Paula Fleri-Soler

Paula Fleri-Soler
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Times of Malta

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Ida (2014) The script is not afraid to deal primarily with character and mood, with the story, important though it may be, taking second place. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
60% My Old Lady (2014) The actor [Kevin Kline] captures this man's vulnerabilities and struggles in a hugely sympathetic way. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
44% The Gambler (2014) The Gambler is a solidly acted and directed piece that somehow can't decide what kind of film it is - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
72% Destroyer (2018) ...a riveting and gritty crime thriller... - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
72% Crimson Peak (2015) It's all a little over the top, at times, but that's all part of the fun and del Toro sustains the interest throughout. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
79% Macbeth (2015) The film's screenwriters... have changed the order of some scenes around yet the narrative flows exceptionally well. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
27% Pan (2015) There is little the cast can do with the storyline and un-inspiring dialogue they have to work with. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
84% The Walk (2015) It is an astonishing sequence and a superb piece of filmmaking that celebrates a truly unique artist; a man who would not give up on his wildest dream. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
45% Boychoir (2015) It is formulaic and predictable. Yet, as is often the case with many films of this ilk, it is saved from ignominious and meaningless sentimentality thanks to the impressive ensemble cast and in this case, its beautiful and soul-lifting soundtrack. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
60% Southpaw (2015) It is ultimately down to Gyllenhaal's consummate ease in engaging his audience that we root for him to the very end, the flaws in the script often forgotten as he commands the screen. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
17% Pixels (2015) The film [has] absolutely no heart or humor to speak of. How many times must we witness Sandler's lovable loser routine, with his shallow characterization and flat delivery of his lines? - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
9% Fantastic Four (2015) It never reaches the glorious heights we have come to anticipate from Marvel's diverse universes. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
46% Ted 2 (2015) The filmmakers seem to have put as much effort into the plot as they did with the film's title, relying on terribly low-brow humor to keep things going. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) It is down to the fact that these are such likable and fun characters that makes the film thoroughly enjoyable. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
30% The Longest Ride (2015) And like their predecessors, they and their co-stars Oona (granddaughter of Charlie) Chaplin and Jack (nephew of Anjelica) Huston succeed in making The Longest Ride enjoyable enough. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
63% Unfriended (2015) Kudos to director Leo Gabriadze, working from a tight script by Nelson Greaves, for creating suitable tension and sustaining it throughout the film's running time. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
19% Self/less (2015) The film-makers eschew any attempt to tackle the deep themes the storyline initially throws up. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
78% The Revenant (2015) So deep in the action is the camera you expect it to get smashed by an arrow at any moment. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
92% Sicario (2015) Sicario brings with it a gritty and grimy sense of authenticity, underpinned by an exceptional script from Taylor Sheridan. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
88% The Big Short (2015) [It] is an oftentimes perplexing yet scathing indictment of the banking and financial industry; made entertaining thanks to its stellar cast. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
60% Joy (2015) Lawrence, yet again, displays her formidable talent and priceless charisma. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
74% The Hateful Eight (2015) By the end I cared little for any of them, which adversely affected my overall enjoyment of the film. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
55% The Dressmaker (2016) The Dressmaker is a peculiar little offering from Australia that matches elements of drama with farce. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
94% Carol (2015) Carol simply oozes class - the look, the narrative, the direction and its performances...making it a most beautiful film not just to behold, but to experience emotionally. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 60% A Dog's Way Home (2019) There's no denying the film has its heart in the right place. Just don't expect anything way too profound and be prepared with the tissues at the end. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
97% Tangerine (2015) Don't be fooled by the sun-saturated setting - the action actually unfolds during Christmas Eve and offers a raw, raucous, and real piece of filmmaking that deserves every ounce of praise. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) The film maintains the spirit of the comic strips intact. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
30% Dad's Army (2016) The comedy is a little too obvious, the plot is razor-thin and the story never takes advantage of its film-length running time, and often it feels like a normal episode stretched to breaking point. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
74% Trumbo (2015) The locations, costumes and setting capture the glamour of old Hollywood; with an ensemble bringing that world alive with some on-the-nose portrayals of some of the era's greatest legends. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 84% Deadpool (2016) He [Ryan Reynolds] has created a character that is charming, funny, snarky and uncouth with an edge of smugness, yet thanks to the dynamic charisma of both actor and character you are immediately drawn to him despite his faults. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
47% The 33 (2015) It is simply recreating TV images that are familiar to us. It takes a very safe journey towards its obviously predictable outcome, ticking all the boxes on its way. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
82% Just Jim (2015) He [Craig Roberts] expertly nails both ambiance and characterization. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
97% Spotlight (2015) Spotlight provides a couple of hours of intelligent, gripping and moving filmmaking that at once illustrates investigative journalism and celebrates it, reminding the viewer of its importance to society as a whole. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
44% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) The many plot strands the script tries to weave together get so horrifically tangled they choke the humor out of any given situation. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
52% Risen (2016) Although it offers nothing new or challenging in terms of its narrative, Risen offers some straightforward, uncontroversial, albeit fairly interesting family entertainment for the Easter season. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) The film is at once a character study and nail-biting thriller. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
26% London Has Fallen (2016) The film is nothing more than a series of sub-par kinetic sequences, tied together by a plot that is as thin as it is preposterous. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
97% Zootopia (2016) Its inspiring and positive message is delivered with infectious humor. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Not even Woodley, an actor of great talent who has the capacity of doing much better, can save the film from being the plodding mess it is. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
48% Freeheld (2015) The film inexplicably never develops into anything more than a based-on-a-true-story TV film of the week. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! is a worthy addition to the Coen Brothers' filmography of thrilling titles covering both drama and comedy. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The brutal legacy of Stalin's regime is hardly the stuff of comedy [but] the script successfully negotiates a balance between jet-black comedy and horrific political drama. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
7% Rings (2017) It is a rehash of the story we have seen before, nerve-jangling music and some pretty average special effects setting up the few and largely ineffective jump-out-of-your-seat moments. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) The script does offer up a surprise or two to keep the tension suitably taut. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
42% Gold (2017) Wells is a fascinating character and, on paper, would seem to be a dream role... but, for all its padding, it is a rather thinly-sketched role, and the actor's performance is little more than a scenery-chewing exercise. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
80% Patriots Day (2017) Worthy though the film is in reproducing the events, its protagonists deserved to be better served. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 68% Breathe (2017) Thanks to the sterling performances drawn by Serkis, especially from his two leads, characters are all exquisitely well-drawn. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
32% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) His [Statham] indisputable charisma is unable to overcome the film's many weaknesses. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy (2017) Although Kaufmann is undoubtedly a charming host, if you are a fan and hoping for some insight into his life and career, it doesn't happen. He is simply happy to show you around in between arias... where he lets his voice speak for itself. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2/5 24% Sleepless (2017) As a story it is hackneyed and predictable... the rather lazy script padded with elaborate action-filled set pieces. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019