Murtada Elfadl

Murtada Elfadl
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Murtada finally understood what magic was when he saw Debra Winger in An Officer and a Gentleman. He's been mesmerized by movies ever since. From Khartoum, Sudan he decided to move to New York City when he got a New Yorker subscription at the age of 15. Many years later, the city remains his favorite place, he just wishes more movies in Arabic played here.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 92% Limbo (2021) Limbo takes a whimsical approach to the story of asylum seekers awaiting the verdict on their cases in an island off the coast of Scotland. Not unlike Waiting for Godot. - Token Theater Friends EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
B- No Score Yet Thank God He Met Lizzie (The Wedding Party) (1997) Blanchett's winning in the role, adding shades to the character that are not in the script. Bt there's a reason this movie has been forgotten, it's merely OK. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
C- 33% Anna (2019) Anna mines familiar stereotypes without adding anything new to the genre. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
C- 57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Sam Levinson may have based Malcolm & Marie on actual events from his life, but more distance from the material was needed. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
A 87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) Despite the trope of the predatory lesbian being the engine behind its plot, Notes on a Scandal is delicious fun. A most enjoyable entry into the hagsploitation genre with serious art house credentials. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
B- 56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Day gives a wondrous and fully committed performance. This is one of those instances when a first time actor finds a role that fits them like a glove and immediately becomes a star with the promise of years of spellbinding performances. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
B 84% Ailey (2021) No matter though since by the time we get there we have seen so much of Ailey's choreography in archival footage. We've been lifted by it and understood the enormity of his talent and legacy. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
B 93% Jockey (2021) Movies don't need to telly wholly original stories every time. Jockey certainly doesn't, however it presents two wonderful actors - Collins and Parker - with a showcase for their talent. And for that it's worth watching. - Cup of Soul EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
B+ 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) The archival footage is king. Yet the blend of history and enthralling musical performances is what makes this documentary special. It all makes for a strong and compelling directorial debut for Thompson. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
B+ 86% Passing (2021) Negga comes in with reckless abandon and steals the film. This is a showstopping performance. She conveys the utter chaos of the character while maintaining the actor's exacting control. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
B+ 68% Human Factors (2021) A tense mix of family dynamics story, psychological thriller and whodunit Human Factors succeeds at all the genres it tackles. This is engrossing and tension filled storytelling. You won't be able to look away. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
D 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Howard lets down his actors, particularly Amy Adams. Her performance is a series of loud, exhausting moments. She is not afforded the space to build a character. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
C 58% The Missing (2003) Blanchett and Jones are matched well as two idiosyncratic people. There's a symbiosis to their performances as stubborn loners. The filmmaking is competent but never thrilling. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
B- 35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) Enjoyed best in stops and starts. Doesn't cohere into a compelling narrative, but particular scenes are memorable and fun to watch. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2021
B+ 91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Excellent well-made adventure film especially when compared with mediocre output of current superhero movies. Grand old fashioned entertainment. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
B+ 83% Cinderella (2015) Blanchett, drawing inspiration from Joan Crawford, hits the comic hgh notes while giving this delicious villian psychological pathos. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
C 69% Ammonite (2020) The choices Lee makes - austere filmmaking, minimal dialogue, drab costumes and settings - make for a very dull movie. Only Winslet is alive on screen. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
B 62% French Exit (2021) the real showstopper is Pfeiffer who could have played this role like an imperious 1940s Bette Davis character; all haughty gestures and clipped tones. That would have been more memorable, fun and catnip to awards bodies.... - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
A 98% Time (2020) This is a story ostensibly about Black suffering. What's on screen though is the resilience, the fight and the hope. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
B+ 94% Nomadland (2021) McDormand delivers a clear-eyed quiet performance infused with her trademark no-nonsense demeanor and flashes of humor as she highlights Fern's stubbornness. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
C 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) Mantello and Ryan Murphy should be commended for faithfully adapting the recent stage revival and bringing its cast of all out gay actors to a broader audience. However not adding a fresh appraisal of the classic text makes this remake unnecessary. - Cup of Soul EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
B 85% Misbehaviour (2020) It's all earnest and heartfelt but the actresses bring a sensitivity and understanding that makes the film touching. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
B- 63% Blackbird (2020) For a film dealing with such a weighty subject Blackbird is too slight to leave a mark. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
A 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) Blanchett is the true author of Blue Jasmine. It's a towering performance that remains fixed on your brain. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
B+ 80% The Old Guard (2020) When most action movies shy away from queer relationships, The Old Guard loudly proclaims them. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
B 71% Hanna (2011) Ostensibly a thriller about a teenage assassin, Hanna reveals itself to be a fairytale with a modern twist. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
C 43% Robin Hood (2010) A more realistic / historical take on the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men, albeit not successful. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
B 75% Manifesto (2017) If you want to watch 13 Cate Blanchetts coming at you at the same time, this is the movie for you. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
B+ 86% The Aviator (2004) What constitutes risk in acting? What Blanchett does here as Hepburn, daring to take on an icon in the same medium for which she was known and celebrated. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
C 57% The Gift (2000) Post Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett was trying to subvert expectations and to do something completely different. So she chose this gothic thriller from a director who is known for horror movies. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B+ 90% Little Fish (2006) Cate Blanchett like you've never seen before, gritty and stripped down. Both in look and performance. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B 71% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Expert voice work from Cate Blanchett, impeccable New Orleans accent, and a tired broken lilt later on indicating how old Daisy is. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Taika Waititi's irreverent humor makes this film delightful with a tongue in cheek tone. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B+ 77% I'm Not There (2007) Coming the same year as The Golden Age in which she played Elizabeth I, this proves Cate Blancheet's range and cements her reputation as the best of her generation. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
C 45% Paradise Road (1997) Never lifts off to anywhere that's profound or moving or interesting - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B+ 34% The Good German (2007) Cate Blanchett's most underrated performance and the best she's looked on screen. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
A 83% The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Definitely the best part Matt Damon's ever had and his best performance. It's also my favorite. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B 82% Elizabeth (1998) The emotions are violent in Elizabeth. Everybody's emotions are at such a high level, unlike what we are used to seeing in dramas about British history. - Sundays with Cate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
C- 92% Pulp Fiction (1994) Understandably, some elements of Pulp Fiction have not stood the test of time. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
B+ 97% Farewell Amor (2020) Writer director Ekwa Msangi is attune to the intricate ways of how people grow apart and find each other again. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
A+ 95% Atlantics (2019) Atlantics depicts Islam with matter-of-factness: No explanation, no exoticization, nor hiding some of its uglier practices. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
B 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Mulligan is engaging and ferocious throughout and the reason to immediately buy a ticket. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
B+ 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Radha Blank has an authoritative grasp of the hallways, rehearsal rooms and night clubs where art is shaped in NY. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
D 86% Nine Days (2021) There's a very fine line between profound and superficial, what is genuinely revelatory and what is obvious. Unfortunately Nine Days ultimately falls on obvious and unearned, while asking the audience to believe it's profound. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
B 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Beharie commands the screen with a naturally quiet disposition and the film flows to her rhythm. Sometimes slowing down completely as Turquoise halts to take on another day and challenge and Beharie shows us that with small reticent gestures. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
A 88% Zola (2021) Zola announces Bravo as a director with a unique sense for story, and kinetic style to spare. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
C 90% The Climb (2020) .... the characters are so off putting and just plain awful to each other and everyone around them, that by the end I was queasy and regretful of all my laughs. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
C 68% Bombshell (2019) It would be funny if it weren't so horrifying. And therein lies the dilemma of this film. It plays well but with a glib irreverent tone that is completely unsuited to a story of systemic abuse of power and sexual exploitation. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 89% Dark Waters (2019) You know you are in good hands when the actor chosen to come in and jumpstart the plot, give dimensionality to the film, or just wreck the audience hearts is Bill Camp. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
D 95% The Irishman (2019) Technically impressive, well-told, and superbly acted, The Irishman ultimately wastes a golden opportunity to further enhance its story with a deeper exploration of its female characters. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019