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Robin Clifford

Robin Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 100% Detroit (2017) I am talking about a powerful piece of storytelling that is the best film so far this year.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
B+ 92% Dunkirk (2017) "Dunkirk" is a finely crafted examination of a historical event that changed the direction of the war.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
B+ 100% City of Ghosts (2017) "City of Ghosts" is a powerful documentary that exposes ISIS and its machinations to a degree we have not seen before.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
B 86% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Frot is the anchor for "The Midwife" but Deneuve, even more, is able to shed her glamorous career persona and becomes the very complex, lover-of-life Beatrice.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
B 72% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) By melding the before and the after in a well-edited back and forth, make for an interesting biography and solid political thriller.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
B 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The franchise has reached the level where the story is a hash of other films, including Harry Potter and any western that takes the side of the Indians.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
B 95% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) ...about a true artist for which her beloved cameras were "the implement that allows you to eat the soup. It is not the soup,"‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
B- 89% A Ghost Story (2017) The enigmatic view of the afterlife is mingled with sadness and loneliness, making you root for the ghost who is waiting for "something" but that something becomes a lost memory. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
C 8% False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017) the social mores of the 1700s do not translate well to the new millennium. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
C+ No Score Yet The Stopover (2010) Delphine and Muriel Coulin write and direct this original POV story about the impact of combat on the young warriors called to fight.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
C+ 77% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) I would rather more Kaiser, less lovey-dovey, and a better imagining of the man's last days.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
C+ 78% The Beguiled (2017) The production is sultry and fogged in diffused light and, overall, does look good on the screen. But, the fault, to paraphrase the Bard, is not in our stars, but in the script.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
C+ 68% The Journey (2017) I enjoyed watching Spall and Meaney and their verbal sparring, especially over issues of note.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
B+ 85% Okja (2017) While Mija and Okja are the heart and soul of the story, Bong does not stint on assembling an international cast to fill out what are often tiny parts. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
B- 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The characters represent ideas, rather than people, as the inherent class conflict comes to a boil. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
B- 78% The Hero (2017) "The Hero" belongs to Sam Elliott in his full bodied performance as the once famous star who tries to find a new life, even as the end draws near.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
C 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Where I should have been immersed in the darkly tinged mood of the story, I felt more like an observer to a film production process of making the film.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B 83% Megan Leavey (2017) I have to admit, the sentimental softie in me got a bit verklempt over Megan's plight and reunion with Rex. (That is not a spoiler, by the way.)‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
B- 64% Dean (2017) There is a lot of humor about human nature to "Dean" as it meanders along to the hoped for happy ending. It is a light bit of youthful angst tempered by oft funny views of life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
B- 49% Churchill (2017) "Churchill" does show, in Cox's performance, the bluster, insecurity, strengths and weakness that weighed upon the great man after all the years of war and leadership.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
B+ 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) ...a socially relevant and poignant character study about the losing battle of an average guy against a system that sure does seem to not care.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
B+ 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) All of this is bound by the boys' fight against evil to keep fun alive. "Captain Underpants" does just that. Have fun!‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
B 48% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) This is the kind of road trip movie that is so well done and the two characters so fully realized that I wanted the trip to continue.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B 84% The Wedding Plan (2017) Noa Koler gives Michal full depth of character and you root for her, despite herself.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
B 75% Wakefield (2017) [T]he source material by E.L. Doctorow, writer-director Robin Swicord's deft adaptation of the short story and her intimate direction of Cranston make you not to even notice the [near two hour] time.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
B+ 93% Obit (2017) "Obit" wraps up with a simple, wry statement by one of the NYT obit writers: "There's nothing you can do about dying, by the way."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
C+ 83% Risk (2017) PBS shows "Frontline" or "American Experience" (Poitras is American, after all) would be a better venue for an edited version and would probably attract a larger audience.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
C+ 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) [In the original "Alien," we got to know, and most important, empathize with the characters, especially Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and, a little, the Alien. Not so in Ridley Scott's latest foray into his long-time franchise.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
B+ 90% Glory (2017) The unrelenting build up of injustices to the film's climax left me with a knot in my stomach. The poignant thing about the film and its story is that this could be anywhere.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
C+ 81% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Tower's life and career is laid out, with his controversies, successes and failings. But, I felt that the reason for his falling off the earth for so many years...were self imposed and often because of his ego.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
B- 79% Chuck (2017) I am a sucker for boxing movies and "Chuck" is a decent biography of a man we did not, really, know. The filmmakers address this unknown and, with Schreiber, tell an honest story of the rise and fall of an athlete.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
C+ 86% The Lovers (2017) The film belongs to Winger and Letts and I rooted for them through to the end. The goings on around them kept me at arms length, though.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
A- 100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) When you come right down to it, what the film is all about is succinctly described in the title. This is a true love story of a remarkable couple that we never, until now, heard of before.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
B+ 88% Their Finest (2017) The heart of "Their Finest," of course, is the making of the propaganda film that will fulfill the goal to be "authentic and optimistic," even if it is all a fabrication to soothe the masses to endure the war.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
B 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) It is kind of like Indiana Jones without the bullwhip, stolen idols and Nazi conspiracy and all the hard work.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
A- 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) It is a family I am comfortable to be with. That says a lot for the ability of the filmmaker.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
B- 16% Queen of the Desert (2017) One thing that "Queen of the Desert" did do for me is to inspire me want to learn more about Gertrude Bell.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
C 73% The Void (2017) the fans of the horror-scifi-drama genre will probably enjoy "The Void." I, though, am not a fan and just feel a void.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
B 52% The Boss Baby (2017) The result is a family comedy that will amuse and entertain all ages.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
B 81% Mean Dreams (2017) ...has a done-before feel but the caliber of acting by the young stars and the menacing performance by Bill Paxton as the ruthless dad make "Mean Dreams" a cut above.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B- 92% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) The intelligent story makes the pluses outweigh the minuses in my mind.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B+ 94% Neruda (2016) The story is equally divided between the two men, making for two distinct stories intertwined into one grander story.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B+ 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) "The Zookeeper's Wife" may have appeal to history buffs of that turbulent time but the story has a more universal appeal about love and compassion for all animals, even us humans.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
B- 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) "The Sense of and Ending" is an odd little mystery story about a man who has lived his life in delusion.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
C 35% The Last Word (2017) There is nothing new and different in "The Last Word" and it relies, mainly, on MacLaine's acerbic wit to carry the pace of the story.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
C+ 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) the new version feels artificial and manufactured, even forced.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
B- 84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) If you are expecting Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, you are at the wrong movie.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
C+ 67% Before I Fall (2017) aimed at the femme teen audience and, while it misses the target by a mile for me, the aforementioned 65-year old, male film critic, it hits its intended target squarely in the center.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
A- 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Nothing really happens in the day-to-day life in the orphanage and that is exactly what grabs and hold you as you watch "My Life as a Zucchini."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
B 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Despite the constant theme of death, "Land of Mine" has a hopeful note in the end. It says something about understanding people, not just the ideology that made them enemies.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017