That Shelf

That Shelf is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Courtney Small, Joe Lipsett, Michael McNeely, Pat Mullen, Victor Stiff
Rating Title/Year Author
Booksmart (2019) Joe Lipsett ...it's easy to fall in love with both girls, and the film's refusal to stoop to simplistic moral messages in favour of celebrating the bonds of (female) friendship is refreshing and genuinely applause-worthy. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Pat Mullen When Birds of Passage brings its fable full circle, it delivers a potent reminder of their complicity in the cycles of violence that continue to this day. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) Pat Mullen Triple Frontier is a no-holds-barred action epic with high stakes and major thrills. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Cold War (2018) Pat Mullen Cold War is the arthouse sibling of A Star is Born with its heartbreaking portrait of two lovers on the music scene striving for the future while weighted down by the past. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Pat Mullen Playing Hermant Oberoi, chef of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India, Kher gives a performance of quiet authority and overwhelming dignity. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Pat Mullen Cruz and Bardem truly are one of the great screen couples of their generation. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Courtney Small The result is a work that is filled with interesting moments, but ultimately succumbs to conventional plot devices that the real Tolkien would have scoffed at. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Pat Mullen It's as if everyone on set realized that they weren't filming the Oscar contender they signed up for, but, good Brits that they are, soldiered on and got the job done. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 The Hustle (2019) Joe Lipsett If you've seen the original film, there's no reason to watch this new one; aside from a few modern updates, it's the exact same movie. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story (2019) Victor Stiff Quiet Storm doesn't ask you to give Artest's behaviour a pass, but it does add shades of gray to what was once a black and white conversation. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
() Victor Stiff The film's robots are the stars of the show, even though they lack star power. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Victor Stiff Modern-day Satanic Temple worshipers don't lurk in shadows, they express themselves out in the open - often defiantly. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
La Fille de L'Air (1992) Michael McNeely Great story, but an unfortunately long, winding runtime. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Victor Stiff This is blockbuster filmmaking of the highest order. Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of a decade's worth of stories, character growth, and audience investment. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Missing Link (2019) Victor Stiff Missing Link dazzles the eyes, captures the imagination, and warms the heart. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Victor Stiff The most compelling aspect of Hellboy comics is the character's rich mythology. But instead of savouring it like aged whiskey, Marshall burns through it like gasoline. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Little (2019) Courtney Small Marsai Martin is wonderful as the pint-sized Jordan; confidently carrying the swagger of adulthood and the vulnerability that comes with youth. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Victor Stiff Shazam! works better as a wacky buddy comedy than as a superhero movie, and the genre is all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Carmine Street Guitars (2018) Courtney Small Whether it is the engaging conversations or the delicate performances, Mann's film is as enchanting as the guitar themselves. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Firecrackers (2018) Victor Stiff Firecrackers isn't your typical glossy, feel-good coming-of-age film. Mozaffari opts for a raw and unfiltered storytelling approach. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Victor Stiff Imagine what a tequila-drenched, sun-baked, stoned-out-his-mind Matthew McConaughey performance looks like, and that's what The Beach Bum delivers. And then some. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
A- Ash Is Purest White (2018) Courtney Small Jia crafts an entrancing look at how the cycles we often find ourselves in are just part of the universe's design. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
C- The Hummingbird Project (2018) Courtney Small The Hummingbird Project is scattered with engaging moments, but there is not enough to warrant investing in. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Joe Lipsett Fans of other teen tearjerkers like The Fault In Our Stars and anything in the Nicholas Sparks oeuvre will find plenty to enjoy here EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
To Dust (2018) Victor Stiff [To Dust] draws viewers in by tackling life's biggest questions head-on. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Joe Lipsett It's a shame that Larson isn't given more opportunities to lend the character some heft, especially since Captain Marvel works best when it's focusing on its characters, not its intergalactic war. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Rampant (2018) Victor Stiff What [Rampant] lacks in originality it makes up for with gruesome visuals and cold-blooded savagery. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Mimosas (2016) Michael McNeely The Moroccan landscapes are sure to impress, particularly on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Graduation (2016) Michael McNeely The times in which emotion breaks through (as it certainly did in 4 months) are the times you should be sure you are paying attention. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Forushande (2016) Michael McNeely Don't miss this film, and if you're not already familiar with the play within the film, this is a great excuse to correct that. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Things to Come (2016) Michael McNeely Things to Come tries too hard to be accessible and high-brow at the same time. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
The Long Excuse (2016) Michael McNeely Motoki should be commended for playing such a duplicitous and two-faced character. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Gaza Surf Club (2016) Michael McNeely It's when the two worlds - Ibrahim's and Sabah's - collide that the film seems to whisper in your ear of an urgent and necessary change that needs to happen. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
La fille inconnue (2016) Michael McNeely In the case of The Unknown Girl, it's as if we're interning for Dr. Jenny Davin. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Nocturama (2016) Michael McNeely The fragmented nature of the film, and the way it is filmed (as if it is a suspenseful episode of 24) gets tiring, and the tension deflates like a balloon when nothing seems to happen. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Pays (2016) Michael McNeely Boundaries is undoubtedly a metaphor. The mileage of the metaphor may vary with each audience member, depending on their interest and knowledge of Canadian politics and environmental issues. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
The Oath (2016) Michael McNeely The speed of the film is exhilarating. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Nelly (2016) Michael McNeely It is an exceptional film that reads as poetry and taps into the desperation and loss we all feel at some point. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Headshot (2016) Michael McNeely Unfortunately suffers from a lack of clarity and originality that was present in The Raid. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Layla M. (2016) Michael McNeely The brilliance of this film and El Koussour's performance is that Layla's M.'s indoctrination to being a wife of a Jihadist is logical, and even relatable. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Mister Universo (2016) Michael McNeely The surprise about this film is that everyone has a talent, and yet, are very modest about it. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Pyromaniac (2016) Michael McNeely Pyromaniac is a character study worth losing yourself in. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Hissein Habre, a Chadian Tragedy (2016) Michael McNeely Watching this film is not easy, nor should it be. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Raw (2016) Michael McNeely This is sweet, disgusting revenge. Watch people squirm if you can't watch the movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Ma' Rosa (2016) Michael McNeely For a two-hour run time and with all the hype surrounding it, I was expecting more. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Mali Blues (2016) Michael McNeely While a bit long and unfocused in scope, it is well worth getting to know Diawara and company, even if just to see passion doing its magic. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Home (2016) Michael McNeely The handheld shooting style and relatively loose plot lend themselves to an authentic lived experience that will make you sympathize with these teens as they grow up far too fast. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Orphan (2016) Michael McNeely Yes, the deaf-blind critic just said the best part of the film were two types of sounds that probably lasted a minute combined. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Anatomy of Violence (2016) Michael McNeely I just feel that this film would be better served - as we know that Mehta is capable of doing - as a narrative film instead of an acting exercise. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Sami Blood (2016) Michael McNeely Thankfully, this film stands out for all the right reasons. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019