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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
47% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) Although writer/director Hazanavicius based the biopic on Wiazemsky's memoir Un An Après (One Year Later), Wiazemsky gets portrayed as a passive observer, a minor character in her own story.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
100% After Auschwitz (2018) A powerful testament to individual humanity emerging from inhuman horrors.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
100% Oh Lucy! (2018) Hirayanagi introduced a more broadly comic Setsuko in her 2014 short of the same title, and her feature screenplay (written with Boris Frumin) still finds humor in the character's flailing attempts to break free from habitual loneliness and obedience.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
80% Goldstone (2018) Sen, who's also screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and composer, stocks Goldstone with taciturn characters oozing menace.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
91% Are We Not Cats (2018) Robin uses well-timed jolts and gross-out moments to awaken his solitary characters from their stupor, to shock them into acknowledging that their existence isn't confined to the soul's protective shell.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
57% The Boy Downstairs (2018) What's missing in Brooks's gentle approach is the rom-com fizz and pop, with comic zingers that wound and enlighten.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
60% Entanglement (2018) Ben's carefully plotted healing diminishes the complexity of mental illness, and gives James's sweet vision a bitter aftertaste‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
71% Permission (2018) [Hall and Stevens'] glowing performances are contained in a wan road-not-taken drama.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
75% Mama Africa (2018) This queen deserves a monarch-sized portrait that fully showcases her part in the tumultuous social, political, and cultural movements that reshaped the world around her.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
76% Kangaroo (2018) Kangaroo is a sobering depiction of how deep cultural divides affect the future of a species, even one so seemingly ubiquitous and resilient.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
70% Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game (2018) A compassionate portrayal of lives stripped down to bare essentials by aging, illness, and loss.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
58% Freak Show (2018) Bitterly funny and warmly empathetic ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
50% Love Beats Rhymes (2017) [A] formulaic hip-hop romance.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
100% Holy Air (2017) With a masterful sense of framing, Srour and cinematographer Daniel Miller turn beautifully composed shots into absurdist delights with a simple twist.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
100% Soufra (2017) Cinematographer Johny Karam lovingly captures Soufra's enticing dishes, but his strength is an ability to open up cramped quarters.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
86% Santa & Andrés (2017) With quiet precision, Lechuga charts Andrés's resilience and Santa's awakening, using a naturalistic visual style and sparse dialogue that reveals how these characters instinctively read between the lines.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
83% Dream Boat (2017) [A] sincere and reverent feature documentary ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
95% Dealt (2017) He may have begun the years-long project to illustrate Turner's accomplishments, but Korem ended up with a richer profile of a perfectionist who realizes he still has things to learn.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
62% Maya Dardel (2017) Is Maya Dardel serious? The regal Lena Olin plays her with frank ferocity and arrogant certainty, but so much about the grandiose poet borders on parody.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
100% Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017) As with many recent environmental documentaries, the filmmakers' call to action is simple and upbeat: This isn't so hard, people, we can do it if we try!‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
No Score Yet Architects Of Denial (2017) By uniting the measured voices of human rights advocates and impassioned pleas from the Armenian diaspora, the filmmakers lay out the importance of a few words in the long quest for justice.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
17% Trafficked (2017) Trafficked ... manages to illustrate the sexual, physical and mental abuse that human traffickers inflict on victims to make them feel less than human.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
88% Abundant Acreage Available (2017) Cinematographer Andrew Reed captures the harsh beauty of post-harvest winter in sharp relief: crunchy stalks left in the field, the sky a crystalline blue.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
84% Loving Vincent (2017) An engrossing exploration of the artist's final days rendered in his signature painting style.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
36% Wetlands (2017) Wetlands has the visual markers of noir ... but the genre's clockwork fatalism is missing from Della Valle's haphazard script.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
No Score Yet Extraordinary Ordinary People (2017) This enjoyable documentary is a sampler plate crammed with bite-size pieces that only hint at the original fare's distinctive flavors.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
100% White Sun (Seto Surya) (2017) Rauniyar and co-screenwriter David Barker deftly show how recent Nepalese history affects its most isolated citizens, and cinematographer Mark O'Fearghail's unobtrusive naturalism captures the region's punishing poverty and exquisite beauty.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
71% Viceroy's House (2017) Using the trappings of old-fashioned romanticism, Chadha envisions the cataclysmic upheaval of millions in the traumatic lives of a few.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
22% Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey (2017) Smitten with his characters, Sanders takes the elements of teen exploitation films and fashions a simple, placid return to innocence.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
100% Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (2017) Has the urgency of a fan who realizes that the indomitable spirit of American roots music resides in mortal musicians.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
B- 84% Detroit (2017) The filmmakers are better at presenting the events of July 1967 than explaining them.‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
59% Strange Weather (2017) In a quivering, bone-deep performance, Hunter takes Darcy from a mother encased in guilt to a woman who can acknowledge her shattering loss while still recognizing her right to be alive.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
94% Escapes (2017) [An] affectionate biographical scrapbook ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
20% Blind (2017) Moore's and Baldwin's forceful personalities power their performances, and these evenly matched partners have now invigorated both a convoluted thriller (The Juror) and a predictable romance (Blind).‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
No Score Yet Do You Take This Man (2017) By taking a low-key approach to a high-stress situation, Joshua Tunick turns a familiar rom-com premise into a treatise on commitment.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
100% Food Evolution (2017) What Scott Hamilton Kennedy captures in his scrupulous, optimistic documentary Food Evolution is the new reality for American scientists: the challenge of reaching a public bombarded by conspiracy theories and fearmongering.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
83% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) Gordon and Abel incorporate elements of lighthearted musicals and silent-film comedy (a scene atop the Eiffel Tower evokes the derring-do of Harold Lloyd) and provide themselves plenty of opportunities to stretch their pliant, wiry physicality.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
80% Ascent (2017) This portrait of a mountain offers a way of seeing something immense through fragments, the captured experience of walking its surface or seeing the snowcapped peak in the distance equally awesome.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
100% Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (2017) While acknowledging some missteps (such as jumping into a strenuous project too soon after surgery), Saffire and Schlesinger exhibit Whelan's grace in dance and in life.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
93% Maurice (1987) Wilby cracks the character's genteel surface, releasing bursts of fear, pride, and relief. His Maurice is neither martyr nor saint, radical only in his choice to pursue happiness.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
41% Whisky Galore (2017) Instead of glorifying the amber liquid, Whisky Galore! is a love letter to an isolated community trapped in amber.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) What makes the film work is Koler's magnetic performance as Michal, who has screwball energy and a mind of her own.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
78% Manifesto (2017) Even as Rosefeldt mines intellectual elitism, he reveals a disdain for pretension in the film's centerpiece monologue.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
43% Mr. Chibbs (2017) Campbell's film commiserates with a rudderless man who is reconciling his gifts with his burdens, responsibilities and excuses.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet Blaxploitalian (2016) Fred Kudjo Kuwornu wavers between the academic and the personal in his earnest documentary, Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
20% 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
98% 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
61% 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