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 51% Destination Wedding (2018) [The] effortless chemistry Reeves and Ryder have...are enough to hold a movie together, even if it isn't dark enough to be properly cynical or silly enough to elicit a happy sigh. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2.5/5 15% The Hustle (2019) While it looks gorgeous, and has several funny moments, the film feels like a missed opportunity. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 50% Tolkien (2019) This film is beautifully put together, and it carries several smaller emotional kicks as well as some insight into the idealism of youth. Plus of course the power of friendship, which was Tolkien's greatest theme. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 46% The Professor and the Madman (2019) Gibson has a solid presence with a nice hint of lively wit, while the notably astonishing Penn channels Minor's madness and genius in intriguing parallel. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 83% High Life (2019) Leave it to Claire Denis to approach science fiction by rewriting all the rules. This is an extraordinary film. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The film deserves to connect with audiences who are craving more humane action blockbusters. And it will most likely create a whole new craze for the game it's based on. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 100% General Magic (2019) It's fascinating to watch these young people dream big, coming up with ideas that were wild back then but are everyday now. And to see them develop the hardware to make it work is astonishing. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 72% The Wandering Earth (2019) The plot is fairly simplistic, but it's overcomplicated with extra characters and nonstop action chaos. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 69% Wine Country (2019) It's all a bit mushy, but amiable enough to pass the time. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) In the final stretch, it begins to feel slightly stale, as if director Chad Stahelski was as bruised as his seemingly indestructible hero. But audiences will enjoy his audacious visual flourishes. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Skin of the Teeth (2019) Wollin's filmmaking is gleefully hypnotic, dragging the audience down into a rabbit hole with Josef, twisting and turning in unusual directions. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/5 57% Just Say Goodbye (2019) The ultimate message may be far too obvious, but the film has important things to say. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Just Friends (2018) A cheeky sense of humour gives this crowd-pleasing Dutch comedy an extra kick. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) A snappy script with just the right amount of political awareness helps make this one of the funniest romantic comedies in recent memory. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3.5/5 90% Room for Rent (2019) The film's tone does of course go off the rails here and there, but Stovall holds his nerve, keeping things under control right to the abrupt, bitter end. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) There's a darkly intriguing idea inside this experimental drama, but it gets lost in filmmaker Josephine Decker's out-of-control indulgence. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) These films are almost ludicrously toothless. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Werwie's script is notable for avoiding genre cliches, following neither a vicious murderer nor a detailed police investigation: it's about the superficiality of American society... - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3.5/5 75% Pond Life (2018) With a terrific sense of the time and place, this nostalgic ensemble movie beautifully captures the internal moods of a yearning teen. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) A hybrid of political thriller and earthy drama, this film's tone is so odd that it keeps the audience off balance, which makes it compulsively watchable. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 56% J.T. LeRoy (2019) This is Dern's show, and she's both magnetic and compelling as the mercurial Laura. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Sunburn (Golpe de sol) (2018) Alves' script plays with the idea that these people think they have dealt with their past issues, when actually they have merely ignored them. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 82% Marilyn (2019) This quietly observational drama makes some strong comments about the grip of machismo in Latin America. The depiction is complex and textured. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4.5/5 92% Donbass (2018) With this compulsively mesmerising film, Loznitsa has tapped into his nation's beleaguered soul in a way that's immediately recognisable in the global post-truth era. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) There's a lot of fun to be had with this blockbuster behemoth, especially for those who have avidly followed the franchise. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
5/5 88% Wild Rose (2019) It's written and directed with skill, and the entire cast is excellent. But this is Buckley's show. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 100% My Days of Mercy (2017) Despite having a hugely contentious issue at the heart of its plot, this film remains remarkably centred on its characters, all of whom are played with an earthy authenticity that often feels improvised. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4.5/5 93% Rafiki (2019) Small and perfectly formed, this subtle but hugely involving romance takes on a powerfully taboo topic in its homeland of Kenya. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3.5/5 100% Pearl (2018) As a story of a lost woman reconnecting with herself and her child, this is surprisingly moving even if it's only sporadically involving. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 100% Manta Ray (2018) Writer-director Aroonpheng creates a stunningly elemental atmosphere, focussing on the earth, sea and trees, plus a colourfully playful use of light. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 96% Little Woods (2019) Gritty and atmospheric, this drama blends a crime story with the more earthy, grim genre of film... - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 29% Red Joan (2019) Venerable stage director Trevor Nunn has created an eerily generic period thriller, only rarely finding an original angle to convey events that should have been thrilling and surprising. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Every scene in this artful, indulgent thriller is expertly acted and staged, although at least an hour of sideroads and spurious moments could have been cut from the film without changing its impact. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 95% Yuli (2018) Along the way, it also touches on race, colonialism and dreams of a better life, all of which resonate through the drama and Acosta's breathtaking dance work. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 59% Greta (2019) The lead performances from Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz keep the screws turning, while director Neil Jordan has a great time inducing goosebumps as well as a few good laughs along the way. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/5 67% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) Fans of gruesome mayhem will love the nonstop series of outrageously violent murders, which are played in a deadpan comedic style. The cast members also play it straight, even the scenes that are deliberate pastiche. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/5 83% Loro (2019) It's packed with brilliant filmmaking touches and carries a strong kick. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/5 95% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) Moody and atmospheric, this German horror film plays on ancient legends as it recounts an old-world tale about a dark curse. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 100% United We Fan (2018) Focussing on fans who fight back when their favourite shows are cancelled, this is a documentary about hope. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 92% Last Breath (2018) It may feel a bit too brisk, but the tricky editing tells the story with a maximum kick. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A remarkably astute exploration of human vices. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) It's a remarkable achievement, packed with intriguing ideas and a central story that's gripping and often darkly wrenching. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The actors are strong enough to bring these people vividly to life, although only Lithgow properly makes his character leap off the screen. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Best of all is that DC Comics doesn't run from its primary-colour roots this time. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 60% Seeds (2018) Puente is superb in the central role, conveying this young boy's deep drive to sort out his life. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Lucid (2018) Even if the plot ultimately begins to feel a little thin, this is a bracingly original film, packed with provocative moments and dark resonance. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 93% Tucked (2018) It's remarkable that the film maintains a sense of cheeky optimism even in the story's intensely moving darker moments. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/5 36% Out of Blue (2019) Like a David Lynch movie, it's evocative, insinuating and often befuddling. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) It's colourful and often thrilling, and never hammers in an obvious message. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) It's a gorgeously understated performance that ripples with curiosity and emotion. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019