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Rich Cline

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
20% Modern Life Is Rubbish (2018) Liam's rants about the encroachment of corporate culture are right on, but by then he's become too strident to listen to. Which is a problem for a film that wants us to feel something about him in the end.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3/5 82% Brad's Status (2017) It's a bit navel-gazing, but also important.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) A remarkably involving story that blurs the lines between good and evil by adding layers of complexity to the characters‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5/5 96% Black Panther (2018) Even if it's overrun by too-elaborate designs and animation, the plot, characters and ideas are strong enough to overcome the digital onslaught.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3/5 27% Birth of the Dragon (2017) Has enough energy and spark to hold the audience's interest. But the script's focus on a caucasian character throws the central story off balance. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5 86% Better Watch Out (2017) It may be gimmicky and nasty, but it's also an enjoyable freak-out.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5/5 93% Becks (2018) Skilfully shot and acted, this warm drama is grounded in an earthy sense of authenticity ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5/5 87% Annihilation (2018) Alex Garland beautifully subverts cliches of both fantasy and horror genres, making a film that gets under the skin to properly freak us out‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3/5 70% Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game (2018) There's a simplicity to this film that makes it easy to watch, even if it never feels like it breaks the surface. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5/5 38% Shelter (2018) This humane slow-burn espionage thriller gets deep under the skin as it follows an Israeli spy on what seems like a simple assignment in Germany.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/5 40% The Night of the Virgin (La noche del virgen) (2016) Utterly bonkers.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 91% I got life! (Aurore) (2017) Filmmaker Lenoir faces these [topics] head-on, spinning what could have been a fluffy rom-com into a vitally important film, as well as a deeply entertaining one.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/5 77% A Gentle Creature (2017) It's not an easy film to watch, packed with symbolism and references that will be lost on most Western viewers.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3.5/5 96% Western (2018) The actors all deliver gritty, earthy performances that feel sometimes startlingly authentic. This means that most of the dialog feels improvised, with the language barrier adding layers of intrigue.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 100% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2017) What's most impressive is how [the filmmakers] generate nervous laughter even when something truly horrific is happening. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4.5/5 90% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2017) Amusing details and tiny pleasures surprise at every turn, and the film is gorgeously shot and edited, with an emotive but never pushy score by Ludovico Einaudi.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 100% Nico, 1988 (2018) Remarkably personal, with a bold, gritty edge that echoes the intensity of both Nico's singing and Trine Dyrholm's thunderous performance.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/5 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Performances are earthy and real, narrowly avoiding tipping over into melodrama even when the script veers in that direction.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) A story that unfolds through a series of perspective-shifting encounters. It's often painful to watch, building to a confrontation that leaves us deeply shaken.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4.5/5 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) A gripping film that will resonate far beyond tennis fans.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
1.5/5 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The usual cliches, mustering unsettling noises but nothing actually frightening.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/5 50% Rampage (2018) You never expect complexity or coherence from a Brad Peyton film, and indeed you get neither here. But you do get rather a lot of guilty-pleasure fun. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/5 33% Baja (2018) The filmmaking is simplistic and the storytelling is often flat-out stupid, so it's never particularly involving.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 93% Thelma (2017) A fiendishly inventive spin on the coming-of-age tale, this Norwegian thriller stirs in elements of horror and striking surreal touches that add all kinds of unexpected angles.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 48% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) Smart and playful, packed with hilariously inventive touches both in the dialog and visuals that will especially please Godard fans.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 69% The Journey (2017) The title of this film may seem weakly generic, but this is a sharply pointed drama that uses an allegorical structure to strong effect.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3.5/5 63% Beyond the Clouds (2018) While it may be a bit melodramatic and abrupt in its approach, this is a provocative drama set around the moment when revenge clashes with compassion.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/5 92% Zama (2018) Fascinating, beautifully shot and acted, and packed with witty satire.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4.5/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) This film reminds us that the battle isn't over yet.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4.5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Even with this powerful message, the film never preaches.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 86% You Were Never Really Here (2018) A real stunner.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) The actors are so strong that it's easy to identify with them, seeing thoughts flash across their faces moments before they are required to make a fateful decision.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) A fresh take on the teen rom-com, this film harks back to vintage John Hughes movies with its smart, self-aware characters and realistic situations that are both amusing and thoughtful.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
1.5/5 16% Midnight Sun (2018) The story and its little revelations and twists all unfold exactly as expected, with a lot more pushy sentimentality than was required. This means that there won't be a moist eye in the house. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) It's impossible to watch without a smile on the face. And perhaps the occasional tear in the eye as well.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3.5/5 82% Blockers (2018) It's refreshing to see a film that acknowledges how difficult it is to let kids grow up, and then celebrates their maturity in ways male-based teen comedies never do. So it's wild and crazy, and also timely.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 100% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) The film is utterly riveting, as director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire takes the audience on a jarring, unforgettable odyssey that leaves us with some big themes to chew on.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 84% Journeyman (2017) With a tightly-focused script, this film feels perhaps a bit slight, like a short stretched to feature length. But it skillfully captures a sense of real life for characters caught in an extraordinary situation.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 76% Dark River (2017) Barnard has made a rare film that's harsh without being off-putting. Watching these people struggle against themselves and each other is compelling.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet B&B (2018) An edgy, topical thriller with a blackly comical undertone, this offbeat little British film takes some startling twists and turns as its plot unfolds. It's tightly contained.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
2.5/5 69% Finding Your Feet (2018) A contrived British rom-com, this movie is just about watchable thanks to an above-average cast and some nice settings. But not much about it works, from the achingly predictable script to the corny slapstick.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3.5/5 92% Journey's End (2018) Director Saul Dibb gives the film a remarkable sense of authenticity, with introspective performances from a gifted cast. The film sharply depicts the details of these men as they cope with their situation.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4.5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Each of these characters finds a surprising connection to others, derailing plans and sending each person on an unexpected journey. The way Johnson orchestrates all of this is remarkable because it's both coherent and compelling. ‐ Contactmusic.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The story is a bit thin, and some elements are difficult to believe, but it's thoroughly engaging.‐ Contactmusic.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
3.5/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Between the artful direction and incisive script, there's plenty of wit and romance and never a whiff of sentimentality. And while it never feels particularly deep, the movie is packed with points of resonance that linger in the mind afterwards.‐ Contactmusic.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
3.5/5 92% Good Time (2017) It never feels terribly organic, but it is consistently entertaining, even as it gets increasingly violent. And the driving theme of brotherly love gives the film an unexpected emotional soul.‐ Contactmusic.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
3/5 96% Mudbound (2017) Director-cowriter Dee Rees gives this 1940s drama such an epic scale that it might have played out better as a TV miniseries, with more time to flesh out the characters and complex situations. But the themes are so vivid that it still gets under the skin.‐ Contactmusic.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
4/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) This is a powerful depiction of how society fears outsiders who bring big ideas that can change the world.‐ Contactmusic.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
3.5/5 50% Shot (2017) This may be a gimmicky exploration of gun violence, which sometimes feels like a preachy public service advisory, but its story unfolds with raw power.‐ Contactmusic.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
3/5 29% The Wilde Wedding (2017) Even if it never quite deals with the bigger issues it raises, the sassy dialogue, twisty plot and full-on performances are so lively that the audience is kept on its toes, at least until it becomes obvious where it's heading.‐ Contactmusic.com
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017