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Robin Clifford

Robin Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The pomp, circumstance and formality of the royal office are shown in detail, making my anti-royalist blood boil with its sheer decadence. The look of the film, though, outshines the uninspired story.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
B+ 89% First They Killed My Father (2017) Angelina Jolie almost makes the horror of war a graceful ballet of death and destruction.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
C+ 18% Rememory (2017) There is a gem of a sci-fi story buried here but, for now, we just see a glimmer of what could have been.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
A- 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) For the film fanatic, though, Tavernier's work is a treasure trove of French cinema through the decades from the first Gallic features and into the 1970s.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
C+ 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) There are no real surprises in Jay Baruchel's directing debut but the familiar and likable cast of characters and lots of (violent and bloody) hockey action help "Goon 2" stand on its own.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
C+ 75% Crown Heights (2017) It is straightforward storytelling of a little know true life suffering at the hands of a system that does not seem to care.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2017
B- 97% Columbus (2017) The city of Columbus, Indiana, that hotbed of modern architectural design, should be billed right up there with the film's human stars.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
B 84% Patti Cake$ (2017) Even if you do not like rap music, but appreciate good acting, filmmaking and indie energy, you will see the hidden gem that is "Patti Cake$."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
B 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Steven Soderbergh, with his mysterious screenwriter Rebecca Blunt (reportedly the pseudonym of the director), and a great cast have fun in creating a twisty heist thriller with a sense of humor. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 88% Good Time (2017) ...despite his reprehensible ways, you want to see Connie save Nick and, together, ride off into the metaphoric sunset.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A- 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) It is a beautiful film with great depth of emotion and draws the viewer in to its subtle grace in telling a simple, poignant story.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
C+ 78% Brigsby Bear (2017) "Quirky" is a word I bandied with while thinking about "Brigsby" but, I think, "Eccentric" suits it better.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
C+ 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) You like traveling with these guys, but sometimes they need to give us space.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
B 96% Menashe (2017) First time feature film director Joshua Z. Weinstein uses his documentary skills to put us in the midst of Menashe's life.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
B- 86% Wind River (2017) There is violence, revenge and just desserts served (in a very satisfying way for the viewer). But, so is justice served and that is what "Wind River" is about.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
C+ 16% The Dark Tower (2017) What I came out with is a sci-fi western about good versus evil with lots of shootouts and a lot of slick CGI. In other words, I was entertained.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
B No Score Yet 1944 (2014) The frantic battle scenes have a believable feel and depict, without pulling a punch, all the horrors of war and its impact on the men who fight it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
C= 50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) From the first time we meet the title character - after introducing the wonderful, endangered world of the Pearl People - I felt that Dane DeHaan is 100% wrong for the swashbuckling, swaggering Valerian.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
A 82% 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+ 93% 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+ 99% 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 85% 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 76% 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 93% 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 96% 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- 92% 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 19% 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+ 78% 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- 77% 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 75% 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 84% 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- 63% 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- 48% 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 45% 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 86% 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 74% 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+ 92% 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+ 81% 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+ 70% 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+ 91% 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+ 83% 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- 80% 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+ 83% 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