Neely Swanson

Neely Swanson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Easy Reader (California)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) A lovely valedictory to the amazing actress and role model directed by fellow Puerto Rican Mariem Pérez Riera. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
83% Akilla's Escape (2021) The primarily Canadian cast is quite good, peppered with names you've probably never heard of. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
No Score Yet Risttuules (2015) It is a wonderful, moving, original, emotional film that will plunge a dagger into your heart and seal the wound with hope. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
87% Undine (2020) Solidifies [writer/director Christian Petzold's] position as one of the great directors pursuing his craft in the twenty-first century. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
88% City of Ali (2021) The eulogies alone are worth the price of admission and interviews with family members, close friends, and associates add even more to his story. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
97% Dead Pigs (2018) Yan has made an engaging hodge podge of a film. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
100% Apocalypse '45 (2020) [Director Erik] Nelson succeeded in putting a human face to the experience of war. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
100% The Swimming Pool (La Piscine) (1969) The writing is taut and the direction is chillingly tense. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
93% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2021) It's a slim story but it's told effectively. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
92% Final Account (2021) This is a riveting film that should be seen by everyone because this type of mob acceptance of horrific acts continues today as we become inured to the terrors. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
No Score Yet Tomorrow's Hope (2021) The time you'll spend watching this 47 minute film will open your eyes and make you believe in "Tomorrow's Hope." - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
No Score Yet The New Deal for Artists (1979) You will be blown away by the sights, sounds, and information. Education was never this fun. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
97% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) A profound and uncomfortable exploration of the blurry lines between personal morality and right and wrong. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
82% RK/RKAY (2021) Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, "RK/RKAY" will make you laugh while making you question reality, mortality, anxiety, and the nature of free will. Not bad for a 90 minute film. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
92% The Perfect Candidate (2020) Entertaining from the beginning, the characters, major and minor, all bloom, from Maryam's eventual transformation to that of an elderly patient who refuses to be touched, let alone treated, by a woman. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) Richie really knows how to direct action and keep everything moving. Win, lose, or draw, he is fast, accurate, and interesting. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
82% What Lies West (2019) A sweet and engaging dual coming of age film. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
No Score Yet Emily @ the Edge of Chaos (2021) We should all be grateful to have touched a bit of Emily's genius. I know I am. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
20% The Virtuoso (2021) The plot is a pretty good one. The problem is in the execution (again with that pesky pun). - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
79% Benny Loves You (2021) Perhaps not as adept or subtle as "Shaun of the Dead" or "Hot Fuzz," it is, nevertheless a worthy addition to the horror/humor genre. So sit back and feel guilty that you are enjoying this film as much as you will. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) There is joy in every scene... But be prepared. Your jaws will ache by the end from smiling. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
68% My Wonderful Wanda (Wanda, Mein Wunder) (2021) [Bettina] Oberli's direction is crisp... The cast is peerless. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
60% Beate (2018) A fluffy shaggy dog story with appealing leads, an engaging story, and a fun, predictable ending. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
98% Hope (Håp) (2021) An exceptionally complex film. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
100% Slalom (2021) This is a film that deserves to be seen, and then seen again. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
88% Our Towns (2021) This is a well-produced, beautifully filmed documentary that will make you feel better about what could be the future if everyone worked together for a common goal; at least for the length of this breezy film. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
22% Senior Moment (2021) The story is as old as the protagonists. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
34% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) An interesting idea that never quite jelled... This should have been an action-packed thriller. It's not. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
No Score Yet Ice Cold in Alex (1958) "Ice Cold in Alex" is white-knuckle thriller... Character and tension, that's all there is and that's more than enough. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
60% Dunkirk (1958) The cast is peppered with excellent actors to little effect. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
100% The Dam Busters (1954) It is a great example of a story told chronologically that remains interesting throughout. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
97% Wojnarowicz (2021) The film benefits from Wojnarowicz own voice because he kept a recorded "journal" beginning in the late 70s. His eloquence is as outstanding as his anger is direct. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
65% Crisis (2021) "Crisis," the thoughtful film directed and written by Nicholas Jarecki, is definitely worth your consideration. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
100% My Beautiful Stutter (2021) [An] elegantly profound documentary. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
71% Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman (2021) This is a pleasant film and weighing in at just over an hour, you won't regret the time spent watching it. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
No Score Yet The People vs. Agent Orange (2021) This is a fast-paced 90 minute film. It is, however, just a starting point in the discussion of the use of toxic chemicals, government complicity, and the inability or unwillingness of courts to put together the puzzle pieces of probable cause. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
43% I Like Money (Mr. Topaze) (1962) As a moment of screen history, this is a film worth watching as long as it can be done without expectation. It certainly explains why Sellers did not direct again. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
88% The Orphanage (2019) Based on the diary of Anwar Hashimi, a friend of Sadat, this independent film is definitely worth your time and reflection. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
100% 'Til Kingdom Come (2021) A thoughtful and terrifying documentary about the ties between American Evangelicals and Israel. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
98% The Father (2021) Olivia Colman is perfect as his wounded daughter Anne. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
29% Blithe Spirit (2021) This new production is a major misfire. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
No Score Yet Myth of a Colorblind France (2020) A joyful documentary that is sentimental and hard edged at the same time. It is exuberant and informative; worshipful history and clear-eyed. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
94% Mafia Inc. (2020) A wild, rambling, riveting ride through the mean streets of Montreal.... Podz has taken a good story and given it legs. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
75% The Mauritanian (2021) This is a must-see film. MacDonald and his writers, M.B. Traven, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani have given us something to think about and reflect on. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
96% La Llorona (2020) You will be mesmerized. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
90% M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (2018) This is a marvelous pleasure of a film that leaves you wanting more and more and more, to infinity and beyond. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Natasa Stork as Márta and Viktor Bodó as János... are mesmerizing. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) Sharing screenplay credit with Malysone Bovorasmy, [Director Filippo] Meneghetti has given us a movie of incredible depth, warmth, and insight. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
98% The Reason I Jump (2021) "The Reason I Jump," the compassionate documentary by Jerry Rothwell, is a surprising look at the autism spectrum. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
81% A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) A fine documentary... despite a tendency occasionally to veer off point. - Easy Reader (California) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021