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 Missing Link (2019) Chris Feil As gorgeously rendered as the film's world tour of locations reveal themselves, its thematic textures feel thoughtfully realized as well. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
A Her Smell (2018) Chris Feil By the time the film reaches its exhaustive conclusion, through angry rock and reflective ballads, it feels like we've witnessed some kind of exorcism. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
B The Wind (2018) Chris Feil Capturing the emotional and topographical emptiness of the American West, director Emma Tammi's The Wind is a horror film that succeeds through its sparseness. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Man on Fire (2017) Glenn Dunks This 50-minute documentary is more relevant than one may expect when looking at its story. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Instant Dreams (2017) Glenn Dunks Willem Baptist offers a visually dazzling nostalgia trip for lovers of analogue as he charts the rise and fall of the Polaroid photo. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B The Beach Bum (2019) Murtada Elfadl If you accept the movie on Moondog's cheery terms and go with the flow you'll have a good time. Korine's apparent acceptance of this sort of checking out existence and the story's rejection of societal structures stops short of biting satire. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
A- Us (2019) Chris Feil Us satisfies immensely in part because Peele is as concerned with developing Adelaide's inner tension as he is in molding specific family dynamics. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B Se rokh (2018) Murtada Elfadl Panahi does not comment at all that 3 Faces is his fourth completed feature since he was officially banned from filmmaking by authorities in Iran. He doesn't need to, the connection is apparent. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
B+ Komunia (2016) Glenn Dunks Zamecka's film, a wash of drab colours only briefly interrupted with the joy to be found in a summer dress, plays like an even darker and more distressing version of Eighth Grade EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
A The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017) Glenn Dunks ...the best work of contemporary non-fiction that I saw all year... EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
B+ Free Solo (2018) Glenn Dunks Chai and Chin are smart, focusing on the pressure points that we've been hearing about throughout the movie and allowing us moments where the tension is alleviated (one involving a unicorn that offers the film's biggest laugh). EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
B Greta (2018) Chris Feil It's the cinematic equivalent of an airport paperback in the best possible way, all schlocky upsides without the unrefined downsides. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
C The Souvenir (2019) Murtada Elfadl The film went on past my interest and continued even when my interest had completely evaporated. And no amount of framing artistry or complex characterization can save a movie once that happens. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
A The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Murtada Elfadl Talbot tells his story with images and tone. His compositions are so precise, one doesn't want to look away even for a second fearing you'll miss a story beat. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
B Clemency (2018) Murtada Elfadl CLEMENCY conjures a lot of feelings: Rage and empathy because of its precise and scorching indictment of capital punishment; marvel at Alfre Woodard's fantastic lead performance and her many spot on close ups. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
C The Report (2019) Murtada Elfadl Written, shot and delivered as a dry information dump. There is almost no tension, not one interesting shot, just scene after scene of heavy exposition. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
B+ The Farewell (2019) Murtada Elfadl All the characters are finely observed, as are the relationships between them. The friction and love between in-laws, between generations, and between families with different cultural values is recognizable and true. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
B+ Premature (2019) Murtada Elfadl Zora Howard gives a performance that will make many people ask "Who's that?" I suspect once people know Howard's name, they won't soon forget it. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
B Late Night (2019) Murtada Elfadl Anytime the movie relies on Kaling's physical comedy it hits gold. She makes her earnest persona the joke and it's a funny one. Kaling's matched well by Thompson who can mine comedy out of even the most banal lines through her expert delivery. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
C- Glass (2019) Chris Feil Suffice to say, this is not the Unbreakable sequel that that film's first fans had hoped for. The sickly mania of Split's shenanigans is more like it and then some, discarding Unbreakable's slick brooding for something tacky and dull. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
B Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein (2018) Glenn Dunks It's a film glazed in nostalgia, yet not stifled by it. Partly because Feinstein's work was so resistant to it, but also because the film acknowledges and goes to efforts to prove that his work was supremely contemporary. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
B+ Evelyn (2018) Glenn Dunks Evelyn ... is an often powerful film, with von Eisensiedel's camera, planted firmly in the middle of this fragile and potentially damaging family reunion in the wild, capturing many raw and highly emotional moments of both pain and catharsis. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
C+ Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Glenn Dunks While the film certainly isn't a departure from his usual style, there is something perhaps less inviting this time around. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
B- Olympia (2019) Glenn Dunks Rough around the edges, scrappy and and yet still illuminating documentary about Oscar-winning actor Olympia Dukakis. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Glenn Dunks Garver's film also works as a great overview of the sweeping changes in both filmmaking and film culture over the course of her career from the perspective of someone in and yet not of the industry. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
A- Shirkers (2018) Glenn Dunks It is rare that an artist allows themselves such a public interrogation of failure. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
A- United Skates (2018) Glenn Dunks I was hypnotised by the way the camera was capturing these people and embedding itself on the floor, swooping and swinging with as much vigour as the people its watching. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
B- Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Glenn Dunks Moore's decision to make a sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11 makes a lot of sense in theory, although watching the final product is a curious experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
C+ Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Glenn Dunks Is Neville's film my own personal answer to the long-quipped mystery of "can you ever just be whelmed?" EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
B- Aquaman (2018) Chris Feil For some it might be an acquired taste, but it succeeds by pairing simplistic narrative ambitions with an authentically wild visual experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
A If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Murtada Elfadl I was excited for this film. But I was also afraid. Will Barry Jenkins be able to interpret Baldwin's howls of anger and despair as loud as I heard them reading Baldwin's prose? I needn't have worried. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
C Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Murtada Elfadl Despite attempts at freshening up the material, it comes off stale, another plodding historical drama that is far too familiar to be truly exciting. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
B Never Look Away (2018) Murtada Elfadl Never Look Away is epic and grand storytelling with a simplicity in narrative. That makes it appealing enough to audiences, it didn't need the neat bow that's given to the proceedings. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
C- Write When You Get Work (2018) Murtada Elfadl It's a hodgepodge; a love story, a heist movie, social satire. Yet none of them work. The love story is creepy at times. The heist isn't that exciting and has very low stakes. And the social satire has no bite. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
B- The Front Runner (2018) Chris Feil The Front Runner is efficient, if uninspiring. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
B+ Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Chris Feil ... simply a great time at the movies built to relieve through catharsis and creature comforts alike. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
C The Meg (2018) Chris Feil Quite as you would expect, The Meg is delirious, humid nonsense. But where it disappoints is its missed opportunities. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
C+ Christopher Robin (2018) Chris Feil It's sharpest take on the characters ... is that Tigger is the absolute worst. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
B- Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Chris Feil Ethan Hunt has finally begun to escape being defined solely by the aura of the star that plays him. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
B Sorry to Bother You (2018) Chris Feil Its high-concept satire may not land every bizarre flourish it skyrockets at us, but Sorry to Bother You's wit is both profound and satisfyingly off-the-wall. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
D+ Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Chris Feil Soldado is simply a hollow hell. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
B- Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2017) Glenn Dunks If Lopez's work - bold and expressive with striking use of colour and lines - wasn't enough to convince you, then the reverential talking heads would do it. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
B Susanne Bartsch: On Top (2017) Glenn Dunks ...iconic in ways that likely gets forgotten about without films like this one to thrust it in their face and remind them. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
A- Bisbee '17 (2018) Glenn Dunks I was moved to tears, a rarity for me. It's closing passages are so exceptionally well-handled that one might actually forget they're watching a documentary recreation. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
B+ Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018) Glenn Dunks ...this documentary is trying to evoke the coolness of M.I.A. and if there's anybody who doesn't deserve the disservice of a bland tribute it's M.I.bloody.A. (innit?). EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
C+ Bad Reputation (2018) Glenn Dunks There's also little exploration of Jett's sexuality nor the more salacious parts of her drug addictions that she ultimately came out the other side of intact (if there were any scars, emotionally or physically, we don't learn about them). EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
B+ 306 Hollywood (2018) Glenn Dunks I found 306 Hollywood to be an uncommonly warm and gracious documentary and one that in the end proves that there are no stories to small for the movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
B Studio 54: The Documentary (2018) Glenn Dunks For a venue that prided itself on madcap extravagance, the documentary feels somewhat tame as if deliberately targeted at the discotheque nightclubbers who are now respectful suburbanites. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
C The Sentence (2018) Glenn Dunks The filmmaking quite rightly plays second fiddle through many of the more climactic sequences, but unfortunately for an audience that doesn't exactly make for great viewing. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
C- The Price of Everything (2018) Glenn Dunks The problem is not even that The Price of Everything has no point of view about its subject - if it does, it's a wishy washy one - but rather that it seems to deliberately go out of its way to not have one. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018