Natasha Alvar

Natasha Alvar
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Natasha is a Singapore-based critic and writer. She is the film editor over at Cultured Vultures, and is the resident (self-proclaimed) rom-com expert. Find Natasha @litmysoul

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 96% In the Heights (2021) In the Heights is everything a movie musical should be - a gorgeous spectacle with likeable leads and memorable characters - a tasty coquito in this summer heat. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
9/10 86% Censor (2021) It's not so much about how films influence us, but rather, what these films reveal about us - our tastes, our proclivities, our perverse desires. Censor wants us to gaze into the heart of it, and see what gazes back. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
7/10 74% Cruella (2021) Some movies are meant to be fun and not taken so seriously. That's Disney's Cruella in a nutshell - enjoy the aesthetics and the madcap plot, not as a treatise on femininity and fashion, because that it is not. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
6/10 61% Initiation (2021) The first half of Initiation is competent and well-done. Unfortunately, the slasher elements don't gel well with the narrative that was built up, so the end result is quite the mixed bag. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
4/10 No Score Yet Funhouse (2021) ...for a film that incorporates so much gore, I didn't expect to be as bored as I was. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
5.5/10 25% The Woman in the Window (2021) You will see none of Joe Wright's usual, assured style in this film. The Woman in the Window moves along at a tepid pace, with a bonkers third act dripping with more expository dialogue than a M. Night Shyamalan film. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
6.5/10 76% Stowaway (2021) I will praise the ending for delivering a beautifully human moment, one that it had set up from the beginning - I just wish the build-up to that moment had better bones. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
74% The Argument (2020) The Argument is the furthest thing from a generic romantic comedy, and I really enjoyed the mesh of the theatrical and cinematic space. Kudos to writer Zac Stanford for the cleverness of this screenplay, and creating something I won't soon forget. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
8.5/10 92% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) The Killing of Two Lovers is flawless in so many ways; the poignant acting, the brilliant sound design, with a narrative so crisp and succinct that not a single moment is wasted. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
4.5/10 39% Things Heard & Seen (2021) Things Heard & Seen wastes the talents of its stacked cast. It could have been a gothic version of Marriage Story, but instead chose to scare us with ghostly effects that are more laughable than chilling. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
6.5/10 40% Here Are the Young Men (2021) Eoin Macken's film does well in presenting the fiery, destructive paths of toxic masculinity in the face of trauma not dealt with. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
5/10 78% In The Earth (2021) Instead of being nightmare fuel, all it succeeded in giving me was a headache. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
2/10 17% Deadly Illusions (2020) It's like someone looked up the formula of an erotic thriller and decided it was too much work, so they made this film instead. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
97% Slaxx (2020) Slaxx certainly brings new meaning to the term 'killer fashion'. It also provokes necessary conversation, all while entertaining the viewer. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film squandered its opportunity to tell a story worthy of Freddie Mercury. He was magnificent and larger-than-life, and all we got is a plateful of mediocre and average. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
No Score Yet Dismissed (2017) Maybe a Mr. Keating type character ("Dead Poets Society") could have salvaged this. Instead I am left to say, treat this film the way its title suggests. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
42% Write When You Get Work (2018) It feels all too convenient and Robin Hood-esque, almost too fantastical for a movie that has dwelled on the realness of life for the bulk of its duration. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
55% Maine (2018) Unfortunately, the film doesn't give enough for the viewer to feel a connection, so there is no investment on our part, just mere detachment and a "Oh, she's back where she started," before the embracing of a blank screen. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
83% All These Small Moments (2019) It is hard to believe that this is Melissa Miller Costanzo's directorial debut - what magic she stirs, even in the tumultuous, it feels like "a worst fate to look away." - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
61% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) There are some fantastic overhead shots of the city at night and in the day, but otherwise, it is so visually dull, which is disappointing given the film's subject matter. There's that word again: Disappointing. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
60% The Browsing Effect (2019) The Browsing Effect feels like a Tinder date that's been mistakenly swiped right on - something that looked promising at first glance, but after investing one and a half hours, it shows it has no real substance and it's time to move on to the next match. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
37% Out of Blue (2019) The issue here is that surrealism and the detective narrative aren't exactly the most complimentary, especially when it lulls the viewer into a state we call sleep. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) [The movie] functions on the complexity level of the grandfather paradox, where the more it tries to not be the usual romantic comedy, the more it satisfies the requirements of being one. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
56% Changeland (2019) ...the female characters exist merely for the men to develop relationships with them - none of it comes across as meaningful or life-changing like the movie wants us to believe. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
54% Burn (2019) Ultimately, Burn is a movie to watch in the moment and enjoy to some extent, but it's not one due a revisit - for what would be the point? - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
61% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) It just feels a little empty and pointless, and while the concert footage brings with it some liveliness, not even a cameo from David Beckham can compel me to give Liam Gallagher: As It Was another watch. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
7% Isabelle (2019) ...some of the horror sequences are well done, with some interesting visuals as well, but it is in the handling of grief and mental illness that the movie stumbles. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) Feast of the Seven Fishes is a movie with a lot of heart, swirling with emotion and nostalgia, using the Christmas setting to great advantage. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
90% Top End Wedding (2020) ...Top End Wedding is such a welcome breath of fresh air - it tells a love story in a genuinely moving way, with the recognition that weddings aren't about the wedding dress or how good the hors d'oeuvres are. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
87% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) Standing Up, Falling Down does seem to be reaching for a slice of life narrative, à la Paterson, but it reads more like melodrama. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
82% To the Stars (2020) With each other, both [Maggie and Iris] find a space to belong, daring to reach for the stars towards a space beyond this myopic town... - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
32% The Sunlit Night (2019) ...as much as Slate is a vibrant and charismatic force, The Sunlit Night is just too poorly conceived to be taken seriously. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
No Score Yet Tell Me I Love You (2020) Tell Me I Love You is, unsurprisingly, labelled a romantic comedy, but everything about it is so very unromantic and unfunny. - The Critical Movie Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
7/10 86% The Courier (2020) Dominic Cooke's The Courier is a well-crafted film, with thoughtful direction and gorgeous acting from all involved. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
6/10 37% Cherry (2021) The main issue with Cherry is that it needed a more intimate style for its subject matter, and instead received the full blockbuster treatment. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
4.5/10 49% Coming 2 America (2021) Coming 2 America recycles the same name and same plot points from the first, but doesn't even dish out half of the same level of humour and charm. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
7/10 92% Lucky (2020) They say hell is other people, but in Natasha Kermani's Lucky, the reality is much more daunting. - Cultured Vultures EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
B+ 84% A Simple Favor (2018) Blake Lively's clothing and style in this movie slayed me, and made me want to go out and buy myself a pant suit, even though I don't have the height and physique to pull it off. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
C 67% Nappily Ever After (2018) Nappily Ever After is a movie that looks good on paper and tries very hard, but just misses the mark. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
A- 93% Private Life (2018) This movie gives us a taste of everything, though thankfully resisting the urge to be too tragic and lament the woe that is womanhood. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
B+ 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) What always captures my attention is both Carell and Chalamet sharing a scene together. Those scenes are filled with tension and emotional anxiety, and when the film focuses on those moments, that is when it shines the most. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
A 100% Shirkers (2018) Shirkers is so good, it just blows everything else out of the water. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
C+ 36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It feels lazily put together, with certain revelations not making sense, really coming across as a cash-grab rather than a well-delivered sequel. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
C- 69% The Princess Switch (2018) The Princess Switch is not innovative or particularly creative, but Hudgens is charming enough to make me sit through the entire thing. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
D 47% A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) I would not recommend A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, and wish I could just stop here, but alas, I need to elaborate further on this travesty of a movie. So buckle up, we're in for a long rant-filled ride. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
A 86% Dumplin' (2018) I urge you to put aside whatever you were going to watch, and take a bite of Dumplin' instead. You won't regret it. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
C+ 19% The Aspern Papers (2019) I will applaud the movie on one thing; it has made me want to read the book again. Henry James, here I come. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
B 42% Untogether (2019) It is a perfectly serviceable movie; a bunch of good-looking people adrift and looking to connect [...] I guess I just wish the movie had a bit more heart. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
B 67% The Perfect Date (2019) This movie is perfect for fans of Noah Centineo who need something to tide them over till the To All the Boys I've Loved Before sequel arrives. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
B+ 89% Paddleton (2019) The thing is, you think you are ready for it, since the whole movie has been building up to this moment, but when it happens you find yourself untethered - at peace with Michael's decision yet shattered that this is where we end up. - MovieBabble EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021