Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Michael Calleri
Rating Title/Year Author
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Michael Calleri The film has a central character, who's not only appealing on an essential story level, but he's also so utterly different from what we're used to seeing on-screen that much of what we encounter is a crowd-pleasing revelation. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Michael Calleri In "Blinded By The Light," which is a tribute to both teen-age determination and Bruce Springsteen, Javed discovers music that alters his sense of self, his entire reason for being. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Maiden (2018) Michael Calleri What you especially appreciate about [Tracy] Edwards is her fierce love of boating and her steely resolve to succeed. You watch the riveting film and wonder how anyone could have doubted that she would, indeed, sail around the world. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Michael Calleri The movie "Tel Aviv on Fire," as directed by Palestinian Sameh Zoabi, who was born near Nazareth and teaches at New York University, is a genial farce in the French style. Zoabi cowrote the well-structured screenplay with Dan Kleinman. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Michael Calleri Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time In...Hollywood" is a fable showcasing all you need to know about a director whose movies are worth seeing. He's a challenging artist with unique insights, not a panderer parading plastic sequels. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Michael Calleri Writer-director Lulu Wang knows exactly how to keep every element of her exceptional movie - drama, comedy, emotions, secrecy, and familial love - perfectly balanced. The dialogue is always crisp and the occasional slapstick is flawless. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Michael Calleri Part engaging history lesson and part riveting detective story, the goal of Green's movie is to correct the historical record and declare that, after more than a century, a cultural and creative pioneer has earned her time in the spotlight. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Michael Calleri [Riley] Stearns has created a superb caustic satire, with horror movie overtones. Moments may make you laugh aloud. Male nudity and surreal violence abound. The film offers myriad surprises and shocks to the system. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Michael Calleri The movie looks fantastic, but the anthropomorphic creatures, familiar to almost everyone, are trapped in an emotionless visual zoo. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Michael Calleri A musical earthquake happened and Laurel Canyon was the epicenter. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Michael Calleri Everything's amped up, as we've long ago left the concept of an awkward American schoolboy finding new strengths. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Michael Calleri I watched the film mostly with a smile, and laughed aloud at McKinnon's fresh satirical chatter about the music industry. Boyle and Curtis never answer the question: "What would rock and roll music (and the world) have been like without the Beatles?" EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Michael Calleri Be cautious about inhaling the steam from a potion or eating the Swedish pot pie. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Michael Calleri Dressed like the riverboat gambler character Thimblerig from the television show "Davy Crockett: King Of The Wild Frontier," Dylan reminds you of a sleight-of-hand artist. A card sharp who prefers the joker. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Michael Calleri Much of the cast actually looks exhausted. Some of them seem as if a pall of ennui had settled over their persona. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Late Night (2019) Michael Calleri Newbury's writing team is all-male. She's never bothered to learn their names and calls them by numbers. She ignores the internet and seems to be more old-boy network than some of the old-boys she's outlasted. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Double Lives (2018) Michael Calleri Assayas offers clever insights into how the publishing of books has changed from Johannes Gutenberg, but there's a lot more up his sleeve. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Michael Calleri Let's not pretend the film is anything but a tribute to a life well-lived, one filled with flash, dash, and cash. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Michael Calleri The Chesters have made "The Biggest Little Farm," a gorgeously photographed and utterly engaging chronicle of their journey. It's as delicious as the vegetables they grow. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Michael Calleri The tension-filled movie, which is absolutely not for children, is filled with excessively violent set-pieces. A fight in a library is settled with a book that's used in a manner most would never consider a positive way to read. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Michael Calleri Unfortunately, actress Dench is not at the center of the film. The flatly told tale offers too many flashbacks and bland reenactments of young Joan Stanley (Sophie Cookson) being a KGB agent. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
The White Crow (2018) Michael Calleri Director Ralph Fiennes, who also acts in the beautifully appointed movie, and his screenwriter David Hare, tell the story of Nureyev's defection with style, superb acting, and some exceptional dance moments. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Trial by Fire (2018) Michael Calleri The well-made "Trial By Fire" got lost in the recent awards shuffle, and it should't have been. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Michael Calleri Throughout the movie, Lasse Frank Johannessen's expressive cinematography delivers an exceptional visual experience. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Michael Calleri "Ask Dr. Ruth," the revelatory new documentary about her by director Ryan White, is a complete delight. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Michael Calleri It's filled with beautifully delivered dialogue ( ... ). EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Michael Calleri With "Long Shot," director Jonathan Levine and screenwriters Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah have delivered something fresh, funny, and a little bit edgy. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Michael Calleri Moore immediately goes to the head of the class for an Oscar nomination next year. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Us (2019) Michael Calleri Us is not your ordinary 'something wicked this way comes' movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Michael Calleri The mood of Shazam! is blissfully nostalgic. The acting from the well-rounded and perfectly chosen cast is terrific. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Michael Calleri ( ... ) an extraordinary testament to the power of Ms. Franklin's voice. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
High Life (2018) Michael Calleri ( ... ) we might be in deep space, but Denis is determined to celebrate the recognition of its being ordinary, something long ago accepted as conquerable. Time moves slowly, but the movie is not dull. It fascinates in small and large ways. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019