Loren King

Loren King
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
97% The Edge of Democracy (2019) Her (Petra Costa) outrage and sorrow are palpable and heartbreaking. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
96% The Cave (2019) This film is even more wrenching than "For Sama," but Amani Ballour is an unforgettable figure. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
97% American Factory (2019) "American Factory" is a disturbing economic exposé about the way we live now, and a cautionary tale about the vanishing middle class. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) The engagement of its main characters, Masha and Iya, anchored by outstanding breakout performances from the two leads, give this film the searing honesty of a documentary. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodóvar fills this late-career masterwork with all his obsessions... But he layers them with the contemplation and melancholy of an older artist reflecting on his life, without sentimentality but with soulfulness. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
50% Buck Run (2019) "Buck Run" has affecting moments, helped by David Barker's editing and Anna Franquesa Solano's atmospheric cinematography. The early teen years are tough; this film creates a touching portrait of a young man we root for to survive his grim circumstances. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) The Woman Who Loves Giraffes is an important chronicle of a singular feminist and passionate researcher as well as an environmental alert. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig's script brims with intelligence, emotion and a cohesiveness that makes it easy and pleasurable to linger in the world that the Marches inhabit. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) There is a lot to admire in "Uncut Gems". - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
85% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) The film is rich with great footage and on camera interviews with filmmakers, critics and scholars. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" is a rich meditation on the legendary director's longtime obsessions: gangsters, violence, Catholicism, moral conflict and male friendship. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
97% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) The story is raw and real and, if one sticks with it, rewarding. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Portrait of a Lady on Fire... is an unforgettable love story that unspools at a slow burn until the final act, which blazes with an incandescence. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong drags human greed and its consequences into the light with his lacerating wit, unabashed brutality and heart-wrenching tragedy, turning "Parasite" into an audacious and explosive parable for our times. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Both stars are likely to land Oscar nominations, but keep an eye on the supporting category - and Dern. She packs up the movie in her expensive little Rodeo Drive purse and walks off with it. Effortlessly. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It helps that the two buddies who are rivals and friends are played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale, who both deliver electrifying performances. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) There is a lot to like about "Jojo Rabbit," not the least of which is Waititi's bold, brave attempt at an irreverent skewering of the mindless acceptance of dehumanization. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
93% Anya (2019) The personal drama of a strange people with entrenched customs may be more interesting than the sometimes confusing science but Anya ambitiously tries to balance both, and mostly succeeds. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) What a stunning, original, visually striking feature debut from Mati Diop. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
44% The Addams Family (2019) The message about accepting people as they are... is certainly welcome. But it's far too bland for a movie about a clan that communes with dead relatives... The Addams Family franchise will no doubt survive a mediocre entry. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
93% Honey Boy (2019) As cathartic as it must have been for the actor to revisit and dramatize his trauma, the brutal honesty and occasional humor of exposing his own and his father's demons, without tidy resolutions, shows no small amount of courage. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) Erivo's stunning performance is the main reason to see "Harriet," a solid, well-crafted film that aims more for education than innovation. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) This entertaining documentary is an irresistible time capsule for anyone who listened to the radio or bought records in the 1970s and '80s. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
75% Serendipity (2019) This personal and profound film is a great introduction to a singular creative force and fascinating person. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
91% #Female Pleasure (2019) #FemalePleasure is a powerful and inspiring documentary that everyone should see, but it is essential viewing for younger audiences who offer the hope of change. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) The riveting documentary "Where's My Roy Cohn?"... is a lively look at a polarizing figure. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) A smart and entertaining caper doused in sisterhood and featuring a sizzling career-best performance by Jennifer Lopez, "Hustlers" is surprisingly good, even if it falls short of great. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) This is the stuff of fairy tales. Downton the manor will continue and, for better or worse, it looks like the franchise will, too. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
82% Judy (2019) It's anchored by an astonishing performance by Renee Zellweger in a comeback role for the ages that puts her way in front of this year's best actress Oscar race. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) The film wisely leaves the linear narrative and effectively uses flashbacks to evoke central character Theo's memory of his mother. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
67% Human Capital (2019) Oren Moverman's screenplay is smart and absorbing and director Marc Meyers handles the non-linear structure with skill. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) "Brittany Runs a Marathon" is remarkable for treading a tonal balance between dark comedy and empowering drama that makes it worthwhile for viewers who like feel-good movies to be a little trenchant. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) It's a bold and ambitious choice to depict horror and trauma not just through documentary realism but through magical realism. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) If viewer expectations are modest, "Good Boys" provides some welcome laughs about the awkward years and just might even make you nostalgic for sixth grade. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The slide into feel-good predictability is disappointing, but "Blinded by the Light" goes down so sweetly and sincerely that it's hard not to mind that, by the end, nearly everyone has seen the light. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) Despite turns into predictability and sentimentality, Moore and Williams never disappoint, especially in their showdown scene. Davis and Astor would be proud. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) It's an understated, gentle film with low-key comedy matched by an underlying melancholy that is more powerful because of its restraint. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) "The Nightingale" is visceral and powerful; it's a memorable, accomplished, gut-wrenching film that's not for the squeamish or those super-sensitive to graphic violence onscreen. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's a visually stunning, ambitious, confident work that, while still chock full of Tarantino's obsessions, film allusions and perfect period songs, gels stylistically and thematically. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
99% For Sama (2019) If not turning away is how we must confront the violence, inhumanity and senselessness of war, this brutal, heart-wrenching film is essential viewing. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The realness of the imagery, however eye-popping, actually detracts and distracts rather than deepens the enjoyment. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
97% Rosie (2019) Doyle and Breathnach don't preach or moralize; they've told a complicated story with elegant simplicity. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
57% Above the Shadows (2019) There are plenty of contrivances and an ending that is a bit of a head-scratcher but Myers manages the rare feat of examining profound grief and monumental loss in novel, touching way. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) (Naomi) Watts is juicily over the top as Gertrude, delivering complexity and providing a twist on these famous tragic figures. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) There is great fun in the odd couple pairing of Kaling and Thompson. It's refreshing and welcome to see two very different, charismatic women commanding the action, which is rare for a mainstream comedy. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
30% Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) (2018) The movie is all over the place, with tones that shift from melodrama to black comedy. But the performances from a veteran cast led by James Caan make it worthwhile. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
74% Ghost Light (2019) The lively finale delivers a satisfying twist that honors both theater tradition and haunted tale. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
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
98% 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