The Cinessential

The Cinessential is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): C.J. Prince
Rating Title/Year Author
L'insulte (2017) C.J. Prince The Insult holds back too much, starting out as high-minded camp before settling into an attempt to say something meaningful. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Before We Vanish (2017) C.J. Prince Genre has always been his strong suit and Before We Vanish is entertaining and accomplished enough to show why Kurosawa remains one of Japan's foremost auteurs working today. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Cobain (2018) C.J. Prince Every piece pops into place as it should, and all the dramatic beats play out as expected, with the only exception being the absurd direction the story takes. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Grass (2018) C.J. Prince There's more fun to be had with the contradictions Hong can bring up and explore in the span of one hour than what most other films can muster up with two. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Les rois mongols (2017) C.J. Prince Starting out as a serviceable family drama set in 1970, Picard takes his story into one ludicrous direction after another while keeping a straight face, and at times it's hard not to wonder if he's daring us to blink. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017) C.J. Prince Those willing to give Jeannette a chance have no choice but to abandon their preconceived notions, and anyone who does will find themselves encountering one of the most entertaining experiences of the year. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
The Workshop (2017) C.J. Prince Some credit is due to Cantet for making a go at a more relevant film. There's something nice about watching a film that can command so much attention out of seven characters just talking about how to build a story. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Unsane (2018) C.J. Prince Soderbergh is a smart enough filmmaker to avoid letting his film tip over into full-blown, Eli Roth-level bad taste, but Unsane veers close to falling off that cliff, resorting to a ruthlessness that feels unearned in its final stretch. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
C'est la vie ! (2017) C.J. Prince For the most part, it's the talent both in front of and behind the camera that keeps C'est la vie going, pulling off its pick and mix of clichés with enough skill to make it passable like comfort food. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Ghost Stories (2017) C.J. Prince All three segments rely on jump scares and horror cliches, but this is a film that's fully aware and appreciative of these ... let's say classical tactics EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
People's Republic of Desire (2018) C.J. Prince Wu edits their stories into clean, rags-to-riches-to-rags narratives, and doesn't have to do much when it comes to highlighting how strange the whole situation is EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) C.J. Prince Rather than find ways to explore Rogers' issues with depression, insecurity, and isolation growing up as a child, he utilizes animated sequences that show a young Rogers played by his puppet Daniel Tiger. Tactics like this are lazy, and simplistic. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Hereditary (2018) C.J. Prince What gives Hereditary an edge over other similarly structured titles is its strength as a family drama, and the specific anxieties Aster taps into. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Blind Spot (1947) C.J. Prince The problem with Blind Spot, along with most one-take wonders, is that its inability to edit deprives it of manipulating time, leaving much of the film as a collection of moments in-between the action. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019