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
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 () 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
Labor Day (2013) Paula Fleri-Soler This works is also down to Winslet and Brolin. They certainly share smoldering chemistry, which helps no end, but they also add depth and meaning to roles which in others' hands could have easily been flat. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
The Great Beauty (2013) Paula Fleri-Soler The director certainly makes the most of Rome and its great beauty, making the city as much a protagonist as Jep. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
The Quiet Ones (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler With its intelligent approach to its story, a solid cast, and just enough scares to keep the interest from flagging, The Quiet Ones is a worthy if slightly flawed entry into the Hammer canon. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
The Double (2013) Paula Fleri-Soler It is always refreshing to be able to witness something that lies outside the box of the conventional. The Double always fascinates and, despite the confusing narrative. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Calvary (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler The setting and the plot form the basis of an exquisitely-written script that provides great fodder for the exceptional ensemble of characters; many of them bit parts, each of whom however gets their moment to shine. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler Good idea, indeed, but the lazy writing resorts to tiresome clichés, thinly-sketched characters, gags that for the most part miss their mark, sloppy narrative and a script in which most lines feature the F-word and derivatives thereof. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Postman Pat: The Movie - You Know You're the One (2013) Paula Fleri-Soler [It's] ends up juggling too many issues, and can't decide whether it's a modernizing of a popular children's character. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Maleficent (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler While it may in moments be a bit dark for very young ones, it is a great family film, worthy of the Disney canon. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Blended (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler There is only so much one can swallow the same shtick film after film. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler It is always provocative, often clinical, rarely titillating. However, the film itself is so much more than that, that it would be unfair to rate it purely on its sexual content. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Paula Fleri-Soler It is a film full of quirks, but of little depth. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Under the Skin (2013) Paula Fleri-Soler It is a challenging role for the actress and she [Scarlett Johansson] rises to it seamlessly. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
22 Jump Street (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler Tatum and Hill share remarkably good chemistry and both fall back into their respective roles of lovable if slightly dim jock and self-conscious nerd with ease. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Locke (2013) Paula Fleri-Soler It is often that I comment about an actor carrying a film on their shoulders and standing apart from their co-stars. And Hardy certainly does that impeccably. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Grace of Monaco (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler Like many ill-fated biopics before it, it leaves us none the wiser as to what this woman, who must have been as complex as she was fascinating, tick. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
The Two Faces of January (2014) Paula Fleri-Soler It is the characters that linger longest after the credits roll, and Amini gets great support from his leading trio. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019