Michael Nordine Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 31% Venom (2018) This radically different approach will surely be jarring to some, but the fact that this movie could never exist in the same world as "Captain America: Civil War" despite hailing from the same brand of comics is part of its charm.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
D+ 43% Hell Fest (2018) If it were any good, it could have been the movie of the moment. Instead, it'll have been forgotten by Halloween.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
A- 53% Sunset (Napszállta) (2018) Sunset exposes that horror while also finding great beauty in it - it might not be infinitely pretty, but it's worth remembering and preserving nevertheless.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B+ 86% The Nightingale (2019) [Director Jennifer Kent] charts her own path in The Nightingale, a savage journey that might not have been worth the trip were its guide not so adept at navigating the darkness.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
B 79% 22 July (2018) Greengrass' docu-real aesthetic doesn't allow for grandiosity even when he gives in to more heavy-handed impulses. He's on a soapbox at times, but his message is worth hearing.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
C- 60% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2018) There's wondrous imagery, as there always is... But the filmmaker's navel-gazing tendencies slowly take over, making it clear that this is a movie by Reygadas, for Reygadas, and exists to please an audience of one.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
C 45% The Quietude (La quietud) (2018) Even when it inspires laughter it doesn't inspire much else. It isn't involving enough for you to ever truly care about how these many, many problems will resolve themselves, and not funny enough for the experience to be more enjoyable.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
B+ 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Few filmmakers come to mind who could orchestrate these slow-burning set pieces with such precision; it's like watching a chess game in which everyone thinks they're a king but most of them are pawns‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
C 38% Charlie Says (2018) Matt Smith is miscast in the crucial role of Manson, failing to summon the cult leader's manic energy or make us understand just how it was that he had so many under his thrall.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
B+ 89% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux is so grandly ambitious, so unabashedly its own experience, that it's impossible to dismiss despite its flaws. You may not want to play it on repeat, but this is a song that demands to be heard at full volume.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
A- 79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe is inspired in the kind of performance that makes an actor being cast as a famous figure seem inevitable in hindsight.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
B 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Credit to Cooper for delivering his best, most soulful performance while pulling double duty behind the camera, but it's his co-star whose magnetism most draws you into their world - and keeps you there even when the film hits the occasional wrong note.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
A- 95% The Favourite (2018) All three members of the main trio are at their best, but it's Colman who most deserves a coronation.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Pearl (2018) This is lean, muscular filmmaking that often manages to be sensual and gruff in the span of a single scene.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B- 92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Provides more than a CliffsNotes version on its subject.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ 88% First Man (2018) A powerful experience that will inspire renewed awe of what Armstrong and his ilk did. It may not be a giant leap for filmmaking, but it's another small step for this filmmaker.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
B 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Less nuanced than some of its predecessors but far more stressful, it isn't an easy watch -- nor is it meant to be.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
B+ 93% Angels Wear White (2018) [Qu] handles difficult subject matter with heft and grace in equal measure, giving voice to her film's victims without defining them as mere damsels.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
C+ 53% 12 Strong (2018) Fuglsig's feature debut is ultimately less an action movie and more a procedural, one in which incremental gains and minimal casualties are as much as can be hoped for. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
B 82% Early Man (2018) It is a worthy thematic bedrock.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
90% Beyond The Hills (2013) Beyond the Hills is gorgeously austere and often exhilarating in its its slow-burning atmosphere of dread and sorrow. It‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
B+ 71% Kill Me Please (Mate-me por favor) (2017) "Kill Me Please" oozes style even as it betrays its influences... with a wonderfully strange ending that feels inevitable even if it doesn't make immediate logical sense - which is to say, it's a lot like so many other key moments of growing up.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
C- 47% Red Christmas (2017) Craig Anderson's Red Christmas isn't exactly a lump of coal in your stocking, but neither is it worth waking up early for on the big day.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B 95% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) Little that happens in Creepy is surprising, but even less is unsatisfying.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
B+ 100% Mister Universo (2016) Not since Big Fish have we seen this world onscreen in such vivid detail, though Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's scope isn't as grandiose or fantastical as Tim Burton's.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B+ 88% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) Once it wraps its tentacles around you, The Untamed doesn't let go -- and you might not want it to.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
B 90% Pop Aye (2017) They say the journey is often more meaningful than the destination, but both prove moving in "Pop Aye" - you don't always have to know where you're going for a trip to be worth taking.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
D 18% The House (2017) You both feel bad for the actors and wonder how it is that they never banded together to mutiny on set and demand a better script - unless, like their characters, they simply laughed all the way to the bank.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
B 86% And Then I Go (2018) Grashaw keeps us guessing... By the time the end arrives, we're as surprised as Edwin and Flake want their classmates to be.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
B- 91% Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017) A film about the vital importance of speaking truth to power needn't be so concerned with dressing up its own frightful truths, but Nobody Speak still compels as an opening statement on journalism's dubious future.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
C 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) 47 Meters Down sinks rather than swims, even if there are a few buoyant moments along the way.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
A- 100% Funeral Parade of Roses (1970) Describing this transgressive take on Oedipus Rex purely in terms of plot would be as limiting as calling the King of Thebes slightly confused.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
C 29% Camera Obscura (2017) Though born of an inventive idea, "Camera Obscura" comes out underdeveloped.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
B- 96% Filmworker (2018) Zierra has found a truly unsung hero here.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
B- 88% Makala (2018) One of those sly, low-key films whose early scenes will leave you unsure whether you're watching a documentary or a drama marked by a docu-real aesthetic, Makala's depiction of back-breaking labor is as no-frills as the work itself.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
B- 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Maybe it's nostalgia or the fact that nautical adventures remain far less common in the multiplex than superhero fare, but the series' central charm is precious cargo whose returns have yet to entirely diminish.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
B 93% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) A rare example of a biopic that gives the sense of a life lived while also bucking some of the genre's more stifling trends.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
B- 83% Blame (2018) The result, though under-realized, shows great promise from a filmmaker who's clearly just getting started.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) Olli Mäki isn't a knockout, but it does go the distance.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
87% Finding Oscar (2017) Suffern strikes a respectful, not entirely hopeless tone throughout, allowing those affected by the civil war in general and the Dos Erres massacre in particular to speak at length about their experiences.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) Nacho Vigalondo absorbs the best qualities of both kaiju-inflected creature features and romantic recovery dramas, resulting in a strange hybrid that's very much its own beast. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
86% Beach Rats (2017) With just two films, Eliza Hittman has established herself as one of the premier chroniclers of wayward youth.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
39% Brimstone (2017) You'll feel all 148 minutes of Brimstone's runtime - just maybe not in the way Koolhoven wants you to.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
89% Don't Kill It (2017) Anyone hoping for more than a VOD time-killer that's occasionally in on the joke of its own ridiculousness is barking up the wrong tree.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
75% Stray Bullets (2017) Fessenden is literally sixteen years old - it's impossible not to give the film kudos for being a not-bad genre exercise that shows promise for its precocious director.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
36% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) To the extent that knowing exactly what a movie holds in store for you in advance is a virtue, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is almost saintlike. Still, there are some pleasant enough surprises.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
23% Sleepless (2017) Monaghan and Foxx, for all their gifts, can't transcend the material, though they do get more out of it than most others would be able to.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) A cut above most horror flicks, especially the jump-scare-heavy fare that tends to be dumped into multiplexes this time of year.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3% Arsenal (2017) Miller has more affinity for buckets of blood and slo-mo violence than compelling reasons to care about the people actually bleeding, killing, and dying ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) While Rogue One isn't as grand or consequential as The Force Awakens, it finds space in the margins to leave a mark all its own.‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016