The Film Experience

The Film Experience is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chris Feil, Glenn Dunks, Manuel Betancourt, Matthew Eng, Murtada Elfadl, Nathaniel Rogers
Rating Title/Year Author
B Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Murtada Elfadl Linklater smoothes over the singular and quirky tone of the novel. He's more interested in the kernel of the ideas in the novel but not the whole. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
C What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? (2018) Glenn Dunks For all the director's panache in finding captivating subjects and fleeting moments of vivid grace and profound sadness, the end result is rather frustrating EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
B- Blinded by the Light (2019) Chris Feil Gurinder Chadha brings us another earnest and heartwarming delight with Blinded By The Light... EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
C+ Papi chulo (2018) Nathaniel Rogers I wish the movie were more successful as its chosen and worthy topic but it does get distracted and distracting while attempting to dramatize cross cultural divides especially when it tries for comic beats. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Nevertheless I mostly enjoyed myself though this installment definitely lacks for personality. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B Toy Story 4 (2019) Nathaniel Rogers It was fun while it lasted but it's the first Toy Story movie to evaporate in the memory quickly after watching it. Which means it's the first non-essential entry. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Nathaniel Rogers There's much fun to be had here and Tom Holland continues to make the perfect Spidey. So why does it feel so insubstantial? EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C Tell It to the Bees (2018) Nathaniel Rogers It's kind of adorable, though, even when it's... qualitatively questionable. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B Vita & Virginia (2018) Nathaniel Rogers Vita and Virginia also affords us the chance to watch smart women banter, philosophize, argue, and aggressively pursue their own desires, leaving the men to play the supportive worrying spouse for a change. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Nathaniel Rogers It's impossible to imagine it having been made by anyone else. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C+ Captain Marvel (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Women and fans of female heroes deserved better than Captain Marvel (a mediocre entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) but there's no denying that it's rousing to see a woman triumph within the context of this heretofore excessively masculine universe. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
A- One Child Nation (2019) Glenn Dunks ...this searing documentary is clearly more than just an examination of their homeland's shameful history, but a personal exorcism of sorts. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B Honeyland (2019) Glenn Dunks You know a movie is going to give you something when within the first two minutes, it makes you bolt upright and exclaim "Oh wow!" EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
A Streetwise (1984) Glenn Dunks For a film about teenagers living rough, squatting in dilapidated and abandoned hotels or homeless on the streets, there is a remarkable amount of poetic beauty in Streetwise. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
B TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell (2016) Glenn Dunks It shook me in a way that surprised me. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
C+ Armstrong (2019) Glenn Dunks Much of the story falls on his family and colleagues and this lack of deeper probing means that the movie falls into retelling of the NASA mission. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- First to the Moon: The Journey of Apollo 8 (2018) Glenn Dunks [DIrector] Hildebrandt... finds an entertaining pace that makes great use of its subjects with their stories, recollections and anecdotes. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ Apollo 11 (2019) Glenn Dunks Williams, acting as his own editor, cuts all the fat from the narrative of the moon-landing mission, beginning on the day of the launch with no unnecessary divergences into extensive backstory and historic precedent. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ The Raft (2018) Glenn Dunks This is a science experiment from 1973 that nearly 50 years later holds every ounce of its initial intrigue. An anthropological time capsule. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
B Maiden (2018) Glenn Dunks Yes, Edwards' tale of feminist achievement is the sort of rousing story that frequently put a massive grin on my face when the details of their unexpected success make them international celebrities. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
A The Edge of Democracy (2019) Glenn Dunks The Edge of Democracy is easily one of the great works of documentary this year. It is a riveting experience; an impeccably edited navigation of Brazil's volatile relationship with democracy... EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
A Midsommar (2019) Chris Feil Aster leaves the audience with a devilishly funny and despairing experience of mind, body, and spirit... EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
B+ Before Stonewall (1984) Glenn Dunks Its archival footage is extensive and the stories told by its talking heads are full of the sort of elder wisdom and poignant recollection that remains a potent testament 35 years later. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
B+ A Bigger Splash (1973) Glenn Dunks A Bigger Splash is a rich portrait of an artist that - in a rare trait even [in 2019] - feels imbued with the sexual, cultural and artistic curiosity of its subject. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
B- Charlie Says (2018) Nathaniel Rogers While Charlie Says doesn't measure up to Harron's best work, it's nevertheless an intermittently absorbing and unexpected angle from which to try to comprehend this incomprehensibly tragic chapter in American history. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
The Garden Left Behind (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Because the dialogue is more casual and realistic than plot driven or expository, Alves trusts his actors to sell the interpersonal drama and lived-in quality that makes the film so charming... It's trust that's rewarded because the cast is wonderful. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Aladdin (1992) Nathaniel Rogers Aladdin is essentially two love stories in one, Aladdin and Jasmine get the riding off into the sunset / final kiss image but Aladdin and the Genie's love story is the emotional climax. It's so sweet. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
C- Dark Phoenix (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Sophie Turner does what she can with her undermotivated central part, but there's no magic in the performance to save the movie from itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
A- Rocketman (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Still, it's a grand entertainment despite the traditional rise to fame - get messed up on drugs narrative. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
B Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts (2019) Glenn Dunks If [Trixie] is not an industry herself, then she is certainly a part of one. An industry, the mechanics of which are ever-grinding and unwieldy and oftentimes unforgiving as we see so well... EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
C- The Dead Don't Die (2019) Chris Feil [A] smug stinker. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
B- To a More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor (2017) Glenn Dunks Theirs is a touching story and the film offers reflection alongside the celebration. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
B- The Most Dangerous Year (2018) Glenn Dunks Director Vlada Knowlton focuses on her home of Washington State which... allows for an interesting point of entry that is both regional specific and grassroots with nonetheless national connotations. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
B The Lavender Scare (2017) Glenn Dunks Howard shows a quiet talent in just his first film, weaving the stories of first-hand accounts by NASA engineers, Washington D.C. clerks, military admirals and even rural postal workers throughout the much wider story of government discrimination... EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
B Halston (2019) Glenn Dunks Halston is probably as indulgent as Halston himself, but throughout its dizzying montages and talking head interviews with the likes of Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Pat Cleveland and even Joel Schumacher ... it's not hard to understand why. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
B+ Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Glenn Dunks [Be Natural] injects the similar sort of vigour and verve into her story that her own films would have elicited in audiences. It's a delight of a documentary and one that will, as its title suggests, reveal untold treasures to its audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
B+ The Proposal (2018) Glenn Dunks [A]mong all of the wonderful things that The Proposal has going for it, it's one of the most beautiful documentaries of the year. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
B+ Booksmart (2019) Chris Feil Wilde has crafted a subtly bold debut, approaching the film with a level of experimentation that is both exciting and well-attuned to her young subjects. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
B The Russian Five (2018) Glenn Dunks I know a good story when I see one and ... this new passionately-realized debut feature from director Joshua Riehl got me involved in its sport, its personalities and its man-made mythos. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
C+ Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Glenn Dunks Herzog appears far more interested in apologising for his home country's crimes than interrogating Gorbachev over his, something that somewhat robs the film of tension. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
B+ Knock Down the House (2019) Glenn Dunks Lears gains great drama out of all the women, their stories reflecting a changing image of the American electorate often even in extremely trying circumstances. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
D+ Tolkien (2019) Chris Feil Inert biopics line the multiplex like gravestones, but seldom are they as dead on arrival as Tolkien. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
B+ The River and the Wall (2019) Glenn Dunks A work of radical agitprop this is not. What it is, however, is a delicately handled exploration of the dangers that "the wall" will have on the American eco-system... EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
C Long Shot (2019) Chris Feil Despite all of its welcome and well-earned charm, Long Shot is ultimately to scattered to make much of an impression. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
B () Murtada Elfadl It's a character study of what goes through the minds of these people as they try to survive and weigh their options. That is a double edge sword though, as sometimes we wanted a deeper dive into this story. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
B+ Driveways (2019) Murtada Elfadl Driveways tugs at hearts in the best possible way, quietly and introspectively as it builds its narrative one well-observed moment after the other. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
C+ The Gospel of Eureka (2018) Glenn Dunks Why are these two worlds portrayed as either dreary or emotionally removed? EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
B The Image Book (2018) Glenn Dunks Whoever labelled it an "avant-garde horror essay film" on Wikipedia probably got the closest to alluding to its, I guess, liminal qualities. It is everything and it is nothing. It occupies a genre all to itself. What that genre is, I just don't know. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
D Fyre (2019) Glenn Dunks A documentary full of such ghastly empty-headed dimwits and vacuous, shameless morons that even the schadenfreude one may get watching their downfall can't sustain the runtime... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
B Las Sandinistas! (2018) Glenn Dunks Jenny Murray's debut feature Las Sandinistas! is an appropriately-timed documentary about the capacity of women in times of social upheaval and democratic unrest. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019