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Tricia Olszewski

Tricia Olszewski
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% The Party (2018) Feeling like it was ripped off the stage, the film features performances that range from natural to ludicrous and developments that, save for the satisfying final twist, become increasingly absurd. But the end doesn't quite justify the means.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
29% The Female Brain (2018) Cummings may have taken the easy way out here and there, but she largely delivers a film that kinda sorta makes you think, which isn't a characteristic the genre is known for. Throughout, your feel-good chemicals will be flowing.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
69% Happy End (2017) Anyone familiar with Haneke will know that Happy End is an ironic title. But even by the film's unhappy end, that may be all you know for sure.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
78% American Folk (2018) American Folk-and the actors themselves-come alive when the music's playing, particularly if you're a fan of Pete Seeger-era Americana.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
86% The Road Movie (2018) What's the allure? If you've gaped at something gone horribly wrong, you know the fundamental answer; many of these 'cammers stay at the scene much longer than they have to, repeating the same words of astonishment as a passenger begs them to go.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
51% Downsizing (2017) The film's characters may be the ones who are literally downsized, but it's the script that seems to have gotten a pink slip.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) The cast is wonderful-Jenkins is warm and lovable, Spencer is funny, and Shannon, as always, plays the perfect snake. But it's Hawkins' silent performance that's the knockout here.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
94% The Breadwinner (2017) Like so many great children's movies, The Breadwinner, a rich and rewarding animated film set in Taliban-controlled Kabul, starts with the loss of a parent. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
100% 32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide (2017) The film is occasionally shocking (the number of medications Ruth had tried is staggering) and, of course, pervasively heartbreaking.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The film expertly gives the main characters their moments without detracting from the main story, and does so with dialogue that's Hell or High Water-style offbeat and witty. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Of course, you know how this ends, but the script, the cinematography, and the performances make this billionth Marvel entry seem fresh. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
54% Crash Pad (2017) You'd be forgiven for guessing that Crash Pad is yet another lazy, cable-unworthy comedy full of sorry slapstick and barn-broad humor. And you'll be surprised to discover that it's actually smartly written and expertly pulled off.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
29% Suburbicon (2017) In the end, though, you're left wondering what Clooney et al. wanted the film to be.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
No Score Yet The Other Side of Everything (Druga strana svega) (2017) The best that the history-ignorant can take away from the doc is Milosevic=bad, Srbijanka=good, Mila=needs improvement.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
92% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) The Rape of Recy Taylor combines archival footage, home movies, and "race films" along with current interviews to tell Taylor's story, which director Nancy Buirski broadens into a larger discussion about gender and race. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
83% Cocaine Prison (2017) The doc feels loosely edited, unfocused, and a bit boring, with unidentified voiceovers to further confuse things.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
96% For Ahkeem (2017) For Ahkeem strikes a hopeful chord.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
84% Loving Vincent (2017) The worst thing by far about Loving Vincent, at least emotionally, is that it does little to dispel the tortured artist mythos, though really that theory is wound around Vincent van Gogh himself. The plot is also a concern. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
50% Shot (2017) ... Shot is often clunky and poorly directed.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) Birthright: A War Story,... is not just about the abortion fight.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
93% School Life (2017) School Life, on the whole, captures a world in which the attitude and approach of teachers are crucial to the responsiveness and success of their students.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
29% The Wilde Wedding (2017) Bad behavior might be de rigueur at weddings, but it all gets tiresome when the antics go from bad to Wilde.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
50% Year by the Sea (2017) A figurative and nearly retch-inducing celebration of the ovary.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) The film does get cheesy, and at one point too triumphant, but the finale involves some delicious trickery...‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
100% Served Like a Girl (2017) Heslov largely does an impressive job balancing the contestants' deeply disturbing stories with the near giddiness they express while getting dolled up. It's infectious.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) It's heartwarming and validating, but you want to see where it leads.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) Steven Soderbergh has returned from a four-year motion-picture retirement to once again show us that when it comes to crafting robberies of high stakes-even ones involving the lower classes-he remains the slickest of them all.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
97% Menashe (2017) Menashe shows that even though a father may eat, pray, and love differently, his bond with his son is something anyone can comprehend.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
97% Whose Streets? (2017) [Whose Streets] is powerful stuff, and the documentary is inarguably important.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
94% Escapes (2017) Director Michael Almereyda documents the eccentricities of a low-key Hollywood icon.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
35% Fun Mom Dinner (2017) It's predictable, but at least there are some surprise turns in what promised to be a strictly by-the-numbers road.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
59% Strange Weather (2017) Hunter, her Darcy often wearing a cowboy hat along with a tank top and skinny jeans more often seen on teens, gives a lived-in, down-but-not-out performance throughout.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
74% Landline (2017) The result is a scattershot depiction of the family that doesn't feel like a story but a pastiche of the ideas that ended up in the writers' garbage can.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
94% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Though a little Jodorowsky goes a long way, Endless Poetry is the director's most accessible film to date. The story is linear and often funny, even if you're not initially sure if it's supposed to be.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Pugh is terrifically fearless here; it will likely be her breakout role.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
59% Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (2017) This is a film with both beauty and brains, though the latter has a stronger presence as Marie pushes forward in her research and encourages others to seek and learn.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
66% To the Bone (2017) It's certainly realistic that the young woman may not be sufficiently self-aware to know why she puts great effort into remaining a virtual skeleton. But there are other sufferers in the story, and all are painted even more generically.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) Nowhere to Hide may not offer answers, but it does offer insight crucial for the outside world.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
95% Sami Blood (2017) Kernell leaves you with a people you'll want to know better and a heroine you won't soon forget.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
70% Moscow Never Sleeps (2017) Moscow Never Sleeps, but viewers probably will.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
93% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) What James ensures you'll take away from the documentary is the moral fortitude of the Sung family.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
42% The Bad Batch (2017) Feels less like a coherent film and more like a pastiche. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
86% Band Aid (2017) Although it gives off tired mumblecore vibes in addition to its potentially quirky setup, the film offers interactions and wisdom that are often funny and surprisingly rooted in reality.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
64% Dean (2017) Yes, the story is rooted in grief, but it's too easily forgotten as the rest of Dean's life goes on. Martin may be great at sketches, but it takes more than sewing together a series of them to make a memorable movie.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
83% Letters From Baghdad (2017) But although Bell herself is fascinating, Letters From Baghdad is less so.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) Despite a plot that sounds absurd, this Plan goes off without a hitch.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
73% Berlin Syndrome (2017) The end is a bit anticlimactic, but that's a quibble considering Shortland achieves something rare: making a thriller feel fresh.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
86% Paint It Black (2017) Tamblyn may very well have encouraged McTeer to spin into a ludicrous lioness, but her performance doesn't play well opposite Shawkat's.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
83% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Despite the rather constant stream of jokes, Shaw infuses his story with a fair amount of tension... Much more impressive than the script, though, is the animation: bright, layered, sometimes gory, and often kaleidoscopic.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
46% The Dinner (2017) By the end of the evening, an array of food porn is presented, but all you'll taste is bile.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017