Pat Padua

Pat Padua
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T-Meter Title | Year
91% Sword of Trust (2019) Even if the characters are believable, the scenario in which they find themselves is not, and the city folk's victory over country folk finally seems smug and divisive. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
85% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) If Eisenberg is essentially playing the same character he always plays, nobody else personifies the 21st-century nerd like he does. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
95% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) Muayad Alayan creates a raw, tense environment in which the lovers seek to break out of their cultural roles, but bodily desires are clearly not the answer to forging peace in this troubled region. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
78% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Ihlen never quite comes into focus as a person, and neither does the relationship that is the ostensible purpose of the documentary. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
69% The Quiet One (2019) More crucial than even concert recordings is footage of Wyman silently at work...preserving artifacts for the generations who will want to learn all about what his friends accomplished. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) The chemistry between Patel and James keeps the love story going when the success story loses steam. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
100% Midnight Family (2019) With the rush of nighttime traffic and dashboard cameras that capture the Ochoas rushing to beat rivals and police to their targets, Midnight Family is a real-life thriller and a dangerous reality show. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/4 33% Being Frank (2019) Unfortunately, in the filmmaker's narrative-feature debut, she takes the theme of betrayal and turns it into fodder for a sitcom, and not a particularly funny one at that. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2.5/4 100% 5B (2019) "5B" is ultimately about survival, and the struggle at its center is undeniably a heartbreaking one. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
76% Halston (2019) Tcheng uses the glitchy, fuzzy [videotape] aesthetic to accurately convey what this media darling looked like in the media of the time. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 93% Echo In the Canyon (2019) "Echo" recalls a fertile era in the history of American pop music. But all too often, it wanders out of the very canyon that defines it. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/4 72% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) The film has more than enough true material to fuel an effective thriller, but director Aviva Kempner doesn't quite manage to bring this fascinating figure to life. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
2.5/4 48% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) [Y]ou don't have to be a lovesick adolescent to fall, just a little, for its goofy energy. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) "Wild Nights" goes too far at times, threatening to reduce the writer's life to the punchline of a literary version of Rodney Dangerfield: She got no respect. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It's hard for the viewer to get caught up in this crazy scheme. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
88% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) Elaborate sets that re-create a neon-drenched 1960s Hong Kong make the movie look like someone took Francis Ford Coppola's candy-colored musical flop "One From the Heart" and turned it into a kung fu thriller. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) Thompson and especially James play terrifically against their typically glamorous type. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
84% Her Smell (2019) While Moss is perfectly convincing as a troubled backstage figure, she doesn't quite have the presence to lead a grunge band, and her vocals lack the conviction of a true rocker. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
76% Family (2019) Schilling navigates Steinel's perceptive, funny script with conviction and vulnerability. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3.5/5 100% Penguin Highway (2019) Comes off as if a lascivious purveyor of adult-oriented anime got their hands on a Miyazaki project. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/4 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) For the most part, White... simply gets out of his subject's way, letting her win you over with her sunny demeanor. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
2.5/4 68% Stockholm (2019) For the most part, Budreau pulls off an entertaining dramatization of events, thanks largely to his charismatic lead. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
1.5/5 15% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Destined to become a VOD-dare for the kind of movie-watcher who likes to smell a carton of spoiled milk out of curiosity. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/4 44% The Chaperone (2019) Yet despite the stirring performance at its heart, the movie is ultimately too restricted by its own dramatic conventions, and it only seldom comes to life. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/4 91% Shazam! (2019) "Shazam!" operates as a thrilling fantasy and a comedy about the learning curve of growing up. It's also a stirring tale of the heroic potential that lies inside each of us, if only we're put to the test. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.75/5 70% Relaxer (2019) As if Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett were fed a diet of Nintendo and pizza. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/4 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) But despite the volcanic metaphor of the film's title, it's a tale characterized not by violent release, but by a steady - and ultimately compassionate - spirit of resolve. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1.5/5 36% Out of Blue (2019) A maudlin, incoherent snooze of a thriller that takes itself far too seriously. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
2.5/4 74% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Yet this is no ordinary crime drama. What makes "Concrete" so strange - and, at times, frustrating - are its unexpected plot turns: seeming detours that inevitably lead us straight back to the story's black heart. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
98% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) As we see vintage footage of the younger composer with jet-black hair, the artist's now-white hair and grizzled face make one wonder about the very purpose of decay... - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
89% Meow Wolf: Origin Story (2018) Jilann Spitzmiller and Morgan Capps aren't afraid to reveal what really drives these one-time DIY pioneers; by the end of the movie, Meow Wolf CEO Vince Kadlubek freely admits he wants to turn it into a billion- dollar corporation. Yay environment! - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
No Score Yet Into the Grand Canyon (2019) Unfortunately, the end product is less about a natural wonder than about the friends they made along the way. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.25/5 94% Furie (Hai phuong) (2019) This might be the beginning of a beautiful franchise. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 76% Mega Time Squad (2019) The shaggy attempt is endearing, and you might learn something before it's all done. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
No Score Yet Divine Wind (2018) Divine Wind loses its way in its own shifting jet stream, but its gorgeous images and two of its central performances make it worth watching. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" still has the power to warm a cold heart, but the fire is less bright. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.75/5 75% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Sounds like fun, doesn't it? It's not really. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/4 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) By the time the climax arrives, "Happy Death Day 2U" has lost its thread, in an increasingly busy "Scooby Doo"-style adventure that, sadly, only points to the possibility of a "Happy Death Day 3-peat." - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/4 88% Arctic (2019) "Arctic" is a film for all seasons. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
83% Star 80 (1983) Bob Fosse, who delivered a razzle-dazzle like no other director, couldn't help but convey with a horrifying verisimilitude the darkest side of the glamorous life he cherished. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3.5/5 89% Braid (2019) Catches us in its sordid tangle and never lets us go. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
2.5/4 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Do the Middle Ages hold the key to saving the world? "The Kid Who Would Be King" suggests so. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Like no other movie, "Bathtubs Over Broadway" shows you the magic of record collecting, and the connections that the dedicated enthusiast begins to make as they dig deeper into the music's history. - the bloggy, bloggy dew EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.25/5 No Score Yet Central Park (2018) While his young cast is largely up to the task, writer-director Justin Reinsilber doesn't land his concept, failing to build the kind of tension necessary to make viewers truly afraid to go back into the park. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
No Score Yet Santa's Summer House (2012) Skip over the Yuletide season and proceed straight to An Easter Bunny Puppy. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 74% Clara's Ghost (2018) You imagine that this is exactly what it's like being in Chris Elliott's family, which makes the film, by design, uncomfortable at times. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) "Anna and the Apocalypse" tries too hard to do too much, but this multigenre hybrid has more than enough good cheer to get viewers through another holiday season on this troubled planet. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3.75/5 93% The Favourite (2018) [Director Yorgos Lanthimos] puts his signature stiffness to a more appropriate milieu and lets the bitter juice fly naturally without dulling his misanthropic knives one bit. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.75/5 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) The busy metropolis may be a flurry of activity that is impossible to grasp in its entirety, but, the movie gently argues, it reveals rich stories at every step-if only you take the time to stop and ask. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/5 73% Chef Flynn (2018) Such family dynamics makes director Cameron Yates' film something of a failure as a conventional food documentary. But it's that very tension that makes the material work as nonfiction drama. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018