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Todd Jorgenson

Todd Jorgenson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) ... admirably shows restraint by dialing down the melodrama in favor of a character-driven examination of a royal power struggle.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
83% Ben is Back (2018) This uneven yet heartfelt glimpse into the psychology of teenage drug addiction benefits from strong performances and a worthwhile message of parental love at all costs.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
44% Swimming with Men (2018) Between the shallow characters and the waterlogged script, the result is neither consistently amusing nor charming.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) ... assembles archival footage and interviews - though none with current Fox personalities - to effectively show how Ailes became so good at what he did, and how bad that is for everyone else.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
76% Back Roads (2018) Although it tends to wallow in lurid melodrama, the film deserves credit for not softening its difficult subject matter.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
22% All the Devil's Men (2018) The action set pieces are capably handled, except that the film buries any moral complexity beneath its bloody barrage of bullets.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
96% People's Republic of Desire (2018) ... examines the socioeconomic consequences of such pursuits, which make it a cautionary tale both intriguing and unsettling. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
74% The Mercy (2018) Firth's performance and some second-half twists make it worthwhile.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
50% DriverX (2018) ... never establishes a sufficient emotional foothold to make it insightful or dramatically compelling. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
0% London Fields (2018) As the hopelessly muddled film toggles between fact and fiction, it becomes pretentious and incoherent, leaving little room for emotional investment.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) This thought-provoking drama handles delicate subject matter with the right balance of sensitivity and outrage.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
64% Anything (2018) ... suffers from an abundance of distracting contrivances, although the film mostly provides a heartfelt exploration of grief, inclusion and starting over.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
58% Always at the Carlyle (2018) ... simply gushes at the opulence and celebrates superficial excess without providing much genuine insight about the Carlyle's history or enduring legacy.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
65% Stella's Last Weekend (2018) The built-in relationships add a layer of charm and spontaneity to otherwise breezy and innocuous material.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
100% Charm City (2018) With equal doses of hope and despair, this gritty and provocative verite-style documentary chronicles life on the streets of contemporary Baltimore.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
50% Pimp (2018) Palmer's committed portrayal generates sympathy more than the lurid screenplay, which feels like an inauthentic glimpse into life on the streets.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
74% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Although the characters aren't sympathetic, the film benefits from stylish period visuals, subtle treatment of its homoerotic subtext, and charismatic performances.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
82% Overlord (2018) It's a bloody good time, as along as students don't use it to cheat on their history test.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
97% Border (Gräns) (2018) Although it might make you squirm with discomfort, this offbeat Swedish romantic fantasy is tender and poignant beneath the surface.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
74% The Clovehitch Killer (2018) Given the strong performances and admirable restraint from genre conventions, it's a shame this murder mystery comes unraveled as easily as it does.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
65% Jonathan (2018) By the final act, the execution can't match the ambition. There are too many unanswered questions, and the characters maintain a frustrating emotional distance.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
92% Of Fathers and Sons (2018) By now, multiple movies have examined the military conflict in Syria from ground level, but this documentary offers a fresh perspective.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) ... maintains a firm grasp on the moral complexity of its subject matter with a portrayal that feels both socially conscious and humanely authentic.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
95% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) Astrid's feminist sensibilities provide a compelling perspective on gender politics, while her resilience adds a layer of poignancy.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) This hyperactive sequel lacks the witty irreverence and nostalgic charm of its predecessor.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
16% Robin Hood (2018) This embarrassing misfire uses the oft-told fantasy legend as a launch pad for a revisionist superhero adventure that strains to be hip and clever but winds up stale and clichéd.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
14% Welcome Home (2018) ... builds some mild tension until its reveal, after which it falls apart.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
0% Speed Kills (2018) A project starring John Travolta as a champion speedboat racer should not be taken this seriously.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
93% The Last Race (2018) This verite-style documentary doesn't pass judgment, instead making a powerful statement about the price of progress by following the stories of track owners, drivers, and fans who would miss it if it's gone.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
50% 55 Steps (2018) Considering the ramifications of its true-life story, this earnest legal melodrama about fighting the system never achieves the necessary urgency or poignancy.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
82% At Eternity's Gate (2018) ... a cumulatively thoughtful and persuasive abstract portrait, thanks in large part to Dafoe's affecting portrayal.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) Adding a layer of topicality during a time when the press in general is maligned more than ever, this harrowing drama conveys the dangers facing war correspondents on the front lines with unsettling intimacy.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) ... heartwarming yet frequently amusing, which helps alleviate the heavy-handed tendencies inherent in the material.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
58% The Front Runner (2018) ... doesn't offer much insight beneath the surface, especially when considered in a contemporary context.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
91% Widows (2018) ... a richly textured crime yarn that combines familiar genre elements into a fresh and invigorating package.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) This formulaic and uninspired attempt to continue the franchise probably won't be well-received by newcomers who won't understand what made Lisbeth so intriguing in the first place, or by fans who won't recognize her outside of her prominent body art.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
57% The Grinch (2018) The latest big-screen adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss short story has the whiff of a Christmas cash grab even if it inevitably provides some warm fuzzies.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
64% Weightless (2018) Despite some strong performances and some haunting imagery, it's difficult to establish a sufficient emotional connection with characters who are this internalized and withdrawn.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
22% River Runs Red (2018) ... doesn't adequately articulate the moral complexities in its provocative subject matter, instead transitioning into a clichéd vigilante thriller.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
65% The New Romantic (2018) Hinting at contemporary relationship insight without offering any meaningful substance, this breezy romantic comedy is only sporadically engaging.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
75% The Long Dumb Road (2018) ... charts a well-traveled path of road-trip and buddy-comedy clichés.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
64% In a Relationship (2018) Like its title, this exploration of the romantic travails of a quartet of angst-ridden millennials has all the depth and personality of a Facebook status update.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
19% Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) Despite some powerful moments and Parker's committed portrayal, the film's meaningful intentions are compromised by overwrought visuals and narrative contrivances.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
74% Chef Flynn (2018) ... acknowledges its subject's talent while keeping the material honest rather than hagiographic.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) ... has honest intentions about communicating the dangers of addiction in intimate detail, and conveying the frustration and hopelessness that goes with recovery. Still, in this case, the powerful message takes on a predictable repetition.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
88% Bodied (2018) The insightful and immersive film manages to both salute the artistry of battle rappers and satirize the hypocritical culture that sustains their livelihood.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) While in many ways the stylish film lacks the ambition of its subjects, it's quite a showcase for the music, first and foremost, which pushes boundaries and combines genres.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The classic holiday coming-of-age story is now a hyperactive CGI extravaganza, with its sense of wonder replaced by earnest platitudes and forced sentiment.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) ... seamlessly intertwines the story of its unscrupulous protagonist with a nostalgic tribute to a bygone literary age.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
92% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Even if it lacks depth in exploring his failed relationships and fractured family, the film offers a fitting salute to Bergman's cinematic influence and legacy that should please discerning cinephiles.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018