Sarah Boslaugh

Sarah Boslaugh
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 76% Never Look Away (2019) ... has the sprawling scope of a 19th century novel like Dr. Zhivago, in which the human stories are embedded within a period of dramatic change and the film's real subject is the grand sweep of history. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
5/10 81% The Invisibles (2019) Räfle chose to mix two styles of filmmaking-straight-up talking heads interviews with the survivors, and dramatic re-enactments of their stories-in a way so that is thuddingly repetitive rather than enriching... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8/10 97% The Big Sleep (1946) ...seriously, does anyone care how the chauffeur died? - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet The Group (1966) By modern standards, however, the persistently shocking aspect of this film is the horrid treatment of most of the female characters by a remarkable proportion of the male characters... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
7/10 88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) The plot of Capernaum can get a bit involved, but the performances from the non-professional cast are captivating... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
7/10 100% Ekaj (2015) ...delivers a heightened dose of reality while also capturing aspects of present-day New York City that have emphatically not been Disneyfied - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
8/10 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Barry Jenkins follows up his 2016 film Moonlight with another insightful, stylistically distinctive film... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 88% Makala (2018) Makala shows far more than it tells, allowing the story to emerge gradually from a series of gorgeous visuals. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 96% Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuarón doesn't so much recreate his childhood in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City as he reimagines it... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 100% Leave No Trace (2018) ...the film's quiet pace and beautiful cinematography (much of it shot in the forests near Portland, Oregon) perfectly complement the story. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Kiki Layne and Stephan James achieve Shakespearean heights as star-crossed young lovers, although in this case their difficulties are not due to their warring families but to institutional racism... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) ... funny, insightful, and psychologically astute, offering a sardonic view of life among super rich Chinese from the point of view of an outsider... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Willem Dafoe captures the essential outsiderness of Van Gogh while Schnabel captures the essence of his artistic vision. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 78% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) The film's title was chosen with care, because community judgement looms large in this film... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
6/10 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Director Morgan Neville captures the essence of the Rogers brand, while also revealing the practical man behind the program... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 100% Shirkers (2018) ...offers insights into Singaporean culture, the visual imagination of a young filmmaker, and the questionable behavior one a very strange professor. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) For the winners, like karaoke singer Shen Man, this can result in an income of $40,000 per month, some of it coming from displaced urban workers longing for connection in a world that's changing too fast. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 100% The Judge (2018) ...offers insight into Palestinian society and politics as well as providing a compelling portrait of the remarkable woman who is its primary subject. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) ...Talley is a thoughtful and forthcoming interview subject, resulting in a documentary that will interest even people who generally buy their clothes at Old Navy. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 93% 93Queen (2018) ...offers a fascinating (and not always flattering) look into a community that generally keeps to itself, as well as a compelling portrait of Rachel Freier, who led the women's efforts... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
6/10 66% Vice (2018) ...presents a parade of mediocre white men in positions of great power, and as such is perhaps the truest portrait of the current state of American politics yet to hit the big screen. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
7/10 90% Maria By Callas (2018) The inclusion of Callas' own words lends an intimacy to what could otherwise have been a standard-issue bio-documentary... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
8/10 94% Wildlife (2018) ...an astonishingly assured directorial debut for Paul Dano, who might have played Joe a decade or two ago. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
5/10 59% The Front Runner (2018) ... a re-enactment of an essentially boring process ... executed by people who are never established as characters we should care about. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
5/10 81% Boy Erased (2018) All the principal characters display an affect so flat that it seems that someone slipped thorazine in the water cooler... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
7/10 98% The Wrestler (2008) ...the real-life horror of professional wrestling is evident in the ruined bodies of Randy and his peers... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
7/10 79% Requiem for a Dream (2000) While a whiff of symbolism softens the horror elements in Pi, no such escape is provided in Requiem for a Dream (2000)... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
7/10 88% Pi (1998) ...Aronofsky's taste for including horror in his films is evident from his very first feature... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
6/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) ...concludes with a final sequence that is absolutely transcendent and will make you forget about the sometimes pedestrian material that preceded it. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
7/10 100% Anote's Ark (2018) ...traces the efforts of Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, to protect the people of his country, while also providing a capsule history of this former British colony and celebrating the beauty of the country and its culture. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
6/10 100% Letter from Masanjia (2018) ...a simple leap of faith by Sun Yi, a Chinese man imprisoned for his Falun Gong beliefs, set a process in motion that ended with the abolition of the labor camp system in China. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
7/10 100% Mario (2018) ...captures the pressures put on young athletes to conform and avoid anything that might hurt their chances to advance... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
6/10 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Johnny English Strikes Again has something resembling a plot, some scenic eye candy, and a few fine actors playing backup, but about 90 percent of it consists of Atkinson doing what he does in this kind of film. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/10 61% The Oath (2018) The script is remarkably lazy, relying far too much on stereotypes and high-decibel delivery rather than giving the characters anything interesting to say. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
5/10 70% The Happy Prince (2018) ...[focuses on] the least interesting period in Wilde's life, his final years of decline, and fails to make a case for why the viewer should care. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
7/10 79% Halloween (2018) ...delivers for the most part exactly what an audience comes to a Halloween movie to see. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
8/10 97% The Hate U Give (2018) What I like best about The Hate U Give, which was adapted from a bestselling YA novel by Angie Thomas, is how firmly it keeps its focus on its young heroine. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
7/10 87% All About Nina (2018) ... it's hard to imagine anyone [other than Winstead] projecting the complex combination of anger, attractiveness, insecurity, and pain that makes Nina what she is. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
7/10 93% Angels Wear White (2018) ...a fast-paced, beautifully-shot thriller set in contemporary China, and a film that would be well worth seeing even if the subject matter were not so timely. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
6/10 85% Elle L'adore (2015) ...a character study of a young woman who is more disturbed than she seems at first glance... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
8/10 87% Colette (2018) Collette is not just the story of one woman's coming into her own, but also a blueprint for how to do so when just about all the social, cultural, and legal forces in your world are stacked against you. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
8/10 98% Science Fair (2018) Even if you never competed in a science fair, you can understand and appreciate the creativity and hard work that went in to all the projects presented... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Ken Foster (2016) Despite his obvious problems, Foster is articulate about his mental illness and the ups and downs of his life... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
7/10 65% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie is a study in how many small cruelties, combined with a monumental imbalance of power, can lead to tragedy. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/10 44% Lost Child (2018) I really tried to like Lost Child, given the Missouri connection and my interest in folklore, but ultimately I had to admit defeat. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
7/10 91% We the Animals (2018) ...a distinctive film that offers not only a new spin on a familiar setup, but tells its story in a particularly appropriate style. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
6/10 65% The Little Stranger (2018) ...even though The Little Stranger is not entirely successful as a psychological horror film, it still has a lot to offer the viewer in terms of cinematography and acting,... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
6/10 55% The Bookshop (2018) The contrast between our first impressions of Hardborough, a picturesque Suffolk seaside village, and the reality of the town's power structure, are the main subject of Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
6/10 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Even if you don't believe every word from his mouth, though, [Scotty is] a lot of fun to listen to, and the general outlines of his story certainly rings true. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/10 52% Papillon (2018) Many dramatic events play out before our eyes, but virtually none of it has any emotional impact. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018