Cinemalogue

Cinemalogue is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Rubin Safaya, Todd Jorgenson
Rating Title/Year Author
The Chaperone (2018) Todd Jorgenson For a film about two strong-willed women confronting stereotypes and cultural norms, this historical drama is curiously passive and bland. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Girls of the Sun (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... gradually builds suspense and sympathy with an intimate character-driven approach that's powerful without turning heavy-handed. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Todd Jorgenson Any meaningful exploration of Mexican folklore is buried beneath an incoherent parade of horror clichés. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Under the Silver Lake (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... turns aimless and muddled in its second half, more concerned with packing in cinematic references and social commentary than developing its own plot. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Stuck (2017) Todd Jorgenson The pattern of bickering and catharsis becomes tedious and predictable, even if the uneven film has honorable intentions about celebrating our cultural melting pot. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Todd Jorgenson This well-acted and evocative drama benefits from some intriguing character dynamics. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Todd Jorgenson Despite some muddled stretches, the film thrives by conveying the same satiric tone as its subjects, whose persuasiveness stems from not taking themselves too seriously. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Fast Color (2018) Todd Jorgenson While many superhero movies emphasize the superpowers over the characters who exhibit them, this low-budget dystopian fantasy takes a refreshingly different approach. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Family (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... a clichéd look at redemption and reconciliation, featuring characters who rarely seem grounded in reality. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Penguins (2019) Todd Jorgenson Nature documentaries seem to continue raising the bar with regard to breathtaking visuals, and this voyage to Antarctica is no different. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... an aimlessly transparent attempt to relaunch a franchise that lacks the brains to go with its brawn. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Missing Link (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... a breezy and charming stop-motion animated adventure that really kicks into gear once the title character joins the mayhem. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Mary Magdalene (2018) Todd Jorgenson Perhaps inevitably, Mary's story is upstaged by that of Jesus, rendering her a periphery rather than an influential figure. Thus, the film struggles in its effort to bring an oft-told tale back to life. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Todd Jorgenson Shannon's portrayal adds depth and complexity and gives Emily a new voice. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Todd Jorgenson Like the bland music at its core, the movie turns into a hollow and formulaic compilation of underdog clichés. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Stockholm (2018) Todd Jorgenson True-life origins can't disguise the derivative nature of this heist thriller, which doesn't generate much of a rooting interest beneath its quirky surface. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Todd Jorgenson The dazzling visuals more than compensate for the uneven narrative momentum in this rumination about dreams, memories, and relationships. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Todd Jorgenson Even when it's out of tune, the ferocity and fearlessness in this rock-star redemption story make it almost compulsively fascinating. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Dogman (2018) Todd Jorgenson With bite to back up its bark, this taut character-driven thriller benefits from a dark sense of quirky humor and a surprisingly empathetic protagonist. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
A Dark Place (2018) Todd Jorgenson A murder mystery that's more about the investigator than the investigation, this character-driven thriller never quite wraps its convoluted parts into a cohesive whole. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Napszállta (2018) Todd Jorgenson The mystery sputters in the second half, but it's still intriguing and stylish enough to resonate. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... an erratic mess, with moments of inspired lunacy buffered by frustrating stretches that are rambling and unfocused, and probably made more sense in Gilliam's head than they do on screen. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
B Shazam! (2019) Rubin Safaya The delight of this movie rests in the equal parts of sincerity and fun the actors bring to a much needed reboot of the D.C. brand, besieged by characters and story lines whose self-seriousness is at odds with their discount cosplay aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Todd Jorgenson As we watch this series of deaths and reincarnations unfold, we're not given much incentive for emotional investment in the characters, whether of the two-legged or four-legged variety. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Storm Boy (2019) Todd Jorgenson The stylish visuals and alternately silly and poignant boy-and-bird sequences help an otherwise predictable story take flight. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Public (2018) Todd Jorgenson Heavy-handed contrivances undermine the compassionate message in this ensemble drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Peterloo (2018) Todd Jorgenson Leigh's gritty visual flourishes capture the period as his textured narrative approach builds focus and tension - not to mention a palpable resonance 200 years later. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Todd Jorgenson Cheap exploitation has rarely felt as brazen and transparent as in this lurid thriller, which reappropriates a scandalous true-life tragedy as a threadbare collection of slasher and home-invasion clichés. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Todd Jorgenson An intriguing premise is squandered by contrived storytelling that fails to generate much emotional depth in this unconvincing tale of romance and reconciliation. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Todd Jorgenson Whenever the focus shifts to Dumbo, the result is more consistently amusing. And, like the titular pachyderm, it even musters a little magic. Still, bearing the weight of ill intentions, the film rarely gets off the ground. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... certainly conveys the intended vibe of life on the beach with plenty of mood-altering substances and not a care in the world. It also leaves you with the mental equivalent of sunburn and heat exhaustion. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
A Vigilante (2018) Todd Jorgenson A committed performance by Wilde drives this brutal and uncompromising revenge saga that feels more empowering than exploitative in dealing with its hot-button subject matter. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Sobibor (2018) Todd Jorgenson There's a harrowing potency to the violence, and the adrenaline pumps during its final act, but the film overall lacks depth and complexity. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Screwball (2018) Todd Jorgenson You don't need to be a fan to appreciate this lighthearted documentary investigation into the most recent of Major League Baseball's doping scandals. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Diane (2018) Todd Jorgenson Place's balance of strength and vulnerability allows Diane to earn audience sympathy while remaining authentic in terms of her flaws. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Brink (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... more about Bannon's workaholic nature and persuasive methods than it is about passing judgment on his ideology, which is fine since it won't change the minds of moviegoers on either side. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Out of Blue (2018) Todd Jorgenson Some gritty and evocative visual touches are overwhelmed by convoluted plotting in this muddled urban crime thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Us (2019) Rubin Safaya I'm not sure I always care whether a horror film explains why God forsakes the soon-to-be-zombie-food inhabitants, but here it becomes a problem precisely because Peele's film brims with possibilities and metaphors left unexplored. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Todd Jorgenson Considering the timely and provocative subject matter, the film is only sporadically compelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Trading Paint (2019) Todd Jorgenson The screenplay needs a tune-up in this predictable drama about dirt-track auto racing that lacks the necessary adrenaline rush. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Relaxer (2018) Todd Jorgenson The endurance of moviegoers will no doubt be tested as much as that of the protagonist, whose hopeless predicament spirals into surreal madness. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Image Book (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... certainly isn't for all tastes, although there are intermittent rewards for moviegoers with patience and an open mind. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Todd Jorgenson The deliberately paced screenplay suffers from uneven narrative momentum that tends to undercut the bursts of clever dialogue or twisty suspense - as if it's simply too much of a mildly good thing. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Todd Jorgenson There's not much room for examining motives or moral ramifications in a story that funnels toward an inevitable conclusion, but loses momentum before it gets there. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Prodigy (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... only mildly unsettling as its second-half twists gradually become more far-fetched. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Captive State (2019) Todd Jorgenson The premise seems timely and provocative, but rarely does that translate to consistent suspense. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Finding Steve McQueen (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... captures the look and feel of the Watergate era, yet fails to generate consistent suspense beneath the surface. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
Wonder Park (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... never captures the same excitement as the theme-park thrill rides at its core, and doesn't offer much emotional depth in its quieter moments, either. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Yardie (2018) Todd Jorgenson Solid acting and an appealing reggae soundtrack can't overcome an uneven screenplay burdened by gangster clichés. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Mustang (2019) Todd Jorgenson Amid some tangential narrative contrivances, the intimate interaction between man and beast is poignant. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019