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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
4/5 Queen of the Capital (2020) Phil Guie [We] get an idea of how the day-to-day lives of drag performers-and LGBTQ men and women in general-have improved significantly from decades past. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 Film About a Father Who (2020) Phil Guie Sachs presents multiple perspectives by liberally jumping backwards and forwards in time, capturing Ira at different ages and points in his life. In doing so, the film doesn't draw attention to how he changes so much as what stays the same. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 The Wild Goose Lake (2019) Phil Guie Diao has a knack for noir, but he puts his own stamp on the material with an occasionally quirky and idiosyncratic tone. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
1.5/5 The Dog Doc (2019) Phil Guie The film seems intent on painting vaccines as a major bugbear, returning to the topic over and over in order to blame vaccinations for animals' suffering. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 Crip Camp (2020) Phil Guie This film would be compelling enough for its tales from the front lines of a civil rights battle, but it's also a satisfying depiction of underdogs rising up. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
2/5 () Phil Guie [There is a] lengthy section is where Echoes of the Invisible starts becoming too didactic for its own good with lots of exposition but not much human drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 Circus of Books (2019) Phil Guie Circus of Books entertains so much because of how unlikely the Masons' story first appears, but it's also fascinating to watch history unfold and see how they regularly found themselves part of larger cultural events. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4.5/5 Rewind (2019) Phil Guie Neulinger revisits arguably the most horrific years of his life with a surprising amount of empathy for his parents, especially Henry. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 Spaceship Earth (2020) Phil Guie Wolf does a better job of chronicling the most pivotal moments in the project's history than achieving nuanced profiles of the different protagonists. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 Through the Night (2020) Phil Guie Loira Limbal's film shines a light on the need for a better social safety net, especially for lower-working-class, minority, and immigrant communities. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 Landfall (2020) Phil Guie During the last third, the island stages a long-awaited comeback, with a rousing tone as fed-up protestors take to the streets, demanding political change and offering the hope of better days ahead. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4.5/5 Jacinta (2020) Phil Guie The film repeatedly cuts between old home movies and photographs of the younger Jacinta and Rosemary and present-day footage of Caylynn to highlight how they aren't all that different from each other-and how fragile innocence is. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth (2019) Phil Guie Despite moments in which he can seem stuck in his own head, McConnell makes for a compelling figure. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
3/5 Blessed Child (2019) Phil Guie Curiously, there are holes in the protagonists' backstory that are never sufficiently filled in. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4.5/5 River City Drumbeat (2019) Phil Guie Something unique that the film addresses is the stereotype that African Americans cannot earn a living through art. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 My Name Is Pedro (2017) Phil Guie As a profile of an inspiring figure, the documentary succeeds on the strength of its subject's personality: colorful, energetic, and empathetic. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 Softie (2020) Phil Guie It may take place an ocean apart from Western shores, but it's especially relevant to viewers as a cautionary tale of what results when tribalism overtakes national identity, and when leaders willfully manipulate those tribal ties for their benefit. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4.5/5 Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Phil Guie The director's last feature, Cameraperson (2016), weaved together unused footage from a career's worth of cinematography assignments in a stream of consciousness manner, and her work this time around is no less fluid. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 Mayor (2020) Phil Guie [An adjective] that describes [the protagonist] is steady, and the point director David Osit makes is that consistent, reliable leadership is underrated. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 The Dissident (2020) Phil Guie The documentary is decidedly at its best when it's more human-scaled in the scenes that delve into the character of Khashoggi, EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 Disclosure (2020) Phil Guie "While it reveals grievances and shines a light on the harsh conditions faced by everyday transgender persons, Disclosure has an overall tone that is lively and cautiously optimistic. " EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2020
4/4 The Truffle Hunters (2020) Rania Richardson Aging men and their bounty-sniffing dogs pursue an increasingly antiquated way of life in this amusing and life-affirming gem. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
5/5 Time (2020) Phil Guie "In its most poignant moments, Time delves into the psychological effects of having a loved one who's serving such a lengthy prison sentence." EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
2/5 Princess of the Row (2019) Phil Guie "Gathegi does incredible work, but he's let down by a screenplay that increasingly treats him as a walking deus ex machina." EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/4 Nomadland (2020) Kent Turner The one noticeable departure for the director is her centering the film on a star ... McDormand adds Fern to her sisterhood of impish, cranky, fiercely stubborn, and opinionated women. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 Smooth Talk (1985) Kent Turner Chopra's film is a fascinating time capsule. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/4 MLK/FBI (2020) Kent Turner The film is less interested in taking down celebrated figures or easy targets than putting them in a more rounded, complicated perspective. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/4 The human voice (2020) Kent Turner In only 30 minutes, Almodóvar's elegant take on Jean Cocteau's 1930 one-act/one-woman meltdown packs more drama than many movies four times its length. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 The Garden Left Behind (2019) Phil Guie First-time feature director Flavio Alves depicts his main protagonist's existence as challenging and uncertain, but not oppressive. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/4 Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020) Kent Turner The most engaging-and contradictory-commentary comes from actresses who have disrobed on camera and faced or embraced the consequences. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
4/5 Jasper Mall (2020) Phil Guie In observing the dwellers of what amounts to a sinking ship, directors Bradford Thomasson and Brett Whitcomb capture a glimpse of humanity living through uncertain times. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
4/5 Bastards' Road (2020) Phil Guie On an aesthetic level, director Brian Morrison's approach is not particularly innovative, but having the subjects discuss directly to the camera the tragedies they are still struggling to process... is undeniably stirring. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
4/5 Higher Love (2020) Phil Guie Oswald's unflinching approach is both his film's greatest strength as well as what can make it difficult viewing at times. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
5/5 The Cordillera of Dreams (2019) Phil Guie We may not always know where Guzmán will end up, but what keeps the film from ever seeming discombobulated is certain themes repeat: specifically, how events can be powerful enough to leave impressions that are impossible to erase. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Mouth to Mouth (2005) Kent Turner ...because the motivations in Mouth to Mouth are general, the cast has to provide the depth that the script lacks, but the film is not aided by the eye-rolling school of acting. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
2.5/4 Proxima (2019) Kent Turner Fortunately, the action moves forward more so from Green's reactions then the dialogue. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2020
3.5/4 An Easy Girl (2019) Kent Turner A steely-eyed coming-of-ager that mixes class, race, and sex. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2020
3/4 Who You Think I Am (2019) Kent Turner A twisty, brainy, playful riddle. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2020
2.5/4 The Truth (2019) Kent Turner It's Binoche who makes the film matter. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2020
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