Edge Media Network

Edge Media Network is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Derek Deskins, Frank J. Avella
Rating Title/Year Author
A French Exit (2020) Frank J. Avella Pfeiffer, in a performance for the ages, makes an indelible mark. Her Frances is an instant cinematic icon. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
B Tahara (2020) Frank J. Avella Kudos to screenwriter Jess Zeidman for writing such rich characters, and to the ensemble for keeping them authentic. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
B Dating Amber (2020) Frank J. Avella Dating Amber is fittingly bittersweet. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
B () Frank J. Avella Hickey delivers a rich and nuanced performance in a rare leading role. Fox continues to add to his eclectic oeuvre. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
B Nora Highland (2020) Frank J. Avella Writer-director Ryan Spahn has a great ear for dialogue, and a gift for exploring important themes and making it entertaining. I highly recommend the film for the middle section. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
A- Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation (2020) Frank J. Avella Lisa Immordino Vreeland has structured a truly captivating and cleverly contrasting examination of two of the most significant writers of the last century. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
B Uncle Frank (2020) Frank J. Avella Margo Martindale brings gravitas to any project she's attached to and is especially powerful here as Frank's tough-ass mother. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
A+ The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Frank J. Avella Sorkin has offered up a ridiculously riveting, masterfully crafted, brilliantly acted, and astonishingly executed work. Most definitely the best film of 2020 to date... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
B- On the Rocks (2020) Frank J. Avella Whenever Bill Murray is onscreen in Sofia Coppola's affable new comedy, On the Rocks, the film is an absolute treat. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2020
B Beginning (2020) Frank J. Avella The film brings to mind Bergman by way of Haneke with a little von Trier sprinkled about... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2020
A- Atarrabi & Mikelats (2020) Frank J. Avella Green's world enchants us and dares us to examine the many layers of good and evil. I have rarely had an experience this year where, after two hours, I did not want a film to end. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2020
B+ David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Frank J. Avella Lee captures the joy, but also the pain, of Byrne's view of America, a place that has drifted so far from anyone's notion of a utopia that only a fascist could sell it as such. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
B The Salt of Tears (2020) Frank J. Avella Garrel continues the intimate relationship examinations of his last three films, but this time he turns the player prototype on its ear and, in doing so, exposes just how toxic behavior that was, until just recently, seen as normal truly is. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
B+ Undine (2020) Frank J. Avella Undine (is) a spellbinding experience. Beer is luminous in the titular role... EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
A- All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Frank J. Avella The film is a spellbinding odyssey that charts the history of voter suppression in the U.S. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
B+ MLK/FBI (2020) Frank J. Avella MLK/FBI is as compelling as it is exasperating. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
A- I Carry You With Me (2020) Frank J. Avella ///the soul of this urgent and exquisite film is the palpable and potent chemistry between Iván and Gerardo played superbly by Armando Espitia and Christian Vázquez, respectively... EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
A Nomadland (2020) Frank J. Avella Zhao has created a true work of cinematic art for our time, a sublime journey of the spirit and the soul of a woman and her country. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
A- Evil Under the Sun (1982) Frank J. Avella Evil Under the Sun is a lush, clever, and entertaining gem that is more than worth the sit. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
B Death on the Nile (1978) Frank J. Avella Death on the Nile is an admirable addition to the Christie-on-film canon with a cast of game, if sometimes hammy, actors and just the right amount of murder, mystery and mayhem. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
A- Lord Love a Duck (1966) Frank J. Avella Lord Love a Duck is a wildly subversive, scathing satire with an often-twisted, swirling sexual energy. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
Little Monsters (1989) Derek Deskins It is 100 minutes of nails on a chalkboard and, in a more just world, would have resulted in the end of Howie Mandel's career. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
B+ Blackbird (2019) Frank J. Avella Sarandon anchors the proceedings perfectly...Winslet has the trickiest role...and maneuvers the character's forced flip flops with an admirable verve...newcomer Boon is the heart of the film. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
B Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Frank J. Avella The lunatic film blends about nine different genres (horror, action, thriller, top the list) and appropriates from some of film and TV's finest resulting in an unusual, bracing delight. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
B Falling (2020) Frank J. Avella Falling is an impressive work that owes much of its success to Mortensen's keen casting sense, specifically Lance Henriksen as his cantankerous father fighting a losing battle with regret and memory loss. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
A- I Care a Lot (2020) Frank J. Avella It's Rosamund Pike's sharp, fierce and wicked performance that truly anchors the movie and gives it its most explosive intensity. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
A- Summer of 85 (2020) Frank J. Avella Ozon blends the playful and lighthearted with touches of the sinister and macabre and delivers a cinematic experience that stays with you long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
A One Night in Miami (2020) Frank J. Avella This potent and urgent work delves into important conversations that are as relevant today as they were then. All four actors deliver powerhouse performances, with Ben-Adir searing the screen with a truly unforgettable embodiment. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
A The Father (2020) Frank J. Avella Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman deliver two of the finest performances of 2020 in the masterful, heartbreaking new film, The Father. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
A Ammonite (2020) Frank J. Avella Ammonite is a film where every touch, every glance, every movement, every gesture has great meaning...Kate Winslet is nothing short of astonishing in a restrained performance seething with pent-up desire and longing. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
A+ Roman Holiday (1953) Frank J. Avella Hepburn is a marvel, mixing deep pathos with a restless yearning. She also proves to be a gifted comic. I cannot praise her performance effusively enough. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
B P.S. Burn This Letter Please (2020) Frank J. Avella The film shines an important light into a part of LGBTQ history that has been disregarded. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A- () Frank J. Avella The Capote Tapes probes the life and work of this enigmatic celebrity in an attempt to discover some psychological truths. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A- () Frank J. Avella The Strong Ones probes the smoldering passion but also the deep connection made by two guys who are feeling out who they are who they want to be. I can't recommend this gem enough. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A Cicada (2020) Frank J. Avella Fifer is a filmic force to be reckoned with. His script is dense and honest and his performance, fearless. One of the best indies of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A- Dramarama (2020) Frank J. Avella Dramatama is an impressive and wholly engaging peek into the world of a group of California theatre-nerd friends about to leave for college in 1994. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019) Frank J. Avella This highly ambitious, audacious work is never what it seems...The creatives are going for something sublime here and they masterfully (and deliberately messily) achieve that goal. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
B- Monsoon (2019) Frank J. Avella Golding delivers a lovely, understated turn, subtly exposing his conflicting feelings. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
B+ Shiva Baby (2020) Frank J. Avella Polly Draper deserves awards attention for her amusing yet keen embodiment of the Jewish mother. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
B The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Frank J. Avella Dev Patel invigorates this latest retelling of the Dickensian hero. His buoyant and commanding performance takes the film in exhilarating directions. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
A T11 Incomplete (2020) Frank J. Avella Guacci's talent for welcomed subtext and knowing exactly when to begin and end a scene allows for a rewarding and transcendent filmic experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
How to Build a Girl (2019) Derek Deskins With a lesser cast, I may have forgiven its broad sensibilities, but its complete waste of an exceptionally talented troupe of actors feels unforgivable. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
B- The Acrobat (2019) Frank J. Avella Both men are keeping secrets and both unleash their dark anguish/despair on one another via sado-masochistic sex-the kind that looks very real. Ricard and Paulau hold our interest. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
B Minyan (2020) Frank J. Avella The overly ambitious and often hypnotic work, set in 1986, centers on a 17-year-old boy grappling with his burgeoning sexuality amidst the backdrop of the Russian Jewish world of Brighton Beach. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
B- Stage Mother (2020) Frank J. Avella In Thom Fitzgerald's old fashioned but charming, Stage Mother, (Jackie Weaver) gets to deliver a lovely portrait of a mother exorcising her own demons. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
Project Power (2020) Derek Deskins "Project Power" can never stick the landing, wavering in an in-between space: Not crazy enough to be fun, not smart enough to be good. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
C The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Frank J. Avella The quartet of actors etch memorable portrayals with Jagger devilishly stealing his two delicious scenes. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
B+ Made in Italy (2020) Frank J. Avella Made in Italy proves to be a rather penetrating, bittersweet tale about tragedy, loss, mourning, understanding, and renewal. It's a father/son love story. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
A- Retaliation (2017) Frank J. Avella Retaliation is one of 2020's best kept filmic secrets and Bloom's remarkable performance is an absolute knockout - not only his best on-screen performance ever, but one of the year's most outstanding turns. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
C- Ghost (1990) Frank J. Avella Whoopi Goldberg's Tour de Farce performance almost makes Ghost worth a revisit. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020