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
Greyhound (2020) Todd Jorgenson Hanks earns our sympathy with his steely resolve and unwavering loyalty toward his men. When things get choppy, he's more than capable of leading the way. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Viena and the Fantomes (2020) Todd Jorgenson Besides the off-putting characters, it doesn't explore gender politics or the music business of the era with any meaningful depth. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
We Are Little Zombies (2019) Todd Jorgenson A sharply observed coming-of-age satire competes with a barrage of visual gimmickry in this ambitious if highly uneven debut. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Todd Jorgenson Wacky and weird but never obnoxious, the film benefits from endearing performances, plus an ability to venture into surreal territory without bogging down in metaphysical mumbo-jumbo. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Never Too Late (2020) Todd Jorgenson Spirited performances drive the good-natured mischief for a while, although the film struggles to balance the broad humor with any nostalgic value or meaningful sentiment. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Guest of Honour (2019) Todd Jorgenson With all of its chronological shifts, Egoyan's narrative can't sustain its emotional urgency regarding his characters or their lamentable circumstances. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Todd Jorgenson Even though it's essentially fictional, the film's power lies in its authenticity. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Archive (2020) Todd Jorgenson ... flashes some low-budget visual flair, although the deliberately paced screenplay turns predictable in the second half, which compromises the intended emotional impact. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
The Outpost (2020) Todd Jorgenson ... conveys an intimate boots-on-the-ground authenticity while viscerally capturing the rugged terrain and oppressive conditions. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
The Truth (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... packed with contentious dialogue while also tender and observant in its study of memories and how they can shift perception - and indeed, truth. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Relic (2020) Todd Jorgenson Instead of revealing too much, this Australian haunted-house thriller earns its chills by keeping viewers guessing. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Family Romance, LLC (2019) Todd Jorgenson Even the rare misfires from Herzog are fascinating in their own way, and this micro-budget trifle is no exception. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Black Magic for White Boys (2017) Todd Jorgenson Beneath the surface eccentricities, this sharply observed ensemble comedy features a potent subtext about gentrification and socioeconomic disparities in contemporary New York. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
My Darling Vivian (2020) Todd Jorgenson You don't need to be a country music aficionado to appreciate this documentary about the first wife of Johnny Cash, which also incisively brings new insight into how fame can tear apart a family. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
Suzi Q (2019) Todd Jorgenson American female rock pioneer Suzi Quatro gets a long-deserved turn in the spotlight with this straightforward documentary about her life and career. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
Skyman (2020) Todd Jorgenson It's mildly unsettling, although if Carl was a real person, he wouldn't be intriguing enough to warrant a documentary treatment. We're more likely to mock him than sympathize. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
Four Kids and It (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... manages some wholesome charm, yet forces the cuteness as it covers familiar thematic territory. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
Force of Nature (2020) Todd Jorgenson The equivalent of three cheesy action flicks for the price of one, this waterlogged crime thriller never generates its intended suspense. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
() Todd Jorgenson With some broad targets to lampoon, this small-town underdog comedy about a cheesy Icelandic singing duo generates some scattered big laughs yet doesn't carry a tune on a deeper emotional level. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Run With the Hunted (2020) Todd Jorgenson Lacking depth and focus, this gritty low-budget thriller squanders a potentially provocative exploration of childhood innocence. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
My Spy (2020) Todd Jorgenson The odd-couple chemistry is mildly amusing, although the labored espionage plot is contrived and predictable. It's forgettable fluff. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
House of Hummingbird (2018) Todd Jorgenson Even as its story tends to wander, this heartfelt and sharply observed coming-of-age saga from South Korea remains evocative and compelling. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Beats (2019) Todd Jorgenson Some of the rhythms are familiar, but the well-acted film's sense of time and place adds an emotional resonance beneath the pulsating soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
All I Can Say (2019) Todd Jorgenson Regardless of the band's musical legacy, the film finds a bittersweet emotional rhythm amid its uneven structure. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Mope (2019) Todd Jorgenson This uneven dark comedy can't decide whether it wants to salute the two men for their brazen sincerity or make fun of their misguided ambition. Viewers get the shaft. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
The Short History of the Long Road (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... crafts some intriguing character dynamics around a gritty tale of fractured families and self-discovery. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
Infamous (2020) Todd Jorgenson ... feels forced in its effort to manufacture outrage at the expense of any genuine insight or fresh perspective. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Todd Jorgenson Like its star, the film might feel obnoxious if it wasn't so consistently funny. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
The Surrogate (2020) Todd Jorgenson Intentionally raising more tough questions than it answers, this incisive character-driven drama takes a refreshing approach to progressive parenting. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Sometimes Always Never (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... sometimes awkwardly juggles its comedic and dramatic elements. However, despite some unnecessary visual gimmicks, it finds a winning combination of humor and heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Fisherman's Friends (2019) Todd Jorgenson Putting the corn in Cornwall, this innocuous British crowd-pleaser mixes quirks and sentiment with an off-key predictability. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Suicide Tourist (2019) Todd Jorgenson The deliberately paced film is muddled in its depiction of an existential crisis, while the jumbled narrative leads to a final-act letdown. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Anderson Falls (2020) Todd Jorgenson Formulaic both as a police procedural and as an examination of intergenerational male bonding, this revenge thriller fails to generate much suspense. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
B+ Da 5 Bloods (2020) Rubin Safaya Flashbacks shot like a television drama, the Bloods all appear as their older selves-save for Norman, forever frozen in time. The film implicitly asks: Where are all the movies about Black war heroes? EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Jules of Light and Dark (2018) Todd Jorgenson More concerned with mood than plot, this contemplative character-driven drama offers a raw but incisive examination of contemporary relationships and queer identity. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
You Don't Nomi (2019) Todd Jorgenson While this sort of analysis might work for a genuinely overlooked gem, here it feels like putting lipstick on a pig. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
Tommaso (2019) Todd Jorgenson Amid its fractured vignettes, this visually striking effort sees Ferrara indulging in too many eccentricities and heavy-handed narrative detours. Yet it also finds a haunting resonance thanks to Dafoe's deeply felt portrayal. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Shirley (2020) Todd Jorgenson This intimate and richly textured peek into the nature of celebrity and the artistic process, which sidesteps convention and avoids cheap sympathy for its troubled protagonist. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Hammer (2019) Todd Jorgenson The concept might have yielded a taut and provocative short film, but at feature length, it feels strained and struggles to generate consistent tension. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
The Collini Case (2019) Todd Jorgenson Some clever twists give way to melodramatic contrivances that contribute to an unfavorable verdict for this legal thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Becky (2020) Todd Jorgenson The far-fetched concept generates some mild tension for a while, but quickly turns repetitive as the primary focus turns to creatively choreographed death sequences and gratuitous gore. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... charming but slight, as the dialogue frequently zings with wit and humor but doesn't add up to much in the end. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Todd Jorgenson ... a lumbering high-concept heist thriller with a science-fiction twist that plays like a silly spinoff of the Purge franchise. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
The High Note (2020) Todd Jorgenson ... provides modest insight into the lifestyle of a diva and her entourage, but doesn't take that insider knowledge in a meaningful new direction. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Sweetness in the Belly (2019) Todd Jorgenson The nonlinear film is evocative and compassionate, yet struggles to modulate its disparate narrative threads. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Rewind (2019) Todd Jorgenson It's intensely personal, yet this gut-wrenching documentary also provides harrowing broader insight into the way child sexual abuse impacts family legacies in general. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
() Todd Jorgenson Between the anachronistic dialogue, the lack of action or suspense, and a few random scenes with Mickey Rourke sporting an eye patch and talking to a Nero statue, it's a tedious mess. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
End of Sentence (2019) Todd Jorgenson Except for the intercontinental setting, their journey follows a familiar road map, as predictable sentimentality compromises the moments of genuine poignancy. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
On the Record (2020) Todd Jorgenson The powerful yet infuriating film not only recounts decades-old confrontations in disturbing detail, but incisively examines a broader stigma. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
The Vast of Night (2019) Todd Jorgenson Subverting clichés, the film establishes the period atmosphere with some confident visual flourishes, and the screenplay builds suspense while preying upon fear of the unknown. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020