ArtsATL

ArtsATL is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Felicia Feaster, Steve Murray
Rating Title/Year Author
One Night in Miami (2020) Steve Murray Making her debut as a feature director, Oscar- and Emmy-winning actor Regina King proves, unsurprisingly, that she has a gift for eliciting smart, vital performances from other actors. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Sound of Metal (2019) Steve Murray ...one of the best features I've seen lately, with one of the year's strongest male performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Giving Voice (2020) Steve Murray Whether you're familiar with the late Wilson's work or not, by the end of the documentary, testimony from fans like Leon, Viola Davis and Denzel Washington will make you invest in the students' fates. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Sylvie's Love (2020) Steve Murray Sylvie's Love is a beautiful showcase for Thompson and a love letter to a vanished New York. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Steve Murray As in all of Wilson's dramas, plot is secondary to language. Ma Rainey is a gorgeous rush of storytelling soliloquies, with band members filling us in on their histories on the road and in the Deep South. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
The Prom (2020) Steve Murray At best [The Prom] resembles a shinier version of Murphy's Glee in the last few seasons when it went entirely off the rails. Consider yourself warned. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
The Life Ahead (2020) Steve Murray Getting to [the] preordained relationship is a sweet enough journey. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Steve Murray Bettany is a decent actor and works hard, but he can't sell the old-school, simplistic psychology; Macdissi, in a bad wig and a vat of mascara, comes on too strong as the loving "ethnic" boyfriend. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Mank (2020) Steve Murray Mank is well worth watching and is sure to be in the conversation for year-end awards. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Nocturne (2020) Steve Murray Nocturne echoes some of the performance extremism of Black Swan, but mostly recalls a better original Netflix film, 2018's The Perfection. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Evil Eye (2020) Steve Murray Elan Dassani makes the ride enjoyable, letting Choudhury unleash some powerful maternal instincts in a satisfying, last-act showdown. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Black Box (2020) Steve Murray Black Box keeps the puzzle intact for as long as it probably can, and caps it with a satisfying end. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
The Lie (2018) Steve Murray A wintry...nasty, O'Henry-type twist. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Steve Murray The actors are nice to look at, but the only person that makes an impression is Kristin Scott Thomas as Rebecca's devoted, vengeful lady's maid Mrs. Danvers. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Steve Murray ...if the gags are not quite as sharp, the movie's COVID-19 narrative delivers a sneaky, cumulative punchline. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Steve Murray Hoffman may be a surprise standout, a snarky class clown who becomes a voice for his fellow defendants and the war-weary nation during his closing courtroom remarks. But it's a fantastic cast in general... EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Under the Shadow (2016) Steve Murray Under the Shadow is a skillful slow burn of a movie, intermixing quiet, suggestively stacked details with an increasing number of unsettling shocks. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Cuties (2020) Steve Murray Cuties is serious and raises useful questions. If it makes you uncomfortable, it's supposed to. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Steve Murray Brown narrates Enola's adventure with delightful asides to the camera and carries the film beautifully. Spryly made by Harry Bradbeer... EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) Steve Murray It's a heartbreaking tale, particularly since it's told in an unusual form: All the content comes from home movies, social media posts, phone calls and interrogation room videos. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Steve Murray ...the film is earnest, disturbing and occasionally a little too much like a healthy, boring helping of vegetables. Still, it couldn't be timelier. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
The Boys in the Band (2020) Steve Murray Boys is sometimes expertly structured and at other times a wobbly mess. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (Number 1 Will Blow Your Mind!) (2019) Steve Murray Bigfoot wins you over by the end with its sheer good, goofy nature. It's absurd in ways that are all too plausible these days... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
() Steve Murray Without convincing character development or depth, and with a central character who's as frustrating as he is pathetic, Curtis is too often a well-meaning chore. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) Steve Murray Killing can surprise you in quiet ways you don't expect. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
() Steve Murray Too bad the script feels like an afterthought. The movie means to be timeless, but instead feels thin with characters who remain symbolic ciphers, not believable people with depth, agency or idiosyncrasies. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Milkwater (2020) Steve Murray ...the movie corrects itself and slides into a wise, balanced ending... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (2020) Steve Murray The documentary is rewarding in ways that only come with this sort of time-intensive commitment from a filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
The Outside Story (2020) Steve Murray Being reminiscent of a film from the heyday of indie cinema isn't such a bad thing. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Howard (2018) Steve Murray Anyone with a love of movie musicals, particularly the animated renaissance begun by Disney's The Little Mermaid, will want to watch the documentary feature Howard. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Chemical Hearts (2020) Steve Murray Chemical Hearts may not distinguish itself among the glut of movies about sensitive high-schoolers enjoying romance and emotional challenges, but its leads have charm and chemistry. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
An Easy Girl (2019) Steve Murray Sofia isn't as simple as she looks, and Naima learns a lot about the performative aspects of femininity in this unique coming-of-age tale. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Steve Murray The result of all this is a deep, agonizing sense of self-indulgence on the part of Kaufman. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Steve Murray The movie's main failure is Ferrell, who's too old and too far removed from his Elf heyday to be using the same faux naïf notes... EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
The Old Guard (2020) Steve Murray Some of the action beats here are overly familiar, but there's a gratifyingly fresh texture to the characters' profiles... EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Steve Murray Rather than being a staid documentary about a long-ago figure, Good Trouble bridges the gap between the here-and-now and the way-back-when with startling immediacy. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
7500 (2019) Steve Murray ...a tense, economically crafted piece of work. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Disclosure (2020) Steve Murray Disclosure presents a breezy but pretty thorough overview of the entertainment media's longtime dismissive portrayal of gender otherness... EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Steve Murray Da 5 Bloods is well-made and beautifully acted by people at the top of their game (Peters is particularly strong as the group's calm center). And even a flawed (and, at 154 minutes, way too long) Spike Lee movie is worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Seberg (2019) Steve Murray Worth a look for Stewart, though, who's always committed, even in mediocre flicks... EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
The Vast of Night (2019) Steve Murray Like many sci-fi films, even those with real budgets, the big reveal and resolution are a letdown. But it's an admirable calling card for the first-time director and his cast. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) Steve Murray She caps it all with a joke she told us she was going to tell - but delivers with the perfect timing that ends the show on a note of weird bliss. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Becoming (2020) Steve Murray These are the sorts of words we need to hear, and believe, right now. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
Holy Motors (2012) Steve Murray You won't see anything else like it onscreen. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Selah and the Spades (2019) Steve Murray Writer-director Tayarisha Poe's film is worthy, but like Tales From the Loop, purports to be deeper than it really is. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
International Falls (2019) Steve Murray The film is the kind of character study they don't make much any more, probably because so many were not as nicely and modestly made. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections (2020) Steve Murray Is all of this just a lot of paranoia, or a partisan conspiracy theory? You'll be hard-pressed to believe that by the end of Kill Chain. The documentary convincingly makes its case... EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
The Banker (2020) Steve Murray From start to finish, unfortunately, Mackie tends to play Garrett as emotionally buttoned-up as the nice suits he wears. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Blood on Her Name (2019) Steve Murray It's flawed, but it's a tightly wound, mournful thriller about a young woman in a very bad situation. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
Rob Delaney: Jackie (2020) Steve Murray He's more amusing than hilarious. These days, that may be enough. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020