Cinemattraction

Cinemattraction is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Sarah Manvel
Rating Title/Year Author
The Ground Truth (2006) Sarah Manvel It leaves you in no doubt of the psychological cost of war. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
The Magic Flute (2006) Sarah Manvel The Magic Flute is an enjoyable entry into opera and will definitely be regularly shown in high schools once it comes out on DVD. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
The Edge of Heaven (2007) Sarah Manvel Akin has choreographed... a demonstration of how open borders close off other opportunities and, even in a surveillance culture, how easy it is to get lost. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Under the Bombs (2007) Sarah Manvel Not many other films have had the hubris to ask for sympathy for an actress over and beyond the suffering of real people. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
My Brother Is an Only Child (2007) Sarah Manvel What could have been a complex examination of Italy's political divisions in the 1960s and '70s is reduced to two brothers' ceaseless one-upmanship. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth (2008) Sarah Manvel Instead of the clever retro sci-fi parody it desperately wants to be, the attempts to poke fun at the tiny budget only reveal a feeble lack of imagination. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2007) Sarah Manvel In this story, there's nothing so upsetting that a poem carved into a tree can't solve, and no hearts so broken that a spot of crossdressing can't cheer them up again. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Let's Talk About the Rain (2007) Sarah Manvel This movie is like a family holiday that you can sum up to acquaintances in two or three sentences but spend hours agonizing about to your closest friends. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Sakuran (2006) Sarah Manvel Sakuran's unique selling point are the jaw-dropping visuals. Director Mika Ninagawa is a garlanded fashion photographer, and she knows how to dress an image. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
The Fox and the Child (2007) Sarah Manvel Sure, it's important to teach children the difference between wild and tame animals, but is this a lesson that modern suburban children, who barely see a squirrel, should learn like this? EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Incendiary (2008) Sarah Manvel Director Sharon Maguire, who also wrote the screenplay, has taken a story that could be set nowhere but London and made its people behave like anything but the English. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Religulous (2008) Sarah Manvel It's hugely amusing to see an argument so cheerfully loaded, so barefacedly one-sided, and so frankly determined to bully the other side into silence. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Beautiful Losers (2008) Sarah Manvel The whole ethos portrayed in this film seems to be of a tightly knit group, referencing and re-referencing each other ad infinitum. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Nights and Weekends (2008) Sarah Manvel The tight focus on these two people does cross the line from careful attention into claustrophobic narcissism. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
Hearts of the World (1918) Sarah Manvel Griffith makes a film of passion and conviction that refuses to romanticize the war. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Forbidden (1932) Sarah Manvel Wrestling with how a working mother can find fulfillment without being forced to choose between her career and her children is still a relevant topic today - therefore so is Forbidden. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Tower of Silence (Der Turm des Schweigens) (1925) Sarah Manvel A perfectly serviceable film, The Tower of Silence did not deserve its neglect. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Tell No One (2006) Sarah Manvel What is new in Tell No One is Canet's attitude towards violence involving women, a necessarily essential component to a thriller. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006) Sarah Manvel Action is mostly repetitive monologues about their power and dreams of rap stardom. Almost no one else speaks. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Good Luck Chuck (2007) Sarah Manvel It's a poor rom-com which leaves you hoping the cute couple doesn't get it together. Despite valiant attempts to get the audience laughing again, the movie doesn't recover from turning so unexpectedly and completely sour. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Counterfeiters (2007) Sarah Manvel Is this how we confront evil in 2007, not by documenting it faithfully or fighting it openly, but instead by blaming its victims for their victimhood? EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Four Women (2007) Sarah Manvel Four Women is a mirror which should make us all uncomfortable with its reflection. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Saturn in Opposition (2007) Sarah Manvel Ozpetek's direction rejects that structure completely to emphasize togetherness and resistance to change. It's an unusual filmic perspective. But why tell the story without providing the hook to become emotionally attached to these people? EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Trap (2007) Sarah Manvel The Trap is well-made enough to deserve a wider audience (especially when you consider how many eastern Europeans now live across the United Kingdom). EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Closing the Ring (2007) Sarah Manvel Has Plummer or Postlethwaite ever given a bad performance? Attenborough is no auteur, as he says himself, but his ability to enable his actors to shine makes Closing the Ring a film which really grows on you. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
We Want Roses Too (2007) Sarah Manvel Splicing pieces of fragmented media into a comprehensive documentary without relying on a narrative presence is a remarkable achievement, and what Alina Marazzi has accomplished in We Want Roses Too. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Champagne Spy (Meragel Ha-Shampaniya) (2007) Sarah Manvel This film has won [Gur-Arie] an Israeli Oscar; if he continues to handle his subjects with such sensitivity and cleverness, exercise videos' loss is cinema's gain. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Mister Lonely (2007) Sarah Manvel Mister Lonely could have been a sparkling, carefree character piece. Instead, partially due to its flat and mainly joyless visual style, it deteriorates into a sour mess that feels a lot longer than its 112 minutes. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Jetsam (2007) Sarah Manvel Keeping the factors of its making in mind, Welsford has done an astonishing job. He has amply proved that, with an original premise and more money than a blockbuster's weekly coffee budget, he could spread his wings and fly EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Bridge (2006) Sarah Manvel The crowning achievement of this remarkable, respectful film is that it makes you wonder what you can do so that you never have to see it again. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Shut Up and Sing (2006) Sarah Manvel As a documentary that magnificently demonstrates how actions have unintended consequences and how politics impact our personal choices. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Fast Food Nation (2006) Sarah Manvel There are so many characters the film can't keep track of them and none of these supposedly interconnecting stories gel. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
WWW: What a Wonderful World (2006) Sarah Manvel WWW: What a Wonderful World fascinates on a scene-by-scene basis, and is one of the most visually inventive films in recent memory. But the separate parts never gel into a comprehensive whole. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Ghosts (2006) Sarah Manvel The fields and farmlands are in the prettiest countryside, cellphones provide a connection home, and the support and camaraderie the immigrants share makes it all bearable. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Namesake (2006) Sarah Manvel Since Nair made such a stir with her fresh approach to William Thackeray's Vanity Fair, the fact that she simply translated The Namesake from page to screen proves to be a bit of a letdown. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018