Times of Malta

Times of Malta is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Paula Fleri-Soler
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Military Wives (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler As the film reaches its rousing climax it is not hard to appreciate why the Military Wives Choirs network has come to play a vital role in the lives of women in the military community together. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Paula Fleri-Soler It is a role that fits Ford like a glove ... EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Paula Fleri-Soler One of Robbie's strengths is her ability to fully immerse herself in any role and Harley is a character Robbie clearly relishes. It is a bravura performance -- a wild and wacky one which Robbie tackles with infectious enthusiasm. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/5 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Paula Fleri-Soler It's a lovely inspirational little piece, eschewing schmaltzy sentimentality for genuine emotion. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/5 Bombshell (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Ultimately, Bombshell underlines the courage of a group of women who finally stood up to right a horrific wrong; sadly one episode of many that stoked the fires that started the #metoo movement. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler A powerful and thought-provoking true-story... EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler While the film bears all of Malick's distinctive hallmarks - it is technically flawless - I felt that narratively and emotionally the film comes up short. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
5/5 1917 (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler With its extraordinary long takes and constant focus on the protagonists, it allows the viewers to become even more immersed in the action, inviting total emotional engagement which never lets up. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Jojo is the glue that holds the ensemble together and he grows before our eyes in his relationship with Elsa, which is simply a delight to behold. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Norton and his team have excelled in crafting a movie that oozes atmosphere with its excellent depiction of New York during that era, from the busy streets and crumbling houses of Brooklyn's working class... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Last Christmas (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler ...truth be told, in the tumultuous times we are currently going through, a couple of hours of mindless fluff is just the tonic you need. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
5/5 Frozen II (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler It more than lives up to its predecessor's reputation, with an ambitious and emotional story at its icy (in a good way) heart; and 90 minutes of rollicking Disney adventure. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 Midway (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler It brings together a considerable ensemble against an action-packed backdrop, made with Emmerich's signature size and scope; yet for all its spectacle, and its noble story of camaraderie and heroism, it rarely touches the heart as it should. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Sarah Connor/Linda Hamilton resets the bar for female action heroes the same way she did in 1984, and boy are we glad that she is back! EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Judy is a beautiful homage to the woman being celebrated, powered by an astonishing central performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Director Todd Phillips does not let up on the bleakness at any point. It is a film firmly grounded in humanity and ordinary and basic human vulnerabilities and needs in moments of challenge. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Some unexpected, well-executed action pieces ratchet up the pace - and the tension - considerably, resulting in another worthy entry to the canon of space-set films. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler It is only Nick Nolte, as Banning's gruff and grubby estranged father, who registers and makes the film a tad bearable. Pity his scenes are few and far between. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler This is probably Tarantino's most personal film yet -- a loving homage to Hollywood itself, home of the art form that he's worshipped since childhood, and that informed his career. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 The Current War (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler If the story doesn't quite gel, and the characters are not given the depth they deserve, at least the performances are strong enough to keep the audience's interests from fading. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast & Furious universe. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Director Jon Favreau gives the story much less attention to detail and nuance than he gives the visuals, and so allows little time for the viewer to engage on a visceral level. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler As the end credits roll you are in no doubt that Annabelle Comes Home is by far the weakest in the franchise, shorn of the horror that has permeated many of the previous titles in favour of something tamer -- Annabelle Lite, if you will. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 Yesterday (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler [Patel] effortlessly carries the film with his easy charm and hits both the heartfelt and the humorous notes with consummate ease. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler It is testament to the legacy of the films that have gone before that this is such a searing disappointment. The series, which has soared exceptionally high -- despite reaching some lows -- deserved a much better conclusion. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Somewhat predictably, that message has been diluted over the decades - to the point that here, the use of nuclear weapons is celebrated as a good thing, with nary a hint of subtlety or solemnity about their repercussions. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Hats off to [Fletcher for] his overall imaginative and colourful execution of Lee Hall's excellent script. Yet it would all have come to nought had its lead performance not been as moving, funny and powerful as Egerton's. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler We had reason to engage with the character in the past, despite his penchance for violence, yet here it is nothing more than a video-game rendition of the character. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler The screenplay consists of some terribly clichéd dialogue... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Mind-blowing and nail-biting doesn't begin to describe it as the biggest assemblage of Avengers we have seen approach endgame, to provide the perfect send-off for the billions of fans worldwide who have been with them all the way. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 Hellboy (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler Like pretty much everything else, the chemistry between Harbour and his sidekicks Lane and Dae-Kim never really ignites...failing spectacularly to live up to the film's promise that "Hellboy is back, and this time he's on fire!" EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Son of a Gun (2015) Paula Fleri-Soler It's not a setup we haven't seen before, yet Son of a Gun trots along at an effective pace, resulting in what is simply a good old-fashioned crime drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler When Dumbo soars, so does the film. That it is lamentably only for a few very brief scenes only serves to underline the ordinariness of everything else. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 What Men Want (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler In sum, we never actually do get to know what men want (apart from the obvious). And neither is it really illustrated how, even if she did know, Ali could change things. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 Boy Erased (2018) Paula Fleri-Soler Edgerton also wisely does not give in to the temptation of painting Jared's parents as one-dimensional, evil beings. Both Kidman and Crowe give them depth and nuance. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Transcendence (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler Disappointingly, despite the top-notch cast headlining the film, Transcendence does not quite live up to its potential. The narrative is too clunky and the characters are a tad superficial. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Brick Mansions (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler The film is characterized by a dull plot, uninspiring acting and thinly-sketched characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler Given the type of tight storytelling we are used to from Marvel, Guardians feels like it could have used a little tweaking, both narratively and character-wise. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Deliver Us From Evil (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler Deliver us from Evil offers too much of the same thing... may future horror films deliver us from the evils of repetitiveness. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
The Boxtrolls (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler Despite its shortcomings, The Boxtrolls boasts enough to add up to an eccentric and overall rather entertaining entry in the animation canon. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Simshar (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler Cremona has delivered something that has been well worth the wait, resulting in a motion picture that is a worthy ambassador for Malta's film industry. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Sabotage (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler The story boasts a dramatic personae of larger-than-life characters that are physically imposing but have little by way of personality. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Pompeii (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler If the film lacks energy up to this point, it more than makes up for it hereon in, saving this disaster film from being a complete and utter disaster. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Tarzan (2013) Paula Fleri-Soler It all looks suitably nice and colorful and jungle. But is never spectacular in the sense that it takes your breath away, and the humans are a little bland and personality-free. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Ride Along (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler This is a film rife with buddy comedy/opposites collide/fish-out-of-water clichés that by now have been done to death and so fail to really register on any level let alone a comedy one. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
The Other Woman (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler The Other Woman looked promising, it doesn't quite escape the confines of predictability. Instead, it is sadly a squandered opportunity to carry the funny torch ignited by Bridesmaids. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Divergent (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler The story is told in a much too clinical fashion. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler It is certainly a magical and childlike way of storytelling, even if the content is a little more adult. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Godzilla (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler The film suffers exposition overload and the plot threads unravel somewhat; the script by Max Borenstein veers off in one direction too many. This is no fault of the cast, a solid mix of the veteran and the new. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler The excellent script by Simon Kinberg, and the assured direction by Singer, ensure that each character does their job, and never feels extraneous. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019