Rania Richardson

Rania Richardson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
My favorite film is Jean Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" and my mission is to champion the best in American indies and international cinema. I also enjoy supporting female filmmakers from around the globe (Agnes Varda, Jane Campion, Haifaa al-Mansour, Lucrecia Martel, Sophia Coppola, Gurinder Chadha, etc.) After working in marketing and sales for two small independent distributors, I turned to film journalism. From there, my film criticism practice has grown. To a certain extent, I assert my (Eastern Orthodox) Christian point of view in my writing.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 100% Driveways (2019) Natural, moving performances are the hallmark of this low-key, heartfelft film. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/4 85% The Square (2017) Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund creates an ingenious high-wire act putting bourgeois beliefs and interpersonal trust to the test. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/4 93% Side by Side (2012) Celluloid or digital film - which is the better format? Directors, cinematographers, editors and other film professionals weigh in on the question in Chris Kenneally's densely packed doc. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet La suerte en tus manos (2012) An intimate relationship drama from Argentine director Daniel Burman that goes straight to the heart. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 100% Downeast (2013) At a time when manufacturing jobs are moving out of the U.S. or disappearing altogether, the entrepreneur who attempts to open a local plant is a hero. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Genius Of Marian (2013) The decline is devastating as a filmmaker observes her mother falling prey prey to Alzheimer's disease - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Vara: A Blessing (2013) Spiritual devotion ripens into carnal passion for a young temple dancer in Vara: A Blessing. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Patardzlebi (2014) A young Georgian woman struggles to hold her life together in this fine addition to an ever-expanding body of international incarceration stories. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 68% Contemporary Color (2017) While spinning batons, rifles, sabers or flags in the air, the color guard performs a joyous dance to celebrate school spirit during a football halftime show, to the tune of the high school marching band. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 84% Far from Men (2015) A spare tale that considers the futility of neutrality during wartime, against the backdrop of the French-Algerian War in the 1950s. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 86% The Wolfpack (2015) The story is as intriguing as it is unbelievable, as a paranoid immigrant, his pliant wife and their seven children live in self-imposed confinement, in the middle of New York City. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet One Percent More Humid (2017) Juno Temple and Julia Garner star in a compelling drama that examines the complexities of female friendship over the course of a hot New England summer in this atmospheric feature. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet King of Peking (2017) In this crowd-pleaser, we travel back to China for one summer in the 1990s and meet a father and son who drive a mobile cinema, screening Hollywood blockbusters for the locals. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 82% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) This heart-wrenching tale is the cinematic equivalent of a twangy country song. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 100% Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun) (2019) With humor and originality, Slut in a Good Way gets right into the hearts and minds of teenagers, in an authentic, contemporary style. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
1.5/4 92% Nico, 1988 (2018) The story of a heroin addict in midlife, vulgar and morose, may not be prime material for a biopic. - The Villager EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
1.5/4 92% Thelma (2017) This odd, disturbing film is visceral but ultimately unsatisfying. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3.5/4 96% Félicité (2017) Félicité is an enlightening tale that details life in central Africa, set in a milieu of a cabaret singer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
2/5 53% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) Despite being an enjoyable ride-- with fine acting all around-- the story is too overstuffed to cohere, and its shifting time line gets tiresome. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/4 69% Spoor (Pokot) (2017) An environmental thriller that brings justice to animal abusers, by veteran Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa; Darkness) and her daughter, Kasia Adamik. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 96% Western (2018) Manhood is the theme of German director Valeska Grisebach's Western, which takes place in the Bulgarian countryside, where German workers are constructing a hydroelectric power plant. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
2.5/4 96% Zama (2018) In a sunbaked seaside town in 18th century Argentina, an official of the Spanish crown finds himself in an absurd scenario as he waits in vain for a long-promised transfer. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Let the Sunshine In will be satisfying for fans of Juliette Binoche, as well as those who enjoy offbeat romantic comedies. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Noah Baumbach's most accomplished work to date. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 94% Gimme Danger (2016) A rockumentary on the seminal band the Stooges, "the greatest rock 'n' roll band ever," at least according to filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 97% 13th (2016) With clarity and focus, Ava DuVernay traces a history of inequality that has resulted in the United States having the highest incarceration rate in the world. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 84% Julieta (2016) Is this a new direction for Pedro Almodóvar, who has made excess the hallmark of his long career? - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
2.5/4 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) Infused with nostalgia and melancholy, Richard Linklater's film is a sober look at how the battle scars of three military buddies have shaped the trajectory of their lives. Still, it's a lightly humorous film that stars a trio of stellar actors. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 91% Certain Women (2016) A quiet, female-focused triptych of tales that keeps its scope quite modest. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/4 93% Neruda (2016) Chilean director Pablo Larraín turns a standard biopic inside out in this stylish thriller with a literary bent. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3.5/4 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Accessible and droll-- and with his signature retro look and sensibility-- The Other Side of Hope is a good introduction to Aki Kaurismäki's work. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3.5/4 97% Aquarius (2016) A glorious Sonia Braga plays a widow up against developers trying to oust her from her cherished apartment. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018