Hammer to Nail

Hammer to Nail is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chase Whale, Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Don R. Lewis, Jessica Baxter
Rating Title/Year Author
() Christopher Llewellyn Reed Watching these bright, motivated children blossom and learn how to be kind and compassionate - but also fierce! - citizens of the world is a beautiful thing. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
() Christopher Llewellyn Reed One thing not in doubt is the merit of this film, which has the virtue of allowing room for debate while simultaneously showing compassion to all sides. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
() Jessica Baxter This World Alone is an excellent film, tonally, it's a tough hang. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Vai (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed What is clear is that Vai is a gorgeous, profound work of art, brilliantly assembled and filled with engaging performances. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
() Christopher Llewellyn Reed Building the American Dream packs a lot of information into its brisk 72 minutes ... focus[ing] on the individual, heartrending stories of all involved. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
() Christopher Llewellyn Reed Though occasionally marred by on-the-nose dialogue, Alice remains, throughout, an engaging tale that offers many welcome surprises. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed 12 years after her subject's death, director Janice Engel gives us ... the comprehensive cinematic portrait that Ivins and her many fans deserve. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Pahokee (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Told through observational techniques, Pahokee offers viewers a beautiful cinematic gift: the vicarious experience of the vivid lives of others. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
() Christopher Llewellyn Reed This is not a movie ... about loss and despair - though there is certainly occasional regret - but rather about the celebration of what is possible. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Gird yourself for cinematic trauma, but watch, anyway, in honor of those who suffered and died EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
King of Beasts (2018) Jessica Baxter The film's title is a sardonic double entendre. It refers to the lion, but also to the man who has deemed himself worthy of taking these "lesser" lives. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Watch and learn; this is how it's done, one candidate at a time. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed After watching this movie ... one might wonder what kind of a human being would seek out a self-serving narcissistic sociopath like Cohn for a lawyer. Oh, wait ... EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Chest-bustin' Makes Me Feel Good EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
United Skates (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed In a brisk 89 minutes, they give us the fabulous world of ... good times, great music, and pretty amazing skating. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Prolific documentary director Alex Gibney ... is out again with yet another tale of success undone by hubris and greed. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
I Am Mother (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The end is nigh. Let's celebrate its glorious visualization. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Trips with human crews beyond earth's orbit may, for now, be a thing of the past, but thanks to this marvelous movie, they live on in our present-day imagination. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Top End Wedding (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed With a lovely mix of laughter and tears - shifting from the former to the latter, and then back again, as the film progresses - Blair ... moves things along at a brisk clip. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Shooting the Mafia (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Beyond the details of a life, Longinotto ... indicts a socio-political system that has forced endemic poverty and corruption on the people of Palermo and environs. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Gaza (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed In their movie, Keane and McConnell strive to honor the basic human dignity of a people that just want to live a normal life. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Desolation Center (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Parties in the desert ... have never raged so hard. And thanks to this entertaining look back at the past, they are chronicled for all to revisit, for now and evermore. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed A profile of the Satanic Temple, the movie follows its members as they engage in their dastardly plan to ... plan peaceful, non-violent demonstrations. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed As the filmmakers release us from our trance, we emerge concerned, horrified, but hopefully motivated to do something. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Midnight Traveler (2019) Christopher Llewellyn Reed This is cinema, and when it's over, though we rejoice at some kind of resolution, we miss our time with these fascinating, vibrant souls. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
The Price of Everything (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed As collector Stefan Edlis comments ... the folks who collect art 'know the price of everything and the value of nothing.' EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
What Is Democracy? (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Astra Taylor's What Is Democracy? offers the art of thoughtful conversation as an antidote to the fraught political hysteria of the public sphere. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Tre Maison Das (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's a remarkable film, powerful in its emotional content and profound in its criticism of a system that sets the next generation up for failure. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
Buffalo Boys (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Overall ... Buffalo Boys delivers on its initial promise of a thrilling tweak to familiar tropes. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey (2017) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Part of what makes Dirtbag such an appealing profile is the director's willingness to allow Beckey to come through in all his deeply flawed humanity. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Filled with beautiful shots ... in opposition to the continuous struggle for survival, The Distant Barking of Dogs serves as a clarion call to ... not ignore this conflict. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Komunia (2016) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Zamecka, through the pure vérité of her observational lens, offers searing criticisms of Polish society and its full-throated re-embrace of Catholicism since ... communism. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Spare in her writing and expressive in her visuals, DaCosta works with an adept assurance that belies her dearth of experience behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Cold War (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Detente has never been so deadly, nor so perverse. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Jenkins proves that the evocative visuals of his previous, Oscar-winning film were no fluke, presenting carefully composed shots ... the actors moving within them in perfectly timed movements EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Woman at War (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Overall, this is a delightful affair, full of surprises. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Fortunately, there are filmmakers like Alexis Bloom to ... create complex, thoughtful works of investigative journalism like this documentary. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
Clara's Ghost (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The fact that the narrative is played mostly for comedy only makes its core message - about the lure and danger of substance abuse - all the more powerful. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Our New President (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's a surreal movie, so crazy that it can't possibly be true. But it is. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Mapplethorpe (2018) Jessica Baxter This is an honest film above all else. It doesn't excuse Mapplethorpe's transgressions, but it manages to celebrate his work in spite of them. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Free Solo (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed It's scary to watch, but absolutely riveting. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Ghost Fleet (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Service and Waldron film many of their interviews in extreme close-up, slightly out of frame ... to show the warped, off-kilter remains of what were once fully functional beings. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed Deeply entertaining and profoundly moving, The Ghost of Peter Sellers offers a slice of forgotten movie history that, it turns out, is well worth remembering. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed A stunning example of cinematic metaphysics, it is a remarkable debut for director RaMell Ross. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
The Kleptocrats (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed The Kleptocrats ... manages ... to tell a nearly unbelievable documentary tale with jaunty verve and panache, almost belying the awful crimes uncovered within. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed By the time the documentary ends, we have heard many voices speak, and come away with a broad sense of the very essence of what made Kael tick. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
The Cat Rescuers (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed This is a movie that cat lovers of all stripes should enjoy watching. Indeed, I would call it meow-datory viewing. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
The 5 Browns (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed By granting Niles such in-depth access to their lives, the 5 Browns make possible this cathartic chronicle of a terrible crime and the recovery of its victims. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed As interesting as the individual parts may be ... it's the sum total that counts ... delivering a comprehensive look at Le Guin's legacy in all its considerable glory. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Christopher Llewellyn Reed What is new is the amount of emotion and verbal jousting on screen ... this twist in style makes the film at once fresh and familiar. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018