Third Coast Review

Third Coast Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Lisa Trifone, Steven Prokopy
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Sword of Trust (2019) Lisa Trifone For a film that fills nearly every moment with dialogue, not a single scene feels superfluous EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/4 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Lisa Trifone Things get really weird, in intense and intelligent ways that establish The Art of Self-Defense for what it is: a sharp satire on tribalism, toxic masculinity and group think. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 The Farewell (2019) Lisa Trifone These ensemble scenes let Wang's craftsmanship shine, as her cast elevates her smart, witty script to something special. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/4 Armstrong (2019) Steven Prokopy Armstrong is a worthy biography and a solid way to mark the anniversary [of the Moon walk]. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/4 The Lion King (2019) Steven Prokopy What we're left with is talking and singing animals that have almost no expression and no hints of playfulness and wonder. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Steven Prokopy In broad strokes, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the greatest movie franchise epilogue in history. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 Midsommar (2019) Steven Prokopy I found that it's in those absurd and sometimes confusing moments that Midsommar found its footing EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Lisa Trifone It's nevertheless beautiful to hear: Toni Morrison, she is loved. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Steven Prokopy Marianne & Leonard is told with affection, admiration, and just enough jealousy to make it interesting. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/4 Maiden (2018) Lisa Trifone It's surely a good sign if, when a film ends, your first thought as the credits roll is that you wish there were more. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 The Raft (2018) Steven Prokopy The Raft ... revives the journey and the memories in a way that seems shockingly relevant at a time when no one on earth seems to get along. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
2/4 Yesterday (2019) Lisa Trifone Though there are more than a few fun touches to the world created within the film, each step forward seems thwarted by an inexplicable misstep. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/4 Wild Rose (2018) Lisa Trifone Harper and Taylor have fun infusing what could've been a cookie-cutter film with personality and heart, thanks in no small part to Jessie Buckley's star-making turn at the center of it. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Steven Prokopy It's through the impossibly mature and layered performance from Grace that we're able to navigate this classic spook house with anything resembling our minds intact. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Steven Prokopy ...see Toy Story 4 because it's one of the only franchise films this summer that doesn't stink up the joint; the other reason to see it is that's it's one of the best movies of the year. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/4 In the Aisles (2018) Lisa Trifone The film's several layers hold one's attention, from the chemistry between Christian and Marion to character developments both tragic and otherwise. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/4 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Steven Prokopy Thanks to some truly priceless moments captured behind the scenes and the beautifully restored picture and sound of the concerts, Rolling Thunder Revue is essential viewing, EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/4 Late Night (2019) Lisa Trifone Kaling isn't shy about flexing her storytelling muscles in ways that add layers rather than filler. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/4 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Lisa Trifone The Last Black Man in San Francisco displays a confidence of perspective and an inventiveness in storytelling that, once it's done breaking your heart, will only leave you wanting more. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Lisa Trifone ...painfully self-aware, desperate to be funny and so utterly pointless it's weirdly enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Steven Prokopy Men In Black: International is part sequel/part reboot, and the result is exactly what it appears to be: an act of expensive desperation. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 American Woman (2018) Steven Prokopy By the end of American Woman, we realize that we're looking at a woman who has both transformed completely and remained remarkably true to herself. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/4 All Creatures Here Below (2018) Steven Prokopy There's an air of danger to the proceedings, but it's laced with compassion and the desire to set things straight... EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Steven Prokopy It feels more like a mercy killing than satisfying send off. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Steven Prokopy The Secret Life of Pets 2 isn't a terrible movie, and I have no doubt that kids will indeed like it a great deal. But it's lacking anything noteworthy... EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/4 La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Steven Prokopy The movie sneaks up on you, gets under the skin and wins us over with its astute observations and keen sensibility about the way of the world and the ways the system can be subverted. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 () Lisa Trifone Spencer is a joy to watch as she indulges in Ma's worst tendencies; her ability to flip between doe-eyed sweetness and sheer fury and evil is uncanny. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 Pavarotti (2019) Lisa Trifone The end result is a quite fascinating, strikingly personal chronicle of a man made up of much more than his fame. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 The Highwaymen (2019) Lisa Trifone The Highwaymen is made for a movie night in; unlike some of the platform's other offerings, no one will make the argument that you must see this perfectly OK film on the big screen. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 Knife + Heart (2018) Lisa Trifone The film combines the uninhibited sexuality of the '70s with the slasher films of the era to create a pulsing narrative that's as captivating as it is graphic. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 The Gospel of Eureka (2018) Lisa Trifone One of the film's only shortcomings is its brief length; Palmieri and Mosher would've been well served to dig deeper into the lives of some of the performers at either production. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 Diane (2018) Lisa Trifone With a thoughtful touch, [Kent] Jones and his ensemble cast offer a highly relatable slice-of-life character study. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 Peterloo (2018) Lisa Trifone Peterloo takes on far too much-too many characters, too many conflicting plot lines-to ever hope to have any kind of collective impact. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/4 Fast Color (2018) Lisa Trifone Fast Color has been labeled a "superhero origin story" in much of its marketing materials. But that characterization is much too narrow for what the film encompasses. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 Her Smell (2018) Lisa Trifone Of the recent trend in female-driven fictional music-centric movies, writer/director Alex Ross Perry's Her Smell revels in an approach that is as crowded and cramped as the main floor of a general admission show. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 Hesburgh (2018) Lisa Trifone A glossy compilation of talking heads, archival footage and a narration based on Hesburgh's own journals, the film would feel right at home on a Sunday afternoon on the History Channel. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 Todos lo saben (2018) Lisa Trifone Everybody Knows is a gorgeous film that features some truly wonderful moments of interpersonal connection, tucked as they are in between a stilted storyline. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 Never Look Away (2018) Lisa Trifone For every laudable moment in Never Look Away where the filmmaker finds truth in his characters and their reality, there's another that removes us so far from caring for them that it's hard to find our way back. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Lisa Trifone Krstic has achieved quite a lot, putting on screen a style unlike anything else seen in the year's best animated films. That the storyline in the end distracts from such an impressively drawn film may be a dealbreaker for some...or it may not. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Lisa Trifone Lelio's adaptation stays essentially faithful to his original, finding its tension and emotional stakes in relationships rather than circumstances. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 Woman at War (2018) Lisa Trifone What can one person do to combat the forces of climate change and globalized industry? Quite a bit, as Benedikt Erlingsson would have us believe in Woman at War. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Lisa Trifone As biopics go, On the Basis of Sex tells her story in an appropriately approachable, pleasant way. What it lacks in cinematic ambition, it more than makes up for with admiration for its subject. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Lisa Trifone If Beale Street Could Talk is a near perfect film, one that marries Baldwin's poetic, evocative narrative with Jenkin's lyrical, stirring filmmaking to create a film so captivating it immediately establishes itself as essential viewing. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/4 Capernaum (2018) Lisa Trifone Labaki and cinematographer Christopher Aoun take a no-holds-barred approach to immersing us in Zain's rough and tumble world of poverty, predators, hustlers and meaningless, frustrating bureaucracy. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 Destroyer (2018) Lisa Trifone Destroyer mostly successfully channels the crime and cop dramas that come before it... But as the film tries to wind down, it somehow takes itself far too seriously. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 El Ángel (2018) Lisa Trifone Though it suffers from a bit of a self-indulgent runtime, it's inherently a highly engaging portrait of a young man entirely devoid of a conscious and the people who enable his grizzly escapades. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/4 Cold War (2018) Lisa Trifone There's a reason it's landed on many year-end Best Of lists and remains a front runner in the Foreign Language Oscar race, and it's because Pawlikowski has crafted a work of art. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 On Her Shoulders (2018) Lisa Trifone Bombach's film, and Nadia's willingness to participate in it, reminds us that what happens a world away is happening to us, to all of us as humankind. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Lisa Trifone Velvet Buzzsaw may not be a film we're still talking about in a year, but as a biting commentary on art, criticism and egos run amuck, it's equally stinging and entertaining. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
2.5/4 Hal (2018) Lisa Trifone Hal is a fittingly well-built tribute to a man who's best known for his masterful films... And as a primer for a decade's worth of must-see films, particularly for those among us who profess to know a thing or two about the art form, it's essential. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019