Easy Reader (California)

Easy Reader (California) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Neely Swanson
Rating Title/Year Author
Tolkien (2019) Neely Swanson Tolkien is first rate all the way around. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Double Lives (2018) Neely Swanson Non-Fiction, and make no mistake, I really liked this film, would make a much better play as it is all words, very interesting, challenging words, but in the end, all words. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Out of Blue (2018) Neely Swanson Tells a story of murder, philosophy, and physics, and none of it well. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Yardie (2018) Neely Swanson Elba has put all the parts together and has given the film its necessary edge of danger, but somehow, the story is at loose ends. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Transit (2018) Neely Swanson Writer/director Christian Petzold is a master of allegory, irony, and complexity. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (2018) Neely Swanson Surely the man who won the quintessential battle for the first amendment deserves better. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
Patrick (2018) Neely Swanson Laden with pleasant, stereotypic characters, there isn't a twist or turn that you don't see coming long before Sarah. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
The Nun (1966) Neely Swanson Rivette is equally adept at showing the depth of belief of his characters and their reliance on God as he is in showing the corruption that had put a stain on such beatific belief structures. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Neely Swanson Rob Marshall, who has had notable successes in bringing musicals to the big screen, has directed this in a perfunctory fashion, seemingly more interested in staying within the footprint of the original and not coloring outside the lines. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
The Guilty (2018) Neely Swanson Gustave Möller, directing from an outstanding script he co-wrote with Emil Nygaard Albertsen, defies all expectation. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
Stavisky (1974) Neely Swanson One might even go so far as to say that this is an excellent example of style over substance. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Nothing Like a Dame (2018) Neely Swanson Tea with the Dames is one of the most delightful documentaries to come along in a period that has been full of wonderful documentaries. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Neely Swanson This is a performance to savor; this is the Sundance Kid in a different era with a softer, but still definitive fall. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Neely Swanson This film is a true illustration how important every creative crew member worked together to add depth to character and story, with remarkable thrills and chills. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Quand tu liras cette lettre (1953) Neely Swanson Do not miss this extraordinary film. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Colette (2018) Neely Swanson Most films starring Keira Knightley are worth a look, if only for what she brings to the role. And here, she brings a lot. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Love, Gilda (2018) Neely Swanson What this documentary does very well is help you see what others saw in Gilda Radner... the sorely missed icon of sketch comedy, using archival footage and home movies. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Neely Swanson This real-life horror film (it's the bright orange teeth that haunt) is informative and entertaining; an example of how the best laid plans of men have changed Mother Nature's course and contributed to climate change. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Hot to Trot (2018) Neely Swanson Hot to Trot, the documentary by Gail Freedman, in her directing debut, is a warm-hearted, soft-focus film about the same-sex competitive ballroom dancing world. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
Memoir of War (2017) Neely Swanson Nobly, Finkiel has tried to recreate the interior life of the heroine almost entirely through words, perhaps because there is no real action. He has forgotten, or perhaps ignored, the fundamental rule of cinema - it is a visual medium. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Neely Swanson So, as was said recently about another film, leave your brain at the door and lead with your heart. Sometimes you just need to feel good, no matter what your age. This is a good start. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Neely Swanson This sequel, unhindered by the expectations of source material, works on so many levels that the original didn't. Mainly, it works on the mindless fun level with good music to boot even if some of it doesn't rise to the level of the known hits. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
Yellow Submarine (1968) Neely Swanson Even if it was originally intended for adolescent and post adolescent Beatles fans, it should still be a marvelous experience for children with its bright colors, flowing movement, and wonderful music. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2018
Maineland (2017) Neely Swanson Maineland is, however, very much worth seeing because it does give us a portrait of two teens who share more with their American counterparts than they or we imagine. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
Estiu 1993 (2017) Neely Swanson It is clear that Simón shows promise but this is clearly her first feature and there is room for growth. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2018
That Summer (2017) Neely Swanson The film is raw, not even "rough-cut" quality. And this is the charm and the power. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
The Escape (2017) Neely Swanson A well-intentioned effort to portray the slow suffocation of a young wife in her role as the stay-at-home mother with a seemingly perfect life. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
The Raven (1943) Neely Swanson Recognized now as an early classic of film noir, it was Clouzot's masterpiece of psychological suspense, misinterpreted and reviled by all political viewpoints at the time. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
Lives Well Lived (2017) Neely Swanson This film should have a nice run on cable or streaming but see it first on screen. It will make your day. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
An Ordinary Man (2017) Neely Swanson I suppose there is something to be said about the juxtaposition of such incredible physical beauty and the ugliness of the actions in support of it. But in the end, there's still not much to be said, period. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2018
Quai des Orfevres (1947) Neely Swanson Watching Jouvet unravel the other characters as he begins to unravel the mystery is a brilliant lesson in minimalism. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2018
Shelter (2017) Neely Swanson Shelter, advertised as a subtle thriller suffers from a bit too much subtlety. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2018
Les fantômes d'Ismaël (2017) Neely Swanson This is billed as the "Director's Cut," leading one to wonder if the previous cut might have made more sense; at the least, it would have been mercifully shorter. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2018
In the Land of Pomegranates (2018) Neely Swanson The film could have benefited from some judicious cutting to tighten the narrative. It is not, as the marketing would have it, a suspenseful film. It is, however, a very depressing but necessary one. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Oh Lucy! (2017) Neely Swanson This is a wonderful small movie that defies expectations at every turn; this film is the very definition of character development and that makes it something to be seen. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2018
The Young Karl Marx (2017) Neely Swanson For the most part, Peck succeeds in shining a light on an era and two seminal characters who became the very definition of that time and the century to come. The production values-cinematography, costumes, production design-are all first rate. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018
My Art (2016) Neely Swanson It all centers on Simmons who, as an actress, is flat, revealing little dimension or exhibiting little character depth, growth or empathy. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2018
Rebels on Pointe (2017) Neely Swanson The choreography is faithful, the dancing impeccable, and the comedic punchline is truly on point (yes, yet again another pun). Luckily, it is one of the dance highlights of the film. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
Big Sonia (2016) Neely Swanson That, in a nutshell, is Sonia's lesson to us - do not let the trauma of the past define you, use what you have and what you know to make yourself stronger. That, and wear more leopard skin prints. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2017
The Square (2017) Neely Swanson At what point do you become engaged with what is happening around you and what is the causal effect EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2017
Justice (2011) Neely Swanson Complicated, jerky pacing and inadequate casting. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2017
The Kid with a Bike (2011) Neely Swanson This amazing film of loss and discovery will change you - a rare occurrence these days. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2017
The Deep Blue Sea (2011) Neely Swanson This is a fine film, a throw-back to the wonderful American films of the 40s and very much worth a visit to the cinema (as these Brits would have said). EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2017
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011) Neely Swanson The Duplass brothers, Jay and Mark, who wrote and directed the film, don't take the time necessary to make any of the characters believable or complex. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2017
Detachment (2011) Neely Swanson This is imitation Polanski, and not a good imitation at that. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2017
Perfect Sense (2011) Neely Swanson This is not to say that "Perfect Sense" has no charm because it does. It's just that it's hard to make perfect sense of what director David MacKenzie had in mind. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2017
Free Men (2011) Neely Swanson A high point for any film is to be graced with the presence of Michael Lonsdale. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2017
4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) Neely Swanson Go at your own risk but be forewarned. This is 85 minutes you'll never get back. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2017
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) Neely Swanson More than a love story or an awakening, Hallström has given us something of beauty, depth and dimension beyond the human stories he tells. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2017
Wrath of the Titans (2012) Neely Swanson This isn't really a story about how the gods must be crazy, but is, instead, fueled by a theme of filial love - the love between a father and a son and what can happen when that love is damaged, betrayed or destroyed. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2017