers a thoughtful examination of the meaning and origins of democracy... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
88% Rust Creek (2019) The movie begins to shape into a nail-biter... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
94% Communion (Komunia) (2019) Ola is unaffected, unfiltered and often angry but also optimistic even in the face of her dire circumstances which of course is what makes her so endearing and so heartbreaking. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
58% Saint Judy (2019) The film follows formula but it's a compelling story and Monaghan's solid performance makes Wood a complex and relatable character. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
89% Who Will Write Our History (2019) Thanks to this eloquent film, these voices have been given a wider stage to tell future generations "we were here." - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
82% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) (2019) The film unfolds with an immediacy as raw as its setting, a sprawling, hardscrabble landscape filled with animals and humans that need taming and tending. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Nina Arianda, as Russian-born Ida Laurel, a former showgirl who still brags about working with Preston Sturgess, and Shirley Henderson, as the no-nonsense, devoted Lucille Hardy, make the most of their scenes and are a joy to watch. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) At a crisp 88 minutes, it's the tightest historical and romantic epic one is likely to see for a long time. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) As adversaries scheming and jockeying for the queen's favor, Stone and Weisz are at the top of their form, with Colman holding the center. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Jones nails Ginsburg's quiet tenacity and steely resolve as On the Basis of Sex charts her rising career from Harvard Law School in 1956. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Into the Spider-Verse is eye-popping and engaging, but also grounded in human emotion. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns isn't perfectly perfect, but it's perfectly enjoyable. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
96% Roma (2018) By making Roma so specific to his own memory, Cuarón has created a mesmerizing, powerful, universal story. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
92% Maria By Callas (2018) Maria By Callas is a must-see for anyone who wants to understand what made her a legend and for anyone who simply appreciates pure artistry. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased has good intentions and a bland social message. Its goal may be admirable, but it doesn't make for affecting or memorable drama. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018