Nathalia Aryani

Nathalia Aryani
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Nathalia Aryani is a film columnist. Her work has appeared on the San Diego Entertainer Magazine (www.sdentertainer.com/author/naryani/) and the Coast News (www.thecoastnews.com/author/nathaliaaryani/). She has a movie blog, The MovieMaven (sdmoviemaven.blogspot.com).

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
71% Domain (2018) This high concept, low budget movie manages to create a tense intrigue throughout by moving the story along through the guess-the-mystery, intensive dialogues and claustrophobic single-settings. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2021
92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) It introduces us to a whole other world, steeped in mythology and authenticity, and it's a superhero origin story unlike any other. Dragon-sized epic and deeply personal, 'Shang-Chi' is a sheer spectacle and heartfelt joy to watch. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
37% Reminiscence (2021) An original, neo-noir story with a cool cinematography, weaving in elements of sci-fi, mystery, thriller, crime drama and romance. While far from a mind-blowing trip, the concept, central mystery and cinematography are still worth a trip. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2021
62% Jungle Cruise (2021) The movie is in constant motion, like a giant roller coaster ride of Jungle Cruise, Grizzly River Run and WaterWorld show rolled into one. Jungle Cruise is an entertaining escapist for the whole family. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2021
81% Avatar (2009) Absolutely astounding fantasy extravaganza. I was entirely immersed and immensely amazed. Avatar is a pure cinematic magic. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2021
50% Old (2021) The mystery of why certain people end up in that beach is uncovered and it has a surprisingly logical explanation within the confines of the storyline. If you're into intriguing premises and willing to suspend disbelief, you may dig Old. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) Black Widow has Mission Impossible's escapes and Bourne's hand-to-hand combat wrapped in a Bond's sleek style. The character finally has a backstory and a closure, and a potential for her legacy to continue on. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) Fashionably extravagant, twistedly tragic and deliriously hilarious, Cruella is wickedly entertaining. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2021
13% Winter's Tale (2014) The film would have been much better off sticking with an eternal love story or having the protagonist fulfill his future destiny that is connected to his past. Winter's Talefeels distant and disconnected. It should have been magical. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
53% Finding You (2021) Spectacular scenery that may inspire you to dream of traveling again, lively Irish music and pub toe-tapping dancing, a coming-of-age romance with a generous side of funny and poignancy. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
36% Eat Pray Love (2010) Eat Pray Love is more of a romanticized travelogue, rather than a truly transformative one. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
42% Letters to Juliet (2010) This is one of those stories, while predictable, it's a journey worth traveling. And the destination is a beautiful ending. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
23% Leap Year (2010) Nothing deep, but its serendipity nature is uplifting for those of us who believe that life is full of surprises and somehow it works out the way it's supposed to be. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Creating a better world is not a solo venture; it takes a village. Raya and the Last Dragon is freshly inclusive, lush and adventurous. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
95% Soul (2020) Soul offers a soulful and sparkly treat of being alive and the joy of living.. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2021
58% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Love, compassion, acceptance, truth and courage to do the right thing can help heal broken souls and light the world around us. The right movie at the right time, Wonder Woman 1984, is Wonder Woman-personified. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2020
84% Predestination (2015) Challenges the ultimate impossibility with themes of existence, procreation, choices, destiny, and whether the end justifies the means...a 360-degree head scratcher. And the word "360-degree" will have a new meaning when you realize the full story. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
73% Mulan (2020) A grown-up adaptation. Deals with traditional values, but also progressively empowering... full potential of individual when being true to oneself, and for society to take a hard look and make changes for the greater good. No courage without fear indeed. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
97% Knives Out (2019) Wickedly entertaining, the knives are out and they hit the bullseye. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) A fantastic fantasy adventure blending thrilling action in a magical setting with a real-world inclusion message. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) Exploration of the stars is more of a backdrop here. Masterfully made, Ad Astra is an introspective character exploration and profound development of one man's relationship with himself and life. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) There's so much joy to behold. Refreshingly uproarious and smartly twisty, Spider-Man: Far from Home is exhilaratingly entertaining. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Like a magical carpet ride, Aladdin will take you to a whole new world of fantasy adventures, with charm and heart fit for the whole family. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Triumphs through the strength of its storytelling, characters arcs, and visual spectacle. A perfectly imperfect epic of an ending - a closure of an era, a continuance and beginning of the next generation of superheroes. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
46% Dumbo (2019) While it doesn't soar quite high, Dumbo is a delightful flight and you'll end up leaving smiling from ear to ear. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
90% A Star Is Born (2018) In "A Star is Born, two stars and love songs shine. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) All the familiarity of a Marvel movie and cleverly tied to the cohesive and expansive universe. Yet from a storytelling perspective, it's refreshingly different. Captain Marvel is an entertaining blast from the past and marvelously empowering. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
71% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) Brisk and blistering, Pawn Sacrifice is a captivating character study about a prodigy, player, champion and pawn. - The Coast News (CA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) An incredibly fun, action-packed family adventure. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) A tense and thrilling ride with a surprisingly thought-provoking message. - The MovieMaven EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
72% Iron Man 2 (2010) Iron Man 2 doesn't take itself seriously; it's a nonstop joyride starring a wisecracked eccentric atypical superhero, and it deftly delivers. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
37% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) The chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Arteton is incredible that the romantic bantering is believable. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
72% Red (2010) Red is the summer blockbuster that we never had... it's over-the-top, comically combustible ride that we don't ever want to stop. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
42% Letters to Juliet (2010) This is one of those stories that, while predictable, is a journey worth traveling. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
49% The A-Team (2010) No brain power required - enjoy the ride! - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
36% Eat Pray Love (2010) Eat Pray Love is more of a romanticized travelogue, rather than a truly transformative one. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
66% The American (2010) Whilst the ending exposes the purpose of his last job and hits the intended target with a bulls eye accuracy, I'm afraid that it's a little too late to care when everything comes to a disastrous end. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) Wall Street may not rock the charts, but it's pretty much right on the money as far as entertainment value goes. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
47% Hereafter (2010) Hereafter is steadily slow, but never loses my attention. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
49% Love and Other Drugs (2010) Its attempts to equally appeal to both male and female audiences come across as fragmented. Nevertheless, Hathaway deserves kudos for her sensitive portrayal amidst all the excessively gratuitous shots and crudeness. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
42% Faster (2010) Faster is a Dwayne Johnson movie; kill first and talk later. It's nothing more, nothing less and that's what I expected. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
85% Black Swan (2010) Combined with distorted cuts of scenes and jarring score, psychosexual thriller Black Swan is on par with or intensely scarier than some horror movies. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
92% Source Code (2011) Source Code is a streamlined, suspenseful sci-fi thriller served with heart. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
67% The Company Men (2011) Like its sleeker counterpart, Up in the Air, The Company Men was born during the worst recession since the Great Depression. It's the sign of the times and carries much relevancy. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
53% The Mechanic (2011) If you've seen and enjoyed a Statham movie, you know what to expect. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
55% Unknown (2011) Preposterous? Sure. But within the larger movie universe, I can accept the purported reality. It's just too entertaining not to. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
71% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) The Adjustment Bureau is primarily a romantic story and sci-fi thriller secondary, but I enjoyed it equally. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
83% The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Adapted from Michael Connelly's writing, The Lincoln Lawyer is a legal puzzle with multiple plot twists that will keep unraveling till the end. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
69% Limitless (2011) With arresting premise, visual and action, it's more than a thrill in a pill. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
81% Super 8 (2011) The kids are the true stars here. - San Diego Entertainer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019