Rich Cline

Rich Cline
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
California-born journalist living in London since 1992, reviewing films for the BBC, various magazines and radio stations, Shadows on the Wall, Film Threat and others...
Favorites:
La Strada, Rear Window, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Citizen Kane, The Stunt Man
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: London, UK
Official Websites: shadowsonthewall.co.uk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 38% Chick Fight (2020) Taking an offbeat approach to the idea of female empowerment, this comedy is engaging if a bit unambitious. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 68% Ammonite (2020) With a remarkable attention to detail, this beautifully observed drama recounts an unexpected relationship that crosses various boundaries in 19th century England. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet FOMO: Fear of Missing Out (Megosztod, És Uralkodsz) (2019) Fast and snappy, this heavily pointed Hungarian drama is shot like an MTV show from around 1990, with quick-cut, hand-held scenes of pretty young people at raucous parties. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 100% No Hard Feelings (Futur Drei) (2020) This observational approach is skilfully maintained and deeply involving. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Nuclear (2019) Dark and unnervingly intense from the opening shot, this slow-burn drama churns with emotion. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 90% The Climb (2020) Dryly hilarious touches add a stream of laugh-out-loud moments to this gentle comedy about a messy friendship between two men. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 29% Vanguard (2020) Veteran filmmaker Stanley Tong keeps it charging forward so briskly that we never have time to dwell on how preposterously silly everything is. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Bare (2020) Aside from the unflinching nudity, this film is a fascinating depiction of the production from early try-outs to the first public performance. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
4.5/5 96% The Human Voice (La Voz Humana) (2020) Based on the Jean Cocteau play, this is Pedro Almodovar's first English-language film, and it's a remarkable bit of surrealism with a sustained emotional intensity. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 75% A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020) It's a gently meandering story with a slightly awkward pace and some rather pushy plot points. But it's an important look at the invisible underclass, vividly depicting how things can quickly escalate for people who have few options. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 96% Luxor (2020) Strikingly filmed on location, this drama captures a terrific sense of present-day Egypt along with the closely observed characters. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 77% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) This relentlessly childish movie would be unwatchable if it weren't for the dopily endearing characters and a steady stream of snappy gags. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
4/5 83% Proxima (2019) It's an impeccably observed drama that's hugely involving. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 69% Kindred (2020) An ace cast makes the most of each quietly intense scene as the tension escalates to almost unbearable levels. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3.5/5 66% The Furies (2019) There's a riveting pace to the narrative as secrets are uncovered, and as one grotesque set-piece follows another. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 98% Wolfwalkers (2020) With beautiful storybook-style animation, this Irish animated adventure harks back to a magical time. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 95% Mogul Mowgli (2020) The central turn from Riz Ahmed has a razor-sharp energy that gives the film a bristly emotional punch. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2.5/5 88% Shirley (2020) It seems to be merely cycling through a series of beautifully shot and sharply well-played scenes that have some subtext but add up to something that's naggingly uninteresting. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) A slow-burn noir thriller, this European art-world movie spins a rather densely wordy adventure with a superbly eclectic cast. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 60% Philophobia (2019) Skilfully shot in rural England, this drama evokes that adolescent mix of confidence and uncertainty. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 91% African Apocalypse (2020) It's a fascinating travelog tracing a line from the present into the past. And it adds firsthand accounts to events mainly known only through fiction. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 48% Spell (2020) Playing on fears of creepy backwoods communities, this foreboding thriller nicely establishes its city-slicker characters before plunging them into a rural nightmare. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4.5/5 97% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2020) With her first feature, filmmaker Melina Leon creates a mesmerising experience, revealing the story through skilful visual touches and heart-stopping emotions. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 97% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Playing out as a fascinating dramatic narrative, this documentary unfolds its story using found footage, surveillance cameras and remarkably intimate fly-on-the-wall sequences. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4.5/5 94% Boys State (2020) An expertly assembled fly-on-the-wall doc, this film follows teen boys through an exercise in which they create their own government. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 78% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) Sharply well written and directed, this colourful coming-of-age odyssey is a gripping adventure populated with wonderful characters. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 66% The Secret Garden (2020) This story bristles with timeless themes about overcoming anger and grief, the resourcefulness of children and the fact that parents can learn a lot from kids. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 78% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020) Writer-director Francois Ozon takes a layered storytelling approach to challenge the audience to dig deeply into this nostalgic French drama. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2/5 79% Max Winslow and the House of Secrets (2020) A cheerful teen attitude infuses this sci-fi adventure with enough interest to keep us watching, even if it's never remotely challenging. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
4/5 97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) A filmed version of David Byrne's triumphant 2019 Broadway show, this is a musical and visual extravaganza photographed and edited with precision. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 22% Friendsgiving (2020) t's a good-natured film with lots of sharp edges and an ensemble cast that's gifted at combining black comedy and warm drama. But attempts to add thematic depth are somewhat shaky. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3.5/5 91% Relic (2020) It's a gorgeously crafted movie, with some nerve-jangling jolts, although turning on a light would have helped. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 49% The Witches (2020) There's barely a dull moment as this hyperactive film leaps from one set-piece to the next, maintaining its happily grotesque tone. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) The action is high-speed and fairly relentless, even if the digital mayhem is somewhat cartoonish. This may entertain audiences looking for simple thrills, but it feels thin. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3.5/5 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Sacha Baron Cohen is back for a close-to-the-bone sequel that's more of a scripted comedy than before, but it's still peppered with moments of topical pointed documentary mayhem. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3.5/5 91% Herself (2020) Lloyd keeps us hooked through the likeable characters, and the lack of both preachiness and sentimentality makes it well worth a look. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2/5 40% Honest Thief (2020) With that blandly slick style that's very easy to watch, this crime thriller builds up its head of steam slowly before reaching the usual action beats. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 79% Over the Moon (2020) With a gorgeous array of animation styles, this musical adventure tells a fantastical story that's underpinned by both mythology and a love of science. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 79% I Am Greta (2020) This young woman's quiet tenacity is hugely inspiring, as she begins to understand her role in the bigger picture. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.5/5 71% Carmilla (2020) Writer-director Emily Harris tells this story with skill and artistry, spinning a sensitive, visceral tale and lacing it with proper grisliness. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 99% Time (2020) Garrett Bradley has a terrific eye for imagery and storytelling rhythms, drawing the audience deeply into the story. She packs so much into 81 minutes that this film feels like an urgent epic. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 100% Song Lang (2018) An intriguing, thoughtful story that gets under the skin. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 70% The Wall of Mexico (2020) The plot's pace is a bit slack, but the imagery and ideas maintain the interest and leave us thinking. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/5 79% From the Vine (2020) This is a warm movie with a big heart, exploring enormously important issues in a way that's never remotely pushy or preachy. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/5 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) This high-concept comedy is essentially a barrage of dopey jokes and inane slapstick. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) This is a bold, bonkers movie with a warm, beating heart. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/5 74% Black Box (2020) A horror movie based in the mind, this slickly produced mystery thriller draws the audience in with a premise that's impossible to predict. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 69% The Glorias (2020) The film is inventively assembled to explore moments that had an impact on her and on the world. Refreshingly, the script refuses to pull punches, facing big issues head-on while keeping the story personal. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Say Your Prayers (2020) With a bone-dry sense of humour, this crime comedy maintains focus on two young protagonists whose tough past has left them damaged. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3.5/5 82% Scare Me (2020) More comedy than horror, this witty freak-out cleverly plays with concepts of creativity and storytelling. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020