Newport This Week (RI)
Newport This Week (RI) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Loren King
Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)
At a crisp 88 minutes, it's the tightest historical and romantic epic one is likely to see for a long time.
Posted Feb 7, 2019
The Favourite (2018)
As adversaries scheming and jockeying for the queen's favor, Stone and Weisz are at the top of their form, with Colman holding the center.
Posted Jan 24, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2019)
Jones nails Ginsburg's quiet tenacity and steely resolve as On the Basis of Sex charts her rising career from Harvard Law School in 1956.
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Into the Spider-Verse is eye-popping and engaging, but also grounded in human emotion.
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Mary Poppins Returns isn't perfectly perfect, but it's perfectly enjoyable.
Posted Dec 28, 2018
By making Roma so specific to his own memory, Cuarón has created a mesmerizing, powerful, universal story.
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Maria By Callas (2018)
Maria By Callas is a must-see for anyone who wants to understand what made her a legend and for anyone who simply appreciates pure artistry.
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Boy Erased (2018)
Boy Erased has good intentions and a bland social message. Its goal may be admirable, but it doesn't make for affecting or memorable drama.
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
In director Marielle Heller's Can You Forgive Me? Melissa McCarthy delivers one of the best on-screen portraits of a writer because she nails real-life scribe Lee Israel's torment.
Posted Nov 15, 2018
When the visit ends, one is grateful simply to have been in their esteemed company.
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Beautiful Boy (2018)
The sentimental can quickly turn saccharine.
Posted Nov 1, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
Rather than the action sequences one might expect in a heist movie, "The Old Man and the Gun" revels in the little moments.
Posted Oct 26, 2018
First Man (2018)
First Man may be about American optimism, ingenuity and the courage of those early astronauts. But, as the film's final shot of Neil and Janet Armstrong shows, it's also about being human, which is why the trip to the moon mattered, then and now.
Posted Oct 18, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018)
Cooper's latest remake of A Star is Born has its high points but, in the end, it's disappointing and unnecessary. Let's hope it is the last version.
Posted Oct 11, 2018
This handsome, engaging period drama could be a Masterpiece production, but it's gorgeous on the big screen, which is where it should be seen.
Posted Oct 11, 2018
White Boy Rick (2018)
All of this makes for an absorbing true crime story, but it's a bit muddled...Still, the gritty locales, colorful characters and the energy of the film, even unfocused, make it easy to watch.
Posted Sep 28, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)
It's an incendiary film that is nothing less than a clarion call to save American democracy.
Posted Sep 20, 2018
The Wife (2018)
That [Close] brings such emotional and psychological depth to her character, despite the movie's shortcomings, makes her performance even more remarkable.
Posted Sep 6, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018)
Funny and heartbreaking, and anchored by Fisher, whose performance ranks among the best by a teenager ever, the film makes surviving early adolescence seem heroic, both for the children and for those who love them.
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
It doesn't pretend to be anything more than a lighthearted, glitzy crowd-pleaser. That's good and bad...overwrought moments are balanced with better ones, like the family dumpling-making scene where Rachel and Eleanor exchange frosty glances.
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Lee keeps the film, and the audience, on its toes. A laugh is followed by a fright or the chill of recognition.
Posted Aug 16, 2018
Christopher Robin (2018)
it's Pooh, voiced by veteran Jim Cummings, who is the film's heart, soul and, yes, brain... It might make you want to go home and rummage through storage for some long-forgotten stuffed teddy.
Posted Aug 9, 2018
An irresistible look at a legendary life and career, but also an important chronicle of racism in 20th century America.
Posted Aug 2, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
For all its pop fizz, Here We Go Again has an underlying poignancy that just might break your heart.
Posted Jul 27, 2018
Mudbound is old-fashioned in the best sense. Its literary fidelity and historical heft offer an unsettling look at the past, while at the same time packing the visceral wallop of the present.
Posted Jul 19, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018)
The Incredibles 2 provides a joyfully sophisticated escapism and fantasy that both kids and adults will welcome right now.
Posted Jul 5, 2018
As it builds to a climax, the film takes a wild turn into hell with a bombast that seems unnecessary and undermining. Some viewers may be juiced by something this over-the-top, but I prefer the darker subtlety of a more quiet place.
Posted Jun 28, 2018
It's just one of many sobering moments in a musical that effectively counters lighter moments with gravitas.
Posted Jun 28, 2018
Driver's film, fortunately, not only preserves it but reminds us of its still-vibrant connection to the present.
Posted Jun 21, 2018
On Chesil Beach (2018)
Ronan cements her status as perhaps the best young actress working today. Her Florence is vibrant and forceful, but there's an ominous hint of something darker.
Posted Jun 14, 2018
[Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing] is a sober, sensitive assessment and straightforward presentation that reminds viewers of van Gogh's humanity and breathtaking art.
Posted Jun 5, 2018
Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen deliver a saucy portrait of the 84-year-old Ginsburg's life and the trailblazing work that has earned her rock star status.
Posted May 17, 2018
A subtle but powerful look at the recent aftermath of World War II through the eyes of several residents of a small village in Soviet occupied Hungary.
Posted May 10, 2018
Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018)
It may be more pop psychology than gripping drama, sports or otherwise, but the acting is superb and the period recreation, from the color palette to the short-shorts to McEnroe unwinding with his buddies in a disco, is irresistibly spot-on.
Posted May 3, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018)
One can't help think about how bombastic most modern films are and how few have utilized silence to such artful effect as Krasinski and his team do in this taut, spare thriller.
Posted Apr 19, 2018
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther hits many high notes as a superhero movie, but it also contains a hopeful message about the tribe of humanity.
Posted Apr 6, 2018
But beyond scholarly explanation and artistic evidence, the paintings are the story. Rendered in detail on the big screen, they remain among the most dramatic, stunningly personal and just plain beautiful works that audiences are likely to see anywhere.
Posted Mar 23, 2018
If "Faces Places" is indeed Varda's final film, it's an eloquent grace note to her already rich legacy.
Posted Mar 8, 2018
Call Me by Your Name (2018)
The layered, lovely script is rich with an understanding of life and loss that comes only with age.
Posted Feb 22, 2018
... a lot of artistry and emotion in a small package.
Posted Feb 15, 2018
All five contenders in the live action category are strong enough to win the Oscar.
Posted Feb 15, 2018
I, Tonya (2018)
Surprisingly, "I, Tonya" works so well because writer Steve Rogers and director Craig Gillespie establish a winking, ironic, darkly devilish tone from the opening scene and never let go.
Posted Feb 8, 2018
The Post (2018)
Historical drama with a human touch and social relevance is right in director Steven Spielberg's sweet spot, as he showed with "Lincoln."
Posted Feb 1, 2018
Phantom Thread (2018)
It's Alma and Cyril that make "Phantom Thread" so engrossing.
Posted Jan 25, 2018
The Shape of Water (2017)
Without being obvious about it, "The Shape of Water" is a moving fable about outsiders and tolerance, about seeing beyond differences and finding connection; it is a soaring, magical joyride that gives new life to a tale as old as time.
Posted Jan 10, 2018
Darkest Hour (2017)
It's a stirring portrait of real political leadership that makes Darkest Hour not just a lively slice of history, but also relevant for today.
Posted Dec 21, 2017
The Florida Project (2017)
Heartbreaking and humane, "The Florida Project" is one of most stirring movies you'll see this year.
Posted Dec 18, 2017
Murder On The Orient Express (2017)
... Branagh takes us on an elegant, entertaining ride.
Posted Dec 13, 2017
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
Dench, who will likely earn another Oscar nomination for playing the same character, is flat-out terrific in conveying Victoria's complex mix of sadness, loneliness and the glee she feels by simply doing as she pleases.
Posted Dec 13, 2017