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
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Michael Calleri "Dog Day Afternoon" rises and falls on its acting, and its acting is magnificent. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
The French Connection (1971) Michael Calleri The French Connection" is one of the greatest action movies I've seen. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
All the President's Men (1976) Michael Calleri The superbly acted, good-looking movie is expertly directed by Alan J. Pakula and well-written by William Goldman. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
The Midnight Sky (2020) Michael Calleri A heavily bearded [George] Clooney is pitch-perfect as the man the audience must relate to because he will be their experienced guide on the journey they are watching. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Michael Calleri Gadot tries her best. Alas, she's been roped into a leaden, unimaginative series of cliches. Nothing feels fresh. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2021
Aviva (2020) Michael Calleri This feature is for everyone who wants to see something different when they watch a movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2020
Soul (2020) Michael Calleri The film recognizes the importance of jazz, and there's a welcome tribute to its history throughout this animated delight. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2020
Sound of Metal (2019) Michael Calleri What [director Darius] Marder, his writers, and his sound engineering team do is to make deafness one of the stars of their motion picture. How "Sound Of Metal" proceeds is certain to confound some and elevate others. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Let Them All Talk (2020) Michael Calleri This intelligent band of characters has old irritations and new dreams. There are interesting stories being told and even some hints of romance. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
The Prom (2020) Michael Calleri Streep, who is non-stop wonderful, sings, dances, and deliciously propels Dee Dee along as she strives to generate a core feeling of respect for her group of theatrical vagabonds. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Collective (2019) Michael Calleri The gripping movie may well shock you. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Zappa (2020) Michael Calleri A very accomplished director, [Alex] Winter honors Zappa with every frame. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Michael Calleri The guiding maternal presence is mule-headed, cigarette-smoking, take-no-prisoners Mamaw. As played by Glenn Close (perhaps Academy Award nomination number eight awaits), she's like a comic strip character come to crackling life. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
The Nest (2020) Michael Calleri ["The Nest"] stars Jude Law and Carrie Coon as a married couple whose reverie is shattered by the husband's duplicity. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Mank (2020) Michael Calleri Director Fincher, working from a screenplay written decades ago by his father Jack Fincher, who was the San Francisco bureau chief of Life magazine, has, in his expressionistic "Mank," chosen to celebrate Herman Mankiewicz in the style of "Citizen Kane." EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
The Last Vermeer (2019) Michael Calleri [Claes] Bang and a realistic supporting cast are very good, but it's Guy Pearce as van Meegeren that you really want to see. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
The Life Ahead (2020) Michael Calleri Rosa has her methods and her mannerisms. Momo has the things he prefers to do. She shares the stories of her heartbreaking life and tells him about the promise all humans are allowed EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
The Birds (1963) Michael Calleri Suzanne Pleshette, as forlorn school teacher Annie Hayworth, shines. Jessica Tandy is perfect as Mitch's brittle, suspicious mother. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
Rope (1948) Michael Calleri "Rope" is a wonderful exercise in technique and the party guest characters are performed deliciously. Pay attention to the spectacular panorama of Manhattan's gleaming skyline. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
Psycho (1960) Michael Calleri For a report on what audiences experienced while watching "Psycho" when it was first released, listen to my own mother. My mom, Geraldine Calleri enjoyed seeing Hitchcock's films. You couldn't have found a more appreciative audience. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
Us Kids (2020) Michael Calleri Snyder shows the students turning the horrific event into a call for voter activism. Every single day of their post-Feb. 14 lives was a day the students had to re-visit the past, and then move forward. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
On the Rocks (2020) Michael Calleri Coppola, who is extraordinarily capable of placing attention-getting storyline accents that will expand and contract as needed, keeps us interested because she turns her film into a clever adventure in suspicion. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Michael Calleri [Byrne] understands ritual and routine, and enjoyed these aspects of living, but he also talks about too much sameness and the isolation of so many lives crying out for, and in need of, new energy and vision. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Michael Calleri Director-writer Aaron Sorkin's wickedly Marxian (as in Groucho, Harpo, and Chico) "The Trial Of The Chicago 7" has a bit of the prankster in it. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2020
The Boys in the Band (2020) Michael Calleri The vibrant, good-looking film jolts and surprises in many ways. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2020
The Glorias (2020) Michael Calleri Steinem's biography, "My Life on the Road," has been turned into a time-hopping film that glows like a pop art daydream. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2020
The Gunfighter (1950) Michael Calleri "The Gunfighter" is an early example of a new style of dark, nihilistic westerns, which examined the deeper mythology of the outlaw. The infamous Ringo returns to his hometown to reclaim a sense of morality and calm. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (2020) Michael Calleri There are enough highlights to make Wright's documentary worthwhile. I think it may serve as an inspiration for girls to learn stunt work. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
12 Hour Shift (2020) Michael Calleri Keep the kids out of the room when you watch the film. It may be wickedly funny, but there's also a monumental amount of madness, which equals mayhem. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
A Chef's Voyage (2020) Michael Calleri The message in the movie is this: Let your children cook. There is great joy, and there's a grand feeling of accomplishment, in the process. You see this in the eyes of Manresa's extraordinary cooking talent. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2020
Alone (2020) Michael Calleri [Alone] becomes something better than merely being a "woman on the run picture." It turns into a terrific study of survival. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2020
The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Michael Calleri Mick Jagger plays manipulative art dealer Joseph Cassidy, a man of wealth and fame, in "The Burnt Orange Heresy," an elegant thriller that carefully builds to a rather surprising conclusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
Mulan (2020) Michael Calleri I think I know why Disney decided to stream the movie rather than wait for theaters to open across the country. There had to have been a recognition that for all its $200,000,000 budget and promotional possibilities, this "Mulan" is remarkably ordinary. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
Desert One (2019) Michael Calleri The movie is riveting because there is a legitimately great director behind the camera. Putting the pieces of the historical puzzle together is documentarian Barbara Kopple, who's a living legend in the field. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
Enter the Forbidden City (2018) Michael Calleri The sweep of the movie and its epic production values, with its breathtaking cinematography and gorgeous costuming, are astonishing. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
Tesla (2020) Michael Calleri "Tesla" is one of the quirkiest movies I've seen. Ethan Hawke is absolutely wonderful as a Nikola who believes in sharing. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2020
Unhinged (2020) Michael Calleri What follows is an extended road rage movie that never quite finds its reason for being. "Unhinged" is overwhelmingly cruel for the sake of cruelty. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
Made in Italy (2020) Michael Calleri Made In Italy is the feature directing debut of actor James D'Arcy, who also wrote the screenplay. In choosing to frame the story around the relationship between father and son, he takes the so-called "Tuscan villa" movie to a welcome new level. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski (2016) Michael Calleri "You Never Had It" is an evening well-spent for fans of the iconoclastic novelist, poet, and essayist Charles Bukowski. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
Marley (2012) Michael Calleri When "Marley" was originally released, the rare concert footage and previously unheard music tracks were an exuberantly received revelation. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
The Fight (2020) Michael Calleri This is a movie for everyone who believes in the law, who appreciates the complex American legal system, and who relishes judicial combat. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
The Painted Bird (2019) Michael Calleri The movie version of "The Painted Bird" is a journey through a shock corridor the likes of which has rarely been seen in a film. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2020
The Rental (2020) Michael Calleri The setting for the relaxing weekend is magical, but there has to be a fly in the ointment. That fly exists in the guise of the caretaker of the property. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Amulet (2020) Michael Calleri [Romola] Garai's greatest success regarding "Amulet," which she wrote, is to take some traditional horror tropes (literary and cinematic) and play with them, thus toying with the audience's expectations. The screenplay is carefully constructed. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) Michael Calleri The beautifully photographed movie - double Academy Award-winner Chris Menges is the cinematographer - has a tight screenplay by [J. M.] Coetzee himself and is well-directed by Ciro Guerra. It's superbly acted. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
The Outpost (2020) Michael Calleri The film is so well-constructed that you can't help but be swept up by the fierce action. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Michael Calleri The film doesn't reveal to us why Davidson wanted his seriously conflicted life to be fodder for laughter - truth be told, there isn't much of that. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
Artemis Fowl (2020) Michael Calleri "Artemis Fowl" has acceptable visual appeal, but regarding its story, pacing, and sense of adventure, it falters. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
Tommaso (2019) Michael Calleri This is a movie about one man's shattering anxieties. The good news is that to play Tommaso, Ferrara has cast one of my favorite actors, Willem Dafoe, who is, in a word, brilliant. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Michael Calleri "What She Said" is a scintillating visual class in cinema studies. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020