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Samuel R. Murrian

Samuel R. Murrian
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 93% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Though it has a touching love story we care about, If Beale Street Could Talk works better as a tribute to the strength of African-American mothers who are the backbones of their families. From that angle, I found it really moving.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 93% Beast (2018) In short, Beast is a psychological thriller with smarts and sharp fangs that is a cut above most takes on a classic, undeniably appealing story.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4.5/5 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) The doc is made with a high level of technical skill and-crucially-compassion. It's another outstanding feature in a rich year for documentary filmmaking.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 92% Searching (2018) Once Searching is over, you might be tempted to nitpick some little plot conveniences, but such things are easy to forgive when the viewing experience delivers like this. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 66% Lizzie (2018) The leading ladies are superb. Sevigny's career has been all about taking risks and experimenting from the beginning, and she's a natural fit for this daring, mostly successful big-screen take on the alleged murderess.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Some may be surprised by the depth of McCarthy's work here, but this really shouldn't be surprising. In her best comedic creations, the actress can deliver a single line that all at once makes you guffaw, scratch your head, wince and feel pathos.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) This is smart, big-hearted entertainment for grown-ups. Beyond that, it's a worthy send-off to one of the greats-if indeed it really is his send-off.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4.5/5 90% Lean on Pete (2018) Quietly brutal, stark and even chilly, Lean on Pete is a spellbinding study of snowballing trauma and its impact on a young boy.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
5/5 94% The Favourite (2018) Many will guffaw heartily throughout the increasingly bonkers The Favourite, but there isn't one cheap laugh here. The drama has heft, horror and fathoms of heartbreak below the surface.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 98% Free Solo (2018) In short, don't miss this. It's riveting nonfiction entertainment for the widest general audience. That this movie even exists defies all probability.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
4/5 97% Roma (2018) Roma is in a league of its own in terms of sheer cinematic ambition and prowess, but as a drama it's not as deeply moving as some of this year's very best.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Plain and simple, this movie is scary as hell, one of the most sweaty-palmed suspensers in years.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) If the strikingly handsome, emotionally chilly Wildlife itself occasionally runs the risk of feeling a bit like we're watching a still life, that's ultimately eclipsed by Dano's exceptional work with his actors and the film's wondrous visuals. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
4.5/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) This entertaining and heartfelt movie will mean a great deal to so many young people and their families. It's not over-reaching to say it could change lives.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 92% Mandy (2018) This is an exceptionally thoughtful, striking horror picture with an all-time great Nicolas Cage performance at its core. Mandy is the reason midnight movies are a thing.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 79% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Anna and the Apocalypse has giddy, highly entertaining momentum at the top. It loses some of this as it goes along, but it's directed and performed with a level of exuberance and wit that mostly keep it afloat when it feels like the plot is wearing thin.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Some will say The Miseducation of Cameron Post is too subtle, too quiet, and this really isn't a fair assessment; to say something like this is to overlook wholly remarkable, finely detailed filmmaking craft. It hits hard without ever hammering.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 77% On the Basis of Sex (2018) On the Basis of Sex could have used more of its subject's grit and daring, but as a respectful and uplifting tribute, it gets the job done pretty well.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
1.5/5 60% Bird Box (2018) A key sequence at the end of the second act is so unusual, improbable and physically awkward (you'll know it when you see it) that it inspires laughter...this is the point of the story when tension should be the tautest, and it is deflated.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 91% Widows (2018) Steve McQueen has made a movie for multiplexes without sacrificing any of his individuality or greatness as a filmmaker. This is one of the best films of the year. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) It feels like shortchanging to call the filmmaking craft on display here impeccable... This is one of the best, most daring crime movies you will ever see. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018