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Film-Forward.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kent Turner, Nora Lee Mandel, Phil Guie, Phil Hall, Rania Richardson
Rating Title/Year Author
Who Is Arthur Chu? (2017) Phil Guie Overall, this is a satisfying revenge-of-the-nerd story that will be cathartic to many. It constantly reminds us that reaching the top is often just the start of the journey. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
Wexford Plaza (2016) Phil Guie The performances are spot-on, but the film's real strength is writer/director Joyce Wong's construction of its complementary halves, each told from the point of view of a different yet equally unreliable narrator. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
Weather House (2017) Phil Guie For the most part, this is a slow-burning exploration of the effects of isolation as the housemates gradually lose any sense of purpose, identity, or connection to reality. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
Kuro (2017) Phil Guie Noriko and Koyama's debut is highly subjective to the end, but with its evocative imagery and moody musical flourishes, it leaves a decidedly bittersweet taste. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
Old Stone (2016) Phil Guie This is a cold, hard, and nightmarish look at how modern life has taken away our sense of duty toward our fellow man. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
5/5 Get Out (2017) Phil Guie [Jordan Peele] shows a real knack for producing scares and offsetting scenes of slow-building dread with laugh-out-loud moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Phil Guie Just when we think we know where the narrative is headed, Bong pulls the rug out from under us via turns that are occasionally dazzling, yet always organic, thanks to meticulous foreshadowing and his knack for slowly building an atmosphere of dread. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
3/4 1917 (2019) Kent Turner Deakins and Mendes have whipped up a barrage of horrific images and some of the year's most spellbinding moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/4 Little Women (2019) Kent Turner Of all the movie versions, this is more of an ensemble piece and less driven by Jo ... If Amy is your favorite March sister, then you'll feel she has finally gotten her due. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/4 Roll Red Roll (2018) Kent Turner Sharply and kinetically edited and propelled by a blaring heavy metal soundtrack, the film is one of the more urgent and dynamically told nonfiction accounts of late. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 Joker (2019) Kent Turner A visceral, disturbing, but empathetic celebration of revenge. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/4 Fin de siglo (2019) Kent Turner Sensuous and delicate. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/4 Cunningham (2019) Rania Richardson The 3-D documentary highlights the career peak of the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
2/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Kent Turner The film starts off credibly and compellingly, until it turns its attention to its objects of scorn. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/4 A Hidden Life (2019) Kent Turner Not since The Sound of Music have the Austrian Alps been such scene stealers. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/4 Dark Waters (2019) Kent Turner Hathaway has the unfortunate task of delivering a monologue that's straight out of Saturday Night Live's sendup of the reoccurring character Angel, the perpetually aggrieved girlfriend played by Heidi Gardner. The sentiment is virtually the same. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/4 The Kingmaker (2019) Kent Turner If viewers find it easy to scoff at the pretensions of the former first lady, they'll think twice when the tone and focus shift midway ... and expand into a bigger picture of the recent Filipino political scene EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
2/4 The Report (2019) Kent Turner With plenty of details about names and places thrown at viewers, the film demands close attention-and coffee. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Kent Turner The movie offers, to quote Miss Somerset from Thornton Wilder's 1942 play The Skin of Our Teeth, "good entertainment with a message you can take home with you." EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 () Kent Turner Sharp-eyed and affable EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.5/4 () Kent Turner At 75 minutes, the movie is short and sharp. Lunch continues to look back, and forward, in anger. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/4 () Kent Turner He Dreams of Giants is like an extended making-of documentary: typical for international co-productions, there are money worries, and the production also falls behind schedule. Yet there is little interaction with the actors. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/4 The Irishman (2019) Kent Turner Though this is a lucidly told and often engrossing labyrinth of a tale, it's also a bit hollow at its center. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 Letter to the Editor (2019) Kent Turner News junkies should make the pleasurable Letter to the Editor a priority. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 () Kent Turner Director Laurie Lynd's illuminating and arresting documentary will make you rethink the established recorded history of the early days of the AIDS epidemic. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) Rania Richardson Noah Baumbach digs deep to explore the facets of modern uncoupling. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 Freedom (2019) Kent Turner The film has a strange, almost hypnotic pull, while turning its watchers into complicit voyeurs. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
3.5/4 Varda by Agnès (2019) Rania Richardson A master class that brings valuable insights to Varda's significant career, more than six decades after it began. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
3/4 The Cave (2019) Kent Turner Briskly paced and with many incredibly intense moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/4 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Kent Turner Methodically and steadily, French writer-director François Ozon builds an efficient and damning case. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/4 Parasite (2019) Kent Turner An unmistakable crowd pleaser ... featuring a linear steel trap of a script. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/4 () Kent Turner A steadily absorbing crime thriller with at least two satisfying twists. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/4 () Kent Turner The slice-of-life vignettes introduce intriguing, credible characters, who stand out in contrast to the imposed ambiguity of the tight-lipped ending. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/4 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Kent Turner After a visually dazzling and nimble first half, the momentum deflates in the second hour as the film becomes more conventional. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/4 Atlantics (2019) Kent Turner [Diop's] movie stands out for its combination of tones and moods ... along with a terrific melancholic and spacey score by Fatima Al Qadiri. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/4 Young Ahmed (2019) Kent Turner A novella of a film that introduces a premise but then doesn't quite expand upon it. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 Gift (2018) Phil Guie McKenna does not play favorites, judging all of her subjects to be as deserving of sympathy and admiration as any of the others. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
5/10 Ad Astra (2019) Nora Lee Mandel While richly imagines practical and interpersonal aspects of settlement on the moon and beyond, the insights on human nature are on the simplistic level of pop psychology. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Kent Turner If the movie needs a justification at all, it has that, in spades, in Zellweger's exhaustive and soulful interpretation. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 Australian Dream (1987) Kent Turner An essential film on race and sports, and of the emotional and professional cost of a person of color speaking up and taking a stand. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
2.5/4 Frankie (2019) Kent Turner The scenery here is not just part of the show, it's the main event. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Phil Guie Brittany Runs a Marathon does have some strengths, starting with Bell, who often makes scenes funnier by playing them as straight as possible. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 Fin de siglo (2019) Phil Guie [The] real star of the film is Castro, who captures the deliberate rhythms of a life lived in the moment. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
7/10 What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? (2018) Nora Lee Mandel Close trust between director and residents gives viewers unusually revealing experience of stressful #BlackLivesMatter summer...Finds hope and optimism against enormous. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
6/10 After the Wedding (2019) Nora Lee Mandel Saved from cloying melodrama by the heartfelt anguish seeping through grown-up dialogue spoken by fine actors, gorgeous scenery photographed by cinematographer Julio Macat. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 The Nightingale (2018) Kent Turner If Kent's first film, The Babadook (2014), had a sinister undercurrent, her new and more multifaceted film unleashes it in full force. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017) Phil Guie Director Simon Lereng Wilmont offers an intimate view, in which the mundane and terrible often co-exist uneasily. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
7/10 The Great Hack (2019) Nora Lee Mandel Individuals profiled are involving guides to some of legal, ethical, social, and individual ramifications on theme: personal data is now a commodity more valuable than oil. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
6/10 Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Nora Lee Mandel Incendiary title plays with the one subject both have in common: the love of soap operas...Zoabi achieves his goal: films with Palestinians & Israelis together can be funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) Phil Guie The point of view belongs entirely to journalist and co-director Waad al-Kateab, whose status as a mother significantly raises the stakes of an already high-risk situation. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019