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Neely Swanson

Neely Swanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) So, as was said recently about another film, leave your brain at the door and lead with your heart. Sometimes you just need to feel good, no matter what your age. This is a good start.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) This sequel, unhindered by the expectations of source material, works on so many levels that the original didn't. Mainly, it works on the mindless fun level with good music to boot even if some of it doesn't rise to the level of the known hits.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
97% Yellow Submarine (1968) Even if it was originally intended for adolescent and post adolescent Beatles fans, it should still be a marvelous experience for children with its bright colors, flowing movement, and wonderful music.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
77% Maineland (2018) Maineland is, however, very much worth seeing because it does give us a portrait of two teens who share more with their American counterparts than they or we imagine.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) It is clear that Simón shows promise but this is clearly her first feature and there is room for growth.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
82% That Summer (2018) The film is raw, not even "rough-cut" quality. And this is the charm and the power.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
81% The Escape (2018) A well-intentioned effort to portray the slow suffocation of a young wife in her role as the stay-at-home mother with a seemingly perfect life.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
89% Le Corbeau (1948) Recognized now as an early classic of film noir, it was Clouzot's masterpiece of psychological suspense, misinterpreted and reviled by all political viewpoints at the time. ‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
100% Lives Well Lived (2018) This film should have a nice run on cable or streaming but see it first on screen. It will make your day.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
37% An Ordinary Man (2018) I suppose there is something to be said about the juxtaposition of such incredible physical beauty and the ugliness of the actions in support of it. But in the end, there's still not much to be said, period.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
100% Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour) (1948) Watching Jouvet unravel the other characters as he begins to unravel the mystery is a brilliant lesson in minimalism.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
40% Shelter (2018) Shelter, advertised as a subtle thriller suffers from a bit too much subtlety.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
52% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) This is billed as the "Director's Cut," leading one to wonder if the previous cut might have made more sense; at the least, it would have been mercifully shorter.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
77% In the Land of Pomegranates (2018) The film could have benefited from some judicious cutting to tighten the narrative. It is not, as the marketing would have it, a suspenseful film. It is, however, a very depressing but necessary one.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
100% Oh Lucy! (2018) This is a wonderful small movie that defies expectations at every turn; this film is the very definition of character development and that makes it something to be seen.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
57% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) For the most part, Peck succeeds in shining a light on an era and two seminal characters who became the very definition of that time and the century to come. The production values-cinematography, costumes, production design-are all first rate. ‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
64% My Art (2018) It all centers on Simmons who, as an actress, is flat, revealing little dimension or exhibiting little character depth, growth or empathy.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
100% Rebels on Pointe (2017) The choreography is faithful, the dancing impeccable, and the comedic punchline is truly on point (yes, yet again another pun). Luckily, it is one of the dance highlights of the film.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
94% Big Sonia (2017) That, in a nutshell, is Sonia's lesson to us - do not let the trauma of the past define you, use what you have and what you know to make yourself stronger. That, and wear more leopard skin prints.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
84% The Square (2017) At what point do you become engaged with what is happening around you and what is the causal effect‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
27% Seeking Justice (2012) Complicated, jerky pacing and inadequate casting.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
96% The Kid with a Bike (2012) This amazing film of loss and discovery will change you - a rare occurrence these days.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
80% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) This is a fine film, a throw-back to the wonderful American films of the 40s and very much worth a visit to the cinema (as these Brits would have said).‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) The Duplass brothers, Jay and Mark, who wrote and directed the film, don't take the time necessary to make any of the characters believable or complex.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
57% Detachment (2012) This is imitation Polanski, and not a good imitation at that.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
53% Perfect Sense (2012) This is not to say that "Perfect Sense" has no charm because it does. It's just that it's hard to make perfect sense of what director David MacKenzie had in mind.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
74% Free Men (2012) A high point for any film is to be graced with the presence of Michael Lonsdale. ‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
48% 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2012) Go at your own risk but be forewarned. This is 85 minutes you'll never get back.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
68% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) More than a love story or an awakening, Hallström has given us something of beauty, depth and dimension beyond the human stories he tells.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
26% Wrath of the Titans (2012) This isn't really a story about how the gods must be crazy, but is, instead, fueled by a theme of filial love - the love between a father and a son and what can happen when that love is damaged, betrayed or destroyed.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
50% John Carter (2012) As negative-leaning as most of this article is, "John Carter" is still fun and offers occasional moments of glory.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
44% American Reunion (2012) Character growth? Marginal. Story twists? None whatsoever. Predictability? You betcha. Does it matter? Not at all. So sit back, relax, enjoy and laugh. ‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
36% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" - I deserve a billion dollars for sitting through it!‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
63% La délicatesse (Delicacy) (2012) Audrey Tautou is the very embodiment of delicatesse - grace, refinement and distinction.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
74% Damsels in Distress (2012) In truth, the less said the better about this unfocused film about the few, the bland and the moronic.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
36% Lockout (2012) Overall, the acting is abysmal.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
64% We Have a Pope (2012) Cocooned in humor, lampooning the processes and players of religious politics, [Nanni] Moretti manages to raise serious questions that land with more impact than if they had been treated in a deadly serious manner. ‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) lowly enveloping you in its pace, this is a film you never want to end.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
21% Darling Companion (2012) The amount of talent wasted in this shallow, predictable tale is very impressive.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
100% Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story (2012) "Booker's Place" will open both eyes and all your senses.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
93% Headhunters (2012) Nothing is at it seems in this film and that makes it an absolute must-see.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) There is an extremely satisfying, mature, giddy happy ending, even while future issues remain unresolved.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
90% The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History (2012) "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" is surely one of the best and most moving documentaries in recent years.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
55% Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (2012) The pace never lags leaving the viewer wanting more, never less than what has been presented. ‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) Hopes were so high. It's not that they were dashed and smashed, it's just that they wilted like a marigold in the sun.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
37% Dark Shadows (2012) Certainly I wish I had had as much fun as the participants seemed to be having but in the end, and a spectacular special effects end it is, the film was as wispy as some of the ghosts that flew by.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
31% Lula, the Son of Brazil (2012) One can only hope that this isn't the best that Brazil has to offer cinematically.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
88% Polisse (2012) Supremely and superbly character-driven, this film is a throwback to many of the best police dramas of the past.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
93% I Wish (2012) For a film that has been called lyrical, this is a tough row to hoe. I don't need to go to the movies for a message like that; I can just relive my own childhood.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
75% Big Miracle (2012) But even more delightful is to see so many favorite actors, some of whom you'll know and others of whom you will recognize, having so much fun in a film that could have failed in so many different ways and instead triumphs.‐ Easy Reader (California)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017