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
Buffaloed (2019) Michael Calleri I've seen movies set on Mars that are more in touch with their location than "Buffaloed." EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020) Michael Calleri This brings me to the scalawag in the syrup ( ... ) Fletcher, a curious sort with a gleam in his eye, who pops about taking photographs of everybody we're watching. [Fletcher] is acted by a terrific Hugh Grant. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
The Song of Names (2019) Michael Calleri Drama isn't supposed to be comfortable. Comedy is comfort food. Drama is for adults who can handle a few roadblocks. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Michael Calleri One result of this chaos is Elle Fanning, Timothee Chalamet, and Selena Gomez giving wonderful performances in a sparkling motion picture that is not being seen in the English-speaking world. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Michael Calleri The movie roars to life because of the performances by a cast that shares the director's passion. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1917 (2019) Michael Calleri The movie is weakened by two elements. The first is that following Schofield and Blake falters because neither young man is particularly interesting or has a good story backing up his character. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Michael Calleri [It] isn't in the running for best sequel, but it is in the running for enjoyable entertainment frivolity. "Jumanji" The Next Level" is a pleasant reason to get the family out of the house and into a movie theater. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2019
Cats (2019) Michael Calleri You need to suspend disbelief. Don't fight the visuals. Movies can be fantasies, and "Cats" is one heck of a fantasy. The film is better than the stage production because it's more expansive. The action is opened up. The singing is gorgeous. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Michael Calleri Through it all, [Adam] Sandler's Ratner bobs and weaves and fast talks his way in and out of corners, until the rooms in which he lives, works, and plays are all metaphorically round. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Michael Calleri ["Richard Jewell"] does a disservice to the young security guard who loved law enforcement and only wanted to save people's lives. Whatever his motivations, [Clint] Eastwood draws attention away from Jewell, which fragments the movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Michael Calleri "Bombshell" tells a riveting story about how women should not be afraid, but must choose to be fearless. The understanding is that they are not alone. There's a rich honesty in its approach to what is now television history. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Michael Calleri [The] couple is, in fact, drifting apart. Why? It's probably best to write only that she's partly to blame and he's partly to blame. Marital bliss is a greeting card phrase. Moods change. Ideas change. Goals change. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2019
Waves (2019) Michael Calleri Drew Daniels' cinematography plays with the Florida light perfectly and, when necessary, switches that glow to darkness with brilliant choices. Director Shults co-edits with Isaac Hagy. Both truly understand how small cuts can speed up tension. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Michael Calleri Of course, it's frigid up there, but Amelia and James make do without gloves, hats, or auxiliary oxygen. I didn't believe the goings-on for a second. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Michael Calleri Johnson plays somewhat by the rules of the genre, but he overwhelms the fun by holding his characters up to ridicule. Each of them is overstuffed with troubles and tribulations. The coolest cat is playboy Hugh Ransom Drysdale (an eager Chris Evans)... EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Michael Calleri There are numerous sequences with Mirren and McKellen acting against each other, and these moments crackle. There's great satisfaction in watching a well-made, richly-detailed mystery that tells a carefully constructed story. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Michael Calleri And, in an astonishing act of upending the very table upon which art sits imitating life, [LaBeouf] has cast himself as his own emotionally cruel, psychologically demanding, and abusive father. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Michael Calleri "The Irishman" is a thrilling theatrical experience with wonderful touches showcasing how masterful Scorsese is. Every aspect of the movie is crafted with precision. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Cold Brook (2018) Michael Calleri "Cold Brook" is proof that solid character-driven films can be made on a small budget, and with maximum talent. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Michael Calleri The film delivers high-speed tabloid journalism and rolls along swiftly. It's jammed with information that make shock the unknowing. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Harriet (2019) Michael Calleri Starting with a magnificent, Oscar-worthy Cynthia Erivo as slave Harriet Tubman, the entire flawless cast assists director Kasi Lemmons and her co-screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard in measures that are both inspirational and remarkable. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Parasite (2019) Michael Calleri South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho's "Parasite" contains everything that's exciting about his films: a grand fluidity of camera movements and a framing of shots that makes you look into corners just in case something's lurking. B EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Michael Calleri Salvador knows he has to stop making mistakes and find the key to a rebirth of his many passions - filmmaking, love, friendships. Much of what Banderas is called upon to do is act from an interior point-of-view. He does so brilliantly. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Michael Calleri "Jojo Rabbit" has many surprises in store for moviegoers ready to ride along with [Taika] Waititi's strikingly original screenplay. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Michael Calleri It's very clear that both men are lonely. A sense of eroticism pervades what becomes maniacal behavior. The necessary closeness of their living conditions provokes anger. Is Thomas jealous of Ephraim's youth and beauty? EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Michael Calleri There are times when the movie feels untethered to how people would actually behave, but films aren't real life even if there're based on actual events. I was willing to let Hawley tell his kind of story. I didn't mind its ragged moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Joker (2019) Michael Calleri Phillips and Silver have no interest in how [Arthur] can rid himself of the clutter that corrupts his existence. They're only interested in chaos; however, they don't elevate the chaos into a meaningful narrative, they pander to the audience with it. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Michael Calleri There are a few compelling moments in this science-fiction drama, which is set in the not too distant future. Overall; however, it doesn't break out of the traditional narrative confines of other adventures in outer space. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Judy (2019) Michael Calleri The singing of ["Over The Rainbow"] is an emotion-wracked moment in a movie filled with stalking shadows of pain and luminous glimpses of the magic that was Garland. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Michael Calleri I enjoyed where scenes take place [.] Every setting belongs. Every character is believable. Theo's turmoil, as both a child and young adult, from crushing loss to his learning shocking truths, is palpable. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Michael Calleri The movie edition of "Downton Abbey" is moderately entertaining - unless highly embroidered female costuming is your passion, which might send it into the stratosphere for you. Newcomers definitely need a scorecard to know who's who [.] EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Michael Calleri She was one of the most successful, influential, and versatile female singers of the latter half of the 20th-century. Because of mentoring by Ronstadt, Emmy Lou Harris has a career. The Eagles owe their existence to her. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Michael Calleri The movie blends two key elements that have the potential to create an engaging thriller: dirty little secrets and journalists willing to expose those secrets. This potential blossoms into a supercharged film. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Michael Calleri This documentary film feels like a joyous and edifying game of musical chairs. The one left standing is the monumental 1964 Broadway juggernaut, "Fiddler On The Roof." EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
Piranhas (2019) Michael Calleri The well-made "Piranhas" ("La paranza dei bambini") follows a roving band of out-of-control teenagers (some even younger) carrying out juvenile crimes in Naples, Italy, which is a city of extreme conditions, chaotic energy, and deep secrets. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Michael Calleri "Brittany Runs A Marathon" gives away its premise in the title, but truth be told, nothing is actually given away. The movie, written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo, delivers surprises and emotional complexity at every turn. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
Luce (2019) Michael Calleri Directed by Julius Onah, and co-written by him and J. C. Lee, the beautifully constructed and sublimely acted film never panics. Its ideas are credible, its pacing perfect, and its resolution actually dares to flow from its mission of truth-telling. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Michael Calleri I'll keep all of the secrets and praise all of the acting. Writer-director Bart Freundlich (Moore's real-life husband) has remade a 2006 Oscar nominee from Denmark and has added post-nuptial surprises. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Michael Calleri Director [Jennifer] Kent and cinematographer Radek Ladczuk have created a world that tempts the Furies. Tension drips throughout the forest, metaphorical darkness pervades every living soul. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
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