Nicholas Bell

 Nicholas Bell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: IONCINEMA.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 85% Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman) (1964) A Married Woman reveals itself to be a rather terse but effective study on consumerism and gendered commodification. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 95% Midsommar (2019) Once again carried by a commendably attenuated lead performance, this time from Florence Pugh, it's a bit of summertime sadness at turns foreboding and laugh-out-loud uncomfortable as a ferociously formulated analysis on sacrifice... - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 96% My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) An excellent and extremely efficient take on the gaslight subgenre. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 56% Ma (2019) An odd, and at times ruefully playful exercise displaying the potent aftereffects of racially charged trauma. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
1/5 32% Domino (2019) Domino is a silly, throwaway film with some unenthusiastic, and at times embarrassing performances from its notable cast members. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 80% Oleg (2019) Although Oleg presents a familiar scenario and avoids melodramatic tactics, it's difficult to imagine Kursietis standing out amongst other contemporary Baltic titles, but it's an often understated offering featuring a fine lead performance. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 33% Sibyl (2019) Triet deposits Efira amid a glossy cast of notable supporting actors in a situation which could easily have stumbled into screwball comedy. Curiously, unlike its increasingly unhinged lead, this all plays out in numbingly, stone-cold sober affair. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
1.5/5 10% Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (2019) If only there was some point of interest for us to cling to, as the film seems merely a titillating safe space for leering heterosexual men content with watching scantily clad young women vibrate themselves against dance poles. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 79% The Traitor (2019) Bellocchio, as with his 2009 portrait of Mussolini in Vincere, creates another late period masterstroke with The Traitor. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 60% Sick, Sick, Sick (Sem seu sangue) (2019) Furtado's hybrid sidesteps expectations of her blended genres, concocting an introspective exercise in the powers of suggestion and the all-consuming dimensions of desire and obsession. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
1/5 51% Matthias and Maxime (2019) A gay panic drama which dwells as gracefully as a mud-slicked pig hunting truffles trapped in its own trough. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Despite wearing its central conspicuous messages blatantly on its sleeve, this is another piquant pleasure from Joon-ho -- a hostile dramedy with something new to say about families who stay together. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Despite its loving recalibration of 1969 Hollywood... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is somehow his least indulgent offering to date if mostly because it never really builds to the same euphoric peaks. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 64% Frankie (2019) Huppert, like cinematographer Rui Pocas' delicious frames of Sintra, make this well worth the running time. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 83% Room 212 (Chambre 212) (2019) A rather novel enterprise which is at first highly entertaining. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 60% Lux Æterna (2019) Whatever one's personal response, it's another unexpectedly fascinating sensory experience from Noé --and a fantastic showcase for the kooky Dalle. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 100% Beanpole (Dylda) (2019) A formidable psychological portrait of two women matched by the aching ferocity of two superb cinematic debuts from leads Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 100% The Orphanage (2019) The Orphanage is a beautifully photographed, quietly methodical portrait of 1989 Kabul. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 68% Little Joe (2019) There's enough sinister delight to be gleaned from Little Joe to make this as enjoyable as it is intelligent. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 85% The Whistlers (2019) While the jazzy editing prizes style over substance, Porumboiu sketches a fast-paced genre exercise with snatches of his droll humor allowing for several stand outs sequences. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 98% The Lighthouse (2019) Channeling elements of German Expressionism, Franz Kafka, Herman Melville and a wild dollop of Greek mythology, this tale of isolation and insanity, is an ambitious and unheralded cinematic joy to behold. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 33% Heroes Don't Die (2019) More an essay on commemoration than an emotional reclamation of unfulfilled lives cut short, Rapin explores the difficulty in interpreting a present divorced from the distant ghosts of the past or the unforeseeable inevitability of the future. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 86% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) Taking its time to showcase an isolated but surprisingly contemporary community in northeast Brazil, before descending into delightfully schlock gilded mayhem, it's undoubtedly a hybrid original. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/5 52% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The end result keeps one guessing on the director's aim with this zom-com, which drills down into awkward passages and exchanges indicating its purposeful intention -- if only the film managed to retain Jarmusch's usual irreverence. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 89% Bull (2019) Authentic and empathetic, its two lead performers transition simultaneously into dynamic characterizations which are both hard won and complex, championing a possibility for hope rather than a fleeting semblance of redemption. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/5 89% The Unknown Saint (Le miracle du saint inconnu) (2019) At turns amusing and compelling, The Unknown Saint's subtexts eventually lose the novel absurdity established in Aljem's narrative, bringing the film to a somewhat ambivalent and convenient finale. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 60% War on Everyone (2017) Interesting but not quite intriguing, War on Everyone manages to dance around classification as a misfire. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 100% Our Struggles (Nos batailles) (2018) Although Our Struggles might eventually feel too slight to make a major impression, it's a well-crafted working class drama on resiliency and sacrifice. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/5 66% The White Crow (2019) Fiennes juggles too many elements, including a variety of childhood flashbacks and a tepid romantic fling with a Parisian socialite, which sometimes confuses, distracts and derails the film's inevitable arrival at its pièce de résistance. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Provocative without being salacious and satirical without being cynical, delightful chemistry between Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen allows for an escapism which has been absent from this sort of scenario for decades. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1/5 22% Need For Speed (2014) Credited as a film that glorifies the notion of honor, friendship, and loyalty, all whilst revisiting the vintage stylings of 60's and 70's "car-culture" cinema, it's safe to say that Need For Speed fails on all counts. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/5 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) This is anything but a stuffy exercise in form, and lead Molly Shannon proves to be inspired casting as Dickinson. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
1/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) A little bit labored and at times gloriously wacky, lowkey attempts at provocation merely highlight how unprovocative it really is on every conceivable front. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/5 94% The Mustang (2019) On the surface, de Clermont-Tonnerre has a handsomely staged minimalist melodrama on her hands, but its juxtaposed tangents seem to demand either more lavish emotional interiority or less attenuation to anything outside the narrative fringe... - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Broaching serious subjects without taking itself too seriously, Woman at War presents a fascinating and fierce characterization whose contradictions and complexities allow for a compelling enterprise. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 67% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Tom Mercier succeeds in a dynamic dance between madness and charisma in a film which is curiously as bittersweet as it is alarming. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 86% I Was at Home, But (Ich war zuhause, aber) (2019) Masterful in its subtlety, Schanelec once again proves her expert vision using unexpectedly simple parameters in complex ways. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/5 36% The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) (2019) An exercise clearly designed to disgust, assail and repulse. In these terms, it is the director's most effective exercise to date. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/5 100% Monsters. (Monstri.) (2019) Though not distressing, Monsters. is particularly wistful in its contemplations of a necessary ending. But neither is it a film without hope. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 100% Öndög (2019) Strange, entertaining and always unexpected, Öndög is a rich new offering from Wang Quan'an, and perhaps one of the most pleasurable entries into his significant filmography. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 81% Mr. Jones (2019) Vanessa Kirby and a reptilian Peter Sarsgaard are both commendable accents in a fascinating recuperation which has troubling timely parallels to contemporary world politics. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
0.5/5 7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) Scherfig's latest fails on every conceivable level, with a talented cast floundering haplessly like fish floating closer to their deaths as they rise to the top of the fishbowl. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 82% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) (2019) The portentous and gracefully naturalistic performance given by the trio of actresses definitely protects the film from all melodramatic risk. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3.5/5 86% Dolce Fine Giornata (2019) Borcuch makes excellent parallels to European and Polish history with iconic actress Polish actress Krystyna Janda as his marvelous centerpiece. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/5 73% The Magic Life of V (2019) It's a vehicle which ends up feeling as if it was too gingerly steered. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 100% Divine Love (2019) Tender despite its oblique narrative style, Mascaro has crafted an eerie futuristic parable which resonates far beyond the credits in its thoughtful deliberations on faith. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 90% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Nyholm's increasingly absurd film tends to feel caught up in its own allegorical scenario without ever really ratcheting up the sympathy for his core couple. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 54% After the Wedding (2019) Highly immersive and emotionally intuitive when it comes to the dramatic tension of its unique scenario, no matter some of the logistical questions it conveniently leaves unanswered. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Golden Youth (Une jeunesse dorée) (2019) A film as visually sumptuous as it is entirely soulless. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 96% Dirty God (2019) Incredibly, newcomer Vicky Knight makes her film debut as Jade with a quiet, sensitively primed performance. - IONCINEMA.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019