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 Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Todd Jorgenson None of the characters - either of the two-legged or four-legged variety - is especially compelling, and the gimmicky point of view does little to change that. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Todd Jorgenson Despite its uneven nature, this spirited live-action adventure should connect with a generation too young to recall Indiana Jones in his heyday. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Driven (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... captures some of the glamour and the sleaze inherent in its story, yet rarely dives deeper to provide fresh insight. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Rubin Safaya The plot's climactic event... veers into a sort of uncomfortable voyeurism... It feels as though we're given a backstage pass into moments children hold sacred, at least for those few years when the now trivial was then viscerally painful. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... a mildly amusing yet mostly uneven saga of self-discovery that lacks the narrative dexterity to modulate its comedic and dramatic elements. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Todd Jorgenson Kalra conveys a charming and charismatic screen presence, and the film establishes a convincing connection between working-class artists from across the pond. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Gwen (2018) Todd Jorgenson The remote landscapes give the film a stark beauty, although the story is so consistently bleak that it's difficult to find an emotional entry point. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Awake (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... squanders a potentially intriguing concept with a series of far-fetched twists that fail to withstand the slightest logical scrutiny. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Aquarela (2018) Todd Jorgenson Cumulatively, it's a visceral feast for the senses and a treat for the brain. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... conveys a vivid sense of time and place and tosses in some violent outbursts for good measure, but it tends to oversimplify the evolving gender politics and cultural implications of the era. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Honeyland (2019) Todd Jorgenson Here's the in-depth documentary about Macedonian beekeepers you never knew you needed. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Todd Jorgenson Despite an intriguing premise, the film is weighed down by third-act melodramatic contrivances. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
A Score to Settle (2019) Todd Jorgenson Nicolas Cage has practically cornered the market on these sorts of assembly-line revenge thrillers, including this predictably lackluster entry EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Piranhas (2019) Todd Jorgenson It flashes potential on both sides of the camera, but this gritty Italian crime thriller is conventional beneath its mildly unsettling surface. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Operative (2019) Todd Jorgenson Three strong central performances can't overcome a lack of consistent suspense in this espionage thriller that generates a handful of taut twists yet too often settles for genre conventions. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Luce (2019) Todd Jorgenson An electrifying portrayal by Kelvin Harrison Jr. in the title role galvanizes this incisive examination of racial and cultural stereotypes that's equally compelling and provocative. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Ladyworld (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... taps into adolescent angst yet never provides the slightest incentive for emotional investment in these wayward characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
15 Minutes of War (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... employs some technical gimmicks to ratchet up the tension, but struggles to manufacture intrigue between its bookend action sequences. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Todd Jorgenson You can check your brain at the door, of course, although the film lacks the sort of spontaneity and imagination that could make it stand out. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Todd Jorgenson The two stars convey a charming chemistry that smooths out the rough patches in the screenplay, and helps this road movie take flight. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Todd Jorgenson The eye-opening and remarkably even-handed film conveys the emotional toll that lingers after the 30-year social experiment was discontinued in 2015, offering a shred of hope amid the heartbreak. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Ode to Joy (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... mostly avoids exploiting its affliction for cheap laughs, although denying the audience the same emotional triggers as Charlie is unintentional. In other words, it's not funny or touching enough to give us joy. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
ECCO (2019) Todd Jorgenson Ambition surpasses execution in this offbeat low-budget thriller that ultimately proves more enigmatic than exciting. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Brian Banks (2018) Todd Jorgenson Hodge's convincing performance gives Brian's cause a sense of heartfelt urgency. However, more subtlety and surprise could have helped it reach the end zone. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Astronaut (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... contains an impressive working knowledge of civil engineering, for what that's worth. It also sidesteps enough clichés to compensate for the earnest melodrama. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
For Sama (2019) Todd Jorgenson Waad al-Kateab is the hero of this harrowing documentary on both sides of the camera. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Todd Jorgenson What makes this look at Wallace's legacy and longevity so compelling is showing how the evolution of his career in many ways mirrored the trajectory of journalism as a whole, for better and worse. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
The Mountain (2018) Todd Jorgenson Despite the strong performances and stylish visuals, it maintains a frustrating emotional distance while gradually becoming more tedious than provocative. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Skin (2018) Todd Jorgenson Bell captures Byron's internal struggles to match his external scars, even when the cat-and-mouse final act fails to achieve the desired emotional impact. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
C Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Rubin Safaya Does this genuinely sweet moment lead to Tate's vengeance against her would-be killers? As if there aren't enough male buddy movies; women's agency be damned! EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Summer Night (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... captures a certain small-town vibe, but doesn't populate it with compelling characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Lying and Stealing (2019) Todd Jorgenson This heist comedy struggles to modulate disparate tones as it transitions into a darker and more violent crime thriller. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Firecrackers (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... achieves a universal resonance thanks to stellar performances, gritty visual flourishes, subtleties weaved into its multilayered narrative, and an overall feisty audacity. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Rosie (2018) Todd Jorgenson Greene's committed performance bolsters a sharply observed screenplay that never passes judgment or resorts to cheap sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Luz (2018) Todd Jorgenson More concerned with atmosphere than plot, this unsettling German horror exercise gets under the skin of patient viewers. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Into the Ashes (2019) Todd Jorgenson In a strained attempt to be provocative, it too often replaces depth and complexity with brooding and macho posturing. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
L'homme fidèle (2018) Todd Jorgenson This breezy New Wave throwback benefits from strong performances and intriguing character dynamics. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Todd Jorgenson This new attempt doesn't provide much nostalgic value or improve upon its predecessor in any substantial way. It's just unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Stuber (2019) Todd Jorgenson The egregious lack of realistic grounding or common sense among its two protagonists diminishes the incentive for a rooting interest in whether Vic captures the perp, Stu gets the girl, or the car survives the night. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Todd Jorgenson There are moments of inspired lunacy along the way, although as the whole thing devolves into a gory mess, it's never funny nor scary enough to remain compelling. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Sea of Shadows (2019) Todd Jorgenson As important as it is compelling, this gut-wrenching documentary is harrowing and emotionally powerful. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Todd Jorgenson Perhaps missing an opportunity for social satire, the film nevertheless works as a breezy lark that generates some big laughs through its improvisational dialogue and character-driven comedic scenarios. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Saving Zoë (2019) Todd Jorgenson While it taps into contemporary teenage angst, this low-budget thriller lacks the narrative dexterity to make its weighty ideas feel more provocative. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Todd Jorgenson Rarely has a film about death been as life-affirming as this powerfully heartfelt drama that finds the right balance of humor and heartbreak. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2018) Todd Jorgenson ... lacks depth in its presentation, relying on the sort of hagiography you might expect from a project that's fully authorized by its subject. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Todd Jorgenson Eisenberg brings an everyman appeal, while the screenplay effectively juggles disparate tones while satirizing modern masculinity in a fresh and amusing way. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Armstrong (2019) Todd Jorgenson Amid the fawning interviews and familiar archival footage, the film offers a compelling window into his personal life and workaholic nature through revealing interviews with his ex-wife and children. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Cold Blood (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... captures the visual details of everyday life in such a harsh environment, yet has difficulty maintaining suspense with its chilly narrative momentum and a procedural plot driven by far-fetched coincidences. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Phil (2019) Todd Jorgenson ... manages some moments of emotional honesty about starting over, although it sidesteps the creepy nature of Phil's scheme, preferring to pass off his actions as quirky charm. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
My Days of Mercy (2017) Todd Jorgenson Mixing a death-penalty melodrama and a lesbian romance isn't as awkward as it might seem, thanks mostly to two committed performances and an avoidance of heavy-handed contrivances. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019