Pat Padua

Pat Padua
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T-Meter Title | Year
86% Les Misérables (2020) Brilliantly captures the squalor and desperation that has plagued Montfermeil since Hugo's time. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/5 88% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) While the surrounding melodrama is stronger and more timely than usual, the fight scenes send out franchise star Donnie Yen on a relatively lackluster note. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
92% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) The victor here is an element of our better human nature: the ability to see the best in others, even if you believe they've done you wrong. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
93% Clemency (2019) Characters rarely seem to come alive. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) Foxx['s]...subtle facial expressions convey McMillan's stoicism as well as his conflicted emotions - from fury to hope. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
78% The Sword of Doom (1966) Nakadai ... dominates the screen with a sinister gaze that seems haunted. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
36% Lost Holiday (2019) This odd tonal shift leads the film to careen uneasily from gritty thriller to mumblecore comedy...Sheil helps ground the film despite the Matthews' mess of a script. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
86% Cunningham (2019) A must for fans of the choreographer, and it may even create a few converts to his challenging art. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
92% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Frustrating by design, although its dramatic dividends do finally pay off to some degree in a bittersweet final act. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) The complicated structure doesn't do much for character development. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
91% Uncut Gems (2019) Will more than likely leave you in a cold sweat. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
81% A Hidden Life (2019) The distorted visuals caused by extreme wide-angle lenses seem to reflect the village's warped morality, embracing evil and taunting the one good man in their midst. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
98% 63 Up (2019) More monumental than just a study of the English class system: it's a long-term observation of the passage of time and the breadth of the human experience. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
97% The Kingmaker (2019) Both chilling and gruesomely entertaining. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
74% Richard Jewell (2019) With an understated grace, Hauser conveys Jewell's eagerness to please and his appreciation for and eventual discomfort with the spotlight. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
No Score Yet Dafne (2019) "Quietly optimistic and life-affirming." - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
73% Shooting the Mafia (2019) "Spends far too much time on her subject's colorful love life and not enough on her inspiring career. " - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
64% Little Joe (2019) "One might say it moves like a plant: patient, deliberate and inevitable." - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
57% Maria's Paradise (Marian paratiisi) (2019) "...compelling for much of its two-hour run time, until it succumbs to a messy final act that makes it fail as drama as well." - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
2.5/4 74% White Snake (2019) Even if you're not familiar with the source material, this Chinese production provides plenty of supernatural thrills for the modern young adult. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) "...ridiculous, absurd, self-indulgent, meandering, nonsensical, entirely unrealistic and crude. It's also hilarious." - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Juicy and sobering. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Her thrilling life story falls flat on screen - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) This broken family will break your heart. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Its goofy comic spirit comes from a surprising source: Kristen Stewart. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
No Score Yet Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement (2019) "An oddly kindred spirit to 'The Irishman,'...[as] aging punks recall harDCore's impossibly fast tempos, now replaced by the patient, shuffling gait of middle age." - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1973) Cements Milligan's growing reputation for coaxing rich, emotional performances out of actors trapped in exploitation films - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
100% Send Me to the Clouds (2019) Cultural details will be lost on many American viewers, but the journalist's struggle to balance her career and her personal life will resonate with everyone - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) The final hour, in which Sheeran is forced to decide the fate of his best friend, raises this genre picture to the level of great tragedy - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 93% Light from Light (2019) It's as if Harrill took the very concept of horror and stripped that fear down to its essence: the dread and longing for meaning, for some sign of life after death. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
100% Gift (2019) McKenna's gentle film...encourages the viewer to look beyond the monetary value of creativity. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
100% Desolation Center (2019) Tells the story of a turbulent era that may have been the counterculture's last hurrah before it was hopelessly commodified. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
No Score Yet Krasue: Inhuman Kiss (2019) A wild nightmare vision that's hard to forget. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
79% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) The swooning camerawork from Fellini collaborator Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci helps transform the film's largely stage-bound action into visuals that capture the delirium of its scrappy featured players. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon began the project as a documentary, but by dramatizing the case, which has yet to be resolved in court, he better captures the conflicted emotions at its heart, and the urgent need to clean up church hierarchy - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Like a blood-sucking creature that can't let go, the movie is patient and relentless, but unlike its namesake, this "Parasite" is hilarious, gory and, in the end, moving. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
No Score Yet Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (Dick Tracy Meets Karloff)(Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure) (1947) An inventive plot goes a long way to making this case stick. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
89% Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (1959) The fantasy is grounded on a boisterous soundtrack that propels its characters as well as its audience. So when the music stops as Orfeo begins to navigate the underworld, the effect is startling. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Well (1951) Plays out much like 21st-century social media, in which the spread of misinformation (both inadvertent and deliberate) can lead to a snowballing outrage throughout the political spectrum. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) [It] probably won't frighten you, but it's worth its running time in chuckles. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Gives Miike a chance to flex his more playful side, and its inventiveness makes you hope he can crank out another 100 movies. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Seems like little more than the bitter vision of an obnoxious, brooding teenager in arthouse clothing, as obvious as the on-the-nose soundtrack cues of seemingly every pop song featuring a clown - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
64% The Day Shall Come (2019) Irreverent and relevant, "The Day Shall Come" is topical comedy that's smart and cynical. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
74% The Death of Dick Long (2019) A Deep South crime story that evokes Fargo with different accents - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
62% Edie (2019) "[The] mawkish score milks the concept for every last drop of emotion, badgering you with the swelling airs of struggle and triumph - and marring what might have been a moving character study of a resilient survivor." - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
94% In Fabric (2019) ",,,in some ways a blunt anti-consumerist jeremiad...its images are so vivid and unsettling that it becomes a surreal satire." - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Los Reyes (2019) With extreme close-ups of the dogs at rest and at play, Los Reyes is one of the more experimental dog stories you'll see, but it's not without its Hollywood-style arc, making you care about the dogs' welfare. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
93% Monos (2019) Alejandro Landes is skimpy on backstory, which makes the spectacle of young men banding together in the wilderness that much more unsettling. It helps that the dissonant score is provided by Mica Levi. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) By the harrowing final act, Tigers leans completely into its vision, in both reality and fantasy, leading to an unforgettable conclusion. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) Naishtat distracts the viewer with subplots that may be irrelevant but contribute to a fevered tension that makes this the strongest of the festival titles we previewed. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019