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Robin Clifford

Robin Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 83% A Simple Favor (2018) "A Simple Favor" could have been just an okay mystery but the cleverly woven dramedy and Kendrick and Lively make it better - and fun.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
B- 96% Bisbee '17 (2018) Director Greene does an earnest job in telling this unknown piece of history.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) This is a wonderfully entertaining process film that invests the viewer in the lives our five little potential heroes.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
B+ 82% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Schwentke's use of black and white fits the monochromatic world of grey uniforms and brown mud where life is but a whim for those, genuine or not, in command.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
C+ 58% Operation Finale (2018) The story is told and the details are there but the whole of "Operation Finale" feels flat.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
B 61% The Little Stranger (2018) The ghost story aspect of "he Little Stranger" is intriguing enough but, to me, it is the dual character studies of Faraday and Caroline, he representing the future social order and she the past, that really kept my interest.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
B 82% Scarred Hearts (2018) a funky, funny, quasi-serious story rampant with quirky characters, amusing situation, near-barbaric medical practices and a fatalist, comedic look at life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B+ 52% Papillon (2018) Going in, I had my doubts about this remake of a favorite classic. But the filmmakers, cast and crew do a solid job in telling a well-crafted true-life tale of one man's quest for freedom.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B 67% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) Even if you never read a word of Shakespeare, this fresh update lets the ornate language flow around you so you can just sit back and enjoy the show.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B- 91% Support the Girls (2018) "Support the Girls" is an amiable, hopeful, day-in-the-life tale whose femme-centric cast feels like a family, and I guess that is the point.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
B 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) "BlacKkKlansman" is a hopeful tome that, if we could defeat racist hatred back then, we can do it again. Now, though, it is a bigger job and involves us all.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
B- 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Because of [the] parallels to our own tumultuous society, I will call the makers of "The Darkest Minds" prescient observers of our time.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
B+ 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) the real pleasure is learning about Scotty Bower, the man who, as I said, just wanted to make people happy.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
C+ 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) It is telling that I figured out just what will happen in this predictable story minutes into the movie - most of the "surprises" are not a surprise - so the real draws are the action and McKinnon.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
B 83% Puzzle (2018) Kelly Macdonald, always a fine actor, is finally given a starring role and she goes to town.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
B+ 85% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Be warned that you had better pay close attention to what's going on in "The Third Murder." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
B 94% Dark Money (2018) Kimberly Reed uses her home state of Montana as a beacon of hope and the sole bastion in the nation against the corporate takeover of our free elections.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
B 100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) We have seen many underdog-turned-champion-against-all-odds movies over the decades, so making it feel fresh and new is a tough task. Writer-director and his cast and crew make it just that.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
C+ 100% McQueen (2018) As one truly ignorant about haute couture, I am definitely an outsider and not the audience "McQueen" is aimed at. That audience will likely enjoy "McQueen."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
B- 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) That said, while the story is somewhat clunky, the three stars - Lea Drucker, Denis Menochet and young Thomas Gloria - are all terrific in their complex roles.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Return of the Hero (Le Retour du Héros) (2018) The chemistry between Dujardin and Laurent begs for another outing for the two.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2018
A- 93% See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (2017) the story, with the flamboyant Edouard's creativity in full bloom, is an almost fantasy concoction of art, choreography, friendship and loyalty. And, love, too.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2018
B+ 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) As biopics go, Van Sant does an upper tier job in telling the life of John Callahan and his star embodies the role. I forgot I was watching an actor and became sympathetically involved with the character.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2018
B 98% Eighth Grade (2018) I may be on the wrong end of the age spectrum to really know how "Eighth Grade" will strike the target audience - teens, not just teen girls. But, I think they will like it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2018
B+ 76% The King (2018) If Jarecki and his team had just given us this thorough look into Elvis's rise and fall...and fall...and fall, "The King" would be a good documentary. But, there is much more to it than a bio.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2018
B No Score Yet Jealous (Jalouse) (2017) Karin Viard is near-brilliant as the middle-aged mom who is showing all of the signs of menopause but is too self-possessed to understand her body's processes, never mind accepting them.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
B- 95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) Depardon's documentary does the key things: you learn about something you did not know and it is interesting.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
C+ 51% Boundaries (2018) The quirky characters and the road trip that Laura and her family take are likable enough but the story has been done before‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
B 100% Leave No Trace (2018) The story, from beginning to end, is enthralling, mainly due to the anchoring performances by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
C 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) There are few, if any, surprises delivered through the course of "Ant-Man and the Wasp." In fact, I was bored more than once and found myself checking the time - frequently. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
B 71% Damsel (2018) There is nary a dull moment throughout and you invest yourself in these people.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
B- 95% The Endless (2018) The special effects are more of the psychological nature, with nothing evil shown clearly but its presence always pervading.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
C+ 83% Nancy (2018) The Lynches story is compelling and grabs my empathy. Not so for Nancy.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
C+ 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) I could not wrap myself around any of the many stories. As soon as I started to garner sympathy for one family plight, the film shifts to another. In the end, I was left feeling uninvolved.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) I can almost guarantee that audiences will flock to see "Incredibles 2" and will not be disappointed. I definitively like it but there is just something missing.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Fred Rogers talked to kids in a language they understand and did it for generations. It feels like coming home.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
B- 89% American Animals (2018) There are more than two sides to this tale, however, and the filmmakers give us the fun and interesting view of a crime gone comically bad.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
C+ 87% Upgrade (2018) 96-minutes to shut off the serious day-to-day world machinations (Iran deal, anyone?) and get a story that, heck, I like. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
C+ 100% Personal Problems (2018) There is a film, possibly a gem, buried way deep down here. It would be an interesting project to try to build that film from the pieces.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
B 85% Mountain (2018) . This is for those {adrenalin] junkies and for us couch potatoes, too. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
B 93% First Reformed (2018) "First Reformed" is Ethan Hawke's film and the actor gives a richly textured performance of a man at an important crossroad in his life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Francis: The Pope from the New World (2013) What are the most important things to strive for in our lives, according to the pope? "Have a sense of humor, smile, have good digestion...and something to digest." Sound words.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
B+ 96% Filmworker (2018) Would Kubrick be Kubrick without Leon? It is a good question.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
C 85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) I expected more from a collaboration between Denise and her star, Binoche, but I was disappointed and, worse, uninvolved.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
B+ 87% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) What other pope have you every heard make a mother-in-law joke in public?‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
C 27% Breaking In (2018) This is not an original concept and I have seen this "mom must fight for her kids" story before, many times.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
C+ 74% Little Pink House (2018) A more seasoned filmmaker could have given the it more depth and focus but I am glad I learned of this intriguing story of justice (or, injustice).‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
C+ 85% The Cleanse (2018) It is more clever than poignant and plods a bit during its short (81 minute) run time.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
B+ 54% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) I was not prepared for, and pleasantly surprised by, the whimsy that is the foundation of "Godard Mon Amour."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
B 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) I had a lot of fun with the action and amusing banter and did not mind being inundated with CGI or the 2+ hour run time.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018