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      Cinema Sentries is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kristen Lopez, Matthew St. Clair.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      As in Heaven (2021) Matthew St. Clair Tea Lindeburg's feature directorial debut As in Heaven isn't exactly categorized as a horror film, yet it almost feels like one.
      Posted Oct 01, 2021
      Mothering Sunday (2021) Matthew St. Clair Odessa Young and Josh O'Connor are a fabulous pair in this erotically charged yet disjointed period romance.
      Posted Sep 14, 2021
      Nine Days (2020) Matthew St. Clair A soul-stirring piece of minimalist science fiction.
      Posted Jul 31, 2021
      Werewolves Within (2021) Matthew St. Clair A hair-raising horror comedy.
      Posted Jun 29, 2021
      Cruella (2021) Matthew St. Clair A nearly idiosyncratic Disney retelling.
      Posted May 31, 2021
      The Retreat (2021) Matthew St. Clair A purely functional Trip-from-Hell thriller.
      Posted May 31, 2021
      Wrath of Man (2021) Matthew St. Clair A stock Jason Statham action starrer.
      Posted May 15, 2021
      Here Before (2021) Matthew St. Clair Riseborough's committed performance remains the picture's most valuable element.
      Posted May 06, 2021
      Best Summer Ever (2020) Matthew St. Clair While not perfect, Best Summer Ever still does its part at being a familiar yet inclusive crowd pleaser.
      Posted May 05, 2021
      Moffie (2019) Matthew St. Clair A dive into the underworld of chauvinism.
      Posted Apr 10, 2021
      Swan Song (2021) Matthew St. Clair It's a masterfully done tragicomic performance that's undoubtedly at a career-best level.
      Posted Mar 24, 2021
      Potato Dreams of America (2021) Matthew St. Clair Wes Hurley's ingenious vision that makes this stand out from other stories within the continuous coming-of-age queer collection is immensely admirable.
      Posted Mar 18, 2021
      See You Then (2021) Matthew St. Clair Just like life itself, it involves humor, heartbreak, and healing and is a promising feature directorial debut from Mari Walker.
      Posted Mar 18, 2021
      The Vigil (2019) Matthew St. Clair An insidiously eerie yet affecting experience.
      Posted Feb 28, 2021
      Malcolm & Marie (2021) Matthew St. Clair It clearly has a lot on its mind, yet its ideas just don't come together.
      Posted Feb 20, 2021
      Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) Matthew St. Clair A breezy travelogue that creates refreshing polyamorous visibility.
      Posted Feb 03, 2021
      Censor (2021) Matthew St. Clair Prano Bailey-Bond's feature directorial debut commendably balances audience perception of horror with genre mechanics.
      Posted Jan 31, 2021
      Saint Maud (2019) Matthew St. Clair At 84 minutes, Saint Maud is a twisted, performance-driven look at the human psyche of Biblical proportions.
      Posted Jan 29, 2021
      The Midnight Sky (2020) Matthew St. Clair The Midnight Sky should've solely been brought down to Earth.
      Posted Dec 19, 2020
      Wander Darkly (2020) Matthew St. Clair Diego Luna and Sienna Miller are an emotive dual force in this neutrally executed sci-fi romance.
      Posted Dec 12, 2020
      Ammonite (2020) Matthew St. Clair Too much focus on the gorgeous scenery and romantic stares without much substance.
      Posted Dec 03, 2020
      Happiest Season (2020) Matthew St. Clair A suitable comedy for this particular holiday season that's both humorous and incredibly emotive.
      Posted Nov 23, 2020
      Jungleland (2019) Matthew St. Clair It may not change the face of sports dramas, but it still is a viable genre entry.
      Posted Nov 18, 2020
      Dating Amber (2020) Matthew St. Clair A queer coming-of-age story as jarring as it is nonchalant.
      Posted Nov 12, 2020
      Kindred (2020) Matthew St. Clair Tamara Lawrance carries this viable paranoid thriller with ease and articulacy.
      Posted Nov 04, 2020
      The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Matthew St. Clair A manifold crowdpleaser from multi-hyphenate talent Radha Blank.
      Posted Oct 19, 2020
      Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Matthew St. Clair Thank goodness for the idiosyncratic visions of director Taika Waititi who does a complete 180 on the first two films by making Thor: Ragnarok into a superhero comedy.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Matthew St. Clair It's far from a well-wrapped present but it's not exactly coal in someone's stocking.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Lady Bird (2017) Matthew St. Clair With Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig manages to take the old coming-of-age genre and make it feel refreshing with its authenticity and heart.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Matthew St. Clair A sharp and powerful character study.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Matthew St. Clair An ambiguous masterpiece.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Coco (2017) Matthew St. Clair A profound film going experience that is fun for the whole family as well.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Desert Hearts (1985) Matthew St. Clair I never wanted Desert Hearts to end.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Black Panther (2018) Matthew St. Clair Brilliantly brought to life by the production design by Hannah Beachler and the costume design by Ruth E. Carter.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Matthew St. Clair Unfortunately, the hype surrounding the super secretive and constantly delayed film turned out to be more interesting than the actual film itself.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Phantom Thread (2017) Matthew St. Clair It's one of those films that doesn't answer every question that audience members have upon first glance. But it'll probably have us studying and analyzing it for years to come because it is spectacular.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Proud Mary (2018) Matthew St. Clair It seemed like it would be an exciting John Wick-style vehicle for Taraji P. Henson but it ended up being a complete misfire that does a disservice to her talents.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      The Shape of Water (2017) Matthew St. Clair From the very first frame to the last, The Shape Of Water is a captivating and emotional experience.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Annihilation (2018) Matthew St. Clair A sci-fi gem that is destined to become a modern-day classic.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Matthew St. Clair In spite of its length and muddled storyline, A Wrinkle in Time is still worth recommending for its visuals and for its leading performances.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Allure (2017) Matthew St. Clair Despite Allure not living up to its title, it still features exemplary performances by its leading actresses and colorful cinematography that elevate the mishandled screenplay.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Love, Simon (2018) Matthew St. Clair The story of a teen figuring out his sexuality may provide familiarity but director Greg Berlanti and screenwriters Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger do attempt to create something unique out of it by subverting cliches within the "teen movie" genre.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Ready Player One (2018) Matthew St. Clair While Ready Player One is an entertaining thrill ride, its storytelling still feels rather empty.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      A Quiet Place (2018) Matthew St. Clair A Quiet Place seems destined to become a modern day horror classic.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Cargo (2017) Matthew St. Clair Yolanda Ramke, who wrote and co-directed the film with Ben Howling, has crafted a story... packed with both horror and heart.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Little Woods (2018) Matthew St. Clair Little Woods is a worthy entry in the Western genre effortlessly anchored by its two charismatic leading actresses.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Matthew St. Clair The story may be simplistic but director/co-writer Desiree Akhavan still manages to make it mesmerizing by finding a balance of drama and surprising humor.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Dry Martina (2018) Matthew St. Clair Dry Martina features splendid performances by its acting trio and is mainly worth a watch just for them.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Disobedience (2017) Matthew St. Clair A portrait of forbidden love that is transfixing and anchored by three flawless leading performances.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
      Duck Butter (2018) Matthew St. Clair Both Costa and Shawkat have intoxicating chemistry that makes the film worth watching. However... even though the story is intentionally simplistic, it still doesn't have much payoff by the end.
      Posted Oct 09, 2020
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