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FF2 Media is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Amelie Lasker, Nicole Ackman, Nora Lee Mandel, Pamela Powell
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Let Him Go (2020) Pamela Powell "Let Him Go" tries your patience at times, but the premise of the film continually cuts through your gut as you place yourself in their shoes. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Amelie Lasker Funny and clever, and it makes me want to go and watch the musical again, which I'd say is the best thing such a documentary can do. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Smithereens (1982) Amelie Lasker A punk classic, with a soundtrack that includes the Feelies and Richard Hell & the Voidoids. If anything, Wren's failures make it even more punk: she's following a city, a scene, and a dream -- no matter how desperate she becomes. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Danzon (1991) Amelie Lasker The soundtrack lends the film a feeling of joy and celebration. And although this is a tragic story, not a dance movie, the danzón as a theme feels like Julia reclaiming her joy. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) Amelie Lasker It's a treasure trove of interviews with influential bands and footage from performances, featuring Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, the Germs, Catholic Discipline, the Circle Jerks, and more. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
The Connection (1961) Amelie Lasker Director Shirley Clarke's performance background strongly influences this carefully paced, masterfully acted, beautifully scored drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Meek's Cutoff (2010) Amelie Lasker Slowly, our own exhaustion and concern grow with the travelers' weariness. With deft acting and skillful pacing, you can feel the heat and dryness in their throats. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
27 Missing Kisses (2000) Amelie Lasker I love Sybilla. I wish she weren't so sexualized, by men and by the camera (she's fourteen, let's remember). But she's spirited and candid and an entertaining heroine to watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
The Day I Will Never Forget (2002) Amelie Lasker It's filled with kind, resilient people fighting for themselves and others; I highly recommend it. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
The Day I Became a Woman (2000) Amelie Lasker Makhmalbaf's skill as a storyteller shines in her ability to condense meaning into an image or snippet of dialogue. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Girlfriends (1978) Amelie Lasker Its warm sense of humor and its images of a New York fantasy -- the stoops, the galleries, the spacious, well-lit apartments even for people without much money -- make it feel like a classic. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
The House is Black (2008) Amelie Lasker Brea's film explores the emotional effects of experiencing chronic illness, and at the same time, it sheds light on a wide, warm world of people connecting over their experience of the same illness. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
XXY (2007) Amelie Lasker Lucía Puenzo explores all of this sensitively and beautifully. She portrays these teenagers joyfully. The camera doesn't shy away from heartbreaking and difficult scenes, either. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Antonia's Line (1995) Amelie Lasker Gorris's work is impressive throughout, both in how she handles tonal shifts and builds a large cast of characters and weaves the story around them. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
The Company of Strangers (1990) Amelie Lasker Strangers in Good Company is a beautifully unique work, both in its topic and its docufiction execution. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976) Amelie Lasker Despite all this exhaustion, desperation, and anger, I'm struck by the joy and hope in this documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Seven Beauties (1976) Amelie Lasker A masterclass in shifting tone. It manages to mingle humor in with the atrocities without trivializing what the Nazis are doing. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
First Cow (2019) Amelie Lasker Most of the interactions we see onscreen in this movie are tenderly funny. It makes for a wonderful story that highlights the strength of friendship in tenuous and even dangerous circumstances. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Vitalina Varela (2019) Amelie Lasker The movie's production design and cinematography work well with this story of mystery and grief. Often, we feel as if we are in a mine, or maybe moving through spotlighted dollhouse rooms, everything too delicate and dim to be real. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Stuffed (2019) Amelie Lasker This movie is bearable, even for sensitive viewers. The filmmaker is definitely interested in making a case for taxidermy as an art, demonstrating its beauty, and how it is valued and refined. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
The Addams Family (2019) Amelie Lasker The wisdom comes from the children, and the story that emerges feels pure and sweet. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 Gideon's Army (2013) Nicole Ackman While not necessarily groundbreaking film work, it's a much needed piece to reveal what the people who work this largely thankless job go through daily. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
5/5 John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Nicole Ackman Congressman John Lewis's story should be in classrooms and in our memories EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/5 This Is the Sea (1997) Nicole Ackman 'This Is the Sea' is a fascinating glimpse at Ireland in the late 1990s EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
4/5 Lourdes (2009) Nicole Ackman Hausner's 'Lourdes' handles religious faith and miracles with delicacy EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/5 Party Girl (1995) Nicole Ackman Parker Posey shines in 'Party Girl,' a capsule of the New York City 90s club scene EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/5 Children of a Lesser God (1986) Nicole Ackman 'Children of a Lesser God' blazed a trail for representation but doesn't hold up today EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Wanda (1970) Amelie Lasker It's delicious to see this kind of character taking up so much space on screen: unkempt, dazed, and aimless, with occasional moments of alertness to take pleasure in something tiny, just because she wants to. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Born in Flames (1983) Amelie Lasker All these perspectives on revolution and post-revolution political discourse come together, asking nuanced questions that still preoccupy us in the current decade: how can we make feminism inclusive? EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Olivia (1951) Amelie Lasker Olivia is a particularly beautiful watch. Within lavish costumes, bedrooms, and ballrooms, the story is surprisingly intimate. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Flannery (2019) Amelie Lasker Flannery is more about the person than the work. It reminds me a lot in tone of Brad Gooch's biography of O'Connor: playful, intimate, and appreciative of the unique challenges and joys of O'Connor's life. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
Born to Play (2020) Brigid Presecky Lieberman's Born to Play highlights role models for anyone who feels different. There is a place for you, there is a space for you, you just have to find your team. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Brigid Presecky Writer/director Eliza Hittman picked two talents (Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder) who carry off a pointed message with care, subtlety and, most importantly, empathy. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
The Social Ones (2019) Brigid Presecky The Social Ones is a genuinely funny commentary on how we've accepted the online way of life & the pure absurdity at the heart of a multimillion dollar industry. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Saint Frances (2019) Brigid Presecky While the pro-choice angle is divisive, the character of Bridget is more than the decisions she makes. It's poignant; exemplifying O'Sullivan's talent as writer and performer. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
Top End Wedding (2019) Brigid Presecky A sweet story about love in all its forms - for marriage, parenthood, heritage, and how far we're willing to go to discover ourselves. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
Ordinary Love (2019) Brigid Presecky Although overly bleak at times, Ordinary Love is a showcase for Neeson and Manville. Navigating a cancer diagnosis, the married couple finds beauty in hellish places. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Lodge (2019) Brigid Presecky Father-of-the-year leaves his kids in the middle of nowhere with a possessed stranger? Even with solid performances from Keough and Martell, The Lodge is lackluster. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
4.5/5 Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Brigid Presecky Director Lana Wilson builds a mosaic-like documentary around Taylor Swift, allowing people into the world of a poetic singer/songwriter who, at 29, found her true voice. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Brigid Presecky If you think Lost was about a polar bear, you'll find flaws in Episode IX. But if you understand that ending, you'll understand this one. Some themes are timeless. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
5/5 1917 (2019) Brigid Presecky Co-written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917 is a straightforward but wildly creative drama set in WWI. A gripping awards contender with outstanding cinematography. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
5/5 Little Women (2019) Brigid Presecky Written for the screen and directed by Greta Gerwig, Little Women is a poignant retelling of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, following seven pivotal years in the lives of the March sisters. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 Last Christmas (2019) Brigid Presecky Co-written by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings and directed by Paul Feig, Last Christmas is a hodgepodge of a romantic dramedy with its big twist spoiled in its marketing campaign. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Brigid Presecky Written and directed by women and following a historical female protagonist with whom common audiences might not be familiar, Bhise's directorial debut tells a relevant woman's story for our times. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
5/5 Frozen II (2019) Brigid Presecky Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck take Elsa and Anna back to the big screen with Frozen II, a bigger, sometimes better sequel to the 2013 blockbuster - one that became the highest grossing animated film of all time in worldwide box office. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Undrafted (2016) Brigid Presecky Mazzello pens a smart script worthy of a theater stage. Like its intramural baseball team, underdog film Undrafted captures the magic of a ball game and the price of big dreams. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 Dumplin' (2018) Brigid Presecky Dumplin' is an inspiring comedy for bigger girls everywhere, who haven't really had a protagonist they can count on - until now. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Bumblebee (2018) Brigid Presecky With Hailee Steinfeld impressively leading the action blockbuster, this new telling of an old tale is a refreshing change. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Egg (2018) Brigid Presecky The highlights of Egg come when that odd, uncomfortable formality fades away and Karen and Tina speak openly to each other as only old friends can, for better or worse. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3.5/5 Miss Bala (2019) Brigid Presecky Miss Bala is an ambitious action drama set in Tijuana. Gina Rodriguez is a deserving lead despite the complicated, questionable plot... EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019