Culture Whisper

Culture Whisper is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ella Kemp
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Sitting in Limbo (2020) Ella Kemp Sitting in Limbo doesn't aim to warp the truth, to glorify any one party. This isn't about rewriting history, it's about making sure the true mistakes and hardships are finally given the weight they deserve. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Ella Kemp The sell of Never Rarely Sometimes Always can and will capitalise on the film's relevance as an abortion drama, but its lasting impact is more tender, more deeply saddening and more personal. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020
3/5 Love. Wedding. Repeat (2020) Ella Kemp It's charming enough - but as with countless weddings, the cake looks divine but ends up tasting a little bland. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
4/5 Onward (2020) Ella Kemp The mystical throughline is what gives Onward an entertaining framework, but the stirring depth of each character, so thoughtful in relation to one another, is what makes the film sing alongside Pixar's top-tier offerings. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 Greed (2019) Ella Kemp The farcical satire earns a sense of gravity, and humour gives way to silence when necessary. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
3/5 EMMA. (2020) Ella Kemp Perhaps Emma is simply a story that must be appreciated for its surface beauty. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Ella Kemp Birds of Prey fizzes with madness, violence, and blistering fun EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Ella Kemp This show represented something different, as it was more in tune with her roots than what a mostly white audience at the music festival in California could begin to understand. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
5/5 Little Women (2019) Ella Kemp Gerwig's Little Women is permanently alive with a boisterous, marvellous spirit - only one cinema experience this side of the decade could let beauty bloom with such ingenuity. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 1917 (2019) Ella Kemp Mendes captures the immediacy of the trenches, the mechanical nature of war but also the vulnerable circumstances that can save or lose a life in a fraction of a second. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 Last Christmas (2019) Ella Kemp Here is a charming, mellow Christmas rom-com, but also a hamper of razor-sharp observations on modern-day dysfunction, both introspective and societal, symptomatic of 2019 Britain. It's impossible to stay frosty against it. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 The Laundromat (2019) Ella Kemp For those who know the broad strokes of the events, who are familiar with the potential of the director and his eyewatering cast - this often feels like the tip of a very big, very solid, very rich iceberg. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Ella Kemp The Irishman is vivid and immense, as if no movie had actually been so completely accomplished until now. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 Babyteeth (2019) Ella Kemp Babyteeth is like a rush of blood to the head, a violent, passionate lurch into young adulthood. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Ella Kemp With two trustworthy stars and one world-changing balloon, The Aeronauts finds more than enough fuel to lift the world's spirits. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Ella Kemp Beauty pours out of The Last Black Man in San Francisco and it asks to be felt with every sense. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) Ella Kemp The marriage of fan service and historical tribute erects an impressive monument of a film in The King. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Ella Kemp It feels like Marriage Story could hold the key to the most intimate and complex humanity in the faintest of heartbeats. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Ella Kemp It's rare to see such immense impulse given the time and space of Lucy in the Sky - an illogical, unsettled and entertaining picture. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 How to Build a Girl (2019) Ella Kemp There are many moments of sweetness and unquestionable chemistry between Feldstein and Allen. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Ella Kemp Judy bypasses a chronological checklist of events in favour of a more evocative introspection. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/5 Joker (2019) Ella Kemp In Joker there's no finesse, no nuance between the delusion of one narcissist and the hypnosis of an infected society ready to burn itself to the ground in the name of power. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Ella Kemp Wooden performances make empathy impossible, and the scattershot narrative loses all the riches of the source material. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Ella Kemp Hustlers focuses the women of the strip club, but the fire roars loud enough to transcend this world and wake up a viewer in any other situation that could feel any similar floodlit rage. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Ella Kemp For fans of the Boss, it's a treat, and for those less familiar it offers a thorough and harmless insight into the fandom EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/5 The Lion King (2019) Ella Kemp When you're trying to mine emotion from a dried-up rock, you'll be left choking on your own dust long after the sheen of mechanical innovation has worn off. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 Mari (2018) Ella Kemp Embracing grief as an incommunicable sensation and finding the means to work through it, the film fights hard to tell a familiar story with a unique passion. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Ella Kemp What transpires is a complex, wisened contemplation of a simple existence lived for a greater purpose - Pixar's most soulful film in years. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Ella Kemp Hemsworth and Thompson's charisma soothes the viewing experience, but what remains after the credits have rolled is... not very much. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Ella Kemp Entertaining but overbaked jazzy comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ella Kemp Ask Dr. Ruth prioritises the admiration of an inspirational figure, rather than a probing of the mind that cared for so many. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 Animals (2019) Ella Kemp The narrative's mission is less to get from A to B, instead to relish the snapshots of sisterhood, at once idyllic and hellish, that audiences will undoubtedly recognise. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
2/5 Ma (2019) Ella Kemp The lack of logic and, in some instances, dignity, prevents the film from really committing to its hellish promises. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 The Nightingale (2018) Ella Kemp The Nightingale is not a film of subtext or suggestions - the harrowing facts are depicted with cruel proximity EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Ella Kemp Lulu Wang successfully marries comedic talent with sensitive writing to universalise her experience. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Atlantics (2019) Ella Kemp There's enough in Diop's confident style to make a viewing of Atlantics crucial homework to keep tabs on one of the most exciting filmmakers emerging today. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Ella Kemp The director's fiercely intelligent voice is unmistakable in Parasite, but the playfulness keeps an audience irretrievably invested. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 Matthias & Maxime (2019) Ella Kemp Matthias et Maxime cherishes the feelings Dolan has always mastered, but his tumultuous underbelly is softer, more mature. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Ella Kemp It's as if Marianne and Héloïse's story lives in the finite window of a neverending golden hour, shining only for them. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 Pain and Glory (2019) Ella Kemp Pain and Glory is less electric than Almódovar's earlier and more impassioned melodramas, but no less colourful. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 Little Joe (2019) Ella Kemp A stimulating and cerebral study of the indiscernible root of genuine emotion. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Ella Kemp Claustrophobic cacophony reigns supreme - the rest of this year's titles will have to furiously paddle to try and compete. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Ella Kemp An unambiguous and affecting look at the dull strain of today's gig economy. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Ella Kemp Regal showmanship fuels Rocketman's mission, propelling the rousing, heartfelt musical to gleeful heights. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Ella Kemp Spotty suburban absurdity overtakes any sense of violent fear. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 Beats (2019) Ella Kemp In its earsplitting appetite, Beats tears through the feeble noise of the status quo. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
5/5 Madeline's Madeline (2018) Ella Kemp With her third feature film, Josephine Decker is cementing herself as an irreplaceable voice in contemporary independent filmmaking. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
4/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Ella Kemp Amazing Grace beams with raw talent. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
3/5 Knock Down the House (2019) Ella Kemp Although Knock Down the House ticks a lot of familiar boxes, the authentic ambition is unrivalled. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Ella Kemp What feels gripping during the film's runtime tastes a bit more sour once the credits have rolled. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019