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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Underwater (2020) Nicholas Bell This sometimes-competent underwater creature feature doesn't appear to have an original concept or idea lurking anywhere in its superficial recesses. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 The Grudge (2020) Nicholas Bell For all its genre appropriate flourishes and gory craftsmanship which defies the theatrical release date in which its studio abandoned it, Pesce has little wiggle room to revitalize a familiar story. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
3/5 The Europeans (1979) Nicholas Bell Beautifully photographed by Larry Pizer, The Europeans conveys an unstated death pallor which overshadows its otherwise jaunty proceedings. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
2/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Nicholas Bell Trite melodrama, preachy grandstanding and superficial, skewed countenance of collective, generally perceived American identities or institutions. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Toys Are Not for Children (1972) Nicholas Bell Brasloff concocts an interesting psychological portrait of childhood trauma and dysfunctional development in this portrait of a young woman whose daddy issues provide a springboard for tragedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3.5/5 Bombshell (2019) Nicholas Bell A film which feels akin to the expression of the cat eating the canary, riding high on the shoulders of a sublime characterization of Fox news anchor Megyn Kelly courtesy of Charlize Theron. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
3/5 () Nicholas Bell For a debut film, Murphy attempts a fine balance and often succeeds -- but at least for its first two acts allows for an interesting mix of characters to bounce off one another before they're tossed into a melting pot resolution. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
2.5/5 Dark Waters (2019) Nicholas Bell Somewhat of a predictable disappointment in what plays like the visual aid to a Wikipedia entry on the events. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
2.5/5 () Nicholas Bell Although lacking in originality and narrative energy, director Annabelle Attanasio more often than not makes up for such slights with authentic strides and nuanced performances in her debut Mickey and the Bear. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Nicholas Bell Director Mike Flanagan achieves the impossible with Doctor Sleep, a cohesive and effective sequel to Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of the Stephen King classic The Shining which succeeds as a standalone film of its own narrative merit. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 Harriet (2019) Nicholas Bell It's certainly a testament to [Harriet Tubman's] unfathomable resiliency -- and yet, this is a film which becomes more a conduit for conversation. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 Eli (2019) Nicholas Bell It's a pleasure to see [director Ciarán] Foy returning to something a bit less contrived this time around. Unfortunately, despite employing the likes of Kelly Reilly and Lili Taylor, his latest is a bit of an underwhelming slog. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 Aurora Borealis: Északi fény (2017) Nicholas Bell Meszaros paints a sobering portrait of painful reconciliation, a solid addition to the auteur's sixth decade of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 The Two of Us (1968) Nicholas Bell [Claude Berri's] debut stands as one his most accomplished achievements, and is a masterwork of haunting WWII and coming-of-age cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Wonder Wheel (2017) Nicholas Bell If Allen remains besotted with the same types of angsty mavens going on five decades now, this dress may be familiar, but it's a custom number made only for Kate Winslet. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 The Shape of Water (2017) Nicholas Bell Interestingly primed but never fully satisfying, The Shape of Water will enchant those inclined towards the film's romantic investments in one of Del Toro's most willfully rosy-tinted films concerning mankind. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (2016) Nicholas Bell Iwai's A Bride for Rip Van Winkle is a momentous return to form for the auteur, and an occasion to ponder the predicament of foregoing sincerity for the sake of ease in human interaction. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Lady Bird (2017) Nicholas Bell Lady Bird is a generous portrait from a writer/director/actress who knows something about authenticity. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Novitiate (2017) Nicholas Bell Betts' achievement resembles the melodramatic textures of the iconic Audrey Hepburn vehicle A Nun's Story (which gets a textual reference) mixed with a (slight) dash of Madchen in Uniform sexual repression. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) Nicholas Bell What's perhaps most refreshing... is the clear-eyed, non-judgmental presentation of three adult people exploring their sexuality without the unnecessary accompaniment of shame and moral grandstanding. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Nicholas Bell Echoing a bygone era of studio films daring to push boundaries and expectations rather than demurely adhering to them, Blade Runner 2049 is every bit a soliloquy of dread in response to Scott's ballet of violence. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 mother! (2017) Nicholas Bell Sure, Aronofsky has given us something to talk about, but this unintentionally campy exercise is so gleefully entrenched in its reliance on shock value, it's glaring metaphors can't help but feel pedantic. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/5 The Motive (2017) Nicholas Bell What begins as a cynical and overtly snarky portrait of the selfish possibilities of the creative process eventually spoils as a monotonous rendition of a man who turns out to be more sociopathic than creative. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Mademoiselle Paradis (2017) Nicholas Bell It is Dragus who remains the beating heart of Mademoiselle Paradis. Her face a complex cascade of differentiating shades of anguish, and she spins Resi into a highly empathetic characterization. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Nicholas Bell If perhaps it isn't nearly as daring as King's novel, capturing the tone and emotional essence goes a long way towards making this study on fear and trembling effectively entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4.5/5 Numéro une (2017) Nicholas Bell Starring the luminous Emmanuelle Devos as the first potential CEO of a CAC 40 company, the glass ceiling of the usual old boys' club finds itself groaning under the pressure of a woman finally awakening to the full magnitude of her potential. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Mrs. Fang (2017) Nicholas Bell Perhaps the most unromantic portrait of egress ever committed to film. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Beyond Words (2017) Nicholas Bell As an exercise in significant deliberation, Beyond Words is a lush cinematic exchange. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/5 () Nicholas Bell Its characters behave believably given the personalities painted for them, but fails to result in anything as profound or as resonating as its reach would suggest. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 Le prix du succès (2017) Nicholas Bell For a film balanced on the supposed talent of its main character, it never allows him (or anyone else) to be showcased as exceptional or compelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Castaway (1987) Nicholas Bell While not of the same potency of Roeg's earlier, famed decade, Castaway has its merits, and DP Harvey Harrison's island landscapes are deserving of a restoration. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Heat and Dust (1983) Nicholas Bell Heat and Dust is a carefully plotted melodrama which is both vicious in its demeaning treatment of women, but also the troubling implications of festering post-colonialist issues. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 The Villainess (2017) Nicholas Bell Your eyes might feel bruised but your pulse will remain elevated throughout Jung Byung-gil's erratic slice of brutal revenge, The Villainess. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Polina, danser sa vie (2016) Nicholas Bell While its beats are a bit roughhewn and familiar, impressive performance and a prosaic examination of an unyielding profession... supplies Preljocaj and Muller's debut collaboration with enough zest to justify a journey to an exquisite denouement. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Inxeba (2017) Nicholas Bell A textured, intimate portrait of how doggedly holding onto archaic traditions allows for the majority to force the marginalized apart. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Message From the King (2016) Nicholas Bell A brooding, gritty revenge flick geared as a throwback to American cinema of yesteryear, when the sleazy metropolis was a favored go-to for cinematic dens of iniquity. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Planetarium (2016) Nicholas Bell Planetarium manages to ascend to a rare sense of cinematic wonder spliced intoxicatingly with an unshakeable stab of longing, and an inescapable sense of doom. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Good Time (2017) Nicholas Bell Pattinson once again proves his abilities to disappear into a fully fleshed out characterization, here as a selfish yet sympathetic deadbeat. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 The Moderns (1988) Nicholas Bell A high-minded, sometimes amusing attempt to examine the potent ex-pat community of 1920s Paris. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Trouble in Mind (1985) Nicholas Bell Marianne Faithfull's swoony, croony title track carries this bit of glorious weirdness into its own offbeat glory EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Choose Me (1984) Nicholas Bell It's really a unique vehicle for Bujold and Warren as two women on the opposite sides of a 'love' problem. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/5 Wind River (2017) Nicholas Bell More predictable than it is a disappointment, Wind River may not be incredibly nuanced, but is more often than not enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 The Dark Tower (2017) Nicholas Bell Although not the misfire it could have been, Arcel's treatment of The Dark Tower is perhaps more sacrilegious than an utterly tone-deaf train wreck because, to be blunt, it's boring. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 Columbus (2017) Nicholas Bell A rarity in its ability to remain as intelligent as it is approachable, even as it defies the usual indie conventions about a sad man meeting a sad young girl, Columbus is a handsomely crafted achievement. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Kidnap (2017) Nicholas Bell As an antidote to all continual and endless tentpole formulas of superhero films and other franchise properties which have taken over the studio output of present, Kidnap is a zesty, refreshing guilty pleasure. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Detroit (2017) Nicholas Bell Lacks a certain sense of complexity beyond its obvious relation to contemporary American issues. As it stands, this may be Bigelow's most notable effort to date, but isn't as finely wrought as one might expect. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Menashe (2017) Nicholas Bell This sensibly directed, melancholic little film prizes sincerity instead of overblown melodrama. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Amnesia (2015) Nicholas Bell Through the use of music, mainly blending Jo's techno beat with Martha's classical influences, the underlying message seems to suggest it takes a blending of the past and present to move forward. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
1/5 Mal de pierres (2016) Nicholas Bell Cotillard's emotional energy is wasted in Garcia's capably directed romantic drama, which is visually polished by Christophe Beaucarne, though his glossy frames actually create an accidental desolation in the film's jagged void of unlikely drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Atomic Blonde (2017) Nicholas Bell Atomic Blonde becomes a bit like watching a snake eat its own tail, but it's undulating toxicity is so enthralling, we hardly mind its digestion process. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019