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 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 () 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 () 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 () 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 () 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 () 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
4/5 The World Is Yours (2018) Ella Kemp It's a world of aesthetic outlandishness, woozy and exciting in turn. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 Red Joan (2018) Ella Kemp There's little worth in simply retelling a story that only speaks as loud as a written word - we have Wikipedia for that. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 Greta (2018) Ella Kemp Thanks to such tenacious actors and unpredictable storytelling tricks, Greta just about gets away with its nonsense. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/5 Guava Island (2019) Ella Kemp Guava Island builds a land of promise and terror, while being fuelled by Glover's enigmatically militant soundtracking. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
5/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Ella Kemp Happy As Lazzaro sways like a lullaby, whispered as if cognisance already feels slightly out of reach. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Ella Kemp The film brims with self-awareness and chutzpah, building a bridge between fearless kids and encouraging adults who know when to let the heroes take over. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Ella Kemp The story has shifted to ponder the glibness of performance art, rather than just letting young elephants fly. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Ella Kemp Immersion here begets motion sickness, as Schnabel favours sporadic and impulsive moments in the place of fluid storytelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Ella Kemp Us stretches the shadow of Peele's Oscar-winning debut beyond its prescriptive dimensions, and wears it inside out with a smile full of teeth. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
5/5 Benjamin (2018) Ella Kemp Laughing is easy, loving is not - Benjamin has the emotional dexterity to do both. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Ella Kemp The first Marvel woman to show signs of heroism is given little more than a proton blast to develop her personality. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
5/5 Monos (2019) Ella Kemp Your mileage may vary, but this, in the best way possible, instantly feels like the stuff of nightmares. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Ella Kemp A quiet masterpiece, an elegant glimpse at the past that savours the dangers of those in-between years, which is still so present. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
4/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Ella Kemp While the film might occasionally lack in subtlety, the vital takeaways speak volumes. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Ella Kemp The lives that Labaki portrays are too often treated as scrolling buzzwords in faceless news reports, but receive a sweepingly sensitive treatment here. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Ella Kemp An implacable, phantasmagorical experiment of what our identities give, and what the dissatisfaction with them takes away. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
3/5 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Ella Kemp The film rarely offers any surprise in the way such extraordinary events are being explained. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 A Private War (2018) Ella Kemp What could have stood as a harrowing but removed fragment of history is brought to life with immediacy. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 Mr. Jones (2019) Ella Kemp Infusing a bleak moment of history with surprising verve. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
2/5 The Kindness of Strangers (2019) Ella Kemp Every new idea shouts loud, in absurd and unnatural dialogue, leaving nothing more than a sense of confusion and flat-out deflation. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
3/5 Second Act (2018) Ella Kemp The film bounces off Lopez's ability to charm both an audience and an unfair industry, in a formulaic but undeniably fun portrait of a headstrong woman. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 Destroyer (2018) Ella Kemp However convoluted the plot becomes, the direction always favours a celebration of the bruised and betrayed people in this story. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 Vice (2018) Ella Kemp McKay directs with an insistent hand, creating a frustrating mishmash of personal and historical politics. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 Monsters and Men (2018) Ella Kemp By widening the story further to involve more than just those who are immediately affected, Green speaks to an audience and invites us to simply do better. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Ella Kemp The paint-by-numbers contemporary empowerment veers at times into distraction, when facts slip away in favour of feeling. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 The Front Runner (2018) Ella Kemp The film reflects on the moment personal and professional politics became irrevocably intertwined without questioning what's really so harmful about it. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019