Michael Calleri

Michael Calleri
I have been reviewing movies in metropolitan Buffalo for three decades. I have written for weeklies as well as my current daily newspaper, the Niagara Gazette. I have been with the daily Niagara Gazette for almost six years. For ten years, I was the movie critic on the CBS television affiliate in Buffalo. I also currently appear on the radio doing a weekly review segment. I am a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. When not watching movies, I collect, study and write about art glass paperweights.
Publications: Niagara Gazette

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The film has a central character, who's not only appealing on an essential story level, but he's also so utterly different from what we're used to seeing on-screen that much of what we encounter is a crowd-pleasing revelation. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
90% Blinded by the Light (2019) In "Blinded By The Light," which is a tribute to both teen-age determination and Bruce Springsteen, Javed discovers music that alters his sense of self, his entire reason for being. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) What you especially appreciate about [Tracy] Edwards is her fierce love of boating and her steely resolve to succeed. You watch the riveting film and wonder how anyone could have doubted that she would, indeed, sail around the world. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
92% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) The movie "Tel Aviv on Fire," as directed by Palestinian Sameh Zoabi, who was born near Nazareth and teaches at New York University, is a genial farce in the French style. Zoabi cowrote the well-structured screenplay with Dan Kleinman. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time In...Hollywood" is a fable showcasing all you need to know about a director whose movies are worth seeing. He's a challenging artist with unique insights, not a panderer parading plastic sequels. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) Writer-director Lulu Wang knows exactly how to keep every element of her exceptional movie - drama, comedy, emotions, secrecy, and familial love - perfectly balanced. The dialogue is always crisp and the occasional slapstick is flawless. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Part engaging history lesson and part riveting detective story, the goal of Green's movie is to correct the historical record and declare that, after more than a century, a cultural and creative pioneer has earned her time in the spotlight. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) [Riley] Stearns has created a superb caustic satire, with horror movie overtones. Moments may make you laugh aloud. Male nudity and surreal violence abound. The film offers myriad surprises and shocks to the system. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The movie looks fantastic, but the anthropomorphic creatures, familiar to almost everyone, are trapped in an emotionless visual zoo. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) A musical earthquake happened and Laurel Canyon was the epicenter. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Everything's amped up, as we've long ago left the concept of an awkward American schoolboy finding new strengths. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) I watched the film mostly with a smile, and laughed aloud at McKinnon's fresh satirical chatter about the music industry. Boyle and Curtis never answer the question: "What would rock and roll music (and the world) have been like without the Beatles?" - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Be cautious about inhaling the steam from a potion or eating the Swedish pot pie. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Dressed like the riverboat gambler character Thimblerig from the television show "Davy Crockett: King Of The Wild Frontier," Dylan reminds you of a sleight-of-hand artist. A card sharp who prefers the joker. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Much of the cast actually looks exhausted. Some of them seem as if a pall of ennui had settled over their persona. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Newbury's writing team is all-male. She's never bothered to learn their names and calls them by numbers. She ignores the internet and seems to be more old-boy network than some of the old-boys she's outlasted. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Assayas offers clever insights into how the publishing of books has changed from Johannes Gutenberg, but there's a lot more up his sleeve. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Let's not pretend the film is anything but a tribute to a life well-lived, one filled with flash, dash, and cash. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The Chesters have made "The Biggest Little Farm," a gorgeously photographed and utterly engaging chronicle of their journey. It's as delicious as the vegetables they grow. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The tension-filled movie, which is absolutely not for children, is filled with excessively violent set-pieces. A fight in a library is settled with a book that's used in a manner most would never consider a positive way to read. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
31% Red Joan (2019) Unfortunately, actress Dench is not at the center of the film. The flatly told tale offers too many flashbacks and bland reenactments of young Joan Stanley (Sophie Cookson) being a KGB agent. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) Director Ralph Fiennes, who also acts in the beautifully appointed movie, and his screenwriter David Hare, tell the story of Nureyev's defection with style, superb acting, and some exceptional dance moments. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) The well-made "Trial By Fire" got lost in the recent awards shuffle, and it should't have been. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Throughout the movie, Lasse Frank Johannessen's expressive cinematography delivers an exceptional visual experience. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) "Ask Dr. Ruth," the revelatory new documentary about her by director Ryan White, is a complete delight. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) It's filled with beautifully delivered dialogue ( ... ). - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) With "Long Shot," director Jonathan Levine and screenwriters Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah have delivered something fresh, funny, and a little bit edgy. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore immediately goes to the head of the class for an Oscar nomination next year. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
93% Us (2019) Us is not your ordinary 'something wicked this way comes' movie. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) The mood of Shazam! is blissfully nostalgic. The acting from the well-rounded and perfectly chosen cast is terrific. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) ( ... ) an extraordinary testament to the power of Ms. Franklin's voice. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
83% High Life (2019) ( ... ) we might be in deep space, but Denis is determined to celebrate the recognition of its being ordinary, something long ago accepted as conquerable. Time moves slowly, but the movie is not dull. It fascinates in small and large ways. - Niagara Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019