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Serena Donadoni

Serena Donadoni
Serena Donadoni's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): indieWire, Village Voice, Metro Times (Detroit, MI), Orlando Weekly

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Danger Close (2017) By focusing on Quade's absolute respect for military service and authority, Salzberg and Tureaud miss an opportunity to explore her pragmatic conservatism, lyrically expressed in her profiles of unquestioning heroism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
100% Alive and Kicking (2017) Although it's been used repeatedly as a movie title, Alive and Kicking perfectly captures the joyous enthusiasm of Susan Glatzer's debut documentary, which presents swing dance as a vibrant, living art form.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
100% Truman (2017) The film is restrained and observational, its impact cumulative.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
55% Speech & Debate (2017) Harris structures Speech & Debate like a musical comedy that's building up to a cathartic final number, but scene after scene just falls flat.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
62% Carrie Pilby (2017) In her directorial debut, Susan Johnson balances the character's haughty brilliance and aimless privilege with an underlying vulnerability.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
45% The Most Hated Woman In America (2017) Murray O'Hair was a force of nature, and Leo captures her formidable bluster, along with flashes of vulnerability contrasting with the stern certainty of her public appearances.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
100% P.S. Jerusalem (2015) P.S. Jerusalem is as modest as a home movie but profoundly captures the conflict between individual conscience and national identity.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
100% Cries From Syria (2017) The film's gut-punch immediacy comes from the astounding visuals caught by participants on digital cameras and cellphones, including shocking images of Assad's torturers at work.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
33% Lavender (2017) As old-fashioned as Hitchcock's Spellbound, Lavender presents the unlocking of suppressed horrors as a freeing experience, without the messiness of further analysis.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
92% Donald Cried (2017) In a bitterly funny performance, Avedisian lets Donald's freak flag fly, a big-toothed grin lighting up his face, framed by a shaggy haircut not deliberate enough to be a mullet.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
69% As You Are (2017) Captures the dreamy intimacy of those teenage relationships where boundaries between friendship and love prove porous.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
88% My Name Is Emily (2017) My Name Is Emily gets lighter as it goes along, releasing tension and pretension for a pleasant, routine ride.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
88% Left on Purpose (2017) An anguished and compassionate chronicle ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
60% Sophie and the Rising Sun (2017) Greenwald and cinematographer Wolfgang Held linger on the idyllic beauty of the salt marsh and trees draped with Spanish moss, using the vivid cerulean of native blue crabs to link her characters.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
76% The Daughter (2017) In his atmospheric debut film, Australian theater director Simon Stone whittles down The Wild Duck into a cautionary tale about welcoming home an emotional exile.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
71% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) Espouses individual expression and athletic grace, while also pinpointing the limits of star power.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
43% Between Us (2017) Illingworth aims to capture a vital relationship at a crucial turning point, but Between Us fails because Dianne is half-formed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
97% Casablanca (1942) While the future was uncertain, the resolute characters of this exquisite wartime drama found peace through love and resistance.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
39% All We Had (2016) The film's haphazard episodic structure never coheres.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
100% The Watermelon Woman (1997) Funny and smart, full of biting humor and astute observations about identity and history, Cheryl Dunye's audacious, joyous debut feature captures the process of falling hopelessly in love with the movies.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
70% Trash Fire (2016) Bates plays with horror tropes, juggling black comedy and suspense in scenes that tease a gory release but ultimately only emphasize how much members of the creative class can underestimate their backward kin.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
100% Tampopo (1985) A biting satire of Japanese culture and its uneasy incorporation of Western influences.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
93% Blue Jay (2016) Even after twenty years apart, Amanda and Jim can ask each other the questions no one else would dare to, and understand the answers that go beyond words.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
27% Milton's Secret (2016) Bain's film functions as a delivery system for Tolle's spiritual philosophy, and might have been the New Age equivalent of a stilted faith-based drama if not for its smart, nuanced performances.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
79% Girl Asleep (2016) Plays like the love child of Jane Campion and Guy Maddin, an otherworldly quinceañera that celebrates female rites of passage and the hallucinatory power of film.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
93% Harry & Snowman (2016) The engaging Harry & Snowman shows the impact of a rescue animal on the man who saw his neglected qualities. It's also a succinct demonstration of the difference between a livelihood and a life's work.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
95% Giant (1956) Sweeping saga of American prosperity that reveals its racist underbelly; glorious star vehicle that upends rigid gender roles; modern western that questions the validity of frontier land ownership.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
79% Girl Asleep (2016) The sparkling debut feature of Australian theater director Rosemary Myers and playwright Matthew Whittet plays like the love child of Jane Campion and Guy Maddin.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The warmest and most satisfying of the series.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet In Search Of The American Dream (2016) This 142-minute film is overstuffed with storylines that go nowhere and characters who are little altered by their experiences.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
87% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) By focusing on his subject's unwavering moral certainty, Kraume denies his ethical complexity and diminishes the difficulties of his challenging stance to educate the society that wanted him dead.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
57% Free to Run (2016) Uses interviews with enthusiasts and innovators ... to illustrate how freedom, equality and community fueled the democratization of an elite sport.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
44% Quitters (2016) What do you do with a loathsome hero? Noah Pritzker isn't sure.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
78% The Phenom (2016) The Phenom unfolds as a series of quiet, incisive conversations that showcase subtle, insightful performances.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
43% Gurukulam (2016) Graceful and respectful, peppered with moments that highlight the human nature of divine contemplation.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
100% Cash Only (2016) Cash Only features many familiar action movie markers, but it's distinguished by a raw energy and strong sense of place.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
50% Beautiful Something (2016) A compassionate romantic drama.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
18% The Adderall Diaries (2016) Franco seems the ideal interpreter of The Adderall Diaries, but he's reduced the memoirist's tough introspection to misery porn.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
100% Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story) (2016) Foster makes it deeper, using an observational style to reveal the intricacies of a progressive disease and candid interviews with Andy and Vashti to strip away the veneer of celebrity implacability.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
50% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again) (2016) The characters are overburdened by backstories that constrict rather than inform their behavior, with Heard especially weighed down by Jude's flailing indecision.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
No Score Yet The Flight Fantastic (2016) The Flight Fantastic is both a lively biography of the Mexican circus family and a primer on trapeze as both art form and joyous expression.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Budreau's variation on the theme of Chet Baker doesn't play out as an inspired improvisation, settling instead into the familiar grooves of a redemptive melodrama ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
22% Marguerite & Julien (Marguerite et Julien) (2016) The widescreen intimacy of small moments - the flush of a rain-soaked cheek - humanizes Donzelli's grand folly and the couple who challenge the parameters of morality.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
97% Mavis! (2016) Even as she recalls career setbacks and personal disappointments, Staples displays rock-solid faith, unwavering confidence, and bubbly optimism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2016
79% Bad Hurt (2016) Grief unleashes the possibility of change in this wrenching drama, allowing for an unexpected emotional thaw that rewards both stubborn optimism and traumatic resilience.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
67% All Mistakes Buried (2016) Even when all the puzzling pieces of Sonny's existence don't quite fit, Trammell's beautifully unhinged performance offers a compelling vision of a grieving narcissist burrowing into the rabbit hole of his own mind.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2016
82% Almost There (2015) The observational documentary meets the observer effect in Almost There as filmmakers chronicle how their solitary subject is changed by their own scrutiny.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
28% The Letters (2015) Most of the dialogue is exposition, and when characters are asked to elaborate, they simply repeat information in slightly different terms.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) As each magnificently choreographed set piece unfolds in The Phantom Menace, there's little doubt that George Lucas knows how to create populist entertainment at its best.‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
94% Sand Dollars (Dolares de Arena) (2015) Guzmán and Cárdenas present this tropical island as both Anne's romantic refuge and Noelí's exploitative landscape, a beautiful, enchanting -- and realistic -- Eden where snakes are merely snakes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015