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
4/5 78% 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
2.5/5 44% A Trip to the Moon (Un viaje a la Luna) (2018) In the final act, the plot stalls badly, wallowing in the premise's gimmicks rather than making the story resonate. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) It's the thematic twists that give the film a serious kick. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 100% Eaten by Lions (2018) Aakeel and Carroll hold the film together with strong chemistry. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
No Score Yet Bruce!!!! (2019) This aggressively unlikeable comedy turns too dark and nasty. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
2.5/5 71% The White Crow (2019) It's both too specific and overly fragmented, which makes it difficult to engage with. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
3.5/5 85% Iceman (2019) The progression of the plot and the spectacular changing landscapes hold the interest, as does Randau's relentlessly inventive direction. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 92% Benjamin (2018) There are plenty of terrific moments to keep the viewer entertained, even if the film never quite engages on any other level. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2.5/5 51% Under the Silver Lake (2019) It's like Lynch without the underscoring emotion or Hitchcock without the sharp plotting. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Sócrates (2018) Thankfully, filmmaker Moratto remains intensely personal about these darkly political themes, keeping cameras tight on Socrates' face to draw out his inner feelings. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Insect (Hmyz) (2018) While it's all a bit messy, it's a lively exploration of imagination. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) Roberts is terrific as a loving, protective, terrified mother. Her chemistry with Hedges is riveting. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 100% All Good (Alles gut) (2018) Schwarz is terrific, creating a vivid depiction of a young woman grappling on her own with something far too big to keep bottled up inside. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 91% Sofia (2018) Each of the performances is unapologetic and raw, never sweetening anything for the viewer. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/5 76% Holiday (2018) Populated with undefined characters who are reprehensible, it's a difficult film to engage with due to its sketchy and unconvincing plot. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/5 38% Untogether (2019) For a comedy, this is all rather grim, but it's also profound. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/5 26% The Aftermath (2019) The corny series of events increasingly feels like a tawdry soap rather than a thoughtful drama. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 60% Devil's Path (2019) Even if the final act becomes rather unhinged, the strong attention to character detail pulls the audience into the grisly mayhem. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/5 20% 2050 (2019) A series of disconnected scenes, rather than a narrative with a sense of momentum. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) Each scene looks amazing, drawing the audience in just as much as the unpredictable narrative. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/5 90% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) It's a terrific role, and Gyllenhaal finds big moments without ever trying to be flashy. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 77% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) This story sometimes feels overwrought in its emotional intensity, both the highs and the lows, but it's also strikingly realistic. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Even when mindless digital mayhem threatens to swamp the movie, there's always a complex narrative point. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 44% The Wedding Guest (2019) There's a visceral kick to the film that grips the attention, mainly in the textured performances and real-world locations. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3.5/5 100% Signature Move (2017) Refreshingly, director Jennifer Reeder keeps the deeper themes gurgling strongly under the surface and resists preaching to the audience. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 57% 1:54 (2018) Emotions are raw and vivid, and there are also moments of earthy humour and hopefulness to balance the story's bleak edges. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2/5 48% On the Road (2016) The film is unlikely to appeal to the band's fans... and there isn't enough of a story to keep non-fans involved. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 86% Hannah (2018) Watching Rampling reveal Hannah's emotions is simply stunning. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The film is so finely crafted that it's a little frustrating that it has so little subtext. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 87% What They Had (2018) The powerhouse cast and writer-director Elizabeth Chomko's sensitive approach make it both cinematic and warmly involving. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) The script is packed with witty touches, but nothing can divert attention from the predictability of the story. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Sunday Sessions (2018) The real power of this film is the encouragement to listen without prejudice. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 77% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Honore never forces a plot point, letting the events unfold with a rare narrative integrity. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 81% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) The filmmakers wisely avoid commenting on the issues, cutting scenes together with knowing wit to make an important point, bracingly highlighting the hypocrisy of people who use the Bible to justify bigotry. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Love and Bullets (Ammore e malavita) (2017) The film has a great time playing with stereotypes, and each character comes to life with a remarkably layered personality. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet M (2017) Forestier delivers a disarmingly open-handed performance. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/5 55% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) While the narrative is far too unstructured for such a long movie, Kechiche never lets the audience get bored. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 75% Old Boys (2018) The film is at least packed with solidly written and played moments that encourage the audience to laugh at how serious everything seems when we're teens. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 83% Jellyfish (2018) Filmmaker James Gardner and gifted lead actress Liv Hill make this the kind of movie you can't look away from. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 71% Piercing (2019) The imagery is freaky and downright insane, as Pesce deploys effects including miniatures, grisly makeup and digital yuckiness. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 81% Instant Family (2018) The movie is still well worth a look for the solid performances and a textured exploration of an important issue. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It may be thoroughly formulaic, but it's also hard to resist the cast's relentless charm attack. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Each performance is textured, creating people who are refreshingly difficult to pigeonhole. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) The film is beautifully shot, with a real eye for icy landscapes and meters-deep snowdrifts. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3.5/5 74% All Is True (2019) These are big ideas, and the script thankfully handles them lightly. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Cameron and Rodriguez have constructed the world so thoroughly that it's hardly surprising when they reveal at the end that they're already planning a franchise. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) As a knowing salute to the power of collaborative imagination, it's a fabulous blur. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The animators outdo themselves creating characters who feel present in the simply stunning settings, adding a sharp sense of lighting and epic camerawork to bring each scene to life. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3.5/5 93% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) While the ending feels a little glib, it still carries an emotional kick. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2.5/5 40% Nina (2018) Irritatingly elusive thanks to an undercooked script and slack editing. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019